The inaugural Payback pay-per-view is upon us. WWE has presented some interesting old and new rivalries to make it a complete card. From bringing back the Three Stages of Hell match to reigniting the Chris Jericho-CM Punk feud, we should be in for a treat.
At least on paper, because the WWE has done its fair share of disappointments.
With the pay-per-view underway, here is an opportunity for the B/R Universe to voice its anticipation (or lack thereof) concerning a few things:
1. What Will Be the Best Match of the Night?
From popular opinion, the potentials for match of the night are Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk or Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield. Without question, these matchups are highly likely to steal the show.
Y2J and Punk has not let us down yet (although CM Punk has won every singles match they've wrestled), and with Daniel Bryan being the most over Superstar in the WWE right now, the tag team match has all components for excitement, although the outcome is quite predictable.
2. Could John Cena vs. Ryback Be Better Than Expected?
At Extreme Rules, John Cena and Ryback were involved in a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship. As a result of a no-contest, the feud has been extended to Payback. This time, it will be under the stipulation of Three Stages of Hell.
Admittedly—although the finish was not very good—their first match was slightly better than expected. This time, it may not be. Three Stages of Hell is too long for Ryback, as he continues to be clumsy in the ring at times. There is a chance that the first two falls will be quick, which would actually benefit the interest of the match. The match has the potential to be better than expected (the expectations are very low), but we shall see if they surpass the current bar.
3. Are There Any Sleeper Matches?
We've already addressed the nominees for match of the night, but are there any other matches that could steal the show? Could it be Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler? What about Kane vs. Dean Ambrose? All four Superstars have what it takes to put on memorable matches, so either bout could very well steal the show.
4. Is There Actually Going to Be A Heel Turn?
For a number of months now, Randy Orton has expressed his desire to be a heel. We saw a flash of it at the end of last week's SmackDown when he RKO'd Daniel Bryan after an accidental dropkick. From the mannerisms and the reaction, it appeared as if the WWE was at least planting seeds for a full turn.
Daniel Bryan has been the most popular babyface in the WWE since the 2011 babyface run of CM Punk. The "Yes!" chants are still resounding, and his in-ring work is only mirrored by a few. However, there have been some rumblings of a heel turn at the PPV. Could this derail his momentum? In my opinion, yes. Go with what is working, and if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Chris Jericho is another hot topic when it comes to a heel turn at the PPV. This is someone else that should not make the turn. For one, he is going back on tour with Fozzy in the late summer/early fall. We have seen some great heel runs by Jericho, but that focused on his character over his in-ring work (which is what heels should do). Jericho is a phenomenal wrestler, and we have seen some of his best work in years during his current face run. Moreover, we're used to the heel Jericho. Have him stay as is, because next to Daniel Bryan, he is the most over face in the WWE.
And we can't say that about many other WWE Superstars. Most of the other faces in the company still get a section of boos during their matches (Cena, Sheamus, Orton, Kingston).
5. What Is Your Overall Excitement Level for the WWE Payback Pay-Per-View?
Based on the matches, the build and the potential occurrences, what is your level of excitement for the pay-per-view? Rank it from a 1 to 10: 1-3 being that you have little to no desire for it at all, 4-7 being that you have minimal level of excitement and high skepticism and 8-10 being that you are very excited and/or believe that this PPV has the potential of being the best one we've seen so far.
Answer the five questions below and enjoy the show!