The 2013 edition of WWE’s Payback is in the books, and the excitement surrounding the best and worst of the pay-per-view results is through the roof.
While the WWE Universe loves to complain about booking and match outcomes, the company did a great job giving every fan something that interested them and the resulting show was one of the best of the year thus far.
Cena Proves Why He’s The Top Dog
There was a very vocal majority of wrestling fans that were down on the WWE Championship main event between John Cena and Ryback, but as the two men have done throughout this feud, the duo put on an amazing match and stole the show.
The final moment with Cena Attitude Adjusting Ryback through the top of the ambulance will live in history, and this match did everything correctly for the long-term good of the product.
Not only does Cena look like an incredibly strong champion—not that he needed any help—but Ryback also looks strong by gaining a clean pinfall victory over the top WWE superstar.
While this feud is likely over, Ryback’s push is not.
Ziggler Must Look Weak
After almost six weeks away from the ring, it was a lock that Dolph Ziggler would retain the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio.
One perfectly executed match later, and Ziggler and Del Rio are in the midst of a double turn.
While it was terrible to see Ziggler lose the World title so early into his reign, the fact that this could be just a temporary loss while the company changes each star’s role is a great sign for the future.
Del Rio will be turning heel, which means Ziggler will be the compassionate face. As much as many fans don’t want to see the turn or watch Ziggler drop the title, it is much harder to find great faces in the WWE and the former champion has that ability.
WWE Teases RVD’s Return
In the biggest surprise of the evening, the WWE announced that the company had re-signed former champion Rob Van Dam (h/t WWE.com) and he would be taking part in July’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
This is a huge addition to the company’s roster, and with RVD’s history of being a top champion in every company he signs with, there are infinite storylines that can come to fruition. Look for top heels like CM Punk, Ryback and Dean Ambrose to be top consideration for a feud with the ECW original.
While the hope is that RVD will come in and put younger stars over in the long run, the possibility that he could win a Money in the Bank match is very high. If the former WWE champion won the Raw Money in the Bank briefcase, the wrestling world would go insane.
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