WWE Payback: A Solid PPV With A Lot of Unanswered Questions
WWE's first annual Payback pay-per-view is in the books, and it ended up being one hell of an event.
The Chicago crowd always makes any PPV a little more interesting with their enthusiasm and chants, but tonight it seemed like the action in the ring actually had their attention.
However, even with all the title changes and storyline developments, there are still a lot of unanswered questions after the show.
Is Alberto Del Rio turning heel?
There seemed to be plenty of indications of certain Superstars turning heel or babyface at the event, but nobody really made the move.
Alberto Del Rio seemed like he was turning heel mid-match with Ziggler, especially since he was getting major heat from the crowd for kicking Ziggler in the head over and over.
After his title win, Del Rio came back out and gave a promo about how he does everything for the fans, but something about it seemed strange.
Having him come out after he had already went to the back seemed like a split-second decision. Maybe WWE wanted Del Rio to be cheered, or maybe they are planting seeds for something else.
The big question is what will happen with Ziggler now. He was selling head injuries as if he suffered another concussion, which could indicate WWE continuing to include the real-life injury in storylines.
We will have to wait until Raw to find out what is going to happen, but Ziggler still has a rematch for his title, so expect him to be looking for revenge at some point.
Is CM Punk turning babyface?
An even bigger question regarding heel and face turns revolves around CM Punk. Not only did he get a hero's welcome in Chicago, but he seemed to wrestle the match as a babyface.
He played to the crowd, didn't cheat, won clean and took in their cheers like he used to when he was a babyface.
If he does turn, then we have to wonder what will happen with him and Paul Heyman. Heyman manages Curtis Axel and Brock Lesnar as heels, so it is unlikely that he would remain Punk's manager if a babyface turn was in store.
Again, Raw will likely answer this question for us.
What will happen with Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan?
The way the match ended between The Shield and the team of Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan will certainly lead to something on Raw, we just don't know what that is.
Kane did not make an appearance during their match, and Bryan didn't come out for the US title match, so Team Hell No could very well have reached the end of their shelf life.
Whether anyone actually turns heel because of this is hard to say, but chances are good that The Viper and The Vegan will have some issues on Monday.
An Orton vs. Bryan match might be in store for Money in the Bank, which would be a great encounter to watch.
What will happen with Kaitlyn?
Following Kaitlyn's loss to AJ Lee, she broke down in the aisle crying. Layla and some other Divas tried to comfort her, but Kaitlyn seemed too upset to listen.
AJ and Kaitlyn have become the two most polarizing Divas in WWE and after their great match at Payback, we can probably expect to see some more encounters between the two.
Kaitlyn will get a rematch at some point, so this storyline is far from over, but AJ seemed like she got in her former BFF's head too much for Kaitlyn to recover from this loss.
Will RVD be returning full time, part time or is this a one-time thing?
Nobody saw it coming, which made the pop for RVD's return video package that much bigger.
But how long will he stick around? Is he returning to WWE full time? Will he work a part-time schedule like HBK used to? Or will this be a one-time appearance?
RVD appeared at The Royal Rumble in 2009 and the Raw 15th anniversary show, but both were one-time deals.
This time could be different since WWE is advertising his return ahead of time, but we will have to wait until after Money in the Bank to find out.
If he is in one of the ladder matches and ends up winning, then he is probably here for at least a year, but only time will tell.
Was Payback the best non-WrestleMania PPV we have seen this year?
This one is for you to decide. Payback certainly had plenty of high points, but some of the outcomes will dictate people's feelings about the show as a whole.
What did you think of WWE Payback? Did it fall short, meet or exceed your expectation?
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