WWE Payback 2013 Results: Whose Stock Is Rising and Falling After the Event?
Payback is in the books and what a pay-per-view it was.
From the opening Triple Threat match to the Three Stages of Hell match, it was an exciting night, especially with the event taking place in Chicago. There were many returns, title changes and heel turns packed into three hours.
With Money in the Bank a month away, this could be a make or break summer for some Superstars. There are Superstars whose stock never seems to drop like John Cena's and The Shield's. But after Payback, there were some stocks that were affected heavily.
Now that the June event is over, whose stock rose and fell?
Before I get into the main part of my list, there are a couple of Superstars worth a mention.
CM Punk returned to action for the first time since WrestleMania XXIX. He took on Chris Jericho and was victorious. He’s now 3-0 against Jericho.
Where does CM Punk go from here? With Ryback suffering another loss (more on that later), he could be John Cena’s next challenger.
There have been rumors of a face turn for Punk. That could work as he would be able to feud with Paul Heyman’s newest client, Curtis Axel, or his first one, Brock Lesnar.
Let’s just be happy the Best in the World is back.
Wade Barrett lost the Intercontinental title again. This time, however, it was to rookie Curtis Axel.
Barrett wasn’t being booked as a strong champion, so taking the belt off of him makes sense. This could be the beginning of a main event push for Barrett.
However, until that happens, his stock continues to drop. If WWE wanted to have Barrett looking strong heading into Money in the Bank, winning on Raw and SmackDown would have helped.
Stock Down: Damien Sandow
Damien Sandow went against a former WWE and world champion, Sheamus, on the Payback kick-off show, but came up short. He could have used this win more than Sheamus, even if it was the pre-show match.
Over the last couple of weeks, Sandow tried to outsmart the Celtic Warrior, but that wasn’t the case. Sheamus always had the last laugh as he connected with a Brogue Kick.
Sandow is an underdog to win a Money in the Bank briefcase. He is a great athlete and his gimmick is even better. What could go wrong by having Sandow as world champion for a month or two?
WWE thinks wins and losses don’t matter, but they do, especially when building up a young Superstar.
Stock ISUM: Save your money. You’re Welcome.
Stock Up: Curtis Axel
Speaking of wins and losses and building up a young Superstar, Curtis Axel is the new Intercontinental champion.
He won the title 23 years after his father, Mr. Perfect, won his first Intercontinental title. Payback just so happened to fall on Father’s Day, so maybe Axel had fate on his side.
Axel has been featured with top stars like John Cena, Triple H and Chris Jericho. Having him win the title was the logical decision. A rise like this is very rare.
Now that he’s champion, there are plenty of Superstars Axel can feud with. The Miz, Chris Jericho and Kofi Kingston are some that come to mind.
The newest Paul Heyman guy may not be perfect, but his record is.
Stock AXEL: It’s the perfect stock for investing.
Stock Down: Dolph Ziggler
The last few weeks haven’t been kind to Dolph Ziggler. He received a concussion on the May 10 taping of SmackDown.
He wouldn’t appear on WWE television until the June 10 edition of Raw to build up his match with Alberto Del Rio.
Ziggler would then lose his world title to Del Rio at Payback. However, something bigger happened. WWE seems to be in the midst of a double turn between the two. Ziggler will now be booked as the sympathetic face and Del Rio will be a ruthless heel.
Ziggler is guaranteed a rematch, which could take place at Money in the Bank. Ziggler will be back on top in no time.
Stock SHWOFF: Keep investing, but don’t show off this stock right now.
Stock Up: Rob Van Dam
To say Twitter was surprised and excited would be an understatement.
In case you missed it, WWE aired a video during Payback that announced the return of Rob Van Dam. The Whole F’n Show will make his WWE return next month at Money in the Bank.
After a less-than-stellar run with TNA, it will be nice to see RVD back in a WWE ring. He’s a veteran star who can still go in the ring, when motivated.
RVD is already pegged as a favorite to win a Money in the Bank briefcase, something he’s won before. But could WWE book something else for him?
He has a history with Paul Heyman and his client, Brock Lesnar, which could take place at SummerSlam.
Stock WFnS: One of a kind. Invest.
Stock Down: Ryback
It seems like every time I do one of these, Ryback’s stock continues to fall.
He suffered yet another pay-per-view loss, which now makes eight in a row. I can’t remember a Superstar who lost this many pay-per-view matches in less than a year and can still get WWE title shots.
Can Ryback somehow find a way to get one more title shot or is he officially done? If he can’t, what does he do now?
CM Punk may be the only other heel at the same level of John Cena. Ryback needs to stay in the WWE title picture, but I’m not sure that is possible after Payback.
Stock RYBK: This stock does not rule. Sell now.
Stock Up: WWE Roster
The WWE roster was looking pretty thin just a month ago. Now, heading into the summer, things are looking up.
CM Punk returned from his break. Dolph Ziggler is back from his injuries. Rob Van Dam will be back next month. The Shield is still going strong. Daniel Bryan is the most popular Superstar on the roster. The Wyatt family will be here soon.
Plus, the WWE is investing a lot of time in young stars like Curtis Axel and Fandango.
The WWE Brand Extension would serve a great purpose right now. It would allow under-utilized talent to get air time while keeping the current stars from becoming over-exposed.
The Money in the Bank matches could bring two more stars from the mid-card to the main event. There’s nothing wrong with having too many main event stars.
Stock ROSTER: Buy! Things are looking good.