WWE Payback 2013: Storylines That Must be Pursued Following PPV Event

Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 17, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

One of the most intriguing parts of each month's pay-per-view is seeing the new storylines that take shape on the following night's Raw. 

For the most part, WWE Payback from Chicago on Sunday night focused more on in-ring action than storyline development, but there are still a slew of tantalizing angles that the company appears to be laying the groundwork for. 

Although we may only see the very beginning of some of these stories on Monday, here's a look at what we'll hope to be seeing more of in the future. 


Curtis Axel vs. The Miz

On Sunday night, it appeared The Miz was going to take the Intercontinental title back from Wade Barrett when he locked him into the figure four, but Curtis Axel snuck into the ring and simultaneously scored the pin.

Unless the company has bigger things in mind for Mr. Perfect's son, who is in the midst of a lightning-fast push, don't be surprised if that starts a feud for these two. 

Both are pretty polarizing characters—people seem to either really enjoy them or seriously despise them—right now, but for the mid-card, you could do a lot worse. 

What interests me most here is the potential of Miz vs. Paul Heyman, who are both terrific on the mic and could seriously build the feud up. 


AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn

The WWE never really seems all that interested in building up the divas division, but it may have stumbled upon something great here. 

On Sunday, the company gave AJ Lee and Kaitlyn 10 solid minutes to actually wrestle, and the results were wondrous. It was a thrilling match that had several good spots and raucous crowd involvement. 

With AJ taking Kaitlyn's championship belt, that should mean we haven't seen the last of these two in a feud. 

Hopefully they get the airtime they deserve. 


CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho

I don't think anyone was really surprised at how good this match was on Sunday. 

CM Punk is easily one of the best in the world, and Jericho is a stud in his own right. 

What's interesting is that there wasn't much storyline development within the match. It was spectacular from a technical standpoint, and it would be nice of the WWE to give us more of it before Jericho departs in August.

WrestlingInc.com reports that his current run is likely to end around the Money in the Bank PPV, but it will interesting to see if the story can springboard off anything from Sunday. 


Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler

The writing is on the wall. After Alberto Del Rio mauled Dolph Ziggler with a series of kicks and blows to the head—with Ziggler looking courageous in the process—to win the world heavyweight title, it appears we are in line for a double turn. 

These two have always been world class inside the ring, but it has been difficult to get on board with the characters—especially Del Rio's. This has the potential to change that. 

Hopefully Ziggler's injury, which was really played up after his loss, doesn't lead to another hiatus because a feud between a heel Del Rio and a face Ziggler would be highly entertaining for everyone involved.