For some of the WWE Superstars who clashed at the inaugural Payback pay-per-view, there is still retaliation to be had heading into Money in the Bank 2013.
Kaitlyn and AJ Lee don't appear to be finished fighting. A surprise double-turn featuring Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio has refreshed their storyline and created the need for a rematch.
For the most part, scores were settled and feuds were wrapped up on Sunday. John Cena put an end to the Ryback threat, and CM Punk proved his dominance over Chris Jericho.
For Ziggler and Kaitlyn, though, the pursuit of payback must go on past Payback.
Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee
The Divas title match at Payback was one of the most intriguing Divas matches in a long time. The long history between these former friends and the volatile direction their relationship has turned has made this far more than a championship bout.
Having AJ move on to another challenger and a new feud while this story still has white-hot momentum would be a mistake.
Kaitlyn’s recent tweet implies the hunger for more payback.
After AJ humiliated Kaitlyn on WWE Raw and rode that distraction to a title win, Kaitlyn has to get at least one shot to redeem herself. Should the villain go unscathed after such a dastardly act, the story will feel unsettling and incomplete.
It was Kaitlyn's pursuit of revenge that cost her championship.
Instead of just focusing on pinning AJ after a massive spear, she wanted to embarrass her. That allowed AJ to kick out of the move and eventually snatch the Divas title away. Vengeful rage blinded Kaitlyn once, and now, she has to find a way to fight through that to get back at her former tag partner.
As compelling as that story can be going forward, WWE has to make full use of it.
Let these two talented women go at it again at Money in the Bank. Let them improve upon their previous efforts.
What other options does the company have?
Layla or Natayla taking on AJ could produce good matches, but the Kaitlyn and AJ angle has steamrolling momentum. After this arc is complete, after either Kaitlyn makes AJ pay or fails in the end, then the Divas title can center around new names.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
Going into Payback, the story between Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio gave fans little reason to invest.
It seemed like their feud was waning. The most likely outcome was that they would put on a solid performance, Ziggler would retain and there would be little else to say about it.
WWE pulled out a surprise on Sunday, though, and had both men slide into new roles, a move which reinvigorates their rivalry.
Del Rio zeroed in on Ziggler's head. He created an air of discomfort, as he stomped on a man's temples who just recently recovered from a real-life concussion. He was overly aggressive and willing to forgo any sense of morality in his attempt to win back the world title.
In defeat, Ziggler looked resilient, heroic and impressively gutsy.
As unlikely as it might have sounded before Payback began, Ziggler vs. Del Rio is a now must-see match. Watching Ziggler seek revenge for his title loss and for Del Rio endangering his health is going to be compelling theater.
Ryan Frye of WrestleEnigma.com, like many fans, was surprised to be so intrigued with this feud going forward.
Interested to see where Ziggler/Del Rio goes (can't believe I just typed that), AJ/Kaitlyn, Cena's next challenger and The Shield.— Ryan Frye (@HAILFRYE) June 17, 2013
Del Rio reverts back to his villainous ways, and it seems Ziggler is set to try out more of a fan favorite character. That alone makes a potential Ziggler and Del Rio rematch one of the most intriguing storylines heading into the next pay-per-view.
Ziggler and Del Rio, as well as Kaitlyn and AJ, haven't reached the final chapters of their stories together. Money in the Bank 2013 offers them a shot at a climax or at least another explosive collision.