WWE Payback 2014: Full Card Predictions After Extreme Rules PPV
WWE Payback 2014 will live up to its name in that the event will allow several Superstars to realize revenge for what occurred at Extreme Rules.
Expect sequels to movies we saw at the last pay-per-view. Several scores are not yet settled, and stories have yet to reach their climax.
Kane will seek to destroy the man who bested him at Extreme Rules. Evolution will look to teach the emerging alphas that experience trumps youth.
Based on how Extreme Rules played out and what WWE focused on in the days afterward, the following is a projection of all the matches to expect at the second annual Payback.
Jack Swagger vs. Adam Rose
Adam Rose will bring his entourage and the party that trails him to the Allstate Arena in Chicago.
The NXT transplant made his debut on the main roster on Monday's Raw when he confronted Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. The next night, Rose distracted Swagger with his antics, causing him to lose to Dolph Ziggler.
Those moves signal that Swagger's story with Cesaro will be set aside and that Rose's first WWE test will come against Swagger.
Colter's fuddy-duddy ways and Rose's character being from the Musha Cay Islands make this feud a logical fit. Expect Alexander Rusev to step aside for one show as another newbie gets a shot in the pay-per-view spotlight.
Sheamus vs. Big Show (United States Championship)
Sheamus and Big Show's rivalry goes back to when the two were battling for the world title in 2012.
As the new United States champ, Sheamus needs a big challenge. The fact that he may be a heel come June will affect who that challenge is. He showed hints of making a turn in his interview with Renee Young on Monday's Raw, displaying a bit of apathy for fellow babyface Dean Ambrose having to face 19 challengers.
Big Show did well the in the U.S. title Battle Royal that same night. He could be frustrated about several wrestlers ganging up to eliminate him, and Show could demand a one-on-one shot.
Plus, "The World's Largest Athlete" is scheduled to appear at Payback.
WWE can go to this matchup confident of the chemistry between these two and further aid the prestige of the championship by having two marquee stars fight for it.
Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam
Cesaro knocked off Rob Van Dam at Extreme Rules, but WWE is not ready to have him head elsewhere yet.
On Monday's Raw, Cesaro ignored the referee's warnings and earned a disqualification by beating on "Mr. Monday Night" in the corner. Van Dam's left eye was already swollen, and he spent the moments after this match writhing on the mat as medical staff had a look at him.
That smells like these two will enter Payback with animosity aplenty.
Cesaro's recent rise can be punctuated by a singles victory over someone with world titles on his resume. Their first meeting lacked chemistry, but it has since slowly improved with each clash. WWE appears to be banking that Cesaro and Van Dam's best match together is on its way.
The Usos vs. RyBaxel vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust (Tag Team Championship)
Cody Rhodes and Goldust have banged heads with RyBaxel lately. A rivalry is developing as seen in their singles matches against each other on this week's Raw and Main Event.
WWE wouldn't have those two go at it at Payback with the tag team championships on the line, though, would they?
The Usos didn't make it onto the Extreme Rules card and don't have a clear top contender charging at them. Ryback and Curtis Axel have been one of the more high-profile teams as of late, and the Rhodes boys have managed to hold off their expected breakup.
Putting all three teams in a single bout makes the best use of the teams in the division.
It would also follow a recent pattern. More than one team has challenged for the tag titles at WrestleMania 30 and last year's TLC and Hell in a Cell events.
The Shield vs. Evolution
It doesn't take someone snooping around backstage to see that WWE is planning a rematch between Evolution and The Shield. Just to confirm those thoughts, however, PWInsider, via Wrestling Inc, reports that these teams colliding is on the docket.
Evolution's attack on The Shield on Monday's Raw is all the hint that fans needed, though.
Just as they did during the build to Extreme Rules, Randy Orton, Batista and Triple H throttled The Shield. Leaving them out cold in the ring will undoubtedly inspire new wrath from "The Hounds of Justice."
The Shield earned the victory at Extreme Rules. Evolution will have a crack at evening the series.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt is not finished toying with John Cena.
After Wyatt defeated the fan favorite in a cage match at Extreme Rules, he spent the majority of his speech on Monday's Raw on his thoughts on Cena. He talked of Cena's fear and how alone Cena was.
Cena responded on Tuesday's Main Event, wondering aloud what the appeal of Wyatt's message was.
The spotlight continues to shine on this story. The two will certainly meet once more.
In fact, F4WOnline, via Wrestling Inc, reports that "the John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt feud is scheduled to go on for some time, possibly past the Payback pay-per-view."
Daniel Bryan vs. Kane (Buried Alive Match-WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
You can't keep a monster down for long, it seems.
Daniel Bryan used a forklift, a tire iron and a trip through a flaming table to defeat Kane at Extreme Rules. Still, the masked man kept coming at him. Kane chased Bryan and Brie Bella around the arena for much of Monday's Raw.
It may take piling dirt atop his fallen body to finally stop Kane. That's exactly what WWE reportedly has in the works.
PWInsider, via Wrestling Inc, reports that "a Buried Alive match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title between Kane and Daniel Bryan is planned for WWE Payback next month."
This stipulation would allow for a definitive end to this narrative. It also gives Bryan a potential boost should he defeat "The Devil's Favorite Demon" in a match where Kane once toppled The Undertaker.
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