WWE Payback 2014: Superstars That Will Shine Under PPV Spotlight
As with every WWE pay-per-view event, Payback will allow fans the opportunity to observe the development of several of the company's emerging stars.
What's more, it give those stars the opportunity to shine under the spotlight of a pay-per-view show.
Whether it is a recent addition to the roster that will continue their strong start to life in the WWE, or a seasoned campaigner with something to prove, there are likely to be several stars who will shine under the spotlight at Payback.
Let's take a look at five particular stars who should thrive under the weight of expectation and pressure of competing on the big stage.
It's been a pretty strong start to life in the WWE for Rusev. However, you get the impression he must now be set a serious challenge to determine how far he can go with the company.
Several squash victories are all well and good when you're starting out, but he's now already had one easy victory on pay-per-view, and a real rivalry should be his next test.
With that being said, even if he is thrown a huge challenge at Payback, you would expect him to stand up to it. With the elegant yet controlling Lana by his side, the two make a good pair, and big things should be expected of Rusev.
For such a huge athlete, he is remarkably agile, and that excellent mix of abilities will stand him in good stead moving forward.
Even though the WWE are close to making a complete mess of Cesaro's push, there is little doubt he is still an impressive wrestler.
He is the kind of guy who will thrive in a pay-per-view spotlight, and no matter what rivalry the WWE put in his way, he will still impress those watching.
However, some swift action needs to be taken in terms of addressing the direction of Cesaro. At the moment, he is stuck between operating as a face and a heel, which is no good for his career.
Payback will hopefully provide plenty of answers in regards to Cesaro's future. Either way, you can rely on the Swiss star to deliver on the big stage once again.
A couple of months ago, the notion of putting Kane on a list like this was unthinkable. However, you have to pay credit to him, as he has really stepped up his game of late.
Of course, the masked gimmick returning has given Kane his edge back—that corporate gimmick could only really be described as a failure.
His feud with Daniel Bryan has seen him become the demonic, twisted character that we all remember from the height of the Attitude Era—and he should get another shot at Bryan at Payback.
As such a seasoned veteran, Kane is destined to succeed under the Payback spotlight, just as he did at Extreme Rules.
Bad News Barrett
He's been on a real roll of late, and Bad News Barrett continues to impress as the weeks and months go on.
It was a slow process when the character initially debuted, but his performances have been rewarded by winning the Intercontinental Championship, which he can be expected to defend successfully at Payback.
There are a number of men who could realistically step up and challenge Barrett at Payback, but it seems foolish to think the company would take the belt away from him at such an early stage in his reign.
The crowd seem to be into Barrett at the moment, which will only do good things for his confidence in the ring. That should produce yet another strong showing on pay-per-view from the Englishman, who is on a real upward curve at the moment.
If we are going to judge success at Payback based on performances at the last pay-per-view, then Seth Rollins is more than deserving of a place on this list.
He stole the show at times during The Shield's match with Evolution at Extreme Rules, and he continues to impress with his remarkable ability in the ring.
Rollins is the kind of guy who will put his body on the line in order to entertain the crowd, and that is something that makes you very popular indeed.
With The Shield likely to take on Evolution—in one form or another—at Payback once again, expect Rollins to deliver under the pressure of the pay-per-view scenario. He is too talented to do otherwise, in all honesty.