WWE Payback 2014: Undercard Matches Fans Deserve to See

Erik BeastonFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

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On June 1, World Wrestling Entertainment will present Payback.

At this point, the main events look to be a rehash of the top-billed bouts from May's Extreme Rules as The Shield and Evolution continue their war, Kane looks to further torment Daniel Bryan by taking his WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and John Cena attempts to end the Bray Wyatt nightmare once and for all.

While the top of the card appears to be filled out, the undercard is far from determined.

There are several matches that have been hinted at and built to based on the events of Raw and SmackDown, but there are several relevant stars who do not yet have a definitive direction as the June event rapidly approaches.

In preparation for the show, here is a look at a few undercard bouts the WWE Universe deserves to see when Payback emanates from the AllState Arena in suburban Chicago.


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Unified Championship Match: United States Champion Sheamus vs. Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett

A few weeks back, in a No. 1 Contender Tournament match, Bad News Barrett defeated Sheamus in a hellishly hard-fought match. They hit hard and often, but in the end, it was the opportunistic Barrett who capitalized on an opening and flattened Sheamus with the Bullhammer elbow strike for the win.

Now that each man holds one of the WWE's midcard championships, they should do battle to bring those two titles together, creating a unified championship that every second-tier competitor can compete over. It would immediately bring prestige back to either the WWE Intercontinental or United States Championship and would provide fans with a stellar match in the form of Sheamus vs. Barrett.

Simply announcing the match would be all the build necessary to hype fans up for the bout while the competitors would back up any build with an outstanding match—especially if given time.


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Divas Championship Match: Paige vs. Alicia Fox

Over the last month, Alicia Fox has rapidly developed into the most fierce competitor in the Divas division, recently showing an increased intensity and aggression that fans had not been exposed to when watching the leggy young woman from Ponte Beach, Florida.

Her bouts with Paige, in particular, have been very hard-hitting and have set a different tone for Divas matches in WWE. While Fox has found herself on the losing end of those matches, a simple non-title victory over Paige and some work from the commentators could easily position her as a threat to Paige's title.

After six years of doing what was best for business, being a great spokesperson for WWE and putting over nearly every other Diva who has walked through the door, the rejuvenated Fox deserves at least one opportunity to prove what she is capable of with more time than granted on Raw and on a bigger stage such as WWE pay-per-view.


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WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan

The only real tag team competition left for champions The Usos, Harper and Rowan have become a thorn in the side of the twins as they have now defeated Jimmy and Jey twice in six-man tag team competition.

While that alone hardly puts them in line for a tag team title shot, the fact that they are in the middle of a major storyline involving John Cena, have a few hard-to-come-by victories over The Shield and, again, are the only real competition left in the tag division positions them in line for a championship match.

The Usos and the two largest members of the Wyatt Family have demonstrated solid chemistry to this point, and more time and prestige on pay-per-view would, hopefully, bring the best out of all four competitors.


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Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro

These two competitors are capable of delivering so much more than what they have to this point. Without the distraction of Jack Swagger in a Triple Threat match or a screwy finish messing with the overall quality of the bout, they may be able to deliver upon their potential in a singles match at Payback.

The Payback theme itself would be fitting, since it was Cesaro who cost Van Dam an opportunity to become the No. 1 contender to the intercontinental title last month, not to mention the history between RVD and Heyman from their days in ECW.

A 10 to 15 minute match with little in the way of interference, just two exemplary wrestlers having an exemplary contest, would be a perfect opener for the show and give Cesaro another building block to add to the foundation of what should be a phenomenal career.