WWE Payback 2014: Forgotten Stars Who Will Make Big Impact at PPV
Payback is shaping up to be an interesting pay-per-view for the future of the WWE, with several significant developments likely to rock the WWE for months to come.
Chief amongst those developments is the future of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, with a new champion looking almost certain to be crowned at the event. After Daniel Bryan's neck surgery, there is a huge opening at the top of the card for someone to seize the day.
Spots all across the card are looking open for stars who have drifted into the back of our minds to make a huge impact.
Let's take a look at some of the forgotten stars who are going to leave their mark on Payback when it airs in June.
Alicia Fox made a pretty explosive return to WWE TV on Raw this past week, and fans of hers will have been pleased to see her make such an impact.
It wasn't just the action inside the ring that caught the eye, though. Her tantrum after the match seemed to suggest that she could well be set for a push into the championship picture.
She threatened to quit on an angle during the WWE App that aired throughout Raw but confirmed later she was merely having a "moment."
It's nice to see the WWE give a forgotten Diva a real push. It's good to see talent emerge from NXT like Paige, but the WWE should never forget the clutch of stars with a decent amount of experience.
If Paige is done with the Tamina Snuka feud, a match with Alicia Fox would be a hugely positive pick from WWE Creative.
At last year's edition of Payback, Ryback was competing for the WWE Championship against John Cena—a match he ultimately lost but not without putting on a decent showing.
Fast forward a year, and the dramatic fall from grace endured by Ryback is shocking.
Having said that, the shoots of recovery have started to appear of late, largely thanks to his alliance with Curtis Axel.
Axel is another guy who has slipped down the pecking order in the WWE, but together you get the impression they could make a decent impact on the tag division.
If The Usos are going to compete at Payback, Ryback and Curtis Axel seem like the most likely team to get the shot.
Perhaps Ryback can remind everyone just why he was a championship contender at Payback by putting in a big performance alongside Axel.
Big E has become one of the biggest casualties of the WWE's ability to spectacularly mess up the careers of young stars, but that could change at Payback.
The last few months of his reign as WWE Intercontinental champion were appalling—largely due to the fact the title never got any significant airtime at any real point.
However, he looks to be the first real challenger for Rusev at the upcoming pay-per-view, and he should be able to make a significant impact.
The crowd is still into Big E, as the reaction he got on Raw this past week showed. Hopefully he can get himself back into contention for gold at Payback by putting in a strong performance against Rusev.
Anyone who saw the Raw pre-show will have been intrigued by the appearance of Damien Sandow on the show this past Monday before Raw went to air.
Before he emerged during the actual show and cut a promo on how dissatisfied he was with things in the WWE, he went crazy during the pre-show, cutting a seething promo on the lack of opportunities he is getting of late.
It was almost like a watered-down version of CM Punk's "pipe bomb" promo and could well indicate an angle is in the offing.
When you throw together this outburst from Sandow and Fox's tantrum on Raw—as well as The Miz's peculiar outbursts earlier in the year—you get the feeling something big could be about to happen.
The WWE has been presented with an incredibly rare opportunity following Daniel Bryan's enforced neck surgery.
With Bryan likely to take a period of time off, there is an opportunity to catapult someone into stardom by giving him a title shot from absolutely nowhere.
If the company did the unthinkable and went down that avenue, who better to get the shot than Dolph Ziggler?
He is still supremely popular with fans—largely due to the fact that they appreciate his wrestling ability but are as frustrated as he is by a lack of opportunities.
At Payback in 2013, he dropped the World Heavyweight Championship to Alberto Del Rio and then began a spectacular fall from grace. It would be apt if the WWE decided to start another huge push for Ziggler at Payback exactly one year later.