WWE Payback 2014: Predicting Winners for All Projected Title Matches

Aaron BowerFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2014

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The forthcoming edition of Payback is shaping up to be an incredibly interesting show, with the card perhaps the most difficult to predict in months and months.

We have no clear idea what is going on at the very top of the card, as Daniel Bryan could be stripped of his championship or left to reign whilst recovering from neck surgery. That means Kane won't get his rematch as suggested at the end of Extreme Rules, which is a bit of a shame.

Elsewhere, we have two new champions in the WWE's midcard, and both should be in action in order to continue the momentum they have gained since winning the belts.

But who will win the title matches that are expected to take place at Payback? Let's take a look.


Divas Championship: Paige vs. Alicia Fox

There can be little doubt that Alicia Fox is going to be the challenger for Paige at Payback—at least if her actions on Raw are anything to go by.

Fox's meltdown after Paige picked up a pretty shock win over her caused her to lose the plot, and she went on a rampage at ringside which left everyone talking.

Tamina Snuka has mysteriously faded into the background once again following her loss to Paige at Extreme Rules, and it has opened the door for Alicia Fox to step forward and become the latest challenger.

However, despite Fox thrusting herself back into the title picture with that explosive reaction, she still shouldn't be able to wrestle the championship away from Paige, who is very much still in her infancy as champion.

Winner: Paige


United States Championship: Sheamus vs. Titus O'Neil

A couple of weeks ago on Raw, Sheamus and Titus O'Neil had a match that left us with more questions rather than answers. First of all, why did the match even take place? Admittedly both guys are struggling to make an impact, but it seemed a peculiar contest to throw together.

And secondly, why did the WWE have Titus beat on Sheamus before the match had even begun? Were they trying to give us the beginnings of a feud? Well, with Sheamus now in possession of the United States Championship, the smart thing to do would be have him defend it on occasions.

And why not Titus O'Neil as a first challenger? He simply cannot be allowed to waste away after disbanding the Prime Time Players. It would be ridiculous for the company to let that tag team go to waste without doing anything substantial with either man.

However, even if they do roll with this most unlikely of rivalries for Payback, you would still imagine Sheamus would have no trouble defending the belt. But it would be a good start up the ladder for Titus O'Neil.

Winner: Sheamus


Intercontinental Championship: Bad News Barrett vs. Dolph Ziggler

With Bad News Barrett's reputation and popularity continuing to grow, it is imperative he gets on pay-per-view and defends the championship as often as possible.

Some high-profile title matches are required for a strong reign as champion, and taking on one of the crowd favorites would be a great place to start.

Dolph Ziggler actually managed to win a match on the May. 12 edition of Raw, and looks like he is in line for a minor push. Could that push take him towards the Intercontinental Championship?

It would be a great contest, and would pit two of the best workers in the entire roster against each other on pay-per-view.

Even if Ziggler got the shot though, you would still assume Bad News Barrett's strong start to life as Intercontinental Champion would continue at Payback.

Winner: Bad News Barrett


That leads us to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Will it be defended at Payback, or will Daniel Bryan be left to retain the belt during his period of injury? Well, with The Shield vs. Evolution and Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena already locked in, it seems silly to rush a new champion into place.

The card is looking relatively strong, with those two matches alone looking like they could main event the show. Throwing a new contender into place at short notice would make things a bit of a mess. Therefore, it is difficult to see a match taking place for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Payback.