Daniel Bryan's neck injury will force WWE Payback 2014 to focus more on the midcard, emerging talent and Superstars entrenched in rivalries.
When Kane played movie monster on the May 5 edition of Raw, fans fully expected him to face Bryan once more, perhaps in a Buried Alive match, per PWInsider.com (h/t WrestleZone.com). One shocking announcement later, and WWE's top champion will not be medically cleared for the pay-per-view and the world title may not even be a part of the show.
There's no need to panic, though.
The rest of the roster provides a number of options for WWE. There are other championships to showcase and powerhouses to unleash on each other.
Besides, there are already two marquee matchups on the docket. So far, WWE has confirmed The Shield vs. Evolution and John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing match for the event.
Looking at the company's current storylines and sifting through backstage reports provides five potential additional bouts to expect at Payback.