WWE Payback 2014: Biggest X-Factors to Watch at Massive PPV
The upcoming edition of WWE Payback could arguably be described as the most intriguing show the company has put on in months—with the probable exception of WrestleMania, of course.
For once, we are going to see plenty of championships on show, with both the Intercontinental Championship and United States Championship likely to be defended at the event.
Meanwhile, there is the ongoing story behind the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and whether or not we will even have a champion heading into Payback.
One thing we're guaranteed is drama—with plenty of twists expected for the show. There will also be plenty of crucial X-factor moments to watch out for, with some of the top stars in the company likely to have a big say on the night.
Whether it is great performances from up-and-coming stars or simply the more established guys putting on a show, there is certain to be plenty to keep an eye on at Payback.
Bray Wyatt to Upset the Odds
We start with what could arguably be the most anticipated match of the entire night, as Bray Wyatt once again locks horns with John Cena.
Wrestling fans are usually up in arms when Cena feuds with the same person at three consecutive pay-per-views—but Wyatt is so enthralling that he has been able to take another level out of Cena.
The duo are scheduled to have a Last Man Standing match at Payback, a stipulation which suits Cena to perfection. Given his character is built around never giving up, it is not surprising to look through Cena's records in these matches and find that he does very well.
However, he could be on the end of a wrong result this time around. The plans for Wyatt are clearly huge, and he looks destined to be heading to the very top. The thought of the WWE burying him by having Cena prevail in a Last Man Standing match is unbearable. Expect Wyatt to win.
That really would be a shock victory, but a fully merited one.
A Potential Split Amongst Siblings
Another pretty big X-factor to watch out for at Payback is a tag team potentially splitting up.
After the disastrous breakup of The Prime Time Players, the WWE have to be very careful with how they execute splits of this nature. In any case, The Rhodes Brothers should be able to pull it off pretty well.
Cody Rhodes is destined to be a huge heel, and you get the feeling he is missing his spark by working as a face. It was interesting when he first started teaming up with his brother, but the two have gone a bit stale of late.
Having Goldust work a program with his brother would be no doubt high on his wish list as he comes to the latter stages of his career, and it could really help to elevate Cody to new heights as a heel.
If the split happens at Payback, it is definitely something to watch out for.
The Continued Growth of Bad News Barrett
The WWE's European tour—more specifically, the British part of it—has done wonders for Bad News Barrett.
He backed up his impressive performance on Raw this past week with a great showing at a house show in Sheffield.
He seems to be at a level of popularity that he has never reached before, and although he worked the house show as a babyface, he is a fantastic heel.
To be honest, the fact he worked the show as a face before reverting to type to feud with Rob Van Dam shows how good Barrett is as a talent.
When he takes on Van Dam at Payback, expect nothing less than a Barrett win. If Rob Van Dam puts him over correctly, we could be about to witness the birth of a true main event candidate in the coming months.
The Daniel Bryan Factor
Whether he still holds the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Payback or not, the impact Daniel Bryan will have on the show will be one of the biggest things to watch out for.
Whichever direction the WWE decide to go with Bryan's status—whether they strip him of the belt or keep him as champion—he is sure to make his presence felt at Payback.
If he is stripped of the championship, you would imagine he would interfere at some point during the match that ultimately determines his successor.
Given how Kane's recent attacks have played a huge role in champion's injuries of late, Bryan's former tag team partner will no doubt come into his line of fire at the show.
Again, it will be interesting to see how the WWE choose to play this one out. Whatever happens, expect Bryan to have a huge say in the results at Payback.
The Performance of Seth Rollins
If you are looking for X-factor moments at Payback, then look no further than the likely performance of Seth Rollins.
So often the quiet, underrated member of The Shield—especially given all the hype Roman Reigns received around the turn of the year—Rollins has begun to cement his position at the head of the group in the last few months.
He provided arguably the best moment at Extreme Rules, taking out Triple H, Randy Orton and even Dean Ambrose when he flung himself off a balcony, much to the delight of the crowd in attendance.
Expect something similar out of the daredevil Rollins at Payback, with The Shield likely to cement their growing reputation as one of the hottest stables in years.
When it comes to Rollins, one thing you are guaranteed is sheer entertainment.
At Payback, he could well be the one to watch out for.