The second edition of WWE's Payback pay-per-view is just over a week away, and the final booking plans will now be locked in ahead of the event.
The two biggest matches on the card see John Cena take on Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing match and The Shield lock horns with Evolution once again.
Both of those contests will be incredibly intriguing, and they are two of the best feuds the WWE has managed to produce for a long time.
But given how they are both rematches, there is a need for the company to get the booking spot on as we head toward Payback. We need to be kept guessing in terms of who will come out on top, and the best way to do that is by employing some shrewd booking techniques.
As the event rapidly approaches, there are certain ways that the top feuds at Payback could be booked to ensure it is a success.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
In all fairness, it is pretty impressive that this rivalry has been drawn out to a third successive pay-per-view. Both men need to be given credit for that, and we have seen some pretty exciting stuff over the last couple of months from Wyatt and Cena.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this rivalry is that it is bringing a different side out of John Cena—a side we have never seen before.
Cena has been battling his own personal demons, as well as The Wyatt Family, and that has made for some interesting TV. He has even been resorted to pulling out sneak attacks to get the upper hand on Wyatt, as we saw on the Raw taping from London this past week.
The best way to keep this rivalry at the top of its game heading into Payback would be by seeing Wyatt push Cena even further on a mental level.
Cena's record in Last Man Standing matches is incredibly good, so it would be nice to see Bray get into Cena's head even more before the pay-per-view approaches.
Having him tussle with Erick Rowan would be a nice way to lock in the match, too. After Cena's contest against Luke Harper last week on Raw, it seems sensible to make him duel with the other member of The Wyatt Family.
The Shield vs. Evolution
To be perfectly honest, this incredible rivalry doesn't really need much work putting into it to ensure it delivers at Payback.
The Shield are arguably the hottest stable to hit the WWE in years, and the jealousy of Evolution has brought us to an explosive impasse.
Seth Rollins vs. Batista on Raw gave us an insight into perhaps the best way of building this match ahead of Payback. It would be interesting to see all six members of the match take part in singles contests in the final week before Payback, with a varying number of winners on both sides.
That would ensure the crowd would be completely unsure who would prevail at Payback, with both sides potentially being the better choice to snatch victory.
As always, it is important the WWE keep all avenues open when it comes to the main event. They shouldn't give too much away, and that is why this seems the best possible way to push the match.
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