WWE Payback 2014: Start Time, Predictions and More for Event

Aaron BowerFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2014

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The WWE will be looking to continue its recent upturn in momentum on pay-per-view, as the company hosts its second edition of Payback this Sunday.

After the strong showing at both WrestleMania XXX and Extreme Rules, the card has taken shape nicely once again, with a duo of matches that are sure to capture the imagination.

The Shield and Evolution will again lock horns in the main event, and John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt is on the card for a third-straight pay-per-view, with their Last Man Standing match looking set to be an enthralling encounter.

We have both midcard championships on the line, as Bad News Barrett and Sheamus defend their titles for the first time on pay-per-view against relatively strong opposition.

All in all, Payback should be a pretty decent spectacle for those who choose to purchase the event, with plenty of drama expected throughout.


Start Time

The main show gets underway from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT, although the pre-show will be live half an hour prior to that, as El Torito and Hornswoggle lock horns in a Mask vs. Hair match that has thankfully been consigned to the pre-show.

That drama all begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT and is exclusive to the WWE Network.



With Daniel Bryan set to make a decision between his wife's career or his WWE World Heavyweight Championship, there should be drama away from the action inside the ring, too.

Bryan refused to give up the title on Raw this past week despite Stephanie McMahon insisting he drop the championship, and the two are set to lock horns once again in what will surely be an explosive segment.

Elsewhere, the biggest match of the evening sees The Shield and Evolution go at it once again, with a conclusive ending to that rivalry perhaps in the pipeline at Payback.

It would be fantastic to see The Shield continue their momentum by knocking off Evolution once again and cementing their status as the hottest stable in recent years.

Bad News Barrett should be too strong for Rob Van Dam, who will hopefully be able to put the Intercontinental champion over to such a degree that he continues to grow under his new gimmick.


What to Expect

Much like Extreme Rules and WrestleMania XXX before it, Payback should be a pay-per-view that manages to deliver a blockbusting event on several fronts.

The planned segment between Daniel Bryan and Stephanie McMahon is unlikely to go off without a hitch, and there are sure to be a couple of twists in the plot for that angle, no doubt involving the influence of Kane.

Don't expect any of the championships that are being defended to change hands, as Sheamus, Paige and Bad News Barrett are all in the infancy of their reigns, and a defeat here could spell disaster for their fledgling careers.

All in all, an impressive card means that Payback could well be one of the most exciting shows the WWE has put on in some time. Don't miss out on any of the action, as the WWE rolls on towards one of its biggest shows of the year, SummerSlam!