WWE Payback 2014: Stars Who Failed to Deliver on Big Stage

Aaron Bower@@aaronbowerFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2014

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The second edition of WWE Payback is done and dusted, and there were plenty of highlights from an event that managed to exceed expectations once again.

Even though there was no main championship match, the two contests at the top of the card were so compelling that it almost didn't even matter.

However, despite all of the drama at Payback, there were still some stars who couldn't live up to the hype and really did flatter to deceive.

Admittedly, there weren't many candidates who fit this bracket, but it's still important to highlight the select few who failed to deliver on the big stage.



Another pay-per-view, another pretty disappointing showing from Batista. Sure, he was involved with the match of the evening at Payback, as The Shield and Evolution took each other to the limit.

But for Batista, his inclusion in the really big segments were few and far between, and you almost felt he was the one guy out of the six who almost didn't need to be there.

The fact he was eliminated first will raise some questions over his future in Evolution, for sure, and it will be interesting to see if Randy Orton and Triple H turn their backs on him given how he could well be taking some time off again in the near future.

It's difficult to see where Batista goes from here if he sticks around, in all honesty. His performances have just not captured the imagination, and his return has ultimately been a failure.


Bad News Barrett

This may be a bit of a controversial pick, but of all the matches at Payback, Bad News Barrett vs. Rob Van Dam was the one that really felt a bit flat.

After his sneak attack on Van Dam a couple of weeks ago on Raw, the Intercontinental Championship match seemed to have some good momentum behind it.

Sure, there were a few good spots, and the overall mission to put Barrett over was successfully achieved by Van Dam, but Barrett will have to step it up in the coming weeks.

When you compare his match with Sheamus' United States Championship contest against Cesaro, it is clear to see which champion is in a better position moving forward.



Something doesn't feel quite right when it comes to Paige and her reign as Divas champion. Whether it is the WWE's intention or not, having her struggle through matches before eventually winning isn't really cutting it.

Her match with Alicia Fox at Payback was another reminder that there is a lot of work to be done in the Divas division to keep the interest high, especially after Paige was on the ropes for most of the match again.

That is no way for a champion to be operating, and even if the WWE's grand plan is for her to grow stronger as she becomes more accustomed to being on the main roster, that just doesn't feel right.

Her performance at Payback was incredibly flat, and you would hope the company has something smart up its sleeve to give Paige's title reign a shot in the arm.