More WWE Payback 2013 Predictions
Damien Sandow versus Sheamus (Preshow match):
To have the Celtic Warrior on a pre-show is a big mistake by WWE. The match only proves the WWE has no idea what to do with talent like Sheamus and they will continue to ground great talent in favor of more time for their main event matches. The Great White should easily defeat Sandow with a timely “Brogue kick,” but not before performing his crowd pleasing moves to get the fans pumped up for later in the night.
AJ Lee versus Kaitlyn:
AJ lee and Kaitlyn have been feuding since AJ won the number one contenders match for the Divas Title back in May. I really see this feud going far beyond WWE Payback; bringing the Divas title to heights that it hasn’t seen since The Attitude Era. AJ should win the match after locking in her red hot submission hold “The Black Widow.” After a few seconds of struggling, Kaitlyn will succumb to the pain and tap out to the twisted Diva.
Dean Ambrose versus Kane for The United States Title:
I would love to see Kane send Ambrose straight to hell with a choke slam and win the title. That probably won’t be the case come Payback due to the extraordinary push the Shield has received from the WWE. This should really just be a filler match and will most likely end with Kane in full control before The Shield interferes, ending the match in a disqualification.
Wade Barrett vs. The Miz vs. Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental title:
Putting history aside it’s pretty obvious that Curtis Axel will win the Intercontinental title come Sunday at Payback. Since becoming a Paul Heyman guy, Axel has mounted impressive wins against what the best the company has to offer and shows no sign of losing anytime soon. Axel will win the match after avoiding the “Bull Hammer Elbow” and nailing a surprised Barrett with a “PefectPlex” to get the win.
Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins versus Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan:
This is really the second most embarrassing match of the Payback match card. All four of these men deserve to be in better bookings than what they will be participating in on Sunday night. Seriously, Bryan gets huge pops from the crowd and nails aerial moves that leave fans breathless, but still gets put in a mid-card tag team titles match? That makes about as much sense as having John Cena compete only in the pre-show instead of the main event. Orton and Bryan will no doubt lose Sunday, most likely by disqualification paving the way for better bookings for both superstars.
Chris Jericho versus CM Punk:
CM Punk has been missing in action since walking out on Raw the night after WrestleMania 29. With no title to brag about and his last match resulting in a loss to the Undertaker, there is no doubt that Punk needs to win this match in order to restore his massive ego to its rightful place. I don’t exactly know what to expect from this match since I missed the first two contests where these superstars met in the ring, but I would have to say Punk wins after reversing Jericho’s “Lionsualt” into the “GTS” for the win.
Dolph Ziggler versus Alberto Del Rio:
The Mexican aristocrat versus the showoff in all honesty holds little to no interest to me whatsoever. The World Heavyweight title has switched hands so many times since October; it’s almost as big a joke as the Divas title. What has made me even less interested is the fact that this will be Ziggler’s first title defense after holding the title for almost two months. Ziggler suffered a concussion on a May edition of Raw, sidelining him for a month. Ziggler should win the match with a little help from Big E Langston, allowing him to nail a surprise backstabber on Del-rio for the win. I guess Paul McCartney was right when he said you can get by with a little help from your friends.
Payback is a chance to shake things up a bit for the WWE. It’s a chance to finally put over a superstar who is a little past due. With many fans tired of Cena’s “Hustle Loyalty Respect” gimmick, it is clearly time for a new champion. Hopefully at Payback, Ryback does rule.