WWE Payback: WWE Succeeds, 3 Times in a Row

My Review for WWE Payback 2014. It focuses less on recapping the event and more on how good it was and what it means for stories ahead.

Despite suffering severe setbacks with their champion injured and the tag team division all but dead again, WWE is enjoying a great deal of success right now, fueled by good storytelling and strong wrestling. Following the highly successful NXT Takeover comes the second edition of WWE’s June PPV, Payback, and it delivered where it needed to. This marks the third good PPV from WWE in a row following Wrestlemania 30 and Extreme Rules 2014. The Match Card was as follows:

  • El Torito vs. Hornswoggle (Mask vs. Hair)
  • Cesaro vs. Sheamus (United States Championship)
  • The Brotherhood vs Rybaxel
  • Rusev vs. Big E
  • Bo Dallas vs Kofi Kingston
  • Rob Van Dam vs. Bad News Barrett (Intercontinental Championship)
  • Alicia Fox vs. Paige (Divas Championship)
  • John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (Last Man Standing)
  • The Shield vs. Evolution (No Holds Barred Elimination)

I’ll admit that being busy, I hadn’t been heavily invested going into Payback and hence I did not have a well thought out prediction for the card. It was fun watching an event with lesser expectations. Let’s get started!