Payback is upon us tonight so let’s see how well I can predict the outcomes
Kick Off: Sheamus vs Sandow
As much as I’d love to see Sandow win over Sheamus, a face victory to kick off the show seems a near certainty. Sandow is mesmerizing no matter whether he is on the mic or in the ring and winning could give him a nice push that he deserves; but Sheamus seems most likely to be in line for a title shot and more likely to be put over. Sorry Sandow, you’ll always be my intellectual saviour.
Divas Title Match: AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn
Oh WWE women’s division, how the mighty have fallen. The “Divas” title is, unfortunately, a complete joke but I’m quietly confident that this match will be at least more entertaining than most of the Diva fare we see. Kaitlyn can actually wrestle provided they don’t just make her pull hair for an entire match and AJ’s got a lot of character and presence, something the division severely lacks. My money is on AJ winning leading to a power couple arc with Ziggler and hopefully resulting in Big E Langston (I love this guy) becoming jealous and going out on his own. Personally I think this match is just here to perpetuate another story arc but there is the potential they may end up dragging this out to another PPV before AJ wins. But my gut says she’ll take the umm silver and pink? (seriously that belt is probably the most vulgar looking belt since the WWE spinner *shudder*)
Winner: AJ Lee
United States Title Match: Kane vs. Dean Ambrose
Yeah, I really think Kane will win a match scheduled a week before a PPV with zero build up. Kane clearly doesn’t need a title and it benefits Ambrose far more. Still nice to see another title defence on the card. Will be a predictable but entertaining match.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Intercontinental Triple Threat Title Match: Wade Barret vs. The Miz vs. Curtis Axel
I really hope Fandango has a swift recovery but I do think giving the title to Curtis Axel is going to be more beneficial to his push. Yes Axel will win. Neither of the other two men need the title and Axel is in desperate need of a victory other than squashing Sin Cara and technicality wins. I’m still not sold on Axel’s mic skills but that’s why Paul Heyman is there. This title will be good for Axel and get him out of this stupid rut WWE has forced him into, and hey; this could even lead to a Fandango face turn for his Axel’s first defence. We shall see.
Winner: Fandango Curtis Axel
WWE Tag Team Title Match: Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins
The victory over The Shield on Smackdown added some “just maybe!” thoughts in some people’s heads but in reality, The Shield will retain. Bryan’s had a good tag champion run and at least one of the pair is bound to turn heel after tonight. I’m hoping it’s Orton because he’s so desperate for a heel turn he may just drop kick a fan to speed the process up. I predict that Bryan will cost them the match resulting in Orton getting mad and leading to a heel turn.
Winners: The Shield
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
Wow all the gold is on the line tonight which makes me very happy. The bookies are putting better odds on Del Rio now but I honestly think if they were going to have Ziggler drop the title they would have just stripped it of him after his concussion. I’m hoping for an honest win from Ziggler to make him seem more of a capable champion without his entourage but that may be a little too optimistic. Either way he will retain dirty or clean but definitely whilst showing off.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
WWE Title 3 Stages of Hell Match: John Cena vs. Ryback
Cena will win, let’s get that out of the way. WWE clearly have no intention of dropping it so soon after a Wrestlemania victory and a potential defence against The Rock upon his return (well maybe return). What we should be predicting is how the matches will go.
Lumberjack Match: Cena
It could go either way but the amount of table breaking Ryback has been doing, I feel it’s more likely he’ll loose the first match. Plus it gives the audience a nice up and down momentum for matches.
Tables Match: RYBACK RUUUUUUUUULES
Ambulance Match: Cena pops the big ol’ kitty cat into an ambulance for some much needed rest. Sleep well oh gentle Ryback.
CM Punk vs Chris Jericho
Now this one is tricky, damn tricky. First of all we need to wonder if Punk will even show. WWE are certainly billing it hard but without a single appearance from Punk since his departure, you got to wonder if they are trying to pull the wool over our eyes. As this one is going to be fairly unpredictable I’m going to give myself 3 guesses. Why? Because shut up it’s my predictions.
1: Punk wins as Babyface, Jericho turns Heel
It would be hard to believe that the WWE would bill this match and show no sign of Punk only to have him loose. Punk has been known to be disgruntled with WWE bookings so it would seem like they’d want to please him with a home town victory for his return. It will be a great match none the less but a predictable ending. Oh and the Jericho turning heel part, just for my benefit. This match should just be a Best Heel in the World match.
2: Jericho wins with aid from Paul Heyman
Got to admit I read a prediction about this on Bleacher Report my mind went racing. Imagine Punk being turned on in his home town, all the lovely nice guy Jericho padding he’s been doing recently was all an act! It was a plan all along for the two to bring back Punk only to shame him. Heyman was sick of Punk’s attitude staying at home not worthy to be his client, so Heyman plans an insidious trap with Jericho to cheat his way to the title of best in the world and for Heyman to ditch the client he’s lost faith in… I’m pulling for this one.
3: CM Punk is a no show and someone else comes out instead to attack Jericho.
We know Mark Henry is on his way back but I seriously hope that doesn’t happen. The other potential is Christian. WWE have been sitting on a medically cleared Christian for a while now waiting for a good angle to bring him back even stating his return as a priority. Could this be that chance? If it is Christian he will either have to instigate a heel status right away or Jericho will turn heel possibly with Paul Heyman’s aid (see a pattern emerging here). This one is a bit left field but if I’m right I’m going to be one smug son of a bitch and run down the street screaming “CALLED IT!”
Final thoughts: It’s going to be a great PPV, all the matches feature great talent that have been offering persistently entertaining matches for the most part. Provided the right matches get the most time (especially Punk vs. Jericho, if it happens) it should be a fantastic show.
Match most likely to steal the show: CM Punk vs. Jericho (if it happens)