Before I start this blog, this Sunday is Father’s Day, and, I would like to wish all the Fathers, and Fathers-to-be a very Happy Father’s Day. For those, like myself, whose Fathers are no longer alive, my heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to you.
That being said, in this blog, I am previewing the 2013 WWE Payback PPV, which emanates from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., on June 14, 2013, this Sunday. It is a new PPV from WWE. It features a Three Stages from Hell Match between John Cena vs Ryback, a Triple Threat Match for the Intercontinental Title, and the return of Chicago’s own CM Punk.
[adinserter block=”1″]The PPV on paper looks pretty good. The promotion on TV could have been better, especially the under card. I also could have done without a McMahon Family Feud getting started. Here they are, pushing a new PPV, and they put the McMahons front and center. I like the McMahons, but in small doses. I just thought they distracted from pushing the PPV.
Well, here is my preview for the PPV. I hope you enjoy it.
Youtube Opening Match: Sheamus vs Damian Sandow
I am guessing that this match wound up on the pre-show due to time restraints. After all, the Cena match is going to take up time, and I am sure there will be another McMahon Family Feud skit thrown into the PPV.
Prediction: I would like Sandow to win, but I think Sheamus wins.
Divas Championship: Kaitlyn (C) vs A.J. Lee
WWE, what have you done with Ms. Lee? You had a fantastic character, that to me, was a total, unpredictable psycho, and turned her into a second rate Lita (during the Rated R Couple days). I don’t understand why WWE pulls out the rug under a character they were clearly behind.
As for Kaitlyn, I don’t have much to say. I really hope that A.J. Lee takes the belt. Perhaps Lee can feud with Natalya, someone who can actually wrestle.
Prediction: A.J. Lee
United States Championship: Dean Ambrose (C) vs Kane
I have been so impressed with Dean Ambrose lately. I think he is going to do great things in WWE. He is excellent on the mic, and is awesome in the ring. Kane has been pretty good in his role as part of Team Hell No with Daniel Bryan. I think this will be a decent match, as you can only do so much with Kane.
Prediction: Dean Ambrose retains his belt.
Tag Team Championship: The Shield (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) (C) vs Randy Orton & Daniel Bryan
This match, if allowed enough time, could be a very good match, and maybe one of the top ones. You have four capable workers, and I expect Daniel Bryan (whom I just love) to put on a clinic.
I don’t think they will get the belts, but the dynamic of Orton and Bryan working together will be something to watch. WWE has teased tension between the two, as they, along with Kane, have been fighting the Shield. Bryan has been going bananas, as he insists that he is not the weak link, and Orton keeps calling him “crazy town.”
Orton has given Bryan an RKO on Smack Down recently, so it is not unreasonable to wonder if Orton is going to go heel (where he’s at his best). We will have to wait and see.
The Shield have been doing a great job, especially Rollins. I love his style of wrestling. He is very athletic. Some fans don’t like Roman Reigns, and think he is the weak link. I don’t agree. He is not as polished as the other two, but I think he holds his own, as far as work-rate. I think he will improve with time.
Prediction: The Shield retain their Tag Team Championships.
Triple Threat Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Wade Barrett (C) vs Curtis Axel vs The Miz
This match was to be Barrett vs Miz vs Fandango, but the Dancing King is out due to a concussion. Paul Heyman’s new client, Curtis Axel, takes the vacated spot. This match wasn’t pushed as much. I remember when the IC Championship was a major accomplishment. Nowadays, not so much.
Anyway, I really don’t have a lot of interest in this match. I remember when Barrett was being set up for big things. Now, due to injuries, and whatnot, here he is feuding with Miz and the now sidelined Fandango. He will now deal with Curtis Axel, who has beaten just about all the top guys.
Prediction: I wish “I don’t care.” was an option, but it’s not. I wouldn’t be surprised if any of these guys won, but I will just pick Curtis Axel.
Chris Jericho vs CM Punk
This match has been pushed well. I would say it should be the match of the night. Jericho and the conquering hero, CM Punk, will face off to see who is the “Best in the World at what they do.” It is a pretty simple concept.
Prediction: The PPV is in Punk’s hometown. He is returning. My two dollars goes on Punk.
World Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler (C) vs Alberto Del Rio
Barely any push for this match, which is understandable due to Ziggler’s concussion. I am glad that WWE is taking the health of their wrestlers seriously, by the way. That being said, with Ziggler just coming back, I expect this match to be kept short.
I don’t expect Del Rio to win this, and I would not be surprised if Jack Swagger returned to interfere. I also expect Team Ziggler to interfere also.
Prediction: Ziggler retains
Three Stages of Hell Match for the WWE Championship: John Cena (C) vs Ryback
Stage 1: Lumberjack Match. Stage 2. Tables Match Stage 3. Ambulance Match (if needed)
Along with the McMahon Family Feud, this match has been pushed to the hilt. You have Ryback with his ambulance, and making threats to Cena, and attacking Cena. Cena retaliates with some promos serious, and some fit for a ten year old.
In other words, a typical John Cena WWE Championship build up match. John Cena is always one step ahead of the heel, who is chasing the championship.No heel ever gets one over on John Cena. The heel always looks like a moron when feuding with Cena.
Ryback, who has yet to win in a PPV, is going to be another heel losing to Cena, and look like a moron. He has already lost credibility. I am almost sure this match will go to all three falls. Who wins? Do I need to tell you? You don’t have to be a ten year old to figure it out.
[adinserter block=”2″]Prediction: John Cena wins the first stage, the Lumberjack Match. Ryback wins the second stage, the Tables Match. In the Third Match, John Cena, all beat up, battered and bruised, turns into Superman, and, ironically, defeats Ryback in the Ambulance Match, and retains his WWE Championship. Ryback looks like a moron, because he wanted an Ambulance match initially, but Cena was allowed to change the stipulations.
That is my preview. Enjoy the PPV.
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan
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