Introduction to Payback Predictions 2015
After the disappointment of Extreme Rules, we’re definitely hoping for a better showing this time around. The Fatal-4-Way is something we’re getting a little excited about. Most of all due to the inclusion of Dean Ambrose, which we will admit, we were surprised about. It wasn’t long ago when we were discussing the desperate need for the WWE to give Ambrose a push, and he seems to have got it.
There are various things that are likely to happen at Payback. First of all, there is the potential for new feuds to extend, but arguably more importantly (and hopefully) the opportunity for some feuds to end. Most notably, the John Cena and Rusev feud, which really hasn’t gone down well with us. We were bored of it from the get go, and that boredom has just turned into hate towards the matchups. However, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for plenty of Lana action on Sunday.
Anyway, let’s get onto our Payback Predictions, and see what we think will happen in each of the matches, and what the outcomes will be:
1 – Naomi and Tamina Snuka vs. The Bella Twins
Naomi is no doubt being groomed to be the next WWE Diva’s Champion. Realistically she’s the only one who can really compete for the title right now. We were really hoping that Paige would be up with a shot, however, she seems to have dwindled as of late.
We’re still not sure what we think of Naomi going heel. However, I think we will reach a conclusion on whether we love or hate it come Sunday.
It is a bit surprising to us that the WWE decided to go without the need of a Diva’s Championship match at Payback. However, our prediction is that they will continue to build a rivalry between Naomi and Nikki Bella, and they will have a match for the Diva’s title at the next Pay Per View.
Our prediction is that Naomi and Tamina will pick up the victory for this match. Which is pretty much standard procedure for the underdog to win in a match prior to going up against the champion for the title.
This is probably our most confident prediction of the night (other than the main event).
2 – The New Day vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd
These matches are always entertaining. We never thought we would grow to like The New Day. Admittedly, we still prefer Cesaro and Tyson Kidd. However, they’re bringing some interest towards the tag team division, which is always a good thing.
I find it highly unlikely that the WWE is going to let The New Day drop their newly acquired titles quite so early. So it won’t be a shock to see them walk out the winners of this matchup.
I would expect plenty of twists and unique events happening in this match. As is almost always the case in a 2 out of 3 fall match, expect it to go the distance. Expecting The New Day to come out as the victors, just, by the skin of their necks.
3 – Ryback vs. Bray Wyatt
Surely we’re not the only ones who think this is a bit of an odd pairing?
This is a bit of a wild-card for us. With the rumours that Bray will be joining up with his real life brother, Bo Dallas, we can’t help but feel that there will be some sort of inclusion of Bo Dallas in the match. Especially considering at the last PPV, Ryback took down Bo Dallas. It is a bit of a long shot, and we’re not sure exactly how it would unfold. However, it would definitely allow that ‘rumour’ to become a reality. Otherwise, it just seems a bit odd for the two to join together.
Ryback is generally more popular with the crowds, and therefore can probably get away with a loss here. So, we’re putting our Payback Predictions on Bray Wyatt walking out the victor of this match.
We still can’t help but feel that this match is a bit of a mish-mash and that the WWE creative team just threw it together to fill up the PPV slots.
4 – Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
Take a shot for every time there’s a “Kiss Me Arse” reference?
There’s not much to say about this match really. Another storyline (without much story) which is going on a little bit too long.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a more interesting win than what happened at Extreme Rules. However, we’re putting our money on Sheamus to win this one, as a sort of ‘revenge’ for his loss at Extreme Rules. I doubt much will come from this match, and this will likely be the end of the feud. At least we hope. Like the John Cena vs. Rusev match, we’re hoping it is the last.
Some feuds can go on eternally and still be entertaining. However, this isn’t one of them. The timer runs out on Sunday night.
5 – King Barrett vs. Neville
We’re looking forward to this one! We’re definitely fans of Neville here at WhatWrestling, and if we’re honest, we’re generally not massive fans of the high flyers. We’re definitely Brock Lesnar-esque wrestling fans. However, there are the odd wrestlers here and there who we become massive fans off. Jeff Hardy was one, and now Neville is definitely going high up our list of favourite wrestlers.
We’re definitely loving the fact that there are more British wrestlers in the WWE these days. Roll back 15 years, and off the top of my head, I can’t think of much more than William Regal who was British and in the WWE, can you? Tell me if I’m wrong in the comments below.
There isn’t much of a story behind this match. I suppose they fought at King of the Ring, and perhaps it’s a bit of a payback (see what I did there?) match for Neville, who lost out on the crown during KotR. However, a match like this doesn’t require a strong storyline. Both wrestlers are incredibly entertaining to watch, and both very likeable. I honestly wouldn’t mind either of them walking away victorious, and it isn’t because we’re British and being biased.
There is a legitimate reason for both wrestlers to walk away the winner, so it is hard to make a prediction on this match.
If we had to put our money on it, we’d have King Barrett down as the winner. Although, please, lose the ‘king’. We’re not sure what is worse, the “Bad News Barrett” idea or the “King Barrett” one. I don’t see why he can’t just stick to his own damned name.
I feel as though Neville will still come up trumps in terms of popularity, even with a loss here.
6 – John Cena vs. Rusev (yay…)
I guess I have to write a piece on this, don’t I?
I think we’ve made clear that we’re not particularly big fans of this feud over here at WhatWrestling. Regardless, we will still be watching it on Sunday night, and our prediction is you’ll here a very negative review of it come Monday morning.
However, on a serious note. We’ve discussed the implications of either wrestler losing this match. IF Rusev looses, we don’t see much hope for him coming back and rebounding as the ‘invincible Russian’ (despite the fact he’s Bulgarian…). He’s been beaten far too many times, and if you ask us, a bit too easily, for him to really be perceived as being particularly strong anymore.
The WWE seems to like to ‘big up’ Rusev when they are on RAW. However, as soon as it comes to the PPV, Cena seems to grow super strength and somehow easily deal with the “Russian”. We see it as almost inevitable that Cena will win this. Our only other prediction, which could be a possibility, is something reminiscing back to The Rock vs. Mankind days. Where they had an I Quit! match where Mankind simply refused to utter the words, no matter what the punishment was. We could potentially see Rusev pushed to the absolute limits until he passes out, rather than quitting. Therefore giving Cena the win, but still making Rusev look strong. This is the preferred outcome in our minds if Cena has to walk away the victor.
7 – Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns
We’re keeping our fingers crossed, first and foremost, that this headliner isn’t as disappointing as Orton vs. Rollins at Extreme Rules was. The ending to that match was absolutely awful, and the match as a whole was a general let down. Throwing away the RKO definitely removed some of the theatrics and entertainment from Orton’s arsenal.
Unfortunately, we feel as though Rollins is likely going to walk out the victor due to some sort of help from J&J security, or Kane. It’s getting to the stage where I find it hard to believe that Seth Rollins could legitimately win a match without any help at a Pay Per View. However, we will have to wait and see.
My Payback Prediction is that the WWE is going to continue with Rollins as a super-heel (admittedly, he’s doing a good job), and wait for the imminent return of Brock Lesnar. If they manage to build more and more hate towards Seth Rollins, there will likely be a huge push and want from the WWE Universe for him to be bashed around Suplex City.
We’re definitely looking forward to Dean Ambrose’s involvement in this match, and it will likely add a unique edge. Unfortunately for the WWE, from our position, Roman Reigns is the one sitting out on the sidelines. In fact, I almost forgot to even mention him in this article. We genuinely feel that Reigns would be far more popular if he hadn’t been shoved in at the top straight away. If he’d done something along the same lines as Ambrose, sitting in the mid card building popularity, he would be faring far better in terms of popularity. However, you can’t forget that Roman Reigns has been involved in the match of the PPV for the past two Pay Per Views, in our opinion.