After one of the wildest WWE pay-per-views of 2013, the results from Payback have changed the course of the company and certain stars will now carry their momentum into July’s Money in the Bank event.
Top stars like CM Punk, John Cena and The Shield have all been set up to succeed over the next month, and Sunday’s results reflect the continuation of a huge push for each of the following wrestlers.
2013 Payback Results
WWE Champion John Cena defeated Ryback (Three Stages of Hell Match).
Alberto Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
CM Punk defeated Chris Jericho.
WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins defeated Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan.
Curtis Axel defeated Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett and The Miz to win the title.
United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kane via count-out.
AJ Lee defeated Divas Champion Kaitlyn to wiin the title.
Sheamus defeated Damien Sandow (Payback Kickoff Match).
CM Punk Must Beat Brock Lesnar
CM Punk’s victory over Chris Jericho was one of the best matches of the night, and at July’s Money in the Bank PPV, the former WWE champion must beat Brock Lesnar. Instead of that being the end of the feud, though, Paul Heyman must interject himself and turn on his former client on screen.
It’s clear that the WWE has big plans for Punk and Lesnar moving forward, and instead of putting the former WWE champion in a ladder match, having him square off against a bona fide PPV draw like Lesnar is the right choice for business.
The WWE will have star power with Rob Van Dam returning to Money in the Bank—likely to join one of the ladder matches and add legitimacy to the show—so adding a superfight between Punk and Lesnar to the card is a great way to capitalize on the momentum of Punk.
This is a dream feud; enjoy it.
John Cena Will Retain His WWE Championship
After beating Ryback in a brutal Three Stages of Hell match Sunday, it’s clear that John Cena is back on top as the biggest star in the company and the unquestioned WWE champion.
Cena disposed of Ryback and their subsequent feud at Payback, and the company must find the next viable opponent for the champion. While there are reports from Wrestling Observer Newsletter via Wrestling Inc. that Daniel Bryan could be next, that’s not where the company is going.
Mark Henry injected himself into the title scene.
Cena will face the World's Strongest Man in a feud that will showcase just how good both veterans are on the mic and in the ring. People underestimate each of these two superstars, but with the chance to shine in the main event, Henry and Cena will succeed.
Henry will lose, though.
The Shield Will Continue to Dominate
After The Shield’s Dean Ambrose beat Kane and the team of Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns successfully defended their titles against Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, it was clear that the powerful heel trio is almost unstoppable.
That dominance will carry over to July’s Money in the Bank PPV.
Ambrose will likely continue his feud with Kane after winning at Payback via count-out, and there is little doubt that he will retain his United States Championship or possibly even be involved in a Money in the Bank match.
As for Reigns and Rollins, the duo is far from done in their interactions with Team Hell No and Randy Orton, but there is little risk of The Shield losing the tag straps. This storyline is all about Orton and Bryan and which one eventually turns heel.
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