A lot of changes could be coming to the WWE at Sunday night’s Pay-Per-View. Payback will get underway at 8 p.m. ET in the fifth WWE PPV event of 2013.
John Cena will defend the WWE championship against Ryback at the second straight PPV. The two battled in a Last Man Standing Match at Extreme Rules, which ended in a no-contest. In the Three Stages of Hell Match, Cena is the favorite to leave Chicago with the title. Ryback’s recent run at the championship hasn’t seemed to go over well with the WWE fans, and he could be headed for a different feud as the summer continues.
Dolph Ziggler and the members of The Shield are expected to hold onto their respective belts. The Shield has shown some vulnerability in the past few weeks. This past Friday on “SmackDown,” Daniel Bryan, Kane and Randy Orton pinned the current tag team champions for the first time since they debuted in the WWE. The week before, Bryan defeated Seth Rollins in a singles match.
The Intercontinental title is the one belt that seems likely to change hands. After beating the likes of Cena and Triple H on “Monday Night Raw,” Curtis Axel will vie for the belt that his father, Mr. Perfect, held on numerous occasions.
CM Punk is set to make his return to WWE TV for the first time in two months. He’ll face Chris Jericho for their third PPV match since 2012. Punk hasn’t wrestled since he lost to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29.
There’s a chance a few wrestles from NXT will make their WWE debuts, much like The Shield did at Survivor Series. Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, known as the Wyatt Family, have been advertised to join the main roster.
Below is the entire match card for 2013 Payback. Of the eight matches that are scheduled for Sunday, only one has a stipulation and six will have a title on the line.
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Ryback (Three Stages of Hell Match)
World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
WWE Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan
Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. The Miz vs. Curtis Axel
United States Champion Dean Ambrose vs. Kane
Divas Champion Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee
Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow (special Kickoff to Payback Match)