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KABOOM! MAGAZINE.COM WWE 2014 PAYBACK PREVIEW

KABOOM! MAGAZINE.COM WWE 2014 PAYBACK PREVIEW
Revenge is a dish that is best served cold! Last month, some WWE superstars found how painful it could be when the rules get extreme. Now those same superstars are looking to turn the tables on their competition and establish their own version of Payback. Sunday June 1st, Chicago, IL is the scene for the WWE most vengeful PPV of the year….PAYBACK. In order to get you prepared for all the life-threatening action that will be take place on Sunday night, Kaboom! Magazine.com will give you our detailed preview and predictions from all the matches taking places at this year Payback. Will a masked man be revealed?, Can Paige outsmart a Fox?, Can RVD leave Chi-town without any Bad News?, Brogue Kick or King of Swing?, Cenation or Wyatt Family?, and Adapt or Believe? Find out all the answers to these questions and many more in to Kaboom! Magazine.com WWE 2014 Payback Preview. 20140523_PaybackKickoff_HorTor_Homepage 2014 Payback “Kickoff” Match: Hornswoggle vs. El Torito (Hair vs. Mask Match) Match Preview: The biggest little rivalry in WWE will intensify in a major way when El Torito and Hornswoggle tangle on WWE Payback Kickoff in an ultra-rare Mask vs. Hair Match. If El Torito wins, Hornswoggle will be forced to shave his head. If Hornswoggle prevails, Los Matadores’ corner man will be unmasked. A member of 3MB, Hornswoggle has taken on a rocker’s lifestyle in recent months, and there are few things as important to a rock star’s persona than to maintain the perfect head of music video-ready hair. That’s not to suggest El Torito’s wager is anything less than monumental for the acrobatic bull. Clearly rooted in the rich history of lucha libre, El Torito is prepared to sacrifice an article of ring gear that’s much more than a simple accessory. To a luchador, the mask is nothing less than a part of his soul, an integral component of his DNA. Match Prediction: This is probably the most predictable match-up of the WWE PPV. The WWE love two things….the history of lucha libre and cutting WWE superstars hair. The matchup between El Torito and Hornswoggle will be the most entertaining match of the night. To top that match, now a Hair vs. Mask mach—are two miniature overachievers. WWE will make good use of 3MB and Los Matadores, who are locks to get involved so the match could be taken more seriously. History plays a big part in this prediction as the masked Mexican culture is almost superhero-like. The unmasking of El Torito would not only cost him the match, but it would also seem like the WWE is spitting in the face of Lucha Libre. El Tortio should be strongly favored. Payback Fun Fact: In WWE history, Hornswoggle is the step-brother of Stephanie McMahon, which makes HHH his step brother-in-law through marriage. 20140526_Payback_Match_PaigeAlicia_LIGHT_HP Paige vs. Alicia Fox (Divas Championship Match) Match Preview: It’s always difficult to predict what Alicia Fox will do next, but one thing’s for certain: Fox will battle for the Divas Championship when she takes on Paige this Sunday at WWE Payback. The “New Alicia Fox” appeared in pursuit of the Divas title now held by the youngest Divas Champion in history. It was Alicia’s defeat at the hands of Paige on the May 12 edition of Raw that unleashed a side of her personality yet unseen by the WWE Universe, leading the boisterous beauty to tear apart the ringside area and abscond with JBL’s hat. Fox’s startling new mindset finally reaped rewards on the May 19 Raw when she pinned Paige in a non-title encounter, giving The Diva of Tomorrow her first loss since debuting on the main WWE roster the night after WrestleMania. That victory has catapulted the fiery Fox into the Divas Title picture as she prepares to wrest the championship from the raven-haired titleholder’s grasp. Match Prediction: Alicia Fox is a crazy person, and that’s a good thing. In a few short weeks, Fox has rejuvenated her career, and potentially Paige’s WWE career, through her bizarre post-match behavior. Fox is easily the most interesting diva in a division right now and with her in-ring experience, she can easily leave Chicago the divas champ. Paige rise to the top of the WWE Divas division came very fast, but everyone knows that what goes up, must come down. Experience will always beat talented youth, Fox has Paige in some very unfamiliar territory and will have no problem using that to take the WWE Divas Championship away from the young rising star at Payback. Paige will learn a valuable lesson from this defeat; in order to succeed in this business….you have to act a little crazy. Payback Fun Fact: Although Paige might be young, the Norwich-born prodigy has been lacing up wrestling boots since she was 13 years old, and competed all over the world before entering WWE’s developmental system at the age of 18. 20140519_Payback_Match_Barrett_RVD_LIGHT_HP Bad News Barrett vs. Rob Van Dam (Intercontinental Championship Match) Match Preview: Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett will face one of the winningest Superstars in the title’s illustrious history, six-time champion Rob Van Dam, at WWE Payback. RVD earned the right to face the brawling Brit by winning a Beat the Clock Challenge featuring past Intercontinental Champions on the May 19 edition of Raw. Immediately after RVD was deemed the new top contender, Barrett pounced with a sneak attack. For Van Dam, the June 1 title match not only represents a chance at reclaiming the championship gold, but also an opportunity to score redemption against Barrett. Match Prediction: I’m afraid we have some bad news for RVD! B.N.B. has been on quite the roll these past couple of months in the WWE and the “Bull Hammer” he delivered to RVD a couple weeks back has given him an unfair but valuable advantage heading into Payback. The smash-mouth, bare-knuckle style of Barrett against the reckless kickboxing of RVD will make for a very interesting match in Chicago. Following in the footsteps of men like Macho Man Randy Savage, Shawn Michaels, Diesel, and HHH, Barrett is setting himself up for a run as a premier main-eventer with a strong Intercontinental title run and beating a former WWE champion like RVD will do just that. Payback Fun Fact: RVD and Barrett fought in the finals of a tournament to determine an opponent for then-champion Big E. Thanks in part to interference by Cesaro, Van Dam lost that match, and Bad News went on to make the most of his golden opportunity, defeating Big E at Extreme Rules and claiming his fourth Intercontinental Title. 20140522_Payback_Match_Shaemus_Cesaro_LIGHT_HP Sheamus vs. Cesaro (U.S. Championship Match) Match Preview: Cesaro will challenge United States Champions Sheamus for the title at WWE Payback on June 1. The championship contest caps off a recent series of hard-hitting, non-title matches between The Swiss Superman and The Celtic Warrior. With the prized U.S. Title at stake and both Superstars looking to beat respect into the other, who will emerge from Chicago with the United States Title? Will the Cesaro Swing find its mark, giving way to a Neutralizer and Cesaro’s second U.S. Championship reign? Or can Sheamus’ Beats of the Bodhran and Brogue Kick help The Celtic Warrior retain the title? Match Prediction: Both Sheamus and Cesaro are in their prime, with Sheamus recently capturing the United States championship, and Cesaro aligning with superstar-whisperer Paul Heyman. Cesaro has gotten the better of Sheamus on television in the last few weeks, which should lead him to be the favorite heading into this match. This match is a top candidate to end in some kind of disqualification, thereby extending one of the few feuds on this card that can stand to go longer. Expect Sheamus to hold on to the United States championship, however this doesn’t necessarily mean he will win the match. Payback Fun Fact: Both men are Paul Heyman guys! Cesaro is currently under the managerial services of Paul Heyman, while Sheamus began his career in the WWE in 2009 as part of Heyman’s ECW brand where he won feuds against Goldust and Shelton Benjamin. friday_night_smackdown_daniel_bryan_is_not_the_weak_link_season_15 The Decision: Daniel Bryan “The Decision” Preview: “The Decision” Prediction: Daniel Bryan really in a tough spot because he has to chose between the love of his life and a dream that took almost 15 years to make. He could go for the “Happy Wife means a Happy Life” routine and allow Brie to keep her job, but starting back at the bottom of the WWE championship mountain is not something Daniel Bryan wants to do. They’ve always said that you can’t always get what you want and in this case, Daniel Bryan will have no choice but to put his wife ahead of the titles. 20140512_Payback_CenaBray_LIGHT_HP John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (Last Man Standing Match) Match Preview: WHO’S WORLD IS THIS? Bray Wyatt has poached John Cena’s supporters, threatened his legacy and vowed to take him on a trip from which there is no returning. At WWE Payback, the world will see just how far “The Eater of Worlds” is truly willing to go when he and the Cenation leader face off in a Last Man Standing Match. There are no pinfalls, submissions, count-outs or disqualifications in a Last Man Standing Match. The object of the contest is to incapacitate your opponent to the point he cannot answer the referee’s count of 10, demonstrating just how severe the Cena-Wyatt dispute has become. Match Prediction: There is no doubt that the Cena/Wyatt feud has made a superstar out of one Bray Wyatt and on Sunday a new scary chapter will be added to an already legendary feud. This is one of those feuds that it doesn’t matter who wins or loses the matches, but who has the biggest moment in the match and Wyatt has managed to do that at Wrestlemania XXX and Extreme Rules. Wyatt already used children to get the best of John Cena, but I feel that we have not yet seen just how far he will go to end the Cenation. Expect Bray Wyatt to be the last man standing by making Cena choose between himself and one of the things that he loves most in this world. Payback Fun Fact: BOLIEVE IN THE WYATT! Bray Wyatt is not the only member of his family in the WWE. His real-life younger brother Bo Dallas recently made his debut in the WWE. 20140512_PaybackPreviewTripleH_Homepage Evolution vs. The Shield (No Holds Barred Elimination Match) Match Preview: After toppling Evolution in a wild brawl that already considered by many as the “Match of the Year” at Extreme Rules, The Shield will have another opportunity to prove themselves when they meet Triple H, Randy Orton & Batista at WWE Payback in a No Holds Barred Elimination Match. Since their victory over Evolution, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose have found themselves placed into one disadvantageous situation after another. At WWE Payback, both teams’ stamina, vigor and strength — not to mention unity — will be put to the test in a match that’s survival of the fittest. Triple H says Evolution, unlike their opponents, knows what it takes to win a war. Will the terrorizing triumvirate of The King of Kings, The Viper and The Animal defeat in detail and employ a divide-and-conquer strategy to upend The Hounds of Justice? Or will The Shield beat Evolution at their own game, scoring payback for Evolution’s sneak attacks and Triple H’s heavy-handed authority? Match Prediction: The elimination format will build to a stronger conclusion, and if played correctly, fans will be at their hottest for the conclusion of this match. The Shield have already left a legacy in the WWE that will put them in the conversation of greatest trio of all-time, but Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins have not always performed at their best in elimination matches. Against three future WWE Hall of Famers in a match where anything goes and anything can happen, The Shield could be in some very serious trouble, which could see HHH and Co. evolving into winners of this highly-anticipated match-up. The elimination stipulation is particularly intriguing and could benefit more experienced strategists, like the trio of former World Champions. I see Evolution securing a temporary 3-on-1 advantage and, ultimately, WWE’s Apex Predator outlasting all as the sole survivor. Payback Fun Fact: Roman Reigns has already showed that he could be a “survivor” when he was the “Lone Survivor” at the 2013 Survivor Series PPV. Reigns set a record eliminating 4 members of the opposing team by himself. ARE YOU EXCITED FOR PAYBACK? WILL JUSTICE BE SERVED OR ARE WE HEADED FOR SOME DARK DAYS IN WWE? LET YOUR OPININON BE HEARD BY LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW.