As the WWE Universe eagerly awaits the upcoming Payback event, scheduled for September 9, there's a palpable sense of anticipation in the air. While the official match card remains under wraps, recent insights from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter shed light on potential bouts that the WWE's creative minds might be plotting.
The spotlight is firmly on Seth Rollins, the reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion. If the rumors hold water, Rollins is set to defend his title against Shinsuke Nakamura. This clash has gained significant traction, especially after Nakamura's dramatic heel turn, rebranding him as the "King Of Strong Style."
Stratus: Cage Showdown
In another potential marquee match-up, fans might witness a thrilling encounter between Becky Lynch and the legendary Trish Stratus, with the added intensity of a steel cage surrounding them. This bout promises to be a classic, given the legacy and prowess of both competitors.
The rumor mill also suggests a face-off between The Miz and LA Knight. Meanwhile, The Judgment Day seems poised for a confrontation with the dynamic duo of Cody Rhodes and Sami Zayn. This duo has recently been embroiled in skirmishes with Finn Balor's faction, setting the stage for an explosive tag team contest.
The WWE Women's Championship is another title that's generating buzz. IYO SKY, the emerging sensation, might find herself in a challenging predicament, possibly facing a formidable trio comprising Charlotte Flair, Asuka, and Bianca Belair.
The permutations are endless, and fans are eager to see how this unfolds. However, a notable absence from the Payback chatter is the "Tribal Chief," Roman Reigns. Despite his monumental victory over Jey Uso at SummerSlam, Reigns hasn't been promoted for Payback.
Moreover, he's currently not entangled in any storyline that would logically lead him to the event. Speaking of the Usos, while a fraternal face-off is something the WWE Universe is clamoring for, it seems the company is playing the long game, potentially saving this highly anticipated bout for a grander stage.
As the days to Payback dwindle, the WWE Universe remains on the edge of their seats, waiting for official confirmations and potential surprises. Only time will tell how these rumors pan out.