The first pay-per-view after Wrestlemania is normally a fairly predictable affair. The card normally consists of rematches from the big card, and finally, draws a line under some of the big angles that the have carried the company so far that calendar year.
This Sunday’s Payback, the Raw brand’s first post-Mania PPV, however, only features two Mania rematches. This is largely down to the huge changes the roster has undergone since Mania- with several big superstars having moved to new homes and plenty of new and old faces showing up on WWE television as well.
For a time of year where the company is usually complacent, this year’s post-Mania season has been full of surprises and that trend may well continue into this Sunday’s event. Here is a look at five potential surprises we could see this Sunday night.
Finn Balor Inserts Himself into the Title Picture
Finn Balor’s return to WWE television has been somewhat underwhelming. After getting a huge pop when he returned on the Raw after Wrestlemania, the former Universal Champion has been given very little to do in the way of a real feud, while he presumably, waits for a feud with Bray Wyatt once The Eater of Worlds is finished with Randy Orton.
One nagging question for fans everywhere, though, is why has he not addressed the fact that he is owed a Universal title shot? Finn had to hand his title back one day after winning it last summer when he picked up an injury in his match with Seth Rollins at Summerslam. One of the reasons everyone was so excited for his return, was we all presumed he would be staking his claim for a rematch straight away, instead, we’ve been given nothing.
Finn will be appearing on the pre-show at Payback on a segment of Miz TV, and considering the two have no reason to be on the screen together right now, one can only assume that the segment will set up some of storyline. Finn announcing that he intends to go after the title he never lost would certainly create a stir and address the issue that has been annoying fans for the last few weeks, creating a big match with Lesnar down the line in the process.