Jim Ross posted his latest blog at JRSBBQ.com previewing tonight's WWE Payback pay-per-view. Here are some highlights:
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John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt:
If I'm calling the creative on the Cena vs. Bray match I see a Wyatt win and an attempt made to make the 3rd generation talent a legit villain instead of a character 'face who's seemingly evolving into a folk hero with a cult following. Cena is 'over' and doesn't need the win as much as Bray Wyatt does and how this all goes down, no matter the outcome, could well speak volumes as to what WWE is thinking re: the Wyatt Family.
I 'm a fan of the Wyatt personas but I'm not sure if they are fish or fowl and please don't over think this matter and say that it doesn't matter as long as they are 'stars.' Creative booking can make them stars while also making them a hero or a villain. Last Man standing matches only have false finishes via the referee's count which makes the match a challenge to call and to bring the fans to the edge of their seats. Same goes for Buried Alive Matches, among gimmick matches with little or no false finishes.
The Shield vs. Evolution
Seems likely that the Shield vs. Evolution will go on last in their 6 man tag with elimination rules. Elimination rules provides the opportunity to use cheap, uncreative finishes or to actually get finishing holds over and add non frustrating, legit finishes to this main event. Let's see what direction this match takes. I think it will be a very good bout and I feel that the Shield wins. Hopefully no one from the Shield defects as that would be knee jerk, premature booking that's unnecessary at this time at least in my opinion. Great opportunity to put the spotlight on Roman Reigns here tonight.
Much more is contained in Ross' latest blog, including his thoughts on the rest of the matches on the pay-per-view. You can check out the full entry by clicking here. Also, don't forget to order some of JR's BBQ Sauce, which is great for the kitchen and the grill, at WWEShop.com by clicking here.