With only a couple of days left until we witness the first ever WWE Payback event - there are currently eight matches taking place in Chicago.

With the build-up to both Payback and the annual SummerSlam event, there have been various rumours lurking about which seem to be happening at both these events this year.

If you wish to avoid these spoilers, please turn back now.

At Payback we will see Damien Sandow take on Sheamus in the pre-show match which you will be able to watch for free on YouTube, wwe.com or on Facebook. Kaitlyn defends her Divas Championship against AJ Lee; Dean Ambrose defends his United States Championship against Kane whilst Curtis Axel replaces the recently concussed Fandango in the triple threat Intercontinental Championship match which also features The Miz and Wade Barrett.

The Tag Team Championships will be defended by Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins as they take on Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton whilst CM Punk returns to face off against Chris Jericho in a highly anticipated duel. The final two matches see Dolph Ziggler return to action to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio and John Cena defend his WWE Championship against Ryback in a three stages of hell match.

John Cena is expected to retain the WWE Championship against Ryback; meaning he will still be Champion heading into SummerSlam. The idea behind the three stages of hell match is to have Cena overcome a huge post-WrestleMania obstacle, an obstacle which many would expect Cena to lose.

Before the Tag Team Championship match was announced on Monday Night Raw; the Payback card looked quite different to the final version, instead it had Daniel Bryan penned down to take on Randy Orton, as WWE creative are looking to give Daniel Bryan a massive push throughout the summer.

At this moment in time, it is heavily rumoured that Daniel Bryan and/or Chris Jericho could turn heel at the Payback event, with Bryan set to receive a push this does make sense however he will still be well over with the fans. Whilst a Chris Jericho heel turn has been rumoured for a number of months now, and this would turn CM Punk face in the process; having Paul Heyman turn on him and setting up a feud. So it does look like the Randy Orton heel turn is not being given the green light just yet.

Finally, although the event takes place in Chicago; CM Punk is expected to go over to Chris Jericho unless the plans change towards the event itself.

Now focusing on SummerSlam which is taking place on the 18th of August this year; if everything goes to plan then Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns of The SHIELD are rumoured to take on Kane and The Undertaker; as he does have history with The SHIELD. However, this does depend on whether The Undertaker feels ready to take on a match, but being a tag team he will have a lighter work-load; if it does not work out then Sheamus and Randy Orton are the back-up plan.

Talking of the Daniel Bryan push, he is expected to take on John Cena for the WWE Championship at this event, with major plans to continue pushing Daniel Bryan it cannot be ruled out that he may walk out as the WWE Champion.

Big E Langston will finally be given a bigger push; he is expected to take on either The Big Show or Mark Henry. At the minute it is rumoured that Mark Henry could be his opponent as he is expected to return to Monday Night Raw next week where he will return as a face. However, there are still plans to include The Big Show to make it a triple threat match.

Rey Mysterio is also scheduled to be expected back sooner rather than later and he is expected to be in action at SummerSlam this year where he should be taking on Dean Ambrose of The SHIELD.

Other rumoured feuds which could kick off towards SummerSlam include Randy Orton and Ryback, and also Rey Mysterio and Jack Swagger.

 

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