SummerSlam comes to us on August 23, but just one week later WWE is hosting yet another pay-per-view in WWE Payback. How might that night shape up?
Sometimes, WWE‘s decisions regarding their pay-per-view schedule just don’t make any sense. This is one of those times, as WWE Payback comes to use on August 30, just one week after this year’s SummerSlam.
Maybe WWE is just incredibly excited to be filming at the Amway Center moving forward, rather than still at the WWE Performance Center like the last several months, and they’re channeling that excitement with another pay-per-view in quick succession to make up for lost time. Whatever the reason, we’ve now got a second pay-per-view to look forward to at the end of this month.
As of now, the SummerSlam card has eight confirmed match. We’ve got two grudge matches, as Dominik Mysterio takes on Seth Rollins in a Street Fight and Mandy Rose takes on Sonya Deville in a Hair vs. Hair Match.
We’ve also six championship matches: Andrade and Angel Garza challenge The Street Profits for the Raw Tag Team Titles, MVP challenges Apollo Crews for the United States Championship, Asuka challenges Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Title and Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Title in separate matches, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt challenges Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship, and Randy Orton challenges Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles for the Intercontinental Championship get added, as well as Lucha House Party taking on Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles. Those aren’t confirmed yet, though.
Looking back to the last few editions of WWE Payback, we probably shouldn’t expect the card to be quite as massive as we’ll see at SummerSlam. The past three editions of WWE Payback (2015, 2016, and 2017) all had seven matches or less on the main card along with one or two pre-show matches.
Following that formula, and taking into account the likelihood of rematches with only a week of setup between SummerSlam at WWE Payback, here’s a look at just how the event might shape up on August 30, 2020.