Drew McIntyre retained his championship at SummerSlam, but he’s in line for a rematch at WWE Payback 2020 with Randy Orton.
The Randy Orton vs. Drew McIntyre feud isn’t over yet. Although McIntyre successfully retained the WWE Championship in a finish that nobody saw coming at SummerSlam, Orton had that look in his eye. He’s not going to let what happened at SummerSlam go without a response at WWE Payback 2020.
Here are three reasons why Orton and McIntyre should have another WWE Title match at Payback, which has been termed as an “overflow” Pay Per View after SummerSlam.
This rivalry is too good…and personal
After what Randy Orton did to Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels, do you really think he will let a roll-up define his WWE Title rivalry with Drew McIntyre?
Orton has made every rivalry he’s in feel personal. The rivalry with Edge stands out the most, and maybe WWE reboots that soon with Edge potentially on the mend after suffering a torn triceps. But I think the company will wait a little bit for that, definitely after WWE Payback 2020.
McIntyre and Orton are the fiercest of enemies right now. The Chosen One has taken Orton’s attacks on WWE legends personally, wanting to get revenge on behalf of those legends. He did so at SummerSlam, but if Orton was willing to Punt Ric Flair, then you had better believe he wants to do worse to McIntyre after losing to him. Refer back to his feud with Edge. If a Last Man Standing loss at WrestleMania didn’t deter Orton from wanting more, what makes you think a loss by roll-up will?
One match doesn’t define the better man
Randy Orton used similar logic to coax a second match out of Edge at Backlash earlier this year. Edge defeated Orton at WrestleMania in a Last Man Standing match, but Orton pushed the right buttons, stating that Edge didn’t beat him in an actual wrestling match. And that that match, therefore, did not make Edge the better man or wrestler.
He will find the right buttons to push Drew McIntyre into a rematch. He’ll use the roll-up loss as an example of that. I mean, if Dolph Ziggler could get a rematch out of McIntyre after losing an unbalanced match decisively via Claymore, then the Viper has a much more compelling case.
There needs to be multiple matches between Orton and McIntyre in order to truly decide who stands on top of Monday Night Raw as WWE Champion.
A more selfish reason
For many of us watching at home, we want to see Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton at WWE Payback 2020 because of how good the first match was at SummerSlam. As usual with Orton matches, it took some time for it to really build into a crescendo, but one it did, the fans were 100 percent into the action and the drama. That’s what Orton does best – create suspense in his title matches.
I think a second McIntyre and Orton match could be much better. There would be more physicality, less feeling out, and more nearfalls. These two men can tell a great story over the period of two or even three matches, and Payback could be a way of getting even more out of this rivalry for the fans to enjoy. The WWE Title has been long overdue for a lengthy, classic feud.