WWE PayBack 2023 is next month, and WWE has already built up a plethora of potential blockbuster matches for this “premium live event.” In fact, there are already ongoing Raw feuds, such as Gunther vs. Chad Gable for the Intercontinental Title and LA Knight vs. The Miz.
However, those feuds in particular are unlikely to make it on PPV, as they are quite predictable. Although it would be nice for Chad Gable to win the title in Kurt Angle’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Gunther won’t lose that belt until he surpasses the Honky Tonk Man Record, and LA Knight will obviously beat The Miz not only because Miz loses almost every match nowadays but also because LA Knight needs to continue his momentum from his SummerSlam Battle Royal victory, if he wants a chance at a future title opportunity, preferably U.S. or Intercontinental.
As for the potential PPV matches themselves, if anyone truly has the clairvoyance to predict this entire match card correctly from beginning to end, it’s the almighty Mark Justice, who correctly predicted that Roman Reigns would bury Jey Uso and that Iyo Sky would cash in at SummerSlam.
With that being said, the following will provide some rapid-fire match card predictions for what should be a decent fallout PPV from SummerSlam: WWE PayBack 2023.
WWE PayBack 2023 is scheduled to take place on September 2, 2023, live on Peacock. Here are some rapid-fire match card predictions for WWE PayBack 2023.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura [World Heavyweight Championship]
It would be wise for Shinsuke Nakamura to solidify his heel turn on Seth Rollins and finally win his first world title in WWE. However, since Rollins barely has any heel challengers left, it seems that WWE will milk this storyline into a trilogy of sorts for the fall. These two wrestled on two separate occasions: (1) WWE Survivor Series 2018, and (2) WWE Fastlane 2021. Seth Rollins has Nakamura’s number because he won both of those matches, and it is likely history will repeat itself here, as Rollins is still on his journey to battling Roman Reigns at Survivor Series.
WWE will need a babyface champion to battle the heel Roman Reigns at Survivor Series, so expect Rollins to get his revenge for Nakamura’s attacks and prevail against the nascent heel, Nakamura, in what should be a compelling opener to this B-level PLE. It is also possible that Nakamura could win this match via DQ after playing mind games with Rollins. As mentioned earlier, this would be a feasible way to stretch out this feud into October and assure that Nakamura gets a rematch at FastLane, a PPV where both superstars already have a history of competing against each other.
Prediction: Seth Rollins