Shots were fired and promises were made as all hell broke loose on behalf of the WWE World Heavyweight championship. The Director of Operations Kane used the WWE Universe to vote Seth Rollins into defending his championship against Roman Reigns and Randy Orton at WWE Payback. If the odds weren’t bad enough, Kane then granted Dean Ambrose an opportunity to insert himself into the championship picture if he beat Rollins in his match. Lo and behold, Seth Rollins now has to survive his former Shield members and The Apex Predator in a Fatal 4-Way match. Who out of the four will walk out WWE Payback as the WWE World Heavyweight champion?
The smart money is on Seth Rollins because he is the Ultimate Opportunist. He managed to find a way to defeat Randy Orton inside a steel cage on a technicality at WWE Extreme Rules. Rollins attacked Orton with his own RKO, a move that Orton was banned from using as part of the stipulation. Underhanded and most certainly illegal, but Seth Rollins knows how to use circumstances in his favor. WWE Payback will be no different because he still has The Authority who can blatantly interfere without any consequences because there are no rules in a Fatal 4-Way match.
The dark horse is the “Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose for sure. He went from a pay-per-view losing streak to competing for the Intercontinental championship at WrestleMania, and landed himself in the World championship picture. Was it based on pure ability or readiness? Or because Kane wanted to make Seth’s life a living hell? Whatever the reason, Ambrose has an opportunity to etch his name in the history books and to finally get his picture enshrined at WWE Headquarters–that’s if he still cares about the latter.
Randy Orton is the veteran in this match and has the most “big fight” experience out of all three competitors combined. He defeated John Cena to unify the WWE and World Heavyweight championships. He defeated Seth Rollins at WrestleMania just hours before he cashed in Money in the Bank. And most importantly of all, he has full use of the RKO to strike down his opponents out of nowhere.
Yet, out of the other challengers, Roman Reigns has the most animosity towards Seth Rollins. Roman Reigns won the Royal Rumble and defeated Daniel Bryan for the right to challenge Brock Lesnar for the World championship in the main event at WrestleMania. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins stole his WrestleMania moment. Reigns was curb stomped, along with his aspirations on becoming the World champion. Like he said in WWE 24: Roman Reigns Never Alone, he may never main event another WrestleMania.
Who do you believe will walk out WWE Payback as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion?
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