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WWE News: Original Planning For The WWE Championship Match At Payback PPV


  • As we have seen, Bray Wyatt was shifted to Monday Night Raw during the Superstar Shakeup. His rematch against Randy Orton for the WWE championship was kept intact, though.

    As announced on the show, the match was confirmed to take place at the Raw-exclusive PPV, Payback on April 30.

    This would be a cross-brand match since Randy Orton still belongs to the Smackdown Live roster. Also, surprisingly, Luke Harper and Eric Rowan were not moved to Raw to give company to the Eater of the World. The only man related to Wyatt on Raw is Braun Strowman.

    Now, as per the previous reports, the next edition of the WWE title match would be contested as the first-ever House of Horrors match between Orton and Wyatt. This was supposed to be the main event of the Smackdown-exclusive PPV, Backlash in the month of June.

    But, the plans were abruptly changed at the very last minute. It was suggested by PWInsider.com that WWE creative took the decision to move Bray Wyatt to the flagship show at the very last moment.

    Hence, there was no choice but to withdraw the match from the originally scheduled date of May 21st at Backlash.

    Also, Bray was not the first choice of the creative heads to be drafted to Raw. AJ Styles was the top name that was on the card, as reported earlier.

    But, with Cena’s absence for a long time, they did not want to take any risk with the Tuesday Night’s hottest show.

    AJ’s shifting to Raw might have caused a dip in the TV ratings. Raw has a plethora of main eventers on their side like Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Finn Balor and more.

    The flagship show has been a clear winner in the Superstar Shakeup process.

    It looked like that WWE was determined to make Raw the A-show from now onwards considering that Smackdown Live was in the spotlight for almost the entire part of last year and this year, as well.

    For now, they only have a few guys like AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Kevin Owens as the established main eventers. We can expect names like Nakamura, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin to be added to the list, soon.

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