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Payback will feature professional wrestling matches that involve wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots, and storylines that play out on WWE’s primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown. Wrestlers will portray villains or heroes as they follow a series of events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.[2][3]

After their Last Man Standing match at Extreme Rules in May, which ended in a no-contest, Ryback drove an ambulance into the arena on the May 20 episode of Raw, challenging John Cena in an Ambulance match for his WWE Championship. A week later on Raw, Cena responded by turning the challenge into Three Stages of Hell, with the first fall being a lumberjack match, the second fall a tables match, and the originally-decided Ambulance match as the third fall. Ryback accepted the new stipulation, making the match official.[4]

On the May 27 episode of Raw, Chris Jericho hosted “The Highlight Reel” segment with Paul Heyman as his guest, where he inquired the latter about one of his clients, CM Punk’s absence from the WWE since April, and much like in their feud early last year, disputed with Heyman on who between the two of them was the “best in the world”. To put that argument to rest, Jericho issued a challenge to Punk at Payback, which Heyman subsequently accepted on Punk’s behalf.[5] On June 3, 2013, during an episode of Raw, the contract for the match was signed between Jericho and Heyman, again on Punk’s behalf.

 

Matches
No. Matches Stipulations
Kickoff Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow Singles match[9]
1 John Cena (c) vs. Ryback Three Stages of Hell match for the WWE Championship
Stage 1 – Lumberjack match
Stage 2 – Tables match
Stage 3 (if necessary) – Ambulance match[10]
2 Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk Singles match[11]
3 Wade Barrett (c) vs. Curtis Axel vs. The Miz Triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship[12]
4 The Shield (Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) (c) vs. Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton Tag team match for the Tag Team Championship[13]
5 Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Kane Singles match for the United States Championship[14]
6 Kaitlyn (c) vs. AJ Lee Singles match for the Divas Championship[15]
7 Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship[16]

 

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