Chris Jericho's Message for CM Punk
Chris Jericho Tweeted the following to CM Punk ahead of their match at WWE Payback on Sunday:
">@CMPunk. Now it’s time to get back to reality. See you in a few hours…. #WWEPayback
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) June 16, 2013
JR's WWE Payback Predictions
Jim Ross posted his WWE Payback predictions in a new blog on his official website. Below is an excerpt:
Until this past Monday's impassioned promo, I was leaning toward a Ryback victory tonight but today I'm thinking that John Cena retains the WWE Title in the Three Stages of Hell match. This particular match provides me with some amazing memories and gave the King and I the opportunity to truly, emotionally invest in the first handful of these bouts and do some of our better work. If Ryback wins, I won't be totally shocked, however, @Ryback22 winning does reshuffle the deck, so to speak.
For the record, in 2001, I broadcast an XFL game in Chicago with "Governor" Ventura and then flew that night after the game to Vegas for the HHH-Austin Three Stages of Hell classic. That was one helluva weekend that included the live, RAW on Monday night that I think was in Phoenix.
Dolph Ziggler will leave Chicago tonight as the World Champ. This is a bout that is going into the PPV without a great deal of momentum or fanfare due to Ziggler's recent injury and subsequent absence so it might overachieve adn out perform many projections.
I don't see Kane being the United States Champion so Dean Ambrose wins at Payback. A nice, long tenure with the US Title by Ambrose might help rehabilitate the championship.
I expect some sort of implosion or at the very least some miscommunication between tag title challengers Randy Orton and the red hot, Daniel Bryan as they challenge Rollins and Reigns for the WWE Tag Team Titles. The Shield retains tonight and I wonder how close the other three performers in the match will come to matching Bryan's in ring intensity and the unbridled roll that he's on?
Yes, CM Punk will get the hero's welcome tonight in his home town, Duh, and, yes, Punk vs. Jericho should be hugely challenging to immediately follow. I have the Chicago native winning a hard fought, smartly executed match that will have many near falls and twists and turns. As Pat Patterson would say, "This crowd will go banana" for Punk tonight. For entrance music enthusiasts, I'm not one by the way, I hear rumors that Punk may have new ring music tonight. I actually hope that I'm wrong on that one....about the music that is.
Thinking that AJ Lee wins the Divas Title over Kaitlyn but it's a coin toss. These two got my attention last week on RAW and I hope that they can continue to do so tonight on PPV as it would greatly help the Divas division become more viable and meaningful. If this match is presented by all involved seriously, then it has a better chance of being perceived seriously.
The IC Title bout is going to be interesting. Interesting in how much the live audience invests in the match and interesting to see how the 3 men's chemistry evolves during the Triple Threat Match. No championship advantage for Brit Wade Barrett as the first man to score a pin or submission leaves with the IC Title. Also curious to see where Curtis Axel stands when the smoke clears after this three way bout. I'm going with Axel to follow 'Perfectly' in his late father's footsteps and win the IC Title on Father's Day but I'm not willing to bet any JR's BBQ Sauce on that prognostication.
If Sheamus loses to Damien Sandow in the pre show then I will begin eating BBQ tofu and for those of you who know me that's not really too high on my list of things to do. No offense to vegans....yes, all JR's bottled products are vegan friendly and Gluten Free. How's that for a segueway and shameless albeit somewhat organic plug?