News broke out earlier in the week that the Bulgarian Brute was injure. WWE has now confirmed that and removed him from all live events planned for this weekend. The question now becomes, "Who will replace Rusev at Elimination Chamber?" The front office has been tossing around ideas backstage, and the popular choice seems to be Bray Wyatt. Those that oppose the move do not want to see him taking a loss at the pay per view.
May 28, 2015
While it appeared that he was simply putting on a good performance last night, it turns out that Ryback was actually injured at Payback and was not just doing a great job of selling. Reports have surfaced that his ribs were severely damaged last night, and some are saying that it occurred when Bray Wyatt did a senton splash from the ropes to the arena floor. Medical personnel checked on the Big Guy backstage immediately after his match.
May 18, 2015
In a very well booked match, Bray Wyatt defeated Ryback at Payback. Halfway through the match, the Big Guy ended up hurting himself when he ran shoulder first into the corner post. WWE booked him to fight back valiantly, which the audience got behind. Wyatt then used an exposed turnbuckle to further injure the ribs of his opponent, who still mustered enough strength to try to hit his finishing move. Sister Abigail ends the match.
May 17, 2015
Rumors have surfaced that we could be seeing the Wyatt Family reunion take place at Payback tonight. WWE set up the story with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan over the last couple of weeks. Neither guy has a match on the pay per view, so this could be how they get utilized. A reunion would give Bray Wyatt more momentum, especially since fans have been wanting the trio back together. It also protects Ryback, who will likely take the loss tonight.
May 17, 2015
There was a point in time where Erick Rowan and Luke Harper were receiving some of the biggest reactions from the live audience. Now, the reaction is close to dead when they come out to the arena. Rumors have it that WWE will have them initially teaming up with one another to gauge how the fans will react to them. If the connection is still not strong, then the front office will consider putting them back together with Bray Wyatt.
May 9, 2015
WWE revealed that Daniel Bryan might not be healthy enough to work his scheduled match against Wade Barrett at Extreme Rules on Sunday night. A replacement match was being discussed, and rumors are now saying that it will be a match between Bray Wyatt and Ryback. If Bryan is healthy enough to work, then the pay per view proceeds as normal. Wyatt would then get his much needed big win at Payback the following month.
April 21, 2015