WWE Payback 2013 predictions

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June 16, 2013

Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk

WWE Hall of Fame announcer Howard Finkel: I believe this contest might very well rival the great Bret Hart vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin match that took place in the very same venue at WrestleMania 13. Jericho is walking intothe “lion’s den” of Punk’s hometown fans, which could throw his game plan awry. Punk should ride that crest of a wave and eke out a hard-earned victory. WINNER: Punk

Anthony Benigno: The Straight Edge Superstar delivers best when people publicly question his ability, and Jericho may have poked the proverbial bear one too many times. Look for Punk to rebound from a trio of high-profile losses against The Rock and The Undertaker … that is, assuming he shows up. WINNER: Punk

Superstars and Legends dish on WWE Payback's "Battle of the Best"

Alex Giannini: It really is an even fight in this “Battle of the Best,” but CM Punk will have home-field advantage in Chicago, a fact that will give The Second City Saint the upper hand. WINNER:Punk

Jake Grate: “The Best in the World” certainly has an impressive record in his own backyard, in addition to several recent wins against Chris Jericho. A legendary Superstar like Y2J, though, can only be defeated by one man so many times before he’s due to return the favor. WINNER: Jericho

John Clapp: CM Punk will show up at Allstate Arena and he’ll be in fighting shape. That still won’t be enough to take down a keenly focused Jericho in a bout that has “Match of the Year contender” written all over it. WINNER: Jericho

Punk: 3, Jericho: 2

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