Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett will face one of the winningest Superstars in the title’s illustrious history, six-time champion Rob Van Dam, at WWE Payback on June 1.
RVD earned the right to face the brawling Brit by winning a Beat the Clock Challenge featuring past Intercontinental Champions on the May 19 edition of Raw, which emanated from Barrett’s home country of England. “Mr. Monday Night” trumped Alberto Del Rio in 4:15, besting the times of other Beat the Clock competitors. Immediately after RVD was deemed the new top contender, Barrett pounced with a sneak attack.
For Van Dam, the June 1 title match not only represents a chance at reclaiming the championship gold, but also an opportunity to score redemption against Barrett. It was against the pessimistic Preston, England, native that the extreme Superstar nearly won the Intercontinental Championship No. 1 Contender spot weeks ago.
RVD and Barrett fought in the finals of a tournament to determine an opponent for then-champion Big E. Thanks in part to interference by Cesaro, Van Dam lost that match, and Bad News went on to make the most of his golden opportunity, defeating Big E at Extreme Rules and claiming his fourth Intercontinental Title.
What will be in store when these two tough-as-nails combatants meet up again, this time for the title, at WWE Payback? Will Barrett’s trademark Bad News Bull Hammer Elbow strike win out, or will The Whole Dam Show’s seemingly endless repertoire of kicks find the mark and pave the way for a title-clinching Five-Star Frog Splash?