Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Triple H's ongoing angle with Curtis Axel was originally scheduled to climax at SummerSlam. However, with recent RAW episodes indicating it will lead to a match between both individuals at this month's Payback pay-per-view event, the storyline was promoted ahead of schedule due to WWE's decision to combat potentially low ratings at all costs.

This decision, however, was not fruitful as Monday's RAW was the lowest-rated episode of the year going head-to-head with TNT's presentation of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.