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WWE Payback Pay-Per-View Thoughts and Predictions
April 29, 2017
We are just a few hours away from the WWE’s latest pay-per-view offering, exclusive on the WWE Network. It’s the WWE RAW Brand and WWE Payback. I’m going to try and keep this short tonight because it’s been an extremely long day and my eyes keep trying to close. Let’s just get right to it. Sister Cleo, hold my beer. It’s prediction time.
WWE champion Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt in a “House of Horrors” match.
Is this for the WWE Championship or not? What exactly is a “House of Horrors” match supposed to be? If Bray wins, does he go back to Smackdown? There are more questions to this match than answers and to be honest, I haven’t got a clue what to expect here, nor does anyone else. So it may be really, really good OR it may be really, really bad. I expect that most of it will be pre-taped on Sunday afternoon and inserted into the pay-per-view event and showed on the Titantron. And it also wouldn’t surprise me to see some new “Wyatt Family” recruits get involved at some point. Why the hell not? That makes as much sense as anything else about this match. I don’t know what to think or how to predict this one so I’m going very “old school” here and am going to flip a coin. Heads is Randy and tails is Bray. And the winner is..
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: Randy Orton
WWE Raw Tag Team champions Matt and Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus and Cesaro.
It’s great to see Matt and Jeff Hardy back home in the WWE and as the RAW Tag Team Champions. But the excitement and energy is fading quickly and the nostalgia only lasts so long. I’d much rather see a “Broken Matt” and “Brother Nero” in the WWE, going after the titles than “The Hardy Boyz” defending the title. For that to happen, we need to take those titles off the Hardys and put them on a different team, like Sheamus and Cesaro. I think we’re going to see a title switch and a crack in the Hardy mindsets, leading to some most excellent breakage. I’m saying New Champs.
Winners and NEW RAW Tag Team Champions: Sheamus and Cesaro
WWE Raw Women’s champion Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss.
I think it’s safe to say that Bayley’s run as the RAW Women’s Champion has, thus far, been a bust. Alexa is a hot little spitfire and I think she’s really on top of her game right now and probably, along with Sasha, the top woman on RAW right now. I think it’s time to switch this belt as well.
Winner and NEW RAW Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss
WWE United States champion Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho.
The Face of America versus the Face of Jericho. Chris has several dates with Fozzy booked for the next month so he’ll have to be written off of WWE TV for a little bit. Logic would say that Owens wins strongly and “injures” his former best friend, thus retaining the title and giving Jericho an exit until he’s ready to return. I say, “Damn Logic!”. How about Kevin puts a major beating on Jericho, but at the last second, Jericho snatches victory from the jaws of defeat and manages to pin Owens to capture the United States Championship. Owens goes nuts and attacks Jericho after the match, thus giving him that “injury” he needs to take time off and tour with Fozzy. Then on RAW on Monday, we have no United States Champion as Angle is forced to strip Jericho of the title due to injury. Kevin and a few others can have a mini-tournament or a multi-man main event to determine who the new Champion is. The more I think about it, the more I like it.
Winner and NEW United States Champion: Chris Jericho
WWE Cruiserweight champion Neville vs. Austin Aries.
Neville is doing an amazing job as the “King of the Cruiserweights”. Aries is so damn over, he doesn’t need a title and could easily be used in both the Cruiserweight Division and the main roster, perhaps as a contender for the United States title. I want to see a Neville versus The Brian Kendrick feud for the title and that can’t happen if Neville loses the belt. I think we’ll see “The King” retain.
Winner and STILL WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Neville
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman.
Why do I have the feeling that WWE is going to screw this up and screw it up very badly by having Roman come back strong, after his “injuries” and win. I surely hope not. Roman should be determined and a fighter, but in the end, Strowman has to win. If he doesn’t, then all of the building and creating of the WWE’s equivilent of Frankenstein’s monster will have been wasted. Roman can put up a fight, but when that final bell rings, it needs to be Strowman having his arm raised and looking strong.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins.
I know that most people feel that Seth needs a win here, but I disagree. Seth beat HHH at Wrestlemania. In terms of actual pay-per-view matches, Samoa Joe hasn’t beaten anyone yet that I can think of. There is no reason that these two can’t have an amazing match and steal the show. Actually, I kind of expect that they will. But a loss won’t hurt Seth at all. Joe needs to get that first win under his belt and after that, it won’t matter too much.Either do a DQ finish or give the big man the win. Samoa Joe kills bitches dead!
Winner: Samoa Joe
Gallows and Anderson vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass (Kickoff Show)
I think it’s time to have Cass drop the dead weight to his team and go on as a solo guy, maybe with Enzo as a manager or mouthpiece, but not as a wrestler / partner. I’d love to see Gallows and Anderson “injure” Enzo and put him out of action for a while. Of this entire match, he’s the weakest link to be sure. I think that the two former “Club” guys should take home a relatively easy win here.
Winners: Gallows and Anderson
MizTV with The Miz interviewing Finn Balor. (Kickoff Show)
Why are Miz and Balor being wasted on the kick-off show? I’m expecting that this will lead to a match for later in the evening, most likely on the pay-per-view or else on RAW Monday night. Either way, you can’t put two folks like Miz and Balor together on a show and not expect some kind of fireworks. We might just get an interview if Balor hasn’t been cleared for a match by WWE Medical personal. And if he has been cleared, I think we’ll have a match. So…
Miz versus Finn Balor
If these two men come to blows and end up in a match, it’s Finn Balor walking out with his demon arms raised in victory as he takes that fabled trip to the pay window.
Winner: Finn Balor
And there you go. That will do it for me tonight. I’ve got a bed waiting and calling my name right now and I must heed the call. Thank you for reading. Questions, comments and thoughts are welcome. Have a great night and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.