Last night (April 30th, 2017) was payback which took place in SAP Center in San Jose, California.
Payback isn’t viewed as a major PPV, but we had a couple of good matches on the card including a different match called the house of horrors between Randy Orton and Bray Wiatt which I will get to later.
This will not be a review, as there are plenty of those all over the web, instead I will be discussing the direction of story lines based on the matches. I don’t know how often I will be doing this as the E likes slow burns but don’t expect show or ppv reviews, as it’s all about the story telling! So, let’s get to it.
Chris Jericho vs Kevin Owens for the US Championship
The opening match saw Jericho defeating Kevin Owens for the US Championship. The stipulation was if Jericho defeated Kevin Owens, he would end up on SDL. Jericho indeed defeated Kevin Owens, so it looks like SDL will be drinking it in maaaan.
It’s well known that Chris Jericho will be leaving the E soon to work with his band Fozzy so the original thought was to have Jericho lose this match, Kevin Owens deliver a vicious beat down to write Jericho off TV, but as we saw last night that didn’t happen.
As I see it, Chris Jericho will be a transitional champion but who will he drop it too? Currently, AJ Styles is the number 1 contender to that title but with both being faces, I don’t see that match happening. I will be honest in saying that it’s difficult for me to predict the direction of the story line as SDL has not been as predictable to me, compared to Raw, but I see a triple threat match between Jericho, Styles and Owens at the backlash PPV later this month, as Styles is the number 1 contender, and Owens is owed a rematch.
Cruiserweight Championship: Neville vs. Austin Aries
This match saw Neville retain the cruzerweight championship by dq after facing Austin Aries.
I don’t want to come off as a hater but this division has done nothing for me since it’s inception last year. Nothing against the performers as the men in this match are two of the greatest performers on the E, but within respect to the story line, I see AA winning the title at their next meeting whenever that will be, as Nevil retained at Mania, took the cheap way out at payback to retain, so AA will get his win at their next encounter. Due to how the match ended, it might be contested in a no DQ match.
Raw Tag Team Titles: The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
This match had heel turn written all over it for the challengers which after the match concluded, needless to say I was correct.
After losing to the champions, both Sheamus and Cesaro delivered a beat down to the Hardy brothers and left them laying in the ring.
On our podcast I made the prediction that the Hardy’s would retain which would start the heel turn for Sheamus and Cesaro.
With the heel turn, I predict a title change by having Sheamus & Cesaro defeating the Hardy’s on a raw episode which would then prompt the return, or in this case the debut of the broken character some time this summer. I’m real excited for that one.
Raw Women’s Championship: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss
I must say Vince must have a huge hard on for Alexa Bliss, as she is 2 time SDL women’s champion, and now after two weeks of being on the raw roster she is the new raw’s women’s champion.
I wasn’t surprised to see the title change. Once the match was announced and we learned the title defense would take place in Bayley’s home town, it was a given she would lose. Look at Sasha Banks and Charlotte from last year.
The interesting note here is that for several weeks, even before mania, it was rumored Sasha would turn on Bayley to become a heel, but that hasn’t happened yet. The rumor all over the net is that Sasha will be turning heel this summer, but will it be at Bayley’s expense? If yes, tonight would’ve been the best time to do it in the home town of Bayley.
I see another match between Bayley and the new champion, and as Bayley is getting close to retaining the title, Sasha will cost Bayley the win.
House of Horrors: Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
The result saw Bray Wyatt defeat Randy Orton after the Singh bros and Jinder Mahal got involved.
As we all saw this match was a two parter but I must admit that it was to cheesy for me and I wasn’t interested. Finger of shame toward the creative team, but simply put this match was to continue the buildup for Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal where Randy Orton will retain.
Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe
The result of the match is exactly what I predicted on the podcast where Joe focused on the knee and Seth won via a fluke victory. There needs to be a blow off match between these two fellas and when that happens, I’m calling for Joe to take the win. Seth is already established in the E so there is no need for Seth to win the blow off match.
Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns
In a shocking turn of events, Braun Strowman defeated Roman Reigns after two power slams. After the match, Stroman attempted to attack Roman but Roman Reigns side stepped the big man and Roman was left standing, beat up but the ppv ended with the face of the raw brand surviving.
I was completely off with this one, as I predicted Roman to take the victory. However, the next ppv is Extreme rules on June 6th where there will be another match between the 2 and I am calling for Stroman to take the victory.
After that victory, Braun Strowman will challenge Brock for the title at their new PPV titled great balls of fire which will take place in July, and I don’t see the title changing hands at that event, but where does that put Roman? Shield reunion?
I hope you enjoyed this piece, as I enjoy writing about rasslin and even though the E is predictable at times, one must admit that the E can throw curve balls. These are just my thoughts on what I think might happen on the red brand, and if I’m way off that means the E isn’t as predictable as I thought! I’ll be back later this week to do a piece on the story lines with SDL, as they have a PPV coming up here in a few weeks. Thank you for reading!