WWE Payback Results and Analysis (SPOILERS ALERT)
Dolph Ziggler defeated Baron Corbin
I was surprised that they put this on the pre-show. This derailed the push of Corbin. After a huge Wrestlemania win, they put him on a pre-show in the next PPV, but they made him lose. Will Corbin go the Tyler Breeze route? I hope not, but we have to tune in to find out.
United States Champion Kalisto defeated Ryback to retain the title
Back-to-back PPV that these 2 are in the pre-show but at least this was better than their Wrestlemania match. I wonder how much longer can they prolong this feud. The US title has lost its prestige. Time for Fin Balor to graduate from NXT and take the US title and make it prestigious once again.
Enzo and Big Cass vs The Vaudvillians ended in a no decision
A good match that turned really sour when a real injury happened. It was a scary moment with what happened to Enzo when he suffered a real life concussion. Thankfully, he is better now. Enzo is the toughest guy in the room! And you can’t teach that! How you doin?! He aint SAWFt!
Kevin Owens defeated Sami Zayn
Another classic between these two rivals. Dare I say, shades of Flair-Steamboat?
Intercontinental Champion The Miz defeated Cesaro to retain the title
A very good match that exceeded my expectations! But this match is all about establishing a story line for next ppv, and for the next few months. KO, Zayn, Miz and Cesaro are going to be involved in the IC storyline; this would surely set up a Fatal Four Way match for Extreme Rules. Nice to see the IC title getting this much hype!
Dean Ambrose defeated Chris Jericho
Another very good match, Amborse and Jericho has been putting a lot of A/B quality matches this year. Expect an hardcore match between them in the Extreme Rules PPV, then hopefully, Ambrose can go back to the World title hunt.
WWE World Women’s Champion Charlotte defeated Natalya to retain her title
Another very good Women’s match! Shades of Montreal, as referee Charles Robinson, who worked for Flair during their WCW days, screwed Natalya when Charlotte put her in the sharpshooter. They made Bret appeared so he can relive Montreal, no wonder he is so bitter nowadays.
Mcmahon Family Segment
Vince put both of his kids in charge of Raw. The irony of all of this; is that in real life, the NXT guys are the babies of HHH and Steph, but Shane gets the story line credits for it.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns defeated AJ Styles to retain his title
A very good match that exceeded my expectations! Shades of Shawn Michaels versus Vader during Summerslam showdown during the pre-attitude era 90s, when the challenger won via count out; the match got restarted to a no count out match, then the challenger won via dq, then the match restarted as a no-dq, then the champion eventually won to retain the WWE World title. One of the best Roman Reigns match ever, as he proved that he could deliver. And AJ shined in his 1st WWE World title match. The rematch is set for Extreme Rules.
Overall, a very good show, and a storytelling that was made to set it up for the next PPV.