Triple Z is back and ready to roll. He gives his predictions for WWE Payback with additional analysis.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass VS Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
I don't know how to feel about this one. It's sad that this talent quartet is going to be on the "Kickoff" show. Yet it shows the amount of depth and talent WWE has. I've been calling a Enzo/Cass break up for months now. I think WWE will continue to plant those seeds. Gallows and Anderson need some victories to be elevated back into the title picture. Although there is a good possibility this duo could end up with Finn Balor in a certain club. WWE creative books these "Kickoff" matches weirdly. So my prediction may be wrong but I just have to go with my gut.
Winners: Gallows and Anderson
Miz TV with Finn Balor (Kickoff)
Okay just add The Miz VS Finn Balor to the main card. This has the potential to be a good feud. I'm not a fan of The Miz moving to RAW but he's still with his wife so the gimmick is still going strong. Balor on the other hand is the one that got ultimately screwed. Wins the Universal Championship and is basically going to be WWE's guy and then he gets injured. I'm upset because now it's forgotten that he won the title. WWE has moved Brock Lesnar to champion and have added Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns to the title picture. This making it unlikely for Balor to win back the championship at SummerSlam or even perhaps WrestleMania. I believe this segment will be mostly fluff. Hopefully it leads into a match of some sort. Maybe we can get Ambrose VS Miz VS Balor for the Intercontinental Championship?
Neville VS Austin Aries
WWE's Cruiserweight division is failing miserably. Despite having great talent WWE segregates the group from interaction with other superstars making the division weird and isolated. Neville and Austin Aries are great wrestlers and it's a shame we won't get to see them battle other WWE superstars. These two could be competing for the top title right now. I mean it's sad that we can't see guys like Enzo Amore, Chris Jericho, Samoa Joe, Kalisto, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Dean Ambrose, and even Heath Slater interacting or fighting with the Cruiserweights. Maybe WWE should've created a Hardcore championship instead? WWE has a abundance of talent from the purple team and they aren't even being used. Cedric Alexander, Akira Tozawa, TJ Perkins, Gran Metalik, and Tony Nese to just name a couple. I feel like the Cruiserweights would of benefited being in NXT instead of RAW. Then when one Cruiserweight was ready they would just send him to the main roster and they would be treated like normal. WWE is running into the same problem with the U.K division. It's not popular enough to anchor an entire show. On paper a Cruiserweight, U.K, and Women's wrestling shows sound good, but in reality it's rough to write that amount of TV at a good consistent rate. WWE will be screwed if they treat the Women's Tournament like the Cruiserweight Classic. WWE already has loaded Women's divisions. Yeah, you could add in more talent but the same exact thing will happen.
I was a true fan of the Cruiserweight division but over time the idea soured. It's a dreadful feeling when you loved something but now you don't. For Aries/Neville II and all that comes with it. I have a feeling WWE is going to put the strap on Aries. The title is a hot potato. Let's just hope WWE does the right thing.
Winner: Austin Aries
*Side Note* It also doesn't help when WWE can't strike a deal with two of the best Cruiserweights in the world in Zack Sabre Jr. and Kota Ibushi.
Bayley VS Alexa Bliss
I have seen a lot of articles lately depicting Bayley as a bad babyface. These articles are incredibly stupid and completely miss the point. Bayley is a merch god and she attracts a totally different audience. I never saw young girls dress up as WWE superstars before Bayley. You really expect anyone on the cast of Total Divas to be a role model to the 4-12 age gap? Yet Bayley's appeal doesn't just stop at little girls. She is beloved by everyone. I feel like some of these new fans think turning someone heel will automatically change their character and the crowd will react positively. If Reigns turned heel you would still hate him. Bayley turning heel is basically WWE going "Hey let's burn some cash, maybe it will keep us warm?"
This is exactly what is going on with Bayley. She was rushed into a crummy title picture. She had okay matches with WWE's Female Roman Reigns. They had a lackluster match at WrestleMania. They botched her winning moment by having her win the championship before the event. You know how Bayley got over in NXT? She lost. She couldn't pull off the big one. She was the fourth of the Four Horsewomen as they would say. It takes time for a character to get over. I feel like WWE is going to move Bayley into a "Daniel Bryan" like scenario. She's going to do everything to get back the title. The reason why? Alexa Bliss has been unstoppable lately and she's been nailing it every time she goes out. Payback will be no different. Bayley's "Road to Redemption" will start the day after. Bliss winning Sunday seems like the move.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
The Hardy Boyz VS Cesaro and Sheamus
The Broken Universe is heading to the WWE. It was recently announced that WWE struck a deal with Anthem to use the characters. TNA is basically a example for every business student on "What not to do." (TNA changed to Impact Wrestling which merged with Jeff Jarrett failing GFW. They lost the Hardy Boyz to pick up Scott Steiner...) I mean right now Matt Hardy is playing it up on social media. He is now officially "TORN Matt Hardy" or "CONFLICTED Matt Hardy" to some. The Broken storyline will be fun. I also think that's the reason Bray Wyatt was drafted to RAW. Just to be deleted by the Emotion Evoker himself. I'll mark out for the possible dream scenario of Wyatt/Hardy. Hopefully Broken Universe characters like Senor Benjamin, King Maxel, Vanguard-1, and Reby Sky appear. Plus it will be interesting if WWE adopts the "Brother Nero" storyline.
Now onto the match itself. Sheamus and Cesaro are very plain. Maybe it's because Cesaro would be so much better as a singles wrestler. WWE won't stop The Hardy Boyz momentum unless they are ready for "BROKEN" or if The Revival return. For now the Hardy Boyz will continue their dominance.
Winners: The Hardy Boyz
Chris Jericho VS Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens is going to win. Chris Jericho isn't heading to SmackDown. If I'm wrong I'm wrong.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Seth Rollins VS Samoa Joe
This is Samoa Joe's first big match on the main roster. He's facing a former WWE Champion in Seth Rollins. I'm expecting Samoa Joe to waste no time. This match will be brutal and I wouldn't be surprised if WWE plays up Seth's recent injury. Samoa Joe is going to take Seth Rollins to war. The match will end with Rollins passing out to a choke hold.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Randy Orton VS Bray Wyatt
Now that it's no longer a WWE Championship match. This match should be all Wyatt. I mean how can Bray Wyatt lose in a "House of Horrors" match. The man is WWE's definition of horror. I expect this match to be pre-taped or take place in another part of the arena. The match will showcase Wyatt's strange magical elements and then some hardcore elements. The result will be Wyatt winning.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Roman Reigns VS Braun Strowman
Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman is a match that I don't have to analyze that much. Braun is going to win in order to make him look strong for Brock. This is just simple logic. Braun is the future.
Winner: Braun Strowman
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