ZWrestleTalk Owner and Head Writer Triple Z gives his predictions and analysis for WWE's Payback.
Kalisto VS Ryback (Kickoff)
WWE thought putting the U.S title on Kalisto was a good idea. Which it is a good idea, but there is just one problem. No one cares about the U.S title unless Cena is defending it every Monday. That is the truth and the title hasn't been the same since it has left Cena's side. When Alberto Del Rio won the title his hyped WWE return went into flames of disaster. The booking of Kalisto has been confusing and his opponent Ryback has been thrown around the card for the past couple of years. This kickoff match will do what a normal kickoff match does, it will just fill up time. WWE will further Kalisto's lackluster reign without giving him a worthy opponent.
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady VS The Vaudevillains
Finally WWE has rebuilt it's Tag Team Division. It is now a super deep division where the title will become more prestigious. Background on both teams, Enzo and Cass have been fan favorites down in NXT and would come out to thunderous reactions at TV and house shows. Enzo and Cass have charisma and are filled with excitement. The Vaudevillains on the other hand were also popular in NXT. Simon Gotch and Aiden English accomplished something Enzo and Cass did not. Winning the NXT Tag Team Chanmpionship in front of the biggest NXT crowd ever. Both teams bring fun in-ring abilities and larger than life characters to the ring. From a storyline standpoint and there is no such thing as logic in WWE anymore (Like I have said in numerous of articles) but there will be in this match. The heels, The Vaudevillains will advance to take on The New Day in a epic clash.
Winners: The Vaudevillains
Dolph Ziggler VS Baron Corbin
This match is another one I'm surprisingly excited for. Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin have created a "organic" feud. Ziggler and Corbin trading attacks is all that is needed when it comes to a debut feud. If WWE would of done the "Baron Corbin Feud Formula" for everyone that got raised to NXT. We would still be seeing Neville, Bo Dallas, and The Ascension in their true form. Corbin and Ziggler may be a show stealer at Payback. Corbin has to win though? Right? Oh wait remember Tyler Breeze when he faced Dolph Ziggler? He lost. Same fate for Corbin at Payback.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Dean Ambrose VS Chris Jericho
It's odd that fans are not excited for this matchup? Jericho and Ambtrose made a "organic" feud similar to Corbin and Ziggler. Ambrose creating the Ambrose Asylum is smart due to the fact WWE won't be pushing MizTV or the Highlight Reel anymore. That's the number one thing wrestling fans want when they tune into Monday Night RAW to watch wrestling is to watch a talk show (sarcasm). It's hard to tell who would win this matchup due to the fact Chris Jericho defeated AJ Styles at WrestleMania so technically Y2J is on a hot streak. Ambrose hasn't won at a PPV in forever so you would think this match would go to him. Right? I have a feeling there will be a screwy finish. Which in result, will create a number of people tweeting "What the heck Ambrose deserved it! Go away Jericho." I am personally excited for Jericho and Ambrose to go at it. Jericho has been on a roll since his return but it's time WWE focuses on Dean Ambrose. Ambrose has become WWE's "Lost Priority", Ambrose has been in line for a mega-star, main even push but he always seems to get lost in the shuffle. WWE will put Ambrose over Jericho at Payback. WWE will restart the push of Ambrose for it can only get scrapped once again.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
The Miz VS Cesaro
If WWE really wants to establish a "New Era", you need to have Cesaro win at Payback. You can't use the long build excuse on this one. Cesaro has been ready for awhile and WWE can't squander another creative opportunity with him. The Miz will get another chance at gold, he always has had the ability to bounce back on to the championship scene. Cesaro hasn't been able to pick up chances until WWE started pushing him. It's time you put the belt on Cesaro and he defends it against everybody. Cesaro/Baron Corbin is the match-up I see down the line. The Miz has benefited from having Maryse at his side again. The Miz is a wonderful heel but after crushing Zack Ryder's hopeful push he really can't do the same to Cesaro. Cesaro would be a terrific mid-card building block it's time for WWE to get building.
Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens
The most natural feud in the WWE. See what happens when NXT's creative team does you a favor? Kevin Owens is becoming the ultimate heel. Sami Zayn is becoming the second coming of Daniel Bryan. This match could go either way. Sami Zayn winning would be very cool but they need to build up his rise to the top. So in this situation I predict KO will secure a dominant, impressive victory over the "Underdog from the Underground."
Winner: Kevin Owens
Charlotte VS Natalya
We have multiple story lines heading into this match. Let me list them all.
Charlotte gets the easy W. If Natalya wins then the WWE creative team has a couple of screws loose.
Who Will Be Running Monday Night RAW?
WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon will choose Shane McMahon to run Monday Night RAW but then will give Stephanie McMahon control of WWE Smackdown leading to the long-awaited and rumored brand split. Shane O'Mac will select more of a "smark" or NXT roster. While Stephanie will select a more "Mark" roster.
Roman Reigns VS AJ Styles
Well here is my long, complicated prediction for WWE Payback's main event. Earlier in the night, Gallows and Anderson are thrown out of the building leaving AJ with no help for the main event. Leaving Reigns to turn heel and AJ to get completely dominated by angry, aggressive Roman Reigns. Reigns will win the title and have heel interactions and the crowd will still boo. This would be in the master plan for WWE to set up a big money match at SummerSlam.
AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson VS The Shield
Your probably thinking I'm insane. Well I am but this match would sell. The two most dominant forces in the new era of wrestling clashing for the first time. To add to this exciting match, Reigns would be champion going in but the stipulation would be whoever gets the pin fall would win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This could set up many possibilities, and the biggest one would be Seth Rollins reclaiming his title and leaving The Shield as a baby face. That's just my thinking on how to do it.
Maybe they do a different angle, but Reigns will turn heel soon. Maybe he becomes a anti-hero.
Winner: Roman Reigns
WWE has major potential with this Payback card will they pull off a good show?
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