My Predictions for WWE Payback 2017 (Presented by Raw)

WWE Payback 2017

Kickoff Segment and Match

 

Miz TV Hosted by The Miz (w/ Maryse) with Special Guest Finn Balor

Prediction: Finn Balor and The Miz end up having a one-on-one match and Balor will be victorious.

The Realest Guys in the Room (Enzo Amore & Big Cass) vs. The Club (Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson)

Winners: The Realest Guys in the Room

Pay-Per-View Matches

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match

Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries

Winner: Austin Aries becomes the brand new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.

Raw Women’s Championship Match

Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss

Winner: Bayley

Raw Tag Team Championship Match

The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) (c) vs. Cesaro & Sheamus

Winners: The Hardy Boyz

Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe

Winner: Seth Rollins

Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman

Winner: Roman Reigns

United States Championship Match (If Chris Jericho wins the championship then he moves over to the SmackDown LIVE brand.)

SmackDown LIVE’s Kevin Owens (c) vs. Chris Jericho

Winner: Chris Jericho becomes the new United States Champion and moves over to the SmackDown LIVE brand.

Non-Title House of Horrors Match

SmackDown LIVE’s WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt

Winner: Randy Orton…

My Thoughts on WWE Payback 2016

WWE Payback 2016 Results

First, during the Tag Team Tournament Finals Match between The Realest Guys in the Room (Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady) and The Vaudevillains to determine the #1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship, an unfortunate incident happened. Not too long into the match, Enzo Amore’s head bounced off the middle rope and then the back of his head hit the ring apron causing some severe damage, which caused the referee to throw the match out. Enzo ended up having to be stretchered out of the arena and taken to a local medical facility; he was diagnosed with a concussion, but fortunately, all other tests came back negative. I would like to point out that this injury is not a storyline injury, Enzo really got hurt. It is very unfortunate that the match had to end under these circumstances, but it just goes to show that injuries can happen at any given time. We definitely wish Enzo a speedy recovery.

 

There is also the match between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. After Owens beat Zayn fair and square, Owens tarnished that by attacking him after the match. Owens then insisted that Byron Saxton get up from the commentators’ table …

My Hopes/Predictions for WWE Payback 2016

WWE Payback 2016

Kickoff Match

 

United States Championship Match

Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback

In a rematch from WrestleMania 32, Kalisto will once again defend his championship against Ryback. Ryback earned this opportunity by knocking off Kalisto in a non-title match on a recent edition of Thursday Night Smackdown. Despite the fact that Ryback is trying to claim that size does matter, this was actually the first time that Ryback had beaten Kalisto; Kalisto has already beaten Ryback on two different occasions. At Payback, this will be as close as Ryback gets to taking the U.S. Championship from Kalisto because Kalisto will once again beat Ryback and retain his championship.

 

Pay-Per-View Matches/Segment

 

WWE Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders’ Tournament Finals Match

The Realest Guys in the Room (Enzo Amore & Colin Cassasdy) vs. The Vaudvillains (Aiden English & Simon Gotch)

A few weeks ago on Raw, Shane McMahon, who has temporarily been running Monday Night Raw, put together a Tag Team Tournament to determine the #1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships, which is currently held by The New Day (Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston & Big E). The two teams that made it to the finals are The Realest Guys in the …

My Hopes/Predictions for WWE Payback

WWE Payback 2015

Kickoff Match

 

The Meta Powers (“Macho Mandow” & Axelmania) vs. The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor)

What started out as a rivalry between Damien Sandow and Curtis Axel ended up turning into one of the most unlikely duos. Eventually, Axel started referring to himself as Axelmania (a spoof of WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan’s Hulkamania) and Sandow started referring to himself as “Macho Mandow” (a spoof of WWE Hall of Famer “Macho Man” Randy Savage). The Ascension took exception to this and started to target both men. This ended up bringing Mandow and Axelmania together, thus turning Axel face in the process, to stand against The Ascension. Mandow & Axelmania are now referring to themselves as The Meta Powers (a spoof of The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage). In addition to being one of the most entertaining teams, I think that The Meta Powers are also one of the most talented teams and I think that they will prove that at Payback when they beat The Ascension.

 

Pay-Per-View Matches

 

The Bella Twins (WWE Divas Champion Nikki & Brie) vs. Naomi & Tamina Snuka

Recently, the WWE Universe has been witnessing a whole new side of Naomi. Frustrated …

WWE Smackdown 6-21-13: Daniel Bryan Wins, But Is Not Happy

The show began with Daniel Bryan addressing his match being stopped on Raw a few nights ago due to suffering an injury that didn’t allow him to continue. Bryan has been obsessed with proving to everybody that he is not the “weak link”. After Randy Orton came out to tell Bryan that when helped him to his feet after their match on Raw and embraced him, that he respects Bryan for his guts and determination. Instead, Bryan took that sportsmanship as pity and was determined to prove himself in their rematch later on in the evening. Also, Wade Barrett got his Intercontinental Championship rematch after losing the championship to Curtis Axel at Payback the previous Sunday. It was a Triple Threat Match that also featured The Miz; Axel won the championship in controversial fashion when Miz had Wade Barrett locked in his signature submission hold “The Figure Four Leg-Lock” and Axel picked up the scraps by pinning Barrett to win the championship, so I felt that he needed to prove himself as Intercontinental Champion. During the rematch against Barrett, Axel did just that by hitting Barrett with his signature maneuver and pinning him for the 1-2-3 to retain his championship. …

WWE Main Event 6-19-13: The Shield Continues It’s Dominance

On this edition of Main Event, Justin Gabriel and The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) took on The Shield (United States Champion Dean Ambrose & WWE Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & The Usos’ second cousin Roman Reigns). In the end, just as Gabriel was going to hit Ambrose with his signature maneuver “The 450 Splash”, chaos ensued when the other competitors got involved and it allowed Ambrose to recover and put a halt to Gabriel’s momentum. Ambrose then hit Gabriel with his signature maneuver “The Standing Bulldog” to get the pin and the win for his team. I definitely think that The Usos should get the next championship opportunity against Rollins & Reigns because The Usos have not only taken a stand against The Shield, but they are also way overdue for a reign as WWE Tag Team Champions. Also, Zeb Colter accompanied Antonio Cesaro to the ring for his match against Sin Cara and prior to the match, Colter said that he admires Cesaro for shedding his European roots to embrace being a “real American”. As I stated before, I am convinced that when Jack Swagger, the guy that Colter currently manages who is out with an injury, makes …

WWE Raw 6-17-13: Changes In the Air

I was in attendance for this edition of Raw that took place at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The show began with the new World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio (accompanied by his personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez). Del Rio addressed his actions from the previous night at the Payback Pay-Per-View event and was met with a chorus of boos from the WWE Universe. After all of this, Del Rio then stated that for the last few months, he has fought for the WWE Universe and all they did was disrespect him. After making this statement, it was clear that both Del Rio and Rodriguez had turned heel. They are then interrupted by CM Punk (accompanied by Paul Heyman); Punk then made it clear that he did not appreciate Del Rio’s posturing. Then, despite protests from Heyman, Punk went on to challenge Del Rio to a non-title match for later on in the show. Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero (accompanied by her assistant Brad Maddox) came out and announced that the match would happen in the night’s main event. Also, after losing the Intercontinental Championship to Curtis Axel the night before at Payback, Barrett was scheduled to have …

WWE Payback 6-16-13: John Cena Survives Hell

In a match during the Payback Kickoff (Pre-Show), Sheamus O’Shaunessy defeated one-half of Team Rhodes Scholars Damien Sandow. As for the matches for the Pay-Per-View portion of Payback, WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn had retribution on her mind heading into her defense against former BFF AJ Lee; unfortunately, it was not to be because in the end, it was AJ who forced Kaitlyn to submit to her signature submission hold “The Black Widow” to become the WWE Divas Champion for the first time. After the heart-wrenching loss, Kaitlyn was consoled by fellow former WWE Divas Champions Layla El, Natalya Neidhart, and Alicia Fox, thus turning Alicia face. Also, United States Champion and Shield leader Dean Ambrose defended against Kane. In the end, when Kane attempted to hit Ambrose with his signature maneuver “The Chokeslam” through the announcers’ table outside the ring, it was Ambrose who countered by hitting Kane with a DDT and getting back in the ring to beat the referee’s ten count, thus beating Kane and retaining his championship via count-out. Also, Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett was originally scheduled to defend against both The Miz and Fandango in a Triple Threat Match; however, Fandango had suffered an injury during …

WWE Main Event 6-12-13: The Usos Bring Down the Funk

The show began with The Miz going one-on-one with one-half of Team Rhodes Scholars Cody Rhodes. The regular commentary team for Main Event is Josh Mathews, The Miz, & Ricardo Rodriguez, but since The Miz was in a match, Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett provided commentary with Josh Mathews throughout the show, with Ricardo Rodriguez being absent altogether for some reason. As for the match, The Miz was victorious. Also, in the main event, it was two fan favorite tag teams going at it as The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) faced Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay & Tensai) (accompanied by The Funkadactyls (Naomi & Cameron Lynn). In the end, it was The Usos who came out on top to end the program. I am a fan of both of these teams, but I was rooting for The Usos in this one. I also think that no matter which team walks out of the upcoming WWE Pay-Per-View event, Payback, as WWE Tag Team Champions, whether it’d be the defending champions Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns of The Shield or the unlikely pairing of Randy Orton and one-half of Team Hell No Daniel Bryan, The Usos should get the next opportunity at the …

WWE Raw 6-10-13: Triple H and Mr. McMahon At Odds, Stephanie McMahon Caught In the Middle

The show began with WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H going against his father-in-law, WWE Chairman, and CEO Vincent K. McMahon’s and Triple H’s wife Stephanie McMahon’s wishes by going one-on-one with Curtis Axel (accompanied by Paul Heyman). At one point, while Triple H had the match well in hand, Vince McMahon comes out and orders the timekeeper to ring the bell to end the match, then he tells ring announcer Justin Roberts to announce Curtis Axel as the winner as a result of a disqualification. Then, Triple H gives the order to restart the match. Afterward, Mr. McMahon gives the order to declare Curtis Axel the winner as a result of a forfeit. Then, Triple H gives the order to restart the match and declares it a 60-minute Iron Man Match. Lastly, Mr. McMahon comes out to declare Curtis Axel the winner once and for all by absconding the ring bell and microphone used by Justin Roberts, so that Triple H can’t restart the match again. Later on, Triple H speaks with his wife backstage and tells her that her father crossed the line. While Stephanie agreed with her husband, she begged him not to hurt his father-in-law. While …

WWE Main Event 6-5-13: Bad Homecoming for Curt Hawkins

This week’s edition of Main Event took place in Long Island, New York. In the main event, it was Justin Gabriel who went one-on-one with Curt Hawkins, who hails from Queens, New York, which is not too far away from Long Island. Unfortunately for Hawkins, it turned out to be a bad homecoming when Gabriel beat him after hitting Hawkins with his signature maneuver “The 450 Splash”. Also, it was announced that Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett will defend against both The Miz and Fandango in a Triple Threat Match at the upcoming Pay-Per-View event, Payback.…

WWE Raw 6-3-13: The McMahon Family Can’t Agree On Anything

The show began with WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie McMahon coming out to inform the WWE Universe that despite the fact that her husband and WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H has been medically cleared to compete, she has made an executive decision to not allow her husband to have his match for the evening against Curtis Axel, much to the dismay of the WWE Universe. Stephanie’s father and WWE Chairman and CEO Vincent K. McMahon came out to back her daughter up on her decision. Later on, when Triple H arrived at the arena, he confronted his wife and father-in-law and made it clear that he was going to have his scheduled match with Curtis Axel, but Stephanie and Mr. McMahon would still not approve. At one point, things started to get a little intense between Triple H and Mr. McMahon when Vince warned Triple H not to do something he might regret. Eventually, Triple H chose to leave the arena so that “his children wouldn’t have to see him beat their grandfather’s ass on national TV”. Before Triple H left in his limousine, he told Stephanie to tell her father that he will be in the …

WWE Smackdown 5-31-13: Super Daniel Bryan

The show began with one-half of Team Hell No Kane (accompanied by the other half of Team Hell No Daniel Bryan) taking on WWE Tag Team Champion and Shield member Seth Rollins (accompanied by WWE Tag Team Champion and fellow Shield cohort Roman Reigns). At one point in the match, Reigns jumped up on the ring apron to distract Kane, but Kane caught him. In the end, Daniel Bryan returned the favor by knocking Rollins off the top rope while the referee’s back was turned. Kane capitalized and hit Rollins with his signature maneuver “The Chokeslam” to get the pin and the win. Immediately following this match was the match between Bryan and Reigns with their respective tag team partners in their corners. In the end, after Reigns took an unprovoked shot at Kane, Kane retaliated by taking a shot at him. Unfortunately for Bryan, the ref saw Kane hit Reigns, thus getting Bryan disqualified. Bryan was not happy with Kane after the match and took this as Kane looking at him as “the weak link”. Also, Kofi Kingston went one-on-one with Ryback. After Ryback beat Kofi, he put Kofi through not one, not two, but three tables, sending a …

WWE Raw 5-27-13: Bret Hart Appreciation Night

This Memorial Day edition of Raw was dedicated to all the men and women serving in the U.S. Military. The show began with WWE Champion John Cena coming out to address Ryback’s challenge to an Ambulance Match at the upcoming Payback Pay-Per-View event. Cena announced that at Payback, he will defend his championship against Ryback in a Three Stages of Hell Match. A Three Stages of Hell Match consists of a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match with with each fall having a stipulation. Cena said that the first fall’s stipulation will be a Lumberjack Match, the second fall a Tables Match, and, if necessary, the third fall will be the very stipulation Ryback challenged Cena to, an Ambulance Match. Ryback then came out and accepted the challenge. So, it’s official, at Payback, Cena will defend his championship against Ryback in a Three Stages of Hell Match. After Ryback accepted, Paul Heyman and his newest client, Curtis Axel, came out and issued a challenge to Cena for a non-title one-on-one match for the main event of the evening, which Cena accepted. Also, the WWE Universe were given the opportunity to vote on the WWE App on which role The Miz would play in …

WWE Raw 5-20-13: Two Superstars Get the Biggest Wins of Their Careers

The show began with Ryback actually arriving into the arena in the back of an ambulance. After Ryback stepped out of the ambulance and then on top of it, he then went on to challenge WWE Champion John Cena in an Ambulance Match for the championship at the upcoming Payback Pay-Per-View event and the match has been made official. Also, after hearing all the rumors, it was confirmed that Paul Heyman had enlisted a new client named Curtis Axel, the man formerly known as Michael McGillicutty. As Heyman discusses Axel, he is then interrupted by WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H. Triple H then tells Heyman that he has every intention of kicking his ass. Then, Axel gets in Triple H’s face, but ends up receiving a slap for his troubles. Triple H then says that he will face Axel in a match later on in the evening and added that after he kicks Axel’s ass, he’s going to kick Heyman’s. Also, Alberto Del Rio (accompanied by his personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez), the new #1 contender to Dolph Ziggler’s World Heavyweight Championship, went one-on-one with NXT Champion Big E Langston (accompanied by AJ Lee). In the end, thanks to …