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Random Thoughts about Payback 2015

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Once again it’s time for me to share my random thoughts on the most recent WWE pay per view, Payback. It was a step up from Extreme Rules that’s for sure. Be warned, this post does include spoilers so if you don’t want to know the results, look away now.

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Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall

WWE Tag Team Championship 2 out of 3 falls match: The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) © def. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro via pinfall

Bray Wyatt def. Ryback via pinfall

WWE United States Championship I Quit match: John Cena © def. Rusev

Neville def. King Bad News Barrett via count out

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins © def. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton via pinning Orton

Well that was a fun main event wasn’t it? The mini Shield reunion was a great spot and the crowd reacted marvellously to it. I predicted that the triple powerbomb spot would happen! I also predicted that a full-fledged Shield reunion would happen. It would have been too soon, save it for further down the line. Reigns had some standout moments, which he has had on past PPV’s this year, but the standout guy has got to be Dean Ambrose. This was his opportunity to show the top brass in WWE that he belongs in the main event scene and he grabbed it with both hands. As of right now pencil him in as the winner of the Money in the Bank! Give a lot of credit to all four guys in the match as well as Kane and J&J. It was an exciting end to the show.

I also want to say that I actually like seeing Rollins use the Pedigree as his finisher. I actually want to see him use it full time in fact.

As for the I Quit match, the effort was there, but it was too long. It was too slow paced. They should have been more physical considering that this was the final match in the series. Did the ref really need to ask both guys if they wanted to quit after nearly every move? Flashbacks to WrestleMania 11 right there! They picked up the pace in the final ten minutes. The ending with Lana giving up for Rusev is why they did the match in the first place. It’s a way for Rusev to dump her because he can say that she showed weakness and cost him the US title. Rusev losing to Cena three times in a row isn’t good for his career. I hope he can recover because I’ve said it time and time again; Rusev is a talented guy and a potential main eventer. It’s going to take time for him to recover from this though.

As for Cena, who’s his next feud going to be with? Right now my gut instinct says Kevin Owens. At a recent NXT show, Owens actually did the five knuckle shuffle (that sounds so wrong right?) If that’s the cast then I’m all for it. They could do an angle where Owens answers the open challenge and purposely gets himself disqualified. He could come out and say that his son’s favourite wrestler is John Cena and he finds it disrespected from it. A match would take place at SummerSlam, Cena’s return, only for Owens to beat him the same way he defeated Sami Zayne at Takeover. It all depends on what happens at Unstoppable.

I loved the tag match. They were given the time and they made full advantage of it. The finish was creative as there was so much going on that it would be believable for the ref not to tell who was in the ring at the end. I’m looking forward to Elimination Chamber to see how a tag team match would work in that environment. It’s because of outstanding work like this which proves that tag team wrestling is well and truly on the way to becoming important again.

Ryback vs. Wyatt just didn’t seem right to me. There were some dead spots in the match and you could tell that they had trouble to get the crowd involved. I’m fine with Wyatt winning. I’m a huge fan of the guy and he was a very bright future ahead of him. He just needs to get involved in a massive feud to really cement him at the top. Like Ambrose, Wyatt is a favourite to win the Money in the Bank.

Another match which seemed off was Neville vs. Barrett. It wasn’t as good as their previous encounters. I guess it was done because they didn’t want either good to lose in a decisive manner, hence why they added the post match segment. Expect their feud to continue with both guys likely to be involved in the Elimination Chamber for the Intercontinental title.

Overall show rating (out of 10): 7

The in-ring work was pretty good throughout the show with no standout bad moments. No shocking moments to speak of, but like I said, the performances was acceptable. The Shield powerbomb on Randy Orton was the highlight of the night. Loved that spot as did the crowd! Bottom line, Payback isn’t something that you’re going to go out of your way to re-watch again, but it was a step up from Extreme Rules and a fun show to watch.

2015 PPV Rankings

WrestleMania 32 – 9.5

Payback – 7

Extreme Rules – 5

Fastlane – 4.5

Royal Rumble – 4

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