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Random Thought on WWE Payback 2017

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The 2017 edition of WWE Payback took place last night in San Jose, California, and here are my random thoughts on the event.

If you haven’t seen the show, please look away now as this post obviously contains spoilers.

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WWE United States Championship: Chris Jericho def. Kevin Owens © via submission to become the NEW United States Champion

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Austin Aries def. Neville © via disqualification. Neville remains champion

WWE RAW Tag Team Championship: The Hardy Boyz © def. Sheamus & Cesaro via pinfall

WWE RAW Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss def. Bayley © via pinfall to become the NEW WWE Raw Women’s Champion

Seth Rollins def. Samoa Joe via pinfall

House of Horrors: Bray Wyatt def. Randy Orton via pinfall

Braun Strowman def. Roman Reigns via pinfall

 

*Random Thoughts*

Who’s Neil, and what’s inside of his “workbox”? (If you don’t get what I’m talking about you’ve obviously haven’t been paying attention)

 

Going to be talking about the House of Horrors first because I really want to get it out of the way.

Holy shit it was terrible. I get that they want to be different, I’ve got no problem with them in that regard, but it didn’t work in regards of making me care. It would have been nice if Orton actually sold the beating he took in the house because he showed up as if nothing happened there and barely sold anything. The interference from Mahal and friends made sense since Mahal faces Orton at Payback in three weeks. What bothers me about this whole thing is it was supposed to be a rematch for the WWE Title match at WrestleMania and instead, was just done to further the Orton/Mahal story while Wyatt looked like a loser even though he won. I’m glad this rivalry is over. It started off solidly, but everything from WrestleMania to now was a failure.

 

The main event was actually better than what I anticipated it to be. The right guy went over that’s for sure. Reigns has his haters but he did a good job selling his various injuries. Every time he got the advantage, Strowman was able to come back by going after the injured body parts. I liked that it took two Powerslams to put Reigns away because one shouldn’t be enough in the main event.

 

The post-match attack on Reigns was funny because it was done to gain sympathy for Reigns, but the crowd was happy that Reigns was hurt. It’s so awkward to see Reigns booked as a face like this. They didn’t feel bad for the guy at all. It was a simple heel attack by Strowman using the steel ring steps to bring more pain to Reigns. Better get used to it because Reigns isn’t turning heel anytime soon.

 

Match of the Night has got to be the tag title match. Awesome tag team match which had the added value of such a hot crowd. They were really involved from the get go. It was wrestled at a good pace with the Hardys taking turns as the faces in peril and finding a way to come back. I liked some of the nearfalls they did towards the finish. The finishing sequence was great with Jeff making the blind tag and pinning Sheamus after the Swanton. The post-match heel turn of Sheamus & Cesaro was expected. Be interesting to see Cesaro return to being a heel after being in a babyface role for so long.

 

I wasn’t expected to see both the United States & Women’s championships changing hands. I don’t know which one surprised me more. The women’s match was great. I really liked that spot where Bliss kicked out, Bayley went head first into the ring post and Bayley wasn’t able to recover from it. The problem with Bliss winning with a DDT is everybody on the roster seems to use a DDT and most of them don’t win with it. I guess it’s okay here since Bayley hit her head on the ring post to weaken her earlier in the match. Alexa Bliss is constantly improving and is well deserving of her success. I just thought Bayley would retain.

 

As for the US title match, great choice for an opener. I liked the last few minutes of the match with Owens getting to the ropes again, Jericho getting mad about it and attacking the hand to prevent it. That led to the Walls of Jericho again and the finish. Well done. Did I expect it? Nope. I thought Owens would retain since he just won the title four weeks ago and Jericho is off for Fozzy music commitments soon, but I was wrong with that prediction. I think Jericho will have a short title reign, though. Owens will probably win it back as soon as this Tuesday.

 

Neville & Aries was a slow paced match without a lot of moments that seemed like the end might happen. They are both awesome performers, so that’s no surprise. I just thought they could have built up to potential finishing moments a little bit better. Aries was on fire on offense and got the crowd behind him well. Neville played the heel perfectly. He keeps doing all the little things right. Like I said in my preview, he’s my favourite heel in WWE right now. The DQ finish isn’t what I was expecting. It’s a way to keep the feud going while possibly adding a stipulation next time they have a match.

 

Looking back on Joe v Rollins, it was good for the most part, just didn’t like the finish. I would also describe it as a slow paced, methodical match with Joe doing a great job of working on the right knee of Rollins, which has been injured multiple times in the last few years. That was smart of him to do that. Rollins kept on fighting back with a lot of cool aerial moves including that Frog Splash for a nearfall. Joe looked like he was going to finish him off, but Rollins coming after him. I thought the finish was weak because they made it seem like a fluke. I would have preferred a win for Joe to keep him undefeated on the main roster. They didn’t need to put Rollins over here. Let Joe win and make him look like a dominant heel that Raw needs. Instead, Rollins got the counter win and I’m not sure what purpose it served. I expect a rematch somewhere down the line.

 

Overall Show Rating: 6

A mixed bag of a show. There wasn’t much that happened which makes this memorable. I guess I’ll remember House of Horrors but for all of the wrong reasons. The tag match was my favourite, Joe & Rollins was good, and they did a great job of elevating Strowman as a main event threat.

 

PPV Rankings

Royal Rumble – 8.5

Elimination Chamber – 8

WrestleMania 33 – 7

Payback – 6

Fastlane – 4.5

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