The WWE PPV Payback has been hyped for weeks and it’s finally happened. Was it a huge success or an epic failure? Here’s what I thought!
Match #1: The WWE United States Champion Sheamus vs Cesaro for the WWE United States Championship.
Honestly, I wasn’t too into this match. Sheamus needs a new gimmick and Cesaro is interesting, but it needed more. Something was missing from this match, I don’t know what it was but it just didn’t have that spark to make it something memorable or even great.
Winner and still your WWE United States Champion: Sheamus
Match #2: Ryback & Curtis Axel vs Cody Rhodes and Goldust
Honestly I have mixed feelings about this match because I’m a fan of Cody Rhodes and Goldust, but Ryback and Curtis Axel just annoy me like crazy. I get that they are supposed to be the bad guys, but they’re just obnoxious and boring to me. Enough about me complaining. I’ll be honest, the match wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t anything I’ll be talking about tomorrow either… The only things you need to know about this match was that Ryback and Axel won, and that Cody told his brother Goldust that he needs to find a better tag team partner before walking off after the match.
Winner: Rybaxel (Ryback and Curtis Axel)
Match #3: Rusev w/ Lana vs Big E
This was a match between two heavy-hitters and arguably Rusev’s hardest competitor yet since entering into the WWE. It was a quick match, but a good one. It had just enough to keep you interested, like Big E spearing Rusev off the side of the ring. The match ended out of nowhere with Rusev and a huge kick and set Big E up to be put into his finishing submission move.
Match #4: Bo Dallas vs Kofi Kingston:
Just as the match is about to start we get an appearance from Kane, who goes and beats up Kofi Kingston with a choke-slam and a tombstone pile driver. Why did he go after Kofi? I have no idea, but should make for something interesting to talk about on Monday Night Raw tomorrow… Right? Bo Dallas comes in after the destruction and Kane leaving telling Kofi he’ll be back and better than ever if he just.. Bo-lieve.. Quite honestly I’m over the whole Bo-lieve thing and he’s only been around Raw and Smackdown 2 weeks.. that’s not a good thing.
Match never starts.
Match #5: Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett vs Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental Championship.
While it wasn’t the greatest match I’ve ever seen it was definitely a fun match to watch. These two have great in-ring chemistry and the back and forth in the match made it something fans in the crowd and watching on the WWE Network would enjoy watching. After a great match Bad News Barrett isn’t getting any bad news tonight as he retained his title after a bullhammer punch to RVD.
Winner: Bad News Barrett is still your WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Now onto Daniel Bryan’s Decision:
Stephanie McMahon comes out to hype up Daniel’s decision. Will Daniel “make the right decision” and surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship or will he keep it and let Stephanie fire his WWE Diva wife, Brie Bella? He comes out and Stephanie basically tells him to do the right thing and not be selfish… Also that he and Brie might have weird bearded babies someday… Some banter ensues with Stephanie telling Daniel he should quit like CM Punk did.. He counters telling her that her children are watching right now and see that she is nothing but a narcassitic self-centered bitch. Stephanie continues saying he needs to do the right thing.. yadda yadda yadda.. What will Daniel do? Well looks like Brie made the decision for him telling Stephanie that she can’t fire him because she quits. She than slaps Stephanie, making Stephanie leave and a Yes Chant ensues.
The Decision: Brie Bella Quits and Daniel Bryan is still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion!
Match #6: John Cena vs Bray Wyatt w/ Erick Rowan and Luke Harper in a Last Man Standing Match
If you don’t know what a Last Man Standing Match is well simply you have to be the last man standing, aka your opponent is laying on the ground for a 10 count while you’re still standing. This is a match many have been waiting for as it’s Superman Cena vs Creepy Bray Wyatt. Love them or hate them these are two of the most entertaining characters in the WWE today. Since it’s a no disqualification match Wyatt and his two family members look to be teaming up on Cena, that is until the WWE Tag Team Champion Usos, Jimmy and Jey, come to Cena’s side to make it an even affair. This was a great match that honestly exceeded my expectations, but the ending, while creative to me took away from the match as whole. To me The Usos and The Wyatt Family (Rowan and Harper) easily stole the show in this destructive match. So how did the match end? Cena did an Attitude Adjustment to Wyatt throwing him into a box of sorts and as he laid in the box he covered him with another box to make sure that he would be the last man standing.
Winner and Last Man Standing: John Cena making sure you know to “Never Give Up”
Match 7: Divas Champion Paige vs. Alicia Fox for the Divas Championship
After hyping Alicia Fox gone crazy the past few weeks I honestly expected more from this match than what we got. She really didn’t do anything crazy and Paige picked up the win after an okay match and sent Crazy Foxy crying in a tantrum backstage. If you want to see an AMAZING Diva’s match then I recommend you checkout the NXT Women’s Championship match from this past Thursday’s NXT Takeover Event. Charlotte and Natalya put on arguably one of the greatest Diva’s matches of all time.
Winner and still Divas Champion: Paige
Match 8: The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins) vs Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista) in a No Holds Barred Elimination Style Match.
This is the match that myself and everyone else had been waiting for. Their last meeting at Extreme Rules was easily the best match of the night so it’s hard to think that this match will be anything short of epic and let me tell you it wasn’t. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns 100% proved why the future of the WWE is in great hands. Now this was a six-men tag match so you have to give credit to the other guys in this match as well Randy Orton, Triple H, and Batista or Bluetista as the WWE Universe was calling him tonight because of his all blue attire. These 6 men put on the match of the night by far. What was so great about the match was the unpredictability and not knowing what each guy would do next and who would be left standing at the end. I know I can’t be the only person who thought it would just be one person standing and not all of the members of one team, which in this match was The Shield. If I had to say why Evolution lost it would have to be solely because they seemed to forget it was an elimination match and decided that beating the pulp out of The Shield was more important than getting the eliminations to win the match. Despite the pulp beating it was all of the members of The Shield who were left standing at the end of the match.
Winner: The Shield
With another PPV in the books it leaves many questions now to be answered on Raw tomorrow:
-With another loss what does this mean for Evolution?
-Will Goldust find a new tag-team partner or convince Cody to come back?
-Who will be the next to face Paige for her Divas Championship?
-Will Bray Wyatt finally move on from John Cena?
-Brie Bella Quit WWE with the Slap heard round the world, but will Stephanie fire back?
-Will Daniel Bryan ever give up his WWE World Heavyweight Championship?
-Can The Shield be stopped?
I could continue but you get the point. This was an overall decent PPV that saved the most memorable match for last. I know I’ll be talking about the last match all day tomorrow until Raw and on. What did you think of the PPV? Let me know in the comments below! And with that I leave you with some words of wisdom from the big winners tonight.
Believe In The Shield.
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