WWE Payback 2017 Results and Quick Thoughts
For a PPV very a poor build, I think this event wasn’t too bad at all! We got some title changes and some unexpected results!
Kevin Owens (Champ) vs. Chris Jericho – US Championship Match
I think WWE did the right thing kicking off with this match. The crowd was into it and there was some good offense and defense from both men. The crowd went nuts when Chris Jericho made Owens tap out to become the new US Champion, too! I’m sure it was totally unexpected for the majority of the people watching as I think everyone expected Owens to retain with Chris Jericho starting off his tour with Fozzy this week for the month of May. I’m sure we’ll see him lose the title on Smackdown on Tuesday but then again….
Winner: Chris Jericho
Neville (Champ) vs. Ausin Aries – WWE Cruiserweight Championship
While I enjoyed their Wrestlemania match more, these two still put on a really good match. Having the Neville use the tactic to pull on the ref to get disqualified was a good choice to keep the cheap heat on him and retain the championship to keep this program between both men going.
The Hardy Boys (Champs) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro –
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
This match was really good and more than I was expecting. While I didn’t get the winner correct in my prediction piece, I did call that Sheamus and Cesaro would attack after the match ended. Poor Jeff lost a tooth and Matt was busted open. I see the “broken” gimmick arriving soon, especially with how in your face WWE was with having Sheamus and Cesaro calling them a novelty act and Matt actually yelling “delete” in the ring. Can’t wait for another one.
Winners: The Hardy Boys
Bayley (Champ) vs. Alexa Bliss – Women’s Championship Match
Here’s another match where I wasn’t surprised with the result and it’s the best decision that could have been made. This title win fuels Bliss’ stellar rise to the top and it gives Bayley some purpose – to chase the title. I’m surprised that Sasha Banks didn’t interfere, though, to signal her heel turn. Perhaps we’ll see a rematch on tonight’s Raw program and see it happen.
Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton – House of Horrors Match
This whole feud has been horrible and this match/concept epitome of all of it. The house wasn’t scary, there were blue lights coming through the windows from the night sky but it wasn’t even dark in San Jose at that point. The notion that these two had to go from the house to the arena to finish it all up also made no sense at all. Thankfully this is all over. And why the hell wasn’t the belt on the line? How stupid is Wyatt to not use his rematch clause?
I’m glad Jinder Mahal ended up getting involved because I want to see what happens with his push.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe
This match was decent but nothing more than a strong TV match without commercials. I question the booking of Joe losing here because he’s still fresh and should be made out to be someone you don’t want to face because he’s that bad and that talented. Oh well. We’ll see what they do next with Joe and where both men go next.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns
I have to give props where it’s due. While the match did follow some of the predictable progression their matches have had, this was way better than I was expecting. Both Reigns and Strowman made each other look good and I really liked the ending. WWE seemed to be trolling their audience with the usual Reigns comeback/win only to have Strowman get the victory and decimate Reigns again at the end. It looks like we may now have the rubber-match at Extreme Rules.
Winner: Brawn Strowman