After an incredible WrestleMania and a decent Extreme Rules PPV, we've come to Payback, whose card doesn't appear to be too strong. With the PPV taking place in the middle of the month, and after Daniel Bryan's unexpected injury, we have a lot of half cooked feuds and very few title battles. We have an interesting main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which will pit Seth Rollins against Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, but a boring co-main event in Rusev vs John Cena. We've already seen this fight three times and even though we'd love to see Rusev win clean, we're not holding our breath.
Realistically, what are the odds of John Cena saying I Quit? 0.00001 %?
What are the odds Ambrose wins? 4%. At least I'm more hopeful about Ambrose.
Here's the entire match card:
- Pre-Show: The Meta-Powers (Sandow and Axel) vs The Ascenscion
- Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler
- The New Day (C) vs. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd (Two out of Three Falls Match for the Tag Team Championships)
- Ryback vs. Bray Wyatt
- John Cena (C) vs. Rusev (I Quit Match for the U.S. Championship)
- The Bella Twins vs. Naomi & Tamina Snuka
- King Barrett vs. Neville
- Seth Rollins (C) vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose (For the WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
Let's starting breaking this one down.
** The match results are included, so be aware of spoilers before you continue reading!
Pre-Show: The Meta-Powers (Sandow and Axel) vs The Ascenscion
Well, if you were expecting a good match here, you only have yourself to blame. Damien Sandow worked miracles as a stunt double for The Miz, but I don't think even he can save this ridiculous gimmick. This was thrown together last second as a pre-show match for this PPV, as well as trying to establish two more teams for the upcoming Elimination Chamber PPV (there will be a tag team elimination chamber match).
This match was as bland as anticipated, so we won't waste too much time on it. In the end, Macho Mandow went for the elbow drop and was thrown off the top rope, before Konnor hit the Fall of Man for the win on Axel.
Winner: The Ascension
Match Rating: 3/10