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WWE Payback (2016) Review

Coming off a disappointing build and ultimately disappointing event of WrestleMania 32, WWE had to rebound with a great event with Payback. The buildup was certainly better than that of 'Mania, as WWE started it with a great Fatal-4-Way no.1 contender's match on RAW the night after 'Mania. AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and a returning Cesaro to earn a WWE World Title shot against Roman Reigns. The buildup has included Styles' old buddies Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson making their way to WWE and teasing a Bullet Club reunion with Styles.

Another highly anticipated storyline in the past few weeks has been Shane McMahon running RAW, despite losing his match to The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Vince first gave Shane a one-time shot, but has kept his son in charge despite the stipulation that Shane would be banished from WWE with a WrestleMania loss. With this event, we've now found out who Vince will have running RAW going forward.

How about Charlotte and Natalya going at it for the Women's Championship? With Ric Flair and Bret Hart in their respective corners, did this match live up to their NXT TakeOver classic in 2014?

We also got Sami Zayn against Kevin Owens in a one-on-one match. Did you ever think you'd see that on a WWE pay-per-view?

To round out the card, we had Miz against Cesaro for the IC title, Ambrose taking on Y2J, and the final of the tag team tournament. Both teams of Enzo & Cass and The Vaudevillains making their WWE PPV debut? Yes please. Oh and in case you cared, Kalisto against Ryback on the preshow, as well as Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin who were bumped down.

Event Card (in no particular order):

 Kickoff Show:

- United States Championship

Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback

- Singles Match

Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

Main Card:

Tag Team No.1 Contenders' Tournament Final:

Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady vs. The Vaudevillains

- Singles Match

Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho

- Intercontinental Championship

The Miz (c) vs. Cesaro

- Singles Match

Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

- Women's Championship

Charlotte (c) vs. Natalya

- WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles

How did the show play out? Did we get some redemption from the draining marathon that was WrestleMania? We discuss that here.

WARNING! Spoilers Ahead!

Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

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In what wasn't much of a surprise at all, Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler were bumped from the main card. Despite Ziggler's ability to make simple moves look better, Corbin's pace just brought down the quality of the match. Ziggler sold Corbin's offense like crazy, but the crowd wasn't really into this match. Corbin dominated most of the match and you thought Ziggler would be the sacrificial lamb yet again. In a surprising twist though, Ziggler caught Corbin by surprise with a roll-up for the win.

Very surprising that Corbin's undefeated streak didn't go longer, but it was a nice surpise to see Ziggler get a win.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Match Rating: 4/10

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