Here are my predictions for the 2016 WWE Payback PPV. Check back for Payback 2016 results and review coverage here.
|WWE Payback 2016 Spoilers|
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles
Well, I certainly didn't see this one coming, but I'm interested as all hell. The fact that WWE put the guy they want to be the top babyface against someone they know he'll be booed against is very intriguing. Styles absolutely won't be winning the title, but the match should be cool and the direction for Reigns going forward is something that piques my curiosity.
PREDICTION: Roman Reigns retains.
Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs. Cesaro
Poor Zack Ryder got pushed aside very quickly, didn't he? I was assuming this would be a Fatal 4-Way that would include him, Cesaro and Chris Jericho, but with Cesaro winning a #1 contender's match and Jericho possibly gone for a while, it seems as though WWE cut right to the chase.
PREDICTION: The Miz retains...but I wouldn't be shocked if Cesaro won the belt. Let's see how they build this over the next few weeks.
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
With what went down with the Intercontinental Championship and the #1 contender's match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it makes perfect sense to have these two face off against each other here. This feud has been a good one and has stretched over a long period of time, and what they've done together has been fun, so I'm excited for this match.
PREDICTION: Sami Zayn wins if this feud doesn't continue, but if they do have another at Extreme Rules, then Kevin Owens wins.
Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose
SO into the idea of these two feuding. This could have been a WrestleMania match, even. Here's hoping they have more than just this one event to work together and it continues into Extreme Rules.
PREDICTION: Dean Ambrose wins.
Women's Championship: Charlotte (c) vs. Natalya
Blah. Why is Natalya the go-to person to match Charlotte up with when they need her to have a victory? There's no chance Natalya has a shot at the title, which makes me have nothing to get invested in, as I've already seen them face off before and I don't think we'll get anything different. Lukewarm start to this rehabilitation of the division.
PREDICTION: Charlotte retains.
Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Tournament Finals: The Vaudevillains vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady
I'm kind of surprised WWE is holding back and doing the finals of the tournament here instead of rushing to the title match itself. Given the situation, I expect The Vaudevillains to come out on top because of some kind of interference from The Dudley Boyz. Even if they weren't clearly in a feud with Bubba Ray and D-Von at the moment, Enzo and Cass have two other factors working against them: WWE's unlikely booking of two babyface teams against each other and the poor track record Enzo and Cass have with tag titles. This should be interesting and I hope the crowd doesn't shit on it.
PREDICTION: The Vaudevillains are victorious.
Pre-Show Kickoff United States Championship Match: Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback
So WWE fucked up with this feud massively for WrestleMania, then they kept both guys basically off television for every week following that show, and randomly they just add this onto the pre-show for Payback? Stupid. If this ends in anything other than a Ryback title win, it's beyond ridiculous.
PREDICTION: That being said, Kalisto probably retains.
Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
Once this feud kicked off, it was a safe bet that this match would take place at Payback. I don't think the program will last longer than that, and I can't imagine this going any other way than Corbin winning, as he's the new guy who needs the push while Ziggler is the veteran who will put him over. There's potential for this to be a good match if they don't cut them short on time.
PREDICTION: Corbin wins and continues his hot streak.
Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows vs. The Usos
The tag team division has several feuds that could transfer to Payback and others that could stay on Raw, with this being one of those.
PREDICTION: Anderson and Gallows win.
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