Here are my predictions for the 2017 WWE Payback PPV. Check back for Payback 2017 results and review coverage here.
|WWE Raw Payback 2017 Spoilers|
United States Championship Match: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Chris Jericho
This should be your standard rematch affair. I'm actually surprised it doesn't have a gimmick attached to it, but it doesn't need it, either. I'm looking at this through an optimistic scope that it will be even better than their match at WrestleMania.
PREDICTION: Kevin Owens retains.
Cruiserweight Championship Match: Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries
I'm convinced Aries is taking this title, but they might not have wanted that to happen on the pre-show of WrestleMania, which means holding off until here instead. Then, I think Aries will feud with Brian Kendrick, who should be wrapping up his Akira Tozawa feud soon as well.
PREDICTION: Austin Aries becomes the new champion.
House of Horrors Match: Randy Orton (c) vs. Bray Wyatt
So is this for the championship or not? WWE really didn't plan out the Superstar Shake-Up. The title being on the line is the major factor in whether or not Randy Orton is a guaranteed win or if he's just the favorite. Bray Wyatt needs a bump to help his future feud with Finn Balor, but he can't win the title, nor can Orton be made to look bad. Jinder Mahal isn't going to interfere in this type of match and it's hard to imagine anybody else popping up save for Erick Rowan. Maybe Rowan does make an appearance and costs Orton, but the title isn't on the line, so while Wyatt wins, Orton doesn't look weak? Then, Orton wrecks Rowan on SmackDown and moves on to his feud with Mahal while Wyatt starts his program with Balor. Or....alternatively....Orton just wins. The end.
PREDICTION: Randy Orton retains if the belt is on the line and he's still my 70% choice to win even if it isn't.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The Hardy Boyz (c) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro
There's absolutely no way Sheamus and Cesaro win the titles. Zero chance. A heel turn, however...that's a different story...
PREDICTION: The Hardy Boyz retain, guaranteed.
Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins
I really hope Samoa Joe gets a victory here, as Rollins scored a big win over Triple H at WrestleMania while Joe was off the show entirely. For some reason, I don't have a ton of faith in this being a great match. I have a feeling their styles will clash.
PREDICTION: Samoa Joe wins.
Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns
Uggggggggh stop screwing over Strowman! This should have just been Roman Reigns beating Brock Lesnar for the title. I fully expect Reigns to win here, which sucks. Strowman has been the most entertaining thing on Raw in a while and I really hope he gets his due victory, but I have zero faith it will happen.
PREDICTION: Roman Reigns wins.
Raw Women's Championship Match: Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
I was actually thinking we'd see Alexa against Mickie James, with Nia Jax and/or Sasha Banks getting the title shot instead. That being said, I'm more interested in Alexa against Bayley, so hopefully this isn't something they're going to waste too early. This can be a fantastic feud and I'm looking forward to seeing them go at it.
PREDICTION: Bayley retains unless Sasha Banks turns heel to face her.
Pre-Show Kickoff: MizTV with Finn Balor
This is strange that Dean Ambrose isn't facing The Miz with the Intercontinental Championship on the line, unless that gets announced at some point after I type this out.
PREDICTION: Balor will suck on the mic, but he'll stand tall at the end of the segment.
Pre-Show Kickoff: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass
How is this on the card, but not an Intercontinental Championship match? So strange. To be fair, I understand why it's on the card in general, but I think in terms of importance, this tag team feud falls short in comparison. All four guys have value that I think they've yet to fully tap into, but I'm not loving this feud yet.
PREDICTION: Gallows and Anderson win.
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