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WWE Payback 2016 PPV Predictions & Spoilers of Results

Posted by Anthony Mango Monday, April 25, 2016
WWE's Payback pay-per-view will take place on May 1, 2016 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Follow along here for spoilers and information on the event's card, lineup of matches and news regarding the pay-per-view.

Here are my predictions for the 2016 WWE Payback PPV. Check back for Payback 2016 results and review coverage here.

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WWE Payback 2016 AJ Styles vs Roman Reigns match

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.

WWE Payback 2016 Cesaro vs Miz and Maryse IC Title

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.

WWE Payback 2016 Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens match

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.

WWE Payback 2016 Chris Jericho vs Dean Ambrose match

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.

WWE Payback 2016 Divas Championship Title Match Charlotte vs Natalya

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.

WWE Payback 2016 Enzo Amore Big Cass vs Vaudevillains

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.

WWE Payback 2016 Ryback vs Kalisto US Title Match

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.

WWE Payback 2016 Ziggler vs Corbin match

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.

PREDICTED MATCHES (as of 4/25/2016)

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.

This page will be altered to reflect newer opinions whenever new information about this and surrounding events takes place.

If you have any foresight and would like to test your predictions skills, leave a comment below. What would you do for this pay-per-view?


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