WWE Payback 2017

WWE Payback

United States Championship Match: Chris Jericho vs Kevin Owens 

KO rolls straight out but Y2J follows him out to start the match as the Canadians go back and forth early. Owens cleverly takes control and beats down Jericho on the outside. Jericho just beats the count out and Owens gets a near fall. Owens wears down his rival. Jericho tries to fight back but Owens shuts his offence down and regains control. Jericho fights back but only does enough for a near fall. A massive Superkick from KO only leads to a near fall as the two go back and forth. Owens hits Jericho with a Cannonball in the corner but only gets a near fall. Jericho counters the Pop-Up Powerbomb into the Wall of Jericho. Owens forces a rope break with a finger tip on the rope. Jericho snaps and focuses all his offence on Owens’ arm. KO uses the refs distraction to poke the eyes of Y2J but only gets a near fall again. Jericho locks in the Walls Of Jericho. Chris Jericho wins via Submission. Chris Jericho is the new WWE United States Champion.

Cruiserweight Championship Match: Austin Aries vs Neville 

The two men go back and forth in a technical exchange with Aries getting the better of it seemingly. Neville counters Aries attempt at the 450 Splash and begins to beat down his challenger. Neville completely dominates Aries as he begins to taunt and mock him, Aries fights back and this leads to a near fall. Aries control and domination continues but again he can’t put the Champion away. Neville counters Discuss 5-arm but it doesn’t stop Aries’ momentum. Aries locks in the Last Chancery but Neville grabs the referee and the official calls for a disqualification. Austin Aries wins via Disqualification. Neville is still WWE Cruiserweight Champion.

Raw Tag Team Championship Match: Sheamus/Cesaro vs The Hardy Boyz

Matt and Sheamus start the match and Hardyz take control early with quick tags and double team work. Cesaro regains control and tags in Sheamus who gets a near fall over Matt Hardy. Sheamus & Cesaro stay in control as they begin to beatd own Jeff and get a series of near falls. Sheamus tags in and wears down Jeff. Cesaro & Sheamus are doing a great job of isolating Jeff. Jeff eventually makes the tag to his brother Matt who begins to lead the Universe in chants of “DELETE” whilst he regains control of the match. Hardy hits a Side Effect but the pin attempt is broken up. Cesaro regains control with a corkscrew uppercut and the Cesaro Swing. Hardy forces a rope break from Cesaro’s Sharpshooter. Sheamus hits White Noise on Matt from the second rope but Jeff breaks up the pin. Sheamus misses the Brogue Kick and fights out of a Twist of Fate. A Blind tag made by Jeff Hardy leads to a Swanton Bomb. The Hardy Boyz win via Pinfall.

The two teams embrace at the end of the match in a handshake. Sheamus & Cesaro run back and assault the Hardy Boyz and leave them laying. A massive heel turn for them it seems and maybe the start of the “Broken Hardyz.”

Raw Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss vs Bayley 

Bayley takes early control of the match in her hometown. Bayley gets an early near fall and continues to press the challenger back. Bliss rocks the Champion with a mean shot and begins to take control of the match. Bliss begins to dominate the match as she wears Bayley down and repeatedly taunts her. Bayley rallies and begins to fight back feeding off the energy from her hometown crowd. Alexa gets a near fall after a big counter manoeuvre. Bayley keeps the fight coming as she catches Alexa with a knee to the face. She can only get a near fall though after the Macho Man Elbow Drop. Alexa kicks out of a Pinfall but in the process, sends Bayley face first into the post. Bliss hits a DDT. Alexa Bliss wins via Pinfall. Alexa Bliss is the new Raw Women’s Champion.

House Of Horrors Match: Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt 

Randy pulls up to Bray’s House Of Horrors in a limo and makes his way to the house. It’s a really creepy scene almost like a horror movie. Orton makes his way inside, the door slams shut and Bray blindsides him and beats him down. Randy fights back but he gets distracted by some creepy room filled with weird dolls and again Bray attacks from behind. Again, Bray strikes and runs as Orton stalks him around the house. Bray tries to jump Randy again but this time he’s ready as the two brawl in the kitchen. Randy gets the better of the two but a low blow gives Wyatt the advantage as he throws down the fridge on top of Randy. Bray makes his way out of the house and tells Randy to “Follow the Buzzards” the house is lit up red as some sombre music plays. Wyatt sits in the limo and demands to be taken to the arena. The feed gets back to the arena and the crowd is booing. I’m not sure who the winner is or if the match is even over. It was a real mess from WWE in all honesty.

Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe

Joe and Rollins go back and forth in the early going. The two men fight on the outside with Seth getting the better of his opponent. Joe takes control as he targets Seth’s previously injured knee. Joe begins to dominate the match focusing all his offence on the knee. Rollins comes back with a desperate counter as he begins to turn the momentum back in his favour. Joe comes back with a knee bar submission but Seth forces the rope break. Seth again rallies but he can’t capitalise as he’s taken too much punishment. Seth hits the Falcon Arrow but only gets a near fall. The Frog Splash also only gets Seth a near fall over Joe. Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch but Rollins somehow rolls him up. Seth Rollins wins via Pinfall.

Bray Wyatt makes his way to the arena so apparently this weird House of Horrors match is continuing.

The lights come back on and Orton is in the ring. He goes to work on Bray with a steel chair and the match continues. Orton hits the Hangman’s DDT on the outside. Randy beats down Wyatt. Orton goes for RKO but the The Singh Brothers jump him from behind. Randy fights them off and hits the RKO on Wyatt but he gets clocked by Jinder Mahal. Bray hits the Sister Abigail. Bray Wyatt wins via Pinfall.

Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns

Roman takes the fight to Strowman early knocking him down. Reigns misses the drive-by, Strowman catches and throws him into the barricade before chokeslamming him on the table. Strowman begins to dominate the match as he starts to beat down on Reigns. Roman gets thrown around ringside by the Monster Among Men. Braun continues his domination as he wears down Roman with a bear hug submission. Roman starts to fight back but only gets a near fall. Reigns’ fightback continues on the outside as he connects with the Drive-By and sends Braun face first into the ring post. Strowman only just manages to beat the count out. Roman hits a Spear but only gets a near fall. Roman manages to hit a pair of Superman Punches. As he attempts the third, Strowman catches him in a triangle choke. A Running Powerslam from Braun gets a near fall. Braun hits another Running Powerslam. Braun Strowman wins via Pinfall.

Strowman wasn’t finished as he grabs the steps and makes his way back inside the ring. Braun drops Roman onto the steps and uses them to assault Reigns before he leaves the ring. Roman leaves the ring on his own accord and he refuses the stretcher we close the pay per view with Reigns walking out of the arena under his own power. Footage from Raw Talk shows Roman coughing up blood backstage still refusing help. Strowman attempts to attack again but Roman side steps him before using the door of the ambulance to take out Strowman.

Not the best PPV to be honest, I’m really excited about the prospect of the Cesaro/Sheamus going heel and I have a feeling that finally we are going to see the Broken Hardyz in WWE, it’ll be interesting to see how creative deals with that as TNA pretty much gave Matt free roam with the role and he really made it his own and got the gimmick over big time. I’m also struggling to understand how you can a PPV without the major World Titles being on the line? I’ll be sure to tune into Raw tonight to see the fall out.

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