All I can say about this PPV is that it already seems better built than Mania.
Ryback vs Kalisto
They’ve done a poor job at keeping this feud alive. At one point in time, it seemed promising, and potentially entertaining, yet here we are. Don’t expect for the title to switch hands. Kalisto is good for business, so he’ll end up retaining cleanly.
Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler
In NXT, Corbin worked well with wrestlers similar to Dolph. This won’t be the match of the night, but it’ll surprise a few fans. The writers have done well by keeping it simple, and relevant throughout the weeks, so I’m definitely interested in seeing how this plays out. I predict Corbin to win on his PPV debut.
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs The Vaudevillians
I don’t believe the in ring portion will be special, however the result will still leave fans excited. This tag tournament has built up well, and is arguably the best thing to happen to the division as a whole. As much as I’d love to see Enzo & Big Cass move forward, I predict the Vaudevillians to win. It’s too early to push for a New Day/Enzo & Cass feud. That’s a special kind of feud that’s better left for Summerslam. The Vaudevillians won’t win clean, as they’ll have help from the Dudleys.
Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn
There’s a good chance these two steal the show, and I’d hate to be the wrestlers following up this match. I feel like neither man has picked up a significant victory in quite some time. Considering how much the WWE is pushing both competitors, a win here for either of them would be a big deal. Since Extreme Rules is only three weeks after this show, I predict that their feud will be extended to that show, allowing for both men to pick up a win (best use of 50/50 booking). However, expect Kevin Owens to pick up the win at Payback, because that puts Zayn into the underdog role heading into their rematch.
Chris Jericho vs Dean Ambrose
Jericho has had an amazing run as a heel since he turned against AJ Styles. In fact, he’s found another way to turn up the heat he receives from the crowd. Ambrose needs this win more than anything else. I didn’t exactly agree with how he lost to Brock Lesnar, and I believe it’s crucial to his character’s credibility. With that being said, I predict Ambrose wins clean.
Charlotte vs Natalya
When this match was originally booked, I didn’t think twice about the outcome. Ever since they announced Bret Hart would appear at ringside, I started to have doubts about Charlotte retaining. Also, Natty has spent a good part of the past few months putting Flair over. It would be a feel good moment to see the title switch hands, but I don’t think it would make much sense. I predict Charlotte to retain. However, I wouldn’t be shocked if the title did switch hands.
The Miz vs Cesaro
The Miz has been on fire within the past few weeks. He’s been putting on good matches, and he arguably delivers the best promos on every show. Based on that, the mark inside of me wants the Miz to retain. As much as I’d love to see the Miz and Maryse continue their reign of terror over the upper midcard, I don’t believe he retains. The company seems keen on pushing Cesaro, so expect him to capture the IC title.
Roman Reigns vs AJ Styles
With this card having so many strong matches, I’m actually the most excited for this one. Like I said in my review of Smackdown, this has been Reigns’ best feud to date. Styles’ presence in the main event makes everything feel more fresh, and he’s meshed well with Roman’s character. Along with all of this, we’re given the wild cards in Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
After a lot of consideration, I don’t think we’ll see Finn Balor appear at this show. Instead, I expect Anderson & Gallows to turn on AJ, which will make the match end in a DQ. We’ll probably see this feud extended over to Extreme Rules.
Feel free to leave your predictions of Payback 2016!