Tonight is WWE Payback and here is how I see it playing out:
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match:
-AJ Styles vs. Roman Reigns (c)
Roman Reigns will retain and will probably win clean. After the match, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson aka Festus and Festus Jr will come down to the ring and everyone will think they are going to attack Reigns. Instead they will attack AJ Styles and then Roman Reigns will help out AJ Styles to clear the ring of Gallows and Anderson setting up a future tag team match. This tag team may last slightly longer than Y2AJ.
Winner: Roman Reigns
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
-Cesaro vs. The Miz (c)
Cesaro should have won the fatal four way number one contender match on the RAW after Wrestlemania to determine who would face Roman Reigns at Payback. It looks like WWE is finally building The Miz back up as a top heel by having him defeat Zack Ryder for the IC title and give him and his wife Maryse plenty of screen time. The Miz will win the match and continue to get heat which he does better than anyone in the company.
Winner: The Miz
WWE Women’s Championship Match:
-Natalya with Bret Hart vs. Charlotte (c) with Ric Flair
It is about time that the best women’s wrestler on the planet Natalya received the booking she deserved. That being said, Charlotte will retain and will likely hold onto the title until Summerslam when she takes on Sasha Banks. Will Bret Hart put Ric Flair in a sharpshooter?
Finals of the WWE Tag Team Tournament:
-Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady vs. The Vaudevillains
HOW YOU DOIN!? The Vaudevillians will win here with the help of interference by the Dudley Boyz. It would not make sense to have the two most over tag teams in Enzo/Cass and The New Day verse each other. That is why the Vaudevillians will win this match and play the role of heels in their match against The New Day. Enzo and Cass will then have a feud with the Dudley Boyz that they will win.
Winners: The Vaudevillians
-Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose was demolished at Wrestlemania by Brock Lesnar for no reason. Then he was off TV for a week and never addressed the defeat. Chris Jericho puts people over, it is what he does and tonight should be on different in what was originally penciled in for a Wrestlemania match.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
-Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
This one could go either way and it should be a good match. The winner by DQ will be Sami Zayn. Just when it looks like Zayn will win clean, Owens will get DQd out of frustration. This feud will continue for the next few months.
Winner: By DQ Sami Zayn
-Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
Two guys that I couldn’t care less about. Baron Corbin will win.
Winner: Baron Corbin
WWE United States Title Kickoff Pre-Show Match:
-Ryback vs. Kalisto (c)
Ryback should have won the US Title at Wrestlemania but he didn’t and now it would not make much sense if he won it a month later. However, that is probably what will happen. I am sick and tired of the mishandling of the big guy.
Vince McMahon will announce if Stephanie McMahon and Triple H or Shane McMahon will run WWE Raw.
Vince will announce a match between Shane McMahon and HHH where the winner gets to run RAW. That may be good new for Shane since the last time he was in a match where if he won he would be in control of RAW, he lost and yet he still got to run RAW.
Written by Nicholas Durst