From the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Payback 2015 featured a Fatal 4-Way for the WWE Championship where poor old Seth Rollins had to defend against Ambrose, Reigns and Orton. Unusually there were two kick-off matches before the main card which were Stardust vs. R-Truth (not on the disc) and The Ascension (with their hideous 80’s Road Warriors rip-off gimmick) against Sandow and Axel in their Mega Powers tribute team (on the disc as an extra).
Dolph Ziggler was after revenge on Sheamus after the “Kiss my Arse” match. The New Day took on Cesaro and Kidd for the Tag Team belts in a good match with Xavier Woods being once again a sneaky little bugger. Ryback fought Bray Wyatt in yet another pointless match for IRS’ son. When is management going to give this kid a real storyline to get his teeth into?
Of course the ‘I Quit’ match between Cena and Rusev was a big deal or at least that was how it was promoted. It was obvious Cena wouldn’t quit and Rusev would again lose, but at least there was a good storyline development involving Lana. However, Rusev’s future injury would stop that in it’s tracks and we would get the dopey love triangle. The Bellas took on Naomi and Tamina in the Divas filler match. At least the result went the way I wanted it to go.
King Barrett took on fellow Englishman Adrian Neville in a decent match. Both are very good at what they do in particular Barrett with his KIng gimmick although his losing streak is rather strange considering he’s a “King of the Ring”. The main event I mentioned above was a real good ‘un. Rollins got a surprise when he thought there would be a reunion of sorts with his ex-comrades and Kane got the short end of the stick again.
All in all, Payback was a pretty reasonable PPV with some good matches and is worth checking out if you haven’t seen it.
- Starring Xavier Woods Kane Randy Orton Adrian Neville
- Distributor WWE/Fremantle