It was the first PPV since Wrestlemania and the first where AJ Styles would co-main event with Roman Reigns for the WWE Championship. Of course we all know that poor old AJ didn’t have no chance winning the belt so soon after ‘Mania but it was a very good match although I felt the ending was a bit pants despite the McMahon’s restarting the match twice. Roman needs to improve his moves ASAP, the Superman punch and spear is getting boring almost like Cena’s five moves of doom.
It is now apparently the ‘New Era’ which you could agree with as the card was packed with young talent and a couple of ‘veterans’ such as Nattie Neidhart and Miz along with Chris Jericho still owning it in his 40’s. Miz’s IC belt had to be defended against Cesaro and it’s ‘awesome’ again to see a certain someone back at ringside. The Tag Team No.1 contenders match between Enzo and Big Cass against fellow NXT graduates The Vaudevillains ended due to a real life injury sustained to Enzo. Thankfully he’s fine and back in the ring at time of writing. Real life best friends Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn reignited their feud in a good match which you would have expected. I still think there’s plenty more mileage left for these two especially if a championship is involved. Ambrose and Jericho fought a reasonably well contested match but the Women’s championship match was another story.
Nattie Neidhart with Bret Hart challenged Charlotte with Ric Flair in her corner. The match for what it’s worth was good but the ending was the laziest piece of booking in years. Not even the ending after the bell rang could save this utter travesty. The kick off show matches (as extras on the disc) featured what is probably the last time we’ll see Ryback in a PPV (and WWE) taking on two time US Champ Kalisto. The always under appreciated and under valued Dolph Ziggler fought Baron Corbin in what was the ex NXT guy’s first PPV singles match.
Was Payback any good coming after Wrestlemania? Yeah, it was a reasonable PPV ruined by a dreadful womens championship match (the ending not the wrestling). It was entertaining not game changing but at least most of the wrestlers on the card were of the younger generation with plenty of NXT graduates.
- Starring AJ Styles Kevin Owens The Miz Vince McMahon Cesaro
- Distributor WWE / Fremantle