WWE Payback is the first pay-per-view since a lackluster Wrestlemania, and it is going to be a shockingly good pay-per-view in my eyes.
So, let’s go down the card and give you guys my predictions for the show. Side note, this is the first ever….EEEEEEVVVVVEEEERRRR pay-per-view I am attending, so I will give you guys a podcast of my reactions shortly after.
Enzo And Cass vs The Club (Kick Off)
This is a great way to kickoff a pay-per-view, even more so in the Bay Area. Assumably, Enzo and Cass will come out first doing their SAWFT chants, getting the crowd hyped for tonight’s show.
Typically, baby faces will win, so, i’m taking Enzo and Cass for this match
Next, Miz Tv feat. Finn Balor
While this is not a match, I still think it has the chance to do something really good for both Finn and The Miz.
I think whats going to happen is what has happened on the last few segments of Miz tv.
Miz talks, Miz gets hit, Finn gets the cheap pop that he is sure to get just for showing up, end the segment and start the show!
Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe
This is a match that I think people don’t quite understand has a lot of history in the making.
Joe and Rollins faced off in ROH a while back while Rollins was still under the name Tyler Black. This match, as Seth put on Twitter, has gone past the point of personal.
When Joe made his debut, he went for a choke on Rollins, and on the way down took out the high flyers knee in the process. Ever since then, Rollins has been boastfully wearing a knee brace (assumably in Kayfabe).
In the same was of debuts, Rollins had shown off a brand new finishing move, much like the one a certain NJPW star uses…
I think in this match, we will see Rollins use that new knee to the side of the face to pick up the win.
Neville vs. Austin Aries (Cruiserweight Championship)
This is a match that started out as something that no one really thought would happen. Aries was sidelined for awhile from an eye injury, after a kick from the King Of Strong Style. After that, he had taken time to be a commanter for The Cruiserweight division on RAW.
On an episode of RAW, Austin did a post match interview with Neville, to which Austin used for the perfect chance to strike, and introduce himself into the high flying division.
Since then, we have seen Aries perform in the ring for the first time in awhile, winning a match to be the number one contender for the purple belt.
After taking a loss at Mania this year, Austin has his rematch this sunday at Payback.
Austin Aries will pick up this win, and become the new King of the Cruiserweights. Sparking a fantastic feud with TJ Perkins.
Matt and Jeff Hardy vs. Cesaro and Sheamus (Raw Tag Team Championships)
Now that the Hardys are back, they have been packaged as a nostalgia act, not the BROKEN tag team like they were in TNA: IMPACT.
The effect will wear off very, very soon. So it is going to be smart if they bring back this BROKEN gimmick.
But for now, it is best to take what we have and run with it. Luckily, I think we all know WWE is not stupid enough to have the Brothers drop the titles so soon, so, I am taking The Hardys.
Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss (Raw Women’s Championship)
I honestly thought that Nia Jax would have been the number one person on the radar for the RAW women’s title, defeating Charlotte Flair before she jumped ship to Smackdown.
But, we have Alexa Bliss taking on the hometown girl Bayley instead. To me, this match is almost a no brainer and I would not be shocked if it went on first on the main card.
It’s the hometown girl, Bayley is walking out of San Jose as your champion, for a no DQ rematch at Extreme Rules.
Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho (United States Championship)
This match truly interests me the most, because the winner will be going over to SmackDown LIVE!
While it is heavily rumored that Chris will be leaving the company, saying on his podcast Talk Is Jericho, that his contract is over on the 1st of May.
Jericho leaked a clip of his band Fozzy’s new song and about 30 seconds of the music video on social media, leading people to assume that he will lose and head out of the company for a while to go on tour with his band
In this match, I am taking the man with no beard, Kevin Owens (please grow it back)
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
This is a match that people are so angry over and I can both understand and not understand why.
Roman is being force fed to us by WWE, as he is projected to be the next John Cena when he leaves the company in the near future.
And in the last few Pay-Per-Views, he has main evented.
Bruan on the other hand has been booked as a HUGE monster heel by shoving tiny little Kalisto in a dumpster and throwing him off the stage Road Dogg style, making the RAW ring collapse with a superplex to the Big Show, and destroying Roman on RAW, tearing his shoulder and cracking his ribs.
In this match, it is going to be a very hard hitting matchup, with Bruan Stowman leaving as the winner, but not by any easy means.
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt (House of Horrors)
What in Gods name is a “House of Horrors” match? Is it going to be anything like the Hardy Compound match? The Ambrose Asylum match? Boiler Room Brawl? WWE has not at all given us any form of information.
This match is NOT for the World Title, like a lot of people assumed it was going to be. So it leads me to think that Bray may take the win, to really give him a good push going into RAW to start his new feud.
Luckily this 7 month feud between Orton and Bray is coming to an end here, I think Orton will forsure loose, as it is not for a tittle.
Bray Wyatt will win this match.
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WWE Hall of Famer Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch Jailed for Parole Violations
WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch, known as “Sunny” during her career in professional wrestling, is again in trouble with the law.
According to The Express-Times, Tamara Lynn Sytch, 46, was being held on Tuesday in the Carbon County prison for violating parole terms related to guilty pleas from three drunken driving cases stemming 2016.
According to the report, Sytch was being held as of Tuesday in the Carbon County prison for alleged parole violations related to guilty pleas in 2016 in three drunken driving cases, court records show.
Additionally, court records show that a Carbon County judge on Feb. 15 issued a bench warrant for Sytch’s arrest, at the request of the Carbon County Adult Probation/Parole Department. Sytch allegedly missed a scheduled drug test for February 11th, failed to report as directed to her parole officer, and failed to maintain a stable residence or report her whereabouts, according to the department.
Sytch was being held as of Tuesday in the Carbon County prison for alleged parole violations related to guilty pleas in 2016 in three drunken driving cases, court records show.
WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso Arrested, Involved in Alleged Altercation with Police
WWE superstar and one half of tag team ‘The Usos’, Jimmy Uso, was recently in Detroit, Michigan for disorderly conduct and obstruction, according to TMZ.
Uso, 33, and his wife, fellow WWE Superstar Naomi, who was driving, were pulled over near downtown Detroit for driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street.
According to our police sources, cops say their 2018 Dodge Journey reeked of booze and officers ordered Naomi out of the car.
Jimmy, despite commands to do otherwise, then exited the car took off his shirt and jacket and squared up like he wanted to fight, with one officer saying that he took out his taser “cause he was scared for his safety”.
Jimmy eventually calmed down and complied, was taken to jail and released once he posted bond.
Vince McMahon Sells $22 Million Worth of WWE Stock
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon continues to sell off shares of WWE as he prepares for the re-launch of his football league, the XFL, in 2020.
According to recent SEC filings, McMahon recently sold 300,000 shares of WWE, valued at $74 a share, for an estimated $22 million, leaving McMahon with a hefty 3 million shares, for an estimated total well of $2 billion.
McMahon is clearly creating more financial cushion for his venture Alpha Entertainment, which owns the XFL, who recently announced the initial cities that will house XFL franchises that include Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, New York, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay.
As WWE has always innovative with their content distribution, highlighted by the success of the WWE Network platform, it will be interesting to see how the XFL will be setup.
With the popularity of Twitch streams and the less popular Mixer streams introducing more forms of entertainment to the potential of online streaming, it will be interesting to see how the XFL will choose to broadcast, and on how many platforms once it launches.
XFL will have it’s fair share of competition, but McMahon seems to be financially arming the league for a more successful run than it had back in the early 2000s.
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