Saturday, 29 April 2017

WWE Payback 2017 Match Predictions

WWE Payback 2017 Match Predictions: Jericho is a longshot to win the U.S. title on Sunday, largely because he's poised to take another hiatus.In a pre-WrestleMania interview with Chris Smith of Forbes, Jericho spoke about what's ahead for him. That will include focusing on his band, Fozzy."I think this [wrestling] run is pretty much winding down at this point," Jericho said. "It's time to take a break from wrestling and work on some of these other things that have been on the back burner and are starting to come to fruition."

Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc noted that Jericho's last scheduled WWE date is the Raw after Payback.When Matt Hardy and brother Jeff take on Cesaro and Sheamus at Payback, the audience should be on the lookout for signs of his "broken" character's re-emergence. Matt created buzz when he was with Impact Wrestling when his wild-eyed and unhinged alter ego arose. He has not displayed that side of himself since returning to WWE at WrestleMania 33.

However, he has teased several times online that the gimmick is on its way back. For example, Matt tweeted this clear reference to his broken character and Impact Wrestling.

WWE Payback 2017 Match Predictions

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles

Well, I certainly didn't see this one coming, but I'm interested as all hell. The fact that WWE put the guy they want to be the top babyface against someone they know he'll be booed against is very intriguing. Styles absolutely won't be winning the title, but the match should be cool and the direction for Reigns going forward is something that piques my curiosity.

PREDICTION: Roman Reigns retains.

WWE Payback 2016 Cesaro vs Miz and Maryse IC Title

Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs. Cesaro

Poor Zack Ryder got pushed aside very quickly, didn't he? I was assuming this would be a Fatal 4-Way that would include him, Cesaro and Chris Jericho, but with Cesaro winning a #1 contender's match and Jericho possibly gone for a while, it seems as though WWE cut right to the chase.

PREDICTION: The Miz retains...but I wouldn't be shocked if Cesaro won the belt. Let's see how they build this over the next few weeks.

WWE Payback 2016 Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens match

Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

With what went down with the Intercontinental Championship and the #1 contender's match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it makes perfect sense to have these two face off against each other here. This feud has been a good one and has stretched over a long period of time, and what they've done together has been fun, so I'm excited for this match.

PREDICTION: Sami Zayn wins if this feud doesn't continue, but if they do have another at Extreme Rules, then Kevin Owens wins.

WWE Payback 2016 Chris Jericho vs Dean Ambrose match

Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose

SO into the idea of these two feuding. This could have been a WrestleMania match, even. Here's hoping they have more than just this one event to work together and it continues into Extreme Rules.

PREDICTION: Dean Ambrose wins.

WWE Payback 2016 Divas Championship Title Match Charlotte vs Natalya

Women's Championship: Charlotte (c) vs. Natalya

Blah. Why is Natalya the go-to person to match Charlotte up with when they need her to have a victory? There's no chance Natalya has a shot at the title, which makes me have nothing to get invested in, as I've already seen them face off before and I don't think we'll get anything different. Lukewarm start to this rehabilitation of the division.

PREDICTION: Charlotte retains.

WWE Payback 2016 Enzo Amore Big Cass vs Vaudevillains

Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Tournament Finals: The Vaudevillains vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady

I'm kind of surprised WWE is holding back and doing the finals of the tournament here instead of rushing to the title match itself. Given the situation, I expect The Vaudevillains to come out on top because of some kind of interference from The Dudley Boyz. Even if they weren't clearly in a feud with Bubba Ray and D-Von at the moment, Enzo and Cass have two other factors working against them: WWE's unlikely booking of two babyface teams against each other and the poor track record Enzo and Cass have with tag titles. This should be interesting and I hope the crowd doesn't shit on it.

PREDICTION: The Vaudevillains are victorious.

WWE Payback 2016 Ryback vs Kalisto US Title Match

Pre-Show Kickoff United States Championship Match: Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback

So WWE fucked up with this feud massively for WrestleMania, then they kept both guys basically off television for every week following that show, and randomly they just add this onto the pre-show for Payback? Stupid. If this ends in anything other than a Ryback title win, it's beyond ridiculous.

PREDICTION: That being said, Kalisto probably retains.

WWE Payback 2016 Ziggler vs Corbin match

Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler

Once this feud kicked off, it was a safe bet that this match would take place at Payback. I don't think the program will last longer than that, and I can't imagine this going any other way than Corbin winning, as he's the new guy who needs the push while Ziggler is the veteran who will put him over. There's potential for this to be a good match if they don't cut them short on time.

PREDICTION: Corbin wins and continues his hot streak.


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