WWE Payback Report: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
Below is my recap of the Raw exclusive pay-per-view WWE Payback which took place from the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
WWE Payback Pre-Show
- Enzo Amore & Big Cass def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
- MizTV Segment with Finn Balor
WWE Payback (8pm on WWE Network)
WWE United States Championship: Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho went for the Lionsault early on in the match, but Owens rolled out of the way. Owens recovered and a delivered a cannonball into the barricade, then followed it up with a running senton in the ring to Jericho. Jericho recovered and went for the Lionsault but Owens got his knees up. Jericho went for the Code Breaker but was counter by Owens who continued the heat by delivered a running cannonball in the corner.
Jericho finally took control locked in the Walls of Jericho but Owens got one finger on the rope to break the hold. Jericho was furious and attacked Owens hands on the steel steps. Owens recovered and went for a popup powerbomb but his hand gave out as Jericho once again locked in the Walls of Jericho as Owens tapped out.
Winner: Chris Jericho wins the U.S Championship
- A good match and surprising end with Jericho winning. My guess is Jericho goes to Smackdown Live with the championship, Owens appears on Smackdown and beats Jericho for the title.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Neville vs. Austin Aries
Neville took control really early on the match as the heel usually would. Aries recovered and took control by delivering a diving elbow to the back of Neville followed by a suicide dive. Aries then delivered a running elbow in the corner followed by a sunset flip powerbomb and applied the Last Chancery. Right went Neville was about to tap out, he grabbed the official and tossed the referee away as Aries win by DQ.
Winner: Austin Aries wins by disqualification.
- A good match with a weak ending as it looks like this feud will continue on Raw and Aries will get another rematch.
RAW Tag Team Titles: Matt & Jeff Hardy vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
This was a really good and stiff match. Highlights in the match including Jeff delivering a Whisper in the Wind to Sheamus. Matt delivered a side effect to Cesaro and followed it up with a top rope moonsault but missed.
We saw Cesaro swing Matt 20 times and followed it up with a sharpshooter. Sheamus got the tag and delivered the White Noise from the middle rope but Jeff broke up the count. Finish came with Sheamus delivering a powerslam to Matt but missed the blind tag as Jeff delivered the Swanton Bomb and pinned Sheamus.
Winner: Matt & Jeff Hardy retain the RAW Tag Team Titles
- After the match both team shook hands as the Hardy celebrated but were blindsided by Cesaro and Sheamus. Sheamus rammed Matt into the post several times while Cesaro rammed Jeff arms into the post. Sheamus then delivered a Brogue kick to both Matt and Jeff Hardy. This was really well.
RAW Women’s Championship Match: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss
Bayley got a huge reaction from her home town before the match. Bliss took controlled early on in the match but Bayley recovered a catches Bliss with a neck breaker in the ropes. Bliss blocks a Bayley-to-belly and throws Bayley into the turnbuckle. Bliss then connected with aCode Red out of the corner but Bayley kicked out.
Bayley recovered an delivered a running knee to the jaw of Bliss and followed it up with a top rope elbow drop for a two-count. Bliss kicked out in the corner and sent Bayley’s head into the post and delivered a DDT for the win.
Winner: Alexa Bliss win the RAW Women’s Championship
- This was a really good match and after the match the announcers put Bliss over by explaining that she’s the first women to win the Raw and Smackdown Women’s title.
House of Horrors Match: Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt (Part One)
Randy Orton appeared at the “House of Horrors” in a limousine with no shirt on. Orton and Wyatt brawled in the house and went into a bunch of rooms which included one with dolls, and in the kitchen. They were throwing stiff shots and as Orton was about to hit Wyatt with a pan, but Wyatt recovered and delivered a low blow and turned a refrigerator onto Orton. Wyatt left the house and got into Orton’s limo and sang “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”
Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe
Both Joe and Rollins delivering suicide dives early on in the match. Joe took control and attacked the knee or Rollins and then applied a knee bar as Rollins fought his way to a rope break. Rollins fought back and delivered a blockbuster from the top turnbuckle and then attempted the sunset flip powerbomb out of the corner but his knee gave out.
Rollins then connected with a Falcon Arrow and a top rope frog splash but Joe kicked out. Joe applied the Kokina clutch but Rollins kicks off the turnbuckle and flips on top for a two-count (a flashback of the same ending between Bret Hart and Steve Austin at Survivor Series 1996) Joe re-applied the Kokina clutch and Rollins flipped Joe over him with the clutch still applied and pinned Joe.
Winner: Seth Rollins
- This was a very good match but both Joe and Rollins were put in a rough spot after the “House of Horrors” match. My guess this feud continues on.
House of Horrors Match: Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt (Part 2)
Wyatt returned back to the arena in the limo and made his way to the ring. Orton appeared from behind and attacked Wyatt with a steel chair and delivered the draping DDT of the announcer’s table. The Singh brothers appeared as Orton fought them off and delivered an RKO to Wyatt. But Jinder Mahal attacked Orton from behind with the WWE title as Wyatt recovered and delivered the Sister Abigal for the win.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
- This feud has an 8 month build and ended on a dull and flat note.
Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns
Reigns came out with his entire left shoulder and chest taped up from the ambulance attack. Strowman took control and slammed Reigns onto the desk at ringside and then tossed him into the ring steps. Reigns fought back delivered a Samoan drop, and then drove Strowman into the turnbuckle twice, before capitalizing with a spear in the middle of the ring but Strowman kicked out.
Reigns then delivered two superman punches but was countered by Strowman with a head-and-arm choke and delivered a powerslam but Reigns just kicked out. Strowman delivered a second running powerslam for the win.
Winner: Braun Strowman
- After the match Strowman dropped Reigns onto the steel steps and then drove the steps into Reigns ribs as the audience chanted “Thank You Strowman” Reigns was bleeding from the mouth and did an awesome job selling the injury.
After the show ended Strowman ran at Reigns who was near an ambulance but got out of the way as Strowman ran through an open back door of the ambulance into some boxes. Reigns then slammed the ambulance door on Strowman as the brawl came to an end.
The “House of Horrors” match was was good and the biggest disappointment of the show. But having said that WWE Payback was a pretty enjoyable show and had some pretty good wrestling matches.
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