Happy Saturday Novas and Geeks! This Sunday April 30th, 2017 will be the Raw Exclusive PayPerView Payback! This will be the first network special after the incredible Wrestlemania 33 Spectacle and I’m very excited. As a brief recap after Wrestlemania this year we had a Superstar Shakeup between Raw and Smackdown. I think that the trades made improved both shows and I have been watching Raw ANDDDDD Smackdown ever since it took place. One of my favorite trades were Dean Ambrose coming to Raw (Possible Shield Reunion Please 🙂 ). Let’s preview the matches and I will provide my predictions.
Neville vs Austin Aries- The Neville vs Austin Aries match will be the rematch for the Cruiserweight Championship. At Wrestlemania you know that Neville (who is a heel character) won the match by unscrupulous means (he raked the eyes of Aries). I believed Aries would have won that match so I’m going with Aries again. The only thing that could ruin my predctions would be the sudden “Heel” turn of T.J. Perkins. I wouldn’t be surprised if he interferred. For predictions sake I will stay with my prediction of Austin Aries becoming your new Crusierweight Champion!
Bayley vs Alexa Bliss- This match will be a title match for the Raw Women’s Championship! Alexa Bliss came from Smackdown and won the number 1 contender’s match to challenge Bayley in her home town of San Jose, CA. I loveeeee Alexa Bliss and I love Bayley so this match should be a really good one. I have to say that I do not want Bayley to lose right now but I just have this feeling that she will (please Sasha don’t betray her yet lol). Alexa is smart, tough and willing to do whatever it takes to win. It’s a wildcard prediction for me but I’m taking Alexa Bliss in this match!
Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman- Braun Strowman demolished Reigns a few weeks ago. Yes we know Reigns had to take some time off for a family tragedy and we know that Braun didn’t really throw him off the stretcher onto the concrete, but it was still pretty entertaining. I’m going with Roman Reigns winning this match.
Kevin Owens vs Chris Jericho- This match up between Ex- Best Friends Kevin Owens (Champion) and Chris Jericho. The fallout between the 2 happened after Fastlane when Goldberg defeated Owens to take the Universal Championship. As we all knew, KO turned on Jericho when he didn’t need him to protect his championship anymore. KO took that as a chance to dump his friend and take what Jericho possessed; the United States Championship. This one is tough to call but I’m going with Jericho winning and moving to Smackdown.
The Hardy Boyz vs Sheamus & Cesaro- I haven’t found a person in the WWE Universe yet who hasn’t appreciated the Hardy Boyz’ triumphant return to the WWE. I really love the team of Cesaro and Sheamus and then of course the Hardyz. This match is hard to call but I really doubt the Hardyz will lose the titles already. What I predict will happen is that the team of Cesaro and Sheamus will turn “Heel.” If you’ve been watching Raw, after the match between these 2 teams they shook hands in a sportsman like manner. No way that’s happening at Payback! I think it’s just a storyline to turn 1 team heel, in this case I think it will be Cesaro and Sheamus. My winners are still the Hardy Boyz.
Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt- I’m really looking forward to this House of Horrors Match! Yes Randy Orton is on Smackdown, however, Bray Wyatt was moved over to Raw which makes this match possible. The feud between Wyatt and Orton has been entertaining and it culminates with the first ever “House of Horrors Match.” I do not think this is a title match so I believe Bray will win. If it is a title match then Randy Orton would have to win as the title can’t switch to Raw.
Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe- The Architect Seth Rollins has been feuding with The Destroyer Samoa Joe after Triple H commissioned the assassin to attack Rollins before Fastlane earlier this year. The Kingslayer has already beaten Triple H and I expect him to lay the Smackdown on Samoa Joe as well. This one is a no brainier for me, never bet against Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins lol.
These are my predictions for the Pay Per View. I hope that you all have a fantastic weekend and thank you for reading! What do you think will happen? Do you agree with my predictions? Let’s talk Payback!
**Photo credits to WWE.com.