The WWE Payback 2017 Results are in. They can be found within this article. From the best to the worst of the matches, Payback has received, well, no reviews so far. I can’t comment on how the PPV was, I’ve yet to watch it. Expect a review in the coming years I suppose. On with the results we go.
Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens (c) – United States Championship
Winner: Chris Jericho (New United States Champion.)
Match Length: 17:55
In an extremely surprising turn of events, Chris Jericho won. Now in my Wrestlemania 33 overview, I stated that Chris Jericho was leaving the company. Apparently I was wrong. Very, very wrong. So this match means a hell of a lot, and given that it was the first televised match, you’d wonder if it really mattered. Well, the long story short is this, of course it mattered.
Firstly, it’s a championship belt, so in that regard, it most certainly matters. That championship belt will now be featured on Smackdown Live. Personally, I couldn’t be happier to see Chris Jericho on Smackdown Live. The stipulation was that the winner of the match would head over to Smackdown Live. That means Chris Jericho, and the United States Championship, will be heading to the blue brand.
What does this mean? Well, it means a hell of a lot. It opens up Jericho to feuds with a number of new and upcoming stars, along with the veterans of the business. John Cena, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Baron Corbin, Mojo Rawley. The list is ongoing. Personally I want to see one final run for the main belt, that’d be great to see with Jericho.
Austin Aries vs. Neville (c) – Cruiserweight Championship
Winner: Austin Aries (via disqualification)
Match Length: 11:20
Neville got himself disqualified, and this is great for a number of reasons. As a bonus, it gives Aries a win over the champion, even if it is by disqualification. Now, although Neville lost, he remains champion as he won via disqualification. What this means is that next month we’ll most likely see Aries pick up the belt.
Apparently the way they managed a disqualification was that Neville pulled a referees shirt. Fair enough if I’m honest. The Aries and Neville feud is really the only interesting thing about 205 Live or the Cruserweights or whatever it’s now called. If it weren’t for these two I doubt anyone would bother watching. Both of them are extremely talented, with Aries being the hero and Neville playing an extremely convincing villain. A brilliant combination to say the least.
Sheamus and Cesaro vs. The Hardys (c) – Tag Team Championship
Winners: The Hardys
Match Length: 12:45
I do love a great heel turn. When it’s done right and half way through a build up of a feud, it can make or break the feud itself. Luckily, this made the feud. Sheamus and Cesaro lost like gentlemen, raised the arms of the victors, and proceeded to beat the shit out of them. So what does that mean?
Well, it cements them as the number one contenders, if they weren’t already. But lets face it, they wont be winning the belts any time soon. The Hardys are without a doubt the hottest thing in the company, so they will not be dropping the belts any time soon. Maybe they can drop the belts to Enzo and Cass in about four months time. Who knows, but to be honest, the longer The Hardys hold onto the belts, the better.
Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley (c) – Raw Women’s Championship Match
Winner: Alexa Bliss
Match Length: 11:15
Wait what? In such a surprising turn of events, Alexa Bliss walks out of this PPV champion. What you’ll begin to notice is that Payback has began to move away from the “Wrestlemania revenge” shtick. But still, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t create some good and entertaining matches.
Bayley losing the belt was surprising, but it was a good run. Alexa Bliss jumped ship after losing the belt on Smackdown Live, so it’s only fair to make her the new face of Raw. Bayley was a great champion, and hopefully her and Bliss have a back and forth feud over the coming months. Still, it’d be good to see Bliss vs. Banks, Bliss vs. Charlotte and even Bliss vs. Nia Jax. Who knows, all of these matches are definitely able to happen, it’s just a matter of time before we find out.
Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe
Winner: Seth Rollins
Match Length: 15:55
A well deserved win for Seth Rollins. I asked a friend who watched this PPV of what he thought of the match. He said it was “alright”. Which seems like a bit of a let down, but, to be fair, if there was a title involved there’d probably be a lot more weight to the match overall.
Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins have been building up this feud since pre-Wrestlemania, so I definitely assure you that this is not going to be the last match these two have. Rollins is, as far as I know, still a bit injured. Samoa Joe seems like a good opponent to take it easy with. So that means we’ll be seeing these matches up until the next major PPV. Summerslam isn’t it? Yeah, up until Summerslam I would expect.
Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton – House of Horrors
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Match Length: 17:10
Apparently there was an intrusion from Jinder Mahal? Because of course there was. Considering he’s been plucked out of the blue to be the number one contender. What is notable about this feud is that, even though Wyatt switched brands, this feud continues on regardless. I’m not sure why that is, it’s time to move on to bigger and better things.
This seems to be the end of the feud however. Wyatt got one over on the champion and the number one contender played a part. In a way, this sort of makes Wyatt a third wheel to the whole thing. So that means Wyatt can now move on to feud with someone or something else. Brock Lesnar and the Universal Championship maybe? That’d be a hell of a good match to see, I’d pay to see that.
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
Winner: Braun Strowman
Match Length: 11:50
Holy shit. Roman Reigns just lost a match. So let me get this straight, he can beat a legend of the business, but loses to a guy that has yet to hold a belt. I’m not undermining the sheer force that is Braun Strowman, I’m just poorly executing a point I want to make.
I am quite genuinely surprised that Roman Reigns lost. Many of us were under the definite impression that he would be on a high roll for the following months. Apparently not, and it looks like we can look forward to a reign of Braun Strowman for the next few months.