WWE Payback had a lot of positives and one massive down that almost derailed the entire show. Thankfully, at least in my eyes, it did not. Just about. Okay it kind of did. Unfortunately the utter stink of the ‘House of Horrors’ match will probably be what most people remember from this PPV. However every other match on the card was either good or really good. The first four matches especially.
Going into this PPV I predicted that it had all the potential in the world to be a very good show. Luckily it did not disappoint. This is of course excluding the ‘House of horrors’ match which we all knew would be garbage and turned out to be exactly that.
Before I get into the matches themselves I just want to point out that yet again WWEs editors do a terrific job making the promo packages for the nights events. They really do know how to polish a turd sometimes.
On commentary was Micheal Cole, Corey Graves and…Booker T. I cannot stand Booket T on commentary. He adds nothing to the show other than loud, inane waffle. Cole and Graves could have done a much better job on their own.
Oh and I did not watch the pre-show because why would I bother doing that?
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Chris Jericho
United States Championship
Chris Jericho got a huge ovation when he came out and had continued rabid crowd support throughout. Kevin Owens playing an excellent heel frustrates the crowd every chance he can when head lock rest spots killing Jericho’s momentum.
This is a much better match than the Wrestlemania bout, I think in the most part due to the crowd being so into it. Where as at ‘Mania they were disappointingly quiet.
When Owens survives the Walls of Jericho by a finger again Jericho responds in an oddly heel move, although I suppose he never really turned face the crowd turn him instead, he attempts to break Kevin Owens hand by kicking the steel steps into it. This results in Owens not being able to complete a Pop-Up-Powerbomb later on and is eventually forced to tap out to the Walls of Jericho!
We’ve got a new US Champion! I did not see that coming, you got me WWE. You got me! It seems so obvious that Owens would retain and keep the title on Smackdown with Jericho leaving soon. Instead Jericho surprises everyone to the delight of the crowd in San Jose. Excellent opener.
Also when was the last time Jericho won with the Walls of Jericho? The last time that comes to my mind was against Neville at Beast In The East…