So... a funny thing happened at WWE Payback last night. WWE managed to put on a very entertaining wrestling pay per view. Before some of you Smarks get all riled up, I realize that a lot of you didn’t get what you wanted. If you have been watching pro wrestling or more specifically, the WWE, you would know that nine times out of ten you are not going to get everything you want. Wrestling angles don’t work if the good guy wins all of the time. There has to be conflict. The good guy has to face adversity before eventually winning in the end. All that said, let’s take a look a few things we learned from the show.
Ryback must have really pissed off someone high up on the food chain:
Ryback has gone from main eventing ppvs with John Cena, to tagging with Curtis Axel, to being chosen as the successor for Daniel Bryan as the new Intercontinental champion to… jobbing to Kalisto three straight matches. Full disclosure: I am not a Ryback fan by any stretch of the imagination, but it is clear to see that the second they seem to be behind him they yank the rug right from under him. Does it have anything to do with his outspoken ways on social media? Maybe, but losing to someone half your size clean over and over again is not the way to build a potential world championship contender.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass were going to walk out of Payback the number one contenders for the WWE tag titles:
If you haven’t seen the event, Enzo was stretchered out after a whip through the ropes went bad. Enzo was out cold, but thankfully it has been confirmed that he is ok. Thankfully it seems he is only going to walk away from this with a concussion. It could have been so much worst. After the match was called off there was never a victory announced. If the Vaudevillains were going to go over Enzo and Cass they could have used Enzo injury as a means to award the match to the Vaudevillains. Enzo was unable to continue so Aiden English and Simon Gotch could have been awarded the match. The crowd would have been pissed and it would have furthered the story. Since the match ended so abruptly, it’s clear what the outcome was.
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens should, “FIGHT FOR-EVER!” *clap, clap, clap~clap~clap * or better yet, feud forever:
What a match! The chemistry between Owens and Zayn is undeniable. WWE Creative would be foolish not to let this feud continue to play out. Creative missed an opportunity by not having Zayn be the one who walked out of WrestleMania the Intercontinental champion, especially with Owens declaring he wants his belt back. The story writes itself: Owens already hates Zayn and Zayn has what Owens wants. This could have furthered the Owens/Zayn feud and also helped elevate the IC title to a title that actually means something.
The Miz does a great job as a heel but he is a former world champion that really has no use for the IC title, nor does he actually add anything to the belt. At the next ppv we will most likely have a four-way match for the IC title: Zayn vs Miz vs Owens vs Cesaro, which will most likely be great, but the Owens/Zayn feud doesn’t need Miz and Cesaro to help put it over. All is needs is the IC title.
WWE is obsessed with forcing Bret Hart to relive the Montreal screw job over and over again:
Charlotte and Natalya had an awesome match for the vacant NXT women’s title a few years ago. Ric Flair was in Charlotte corner and Bret Hart was in Natalya’s corner. The match was excellent. It made sense for WWE to try to recreate the magic of that match but they somehow managed to take what was a great wrestling match and turn it into a bit of a farce. We get it. Charlotte is essentially just doing a bad Ric Flair impersonation at this point (she is so much better than that by the way). Natalya has been floating in obscurity for years now so the idea that she is a viable title contender is a bit much to swallow.
Natalya is a great in ring talent but they have done a terrible job building her back up as a legitimate contender (yes, she made Charlotte tap out in a tag match, but a victory in a tag match does not a title contender make). Why bother with having the referee Charles Robinson ring the bell while Natalya was in the sharpshooter? Why not just have Charlotte get disqualified or something along those lines? Clearly Bret Hart and WWE are on good terms at this point. Why “screw” his niece while he was at ringside? What does that accomplish?
Winning or losing a match means absolutely nothing:
What was the point of having Shane fight Undertaker at WrestleMania again? Yeah, let’s just move on.
The Reign of Roman is here to stay whether you like it or not:
I am going to start this by telling you all the truth: I actually like Roman Reigns. Now that that’s out of the way, Reigns is a horrible WWE champion. Don’t get me wrong, it actually has nothing to do with him. It’s all about how he has been terribly miscast. I’ll save that soliloquy for another piece, but if you at any point thought AJ Styles could possibly win the WWE title last night you probably think strippers like you too. There is no way Reigns is going to drop the belt between now and SummerSlam. One good thing came from this: Styles came out of this looking like a million bucks.
He essentially kicked the crap out of Reigns for 85% of the match. Downside to that is Reigns looks pretty weak even though for some reason it only took a spear to hold Styles down for the count. If WWE Creative were at all worried about making Reigns look anything like a viable champion, having multiple screwy finishes in this match was not the way to go. Reigns managed to get himself counted out AND disqualified for a Superman punch to Styles’ ball bag. Reigns looks and carries himself as a heel. If you want the fans to except the “Roman Empire”, stop fighting against it and let the man be who he is naturally: a big pretty boy douche face. I mean that with love, by the way.