WWE Payback 2017 Predictions

A new look Monday Night RAW roster appears in the first brand-exclusive PPV following Wrestlemania. The Superstar Shake-up seemed to mess up some of the matches taking place, with newly-acquired RAW star Bray Wyatt taking on his foe from Smackdown Live Randy Orton in the first ever House of Horrors match and Smackdown’s United States champion Kevin Owens taking on RAW’s Chris Jericho for the title and a spot on the blue brand. Which WWE superstars will get their payback against their bitter rivals? For this PPV, WWE writers Sam Verlinden and Zane Nathan go head-to-head to see who is the superior WWE writer.

SV = Sam Verlinden

ZN = Zane Nathan

 

PRE-SHOW

1) Enzo & Cass vs Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson

SV: Probably the most important match, will go with the Club here yea

PREDICTION: GALLOWS & ANDERSON

ZN: Enzo and Cass for the win. I think they have been quite weak at the moment and need to be built back up.

PREDICTION: ENZO & CASS

 

MAIN SHOW

2) Neville (c) vs Austin Aries for the WWE Crusierweight Championship

SV: Should be a good match, genuinely not sure which way it’ll go. Feel that Neville should retain though.

PREDICTION: NEVILLE

ZN: Aries. I think it was a missed opportunity at Mania when Aries failed to capture the title but I think it might be a different scenario this time round.

PREDICTION: AUSTIN ARIES

 

3) Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe

SV: Joe to pick up a nice PPV win, should further the storyline with Sethy boy.

PREDICTION: SAMOA JOE

ZN: Rollins. This would be a excellent accomplishment by Rollins since his win over the Game, Triple H. Rollins can’t lose momentum unless Triple H himself interferes in the match which would still keep Rollins looking strong.

PREDICTION: SETH ROLLINS

 

4) The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) (c) vs Cesaro & Sheamus for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships

SV: I think the Hardys will win

PREDICTION: THE HARDY BOYZ

ZN: Hardy Boyz. I think it’ll be too soon for the Hardys to dropped the belts since they’ve just returned. However, since there are now rumours of Jeff getting a singles push in the future against the reigning Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar. A championship loss in the future is very likely, but this won’t be the case for Payback.

PREDICTION: THE HARDY BOYZ

 

5) Bayley (c) vs Alexa Bliss for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship

SV: Bayley to retain!

PREDICTION: BAYLEY

ZN: Bliss. I think Bliss has an excellent heel character that gains both heat and popularity from the WWE Universe. Bliss was a Smackdown Women’s Champion so why not do the same feat on Raw.

PREDICTION: ALEXA BLISS

 

6) Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton in a House of Horrors Match

SV: No WWE title on the line, so Bray will win

PREDICTION: BRAY WYATT

ZN: Wyatt. If this match was for the WWE Title, I would’ve chosen Orton for the win since Bray is now on the Raw roster and there’s no reason for Raw to hold both world titles. I think Wyatt needs to look strong in this match since its his match type and cementing himself as a monster on Monday Night Raw.

PREDICTION: BRAY WYATT

 

7) Kevin Owens (c) vs Chris Jericho for the WWE United States Championship

SV: Makes sense for big Kev to take a W here.

PREDICTION: KEVIN OWENS

ZN: Owens. I would usually hope for Jericho to take the win but with rumours that Jericho is set to be written off WWE to go on tour with his band Fozzy. I think Jericho gets injured soon. As for Payback, its very likely Owens retains and Y2J stays on Raw.

PREDICTION: KEVIN OWENS

 

8) Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns

SV: Reigns will win lol. Thank you torts.

PREDICTION: ROMAN REIGNS

ZN: Reigns. The Guy beat the Undertaker at Mania. The biggest push a superstar could ever have. There’s no way he’s going to lose to Braun. Expect a big fight at the pay per view.

PREDICTION: ROMAN REIGNS

 

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