WWE Payback Review
WWE Payback was overall a solid pay-per-view in which many titles changed hands, a hometown hero returned, and a man was thrown through the top of an ambulance.
WWE Payback took place on Sunday, June 16, 2013. There was plenty of entertaining action and overall this was a very solid pay-per-view, and a few new champions were crowned. Here’s a breakdown of what happened.
Wade Barrett Vs. The Miz Vs. Curtis Axel For The Intercontinental Championship
Fandango was originally supposed to be a part of this match, but had to be replaced by Curtis Axel due to a concussion. There were a couple of cool spots, such as Curtis Axel pulling off his father’s move the Perfect-Plex, and an interesting finish where Miz almost made Barrett tap to the Figure Four, but Axel pinned Barrett in the middle of it. It was fitting having Curtis Axel win the Intercontinental belt, a title his father Mr. Perfect won 23 years prior, on Father’s Day.
Kaitlyn Vs. AJ Lee For The Divas Championship
Prior to this match, it seemed as though AJ’s head games had gotten to Kaitlyn, as she kind of lost it on the preceding Smackdown, hitting and slapping a referee when he tried to break up a conflict between her and Aksana. This ended up being one of the better Divas matches I’ve seen in a long time, as right from the get-go it started to get brutal. Almost immediately Kaitlyn threw AJ over the Spanish announce table, and I was kind of hoping one of them would actually be put through it, which to the best of my knowledge would have been unprecedented for a Divas match. At one point Katlyn ripped AJ’s belt off, and when the ref wasn’t looking AJ hit Kaitlyn with it. There were some pretty interesting strings of reversals. At one point Kaitlyn had the match won, but she held off on the pin to gloat about it, giving AJ a chance to recover. Shortly thereafter AJ got her in the Black Widow submission for a second time and Kaitlyn tapped. The Chicago crowd took great delight in shouting, “You tapped out!” at her.
Kane Vs. Dean Ambrose For The United States Championship
This was a fairly bland and short match. I’m not really an Ambrose fan as of yet, and Kane isn’t exactly the most exciting in-ring performer lately. There really was nothing special here, and even the finish was lame – Ambrose DDT’s Kane outside the ring for a count out. The Chicago crowd rightfully jeered the outcome.
Right after this match a video was shown hyping up the return of Rob Van Dam, which I personally am very excited for.
Alberto Del Rio Vs. Dolph Ziggler For The World Heavyweight Championship
This was definitely an interesting one. The crowd was definitely behind Ziggler, who fought valiantly in the beginning but ended up getting demolished by Del Rio, who took a heel turn and violently targeted Ziggler’s head , unrelenting until he finally couldn’t kick out after a Super Kick. Afterwards Del Rio cut a promo about how deserved to be champion.
Chris Jericho Vs. CM Punk
Chris Jericho’s entrance was met with an icy reception from CM Punk’s hometown, and when Punk emerged from the curtain the place went wild. Just like every one of their other matches, this was an instant classic of a match, although Punk did look a bit winded and sloppy at times compared to Jericho. Which is funny considering that Jericho is eight years Punk’s senior and has been juggling his band Fozzy, WWE and hosting a TV show while Punk has been on vacation for at least six weeks. Near the end the contest looked about even, before Punk caught Jericho with a GTS, and then again after he bounced back from the ropes. Oh yeah, and there was an awesome mid-air Codebreaker from Jericho. Of course they were going to give Punk the win in his hometown and his first match back in WWE, but it feels like Jericho has been losing way too many matches for a legend such as himself. Has he ever won a match against Punk?
Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton Vs. The Shield’s Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns For The Tag Team Championship
This was a pretty solid match that felt a bit rushed. There were some great spots though, such as the Superman punch from Roman Reigns to Randy Orton outside the ring, and Randy Orton screwing up a suplex that dropped Rollins right on his head. Rollins did a great job of selling moves here, he was animated almost as much as Ziggler usually is. Bryan accidentally hit Orton with a suicide dive, which was later repaid when Orton threw Bryan into a spear from Reigns, costing them the victory.
John Cena Vs. Ryback for the WWE Championship
I don’t think anyone really expected this match to be good, and it really wasn’t. As per usual Cena was booed from the outset in this Three Stages Of Hell match, which started off with a Lumberjack match, the most boring match WWE has to offer. There really were only two memorable moments in this entire 30 minute brawl, which is sad. One was Cena jumping off of the top rope into the lumberjacks, knocking them all down, which was only memorable because of how ridiculous it was. The other was Ryback being put through the top of the ambulance at the end with an AA, honorable mention also goes to the two monsters ripping off pieces of the ambulance like mini-Hulks and beating each other with them.
Overall WWE Payback was a solid PPV, and the best matches of the night were Ziggler Vs. Del Rio, Chris Jericho Vs. CM Punk, and surprisingly the Divas match between Kaitlyn and AJ. The final match between Cena and Ryback wouldn’t have been so bad if it wasn’t so excruciatingly long. I’m excited for next month’s PPV, Money In The Bank, where Rob Van Dam will make his comeback.
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