WWE Payback Preview
Fansided – Just a little under a month removed from WrestleMania 32, it’s now time for WWE Payback 2016 as the company will host the first pay-per-view event of the unofficial new season for the product. Even if you don’t consider it the new season for WWE that lasts from Mania-to-Mania, it’s impossible to deny the shift in the on-screen product since WrestleMania 32.
Especially when you look at WWE RAW between WrestleMania 32 and WWE Payback, the show has shown exponential improvements from RAW prior to Mania and even the show in Dallas itself. Fans have gotten to see the debut of the former Bullet Club in Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, AJ Styles is in the main event of WWE Payback fighting for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are on the main roster continuing their feud. Not everything is perfect, mind you, but it’s been quite enjoyable watching WWE programming over the past month.
What’s interesting, though, is that the lackluster product leading up to and at WrestleMania 32 that WWE put out there has led to this unavoidable sense of pessimism among fans. While everyone is enjoying the show right now, the notion of how WWE is going to screw this up or how they’re going to use all the things fans actually love to further their agenda with Roman Reigns still lingers in the minds of the masses.
So while WWE Payback 2016 has the makings of a show that could be potentially incredible, it’s impossible to not approach it with a bit of cautious optimism as a fan given this company’s history with messing up the things we love.
Now that we have that in mind, let’s dive right into the action. This is the full preview and predictions WWE Payback 2016 that will go down on Sunday, May 1 from Chicago, IL.
We are just a couple days away from the first pay-per-view of the Shane O’Mac era in WWE. Payback is looking like a strong show and I’m fully expecting it to deliver on both matches and drama. On the undercard you’ll see the PPV debuts of Enzo & Big Cass, The Vaudevillains, Baron Corbin and even thought they aren’t scheduled for a match Anderson & Gallows. We’ll also see the Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho hook up in what could be a show stealer. Let’s be honest though, the two big stories coming out of Payback will be what happens in the Main Event between AJ Styles and Roman Reigns and the McMahon family drama for control of Monday Night Raw.
Is it the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match itself, that everyone is anticipating? Or is it the intrigue of what may happen with a Bullet Club Reunion. If the inclusion of Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows and possibly Finn Balor in this match is all you’re anticipating, you’re selling it short. I know the en vogue thing is to crap all over Roman Reigns, but the guy has delivered quality matches. Mix that in with AJ Styles and I think the match itself is going to good and potentially great. As with every Reigns appearance, the crowd is sure to be electric. This one will be fun and there are a ton of ways it could go.
Now on to the McMahon family drama. At Payback, we’re going to party like it’s 1999 (big ups to Prince). That’s right, your favorite zany wrestling family is at it again. Fighting for control of the empire their Daddy built is the McMahon siblings. There are all sorts of rumors flying around here, including that of a brand split. I have no clue what’s going to happen, I”ll be just happy when it ends. I personally don’t see enough Main Event talent to have a brand split, unless the top stars are going to cross over. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of a brand split though? It’ll be intriguing, it’ll be entertaining but lets hope the McMahon’s start to take a back seat again after Payback.