Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon: WWE Payback Preview #WWEPayback

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE, brings you the WWE Payback Preview.

WWE Payback takes place live at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. This being Payback's fourth year as a WWE pay per view, the WWE have held the event three out of the four years in its existence at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. WWE Payback will also be available on the WWE Network for only $9.99. If you can't catch the show live or on the WWE Network, I'll be bringing you the WWE Payback recap on Monday afternoon.

- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match": Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles: Roman Reigns did what he said he was going to do at Wrestlemania 32, last month. Reigns defeated Triple H to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and began another Roman Empire reign within the WWE. Reigns now has a new attitude as well, as he considers himself not a good guy or a bad guy, he considers himself THE guy in the WWE. AJ Styles has made quite an impact in the WWE since arriving in January. Styles, however, is coming off of a loss against Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 32. Styles didn't let that loss on the biggest stage in sports entertainment bring him down though. Styles would go on to defeat Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens and Cesaro in a fatal four way match to earn the right to face Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Will the Roman Empire continue to reign over the WWE and defeat what many call another independent wrestling darling? Will the former multi TNA World Heavyweight Champion, AJ Styles, cause the fall of the Empire and walk out with the world title?

- "WWE Intercontinental Championship Match": The Miz (c) w/Maryse vs. Cesaro: The RAW after Wrestlemania, Miz defeated Zack Ryder to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship and added more gold to his Hollywood movie star gimmick. Not only did he win back the IC-Title, but Miz's wife, Maryse, also returned to the WWE and helped her husband take home the gold to their Hollywood mansion. On that same RAW, the Swiss Superman, Cesaro, returned to action after being out with an injury. Cesaro came up short that night in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contenders Match. The following week on RAW, Cesaro went on to defeat Kevin Owens in another #1 Contenders Match, this time with the winner getting a shot at The Miz and the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Will The Miz defeat Cesaro and continue living the Hollywood lifestyle as a champion? Or will Cesaro shatter The Miz's Hollywood dream of being a champion?

- "WWE United States Championship Match": Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback: For the second pay per view in a row the WWE United States Championship has been put on the card, but will be the Pre-Show filler match. Last month at Wrestlemania 32, Kalisto was successful in defending his WWE United States Championship against Ryback. Can the "little guy", Kalisto, pull out another victory on a much bigger and stronger opponent? Will the "big guy", Ryback, who's only worried about himself now, defeat Kalisto and win his first WWE United States Championship?

- "WWE Women's Championship Match": Charlotte (c) w/Ric Flair vs. Nattie Neidhart w/Bret Hart: Charlotte walked out of Wrestlemania 32 with a win over Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch and was crowned the new WWE Women's Champion. The next night on RAW, Charlotte was rewarded her new championship and was immediately challenged by Nattie Neidhart, who vowed to teach some discipline to Charlotte and change Charlotte's horrible attitude. Nattie defeated Charlotte in a WWE Women's Championship Match on RAW, however, it was by DQ, thanks to Charlotte's dad, Ric Flair, getting involved. Both ladies meet again at WWE Payback with the WWE Women's Championship on the line. Can Charlotte continue her cheating ways like her father has taught her and retain the title? Can Nattie finally prove to Charlotte that cheaters never win and take home the gold?

- Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose: This feud has actually been almost a year long build up. Back at Night Of Champions in June of 2015, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and mystery partner, Chris Jericho, teamed up to battle The Wyatt Family. Jericho ended up taking the pinfall loss to The Wyatts, after letting his ego and the spotlight get in his way. Ambrose immediately told Reigns about how stupid it was to rely on Jericho to team with them. Cooler heads prevailed and nothing more happened between the two. That all changed this past month as Jericho now has a new attitude and demands the respect from the fans that he feels he rightfully deserves. Dean Ambrose, not liking Jericho or his attitude has stepped up to try to finally finish what he wanted to finish back in June. Ambrose has become a thorn in Jericho's side, by targeting Y2J and has even sabotaged Jericho's Highlight Reel talk show and turned it into the Ambrose Asylum talk show. Who will prevail when the self proclaimed best in the world meets the WWE's resident lunatic?

- Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn: Owens and Zayn have had a huge history with each other that just didn't start in the WWE. Owens and Zayn have been good friends and better enemies leading all the way back to their independent wrestling days and NXT days. Owens and Zayn have been PWG and ROH World Tag Team Champions together in the independent wrestling scene and have feuded with each other over the NXT World Title last year. Now that Zayn has been called up to the main WWE roster, Owens' anger and jealousy for Zayn has emerged again. Owens looks to end Zayn's career once and for all and forget about their friendship they once had. Zayn looks to stop Owens and bring him back down to reality.

- Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin: Former NXT superstar Baron Corbin made his main roster debut at Wrestlemania 32 and went on to win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Corbin then showed up on RAW and has been on a warpath, warning everyone that End Of Days are coming. Corbin immediately targeted Dolph Ziggler as his first victim and laid Ziggler out. Ziggler seeking revenge, attacked Corbin from behind and brawled with the newcomer, setting up their match at Payback. Can Ziggler stop the End Of Days that Corbin is threatening to bring to the WWE? Will Corbin make Ziggler his first of many victims in the WWE?

- "#1 Contenders Match, For The WWE World Tag Team Championship": Enzo and Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillains: Both former NXT tag teams made their respected debuts on RAW and SmackDown this month and immediately made an impact. Both teams entered into the WWE World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament and both made it to the finals. Can Enzo and Big Cass, who have an enormous following from the WWE Universe, which goes along with Enzo's enormous ability to talk trash, walk out the new number one contenders? Will the former NXT World Tag Team Champions and believers in the old style of wrestling, The Vaudevillains, come out victorious? Which ever team survives will have a future date with The New Day and the WWE World Tag Team Championship.

- Who Will Run RAW? The Decision: Stephanie McMahon announced this past Monday on RAW that Vince McMahon would be at WWE Payback. The Chairman of the Board will officially announce who takes control of RAW permanently. Will it be Vince's son, Shane McMahon or Vince's daughter and son-in-law Stephanie McMahon and Triple H?

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