What’s going on guys and welcome to the MOC Predictions for this Sunday’s WWE Payback PPV.
Below you will find the announced matches and graphics (sourced from WWE.com) for the event. Remember to stick with MOC as we will be covering the show live with results, highlights and whatever else comes at us.
Special Edition of Miz TV
Now I’m not really sure what this is intended for, but if Bray Wyatt doesn’t attack, or tease an attack on Balor…. I’m done.
Big Cass & Enzo Amore vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
Tag Team Match
Following the attack on Raw where Karl and Luke laid out Enzo Amore, this wasn’t a surprise that this match was made. But I still can’t see Enzo and Cass coming out on top. This may not be the most popular decision, but I see Enzo as a weak point in his team. I feel that they won’t get those titles anytime soon as they’re too Jokey of a team to be honest. I like them, but I can’t see them coming out on top… Actually one thing I could see if WWE wanted to give Cass his own opportunities is to have him show fraustration over Enzo for being that one guy who always has them losing. Personally I can’t remember when Cass has been pinned. So for this one, I’m going for the Club for the win.
MOC Prediction: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Austin Aries vs. Neville (c)
-WWE Cruiserweight Championship-
These two had an amazing match at WrestleMania 33, and even though it was on the KICKOFF show, this could have very easily been a main card spot. But nonetheless their getting the opportunity once again to shine at Payback. Last time we saw Neville come out on top, and I’m pretty sure TJ Perkins may try and poke his head in this match, but I personally feel that the king may be dethroned as Aries will pick up his first even WWE title victory and become the new Champion of the Cruiserweights.
MOC Prediction: Austin Aries (New WWE Cruiserweight Champion)
The Hardy Boyz (c) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
-Raw Tag Team Championship-
Tag Team Match
It’s still surreal to see that the Hardy Boyz are back in the WWE, but it’s still a cool site when they perform nostalgic moves which brings back so many memories. Sheamus and Cesaro though have been a power force in the Raw tag team division and are two guys that not only can take a beating, but deliver it too.
For the past couple of weeks the Hardy’s have had the advantage over them, with Sheamus and Cesaro offering their hands in respect for the team. But at Payback I believe that the respect will get thrown out the window as I feel the Hardy’s may get a distracted victory over Sheamus & Cesaro, which will send them into “pissed mode.” I personally see Sheamus & Cesaro beating down on the Hardy’s and fully turning heel. This could potentially lead to another match down the line utilizing weapons and or, ladders.
MOC Predictions: Matt & Jeff Hardy (retain)
Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe
These two have unfinished business as Seth tries to put himself together after being victories at WrestleMania 33 against Triple H. Joe vs Rollins will be a match you don’t want to miss. Tensions have been the base of this rivalry as Joe nearly re-injured Rollins knee back in March after an attack. But Rollins fought back, beat Triple H and needs to end his ongoing problems with Samoa Joe. Though, I don’t think this will end at Payback. This is not a “one-off” match in my opinion and it’s a rivalry that can distinguish both men. As we’ve seen Rollins has moved away from the Pedigree and is now focused on a new finisher which he hopes will give him the victory, though I feel that Rollins will get a victory…. a DQ victory as Joe will utilize some type of weapon to cost him the match. Thus leading to more matches down the line.
MOC Predictions: Seth Rollins via DQ.
Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
-Raw Women’s Championship-
Listen, I have been losing support for Bayley these past few weeks. For me there are very few women on the Raw women’s division that a stand behind, and primarily it’s because of how they cut promos. Many of them are great in the ring don’t get me wrong, but when it comes to personality and delivery Alexa Bliss just has….. IT! Bayley is just so whiny, and Sasha just sounds as if she has a mouth full of socks when she talks. Now I’m not sure if Sasha somehow gets involved in this match, and potentially costs Bayley the win, but in my honest opinion I feel Alexa leaves as the new champion.
MOC Predictions: Alexa Bliss (New Raw Women’s Champion)
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Chris Jericho
-WWE United States Championship-
Now this match is a bit predicable. Not saying the story-line is predicable, but because Chris Jericho will be leaving the company temporarily to go on tour with his band Fozzy. So right away you gotta think to yourself that WWE won’t allow another title such as Brock Lesnar & The Universal Title, to be absent off of WWE TV. This is why I believe that Owens comes out on top. And to be honest, Owens is the one who benefits the most by ending this feud with Jericho. It’s been entertaining and honestly their chemistry together has been great. But as a send off to their feud, I’m seeing Kevin Owens come out on top.
MOC Prediction: Kevin Owens (retains)
Side note: Loving that two Canadians are fighting to the US title.
Randy Orton (c) vs. Bray Wyatt
-NON TITLE MATCH-
House of Horrors Match
Ok, so WWE has confirmed that this match will NOT be for the WWE Championship as many thought it would be. But, we’re still unsure exactly what a “house of horrors” match actually is. Is it set in a factory, will it be in a cage surrounded by fire with fire eating ants crawling around? We have no idea. So it’s one of those things that we’re just gonna have to wait and see. BUT, not having the title on the line changes things. The reason is becuase Bray has potential to win. Originally I thought that the Title could come to Raw, but it would make sense to keep it on Smackdown Live, therefor I believed if the title was on the line, Bray would lose. But now that it’s been removed, Bray has potential to end this feud with a win. Thus giving him momentum moving forward and winning in a match of his creation. Randy beating Bray at his own game would just kill any momentum he’s built.
So as far as the match is concerned… I got no clue what’ll be apart of it, but no matter what I see Bray Wyatt coming out on top.
MOC Prediction: Bray Wyatt
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
Roman Reigns makes his return to WWE TV after suffering a “story-line” beat down from Braun Strowman where he was thrown off a loading dock while strapped to a stretcher, and while inside the ambulance, get flipped by Braun Strowman. The updates we received on his health was that he had injured ribs, dislocated shoulder and more. So you gotta ask yourself, how healed up is Roman Reigns?
It’s no surprise to anyone that Braun has been on a dominating streak, especially as a man his size. You know when you big, working for Vince you’re already in his good books. But it won’t surprise me if Roman has his “look strong” moments which i’m anticipating. Though when it comes to winning, I can’t see Braun lose again. As some of you remember Braun lost the dumpster match on Raw against Kalisto, and I know that was a gimmick match, but I feel Braun losing a standard singles match could kill his big guy momentum. So I feel that Roman comes into this match beaten up, and leaves…. dead…. just dead…..
MOC Prediction: Braun Strowman
Those are my predictions for this Sunday’s show, what are yours? Make sure to share them in the comments below, or send them to me on Twitter.