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WWE review: Was Payback underwhelming?

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The main reaction from last night's Payback is that it was pretty underwhelming and not for the first time this year, The Shield stole the show.

Going into the pay-per-view the WWE Universe were well aware that it was light on the ground. There was no World Title match, leaving The Shield and Evolution the tough task of trying to top their clash at Extreme Rules - one of the best matches of the year - and somehow they had to top that.

I feel like they did, whilst their match was hard to watch at times, mostly when Roman was being held down and beaten with a kendo stick, and Seth's extreme moment from the top of the lighting display. Evolution picked apart The Shield one by one and didn't look interested in pinning any of their opponents. Seth was pedigreed off a steel chair and was ready to be pinned but Randy, Batista and Triple H were only concerned with causing pain to The Shield and that ultimately was their downfall. This is because The Shield will always get back up and they did, eliminating both Batista and Randy Orton before Triple H.

After the match the trio couldn't even stand, which is a testament to how hard they fought in that match, and Roman even expressed concerns over the fact that he thought he'd torn a tricep.

John Cena and Bray Wyatt put up a good fight for match of the night, as there Last Man Standing battle involved both Harper and Rowan and The Usos, and it was better than first expected. John took some abuse in the early stages and had Bray down for a while but the referee was distracted and when Harper and Rowan tried to attack, The Usos made the save and Cena ultimately walked out with the 2-1 advantage over Bray, what match is next for Money in the Bank?

Bad News Barrett fought the veteran Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental Championship last night and RVD gave a great account of himself, but ultimately Barrett came out on top and looks to be heading towards a long title reign.

Sheamus's United States Championship was also on the line against Cesaro and the Paul Heyman guy gave a great showing for himself and came close to capturing his first title under his new manager, but Sheamus rolled him up for a quick win that sets up another match in the near future.

Rusev also stood out last night as he faced his toughest test to date with Big E but he made the former IC champion tap to the Accolade as he continues to impress.

Goldust and Cody v Rybaxel was a late addition to the card after a backstage altercation and Cody lost again but after the match this time he told Goldust that he needed a better partner, this adds more fuel to the fire of rumours surrounding Cody's immanent heel turn.

Paige successfully defended her title against the crazy Alicia Fox as well last night, but it wasn't easy for the youngest ever Divas champion. Alicia made her fight for it but she finally got the submission win with the PTO. Hopefully this isn't the last we've seen of these two's rivalry.

The hair v mask match was the only real sour point of the night as it lacked conviction and was such a short match, excuse the pun. Hornswoggle ended up being the one on the losing side meaning he left Chicago bald.

Kane decided to attack Kofi Kingston just as he was set too take on Bo Dallas. Suggestions were that Kofi said something on the kick off show to entice him. No one knows as of yet.

The good news is we still have a World Champion even if he isn't technically active, Stephanie can't be happy though because Brie really slapped the taste out of her mouth and quit meaning there is nothing she can actually do to Brie now, so will it fall to Nikki? I guess we will find out tonight on Raw.

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