Bouncing around in groups on Facebook, I see a lot of mixed reactions to the Payback PPV, especially the Macho Mandow character.
However, the only think I did not like about that match is that they got no time and the Ascension won....BOOOOO! But I base my like or dislike for WWE shows by memorable moments that stuck with me after the show went off the air, or even the next day.
The splash that Ryback did in his match against Bray Wyatt shocked me, considering you don't always see men of his stature coming off the top rope with something like a splash. I also enjoyed the exchange leading up to the end of the match, I was entertained.
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Tag Team Title Change
Not since the days of Bobby Heenan, when there were good tag-team matches, had I gone so insane in the hopes that the titles would change hands. New Day has heat, enough heat to really invest in the teams that are going up against them, I personally hope that the belts end up on someone other than the Usos.
Not that I don't like them, but it is time to see more teams make it to another level. I cannot tell you how loud I got, screaming at the screen when Woods got the pinfall. I have to admit, they pulled me in there.
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As for Cena versus Rusev, I feel that Cena has had better “I quit” matches in the past and was expecting there to be a bit more, especially from a man that has been around as long as Cena has. However, for what was basically a throw-away PPV, it was not a bad match.
I don't even want to talk about the Divas at this point, I really think there needs to be a pay off with the Bella's and Naomi now, I did not even watch the match, and I watched the PPV twice before writing this article. We need to get back to the days where the women could do so well that the likes of Lita and Trish could main event Raw.
Charlotte has that drive, she has been quoted as saying she wants to main even a PPV, at least there is the drive there. But, could you really expect any less from the daughter of the Nature-boy.... WHOOOOO.
I like the fact that R-Truth got a win over Stardust, it has been far too long since I have seen the man get a win, and his did hold the NWA title during his time in TNA so I hated seeing him job all the time.
Of course there are things about this PPV that could have gone better, but I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, I want to love wrestling, and the main event sure gave me plenty to remember.
Main Event Madness
There were some great spots in the main event featuring Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns hoping to strip the title from the waist of Seth Rollins. Of course there was J&J security getting involved as well as the much less demonic Corporate Kane.
The crowd blew the roof off the joint for the short-lived reunion of The Shield to triple powerbomb Orton through the table. I enjoyed the exchange between the three leading up the Kane being powerbombed through Rollins and the table.
I have to say that I enjoyed the short-lived bout between Ambrose and Reigns, however, when Orton hit that powerslam on Rollins after he had launched himself off the top turnbuckle, I lost my mind. I have seen some complain they are tired of Randy Orton, but I cannot see how that can be when he does have real talent and was able to hang with his much younger opponents.
All-in-all, I feel it was an entertaining PPV, maybe not on the level of Wrestlemania, but I enjoyed it enough to stay up, knowing I had to the up at 3:30am to get ready for work. On a scale from One to ten, I would give WWE Payback at least a six.
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