This week's WWE Monday Night Raw was arguably the best edition of the show for quite some time. Not only did we have some fantastic segments and the debut (finally) of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, but two matches have now been confirmed for Payback on May 1 at the Allstate Arena.
Roman Reigns will be defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles on the pay-per-view, and The Miz will be defending his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Cesaro at the event as well.
The Miz won the Intercontinental Championship from Zack Ryder on the Raw following WrestleMania, and after defeating Long Island Iced-Z once more a couple of nights later on SmackDown, a new number one contender was needed.
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Owens confronted Shane-O-Mac in the middle of the ring because he felt he hadn't been given his rematch yet for losing the championship at The Showcase of The Immortals, he was next in line for a shot. Shane said he would get his rematch if he was able to defeat Cesaro on Raw last night.
However, after a Neutralizer, it was The Swiss Sensation that defeated Owens and became the number one contender for the title at Payback against The Miz.
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Cesaro should be given another opportunity with a championship run, but I don't think this is the end of Owens' pursuit of the championship either. If anything, it should be The Swiss Sensation pinning The Miz at Payback, with Owens becoming the number one contender not long afterwards.
As for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, The Phenomenal One made sure that his match against Reigns at Payback would only be a one-on-one match, and not a triple threat by defeating Sami Zayn on Raw last night.
Zayn was given another opportunity by Shane McMahon to fight for a spot in the match after he was injured by Kevin Owens last week, and was, therefore, unable to compete in the number one contenders match later that night.
However, in his match this week, he lost that opportunity once more as Styles was able to pin him in their clash, making the 38-year-old the only contender for Reigns' WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Considering the company has only put the WWE title on The Big Dog, and they're trying to build him up to be the future, it is unlikely The Phenomenal One will be defeating him at Payback. Styles will likely be used to put on a good match with Reigns to try and change fan opinion on him.
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