Monday Night Raw adds two singles matches to WWE Payback

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Monday Night Raw this week saw several clashes added to the WWE Payback match card. The card is quickly filling up, as the event takes place on May 1 at the Allstate Arena, and it is looking like it could be a great event to follow up WrestleMania 32.

Prior to Raw last night, we only knew of two matches for Payback, one being Roman Reigns defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles, and the other being Cesaro vs The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship.

After last night's show finished, five more matches were added to the pay-per-view. One of these matches was a Women's Championship match between Charlotte and Natalya with Ric Flair and Bret Hart in their respective corners.


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The conclusion of the WWE Tag Team Championship tournament was also added to the pay-per-view, as Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady will take on The Vaudevillains to determine the number one contenders, who will apparently take on the current champions, The New Day, later that same night at Payback.

Two singles matches were also added to the event. These were Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens, and Dean Ambrose vs Chris Jericho.

The Zayn vs Owens and Jericho vs Ambrose matches were announced after Shane McMahon was a guest on Dean's new show at the start of Raw, The Ambrose Asylum, when he was confronted by Y2J, K.O., and Zayn.

Zayn's match against Owens is a renewal of their long rivalry from NXT, where they once clashed for the NXT Championship. If their times in WWE developmental is anything to go by, their bout this time on the main roster is going to be one brilliant fight.

Zayn knocked out Owens out of the Royal Rumble back in January, and also cost him the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 32 as well. Owens attacked Zayn on the next night's Raw, which made him unable to compete in the fatal four-way #1 contender match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the same night.

As for Jericho vs Ambrose, the spark of this comes from when Y2J let The Lunatic Fringe and Reigns down during their six-man tag match against The Wyatt Family at Night of Champions in September last year.

Most recently, Ambrose interrupted an episode of Jericho's Highlight Reel last week on Raw, to make his own show, Ambrose Asylum. The Best In The World At What He Does then attacked the former Shield member after his match with Owens the following week.

Both of these matches add more value to the pay-per-view, which should turn out to be a great event to follow up on what was an okay WrestleMania.

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