Two more matches confirmed for WWE Payback

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With WWE Payback taking place this weekend on May 1 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, two more matches were confirmed for the pay-per-view event on this week's edition of Monday Night Raw.

Prior to this week's show, we knew several matches would be featured on the card. These clashes are Chris Jericho vs Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens, the Women's Championship match of Natalya with Bret Hart vs Charlotte with Ric Flair, and the Intercontinental Championship match of Cesaro vs The Miz.

We also have the finals of the number one contenders' Tag Team Tournament of Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady vs. The Vaudevillains, with the winner going on to face The New Day later in the night, and also the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match of AJ Styles vs Roman Reigns.


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Alongside the announcement that Vince McMahon will declare who will control Raw at Payback - Shane McMahon or Stephanie McMahon and Triple H - two more matches were added to the pay-per-view, Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler, and a United States Championship match of Kalisto vs Ryback on the pre-show.

Out of the two matches that were added last night - despite a title being on the line - Corbin vs Ziggler looks the most exciting because it has had the most build out of the two, and it will be the first time we see the former NXT star compete in singles competition on a WWE pay-per-view.

Corbin has been built strong since his debut on the main roster at WrestleMania - where he won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal - and going up against a good technical wrestler like Ziggler that can sell his opponents moves well will hopefully continue to build him as a tough competitor.

Kalisto's match against Ryback is a rematch of their WrestleMania clash, which was also on the pre-show. This is undermining of the title's true value once more, as all WWE championships should have a spot on the main card of a pay-per-view. 

Arguably, the match's spot on the card is true to how much the WWE has invested into the feud over the past month, very little. So how much will fans care about the outcome? Probably not a lot unless you're a big Kalisto or Ryback fan.

It's such a shame the United States Championship has hit new lows a year after John Cena began his United States Open Challenges to allow more superstars compete for the title, but also to elevate the championship's status so more members of the WWE Universe would care about it.

Now it feels like we're back at square one with the title, back to the days where Sheamus was the champion in 2014 and no one really cared because it wasn't being given enough love by WWE creative.

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