WWE Payback Live Coverage! (04/30) – Bray Wyatt Vs. WWE Champion Randy Orton

– The 2017 WWE Payback Kickoff pre-show opens up from the SAP Center in San Jose, California, Live coverage of WWE Payback will begin tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).

Check out the following card for tonight’s show:

– House of Horrors Match
Bray Wyatt vs. WWE Champion Randy Orton

– RAW Women’s Title Match
Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley

– WWE United States Title Match
Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens

– WWE Cruiserweight Title Match
Austin Aries vs. Neville

– RAW Tag Team Title Match
Cesaro and Sheamus vs. The Hardys

– Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe

– Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman

Kickoff Pre-show

– Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

– The Miz and Maryse host a special edition of MizTV with Finn Balor

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WWE Payback: Enzo Amore & Big Cass Vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson

Gallows and Anderson vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass

Big reaction for Enzo and Cass. No sign of the beating Enzo took on Monday.

Their mic work was based around Anderson and Gallows’ attack on Enzo.

Enzo and Anderson started. Anderson gained control very early on and began working over Amore’s left arm. Gallows tagged in and kicked the arm, continuing the assaults. Anderson tagged back in and continued working it over, focusing on the elbow. Enzo tried to roll him up but Gallows had already tagged in and attacked him. Enzo rolled out to the floor as they went to an inexplicable commercial to promote the Network.

When they returned, Gallows had Enzo in an armbar. Enzo tried to fight back but was caught with a knee to the gut. Gallows was caught with a DDT out of nowhere. Enzo almost made the tag but Anderson cut him off and knocked him out of the ring. He brought Enzo back in but was kicked off during a charge. Cass implored him to made the tag but Gallows pulled him off the apron. Anderson worked over Amore and scored a two count.

Enzo finally made the tag after slipping through Gallows’ legs. Cass nailed a big boot and an Empire Elbow. Cass went for the Stinger Splash but Anderson pulled him out of the way. Enzo made the tag with the idea that he was disoriented but was blasted off the apron to the floor immediately. Gallows and Anderson brought him back into the ring and went for the Magic Killer but Cass hit the ring and nailed them both Enzo stole a pinfall on Gallows with a small package.

Your winners, Enzo Amore and Big Cass

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Seth Rollins On His Match With Samoa Joe Tonight (Video)

– The following video below features Seth Rollins backstage at tonight’s WWE Payback pay-per-view in San Jose.

Rollins talks about how he gets “the feels” when coming back to The Bay Area and that his match is a little more personal than the matches in the past and he believes it will be a bitter war.

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Former WWE Star On Shane McMahon’s Recent WrestleMania Matches

– Former WWE Superstar Pete Gas of Mean Street Possee fame recently appeared as a guest on Ring Rust Radio, check out the highlights below:

On what made WWE’s infamous “Attitude Era” special:

“What made it special is there were no rules. You had a locker room full of stars and I’m not talking about us as much as I’m talking about the roster. Everybody was over and it just had that edginess to it that really attracted people to it. You look in the crowd and you see everything from a guy with a big beer belly, to a girl with no clothes on, doctors, lawyers, stockbrokers and every kind of person. Everyone can relate to a lot of the stories and people loved the edginess to it. Unfortunately, they want ratings and sponsorship like Snickers and all that stuff, so now they can’t be as edgy and it’s more child friendly like it was back in the 80s. At that one period, Vince in order to win the ratings war had to turn it up a notch and he did and everybody remembers that part of it. I think it always be known as the greatest era in wrestling.”

On Shane McMahon’s WrestleMania matches against Undertaker/AJ Styles:

“First part, I found out because someone had called me the day he had come back from Detroit. There was a rumor floating around he was there so I called him and spoke to him. When we spoke, he was in New York City and he was delivering a guitar to his son. We talked for a little bit, we got off the phone and I was convinced he wasn’t going to be on Raw that night. He kayfabed the shit out of me. He didn’t tell anybody anything, he lives by kayfabe. Sometimes I love him for it and sometimes I get pissed at him for it. He ends up going to Raw and I’m sitting on the couch with my wife and I listen to the first segment and when his music hits my jaw dropped. I got goosebumps and my phone was blowing up. Then as soon as Vince said he was going to face the Undertaker in the cell, I turned to my wife and said, “We’re going.” She asked why do I want to go so bad and I said he’s going to jump off that cell. My wife still laughs about that cause she said that I just know him so well. I said he has always been an adrenaline junkie and he will always do whatever it takes to steal the show if he can do it. Any match he has ever had, there’s never been one where you would say that it really sucked or just something about that match wasn’t good. As far as the AJ Styles match goes, I absolutely loved it. I thought it was great and I was in sitting the eighth row. I heard all the criticism leading up to WrestleMania how AJ is going to have to carry Shane, Shane doesn’t know how to work, everything he does is a big stunt and I felt like Shane proved a lot of skeptics wrong. To his credit, I thought he held his own. AJ is the best in the business in my opinion and is probably one of my favorites. Yes, AJ brought it as well, but Shane was right there. I thought what he did was, excuse the pun, but it was phenomenal.”

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Payback Predictions

Feels like this is retribution against the fans.

Pre-Show Enzo and Cass vs. Gallows and Anderson.
A filler, last minute addition that was added this past Monday night, Enzo and Cass seem to be going no where as a team, especially now with the Hardy’s back, they continue to be fillers. I’m just waiting for the day when Big Cass just boots Enzo in the face and turns heel. Gallows and Anderson go over here to prepare for the Hardy’s.

Cruiserweight Title : Neville(c) vs. Austin Aries.
Neville retained at WrestleMania and another win here would seemingly end the feud with the two. Expect Aries to take the title tonight to set up a rubber match.

Raw Tag Titles: Hardy’s(c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
I still don’t see why Cesaro wasn’t switched over to the blue brand in the shake up, but for the time being he will continue in the tag division. Don’t expect a title switch here so one of two things will happen, the Hardy’s retain OR expect a dq finish where another team will interfere and lay out both teams.

Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe
Joe never appeared at Mania, even to help out his employer in his no dq match against Rollins (yeah cuz that made sense to not have him interfere) this feud will not end here. A Rollins victory will just cause Joe to attack him at Raw and demand a gimmick match at the next Raw “ppv”. This could go either way, but I expect Joe to go over, just not clean.

US title: Kevin Owens(c) vs. Chris Jericho
This feud ends tonight. Don’t expect a Jericho win however as he is on his way out to tour with Fozzy. Owens retains here and goes on to feud with AJ Styles on Smackdown.

Raw Women’s Title: Bayley(c) vs. Alexa Bliss
A simple filler for Bayley here. I’d be surprise if Bliss beats her tonight. This division is already programmed between Bayley, Sasha Banks and Nia Jax as the next title holders, but plans can change. I still expect Bayley to retain as this is just a match for her to get a win and retain.

House of Horrors Match: Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt
NO LONGER A TITLE MATCH. You know why? Because it wouldn’t make sense for a Smackdown talent to walk into a Raw event and defeat a Raw talent. Simple booking would question as to why a Raw talent wouldn’t help out Wyatt and bring the title over, or why Raw GM, Kurt Angle, wouldn’t do everything in his power to make sure the title comes over. I guess someone in creative actually has common sense. This will be WWE’s version of Final Deletion. Now that this is non-title, this match could go either way. I expect Wyatt to go over here.

Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
This will be a war. Neither men should get the 3 count here as they should just brawl until they can’t go anymore. A double turn would be nice here, as Reigns is easily a better heel and Braun can easily be a tweener. This can end with Reigns standing tall, but no actual winner. This allows Braun to come out on Raw the next night and bring up the fact that Reigns never won because he never got the 3 count. The winner of this feud easily goes on to face Brock for the title.

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Charlotte Flair On Not Taking Success For Granted, NXT Women’s Division, More

– WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair spoke to The Independent about a wide variety of topics including the women’s NXt division and more, check out the highlights below:

On dealing with pressure:

“You don’t want to get complacent and just accept things – just because we’ve had those moments and we have come so far, you don’t want to ever take that for granted because the moment you do, it can all go away. It takes us collectively all staying on our toes and working as hard as we can to continue getting those opportunities, and for me it adds an element of pressure if you’re the main event or if we are headlining a pay-per-view. That pressure is still on and you feel it – I know I do, continuously, but it’s a good kind of pressure.”

On the evolution of WWE NXT Women’s Division:

“I started in NXT when we were still FCW in Tampa. Then we crowned the first NXT men and women’s champions and I remember thinking ‘wow, what is this?’ Maybe the girls are now impatient but it is a process. Then the WWE Network launched and NXT started to travel – I’ve been with it and watched it grow. The new talent that comes in now just goes to the WWE Performance Centre with state-of-the-art facilities; they didn’t see what it was like to go from Tampa to that or when we were just doing shows in Florida. Now they go all over the country and overseas, so it is a slow progress and when you think you’re ready, you’re not ready – when I got to the main roster I was still learning – and still am. So maybe the girls are now impatient but it is a process. They have been able to skip a few steps with how NXT is now and you want to go through it faster and say ‘I’m ready, I’m ready!’ I see how it’s hard, but it’s a whole different ball game up here. I’m sure if the girls are [becoming impatient], someone like Sara Del Ray (NXT Coach) who is the rock for the women down there can talk them through the fact that this is a waiting game.”

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Becky Lynch Reflects On WWE’s ‘Superstar Shakeup’, Her Feud With Charlotte, More

– WWE Superstar Becky Lynch recently spoke with the Mirror about a wide variety of topics, check out the highlights below:

Her thoughts on the recent Superstar Shakeup:

“I’m delighted I remained on SmackDown, I love SmackDown. I think it’s the better wrestling show and since day one I have wanted to be on SmackDown. Plus the fact we get Charlotte, who is an incredible talent and just amazing. I was sad to see my friends leave though, that was sad, like Heath Slater and Rhyno, Apollo Crews and Kalisto, and everybody else, I was like ‘no!’, The Miz and Maryse, Dean [Ambrose] and Bray [Wyatt], Mickie. But we got some great new talents here too, so I’m very excited for that.”

On her feud with Charlotte:

“I think we only barely scratched the surface. I think one of the turning points in the women’s revolution was actually myself and Charlotte going into our feud. Before then there had been lots of women’s matches, which was great, and we were getting to see the rewards, but there wasn’t really any depth behind it. Then once we started our feud that went into the Royal Rumble last year, I think that was really a turning point because we were able to see a friendship falling apart and that is something people can get into, as opposed to ‘okay, here’s women, there’s a revolution apparently, watch there matches’. This was something that people could relate to because it was one friend being ruthless and doing anything she could to win and screwing her best friend. Then it went off in a different direction but I would like to pick up where we left off.”

On adding comedy to her character:

“Oh, I’ve been begging for the chance. That’s all I want to do. Comedy is part of my personality in general but I feel that maybe there has been one aspect you have seen of me. I get jumped an awful lot, probably more than any one person has done in their entire life, over the past two years, so I would love to develop different aspects. I have been able to show that fiery aspect, that never giving up aspect, which says ‘okay you can do this to me, but I’m going to keep standing up for myself and come back, I’m not going to let it change me, I’m going to do things with integrity’. That is good for so long but I would really like to develop different aspects of myself on TV.”

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Kurt Angle Comments On How WWE’s Wellness Policy Has Changed

– WWE RAW General Manager Kurt Angle recently spoke with Addiction Professional about a wide variety of topics including his addiction and recovery, check out the highlights below:

On how WWE’s Wellness Policy has changed:

“WWE has a great wellness policy now. You have to pass physicals through WWE doctors, not your own. But back then, I was convincing my doctor to get me back as soon as possible. As long as you were cleared by a doctor in 2003, WWE was OK with it. Now, they have their own doctors you have to go through. I rushed back in there long before I should have. That was my own fault, talking my doctor into clearing me.”

On Vince McMahon wanting to help get him into treatment in 2005:

“I thought I was a liability to that company, and I think he felt that way. He was trying to help me, and I didn’t want his help.”

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