Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE Payback: We had a show that was full of good wrestling, but was a booking nightmare. Kevin Owens wrestled Sami Zayn, sure, but Natalya and Charlotte did a fake “Montreal Screwjob” segment in front of Bret Hart. Roman Reigns wrestled AJ Styles, sure, but Enzo Amore botched being thrown through some ropes and almost died. This year will definitely a bunch of good wrestling remembered only for the horrible parts!
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And now, the Best and Worst of WWE Payback 2017, the Ultimate Regular Ride™, for April 30, 2017.
Best: The Face Of America
Before I talk about the actual wrestling, I want to take a second to say how much I love Kevin Owens’ “Face of America” entrance. There’s something downright charming about a man entering on a gigantic, forced-perspective MAD magazine caricature of himself.
Best: Finger Psychology
At WrestleMania 33, Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens succeeded in booking a callback to a comedy oil painting from a Festival of Friendship in a championship match at Wrestle-freaking-Mania by having Owens avoid defeat by getting one finger on the rope. It was brilliant. At Payback, they not only called back to that, but topped it.