WWE Payback, aka I Can’t Believe There’s Another Pay-Per-View!, airs this Sunday, April 29, live on WWE Network. Also, still, pay-per-view. The show is headlined by a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between the champion, Roman Reigns, and the challenger, AJ Styles, with the looming threat of the Bullet Club (or whatever we’re calling them) in the background. The show also features matches for the Intercontinental, U.S. and Women’s Championships.
Here’s your complete WWE Payback 2016 card as we know it:
1. WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles
2. Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz (c) vs. Cesaro
3. Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho
4. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
5. #1 Contender for the Tag Team Championship: Enzo and Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillains
6. WWE Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte (c) vs. Natalya
7. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
8. Kickoff Match for the United States Championship: Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback
As always, here are our bulletproof, expert opinions and predictions that are almost always completely wrong. Be sure to drop down into our comments section and let us know what you think will happen, from “nothing” to “something, hopefully!”
Kickoff Match for the United States Championship: Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback
What Should Happen: You should tune in to WWE Payback at 8PM.
What Will Happen: Man, the United States Championship sure turned into a fart in the wind without John Cena around, didn’t it? Kalisto is great, but he’s doing nothing with the championship, so you might as well give it to The Big Guy. Plus, if Cena’s coming back on Memorial Day, what better way to celebrate than by having him win back the U.S. title? Let Ryback be a “bowly” transitional champion for a few weeks and then get Attitudinally Adjusted. Although honestly it’d be more fitting for Cena to pop in, destroy Kalisto and think he did something everyone would love.
Jessica Hudnall – The Ryback at Payback is a winning combination, rivaled only by liquor and despair. The Big Guy is totally gonna win the belt this time because my dumb lizard brain won’t stop screaming about how strong he is and how teeny Kalisto is and c’mon, how can you even think the tiny boy will win.
David D. – Kalisto wins. Ryback’s head explodes.
Justin Donaldson – This is the hardest match of the show to call because it doesn’t matter at all. They’ve just been frozen in time since WrestleMania. Probably Kalisto retaining over the Big Guy, leading to a Best Two Out of Three Falls Match-up on the Extreme Rules Pre Show