The superstars of Monday Night Raw are looking for some payback tonight! Bray Wyatt wants to finally vanquish his WrestleMania foe Randy Orton in a House of Horrors match. Meanwhile, “Y2J” Chris Jericho is looking to shut up Kevin Owens, take back his United States Championship, and set the blue brand ablaze upon his arrival with his U.S. title in toe.
We’ll also see a clash on titans tonight between “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns and “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman. Get ready to see these two big men tear the house down! We already know Strowman is capable of bringing the entire ring down in an epic implosion on cable television. What else is this monster capable of?
How will WWE shock their audience tonight at Payback? Look below and find out!
WWE Payback 2017 Viewing Details
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Time: 8:00 P.M. EST
TV Channel: WWE Network
Location: San Jose, California
Main Event: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
Kickoff Show: Enzo & Cass vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Enzo Amore starts off the match by attacking Karl Anderson. But the former Bullet Club member quickly reverses the tide with a stiff knee. Gallows gets the tag and takes down Enzo with a yuge right hand. Enzo tries to rally back, but Anderson knocks him down again.
Anderson & Gallows seem solidly in control. They look like they’re about to decisively put down the little Enzo. They think Big Cass is incapacitated. Big mistake, fellas. He slides in the ring and helps his little big buddy Enzo pull off the win with a roll-up.
Enzo & Big Cass defeat Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Kickoff Encounter: The Hardy Boyz meet The Golden Truth
Hahahahaha yessssss! The Hardys don’t seem entirely broken. But Matt is showing some shades of his former persona from the iMPACTful Wrestling. The Golden Truth (Goldust & R-Truth) encounter the broken brethren backstage and request a future in-ring showdown between the two. Delightful!
Kickoff: Miz TV featuring Finn Balor
Miz invites his guest Finn Balor down to the ring. Balor makes his usual epic ring entrance. Miz complains that it took five minutes for him to finally come down to the ring.
The Miz builds up Balor as a champion everywhere he goes, from Europe to Japan to the WWE. But then Miz calls him a failure for only holding onto the WWE Universal Championship for one day because of injury. He calls all Balor’s fan failures.
Balor doesn’t care. He says he’s going to win back his WWE Universal Championship from Brock Lesnar. Miz finds that laughable. How can Balor beat “The Beast Incarnate”? Especially when The Miz claims that he himself can mop the floor with Finn.
The former Universal Champion takes offense to this insult. He says there’s two clubs: “The Balor Club” and “The Finn Balor just kicked my ass club.” The Miz is about to join the second group.
But Miz pulls his wife Maryse between himself and Finn. Balor says that every episode of Miz TV ends the same way, with The Miz getting his ass kicked. But really, he’s not worth it. Miz is insulted by this comment and yells at Finn, who turns around and nails Miz with a sling blade.
The Miz gets knocked on his ass, and his wife has to help roll him out of the ring. The Miz tumbles out of the ring onto the floor below. He looks up at Balor standing victorious in the ring.
WWE Payback 2017 Kickoff Show
WWE United States Championship: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho starts off the match strong. Jericho beats Owens down, in and outside the ring. KO tries to turn the tide, but Jericho nails a perfect dropkick. Y2J hits a running bulldog and then attempts a lionsault, but KO reverse.
Owens starts to dissect Jericho. Y2J’s head smacks into the ring-post. KO attacks the tired Jericho on the outside, as he sends him into the barricade and then unleashes a sick cannonball on his foe.
Jericho returns to form with some devastating chops on Owens. KO battles back with some kicks, but that’s not enough to take out Y2J. Jericho mashes Owens’ finger into the steel steps. Y2J locks in the Walls of Jericho and Owens’ hurt fingers can’t reach the ropes.
Chris Jericho defeats Kevin Owens to become the new WWE United States Champion
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries
Both men lock up to start this contest. Aries uses his speed to get the upper-hand and stun the King of the Cruiserweights. Austin launches his body onto Neville on the outside.
Aries tries the 450 splash, but Neville turns the tide. Neville whips Aries into the corner, and seriously starts whipping his ass. Austin looks dazed and Neville capitalizes. But Neville gets too cocky and starts posing for fans. Big mistake.
Aries battles back and starts mopping the floor with Neville. Austin has solidly regained control over this match. He locks in the Last Chancery on Neville. It looks like this is it for the King of the Cruiserweights…until he uses the champion’s advantage. Neville grabs the referee and throws him across the ring. Neville breaks free from the submission hold.
Austin Aries defeats Neville by disqualification. Neville remains champion
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship match: The Hardy Boyz (c) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
The crowd chanted “Delete” and “Brother Nero” quite a bit in this match. They miss the broken brillance of yesteryear. Matt and Jeff dominant Cesaro in the early going, exchanging hot tags. Jeff lands a Poetry in Motion off of his brother’s back. Matt sets his focus on Cesaro’s shoulder, but eats an uppercut. Sheamus gets the tag and nails a rolling Senton onto the prone Hardy. Sheamus even cracks Jeff in the mouth with a stiff kick. He may have even knocked out one of Hardy’s teeth with that shot.
Cesaro lays out Matt with a running uppercut. Sheamus also lays out Matt, this time with a clothesline. Jeff gets the tags and goes on the attack against The Celtic Warrior, with an inverted atomic drop and a leg drop. But soon enough, Jeff is being dissected by both opponents once again. Poor Jeff.
Matt Hardy comes in the ring like a great ball of fire. He smacks Cesaro’s head over and over again in the turnbuckle as the crowd chants “Delete! Delete! Delete!”
Cesaro & Sheamus look primed for victory. But Jeff throws a wrench in those plans. Sheamus is unaware Jeff got the tag, and as he pins Matt, Jeff lands a Swanton Bomb onto the Irishman’s back.
The Hardy Boyz retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
Post-match: Cesaro & Sheamus shake each Hardy’s hand as a sign of respect. But then, the losing team turn heel and go on the assault. Sheamus and Cesaro beat the crap out of The Hardys. Matt is left blooded.
WWE Raw Women’s Championship match: Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
Alexa Bliss was a complete she-beast in this match. Bayley tried rallying back. But Bliss was way too dominant, almost mopping the floor with the hometown girl. Alexa sends Bayley hurling into the steel post shoulder-first early on in the match.
In the end, Bliss would capitalize on a hurt Bayley, dropping her with a DDT to finish off this contest. “Little Miss Bliss in the Raw Women’s Champion,” says Corey Graves. Michael Cole notes that Alexa Bliss is the first woman in history to win both Raw and SmackDown’s Women’s Championships.
Alexa Bliss defeats Bayley to become the new WWE Raw Women’s Champion
House of Horrors match Part I: Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
It’s hard to describe this match. It’s a mixture of a B-rated horror film and The Hardy Boyz Final Deletion video. The segment starts off with Orton in a limousine. He leaves and limo and finds a creepy looking house, and ventures inside. The house is dark and messy. In one room, baby dolls are hanging from the ceiling like ornaments.
Wyatt and Orton go to war inside this house. Both men are laying into one another. Orton tries to smack Wyatt with a frying pan, but Bray kicks him in the balls instead. Bray knocks a refrigerator onto Orton.
Bray Wyatt leaves his home. The lights in his house turn on and it’s glowing blood red. Wyatt enters the limousine and drives off to the arena. The remainder of the match will take place in this arena. If Orton doesn’t make it there, he forfeits the match.
Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe
Piece by piece, Samoa Joe dissected Seth Rollins. Complete domination.
Rollins hits a suicide dive onto Joe. But the Samoan Submission Machine quickly recovers. He knocks the hell out of Seth. All the cards seem to be in Joe’s favor, but then Rollins reverses a submission hold into a surprise pin.
Seth Rollins defeats Samoa Joe
House of Horrors match: Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt Part II
Bray looks shocked that Randy made it to the arena. Orton unloads on a surprised Wyatt. The WWE World Champ is solidly in control.
Then..Bray tries to hit a Sister Abigail in the ring. But no, Orton reverse the move into an RKO. Randy is about to win, but then The Bollywood Boys (Singh Brothers) enter the ring and attack Orton. Randy fights back and looks like he’s going to win this match against Wyatt. But Jinder Mahal enters the ring and beats the crap outta Orton. Bray capitalizes with a Sister Abigail.
Bray Wyatt wins the House of Horrors match
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
Roman Reigns looks like absolute sh*t going into this match. He’s all taped up, and to say he doesn’t seem 100% would be a complete understatement.
Strowman absolutely demolishes Roman in this match-up. Reigns battles back and hits a spear. But that can’t stop Braun. He lays out Reigns with a running powerslam, but that only receives a two count. Strowman hits the running powerslam again. And this time, it’s lights out for Reigns.
Braun Strowman defeats Roman Reigns
Post-match: Strowman continues the assault! He throws steel steps into the ring. Strowman props up the stairs, lifts up Reigns and drops him right onto the steel. Strowman picks the stairs again and drops Reigns chest and shoulder first across the stairs. Reigns is bleeding internally, blood is dripping out of his mouth. EMTs assist the fallen combatant, but Reigns wants no help. The Big Dog walks to the backstage area without anyone’s assistance.
After Payback goes off the air: Reigns is heading towards an ambulance, but then we hear Braun’s voice yell out, “I’m not finished with you yet!” Reigns moves out the way and Strowman runs right through the door of the ambulance. The door is ripped off its hinges and Strowman runs into a bunch of boxes. Braun tries to attack Roman again, but Reigns is prepared, and fires back by repeatedly slamming the other door of the ambulance onto Braun. An injured Reigns fights off a stunned Strowman, who quickly walks off. Reigns is hurt, but still standing.
WWE Payback 2017 Announced Matches
- Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns
- House of Horrors match: Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
- WWE Raw Women’s Championship match: Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
- Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship match: Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries
- WWE Raw Tag Team Championship match: The Hardy Boyz (c) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
- WWE United States Championship match: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Chris Jericho
- Kickoff match: Enzo & Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson