Grades for Every Match at WWE Payback
The WWE's newest pay-per-view aired Sunday night from Chicago when Payback came live to millions of viewers. Headlined by John Cena vs. Ryback, the card had the potential to be a great view for anyone who purchased it.
Also billed on the card were CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho and a bevy of superstars jockeying for air time.
Here are grades for each match that was held.
Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow
The night kicked off with an entertaining bout between Sheamus and Damien Sandow.
Sandow controlled most of the action and was getting a better reception from the crowd than Sheamus. His new aggressive attitude has made him look so good lately, so that's why I don't understand him taking the clean loss here.
I wonder how long this feud will go on for. Sandow is so talented with his gimmick and Sheamus is stalled in creative purgatory. I think Sandow is a main eventer.
Oh yeah, the match was physical and fun.
Curtis Axel vs. Wade Barrett vs. The Miz
What an interesting ending to a very good three-way championship match.
I am not the biggest fan of Triple Threat matches, but this one was worked very well. Another thing I am not a big fan of is when The Miz gets his opponent ready for a move and looks to the crowd for a couple seconds for admiration. Once in a while, it's okay, but he did it at least five times.
Miz had Wade Barrett in the Figure Four, but Curtis Axel pinned Barrett before he could tap. Fun ending to a great match.
Katilyn vs. AJ Lee
It's about time the WWE had an intriguing and well-worked women's match.
In what seemed to be near 10 minutes long, AJ and Kaitlyn put on a solid match. There was good ring psychology, solid chemistry and an impressive array of moves.
Kaitlyn's reaction to losing and mishap in blowing a pin after a spear will extend this feud. That is a good thing because the women of the company have not had good storylines in a while.
Any time there is a good women's match, you have to give them a sliding scale.
Dean Ambrose vs. Kane
Dean Ambrose is so good in the ring, it's scary. His psychology and move set are really setting him up for big things in the future.
His match with Kane was solid, but there really wasn't anything that stood out. Add to that the fact that he won via countout and everything felt kind of hollow.
Hopefully we have more definitive endings when The Shield meets Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton later.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
Why? Just why?
Why did Dolph Ziggler take the loss here? Why did Alberto Del Rio win the World Heavyweight Championship again? Just why?
Brutal match, good action, but seriously, why?
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
It wasn't their best match, but that's okay because it was still an amazing match.
CM Punk and Chris Jericho could wrestle every night and nobody would be disappointed. Every move and counter they did told a story in itself and really provided for a great match.
Punk got the win in his return match. It will be interesting to see what he does going forward.
Rollins and Reigns vs. Orton and Bryan
Every time The Shield has competed, they have looked so good. When they work with Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, something is taken to another level.
The match was very good and technically sound. The events, such as Bryan and Orton's accidental blows to each other, continued that running line of mishaps they have had.
I don't want their feud to end, but it has gone on for a bit (Shield vs. Team Hell No and Orton). However, The Shield eventually needs to take on somebody new. They literally wrestle Team Hell No and Orton twice a week in most cases.
John Cena vs. Ryback
This match was physical and entertaining...until the end.
The Lumberjack match, which I thought was going to be the worst part of the match, was actually solid. The lumberjacks' involvement plus Cena's dive from the top rope on everybody was awesome. Ryback took that part via pinfall.
The Table match was solid as well. Some physical moves and good back-and-forth, even though it was dumb that Ryback putting Cena through the announce table didn't count because the second stage "hadn't started yet."
The Ambulance match part, up until the finish, was also entertaining and physical. However, having Ryback go in the ambulance through the roof breaking was way too farfetched. The metal on cars and trucks are built to withstand impact from other cards during an accident. However, an Attitude Adjustment on Ryback was impact enough to have him go through the ceiling?
I call shenanigans.