WWE continued its hot streak on pay-per-view since WrestleMania. Payback was a mostly overachieving PPV. As much as the hot crowd helped enhance the show, strong matches and storytelling were equally as effective.
Alberto Del Rio's heel turn was done flawlessly, with Del Rio taking advantage of Dolph Ziggler's head injury.
The positives at WWE Payback far outweighed the negatives, but the Chicago PPV was not without its negatives.
An underwhelming main event begged the question of whether Punk-Jericho should have gone on last given the circumstances.
Negatives aside, WWE Payback delivered an overall entertaining showcase that was worth the price of admission.