Ahead of Payback, WWE Raw cranked up the intensity on a number of feuds.
AJ Styles vs. Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn and Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose all intensified by the end of the night. In many cases, stories that had been dragging along suddenly picked up speed.
WWE finally explained to the non-NXT-watching audience why Zayn and Owens hate each other so much. It had Jericho and Ambrose brawl. It added intrigue to the tale of Reigns fending off Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
For the most part, WWE nailed the go-home show. But an inane narrative involving Shane McMahon and the continued shortchanging of the women were its low points.
Picking apart those moments and the rest of the matches and segments on Monday's Raw, let's dive into what worked and what flopped on the last Raw before Payback.