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Payback 2017 Preview

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The first pay per view following WrestleMania 33 is a few short days away as WWE Payback will be airing live on the WWE Network from San Jose, California.

The event will be a RAW exclusive pay per view, besides of course the matches featuring superstars that were moved to Smackdown following the Superstar Shakeup following WrestleMania 33.

As a whole, the event feels like many pay per views late in the spring and into the summer.
Besides four matches that are perhaps the final showdown in long term feuds, this event feels like an event full of thrown together filler matches and feuds.

But that does not mean some of those thrown together matches cannot deliver show stealing performances. For the first example of this, look no further than the RAW Tag Team Championship match between The Hardy Boyz and the team of Sheamus and Cesaro.

In recent weeks, fans have continued to see the Hardy Boyz comeback tour as RAW Tag Team Champions and now they face their first title defense.

Sheamus and Cesaro have proven to be quite the rival of sorts for the Hardy Boyz.
Both Sheamus and Cesaro have had great matches on RAW with Matt and Jeff Hardy in recent weeks and if those matches are any indication fans should be in for quite the matchup on Sunday.

Other championships on the line

Along with the RAW Tag Team Championship there will be three other titles at stake; as Randy Orton will defend his WWE Championship against Bray Wyatt in a House of Horrors match… Whatever that is.

Along with that; the United States Championship will be defended as Kevin Owens will be putting his championship on the line against his former best friend Chris Jericho. The caveat, however, is that if Jericho wins, he will be moved to Smackdown Live along with the championship. Now, if that means Owens would be moved back to RAW if that happens remains to be seen.

The final chapter

But the matchup itself appears to be the final blowoff in the Kevin Owens vs Chris Jericho rivalry. And what a ride it has been right? But as they say; all good things must come to an end and with Jericho’s band Fozzy being slated for a number of concert dates over the next few months; this might be the best bet for Jericho’s latest (and perhaps best) WWE run to come to close.

The third match with major storyline implications may be the matchup between Seth Rollins and Samoa Joe. The story; as it’s being told is Joe is trying to avenge what Rollins did to Triple H; and his wife Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania.

The final match with major storyline implications is the matchup between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns. The two have been feuding on and off since January; and it appears as if this might be the final match between the two.

With how strong the WWE has made Strowman appear with Reigns being off television the past few weeks. (partially, perhaps due to the passing of his brother recently)

All in all, while this event appears to be nothing more than a filler event; there are more than enough potentially great matches to make Payback a better-than-you-expect event.

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