As I do every month, it’s time to look at this weekend’s Payback Pay-Per-View and see the history of all of the participants. To see the entire 3 year history of Payback, visit the Payback History HERE. And for any feedback or comments about this, comment below or tweet me (@hbkid718). Thanks.
Before I get into this year’s events, the 3 wrestlers with the best Win-Loss Record at Payback, John Cena, Seth Rollins, & Sheamus, who all have a record of 3-0-0, will not be competing at the event, making this the 1st Payback event that they will not be in action. The other wrestlers that have competed at every Payback that will not be competing this year are Curtis Axel, King Barrett, & Randy Orton, making only Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, & Ryback as the only wrestlers to compete at every Payback event. No Titles have ever changed hands at a Payback since the 1st one in 2013.
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION ROMAN REIGNS VS AJ STYLES
This will be the 4th WWE/World Heavyweight Championship Match at Payback & 2nd year in a row. This will be Roman Reigns’ 4th Payback, his 3rd straight main event, & 2nd World Title Match in a row. This will be the 1st Payback that Reigns will not be in the same match as Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, or Seth Rollins. This will be AJ Styles’ Payback debut & 1st main event.
Roman Reigns (2-1-0)
- With Seth Rollins as WWE Tag Team Champions The Shield defeated Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton to retain the titles (6/16/13)
- With Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins as The Shield defeated Evolution (Batista, Triple H, & Randy Orton) in a No Holds Barred 6-Man Tag Team Elimination Match (6/1/14)
- Lost to WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins along with Dean Ambrose & Randy Orton in a Fatal 4-Way Match (5/17/15)
AJ Styles (0-0-0)
This will be Styles’ Payback debut
WWE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
NATALYA VS WWE WOMEN’S CHAMPION CHARLOTTE
This will be the 1st Women’s/Diva’s Championship Match at Payback since 2014. The title last changed hands in 2013. This will be both Natalya & Charlotte’s Payback debut.
This will be Natalya’s Payback debut
This will be Charlotte’s Payback debut
WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
CESARO VS WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION THE MIZ
This will be the 3rd Intercontinental Championship Match at Payback & 1st since 2014. The title last changed hands in 2013. This will be the 1st time that King Barrett will not be in the Intercontinental Championship Match. This will be Cesaro’s 3rd straight Payback, 3rd straight Championship Match, & 1st Intercontinental Championship Match at Payback. This will be The Miz’ 2nd Payback, 1st since 2013, which was also an Intercontinental Championship Match. If it is the opener, it will be Miz’ 1st opener since 2013 & Cesaro’s 1st opener since 2014.
- Lost to WWE United States Champion Sheamus (6/1/14)
- With Tyson Kidd lost to WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) in a 2 Out of 3 Falls Match (5/17/15)
The Miz (0-1-0)
- Lost to Curtis Axel along with WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett in a Triple Threat Match (6/16/13)
DEAN AMBROSE VS CHRIS JERICHO
This will be Ambrose’s 4th straight Payback, 1st time since 2013 that he is not in the same match as Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, & Seth Rollins, & 1st ever normal non-title singles match. This will be Jericho’s 2nd Payback & 1st since 2013. If it is the opener, it will be both wrestlers’ Payback opener debut.
Dean Ambrose (2-1-0)
- Defeated Kane by Count Out to retain the WWE United States Championship (6/16/13)
- With Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins as The Shield defeated Evolution (Batista, Triple H, & Randy Orton) in a No Holds Barred 6-Man Tag Team Elimination Match (6/1/14)
- Lost to WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins along with Randy Orton & Roman Reigns in a Fatal 4-Way Match (5/17/15)
Chris Jericho (0-1-0)
- Lost to CM Punk (6/16/13)
SAMI ZAYN VS KEVIN OWENS
This will be both Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens’ Payback debut.
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP #1 CONTENDER’S TOURNAMENT FINALS:
ENZO AMORE & COLIN CASSADY VS THE VAUDEVILLAINS (AIDEN ENGLISH & SIMON GOTCH)
This will be the 1st time since 2014 that the Tag Team Championship will not be defended at Payback. This will be Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady, Aiden English, & Simon Gotch’s Payback debut.
Enzo Amore (0-0-0)
This will be Amore’s Payback debut
Colin Cassady (0-0-0)
This will be Cassady’s Payback debut
Aiden English (0-0-0)
This will be English’s Payback debut
Simon Gotch (0-0-0)
This will be Gotch’s Payback debut
DOLPH ZIGGLER VS BARON CORBIN
This will be Ziggler’s 3rd Payback & 2nd in a row. If it is the opener, it will be his 2nd Payback opener in a row. This will be Corbin’s Payback debut.
Dolph Ziggler (0-2-0)
- Lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Alberto Del Rio (6/16/13)
- Lost to Sheamus (5/17/15)
Baron Corbin (0-0-0)
This will be Corbin’s Payback debut
KICK OFF SHOW MATCH FOR THE WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP:
WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION KALISTO VS RYBACK
This will be the 4th United States Championship Match in a row, making it the only Championship to be defended at every Payback. The title has never changed hands at Payback. This will be the 1st time a title will be defended on a Payback Kick Off Show. It will be Kalisto’s Payback debut. This will be Ryback’s 4th straight Payback, 1st Kick Off Show Match, & 1st United States Championship Match at Payback.
This will be Kalisto’s Payback debut
- Lost to WWE Champion John Cena in a 3 Stages Of Hell Match [Ryback won Stage #1 (Lumberjack Match), Cena won Stage #2 (Tables Match), Cena won Stage #3 (Ambulance Match)] (6/16/13)
- With Curtis Axel as Rybaxel defeated Goldust & Cody Rhodes (6/1/14)
- Lost to Bray Wyatt (5/17/15)