This time last week we we’re all gearing up for SummerSlam 2020 and just seven short days later here we are for the return of WWE’s Payback PPV.
As the name suggests WWE Payback is the time for WWE superstars to get revenge on their foes in a night full of grudge matches. After a shocking title loss to Asuka last week, Sasha Banks looks to bounce back as she and Bayley prepare to defend their Women’s Tag Team Championships against the unlikely duo of Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.
Elsewhere after months of feuding the newly reunited Riott Squad look to finally silence the IIConics after continually falling victim to their scheming ways. Which of tonight’s tag teams will reign supreme when the curtain falls? It’s time for our WWE Payback PPV Predictions:
WWE Payback Kick-Off Show: The IIConics Vs The Riott Squad
Elle: Over the last few months the IIConics have had the Riott’s squads number especially when it comes to Ruby. PPV’s usually see the babyfaces rise above the odds to defeat the heels and tonight will no doubt see Ruby and Liv finally get revenge and no doubt go on to challenge whoever leaves Payback at tag team champions. Prediction: The Riott Squad
Adam: The IIconics have had Ruby Riott’s number more often than not in the past, and recently Peyton Royce has been racking up singles wins over the Squad members. While some might enjoy a feel good factor of a Riott Squad win here? I’m leaning more towards The IIconics, and again Royce in particular, getting a statement win here. Prediction: The IIconics
James: This one could go either way but with the re-tagging of Liv and Ruby still relatively fresh and with The IIconics getting some wins over them in various capacities recently, I can see the new Riott Squad picking up this win. Prediction: The Riott Squad
Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: Bayley & Sasha Banks Vs Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
Elle: I have to say I’m somewhat really torn on this outcome. The usual ploy is Sasha and Bayley tease a turn on each other then come the PPV they ‘shock’ the fans and seem stronger than ever together. That being said the tension between Sasha and Bayley has reached new heights thanks to Sasha’s recent loss at SummerSlam and if SmackDown is anything to go by Banks is out for revenge even if it comes at the cost of her friendship. Then again it could be Nia and Baszler who combust after weeks of back and forth brawls even one that led to Nia’s suspension. I will say however that WWE loves to throw rivals together and push a title on them so I totally wouldn’t be surprised to see Nia and Shayna somehow leave Payback the new women’s tag team champions. Prediction: Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax
Adam: Obviously this title match was rushed with only a week before the PPV, but they managed to hype things quite well with a disfunctional duo and rivals teaming up. It’s worked out in the past in the ranks of male Superstars before so perhaps its not totally out of the question for new champs to be crowned. However, I think there’s still more of the story between Sasha Banks and Bayley to be told now the Golden Role Models aren’t fully clad in gold. Perhaps the anger between the challengers will overboil and lead to Banks and Bayley escaping with the gold once again! Prediction: Bayley & Sasha Banks
James: This is the beginning of the end for the Golden Role Models. Even though Baszler and Jax have been thrown together, I can see them winning the titles. This will mean that Bayley and Sasha can give us a feud that hopefully reaches the heights of their time in NXT and will give Baszler something to do by holding the belts with someone who she hates in kayfabe. Prediction: Baszler & Jax