By: Kerby Rodriguez
If you’re hoping for me to answer why WWE has decided to hold another PPV exactly one week after their big SummerSlam event, I’m sorry to tell you I don’t have the answer. Nonetheless, WWE will be holding Payback This Sunday from their signature Thunderdome in Orlando.
And while the event surely feels rushed, you have hand it to WWE for creating major buzz around the show with the return of big stars like Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn. Plus, it is not just the known faces who will show up in Orlando, we will also see the debut of new faces like Keith Lee who will get his PPV debut match against the one and only Randy Orton on Sunday.
So, before we head back to the Thunderdome let’s check in on the betting odds and my predictions for WWE Payback.
Universal Championship Triple Threat Match Betting Odds and Prediction
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns – Universal Championship Triple Threat Match
The Big Dog returned at the end of SummerSlam and he looked different; he seemed more aggressive and determined and it led to a lot of speculation about what kind of Roman would we be getting this time around. Immediately it was announced that Roman would be challenging for the Universal Title at Payback (something that makes sense because in hindsight, Roman has never lost that title and was in line for a shot at it before leaving back in the Spring).
While these betting odds give the advantage to The Fiend (-300) over former champion Strowman (+500) and newcomer Reigns (+150).
However, I decided to watch SmackDown before writing my predictions for the show and boy am I glad I did because a major storyline development took place ahead of Payback. Roman Reigns revealed he was now aligned to Paul Heyman to close the show. When I tell you my mind was blown, I’m not kidding.
People have been clamoring for a change in Roman Reigns, a heel turn perhaps, something that will make people care a bit more about the intentions or goals of the Big Dog in the ring and a new alliance with Paul Heyman could be a major and much needed change for The Big Dog. If you’re Roman, this alliance has to pay off and pay off it will when Roman wins back his Universal Championship, come Sunday.
So yes, the betting odds back Wyatt and it make sense for “The Fiend” to be protected but this is also a Triple Threat Match which means Wyatt will not have to be pinned or submitted to lose his championship. When it comes to a big shocking character change like the one Roman’s going through, in my opinion, you need to strike while the iron’s hot, so I hope WWE pulls the trigger and gets the belt back on Roman.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match Betting Odds and Prediction
The Golden Role Models (Bayley and Sasha Banks) (c) vs. Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
The story of Bayley and Sasha Banks’ seemingly doomed friendship may be the best WWE story in a long time as they continue to drop hints and shade at each other. Last Week at SummerSlam, Sasha helped Bayley retain her title but Bayley didn’t return the favor and Sasha ended up losing hers.
This week on Smackdown, Bayley said the mistake was that Sasha should’ve never challenged for the title in the first place and that Bayley allowed Sasha to do this because Bayley could tell Sasha was jealous of Bayley having two titles (ouch). The key moment from this week’s Smackdown was when Sasha was addressing the challengers for the tag team titles and said “This Sunday, I will get my Payback” but instead of looking at her opponent she looked at Bayley while saying this (we love, foreshadowing).
The betting odds favor Baszler and Jax (-150) over The Golden Role Models (+110) and considering how ominous that line of dialogue from Sasha was I agree with them. No matter how it goes down, I think Sasha and Bayley will lose the tag team championships This Sunday.
Could we also see Bayley finally turning her back on Sasha or Sasha finally losing her cool and leaving Bayley’s side? We don’t know, if anything we know they’re not rushing this story but at the very least we know we have reached a key moment in it.
Payback United States Championship Match Betting Odds and Prediction
Apollo Crews (c) vs. Bobby Lashley – United States Championship Match
This year has been really a turnaround year for both Apollo Crews and Bobby Lashley. Crews got big opportunities this Summer and finally won his first singles championship in WWE, a championship he has held for about a hundred days already. Meanwhile, Lashley found a fresh start alongside MVP and–along with Shelton Benjamin–they have formed the new faction called “The Hurt Business.”
The career renaissance these three men have had is truly wonderful to watch and while MVP has been wonderful during the pandemic era of WWE it makes more sense to put the championship on someone like Lashley. The betting odds agree by favoring the challenger (-250) over the champion (+170).
It also makes sense to put the championship on Lashley and Co. when you’re riding a wave of momentum like they are. It would be a great move for business to have them dominate, and for someone like Apollo—who is a likeable babyface–it makes sense for him to chase that title again and work hard to take down a big villainous faction like The Hurt Business.
(Keep an eye out for people like Cedric Alexander and Ricochet during this match as they seem to be part of this storyline and MVP is adamant in recruiting one of these young men. There is a possibility they could be the key ingredient in this championship match up if WWE decided to follow through).
And that does it for the predictions for the somewhat rushed, WWE Payback. You can join me on twitter (@its_kerby) and subscribe to my YouTube Channel (/TheWrestlingSpace) for more wrestling, until next time wrestling fans, Stay Safe!