In the countdown to Payback 2016, we go back a year to 2015 when the WWE returned to Baltimore, Maryland with a Fatal-4-Way headlining with the champion headlining in the early days of his first championship run. The Authority were running rampant over the WWE Universe with Demon Kane as Director of Operations. Despite it only being a year ago, the recollection of the event is exceptionally vague…I remembered who the champion was going in but little else. So, is the blank memory edition of…
OSR: WWE Payback 2015 Review
The opening promo for the show is depicted around two main feuds surrounding both the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and United States Championship, where the champions Seth Rollins and John Cena are made to look very much like the underdogs going into tonight’s event. We then go inside the historic Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland for the event before we are quickly off to the first match of the evening.
1. Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler
This match is built from their “Kiss me Arse” match at Extreme Rules, with Sheamus making his way to the ring first as a brief clip from their earlier encounter being shown before Ziggler makes his way out to a pretty cool reaction. The match itself is very intense, with the crowd very much into the match which sees plenty of near finishes and a nice spot where Ziggler gets revenge for Extreme Rules by getting Sheamus to kiss his ass. Somehow, Ziggler is soon busted open which slows down the pace of the match considerably, which allows Sheamus to nail him with a final Brogue Kick to pick up the win. Really enjoyable opening match, much better than I remember it.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Corporate Kane, whose job is on the line in the main event should Seth Rollins fail to retain the championship. He and Seth cut a nice exchange with one another, which resembles a tennis match as it bounces back and forth between them really well. J&J Security close the segment by attempting to intimidate Kane, but he simply laughs.
2. WWE Tag Team Championship: 2-out-of-3 Falls Match – The New Day (c) (w/ Xavier Woods) vs. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd (w/ Natalya)
The New Day make their way to the ring first, and cut one of their promos encouraging people to get on board with The New Day before Tyson and Cesaro make their way to the ring to a really good reaction. The first fall comes very quickly, with Tyson and Cesaro being successful in gaining the fall. In all honesty, that fall happened far to quickly and should’ve being built up more throughout the match. Following this, The New Day are ultimately in control of the match over Tyson. Somehow, I manage to miss the second fall which leads to The New Day picking up the win following a switch between Kofi and Xavier which sees Cesaro get pinned to allow The New Day to pick up the win and retain the titles. A good match, which in all honesty needed pacing out slightly longer to be better. The falls happened far to soon and quickly to have a decent level of credibility.
Winners: The New Day, to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. Ryback vs. Bray Wyatt
The history package is shown for the feud, which in all honesty did not make any sense in the slightest. Bray went from facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31 to this, somehow I think the original plan went haywire. Anyhow, the match gets underway which sees Bray maintaining the control which is pretty much the case throughout the match, and whilst Ryback has some brief offence it is Bray who is ultimately successful after he sends Ryback into the exposed turnbuckle. This allows him to nail him with the Sister Abigail to pick up the win. This match really didn’t have anything about it, nothing of interest in the match at all.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars