With Brock Lesnar out of the picture for Payback, Raw’s champions definitely have a chance to shine. With Wrestlemania’s antics still in play and the recent Superstar Shake-up, we’re not doing to see the mid-card Title, that was recently traded to Raw, defended. Instead we’ll be watching for Smackdown Live’s United States Championship.
There are currently 4 titles on the line, including the Raw Women’s Championship between Alexa Bliss and Bayley. Who will prevail? Well, here are our predictions…
Cruiserweight Championship: Austin Aries vs Neville
While Neville’s current alliance with recent heel turn TJ Perkins, his 2nd meeting with Austin Aries could prove fatal.
Based on the main show worthy bought they had at Wrestlemania, this should be no different… except the end result. Aries has been a fantastic addition to the division and is over-due for the belt.
Winner: Austin Aries
Tag Team Championship: Hardy Boyz v Cesaro and Sheamus
WrestleMania took a major turn when The Hardy Boyz not only returned to the roster but also won the tag team championship on their first night back… DELETE!
Traditionally, WWE would usually pit these babyfaces against a couple heels but this time its different. The Hardys have been paired with Sheamus and Cesaro.
Can the new Odd Couple manage to Usurp the Deletion Brothers?
Honestly, I don’t think so. It feels like there’s more to this storyline that hasn’t been revealed for the Hardys and there seems to be a more important storyline in store for Sheamus and Cesaro.
Also, The Legendary Hardys should be ending a long time fued with a bigger team like Gallows and Anderson before the drop the belts…
Winners: The Hardy Boyz
Women’s Championship: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss
With the Universal Championship out of the picture, there is no bigger match than the Women’s Championship between Bayley and Alexa.
Since her arrival on Raw, Alexa has managed to plow through the competition and immediately thrust herself into contention for the Raw Women’s Championship within a matter of weeks. She stole the spotlight on Smackdown and quickly became one of WWE’s most important competitors.
But is this Bayley’s time? A feud with Sasha Banks seems pretty inevitable at this point, which could be perfect for her as a champion.
In the same right, it may not be a good idea to keep Bliss out of the title picture for much longer. For the sake of not breaking the momentum…
Winner: Alexa Bliss
United States Championship: Kevin Owens vs Chris Jericho
Drink it in, man, because this is going to be one for the books. Former BFFs KO and Y2J will go head to head for the belt. While we’re still in the early stages of the Superstar Shake-up, Owens’ trade to Smackdown seems to be the best outcome.
So far, Owens’ open challenges could become a regular thing, much like Cena’s. That topped with the opening for someone to steal the spotlight on the blue roster, Owens could become an even bigger superstar in WWE.
With that said, Owens winning the United States Champion would be the best decision for the obvious booking. With Jericho’s departure likely at hand, its kinds obvious who should carry the strap.
Winner: Kevin Owens
- Bo and The Wyatts: Its no secret that the Wyatts have had their ups and downs lately. Randy Orton has definitely caused a lot of static and caused us all the question the strength of the family after his brutal win over Bray at Wrestlemania 33. While the return of Erick Rowan has helped, there’s something that can be an even bigger pay-off. We want to see Bo Dallas return and join the Wyatt Family during the House of Horrors match as the uncontrollable psycho. His previous heel turn shows us its possible and it just makes good sense…
- Sasha vs Bayley: We’ve been patiently waiting, as far back as Fastlane, for Sasha to prove Alexa Bliss right and turn on Bayley. While Sasha has helped Bayley along her path to the Championship, It would definitely help our Champion Bliss prediction. And who doesn’t love Heel Sasha?!
- Roman Snaps: It been a long road since Wrestlemania for the Superstar. First he retires The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, then he’s booed out of the building on Raw, then taken apart by Braun strawman, finally has to endure the passing of his real life brother and WWE Superstar Rosey. Is it far-fetched to think that Roman may snap at Payback? While it doesn’t have to be a heel turn, getting revenge on the man that tried to end his career won’t come about with a simple spear. Roman needs to get absolutely brutal with Strowman. I’m talkin’ worse than he did with Triple H in 2015. It would be a much needed surprise for the superstar.
Guess we’ll see if everything pans out Sunday…