Welcome to WNW’s Payback 2016 Predictions! Payback will be emanating from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. This time around, we have CJ Blaze, Zack Krasney, Big M, and Morgan Hench providing full predicts, while myself and Kendra are doing quick picks. Let's get to it!
PreshowUS Championship Match:
Kalisto © vs. Ryback
I had thought Kalisto retaining over Ryback at WrestleMania was a smart booking decision until Kalisto was stuck on Superstars and Main Event for several weeks in a row. A year ago, John Cena was making that title the most relevant it had been in years. WWE is undoing all the good they did... and why? My thinking was that Kalisto would receive a proper TV feud going into Payback, but I thought wrong. WWE has actually been on a roll since Mania with some of the booking decisions, but this isn't one of them. Unless the writers have an idea for where to take Kalisto, I say it's time to drop it. I want Kalisto to have the title and recognition, however, creative is not doing their job. Someone like Apollo Crews should be chasing this midcard title, so I'll reluctantly predict Ryback to capture the belt here.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Ryback
Well here’s a match that no one asked for a sequel to! WWE has spent literally no time continuing this feud, but hey! How about that pre-show? Remember when the US title meant something? Remember the John Cena open challenge? Well, WWE doesn’t. Only one secondary title can have a halfway decent storyline, apparently. Know your role US title! I feel bad for these two guys. WWE just hasn’t made time for them and it’s a shame. I actually think we’re going to see Ryback pick up the win here. Vince loves his lubed up --er-- oiled up buff guys just for their glistening pectorals. He gave Kalisto a brief moment in the sun so he can say he cares about the Mexican viewership and he’s not a racist (tell that to Titus) so to He-Man it goes!
Zack's Predicted Winner: Ryback
This again? Seriously WWE? I mean their first match at Wrestlemania's pre-show was a snore fest. Kallisto is a genuine talent and could be the next Rey Mysterio, but since putting the U.S. Title on him, WWE's higher ups have seemingly forgotten about him. And as far as Ryback goes his whole "Me Big…You Small so me Better than you" thing he's running with has me scratching my head. Is it WWE's half arsed attempt at story line addressing their decade long size bias or is it just VKM and Kevin Dunn sitting at Gorilla saying "Too many small guys are on TV! We need more big men with muscles because it's 1985 and that's what fans actually want?" GROAN. WWE has done next to nothing with the U.S. Title lately so I'm guessing they will strap Ryback for a change.
Big M's Predicted Winner: Ryback
Ya know, there's something particularly annoying that the United States title means so little that it's been featured on the pre-show twice in a row now. Granted, it's currently (arguably) the least prestigious title in the WWE right now, but something rubs me the wrong way that the title match is considered less of an attraction than a grudge match between Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin. I expect this match to absolutely exist. That's about it. I'm going with Ryback again, even if it didn't work out for Wrestlemania. I want to see the renegade "I'm here to hurt people and win" Ryback, and I feel like someone who just talks with his fists could be kind of cool. I feel bad for Kalisto, since it isn't his fault the booking made this so terrible, but hopefully Ryback can get more of a chance.
Morgan's Predicted Winner: Ryback
Jesse-Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: Ryback
Kendra's Predicted Winner: Ryback
Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin:
Dolph Ziggler is a good choice to pair up with someone like Baron Corbin. Even though there's not too much of a history between them, WWE has done well by making it seem that they are fighting for their spot. This feud reminds me of the one Ziggler had with Tyler Breeze in November, and my fingers are crossed that Corbin doesn't slip down the card like Breeze has. Corbin obviously should win and continue his main roster dominance. It wouldn't surprise me if these two continue feuding through Extreme Rules.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin
Dolph Ziggler! HAHAHAHA Just kidding. Baron Corbin is going to win. What? I need to write more words? Ugh, fine. Corbin is debuting on his first main roster PPV and he’s going to be made to look like Roman Reigns. Really, really strong. Here is a fun game to get wasted, take a shot every time Ziggler sells so hard he looks like he might possibly be dead. You’ll be too drunk to remember that Roman Reigns is going to be champion until at least SummerSlam. Awww mood killer. Regardless, A defeat over Dolph Ziggler is basically the welcoming gift for all NXT heels who debut so let’s be honest with ourselves, no way in hell Ziggler wins.
Zack's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin
If your not familiar with his impressive work in NXT, Baron Corbin has this gimmick of having a chip on his shoulder about fans preferring to watch the so-called "Indy Darlings" over someone like him: a 6 foot 8 inch arse kicking machine. The result was some really good matches with the likes of Samoa Joe and Apollo Crews. And I'm sure there will be a lot more really good matches on the main roster as a result of his gimmick. Although I'm a little disappointed in the way his first feud on the Main Roster's been handled in the sense that fans who may not be familiar with NXT wouldn't know his motivations for attacking Ziggler. Him saying "I attacked him because I can" may seem cleaver to WWE's higher ups but it pales in comparison to giving him a mic and having him rundown talents that are considered "Indy Darlings" (Can you imagine the heat he would get?). WWE needs great Heels now more than ever and I think a golden opportunity is being wasted here. But apart from all that, I am really looking forward to this match. Ziggler can get anyone over (Which I fully expect is WWE's thinking here) and the resulting win should help bring Baron to the forefront of fans minds. I just hope WWE follows up on it afterwards.
Big M's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin
I kind of get the feeling this match is going on because Dolph Ziggler is a really, really good wrestler and he'll make Baron Corbin look like a million bucks. That being said, I'm not expecting Zigglypuff to win this one unless it's a set up for a long-term feud, which I honestly don't think would do either of these men any favors. I'm expecting a little more than a squash match, but not by much.
Morgan's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin
Jesse-Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin, shouting AMEN to Zack's paragraph!
Kendra's Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin
Finals of the #1 Contenders Tournament for a shot at the Tag Team Championship
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The Vaudevillians vs Enzo Amore and Big Cass
When this tournament started, I knew for sure that at least one of the former NXT teams would make it to the finals. Surely enough, both teams made it! I'm entertained by both teams and can see either one winning. In the long run, I'm thinking about the future of The New Day. We are reaching that point where surely it can't be long before they drop the Tag Team Titles. I wouldn't be against seeing The Vaudevillains get pushed to the top quickly as long as they don't fall at the same rate. We saw this happen with their NXT Tag Team Title reign this past fall. If The New Day moves past one of these teams, I'm guessing Gallows & Anderson could be next in line.
CJ's Predicted Winner: The Vaudevillians
This is such a tough call. I think Enzo and Cass deserve the win, no question. They’ve been absolutely on fire since debuting on the main roster, the Vaudevillains...ehhh not so much. Yet, the New Day are faces and Enzo and Cass are faces. Will WWE take a leap of faith and do a Face vs. Face match? I just don’t know. What I do know is if WWE does take that chance, the promos will be absolutely epic. Oh my lanta, it will be amazing. Like you know when you think about really good food (for me it’s really good pizza) and your mouth starts to water? Yeah some reaction but for my brain. Anywho, I don’t know how these two teams will work in the ring, I can honestly say I haven’t watched enough NXT to know if they’ve had any battles together or not, but I think it’ll most likely be a standard tag team match. I’m going to go with Vaudevillains here, as the natural face vs. heel match will be the direction WWE will want to take. I think New Day vs. Enzo and Cass will happen eventually but not right now. I think the Dudley Boyz might have something to do with Enzo and Cass not winning, but we’ll have to find out. I also think this is a make it or break it moment for the Vaudevillains as they’re already on Vince’s sh*tlist.
Zack's Predicted Winner: The Vaudevillians
How bloody entertaining is Enzo Amore on the mic? I could listen to his promos on a loop for days on end. Big Cass is an unbelievably quick and agile big man. The Vaudvillans have taken a gimmick that must've seemed mad on paper and made it work. This is one of those matches you know are a sleeper choice of a show stealer. People here know I'm no fan of The New Day (The gimmick not the individuals) but I can just see fans mouths lathering at the prospect of an in ring promo hyping a match between Enzo and Cass vs The New Day, and for that reason I'm going for Enzo and Cass for the win. But I want to make it clear I'm also big on the Vaudevillans and would hope they don't get lost in the shuffle after Payback.
Big M's Predicted Winner: Enzo and Big Cass HOW YOU DOIN'!
Interesting little bit of trivia. Aiden English of the Vaudevillains married Shaul Guerrero in January of this year. That means he's actually part of the Guerrero family, and is the son-in-law to Eddie and Vickie. Now then, I wonder how people who haven't seen NXT (AKA people who are wrong) feel about this match. To them, these two teams come out of nowhere and suddenly are in position to be the next Tag Team Champions. While I think Enzo and Cass VS New Day will be a riot, something's telling me to go with Vaudevillains for right now. They may not be as over as they were in NXT, but I'm still betting they'll win. Just a hunch.
Morgan's Predicted Winner: The Vaudevillians
Jesse-Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: The Certified G and Mr. 7 Foot Tall (Enzo and Cass)
Kendra's Predicted Winner: Enzo and Cass
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens:
Whether fans are happy with the current product or not, many eyes will be watching this particular match. It's not secret the history between these two stems from the indy scene before both joined WWE. Their story became even more interesting when Owens practically ruined Zayn's NXT career. A year later, these friends turned foes are set to have their first singles WWE PPV match!
In my eyes, Zayn and Owens are equals when it comes to who could go over. They don't have a title to fight over, like at WrestleMania. There's no doubt in my mind that they will leave it all in the ring and the true winner will be the fans. I would highly suggest this continues so we see a stipulation bout at Extreme Rules. And I'll say Sami Zayn gets this win because Owens has practically beaten Zayn at every stop in WWE.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Sami Zayn
Oh yeahhhhh. We are in for a TREAT with this match. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens on a WWE Pay Per View. Let’s all just soak that in for a second. Breath it in. For all the crap we fans give WWE, this match is proof they do some things right. I could talk about how the match will be, but we all know it’ll be a grand slam. I could talk about the outcome, but it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is the phenomenal story that’s being told, both in the ring and out of the ring. These guys are a modern day Shawn Michaels and Triple H, with better wrestling. And that’s saying something, too, because I consider Shawn to be one of, if not THE best, in ring performer of all time. I have no real words for this prediction other than just enjoy this piece of artwork we’re about to watch. I’m going to give the win to Kevin Owens just as a gut feeling. Maybe he attacks Sami after the match leading to a hardcore match at Extreme Rules.
Zack's Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens
Anyone else think its bloody cool that NXT story lines are now being continued on the Main Show. This will be a very exciting match, make no mistakes. KO and Zayn have worked together hundreds of times on the indies and are best friends in real life. When you have two MEGA talented people who know each other that well and know how to play to each others strengths you can't possibly go wrong. As far as picking a winner, I really don't care. Honestly, I just want these two to… "FIGHT FOREVER clap clap clap clap clap FIGHT FORVER"
Big M's Predicted Winner: I don't care! Just have them fight forever!
I sincerely hope this'll be match of the night. With WWE's booking being little more than "Make the crowd love Roman Reigns," I really want the other future main eventers to shine tonight. If bad booking doesn't kill 'em dead, these guys will hold the WWE World Heavyweight Championship one day, and we'll likely see this match many more times in years to come. It's fun to know this'll be the first WWE PPV bout between the two, and that it'll likely be included in a future WWE Rivalries DVD in the far away future. I'm looking forward to the new start of something fun. That all being said, I think Kevin Owens should win. He's a bit more established, and I think a better story could be told with Sami Zayn just not quite having the ability to put down his greatest rival when it counts. Until one day, when the stakes couldn't be higher, and he finally gets the 1-2-3. But Payback will still end with the first WWE victory going to Kevin Owens.
Morgan's Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens
Jesse-Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens
Kendra's Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens
Dean Ambrose vs Chris Jericho
This match is one I knew we would see when Jericho walked out on Ambrose and Reigns at Night of Champions last year after they lost to The Wyatt Family. The slight problem is fans don't seem to be thrilled with the build to this. It may have to do that it sort of went hand in hand with Owens/Zayn, or it may be because Jericho is fresh off the great storyline with AJ Styles. Ambrose has done great and is easily the most entertaining character's on the main roster. I just don't see Y2J winning because it's time for Ambrose to rack up the wins following his WrestleMania loss.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose
I’m going to be honest, I see this as a huge step backward for Ambrose. No offense to Chris Jericho because he’s a living legend, but Ambrose needs something more in the main event. Ambrose got stomped pretty badly at WrestleMania and he needs the win to show he’s still a top guy. It's the reverse for Jericho, he beat Styles at WrestleMania and a loss here doesn’t hurt him. The work between the two has been great, so I can’t complain too much, other than wanting more for Ambrose. Ambrose is another guy who would benefit greatly from a brand split, not getting stuck in line behind Roman every single time. I’m interested to see how this match goes, I think that it has a ton of potential. I’d be happy to see this match be a one and done for the rivalry.
Zack's Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose
I've said it before I'll say it again WWE is wasting Dean Ambrose. This man should be WWE Champion right now in my opinion but they went in another direction (That really isn't working out too well). I'm not going to sugar coat it…IF DEAN DOESN'T WIN THIS MATCH HE IS OFFICIALLY BEING BURIED. Chris Jericho is at his best as an A-Hole Heel and he already had a big win at Wrestlemania in an awesome match with AJ Styles. So really it does him no harm to put Dean over (YOU HEAR ME VINCE).
Big M's Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose
This technically could be match of the night, but I'm just not feeling it. The whole feud is basically that Shane trolled Jericho by cancelling his show and giving one to Dean Ambrose. Deep...? This should be fun though, even if it's a match that's just kinda there. Seems more like an excuse just to have the two wrestle while their next real programs get set up, and I can dig it. I'm hoping Jericho doesn't tamper with my prediction success rate by winning against the younger guy again, and Dean desperately needs to win. Seriously, the guy is as effective as Bray Wyatt at actually winning a match. I blame that on booking for both of them, but it's still vexing. Here's to hoping Dean gets the win in what should be a fun exhibition match.
Morgan's Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose
Jesse-Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose
Kendra's Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose
Women's Championship Match:
Charlotte © vs. Natalya
I must say that it surprised me to see neither Sasha Banks nor Becky Lynch are featured in this match. At least WWE picked the next best option in Nattie. This bout has officially shaped into an NXT TakeOver rematch from two years ago. Ric Flair and Bret Hart were at ringside and the ladies put on one of my all-time favorite women's matches. I have no doubt that they will raise the bar even more on this night. As it seems my girl Sasha Banks won't be winning the title very soon, I want to see Natalya beat Charlotte and hold the title until at least Extreme Rules. Please, just give her one more title run.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Natalya
I’m really tired of Charlotte. Wait, no that’s not true. I’m really tired of Ric Flair. There we go. I feel like I’ve been a broken record when it comes to Charlotte and Ric, but WWE doesn’t change what their doing, so why should I? Charlotte worked so hard in NXT to break out from under her father’s shadow and become her own performer, only to have WWE shove her right back into that shadow. I don’t know if it’s because Triple H likes having his friend on the road with him, or if WWE signed Ric to a lucrative deal and they feel they want their money’s worth, but I’m over it. Every single match of Charlotte’s, especially her title matches, ends with Ric cheating to help Charlotte win or retain. If they want to leave Charlotte heel, that’s fine, but she can cheat all on her own like a big girl. Especially combining this with Ric’s “slip up” on Smackdown where he told Natty to go kill herself. It’s time for Ric to head back to retirement. Sadly, I don’t see Natty winning this one. She absolutely should win this one, but she won’t. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see it happening, even with Bret Hart in her corner. It’s a pity, too, because Bret doesn’t even seem to want to be there other than to support Natalya. Regardless, the match itself will be stellar, these ladies are both tremendous in-ring workers. If this match is anything like their work together in NXT, it’ll be amazing.
Zack's Predicted Winner: Charlotte
Ok, I have a little bone to pick with the way the re-launched Women's Division has been booked since Wrestlemania. WWE talks about the Women now being equal to the Men, and yet we still only get one Women's match on the last 2 Raw's. Leaving SO many talented (And over) Workers like Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Naomi, Tamina etc etc off TV every week is a bloody crime. If WWE's higher ups insist on only doing 1 or 2 Women's matches on Raw every week than they should replace either Superstars or Main Event (Since there both essentially the EXACT same show anyway) with a show on the WWE Network featuring ONLY Women's Wrestling matches to give Women not involved in feuds for the Women's Title some much deserved spotlight. Now with that out of the way, this match should be very interesting. Both these Women have had matches together that have literally stolen the show. And the added feature of having Ric Flair and Bret Hart at ringside is a cool bonus (Even though Bret doesn't want to be there and Ric might not make the show due to turning up to another airport drunk). But even though Natalya is about 3 years overdue for a Title Reign WWE's higher ups like Charlotte as the face of the Women's division. And I don't see that changing anytime soon.
Big M's Predicted Winner: Charlotte
The Women's booking is so all over the place, it drives me insane. Is this match going to be a twenty minute classic between two amazing females, or is it going to be a three-minute bathroom break like days of old? Both women are tremendously talented wrestlers, and I'm really hoping it gets the time it deserves like the Women's Match at Wrestlemania did. While Bret Hart being there (despite the fact that he desperately doesn't want to be) would give more credence to Natalya winning, I seriously have little reason to believe she has any chance of walking out as champion. But due to how Charlotte and Ric Flair operate, she'll probably win via DQ again, setting up a match at Extreme Rules while we basically wait for Summerslam and Sasha to claim the title. Calling that now by the way.
Morgan's Predicted Winner: Natalya via DQ
Jesse-Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: Natalya via DQ
Kendra's Predicted Winner: Natalya
Intercontinental Championship Match:
The Miz © vs Cesaro
It really does suck that Zack Ryder doesn't get anything more than 24 hours of a dream come true. As they say, though, the show must go on. With that said, the Swiss Superman is here to save the day. It's not that I think The Miz is a bad champ, because he isn't, but I feel as if there's no interest from anyone in seeing him hold the Intercontinental Title again. Cesaro can do wonders with the belt if WWE simply gives it to him.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Cesaro
Miz and Maryse together have been GOLD. I love how well they heel together. There are two types of heels in the business: heels you love, and heels you just freaking hate. While Kevin Owens is the heel you love, Miz is the latter of the two. It’s only that I realize that I hate him for the right reasons that I appreciate Miz. I’m actually a little upset this match isn’t against Zack Ryder, but who can complain about a returning Cesaro? I’m thrilled to see the Swiss Superman return to action and it actually seems like WWE gives a crap. Is it the World Championship picture? No, but it’s better than where he was before. I also think if WWE does go with a brand split Cesaro will be in a GOOD position for a main event spot. I think right now Cesaro loses to Miz because Maryse cheats and it leads to a match at Extreme Rules.
Zack's Predicted Winner: Miz
Firstly let me just say this... FINALLY Their doing something with Cesaro.
Ok now on to business, the IC Title has been a bit of a sore spot with fans lately. I mean, first, the last person we would've picked to win the IC Title Ladder match at Wrestlemania (Zack Ryder) actually does it. But then he loses to Miz the next night on Raw….WTF. The reason for such pointless booking on that one still alludes me. But on the plus side, bringing in Miz's wife Maryse as his Valet/Manager does serve to make him look at least halfway interesting and could lead to some new storylines. I genuinely hope they strap Cesaro here but I don't think WWE's higher ups want the IC title to be seen as a Hot potato. And honestly they need to rebuild the IC Title back to its former glory, Make it mean something again. A long title reign with a proven worker will do the trick, and even though I prefer it was someone else, if putting up with The Miz having the IC Title for six months or so means that maybe it's seen as the NO.2 Title in the industry again…I'll take it.
Big M's Predicted Winner: The Miz
So Ryder wins the title at Wrestlemania, loses it the next night to Miz...who will likely be losing it to the returning Swiss Superman Cesaro. Kinda devalues the title when it changes hands three times in a month. However, I'm hopeful Cesaro is finally getting a legitimate push, and I'd be all for a Cesaro Intercontinental Open Challenge. I think Cesaso could bring some prestige to the title, since he could make it seem like what it used to be. The title that the future World Heavyweight Champions held before they were main eventers. I'm fairly hopeful of a Cesaro title run, and I'm looking forward to whatever programs he'll be in. Assuming we don't get Cesaro VS Miz IV in a two-months time span.
Morgan's Predicted Winner: Cesaro
Jesse-Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: Cesaro
Kendra's Predicted Winner: Cesaro
WWE Championship Match:
Roman Reigns (c) vs AJ Styles
Until Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson came into the picture, I was starting to think this could be where AJ Styles wins his first WWE World Title. While it still could be, I have this feeling that someone (Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Gallows/Anderson) could prevent something like that happening. As for Roman Reigns... I'm trying to support the guy but WWE truly is making it hard to, especially when they pit him up against the Phenomenal One. Zack Krasney has some pretty creative ideas for this summer and I would love to see them come to fruition.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns
WWE has a crap ton of potential oozing from this match and if they blow it there is a chance I’ll set fire to Vince’s home. Just kidding, arson isn’t cool, kids. It would be sweet if someone wrote an article about the massive potential of this matches outcome. Oh wait! I totes did. Check out Zack Books WWE Payback to get an in-depth look at how I’d book Payback to Summerslam. Speaking strictly for Payback, I think that we’re going to see Finn Balor debut and align with the Bullet Club, attack Roman Reigns and cost AJ the match. I think the actual match will be strong. Roman is a good wrestler, he just can’t be the guy calling the match. With AJ’s lead they’ll put on a damn fine match, I’m sure. Roman will be the heel and AJ will be the face, at least based on the crowd reactions. The whole build to this match has been is AJ with the Bullet Club or isn’t he? I think we’re going to see that he isn’t. I think they’re going to make the Bullet Club heels, but they’re going to leave AJ face and keep him away from the group. In the end, Reigns ain’t dropping that title this soon, but they won’t make AJ look bad either.
Zack's Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns
Ok, before I get into this prediction, let me just say this…Roman Reigns as the next big baby face star is well on its way to officially becoming a flop (and none of that is his fault)…There I said it. I will also say that I don't think WWE's higher ups ever thought a "TNA guy" like AJ Styles would catch on with the WWE universe so much and so quickly. Hard to fathom, I know, but as I've said in past articles, I believe that WWE simply don't understand their audience anymore. Now, with that being said, I think WWE's higher ups have done a masterful job in getting people invested in this match. We all know Roman is going to win and honestly we don't care anymore at this point…Because we are more interested to see if WWE's version of The Bullet Club will be formed at Payback…And WWE's higher ups know that. From the moment Luke "Don't call me DOC" Gallows and Karl "Machine Gun isn't PG" Anderson first debuted on Raw attacking Reigns, the plan was always to have them help fans get invested in the Payback Main Event. WWE's higher ups knew they could never get away with Roman going over AJ clean so they built the whole match around the possibility of seeing the Bullet Club in WWE. As I said, Reigns is going over here (Fan dissatisfaction be damed) but the real question is what will happen before, during and after the match. Will Gallows and Anderson interfere? Will Fin Balor make his Main Roster Debut?Will Gallows and Anderson turn on AJ? Will Reigns turn Heel and be the leader of WWE's Version of The Bullet Club? These are the questions that have fans invested in this match. And it's a work of pure genius on WWE's part. Of course, I could be reading this all wrong and Reigns just goes over AJ clean with no outside interference …Followed by a riot by fans at attendance. But fortunately I don't think I'm reading it wrong.
Big M's Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns with a lot of shenanigans!
What annoys me the most about the booking of Roman Reigns is that it takes out any suspense. You KNOW he's not dropping his third WWEWH title a month in AGAIN. Especially not to the guy who popped up in January. The real reason to care about this match is what Bullet Club will do and how AJ will respond. Trying to turn him heel by aligning with them just ain't gonna work, since not a soul is gonna boo them, but whether he does still align is a question mark on the match. I'm not expecting Finn Balor to show up, but depending on what goes down in this match, Extreme Rules could have Bullet Club VS Roman and The Usos as the main event. That'd be brutal to hear. But for this match, there's an absolute zero chance of Roman dropping the title, and I'm gonna bet that he'll win via pinfall, not with a DQ.
Morgan's Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns (CLEAN)
Jesse-Elizabeth's Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns (VERY DIRTY, clear heel turn)
Kendra's Predicted Winner: ANARCHY!!!!
Thanks everyone for reading our predictions this round! Feel free to post yours in the comments below, and don't forget to join us tomorrow at 7:00 PM EST for our live coverage and Open Thread Party for Payback!