WWE Payback Kickoff 2017 Results
Sunday, April 30, 2017
From the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Report by CJ Blaze of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Renee Young welcomes us to the show as Sam Roberts and Jerry Lawler join her on the panel. Charly Caruso is in the social media lounge as Sheamus & Cesaro will join her for a live Q&A in the second half of the show.
The panel discusses the US Title rematch tonight between Owens and Jericho. Lawler and Roberts both pick Y2J to win the US Title and head to SmackDown.
We are reminded that Enzo & Cass will face Gallows & Anderson later on the Kickoff. Also, Finn Balor will be on MizTV.
Sasha Banks (sporting a Bayley shirt) joins the panel to discuss Alexa Bliss and Mickie James joining Raw. She dissed Bliss for ditching their match on Monday when she's supposed to be number one contender. Sasha hypes Bayley defending the title in her hometown tonight. Roberts stirs the pot by asking Sasha about her and Bayley's friendship. Lawler picks Bliss to win, while Sam picks Bayley.
We get a video package on Seth Rollins beating Triple H at WrestleMania after his injury scare. Rollins faces Samoa Joe tonight.
Michael Cole, Booker T, and Corey Graves are shown at commentary as we have our first match up. Enzo and Cass cut promos on Gallows & Anderson while naming all kinds of chicken.
1) Enzo & Big Cass def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson in 6:28 when Enzo rolled up Gallows.
Backstage, The Hardy Boyz discuss their game plan when The Golden Truth walk in the locker room. Goldust says they would love to face them and are going to propose to Angle that they face the winners of the title match tonight.
Sheamus and Cesaro are in the social media lounge to answer questions. They discuss their strategy for tonight and talk about how they differ from The Hardy's, who have been teaming for years. They are asked who is the better athlete of the two. Sheamus thinks it's him despite thinking the question was asked to create dissension. Cesaro thinks he's the better athlete but they will return as Tag Champs.
Lawler and Roberts pick The Hardy's to retain, while Renee picks Sheasaro.
We see a video package on Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt as they prepare to fight in a House of Horrors match.
Miz and Maryse come out to welcome Finn Balor to MizTV. Miz isn't pleased with the long entrance, but he wants to know if they can join the Balor Club. Finn says no. Miz lists Finn's accomplishments around the world before bringing up the fact that he was holding up the IC Title while Finn was rehabbing his shoulder.
Balor says Miz won't join the Balor Club, but he will join the Finn Balor Just Kicked Your Ass Club. Maryse steps in front of Miz, prompting Balor to leave. Miz got angry and told Finn he couldn't leave on his own accord. Balor gets in the ring, hits a sling blade and dropkick into the corner to end the segment.
The panelists run down the card to end the Kickoff.