Coming off one of the worst Raws in recent memory, WWE needed to hit a home run with Payback. The card was certainly in line and the crowd in Chicago always makes things better, but coming off that crap Raw, fans had no idea what kind of show they were in store for.
When it was all said and done Sunday night from the All State arena, the Universe was mainly left feeling good. While Payback wasn’t an all-time great show, it was a dang good show from top-to-bottom. From the opening bout featuring Cesaro and Sheamus, to the show-stealing match between Bray Wyatt and John Cena and all the way to the main event — Payback delivered.
The card was somewhat predictable, but WWE did a good job of keeping fans off balance. Even though you can argue that Wyatt should have gone over, it seems likely that he and Cena will have another bout or two, which is good for business. Even though you can argue that Sheamus should have lost to Cesaro, the match was still outstanding and both guys looked strong.
Overall, it was a win-win night for Vince McMahon and company. The only possible bad news is Roman Reigns claiming that he might have torn his triceps, but it’s thought that his claim could just be part of the story and him selling the damage from Evolution.
So as Harry Dunne once said, “you go out and do something like this and totally redeem yourself.”
WWE redeemed itself on Sunday in Chicago. That terrible Raw is now a thing of the past. But the haters will be right back out if the fallout Raw tonight comes up short. WWE and many of its superstars have momentum back on their side. How will they respond moving forward?