The next WWE pay-per-view event is presented by the Raw brand and it’s called Payback on April 30 in San Jose, California. There are seven announced matches at this point with the potential for one or two more matches to be added as well.
During last night’s Raw, which I wrote about in detail here, Kurt Angle announced in the opening segment that Roman Reigns will face Braun Strowman at Payback, which could be the main event of the show because any time Reigns is in a match it’s always the potential main event. (Sorry haters.)
Also on Raw, Alexa Bliss won a Fatal Fourway match to earn a shot at Raw’s Women’s Champion Bayley. It wasn’t specifically mentioned on Raw that she will get the title match, but that’s what it says on WWE.com’s Payback page.
Here’s the announced lineup:
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
WWE Championship “House of Horrors” Match: Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe
United States Championship: Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho (Whoever wins that match will take the US Title with them to Smackdown Live.)
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Hardy Boyz vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
Raw Women’s Championship: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss
Cruiserweight Championship: Neville vs. Austin Aries
It’s very likely that Dean Ambrose will defend the Intercontinental Championship against The Miz as well since they have had altercations on Raw for the last two weeks. That would make it a full card with eight matches.
TJR Thoughts: I think it’s a pretty good lineup. Much better than Raw’s Fastlane event in early March. Why is Raw getting two straight PPV exclusive shows when Smackdown’s last one was in early February? No idea, but that’s how it is.