WWE Payback 2017 in Memes (and Awards)

WWE Payback 2017 is in the books. Now we recount the tale. If you’ve recovered from the Drinking Game, that is.


With memes.

1. First, a Piece of History

WWE Payback 2017 - Alexa Achievement


Alexa gets there before Charlotte, which is a very good decision, given she’ll benefit more from it than Charlotte, who seems to be a bit of an “achievement magnet”, going through accolades like Pac-Man goes through dots.


Alexa wrestles, talks, and acts like a championship-level star. And now, she can act like the first star to hold both women’s titles.

2. Now, a Mystery… Solved


Wondering how Orton made it to the arena at the same time as Bray, even though he was under a fridge and had no car?


Well, my friend, the answer is quite simple:

WWE Payback 2017 - Uber

WWE Payback 2017. A new generation of implicit product placement.


3. So, have you ever noticed…


… these supposedly run-of-the-mill, coffee-and-cake-run PPVs that WWE gives little to no anticipation or build to, but end up packing a punch? I’ve seen this enough times to start thinking this is done on purpose.


Actually, if I close my eyes, I can imagine this face:

WWE Payback 2017 - Vince Laughing

4. Almost forgot. Speaking of History:

WWE Payback 2017 - Jericho Achievement


How many times have we thought, said, wrote, screamed that Jericho is so unselfish it hurts?


Well, it took a while, but welcome to WWE Payback 2017, where The Man With A List defeated a former World Champion cleanly and with his finishing move. Working the finger worked beautifully to negate the powerbomb, it doesn’t hurt Owens and Jericho certainly benefits the most from winning.


This is one of the things I ask myself all the time in my small indy booking world: who benefits the most and what makes the most sense? Both are so intertwined, they often coincide.

5. The Anthem Owl could sue a Tooth next :S


Jeff Hardy left his match with a “-1” in his Teeth Department.


But Matt knows even that can be worked in:

WWE Payback 2017 - Broken Tooth

6. And, of course, who can forgot the Pop of the Night:


You’ve most likely heard the phrase “Let the fans go home happy”.

WWE Payback 2017 - Fan Crying when Strowman wins


On a serious note, isn’t it weird that Roman cut that 1-sentence-promo-of-his-life after Mania… and then went back to being the same old Reigns?


WWE could have committed to the character that 1 sentence could have brought in. The fact that they didn’t should mean that they either:

  • preferred the less risky road and keep Roman hated by the smark and loved by the mark, instead of making him a heel which would invert his stance with the fans, but risk alienating the marks without gaining the more unpredictable, hardcore fans in return.
  • did a 180º after throwing that post-Mania promo in there like it was an experiment in a test tube

7-10. And now, the Heel Awards of the WWE Payback 2017:


First, for only allowing Seth to compete in an unsanctioned due to his knee injury, but having no problem in throwing bulldozed-internal-injuries-Roman in there with an even bigger menace than the one Rollins was facing:

WWE Payback 2017 - Vince Award


Then, let’s give this man his due. Sold like a champ and keeps performing very highly. Plus, that shot with the metal staircase was… damn!

WWE Payback 2017 - Roman Award


Roman is quite possibly the best example of a crowd booing the character, not the performer.


The man works like a mule, clearly has the tools, but was booked into a corner by a team who clearly tempered with a wrestler whose optimum path was pretty simple and straight-forward: Reigns is (or was, pre-Vince push) an action hero, the kind that can kick ass the entire movie without saying five words. And he doesn’t need too.


Finn, we all love you. But this came to me 0.6 seconds after I saw the picture:

WWE Payback 2017 - Finn Award


And finally, for the man with that Roddy Piper-esque ability to generate interest in any story and any wrestler, for the man who entered WWE Payback 2017 with a mere Kick-Off appearance:

WWE Payback 2017 - Miz Award

That is all for today.

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