Payback 2017


Arnold Furious: We’re in San Jose, California. Hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Booker T. The latter has been drafted in to save us from David Otunga.


WWE United States Championship
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Chris Jericho
Whoever wins is off to SmackDown as US Champ, thanks to IC champion the Miz being drafted to RAW as an exchange. I personally thought it was a bit odd for Miz to leave SD where he’d been ‘feuding’ with GM Daniel Bryan. The San Jose crowd start out feisty; cheering the face and booing the heel until the “ten” counts almost ruin a near count-out. Owens spends a solid chunk of the match recognising and countering Jericho’s trademark spots. He’s been doing his homework and is not overawed at the prospect of wrestling one of his idols. Owens is prone to doing a lot of chinlocks, which are starting to grind me down. I’m sure there are question marks about his fitness in general as he’s not altered his body shape since joining WWE. It’s the kind of thing that Vince McMahon undoubtedly has issues with. Jericho makes a point of working Owens’ hand, after KO saves himself from the Walls of Jericho. This leads to an inability to get the Pop Up Powerbomb and Jericho wins the title back! That was totally unexpected. Maybe they are going to go the route of Owens Stable on RAW.
Final Rating: ***1/4

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