31 August 2020 08:39
Roman Reigns won the Universal Championship at WWE Payback, yet that's not the big story from the event. After years of WWE trying to portray him as a leading man, only for continuous rejection from the audience, Reigns is officially now a villain. He pulled a Brock Lesnar, entering his Triple Threat match with "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman at the tail end after the other two guys had sufficiently killed each other. Of all the moments that you'd want in front of a live crowd, a Roman Reigns heel turn is right up there. Other highlights include Keith Lee beating Randy Orton and Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler winning the Women's Tag Team championships.
Roman Reigns wins the Universal Championship Roman Reigns is a heel now, and he's the Universal Champion. Here's the story: On SmackDown, Reigns had yet to sign a contract for this match. But he did align himself with Paul Heyman, indicating that he would potentially turn heel at Payback. Throughout this show, it was noted that Reigns had yet to sign the contract for the No Holds Barred Triple Threat match. This ended up playing out with "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman killing each other for 10 minutes, hitting finishers, crashing through tables and destroying the ring itself, before Reigns came out, signed the contract and took advantage.
This feud hopefully culminates with a Mysterio versus Rollins singles match without a dumb stipulation, like their Eye for an Eye bout, because the best parts of this tag team clash was certainly when Rey and Rollins were in the ring together. Keith Lee pins Randy Orton After a surprisingly short match, Keith Lee beat Randy Orton clean with a Spirit Bomb in the middle of the ring. In a sense, this wasn't a super good demonstration of Keith Lee. He didn't get in much offense throughout the match--I can only recall him hitting a big shoulder tackle and a back drop to the announce table on the outside--and showed off little of his insane athleticism. Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax win tag titles Baszler won the Women's Tag Team Championships for herself and Nia Jax by putting a dual submission on Sasha Banks and Bayley. Nia Jax played the monster well, acting as a wrecking ball throughout, and Baszler is, as noted, great.
Matt Riddle is super fun to watch, but this match was taken too much by Corbin with only flashes of Riddle's exciting offense. After the match, we see Riddle walking down a hallway, congratulating himself on beating Corbin and being able to move on to greener pastures. It was a fairly long match that ended up rather good. Sheamus worked over Big E's leg throughout, dropping Big E knee-first into edge of the ring and applying several submission holds, including a heel hook. While the match wasn't particularly exciting, it did do a solid job of putting more fuel behind Big E's singles push. Bobby Lashley wins US Championship Payback's main show opens with Bobby Lashley defeating Apollo Crews to win the United States Championship. Lashley took most of the match, Crews mounted a comback but ended up tapping to the Full Nelson. Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan beat The IIconics in an 9-minute kickoff-show match. Hot off The Biggest Party of the Summer, WWE Payback 2020 sought to capitalize on everything that didn't take place at SummerSlam last week and also follow up on some of what went down on that show. With Roman Reigns back in the fold, several titles on the line, Keith Lee against Randy Orton and more, there was potential for a great night. It's not that WWE Payback 2020 was an underwhelming pay-per-view, because, for what it was worth, one can actually go so far as to say that it was a pretty solid show overall. It's just that WWE Payback 2020 aired one week after SummerSlam, and there's only so much of a good thing that one can take, and in the case of this reviewer particularly, there was a case of sensory overload. That said, overall, there were far more positives than there were negatives, at WWE Payback 2020, which was actually a very top-heavy show. #1 Best: Roman Reigns finally turns heel at WWE Payback 2020 No, Roman Reigns would not sign the contract for his big Universal Championship match at WWE Payback 2020 until midway through the contest when Braun Strowman and the former Universal Champion, The Fiend, had broken the ring in half. Roman Reigns has finally turned heel at WWE Payback 2020. Just one week after SummerSlam, WWE is holding another pay-per-view. For the first time eve, Keith Lee will have a singles match on a main-roster PPV. Lee dropped the NXT Championship to Karrion Kross at NXT TakeOver XXX and showed up two nights later on Raw, where he started feuding with Randy Orton. After enjoying a few standout moments in the five-man team match at Survivor Series in November, Lee will have the spotlight to himself on the big stage against one of the top names in WWE. The main draw at Payback will be the in-ring return of Roman Reigns, who made a surprise appearance at SummerSlam at the end of the Bray Wyatt-Braun Strowman match, exhibiting a new edge in a post-bell beatdown of the competitors. All three men will face off in a No Holds Barred match for Wyatt's Universal Championship. WWE Universal Championship match: "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Roman Reigns (No Holds Barred Triple Threat match) WWE United States Championship match: Apollo Crews (c) vs. WWE Women's Tag Team Championship match: Sasha Banks and Bayley (c) vs.