SmackDown Live’s presence and a trip inside a house of horrors will make WWE Payback 2017 quite the strange pay-per-view.
Sunday’s event is technically a Raw event, but SmackDown’s Kevin Owens and Randy Orton will take the stage. Owens will take on Chris Jericho as he looks to keep possession of the United States Championship. Orton, meanwhile, will face Bray Wyatt in The Eater of Worlds’ own creation: a House of Horrors match.
The U.S. title bout promises to be a farewell for Jericho, who has other business on his schedule.
As for Orton vs. Wyatt, it’s hard to know what to make of their upcoming clash. The Man of 1,000 Truths has described it as a mental prison, selling it as a torture device Orton won’t be able to escape from. Campiness may be the order of the day instead.
“I think this [wrestling] run is pretty much winding down at this point,” Jericho said. “It’s time to take a break from wrestling and work on some of these other things that have been on the back burner and are starting to come to fruition.”
Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc noted that Jericho’s last scheduled WWE date is the Raw after Payback.
When Matt Hardy and brother Jeff take on Cesaro and Sheamus at Payback, the audience should be on the lookout for signs of his “broken” character’s re-emergence.
Matt created buzz when he was with Impact Wrestling when his wild-eyed and unhinged alter ego arose. He has not displayed that side of himself since returning to WWE at WrestleMania 33.