WWE PAYBACK – As the summer sun begins to set, WWE fans can anticipate the sizzling showdowns that will take place at Payback, scheduled to electrify the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on September 2. The event promises a culmination of intense rivalries and jaw-dropping action, set to be broadcast on Peacock in the U.S. and the WWE Network in the U.K.
Date: Saturday, September 2
Time: 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. PT / 1 a.m. UK
WWE Payback will be exclusively live-streamed on Peacock in the United States. For viewers with limited internet capabilities, the option to order Payback through cable or satellite providers will also be available (price to be confirmed).
Venue: WWE Payback 2023 will unfold at the PPG Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, setting the stage for unforgettable clashes and jaw-dropping moments.
The event promises an assembly of top WWE stars, each aiming to secure victory and etch their name in the annals of wrestling history. A particular spotlight will shine on The Judgement Day faction, as its members partake in several high-stakes title bouts. With a mix of seasoned veterans returning to the ring and current stars looking to shine, the event guarantees a night of pure entertainment. Even Cody Rhodes, not scheduled for a match, is set to make an appearance on “The Grayson Waller Effect.”
The impending excitement begs the question: Will Payback see the rise of new champions? More intriguingly, as tensions escalate in the lead-up to the event, can The Judgement Day maintain its unity and dominance?
Let’s delve into the thrilling lineup of matches set to ignite WWE Payback 2023:
Seth “Freakin” Rollins (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the World Heavyweight Title:
In a high-stakes clash, Seth “Freakin” Rollins will put his World Heavyweight Title on the line against the relentless Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura’s recent heel turn has injected a new ferocity into his character, reminiscent of his dominant days in New Japan Pro Wrestling. The bout is further fueled by Rollins’ entry with an injured back, setting the stage for a dramatic showdown. Nakamura’s provocative promos, where he hinted at his intentions to defeat Rollins and consequently, cast a shadow over his future, have only escalated the anticipation.
Becky Lynch vs. Trish Stratus in a Steel Cage match:
A clash between wrestling eras awaits as Trish Stratus faces off against Becky Lynch in a Steel Cage match. The feud’s origins trace back to Stratus aiding Lynch and Lita in their battle against Damage CTRL. However, Stratus’s alliance with Lynch soured, culminating in a series of heated confrontations and betrayals. The Steel Cage match was a long time coming, delayed by various skirmishes and Stratus’s unfortunate broken nose. Their impending showdown promises a collision of past and present, in a match that will undoubtedly redefine their legacies.
Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Raquel Rodriguez for the Women’s World Title:
Rhea Ripley, leading The Judgement Day faction, defends her Women’s World Title against the formidable Raquel Rodriguez. The tension between these two athletes has been escalating, with Rodriguez stepping up to defend her friends against Ripley’s assaults. Ripley’s vicious attacks on Rodriguez’s knee only added fuel to the fire. Finally, with Rodriguez’s return to full health, the stage is set for a monumental showdown between allies-turned-rivals.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (c) vs. Finn Balor and Damian Priest in a Steel City Street Fight for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles:
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn of The Judgement Day faction put their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles on the line against fellow faction members Finn Balor and Damian Priest. The feud’s roots stretch back to a previous encounter between Owens, Zayn, and Priest, which culminated in a lingering animosity. Owens’s brief absence from the ring only intensified the drama, ultimately leading to the announcement of a street fight for the coveted titles.
Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Austin Theory for the WWE United States Title:
Rey Mysterio defends his WWE United States Title in a riveting rematch against former champion Austin Theory. The rivalry’s twists and turns have led to Theory’s quest to reclaim the title he lost to Mysterio. A sequence of unexpected events, including Theory’s attack on Santos Escobar, has paved the way for this highly anticipated rematch.
LA Knight vs. The Miz:
The Payback card isn’t short of personal grudges, as LA Knight squares off against The Miz. Knight’s rapid ascent has garnered him a massive fanbase, much to the chagrin of Miz. Their animosity took root when Knight eliminated Miz from the Slim Jim SummerSlam Battle Royal, sparking a war of words and fists that culminates at Payback.
As Payback draws near, the anticipation mounts for an unforgettable night of wrestling action, twists, and surprises. Will the reigning champions defend their titles, or will new champions rise to claim the throne? And in the midst of rivalries and alliances, will The Judgement Day faction stand united or crumble under the weight of their tensions? Wrestling fans, mark your calendars for September 2, as WWE Payback 2023 promises to deliver a thrilling spectacle that will resonate for years to come.