Hello everybody! Welcome back to the PPV Pick’em report with your boy, @TheMagnumDA. After Summerslam 2020, there was a NEW WOPC Champion…Heel Turn Tom vanquished all foes, and has returned to defend his title TONIGHT. Just like the Universal Title match, we’re going to have a Triple Threat! Tom will defend against myself and WO’s own Colin Vassallo. We decided to forgo picking the preshow match, because we all think the Riott Squad will walk all over The IIconics.
So without further ado, ON WITH THE PICKS!
Keith Lee vs. Randy Orton
Tom: This is tough as normally you wouldn’t think a NXT call up would lose his first match, but Keith Lee is going up against the Legend Killer. I am sure they will make Keith Lee look strong, but after an RKO out of nowhere, Randy Orton will win this match.
Colin: Lee is the new kid on the block on Raw. Giving him a loss on his first pay-per-view on the “main roster” would be bad. So I’m expecting Drew McIntyre to give Lee a “helping hand” and eventually beat Randy Orton.
Magnum: I read somewhere that Wrestlemania 37 plans are being revamped, at the moment. Originally, in those plans, Randy Orton was going to be defending the WWE Championship against Edge. I know that plans are always up in the air, but if Orton loses this match, it’s almost a lock that he’d be out of consideration for a main event spot at Wrestlemania. I have to take Orton here.
Dominik and Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins and Murphy
Tom: Hard to believe Dominik will have two PPV matches in his first month with WWE. Now with it only being a week ago that Seth won and Rey has a lot of motivation from what Rollins and Murphy did to his boy, this will be a Mysterios win with Dominik getting a frog splash and 1-2-3 on Murphy.
Colin: This pay-per-view is called Payback so totally expecting the Mysterios to, erm, get their payback on the Messiah and his disciple. To me, it would make zero sense for Rollins and Murphy to win this one after what they did to the Mysterios at SummerSlam last week. So Dom and Rey for the W.
Magnum: I think Tom, Colin, and myself are going to see eye-to-eye for most of these other matches. I…what?! Oh, I see. Sorry, these jokes just write themselves! As for tonight, look for Rey Rey and Dom Dom to get revenge for last Sunday. Mysterios win!
Matt Riddle vs. King Corbin
Tom: It feels like they have been hot and cold on Riddle. The fans still like him and I think WWE would and should do something with him, especially since he would fit well with the Raw Underground. The King of Bros will make Corbin tap for the win.
Colin: I don’t like King Corbin. He has that “get off my TV” heat with me…and I’m sure with millions of others. So give me the Bro here to pick up the victory. Matt Riddle wins.
Magnum: I’m taking the chalk here – everyone’s going with Matt Riddle, and so am I…BRO.
Big E vs. Sheamus
Tom: Doesn’t feel like there was enough build up for this match, but then again they did just have one of their big four PPVs last week. I think Big E has need a singles push for a while and this is a good time to try it. So, I am going with the former Iowa Hawkeye D-Lineman Big E with the win over Sheamus.
Colin: Looks like Big E is getting ready for a big push. His stuff on Talking Smack over the past two weeks were excellent. Can he take the ball and run with it though? We’ll see. But I’m picking Big E for the win here.
Magnum: Big E is going to take it here. I think there are some big, big plans for our man in the near future. Here’s the start of that journey to the top.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Bayley and Sasha Banks (c) vs. Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax
Tom: WWE is building up the match between Bayley and Sasha. There were some cracks in their friendship last week on Smackdown. Bayley and Sasha match should be at Wrestlemania, but I don’t see WWE waiting that long. I do think they will wait for Survivor Series, and for that reason, I see Bayley and Sasha retaining their titles over Baszler and Jax with more build up for the team breakup.
Colin: This is an interesting one. I guess they’re trying to recreate the Austin/Triple H tag team reign with Baszler and Jax. Both hating each other but both having to work together. The question is, who takes the fall, Bayley or Sasha? I’m going for Baszler and Jax new tag team champs tonight!
Magnum: I have a very strong feeling about titles changing hands this evening. I think the next chapter of the Bayley/Sasha breakup happens here – they might be an odd couple, but I’ll take Shayna and Nia Jax to win the gold.
WWE United States Championship
Apollo Crews (c) vs. Bobby Lashley (with MVP and Shelton Benjamin)
Tom: The Hurt Business could be a really good group. But WWE seems to book all of them looking like fools early in the night and then strong in the Raw Underground later. I am hoping they have more plans for the Hurt Business. I predict that Lashley will make Apollo submit to become the new US Champion.
Colin: I think Crews’ reign as the champ will come to an end tonight. The Hurt Business is cool, I like the faction, and Lashley needs a big win. Does he need the title? Probably not, but he will still get it.
Magnum: Again, I’m sensing a theme here…I think there will be multiple titles changing hands tonight. The Hurt Business is getting a lot of TV time, so I’m expecting them to start wearing gold soon. Give me Lashley to win his second US Championship tonight.
WWE Universal Championship – No Holds Barred Triple Threat
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman) vs. Braun Strowman
Tom: I feel like Bray and having to defend my title one week after winning at the Summerslams PPV but the difference is I am going to defend. I hope Roman isn’t wearing the old Shield gear now that he is heel. The Fiend does not need the title to be in a good story line. I feel like Strowman never got over as much as the WWE would have liked. This will be the reset that WWE wanted to do at Wrestlemania and they will make Reigns the new Universal Champion and start the evil Roman Empire.
Colin: I wish they let Braun keep the title at SummerSlam and then have this match because I have zero doubt in my mind that the Big Dawg will be the new Universal champion tonight. I just hate that it comes at the expense of The Fiend. But I’m digging a heel Reigns with Heyman by his side. New champ! WOOF WOOF!
Magnum: WOOF WOOF? Colin…you are such a bandwagon jumper! LOL…now you’re cheering Roman Reigns on?! You used to despise the guy! Anyways, Colin has a good reason for getting behind the big dog: he’s going to win the title tonight. With Paul Heyman in his corner, and the landscape about to change with the WWE Draft, it only makes sense that Roman becomes the man on Smackdown. Roman Reigns wins it.
There you have it from the WOPC Pick’em Crew! Until next time, we’ll see you in September! @TheMagnumDA signing off.