WWE Payback 2020
Running Time: 149 Minutes
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: October 19 2020
(Thanks to Fetch Publicity for arranging this review.)
WWE Payback 2020 was suddenly announced with around a week’s notice. That’s often a sign that a PPV may seem thrown-together, thus having a lower quality as a result. Yet this card proved to be rather entertaining with some major developments. This comes across when rewatching the show on DVD.
Kicking things off, Apollo Crews and Bobby Lashley assemble a good opener, with a meaningful outcome due to the United States Championship being at stake. Big E vs. Sheamus would be the first real hint of a major singles push for Big E, which now seems to be one of WWE’s major plans, given the recent Draft. Matt Riddle vs. King Corbin, meanwhile, is alright, though unmemorable.
Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler serves a purpose as it pertains to the then-Women’s Tag Team Champions. A rivalry which has been on the cards for so long essentially kick-starts due to the outcome of this contest. Keith Lee vs. Randy Orton, meanwhile, is the bout which seemed to have the least preparation beforehand. Yet it’s well wort a watch, with Lee putting himself on the map on the main roster. As for Rey Mysterio & Dominic Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins & Murphy, well, at least the Mysterios finally extract some revenge for the torment by Rollins.
Finally, we have the Universal Championship match. I should recap this in two parts. The Fiend and Braun Strowman continued their rivalry here, to the point of the ring exploding upon impact. That’s when we get the bigger story, though. Roman Reigns had returned at SummerSlam, and shockingly, he had turned heel with Paul Heyman at his side. His attitude adjustment progressed here as The Big Dog only showed up towards the end of the bout. A Spear to Strowman later, and Roman had captured the big blue belt. In terms of angle advancement, this was a significant moment for WWE in 2020.
So, WWE Payback 2020 is very much worth another look on DVD. Several matches are exciting, and numerous outcomes help to set the stage for the coming months. And with Roman Reigns regaining the Universal Title as a bad guy, this show could be looked back upon one day as being somewhat historic.
Overall Rating: 6.5/10 – Okay