WWE Payback

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WWE Payback
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WWE Payback logo
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw (2017, 2020–present)
SmackDown (2020–present)
First eventPayback (2013)

WWE Payback is a professional wrestling event produced annually by WWE, a Connecticut-based promotion, and broadcast live and available through pay-per-view (PPV). The event was established in 2013, replacing No Way Out in the mid-June slot of WWE's pay-per-view calendar.[1][2] In 2015, the event moved to the May slot of WWE's pay-per-view calendar. WWE swapped dates between Payback and Extreme Rules in 2016, with Payback taking place on May 1 and Extreme Rules taking place on May 22; making this event a post-WrestleMania pay-per-view event. With the brand extension reinstated in July 2016, the 2017 edition of the event was moved to the late-April slot of WWE's pay-per-view calendar as a Raw-exclusive pay-per-view event. The event was expected to return in 2018 as a SmackDown-exclusive pay-per-view event. However, it was taken off of WWE's PPV lineup as all events after WrestleMania 34 became dual-branded. In August 2020, Payback returned to the PPV lineup. Championship bouts are scheduled on every card, with the lower-tier titles featured on the undercard and the top-tier featured on the main card.

Dates and venues[edit]

Raw-branded event
Event Date City Venue Main event
Payback (2013) June 16, 2013 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena John Cena (c) vs. Ryback in a Three Stages of Hell match for the WWE Championship[3]
Payback (2014) June 1, 2014[4] The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins) vs. Evolution (Batista, Randy Orton, and Triple H) in a No Holds Barred Elimination match
Payback (2015) May 17, 2015[5] Baltimore, Maryland Royal Farms Arena Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns in a Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Payback (2016) May 1, 2016[6][7] Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Payback (2017) April 30, 2017[8] San Jose, California SAP Center Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns
Payback (2020) August 30, 2020[9] Orlando, Florida Amway Center "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns in a No Holds Barred Triple Threat match for the WWE Universal Championship
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated List of 2013 WWE Pay-Per-View Events". Wrestle Zone. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "WWE Announces Brand New PPV for Chicago in June". Wrestle Zone. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  3. ^ Caldwell, James (June 16, 2013). "CALDWELL'S WWE PAYBACK PPV RESULTS 6/16 (Hour 3): Edward Ticklebot vs. Rye Bread main event, Tag Title match". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "Updated List: Complete 2014 WWE PPV Calendar with Announced Dates and Locations". Wrestle Zone. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  5. ^ Martin, Adam. "Baltimore to host the WWE Payback PPV in 2015". wrestleview.com. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  6. ^ Johnson, Mike (February 23, 2016). "WWE PPV UPDATES". PWInsider.com. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Johnson, Mike (March 8, 2016). "WWE PAYBACK 2016 PRE-SALE CODE". PWInsider.com. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "WWE Payback 2017 tickets available this Friday". WWE. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  9. ^ Johnson, Mike (July 31, 2020). "SUMMERSLAM UPDATE, WWE REVIVING OLD PPV NEXT MONTH AS WELL". PWInsider. Retrieved August 1, 2020.

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