Yeah, so we both did horribly picking WrestleMania 32 winners, mostly because the booking at that show made no sense whatsoever. I scored 5/11 and Dan turned in a measly 3/11. Unreal. Get your head outta your ass, Dan.
But maybe we can redeem ourselves this month, as WWE presents a PPV that looks WAAAAY better than WM32, Payback! With Shane McMahon in charge (despite losing his WrestleMania match with control of RAW on the line - makes sense), RAW has become a much more watchable endeavor. Fresh matchups, focus on newer talent, consistent wins to build up said talent, etc. I'm sure control of RAW will go back to The A-Snore-ity soon (Get it? Like "Authority" but with snoring?), but for a few weeks anyway things have actually been intriguing for a change. So let's look at the Payback lineup...
Pre-Show US Championship: Kalisto vs. Ryback
Sigh. Remember a year ago when John Cena made the US Title relevant again? Yeah, that's all out the window. We're back to this belt being a worthless piece of patriotic tin defended on a pre-show between two guys they've barely shown on RAW or Smackdown. This match means absolutely zilch.
Justin's pick: I guess Kalisto retains again
Dan's pick: Dude, I don’t care. Have Ryback win, make him go on a killing spree.
Tag Team Tournament Finals: Enzo & Cass vs. The Vaudvillains
I like that there are actually enough teams now to do an 8-team tournament. I like that the #1 Contenders' spot is meaningful enough for 8 teams to want to vie for it. I like that two entertaining NXT call-up teams are in the finals. This should be a solid outing. Enzo & Cass are already over. Not so sure about the Vaudvillains.
Justin's pick: I imagine the VVs win through nefarious means, perhaps due to Dudleyz interference.
Dan's pick: I like the cut of these Vaudvillains' gib.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
Corbin was called up a little too soon in my estimation. There are many more deserving NXT guys right now than he. But he's got a pretty good character and a good look, and Ziggler will certainly make him look like a monster. Poor Dolph.
Justin's pick: Corbin obviously
Dan's pick: I don’t care for this Corbin fellow. He’s balding, he wears a leather vest, and he stole "Lone Wolf" from Rambo. That said, Ziggler hasn’t won shit since back in the 60s. Bye bye, Dolph.