2023 WWE Replay Card, Date, Matches, Rumors, Predictions, Match Card, Start Time, Location
With SummerSlam complete, WWE now turns its attention to September 2nd when Payday returns to Pittsburgh. The event kicks off the march to the next of WWE’s “big four” pay-per-views, Survivor Series.
While the card is still coming together, big matches are already set for the event. These matches include Seth Rollins defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura and another title match which sees Rhea Ripley put the Women’s World Championship on the line in the face of Raquel Rodriguez.
Additionally, the long feud between Becky Lynch and Trish Stratus will come to a head when the two women meet in a steel cage match.
Take a look below at the confirmed matches for Payback and take a look at the crystal ball of what could be coming. The event will stream live on Peacock on September 2 with the main card starting at 8pm ET.
2023 WWE Payback Matches
World Heavyweight Championship – Seth Rollins (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura: Nakamura turned on Rollins after the two teamed up in a six-man tag match, Rollins responded by offering Nakamura a shot at the belt “anytime”. Nakamura also whispered into Rollins’ ear, visibly shaking the champion. Nakamura will later reveal that he told Rollins that he knew his back was failing and that he lives with pain every day and now Nakamura will finish him.
Women’s World Championship — Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Raquel Rodriguez: Ripley and Rodriguez had engaged in a series of fights before Ripley injured Rodriguez’s knee. Ripley also attacked Rodriguez’s tag partner and friend Liv Morgan before injuring Rodriguez again. For weeks, Rodriguez was not medically cleared to get back in the ring. Finally, Rodriguez was cleared, attacking Ripley before announcing that she had secured a match with the champion at Payback.
Trish Stratus vs. Becky Lynch (Steel Cage Match): The feud between Stratus and Lynch has been going on for months. Their last two matches did not go as planned, with interference from Zoey Stark ending one match and a wild brawl – again including interference from Stark in a match where she was disqualified from ringside – ending in a count. To try and make sure the two women can finish things off without outside interference, Adam Pearce booked a cage match for Payback. In fact, games designed to “prevent outside interference” almost always cause outside interference.
United States Championship — Rey Mysterio (c) vs. The Austin Theory: Theory won a rematch against Mysterio after defeating LA Knight with help from The Miz in a No. 1 contender’s match on SmackDown. Mysterio defeated Theory to capture the US title on an earlier episode of SmackDown. Mysterio had stepped in for his injured LWO teammate, Santos Escobar, after the latter was eliminated by Theory on the eve of their scheduled match.
The Miz vs LA Knight: Miz and Knight have exchanged words over several WWE programs. Miz cost Knight the US title on SmackDown. Knight returned to fire by appearing on Raw and assisting Akira Tozawa in an upset victory against Miz. The SmackDown announcers confirmed the match for Payback at the Bray Wyatt and Terry Funk tribute show.
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship – Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs. Judgment Day (Damian Priest & Finn Balor): Zayn and Owens have had a lot of problems with Judgment Day, as has Cody Rhodes who will be on the show to appear as a guest on the Waller Report. But the real story here is the internal conflict among the members of Judgment Day, especially Priest and Balor. Balor has been pushing to bring his friend JD McDonaugh into the fold after several attempts by Priest to help Balor beat Seth Rollins back. Priest wants to focus on the team but is getting increasingly irritated as Balor seems jealous that Priest kept the Money in the Bank briefcase.
2023 WWE Payback Prediction
Jimmy Uso vs. Jey Uso: It may be a little soon to fully pull the trigger on the Uso vs. Uso match but the first phase could happen at Payback. Things may not work out in a clean way if the match happens, allowing the story to move on to a major pay-per-view like Survivor Series. WWE certainly isn’t showing any signs of wanting to end the year-long Bloodline storyline at this point.