- WWE Payback 2020 will take place on Sunday, August 30th
- The event will feature the fallout from last weekend’s SummerSlam spectacular
- Who do betting odds favor emerging victorious in each bout? Find out below
One week removed from the well-received SummerSlam Pay-per-view, WWE already has another event on tap for this Sunday night in Payback. It will mark the first installment of Payback since 2017 and will feature the fallout from SummerSlam, including the surprise return of Roman Reigns.
The Big Dog will have his chance to reclaim the Universal Championship in a Triple Threat main event against newly-crowned champ Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman. In another match, Keith Lee will face Randy Orton in a rematch from Monday’s Raw.
As of this writing, odds are only available for four of the matches scheduled to take place, though more matchups are expected to be added ahead of the event including on Friday’s SmackDown.
WWE Payback 2020 Odds
|United States Championship||Odds|
|Apollo Crews (c)||+170|
|Women’s Tag Team Championship||Odds|
|Bayley & Sasha Banks||+110|
|Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler||-150|
|Universal Championship No Holds Barred Triple Threat Match||Odds|
|“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt||-300|
Odds taken August 28th
As successful of a run as Apollo Crews has had as United States champion since late May, it’s time for him to drop the title. Bobby Lashley is the perfect person to beat him for it with the roll he’s been on since aligning himself with MVP and Payback is the proper time to pull the trigger on a title change.
Crews has had bad blood with The Hurt Business all summer long and outsmarted them at almost every turn. MVP needs to avenge his many losses to Crews by helping Lashley claim the star-spangled prize on Sunday’s show.
Lashley has the slight edge over Crews in the odds and thankfully that would be the best possible outcome.
Bayley & Banks vs Jax & Baszler (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Considering Bayley and Sasha Banks have reigned as the WWE Women’s Tag Team champions for over two months, it would be the wrong call for them to lose the twin titles to a makeshift team such as Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax. Despite that, Baszler and Jax are currently favored to reign supreme at -150 to Bayley and Banks’ +110.
All signs point to a title change when it really should have been The Riott Squad battling Banks and Bayley for the belts at Payback and potentially capturing the championship.
It initially looked like Jax and Baszler were set to feud with each other before randomly joining forces. Baszler would be better off on her own and pursuing the Raw Women’s Championship, but WWE seems adamant about making her and Jax a force to be reckoned with in the women’s tag team division.
This is a scenario where the odds are bound to be right, but it would be better for everyone for Bayley and Banks to hold onto the gold until The Riott Squad can take it from them, not this tandem of Jax and Baszler that has no business competing for the titles to begin with.
Lee vs Orton
Of the few matches announced so far for Payback, this match is easily the most difficult for fans to predict. The debuting Keith Lee originally challenged Orton to a match on Monday Night Raw, but before they could really get going, Drew McIntyre interfered and attacked Orton as retribution for The Legend Killer punting him twice in the head earlier in the evening.
Orton was deemed the winner by disqualification, meaning Lee will be looking to get some payback of his own on Sunday night. His arrival on Raw didn’t light the world on fire the way many hoped it would, but WWE can make up for it by having Lee beat Orton in their upcoming contest at the Pay-per-view and cement him as a star.
The only thing preventing WWE from doing that is how Orton is still involved in the WWE Championship picture and is likely being primed for another shot at the strap sooner rather than later. That gives Orton the advantage, even though Lee could win and earn himself a WWE title opportunity if Orton becomes champion at some point.
Of the two, Orton winning is a safer choice, but Lee isn’t one to be underestimated.
Wyatt vs Strowman vs Reigns (Universal Championship No Holds Barred Triple Threat Match)
Roman Reigns’ return at the end of SummerSlam was desperately needed as SmackDown has been lacking in star power since WrestleMania 36. He wastes no time in going right back after the title he technically never lost, but the odds indicate that fans believe it’s too soon for Reigns to reclaim the gold.
Bray Wyatt is fresh off becoming a two-time Universal champion and should reign as champion for a little longer. He’s the heavy favorite here and rightfully so, whereas putting the belt back on Strowman one week after losing it would be a massive mistake.
After Wyatt presumably walks out of Payback still the Universal champion, fans can expect him and Reigns to continue feuding through the fall over the blue brand’s top title with The Big Dog eventually winning it.