WWE fans had plenty to say about WWE Payback on May 1 from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
Enzo Amore’s head injury, which truncated the opening match pitting Amore and Colin Cassady against The Vaudevillains, was a major talking point.
The grudge match between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn was showered with plaudits, and deservedly so.
The reenactment of the Survivor Series 1997 double-cross in the Womens’ Title match between Charlotte and Natalya — while Montreal screw-job victim Bret Hart was visible on camera as referee Charles Robinson called for the bell — was greeted by a mixture of scorn and disbelief.
And then there was the main event between WWE World Champion Roman Reigns and AJ Styles, which provided two restarts, instead of the two story line developments many wanted and expected (namely, a Styles heel turn and the official main roster debut of Finn Bálor as the fourth member of the alliance between Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson).
WWE’s commentators and talent had plenty to say during the show as well.
Here are the nine best quotes from the event, along with comments on each . . .
9. Donald Or Hillary?
“With that stupid blond hair, I don’t know if he’s going for the Tag Team Titles or trying to run for president.” — John Bradshaw Layfield on Enzo Amore.
Obviously, Layfield made this observation before Enzo was accidentally KO’d during the opening match against The Vaudevillains and had to be stretchered from ringside and whisked to hospital.
Which presidential candidate was noted Republican JBL referring to: fellow Republican, WWE Hall Of Famer and longtime McMahon family acquaintance Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton, wife of former president Bill Clinton, whom WWE went to great lengths to mock two decades ago by hiring a Bill Clinton impersonator to appear with Sunny and Bob Backlund in derisive segments on WWE programming?
It’s tough to say.