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WWE Payback Predictions: 09.02.23

WWE’s next premium live event takes place tonight. Payback has returned and there are two women’s matches set to take place. First, we will see the Women’s World Championship defended as Raquel Rodriguez challenges Rhea Ripley. Second will be the end of a rivalry in a steel cage. Becky Lynch takes on Trish Stratus.

Below you can see the Diva Dirt staffs predictions:

Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Raquel Rodriguez Women’s World Championship

COLBY – Well, it’s about time Rhea Ripley gets another PLE title defense. I barely count the squash at Night of Champions, and Zelina Vega did her best to not get squashed at Backlash back in May. So, here’s hoping Raquel gets at least 10 minutes so that these two can run back some of the chemistry they displayed together in NXT. Ripley’s reign is unlikely to end anytime soon, but I’m begging for WWE to let Raquel show us that she is as strong and dominant like they say she is.

WINNER: Rhea Ripley

NICK – Unlike many fans, I love what Ripley has been doing. Now, the booking is another story with leaving her off events such as SummerSlam when she is one of the biggest draws right now. I don’t see the belt leaving her just yet. I think Raquel needs a bit more time to cook on main roster before being given the belt, or at least she should be on top as a monster heel instead of her current smiley gimmick. But if Raquel were to win, her vs. Liv when she comes back would be fun also. But for now I think Ripley keeps it.

WINNER: Rhea Ripley

Becky Lynch vs. Trish Stratus – Steel Cage

COLBY – I think a lot of fans are in agreement that this feud has gone on a tad bit long unfortunately. And it’s not because of those involved, but booking woes have done them no favors. Negativity out of the way, I’m stoked to see Stratus check off another bucket list item by taking part in a steel cage match. Plus, Becky is creating a solid portfolio for herself with previous cage matches against Alexa Bliss and Bayley. It doesn’t seem like Stratus is departing again — if a recent interview was any indication — but I believe Becky will win and re-enter the title picture imminently.

WINNER: Becky Lynch

NICK – Another feud that has been affected by poor booking decisions, however, we got here. Stratus has been getting a lot of what she has been wanting – MITB match and now a cage match. So that’s what has come out positive about this feud. There will like still be some interference by Zoey somehow in this match I am sure. And based off that Falls Count Anywhere it won’t be to Trish’s favor. I will have Becky winning here and then hopefully (for me at least) go on to face Tiffany would be fun.

WINNER: Becky Lynch

Check back in with Diva Dirt to talk about this show live tonight.

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