The House of Horrors Match easily was the most controversial part of WWE's recent Payback pay-per-view. As part of his full breakdown of Payback on the latest episode of his podcast, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin gave his review of the battle between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt.
Austin said as follows regarding the House of Horrors Match:
"I watched this as a fan and when I watch these guys start to scrap inside the house, I thought it was shot really well. I thought it was edited really well. The music, the score, was almost cinematic. … the guys working in the house, they did everything that they could, it was shot as well as it could be shot. I thought it was executed damn near to perfection."
Austin did note the need to "suspend your disbelief" with Wyatt leaving the house in a limo, with Randy Orton trapped under a tipped-over refrigerator, only to have "The Viper" appear back inside the arena in San Jose and confront Wyatt for the finish of the match, which also involved Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers.
Former WWE writer Court Bauer joined Austin for his review of Payback and noted that he remembered Michael Hayes lobbying for the House of Horrors as a concept match as far back as 2000.
"This is a Michael Hayes dream match," Bauer said. "He's been trying to do this match for almost two decades and, lo and behold, I think 'Freebird' finally got Vince [McMahon] to sign off on it in 2017."
Click here to listen to the entire episode of the Steve Austin Show breaking down Payback from beginning to end.