WWE Payback Results
Dolph Ziggler defeated Baron Corbin
-I missed this match because I was trying to connect to the Network. All I know is Corbin losing is really stupid. Although I could fully expect him to get his win back on Monday. Because as we know in the WWE, everything is 50/50. Hopefully this isn’t a sign that the higher ups aren’t fans of Corbin. I think he has been rather good since his debut in the WWE.
Kalisto defeated Ryback to Retain the United States Championship
-What a good match. It’s funny. The fans were chanting “You Can’t Wrestle” at Ryback but were extremely into this match. Ryback started off by doing CM Punk’s entrance coming to the ring. What a heel. There was great back and forth action throughout the match. The ending came when Ryback hit a gorilla press slam off the top rope. He went for a splash off the top but Kalisto moved. Kalisto then hit Salida del Sol on Ryback for the win. Ryback kept up the pace the entire time. Much better than the Wrestlemania match.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs The Vaudevillians Ended In A No Contest
-The match ended when Enzo hit his head into the ropes. There was little movement and he was stretched out. It was a scary scene. Hopefully Enzo is okay.
UPDATE: The WWE said that Enzo is being taken to a local hospital but is talking and moving all extremities.
Kevin Owens defeated Sami Zayn
-Well, if there was one way to get the crowd back into the show, it was this. This was one hell of a match. Owens dominated the early part of the match before Zayn came back. Zayn back dropped Owens onto the apron then hit his DDT through the ropes. Owens ended up catching Zayn with a superkick then hitting the pop-up powerbomb for the win. After the match, Owens forced an interview from Byron Saxton. He said he is going to get back his IC Title then did commentary for his next match. I hope these two end up having another match at Extreme Rules.
Miz defeated Cesaro to Retain the Intercontinental Title
-Cesaro controlled the early part of the match. He caught Miz in the air and hit a backbreaker. It wasn’t until Cesaro went to the top and Maryse grabbed his leg that Miz took control. Cesaro powered out of a headlock then hit ten running upper cuts from corner to corner. Cesaro finally got Miz in the swing then applied the crossface. Suddenly, Sami Zayn appeared OUT OF NOWHERE and started fighting with Owens. They ended up on the apron which distracted the ref. Miz started tapping but the ref didn’t see it. Cesaro released the hold, but Miz rolled him up to pick up the win. After the match everyone fought. Owens hit another pop-up powerbomb on Zayn and went to hit one on Miz but Maryse pulled him out of the ring. Another good match with some solid booking tying two stories together. I expect a Fatal 4 Way at Extreme Rules.
Dean Ambrose defeated Chris Jericho
-Back and forth match. It was weird that this match was somewhat of the cooldown match after the previous two. Ambrose got to the ropes when Jericho applied the Walls. The action went to the announce table. Jericho tried applying the Walls again but Ambrose blocked it. Instead, Jericho catapulted Ambrose over the barricade into the time keeper area. Ambrose just beat the count back in. Ambrose blocked the Codebreaker and Jericho’s attempted springboard dropkick. But Jericho regained the upper hand and applied the Walls again, only for Ambrose to pull through it with a roll up for two. Jericho went for the Lionsault but Ambrose got his knees up. Ambrose eventually hooked in Dirty Deeds for the win. The match was good. The previous two were better so I think this one suffered a bit from following them. Still good.
Charlotte defeated Natalya via Submission to Retain the Women’s Title
-Charlotte worked over the legs of Natalya early on. Both women delivered Flair chops to each other. Natalya pushed Charlotte off the ropes then went for a hurricarrana on the outside but they screwed it up. Natalya also missed on a slap to get out of the Figure 8. Charlotte connected on the moonsault but only got a two count. Charlotte went to the Figure 8 again but Natalya reversed it. Charlotte got to the ropes. Charlotte then applied the Sharpshooter, and Charles Robinson rang the bell before Natalya tapped out. SCREWJOB! After the match, Bret and Natalya applied joint sharpshooters to Ric and Charlotte. The match was just okay. There were a couple of screw-ups. The ending sets up a rematch for next month.
-Vince was met with a good amount of CM Punk chants. He asked the crowd how long they could keep it going. Stephanie came out and she rambled on and on and on and on. It was like a normal Authority promo. Shane came out and asked Stephanie about what headlines she got when she was in charge. Shane then showed a bunch of headlines from the Internet. Shane said he left the company before because his voice wasn’t being heard so he decided to go in a different direction. Shane said the crowd speaks for him. Vince brought up the Undertaker stip and said Shane shouldn’t even be here right now. Vince said he doesn’t listen to anybody but himself. He said tonight is about him. Vince said they both have equal say, and they will both be running RAW. It took 20 minutes to get to the worst decision they could possibly make. What an awful decision.
-AJ Styles went after the legs of Reigns early on with a barrage of kicks. Reigns came back and went for a Superman Punch early but Styles caught him with an enziguri kick to the head. Reigns went for a powerbomb but Styles rolled through with the Calf Crusher but Reigns got to the ropes. Reigns rolled to the outside, but Styles hit a springboard forearm to the outside and went though the announce table. Reigns was counted out, but Shane McMahon came out to restart the match with no countouts. Styles hit the Pele Kick. Styles went for a 450 splash but Reigns got his knees up. Styles went to the top but Reigns caught him with a punch to the groin. The ref ruled it a DQ. But here comes Steph! She restarted the match again with now no countout and DQ!
The action spilled to the outside. Styles clotheslined Reigns over the barricade and he awkwardly hit it with his knee and wrist. Styles went for the Phenomenal Forearm in the ring but Reigns caught him with a Superman Punch for a two count. Reigns hit another one but out came Anderson and Gallows to pull out Styles. They beat down Reigns and hit him with the Boot of Doom. Styles hit the Forearm but only got a two count. The Usos came out and attacked Anderson and Gallows. Styles went to the top but Reigns pushed him off onto all four men on the outside. Reigns hit his dive to the outside but AJ wasn’t in the group. Styles then hit the Phenomenal Forearm off the barricade then a springboard Shooting Star Press but only got a two. Reigns blocked a Styles Clash attempt. Reigns went for a Superman Punch but Styles caught him on the ropes. Reigns ducked a springboard dive and hit a Spear on Reigns to pick up the win.
The match was good, albeit a bit over booked. The interference was a bit much. We all were expecting something big and didn’t get it in the end. But the action was good overall and a couple of the spots, especially the forearm into the table, was well done. Styles looked good in defeat.
-They cut to Vince backstage with Steph and Shane. Shane said AJ should get a rematch. Shane said it should be an Extreme Rules match at the next PPV, Extreme Rules.
-This was a very good show from top to bottom. All of the action on the show was solid. Every single match delivered. I would say the women’s match was the worst of the bunch, but I would still say it was better than average. The KO/Zayn match transitioned nicely into the Miz/Cesaro match and set things up for the next month. Ambrose/Jericho was good and finally gave Ambrose the win he has needed forever. The women’s match had a few botched spots but was okay for the most part. The WWE Title Match was good. As I said above the interference was a bit over the top but the match still delivered. Overall, this was a very good show. The only bad period was the promo in the ring, and it ended with the worst decision possible. And we know it will eventually end with just one person getting power in the end. But I give this show a solid two thumbs up. Much better than Wrestlemania.
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