Then he hits Salina Del Sol for the clean pin. Winner: Kalisto
Back to the panel for final words before the main show.
“Thats the best match ive seen Ryback have, thanks to Kalisto” – Jerry Lawler.
WWE Payback 2016
Live from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois
Announcers are Michael Cole, JBL and Byron Saxton
The show kicks off with the New Day, and the crowd is HOT for the tag team champs. They do a promo. Xavier Woods tells Beyonce his DMs are open, BABYYY.
#1 Contenders Match for the WWE Tag Team Titles
Enzo & Cass vs. The Vaudevillains
Enzo and Cass come out first and get a HUGE reaction to their act. VV get a muted negative reaction. Match is back and forth for the most part.
Scary end to the match as Enzo appeared to be injured and the match was called off
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
Crowd is still lively despite the concern over Enzo. Update on Enzo is that he is moving extremities and is talking. So that is somewhat of a relief.
Owens and Zayn are brawling around the ring. Some big spots include – Owens hits a HUGE frog splash and gets a convincing near fall. Zayn hits the Blue Thunder bomb – correctly called by Cole! Crowd is rabid and chanting This is Awesome.
Owens goes for a piledriver on the apron, but Zayn backdrops out of it. Owens rolls off the apron and under the ring.
Finish is Owens pinning Sami clean with the Pop Up Powerbomb. Winner: Owens
After the match Owens attacks more, and clears out Zayn. He pulls Byron Saxton into the ring and bullies him into a live interview.
Owens joins commentary for the next match.
WWE Intercontinental Title
The Miz (c) w/Maryse vs. Cesaro
Cesaro has a BREAKAWAY SUIT once again. Match had good heat but a lot of the attention was on Kevin Owens doing commentary.
After a while, Sami Zayn attacked Owens to a huge reaction at the announce table. As this happens, Cesaro is making the Miz tap, but the chaos causes a distraction and Miz gets a fluke win. Winner: Miz
After the match Cesaro attacks Owens and after a variety of finishes, Miz escapes and Owens has the IC belt held high in the ring.
Stephanie McMahon is shown campaigning and smiling backstage talking to Apollo Crews.
Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho
Match was a bit slow to start but got moving nicely.
Match has a lot of heat to start. Natalya hits a great spot where she steps on Charlotte’s back as she’s seated.
Charlotte retakes control and works on Natalya’s back. Charlotte dumps Nattie to the floor, but Ric just hovers. Back in and Charlotte hits a big kick for a near fall. Charlotte locks in the figure four leglock and Nattie will not tap.
Charlotte instead puts on the Sharpshooter and the bell instantly rings.
After the match Bret comes into the ring and knocks out Ric. Natalya puts Charlotte in the Sharpshooter and Bret puts Ric in a “Sharpshooter” to a big pop.
Vince McMahon came out for his decision segment. The crowd loudly chants CM Punk. Vince seems to get a kick out of more than getting super mad. He let it play out. First he called out Stephanie and she got a massive boo reaction.
She cuts a long promo about being the best for business. She gets cut off by HERE COMES THE MONEY and Shane gets a big pop. He cuts a promo as well. It’s funny that wrestling has evolved to where a McMahon talking segment is the semi main event of a PPV.
After long promos, Vince revealed they would both be co-running Raw. After a moment, Shane and Stephanie shook hands.
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows stroll down and go after Roman. There is no DQ so this is allowed. Styles goes for his Phenomenal Forearm and pins Roman, but Reigns gets his foot on the bottom rope. The Usos run down to even the odds. Reigns pushes Styles off the top rope onto the four guys brawling on the floor. Then Reigns flies onto the pile. But Styles rebounds and attacks from the dasher boards. Styles rolls Reigns back into the ring. Springboard 450 splash from the apron! Cover but Reigns kicks out.
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