|WWE Payback 2014 Results|
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Our panel for this evening's show consists of Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley and Booker T.
Hair vs. Mask Match: El Torito vs. Hornswoggle
Very good that they made this a pinfall or submission match. This will ensure that 3MB and Los Matadores will get involved. The start of this is a train wreck, as expected. It should get better later on. Hornswoggle kicks out and tosses El Torito up into the arms of Charles Robinson (LOL). El Torito comes out from other the ring with clippers. One by one, each wrestler on both sides of the teams launches themselves into the group of other guys. Hornswoggle hits a decent power bomb and then unmasks El Torito....but he has another mask underneath.
WINNER: El Torito via pinfall.
Nowhere near as good as the WeeLC match.
Backstage, Cody Rhodes and Goldust are talking about how they need to get back on track.
Kofi Kingston is told that he's going to wrestle Bo Dallas tonight.
United States Championship: Sheamus (c) vs. Cesaro
Paul Heyman points out, when hearing the CM Punk chants, that he's off watching the Blackhawks lose. Cesaro struggles a bit to do the vertical suplex from the turnbuckle spot that he's been doing lately. Boos for Sheamus, as expected. Cesaro hits his German suplex, but only gets a two-count. Sheamus hits White Noise for a two-count. Cesaro escapes a Cloverleaf submission. Sheamus suffers the Cesaro Swing. Sheamus wins via a small package.
WINNER: Sheamus via pinfall.
Not too bad. I would only want to see one more match between these two in some sort of gimmick stipulation, but not a regular singles match.
The Brotherhood (Goldust & Cody Rhodes) vs. Rybaxel (Ryback & Curtis Axel)
This isn't something that anyone can really get into. Basically, it is a standard match you'd see on Raw or SmackDown. Cody Rhodes messes up a moonsault and ends up awkwardly almost bumping heads with Axel and Ryback. Ryback turns a Beautiful Disaster kick attempt into a powerbomb onto Goldust. Cross Rhodes pin is broken up by Axel. Ryback hits a Shell Shock on Rhodes when he dodges the second Disaster kick and wins.
WINNERS: Curtis Axel and Ryback via pinfall.
After the match, Cody asks for a microphone. He says "brother to brother...you need a better tag team partner than me." Nice...something different instead of the typical heel turn.
Rusev vs. Big E
Rusev comes out angrily waving the flag as if he's trying to swat away a bee. Big E comes out waving an American flag. Aaaand now they're having a flag waving competition. This looks ridiculous. There's a few okay moves, such as Big E spearing Rusev through the ropes. Rusev locks in the Accolade and wins.
WINNER: Rusev via submission.
Before and after the match were more exciting times, since Rusev's flag thing is just absolutely ridiculous.
Kofi Kingston vs. Bo Dallas
Bo Dallas tells the fans that they can succeed if they just bolieve, even though the Blackhawks will lose. Before they get started, Kane comes out. Bo Dallas runs away and Kane goes after Kofi.
After the match, Bo Dallas tries to give Kofi some words of encouragement. "We bolieve" chants start.
Intercontinental Championship: Bad News Barrett (c) vs. Rob Van Dam
RVD won't be getting Payback. After tonight, he won't be getting any paychecks. RVD hits his usual moves. Barrett has some nice offense here and there, but nothing to write home about. RVD misses a frog splash (which looked like he was afraid to do, by the way). Barrett misses a Bullhammer on the outside and hits a ring post. RVD goes for a split-legged moonsault and ends up eating BNB's legs instead. One Bullhammer later and Barrett retains.
WINNER: Bad News Barrett via pinfall.
This wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be...so I'm disappointed...
Will Daniel Bryan Surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?
I sure hope not. Stephanie has a great line when the CM Punk chants break out. "These people want to see you quit just like CM Punk did." After stalling and saying that it is the right thing to do over and over again, Stephanie gets her answer. Brie Bella quits and then slaps Stephanie in the face.
Last Man Standing: John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
John Cena has The Usos as backup, per usual. They're getting a good response from the crowd who booed Cena. When Wyatt has control, he starts dancing with Cena. This is a slow match with not much going on. Cena is tossed through a table, but he gets up before the 10-count is done. Cena throws the whole top section of the steps into Bray Wyatt while he's on the outside. Cena hits an Attitude Adjustment on the outside and is then attacked by Harper and Rowan, who bring Wyatt to his feet for him. The Usos come back to help even the odds. The Usos and Rowan/Harper are all smashed through tables. Wyatt dives into Cena and they crash through the security barricade. Cena gives Wyatt an Attitude Adjustment through some kind of an equipment box and then puts another on top of it to block him from getting up.
WINNER: John Cena via a box.
Decent way to end the match that makes sense, but everything else was a bore to me.
Divas Championship: Paige (c) vs. Alicia Fox
Alicia acts pissed when someone in the crowd doesn't have anything in their cup. This is Alicia's match to dominate and dictate the pace of. Paige isn't really doing all that much. It looks like we're gearing up to the end, since enough time has passed by...even though it doesn't look like the ending should come from this chain of events. Paige apparently calls her finisher the PTO - Paige Tap Out.
WINNER: Paige via submission.
I had more faith in this match than I should have, and just like the RVD vs BNB one, it disappointed me that I gave it a chance. I still like what Alicia Fox is doing, though.
No Holds Barred Elimination Match: Evolution vs. The Shield
Batista looks ridiculous wearing his baby blue ring attire. #Bluetista is trending right now!!!!!!!! They're trading blows back and forth, but sadly, not much has gone on to report about. Roman Reigns is powerbombed through the Spanish announcers table. Dean Ambrose jumps on all members of Evolution. Rollins flips himself onto Orton and Triple H. Evolution continues to destroy The Shield with steel chairs. Reigns is all by himself in the ring, surrounded by all members of Evolution. Batista gives him a spinebuster. They hold him down over the steel steps and trade shots with the kendo stick on his back. Reigns tries to fight back with a Superman punch, but the numbers game catches up to him. He's nailed in the back with a chair by Triple H and starts crawling to the outside. Triple H hits him in the back again. Then again. Ambrose attempts to get back in the mix. Orton gives him a DDT on the concrete. Rollins is on top of the bottom part of the stage and jumps on top of Evolution. Batista is speared and the first person eliminated. After the Dirty Deeds, Randy Orton is eliminated. Triple H low blows Ambrose and goes for a Pedigree, but Reigns stops it. Batista spears Roman Reigns. Triple H is unable to eliminate anyone and after taking a spear from Roman Reigns, he is eliminated as well.
WINNERS: The Shield via pinfall.
Totally didn't expect a clean sweep. I liked their Extreme Rules match better (a theme for tonight), but this was probably the best match of the night.
2. Daniel Bryan doesn't drop the belt
3. The Shield win
1. Rusev vs Big E
2. Paige vs. Alicia Fox
3. El Torito vs Hornswoggle
Reasoning: Frankly...I'm being generous. This was a glorified episode of Raw. Nothing was horrible, but absolutely nothing at all...NOTHING...was worth spending the money that the pay-per-views cost. Thank goodness the WWE Network is so cheap in comparison, right? This is an instance where WWE would have benefited from having less events each year, as Money in the Bank should be better.
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