|WWE Payback 2015 Results|
We have the standard pre-show panel consisting of Renee Young, Booker T, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. Tom Phillips is covering the social media lounge.
It looks like we're getting a bonus match for the pre-show. Always a good thing, right?
R-Truth vs. Stardust
Since these two have been added to the card, I can only assume that they'll be the two other names along with Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Neville and King Barrett to make up the six Elimination Chamber spots. After some back and forth action in a standard match, R-Truth picks up the win.
WINNER: R-Truth via pinfall.
For an extra match, there's nothing really to complain about, you know what I mean? This was much better than watching some more of the same promos for the other matches that we've seen a bunch of times already, so that's a big plus, and if they build toward Elimination Chamber, all the better.
The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) vs. The Mega Powers (Curtis "Axelmania" Axel and Damien "Macho Mandow" Sandow)
I'm looking forward to this match. It's silly and stupid, but a fun idea. Axel and Sandow come out with the theme music of Savage and Hogan was great, especially with Axel wearing the full costume. Immediately into the match, Axel is hulking up (lmao) and does the finger point, the boot and the leg drop. Unfortunately, rather quickly compared to what I would have liked, The Ascension hit the Fall of Man for the victory.
WINNERS: The Ascension via pinfall.
Disappointed that the Mega Powers didn't win and that this didn't go on longer, but it was still fun and I want to see more.
Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler
Why does Dolph Ziggler look like he's taking over CJ Parker's gimmick? There's a good, simple spot where Ziggler goes for a superkick and Sheamus just elbows his knee. It's very basic, but it's the type of thing that doesn't get done that often in a way that looks as painful as it should be. Very easily, you can injure someone like that instead of doing something flashy. Good move for someone like Sheamus to do. Ziggler gets back in charge and capitalizes on the situation by making Sheamus kiss his ass (finally giving a resolution to the last event). Sheamus grabs a bottle of water to wash the taste out of his mouth. Ziggler follows that up with a Fameasser for a two-count and Sheamus gets one of his own after a powerbomb. Sheamus hits White Noise and follows it up with a Texas Cloverleaf, but Ziggler reaches the ropes. Ziggler hits a superkick for a two-count. Ziggler is busted open and Sheamus ends the match with a Brogue Kick.
WINNER: Sheamus via pinfall.
Rock solid, entertaining match, and better than I expected it would be.
Backstage, Kane argues it out with Seth Rollins and J&J Security about what's going to happen during the Fatal 4-Way title match later on.
[WWE Tag Team Championship 2-Out-of-3-Falls Match]: The New Day (c) vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
Representing The New Day for this match are Kofi Kingston and Big E. The trio cuts a promo during their entrance about the power of thinking positive, whether you're fat or have no friends or anything of the sort. They point out Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles in the crowd and ask him if he's sick and tired of the Orioles having not won a World Series in 32 years. They lead the crowd in a clap. I love this gimmick so much, haha. Kidd, Cesaro and Natalya come out all matching in purple outfits. Natalya looks great, Kidd looks focused, and Cesaro looks goofy but in a good way. Big E and Cesaro show off their strength by catching and slamming each other. Cesaro hits his swing and the sudden stop kick from Tyson Kidd for the first fall. Xavier Woods tries to get in the match by declaring the Freebird Rule, but Natalya pulls him off the apron. The New Day wins the second fall after Kingston and Big E double team Tyson Kidd. Cesaro and Kidd hit a combo of a backbreaker and an elbow drop for a close two-count. There's a good spot with Cesaro catching Kidd on his back and sending him back into the ring. Xavier Woods is able to run into the ring when the referee is distracted and pin Cesaro, because the ref doesn't notice that he isn't Kofi Kingston!!! LMFAO!!!
WINNERS: The New Day via pinfall.
Such an awesome match with such a funny ending. I loved this!
Ryback vs. Bray Wyatt
I'm expecting this to be either the worst or second worst match of the evening (depending on how the divas match goes). So Wyatt basically keeps throwing his body into Ryback in various ways. This isn't bad, actually. It's not amazing, but it's not bad. Bray does a great throw at one point. Ryback hits a frog splash from the turnbuckle. The match ends when Bray pushes Ryback into an exposed turnbuckle and hits Sister Abigail.
WINNER: Bray Wyatt via pinfall.
Better than expected. I'd like to see a gimmick match between the two.
[United States Championship I Quit Match]: John Cena (c) vs. Rusev
Rusev tells Cena he should quit right at the start so he'll save him the pain. He does. Rusev is the new champion. Just kidding, of course. How can someone with the body shape of Rusev do a better dropkick than 99% of the divas that have ever been in the company? This match is slow, as expected, which is hurting it. Rusev waves the flag, stalling for more time. This isn't a Last Man Standing match, guys. Rusev does a move, waits for the ref to ask Cena, who refuses to quit, and then we rinse and repeat. Oh hey, look, Cena got a random Attitude Adjustment. Didn't see that coming, did you? The pace is picking up a tad, but more still needs to be done. Rusev puts Cena in the Accolade and Cena passes out, but that doesn't count for a victory since he didn't say he quit. Rusev undoes a turnbuckle and holds the metal connector for the rope, preparing to hit Cena. Cena ducks and wraps Rusev with the rope in an STF. Rusev doesn't quit, possibly, but they're saying he's speaking Bulgarian. Lana enters the ring, grabs the mic and says that he quits. Either she quit for him and he didn't want to or she just translated him quitting in another language.
WINNER: John Cena via submission.
Took forever to get to the conclusion that was expected.
Backstage, The New Day are toasting with champagne glasses of milk. They say they never curse or complain, but when they find out that they'll be defending the titles in the Elimination Chamber, their response is "What the hell?" I love this stable.
The Bella Twins vs. Naomi and Tamina Snuka
The heels dominate to start. Remember when The Bella Twins were heels for like, ever? Remember when they were faces and then Nikki turned heel, and then Brie just randomly turned heel as well? Yeah, this division has direction. Still, I'm digging these two teams being together, as it makes sense. I'm not enjoying this match all that much, though, unfortunately. They can do better. There's nothing stopping these four from putting on a really solid match, since they're talented enough to do it. Naomi hits the Rear View after a distraction from Tamina, but Nikki kicks out. Good. She should. It's just a butt in the face. Tamina grabs Brie's head and throws her into the barricade, then Naomi grabs Nikki's head and tosses her from the ropes for a pinfall.
WINNERS: Naomi and Tamina via pinfall.
This could have been much better, but I'm not surprised that it was as bland as it was.
Backstage, Rusev is pacing back and forth, angry at Lana. He tells her to get out and then throws a chair.
King Barrett vs. Neville
These two have had numerous matches and so far, this is following the same pattern that they've done before. That's not a bad thing, though, as those matches were fun. Neville's flying around doing some innovative things and Barrett is being a dick. Things are as they should be. Neville hits a standing shooting star press, which is always nice to see. He dodges a Royal Bullhammer, but eats some Winds of Change instead. Disappointingly, after Neville gets back on track, Barrett just accepts a count out loss.
WINNER: Neville via count out.
Lame ending to a fun match.
Barrett then comes back into the ring and Neville breaks his scepter and gives him a Red Arrow. Why wasn't that the end of the match if the same thing was accomplished?
[WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way Match]: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton
All hell breaks loose at first, as expected. Reigns and Ambrose decide to start working together, but Kane gets involved and starts helping Rollins out. J&J Security then get involved with Orton, who tries to fight them off but Kane puts Orton down, too. Then, the energy leaves the crowd entirely. Ambrose starts fighting back and then Kane chokeslams him. This is overbooked. Orton clears off the commentary table. For a moment there, the crowd wakes up when The Shield reunites to do their triple powerbomb spot to Orton through the table. Rollins tries to go with the flow and formally get them back together, but Ambrose and Reigns start beating on him instead. Ambrose and Reigns powerbomb Kane onto Rollins who was laying on the other commentary table twice (once at first, but the crowd chanted for another). Ambrose and Reigns then take the fight to each other in the ring and the crowd's much more excited to see this than before. Rollins comes back into the fray. We're now in the time period where people are exchanging finishers, with a spear, a Superman punch, and Dirty Deeds all happening. Kane interrupts Ambrose's potential win when he goes to pin Rollins. Kane chokeslams Reigns on the steel steps. Orton attempts to DDT Rollins off the ropes, but J&J Security interrupt and get RKOs for their effort. Orton then is able to hit the DDT and set up for an RKO. He's pushed into Kane and gives him an RKO. Rollins gives Orton a pedigree for the win.
WINNER: Seth Rollins via pinfall.
The beginning of this match was fun, then it dipped down and became boring, but it thankfully picked back up and ended up being a good segment overall.
+ The New Day vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
+ Sheamus vs Dolph Ziggler
+ The Shield reunion
- John Cena vs Rusev
- Divas Tag Team Match
- King Barrett vs Neville finish
Reasoning: I thought this would be a real bore and a waste of my night, but I enjoyed the majority of it. It's not going to be my favorite event of the year, but this was a worthwhile pay-per-view event's amount of action and such.
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