In the ring, Orton soaked up the crowd cheers before saying Payback is a fitting name for a pay-per-view. He said payback is exactly what he will get on Rollins. Orton noted that fans voted for a Triple Threat match, bringing Roman Reigns into the fold. There were boos and no cheers. Orton said Reigns will experience disappointment, but that's not his problem. Orton said he's walking out with the title and there's nothing Rollins or Reigns can do about it.
Reigns' music played and he entered through the crowd. Cole said Reigns came "so close" to beating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31, and JBL said it was one of the greatest performances he's ever seen. Once in the ring, Reigns said that if anyone is getting payback on Rollins it is him. The fans chanted "RKO" loudly, and Orton played into those cheers.
"Just to make something clear, they don't fight for you," Reigns told Orton regarding the fans. Orton asked Reigns if he expected him to stand in the corner and watch as Reigns got his payback. Reigns said he doesn't care what he does, but if Orton comes anywhere near him "you won't be standing." The fans booed.
Golding’s POV: It’s good to see Randy Orton enjoying himself, he is always better when he is enjoying himself and interested. Reigns is getting much better on the microphone too.
Orton said he's a 12-time champion who has been in 12 consecutive WrestleManias. Orton asked Reigns about his credentials and then told him, "You've got some catching up to do, kid, sorry." Reigns recalled beating Orton at SummerSlam. He said he wants to get his payback on Rollins, but he doesn't mind breaking Orton in half to get the championship. Reigns and Orton jawed off-mic.
New Day's entrance music played. Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston wore the tag titles, while Big E stood in the middle without a title. "All this negativity has got to stop," Woods said from the stage. Woods said no one cares about the Montreal "boo-hoo job." He said today is a new day. The fans chanted "New Day Sucks."
Kofi Kingston said everyone knows that New Day rocks. E mocked Reigns and Orton. He told them they have a chance to do something extraordinary by clapping with New Day. The New Day started clapping and the fans chanted again while Orton and Reigns stood in the ring without clapping.
New Day announced that Orton and Reigns would face the three of them. Woods said that came straight from Kane. Cole and the broadcast team hyped the handicap match for after the break...
Golding’s POV: New Day are SO much better now they are embracing this heel work. Good way into building into the handicap match, lets hope THESE tag champions can beat Randy Orton
1. Randy Orton and Roman Reigns vs. Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods. The broadcast team stressed that it's a non-title match. Booker said it's Freebird rules. New Day had the advantage and the crowd was nearly silent heading into the break. [C] New Day worked over Reigns for several minutes until he finally made a hot tag to Orton. Randy caught Kingston diving off the top, slammed him, and covered him, but E broke up the pin. Reigns cleared E from the ring. Orton hit his hanging DDT on Kingston and struck the Viper's Pose. Woods spun Orton around, but Orton put him down with an RKO. Reigns attempted to spear legal man Kingston, who moved, causing Reigns to spear Orton. Kingston covered Orton and pinned him...
New Day defeated Randy Orton and Roman Reigns in 13:10.
Afterward, Kane came out and told Reigns and Orton that there's no shame in losing to the tag champions. He said they could leave with their heads held high, but they can't leave. He said he wants to exploit their dislike for one another. Kane booked Orton vs. Reigns as the Raw main event "because that's what's best for business"...
Golding’s POV: The crowd started to get bored but I don’t know why, I enjoyed that tag match. New Day are a lot better as heels and them winning was the right call. **
The broadcast team spoke briefly... Kane was shown walking backstage past the celebrating New Day. Kane approached Seth Rollins, who had Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury with him. Rollins said The Authority is coming back to punish Kane for what he's been doing to him.
Kane told a weird story about using a blowtorch on the chestnuts of Santa Claus. Kane said the Smackdown main event was marred by outside interference, so he booked Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose with J&J Security banned from ringside. Rollins blew a gasket. Kane threw out ridiculous stipulations that Rollins could have instead such as having both of his ankles tied together.
Renee Young stood in the ring and introduced Ryback for an interview. Highlights aired of Bray Wyatt attacking Ryback on Raw last week. Ryback said he had no idea why Ryback attacked him. It sounded like the fans chanted boring or Goldberg. Ryback turned them by telling him he loved them too, which led to a "Feed Me More" chant.
Ryback spoke about his serious injuries in WWE. He said doctors told him he would never wrestle again. He said he's had to face fear his entire life. He said Wyatt doesn't scare him and he never will. "You woke me up and I'm starving," Ryback said. "Talking time is done. It's feeding time."
The Wyatt video flashed. In the too familiar smoky backstage setting, Wyatt delivered a promo how Ryback paints himself as a force when he's just a scared little boy. Wyatt said he sees through the facade. He said everything Ryback loves and is afraid to lose will fade away, just as Ryback will. "Run," he concluded.
Golding’s POV: Ryback did well to turn the crowd there, just a shame that rambled on after that.
2. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (w/Natalya) vs. The Ascension. Before the match, an Ascension promo showed the two of them mocking Kidd for thinking he's a Hart because he married into the family. The Ascension attacked Kidd and isolated him to start the match. Cesaro had to break up a pin following a double team move in the Ascension corner.
Cesaro took the hot tag and delivered repeated uppercuts to Viktor, which drew a lively reaction from the crowd. The Ascension regained control briefly. Kidd performed a slip through the ropes and onto Konnor on the floor. Cesaro performed the spin on Viktor and Kidd caught him with a kick and then covered him for the win...
Tyson Kidd and Cesaro defeated The Ascension in 4:10.
Golding’s POV: Kidd & Cesaro are so entertaining in the ring and nice to see Cesaro add some more “face” moves like those uppercuts in the corner. *
Backstage, Seth Rollins was approached by Renee Young, who asked him for his reaction to facing Ambrose again. Didn't we just get that? Rollins said there's no point to having the match and added that Kane is a moron.
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins made their entrances. Before they could lock up, Kane came out and said that if Ambrose beats Rollins he would be added to the Payback main event, making it a Fatal Four-Way match. Rollins threw a fit. He said there was an app vote and the WWE Universe voted for a Triple Threat.
Ambrose took the mic and it was a great idea. He asked the crowd if they had a problem with him being added. Rollins took the mic back and said he doesn't need to listen to Ambrose or the fans. He said he doesn't have to listen to what anyone in Canada thinks because Canada doesn't matter...
3. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in a non-title match with J&J Security banned from ringside. Ambrose rolled up Rollins for a two count to start the match. They traded offense until Rollins grabbed control. Ambrose came back with a kick and then backdropped Rollins to ringside at 5:00. At 15:15, Rollins performed a Bucklebomb on Ambrose into the barricade at ringside. Ambrose got back to his feet at nine and then slid inside the ring. Rollins sold it by turning his back while acting as though he assumed he'd won. Ambrose came back and performed his clothesline off the ropes. J&J Security ran out and were quickly cleared out. Ambrose rolled up Rollins and pinned him...
Dean Ambrose beat Seth Rollins in 16:30 to earn a spot in the Payback main event.
Golding’s POV: Awesome match and proof that Ambrose should be higher than he is. Great addition to the main event at Payback, shame it’s not the Shield triple threat we all want but I’m now looking forward to the Payback PPV. ***
The broadcast team spoke about the new Payback main event at ringside, then hyped Reigns vs. Orton. They aired footage of Reigns accidentally spearing Orton in the tag match from earlier in the show...The broadcast team discussed the pay-per-view...
Backstage, Rollins through a fit in Kane's area. Kane told him that adversity will make him the champion they all want him to be. He told Rollins not to worry because he has a plan...
In another part of the backstage area, Byron Saxton asked Lana how it feels to get such a positive reaction lately. She said she doesn't know what he's talking about. Fandango cut her off and told her she needs to let it flow. Rusev entered the picture after Fandango walked off and he wasn't happy. Cole said Rusev vs. Fandango is up next...
4. Rusev (w/Lana) vs. Fandango. Early in the match with Fandango down, Fandango walked over to Lana and did his dance. She smiled and did it with him. Rusev attacked Fandango from behind, then sent Lana backstage where the glory hound belongs. A short time later, Rusev applied the Accolade for the win...
Rusev beat Fandango in 2:15.
Footage of the ESPN E:60 documentary that airs on Tuesday night was shown... The broadcast team hyped the documentary and then set up Tough Enough casting videos that were shown...
5. Stardust vs. R-Truth. Only Stardust's entrance was televised. R-Truth hit dropkicks and the crowd came to life! Unfortunately for Truth, it was because of something else in the crowd off-camera. Late in the match, R-Truth went to the corner where a bag that Stardust brought out was sitting. He opened the bag and found rubber spiders. He was so shaken that Stardust was able to pin him...
Stardust beat R-Truth in 2:50.
Golding’s POV: So that just happened… ¼*
An ad aired for the Roman Reigns documentary that will air on the network after Raw...
Cole hyped that a contract signing for the four-way Payback main event will occur on Thursday's Smackdown television show...
John Cena made his entrance and was serenaded with "John Cena Sucks" singing from the fans. Once in the ring, Cena said "I quit, yeah, those words have meaning now don't they." The live crowd sang the Ole song. Cena stopped long enough to let it fade, then said it sounds like there are Montreal fans who wish he would quit and walk away.
"But you know me," Cena said. "You know I've dealt with this type of adversity for years and years and years." Cena said whether you're a critic or an opponent, he never gives up. Cena said he will face Rusev for the last time at Payback because if Rusev makes him say "I Quit" then he doesn't deserve a rematch.
The crowd went back to singing. Cena said making him quit is like making the crowd stop singing. "It ain't never gonna happen," he said. Cena stopped again to let the crowd chant something. "This is passion," Cena said. "You are a rowdy crowd, you do what you want, you say what you want, because you are a passionate people."
Cena turned the focus back to Rusev and said he won't go quietly into the night. Cena asked the crowd if their back was up against the wall and someone stuck a mic in their face and asked what their answer was would be. The crowd yelled "no." Cena pointed to various fans in the crowd.
Cena even pointed to a fan in a Quebec Nordiques jersey. He said they left town in '96, but the fans will not give up. Cena worked in a Montreal Canadiens mention and said he fights for what he believes in. The fans chanted "Go Habs Go" for the Canadiens. "That is the sound of people who believe," Cena said.
Cena said he's proud of his championship and for being known as the man who never gives up. He said he will proudly say The Champ Is Here in two weeks. Cena then said the champ is here now and Montreal is the place to be. Cena issued his open challenge.
Golding’s POV: That’s when Cena is great, he took on the hostile crowd and after a passionate speech he had them eating out of his hand. However I have a feeling that him saying “I Quit” with a pause will somehow come into play at Payback…
Bret Hart's music played and he headed to the ring. Hart stood in the ring and said he was there to introduce a great wrestler. Heath Slater's music played and he came out with a mic in hand. Slater said he won't let his moment to become U.S. Champion be stepped on again. Slater complained about being RKO'd and later attacked by Rusev in previous attempts.
Slater entered the ring and said he was tired of being attacked out of nowhere. Bret slammed the mic over Slater's head. Slater dropped like he'd been shot. Bret said he was there to introduce a hometown boy and one of NXT's hottest superstars - Sami Zayn. The Montreal crowd popped huge and then Sami made his entrance... [C]
6. John Cena vs. Sami Zayn for the U.S. Championship. The match was joined in progress. Zayn sent Cena to ringside and set up for a dive, but Cena moved, so Sami did a flip on the ropes and landed on his feet. The fans sang Ole again. Cena performed a side suplex on Zayn and the referee stepped in as Zayn sold a left shoulder injury. The referee held up the X sign and spoke with Cena.
Eventually, Zayn signaled that he was good to go. A short time later, Cena took control and did the "You Can't See Me" routine, but Zayn rolled him up for a two count. Cena took a powder. Zayn flipped over the top rope and landed on Cena. Back inside the ring, Cena applied a soft looking submission, but Zayn reached the ropes to break it.
Zayn came right back with the Koji Clutch that Cole called by name. Cena powered into AA position, but Zayn rolled him up for two. Rusev and Lana were shown watching the match on a backstage monitor. Later, Cena set up for the AA, but Zayn landed on his backside and shot right up. They did a double clothesline spot and both men rolled to the floor.
Zayn ran over and dove through the ropes and caught Cena with a DDT on the floor. Back in the ring, Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment and covered Zayn, who kicked out at the last moment. Cena shot up and looked stunned while asking the referee how it wasn't three. Cena double checked with the referee even.
Zayn hit the Blue Thunder Bomb on Cena and got a near fall. The fans chanted "this is awesome." Cena and Zayn traded punches. Cena ran the ropes and hit the Springboard Stunner, then hit the AA for the win. Zayn crawled to his corner. Cena offered him a hand and helped him up, then raised his hand before leaving Zayn in the ring. Cena applauded Zayn as he backed his way up the ramp. Zayn beat his chest repeatedly with his right arm, then went back to selling his left shoulder...
John Cena defeated Sami Zayn in 10:40.
Golding’s POV: Now that was freaking awesome! Great way to introduce Zayn (with the Bret Hart endorsement) and a fun match. Hoping that Zayn wasn’t injured but Cena did look quite worried, if it was an injury then hopefully Zayn will recover quickly for the follow up to this. ***
The broadcast team hyped the Reigns vs. Orton main event... Backstage, the Bella Twins were shown walking. They moved past New Day, who were still celebrating their opening match win...
A WWE Network commercial aired... Backstage, Renee Young was preparing to interview Sami Zayn when New Day showed up instead. Kingston asked why should would want to interview anybody but them. Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Natalya showed up. Natalya told them they only won their match because Orton and Reigns hate each other. Kidd led everyone in a New Day sucks clap...
The Bellas headed to the ring for a Nikki Bella match. However, they were jumped from behind by Tamina Snuka and Naomi. Naomi held Nikki, and Tamina kicked her. After leaving the Bellas lying, Naomi said their reign over the division was over. "This is what family is all about," she concluded...
At ringside, Cole explained that Tamina is related to Naomi's husband Jimmy Uso...
Golding’s POV: Interesting way to take the feud and I quite like it, shows a bit of originality and continuity. I would be interested in a tag match between these 4. Good to have Tamina back too, I think she is slightly underrated.
Bad News Barrett made his entrance wearing the crown, cape, and scepter. "Gather 'round you filthy commoners," he said. He said it was a great week for the royal family due to the birth of Princess Charlotte and the crowning of King Barrett. He said he will rule with an iron fist, and anyone who disobeys will be dealt with by a Bull Hammer. Cole hyped the tag match... [C]
[Type a quote from the document or the summary of an interesting point. You can position the text box anywhere in the document. Use the Drawing Tools tab to change the formatting of the pull quote text box.]
Golding’s POV: Was kind of hoping for the KOTR winner to be a bigger deal. This just felt recycled from every heel KOTR winner ever. Shame.
7. Neville and Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus and King Barrett. Ziggler got a pre-taped promo mocking Sheamus's accent and stitched up eye. They cut to an early break. [C] Back from the break, Ziggler connected with a superkick to the face of Sheamus. Neville and Barrett checked in and Neville went on the offensive.
Neville hit missile dropkick and then a standing moonsault for a two count. Barrett came back, but Neville ducked a Bull Hammer and got a two count. Ziggler took Sheamus outside where Sheamus slammed him into the timekeeper's area. Neville caught Barrett with a kick and then set up for his finisher, but he had to kick Sheamus. Neville went for a springboard move and jumped into a Bull Hammer, which led to Barrett getting the pin...
Sheamus and King Barrett defeated Neville and Dolph Ziggler in 8:45.
Golding’s POV: Talk about book your way into a corner, Neville really can’t be losing every week and really Sheamus and Barrett both needed the win this week. Decent match, I just wish it felt like things were actually going somewhere with some of these guys. **
Roman Reigns made his entrance through the crowd for the main event. Randy Orton made his entrance...
[Overrun] Just as the bell was about to ring for the main event, Kane's music played and he headed out in his wrestling gear (um, he took his shirt off). Kane was joined by Seth Rollins and J&J Security, and the foursome headed to the ring together.
Jamie Noble grabbed a mic and climbed onto the broadcast team's table where he introduced himself as the special ring announcer. He also introduced Joey Mercury as the timekeeper, Kane as the ringside enforcer, and Rollins as the guest commentator...
8. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton. Rollins told the broadcast team that he trusts Kane, who said earlier that he has a plan. Reigns hit an early Samoan Drop. The live crowd was flat. Rollins and JBL complained about the Payback main event being a four-way while Cole endorsed the concept.
Reigns and Orton fought to ringside where Reigns punched Noble. Orton took advantage of the distraction and knocked Reigns down with a shot. Orton slammed Reigns' head into the barricade and hit him with an uppercut. Orton rolled Reigns back inside the ring.
Orton stopped to glare at J&J Security, who were being held back by Kane. Reigns came back once Orton returned to the ring. The live crowd was still flat. On commentary, Rollins blamed J&J Security's interference for costing him his match against Dean Ambrose. He barked at Noble to stick with the program.
The match continued with Reigns hitting his ringside kick to the head of Orton, then setting up for a Superman Punch, which Orton dodged. Orton slammed Reigns and then performing the hanging DDT. Fans humored themselves. Orton struck the Viper's Pose and went for the RKO, but Reigns pushed him off and then hit a Superman Punch.
Reigns ran the ropes like a dope even though Kane was getting himself into position. Sure enough, Kane tripped Reigns. The Authority members put the boots to Orton at ringside. Reigns performed his big dive over the top rope onto everyone at ringside. Rollins ran Reigns into the ring post. Rollins slid Orton inside the ring.
Orton put up a fight, but he was quickly outnumbered. The fans chanted "We Want Ambrose." They got their wish, as Ambrose headed to the ring and helped Orton and Reigns fight off everyone until Rollins was left alone in the ring. Reigns performed a spear on Rollins. Orton hit the RKO on Reigns. Ambrose performed Dirty Deeds on Orton. Ambrose stood tall and his music played to end the show. Cole hyped the Reigns network special...
Randy Orton fought Roman Reigns to an apparent no-contest.
Golding’s POV: About what I was really expecting from this. Just a build up to the contract signing, which is fine I guess.
Overall the show was good, two awesome parts outshone the weak (R-Truth/Stardust) and I’m more interested in Payback than I was before the show. I’ve read now that Zayn did in fact separate his shoulder so I hope he is all good to come back next week. Zayn’s debut and the Ambrose/Rollins match were both awesome and deserve to be checked out. ***