Today on Sunday, May 1, WWE will present WWE Payback, live at 8/5 p.m. ET/PT at the Allstate Arena in Rosemount, Illinois. For those who are unable to attend the live event, it will be available for viewing exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network.
However, the Inquisitr understands not everyone in the WWE Universe (or wrestling community in general) will be able to spend up to three hours watching WWE Payback. Therefore, results will be presented live as they become available.
Similar to past WWE pay-per-views, the WWE is providing a kick-off, courtesy to those who do not have a paid subscription to the WWE Network. One hour before the special event at 7/4 p.m. ET/PT, WWE Payback Kickoff will take place, which will include a panel of WWE personalities and commentators discussing the matches in WWE Payback. Not only that, but there will be two matches that take place at this time. Dolph Ziggler versus Baron Corbin in a singles match and Kalisto versus Ryback in a singles match for the WWE United States Championship. It can be viewed not only on the WWE Network, but also on WWE’s official website, WWE App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Pinterest.
As for the main card itself, the following match card shown below is what is provided at this moment, and can change for any reason. The Inquisitr will update this article with the latest results as they become available live but as for a synopsis, it will be fully-updated after the event is done. Also, since the WWE Payback Kickoff is technically free-to-watch, results for its two matches will not be included below.
The Miz versus Cesaro (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
RESULT: The Miz defeats Cesaro via pinfall with a Roll-Up.
SYNOPSIS: Prior to this match, it should be noted Kevin Owens decided to sit at color commentary to call this match. Anyways, Miz’s plan to outwrestle Cesaro in the beginning of the match did not so well as the “King of Swing” dominated. The only times the Miz gained the upper hand is whenever his wife Maryse interfered in the match.
Despite all that Maryse has done to help the Miz, Cesaro rallied back with with explosive shows of power, and the use of his “Swedish Death” European Uppercut. The highlight of Cesaro’s assault was the Cesaro Swing in which Miz was swung around almost 20 times. Cesaro than locked in the Crippler Crossface.
Unfortunately for Cesaro, an interference from Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn fighting it out on the apron distracted the referee from seeing the Miz tapping out. This in turn distracted Cesaro in which the Miz took advantage with a roll-up pin for the three-count.
Sami Zayn versus Kevin Owens
RESULT: Kevin Owens defeats Sami Zayn via pinfall after the Pop-Up Powerbomb.
SYNOPSIS: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn start out the match with their classic slug-out, exchanging hands into each other one’s faces. Owens got the upper hand and took Zayn to the apron for a Pop-Up Powerbomb on the edge. Zayn countered with a backdrop.
Now outside, Sami Zayn was in control as Kevin Owens showed signs of wobbliness. He was even enough to connect with his through-the-turnbuckle tornado DDT which eventually started the “This is awesome!” chants. Eventually, the fight went back to the ring in which a back-and-forth game resulted in Owens connecting with a Pop-Up Powerbomb on Zayn. The move was strong enough to put away Zayn for a three-count.
Dean Ambrose versus Chris Jericho
RESULT: Dean Ambrose defeats Chris Jericho via pinfall after the Dirty Deeds.
SYNOPSIS: This match is best described as technical wrestling versus brutality. Dean Ambrose brought the brutality with numerous chops to Chris Jericho’s chest. This caused Jericho to run from Ambrose, which was a means for Jericho to gain the upper hand. He slowed the pace of the match with numerous submission moves including an abdominal stretch, butterfly stretch, and other submissions just to wear down the chaotic style of Ambrose.
Eventually, the Lunatic Fringe took control in which he and Chris Jericho fought on top of the announcement tables. It was the last sequence before the counter-to-counter finale in which Dean Ambrose came out on top spiking Jericho with Dirty Deeds. Jericho reacted to his loss with a tantrum.
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady versus The Vaudevillains (#1 Contendership For WWE Tag Team Championships)
RESULT: The match ended in a no contest.
SYNOPSIS: The majority of the match was mostly the promos pulled off by The New Day, followed by Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, finished by The Vaudevillains. Each team had their time in the limelight.
As for the match, it was fairly a short match starting out with Enzo and Colin dominating the match, but one botch changed everything. Simon Gotch Irish Whipped Enzo out of the ring, but Enzo’s head whipped off the second rope and bounced off the ring apron. The situation gave Enzo a concussion in which the referee had no choice but to call the match a no contest.
Charlotte versus Natalya (WWE Women’s Championship)
RESULT: Charlotte defeats Natalya via submission with a “Montreal Screwjob” Sharpshooter.
SYNOPSIS: Given the fact both Charlotte and Natalya had a phenomenal match when they fought for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship, we were expecting a great match tonight too. Charlotte and Natalya did deliver… until the end. At the beginning of the match, both Charlotte and Natalya were on even ground as they fought one-on-one. Eventually, Charlotte slowed the match down with leg submissions zoning in on the leg for the Figure-Eight Leglock.
Natalya eventually battled back on one leg even kicking out of Natural Selection and a moonsault. It looks like Natalya’s resiliency would keep her in the game, but instead, we get a “Montreal Screwjob.” Charlotte locks in the Sharpshooter on Natalya and loses by submission despite never tapping out. Both Natalya and Bret Hart, who was at ringside to keep Ric Flair in check, slap on Sharpshooters on both Charlotte and Ric Flair. Both Flairs tap out in synchronization.
Roman Reigns versus AJ Styles (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
RESULT: Roman Reigns defeats AJ Styles via pinfall after the Spear.
SYNOPSIS: This match would have been the most boring match of the night despite AJ Styles being in it if it weren’t for both Shane and Stephanie McMahon and the inclusion of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for AJ and the Usos for Roman. For the first half of the match, the fight just went back-and-forth in typical “match with Roman” fashion.
There were two times when the McMahons Siblings came out to make the match even more interesting. First was when AJ Styles won the match via countout. Shane McMahon came out and restarted the match without countouts. The second was when Roman Reigns hit AJ with a low blow. Stephanie came out this time and restarted the match with no disqualifications.
The lack of rules opened the door for both Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson to show their dominance on Roman Reigns. Eventually, the Usos would come out and even the score. After some six-man chaos, Reigns was able to connect with the Spear to score the pinfall victory.
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