Less than a month from the biggest WrestleMania of all-time, a new era has dawned on the WWE with a wealth of new superstars emerging with Shane McMahon in charge for not one, not two, not even three but four weeks now. But now his sister Stephanie is back on the scene, what will their father Vince McMahon decide is the best for the future…who will be in charge? Every match on the card has a former NXT wrestler…yep, every match so this is truly a new era with AJ Styles having his first crack at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Roman Reigns – will he succeed in becoming the new champion. WDD are here throughout the night providing the…
WWE Payback 2016 LIVE Report
We are straight into the kickoff show, with the usual lineup of Renee Young, Booker T, Jerry Lawler and Corey Graves as they continue to preview tonight’s event. It has just being revealed that there will be two matches on the kickoff show now. Not only will there be the match for the WWE United States Championship but also Ziggler versus Corbin. Our commentators for the kickoff are Mauro Ranallo and Byron Saxton before we go to the ring for the first match.
Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
Both men make their way to the ring, Corbin’s entrance is quite cool. Corbin is quite dominant in the first few minutes and generally looks quite impressive in what he is doing. Ziggler tries to make a comeback, but is overcome when he tries. Ziggler gains some momentum but is soon enough taken out by Corbin. The end of the match comes when Ziggler rolls up Corbin for the win in what is a shocking conclusion. Corbin looked really good in the match, and for him not to win is quite surprising.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
WWE United States Championship: Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback
Both men make their way to the ring, with Ryback receiving a terrible reaction. Ryback attempts to use his power and size, but Kalisto uses his aerial ability to maintain the control. Ryback does eventually regain the control with a series of power moves, but Kalisto does manage to nail a nice aerial DDT on the outside of the ring. The match actually maintains a really good pace with several near finishes, and the end comes when Kalisto nails his finisher to retain the championship. Pretty decent match actually, much better than anticipated. Did not expect Kalisto to walk out still champion.
Winner: Kalisto, to retain the WWE United States Championship
We go straight to the ring without an opening promo to The New Day making their way to the ring…Kofi is back. They cut a promo about their forthcoming challenger before we go to the opening promo based around the rise of Shane McMahon in charge of RAW, but more importantly how this is a new era in the WWE. Really good to see so many matches and feuds profiled here. We then go straight back inside the arena for the first match of the evening;
Enzo and Cassidy vs. The VaudeVillains
Enzo and Cass make their way to the ring, getting a really good reaction. The VaudeVillains make their way to the ring but the match is quickly bought to a stop when Enzo takes a really nasty spot into the bottom rope. Disappointingly but very understandably the match is called off by the referees as medics attend to Enzo.
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Both men make their way to the ring, with Zayn getting a really good reaction. The match gets underway with some really nice spots from Zayn in the early moments as he attempts to gain the upper hand over Owens. KO does ultimately gain the control but it doesn’t last long and SZ really takes it once again to KO. KO does nail a really impressive frog splash to get a near finish. They both exchange a series of moves, but SZ is generally in control of the match including his patent running DDT on the outside. KO is able to pick up the win following a pop-up powerbomb in a very impressive match which actually achieved a lot for both men.
KO attacks SZ after the match, before demanding Byron Saxton come in and interview him. He talks about being the better man, before going onto talk about reclaiming the WWE Intercontinental Championship. He then goes and joins commentary for the next match of the evening.
Winner: Kevin Owens
WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) (w/ Maryse) vs. Cesaro
Both men make their way to the ring, with Cesaro being in control in the early moments with a variety of moves. The Miz is able to regain the control, utilizing various moves to exploit the weakened shoulder of Cesaro. Cesaro soon comes back with a series of patent uppercuts and a running dropkick. A few near finishes later from both men, KO is then attacked on commentary by SZ as the match continues with Cesaro nailing The Miz with the big swing. With the referee distracted by KO and SZ, The Miz taps out to a crossface. As Cesaro breaks up the distraction, he is quickly rolled up by Miz who picks up the win. Really enjoyable match, thoroughly entertaining which achieved a lot for both men.
After the match, all four men brawl until Maryse pulls her husband from the ring as KO holds up the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a potential preview for Extreme Rules.
Winner: The Miz, to retain the WWE Intercontinental Champion
Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose
The history package is shown for their match, but with no mention to their issues beginning back at Night of Champions. Both men make their way to the ring as various alternate commentary teams are introduced. The match gets underway, with Ambrose ultimately being in control dominating the action in the first few minutes as both men display a great series of endurance with one another. Ambrose goes for his signature Dirty Deeds, but this is countered by Y2J into a Walls of Jericho which he manages to break. Eventually, Ambrose is able to pick up the win in this very credible match following his DD finisher. Absolutely cracking match, really enjoyable.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
WWE Women’s Championship: Charlotte (c) (w/ Ric Flair) vs. Natalya (w/ Bret Hart)
Charlotte makes her way to the ring first, before Natalya makes her way out with Bret who receives a tremendous ovation. The match gets underway with some very basic wrestling moves between the two, with Nattie in control. Soon enough, Charlotte is able to regain the momentum and takes down Nattie with a variety of holds. She continues to work Nattie down with a variety of moves to the knee and a whole lot of near finishes for Charlotte really heighten the match as Nattie continues to fight back. The end of the match comes when Charlotte locks Nattie in the Sharpshooter, with referee Charles Robinson calling for the bell in symbolism to the Montreal Screwjob.
After the bell, Bret makes his way into the ring and attacks Ric Flair before he locks him in the Sharpshooter whilst Natalya locks Charlotte in the Sharpshooter. Something says this isn’t over.
Winner: Charlotte, to retain the WWE Women’s Championship
The Future of RAW…
Vince McMahon makes his way to the ring with a very hostile crowd as they continually chant CM Punk as Vince embraces it almost and eggs them on. After a brief talk about RAW, he then introduces Stephanie to the ring. She talks about the empathy she has received since WrestleMania as she gets booed out of the building and Vince tells the audience to shut up. She then talks about the various superstars and accomplishments achieved throughout the reign of The Authority. She then pleads with Vince as the crowd chant boring before “Here Comes the Money” hits and Shane McMahon makes his way to the ring.
This then becomes a political debate as Shane pitches for him to become the person in charge of RAW as the crowd chants “You’ve still got it” to Shane. Anyhow, in a very much anti-climax, Vince McMahon announces that he wants blood and sweat with both Shane and Stephanie being in control of RAW. Promised a lot, delivered so little that segment did.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles
The history package is shown for the match, before we return to the arena with AJ making his way to the ring first receiving an okay reaction. Reigns then makes his way to the ring to an absolutely terrible reaction, as he is referred to as “the guy”. Reigns is fairly dominant in the first few minutes being able to take down AJ with a variety of moves. AJ is able to counter a superman punch allowing him to regain some momentum. A really nice spot sees AJ take Roman through the announce table with an aerial forearm, but this leads to Roman being counted out. AJ wins, but Roman is still the champion.
Shane O Mac then makes his way out and says in this era this won’t be happening before restarting the match with no count-outs. The match gets back underway, and an attempted 450 Splash by AJ backfires when Roman gets him with the knees to the gut. AJ then seemingly wins via DQ when Roman punches him in the gentlemen’s area before Stephanie makes her way out and once again the match is restarted with it now be No Disqualification. The match gets back underway with it soon sprawling into the crowd. A near finish for Roman comes with a massive aerial Superman punch.
Gallows and Anderson then make their way to the ring and attend to AJ before attacking Reigns before nailing him with the Boot of Doom. AJ then slowly makes his way back into the ring, before nailing Roman with a phenomenal forearm to gain the near finish before The Usos make their way out and go for Gallows and Anderson. After another near finish for AJ, Roman is able to nail him with a spear in an amazing match to pick up the win and retain the championship.
Winner: Roman Reigns, to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
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