Event: WWE Payback 2016 Pay-Per-View
Airdate: Sunday, May 1st, 2016 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL
Results by Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
– Dolph Ziggler def. Baron Corbin: Corbin dominates most of the match, getting lots of offense in at ringside. Ziggler comes back with a quick small package pin for the 1-2-3 out of nowhere. This was Corbin’s first loss on the WWE roster.
– Kalisto def. Ryback: Ryback’s belt reads “The Pre-Show Stopper.” They go back and forth early on, and eventually Kalisto hits a series of high-flying dives onto Ryback to take control of the match. Ryback hits some suplexes but Kalisto drops him with a big tornado DDT off the ropes. He hits another one that drives Ryback’s face into the apron, he follows up with a splash then a corkscrew elbow off the ropes for a 2 count. Ryback comes back with a spinebuster for a 2 count of his own. Ryback goes up top but Kalisto kicks him in the head. Kalisto joins him on the turnbuckle and Ryback htis a military press slam off the top and follows up with a splash, which he misses. Kalisto hops up and hits the Salida Del Sol for the 1-2-3 to retain the U.S. Title.
WWE Payback 2016
We go live in Chicago as Big E kicks off the show introducing the WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day. Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods head to the ring with mics in hand. Woods welcomes everyone to WWE Payback and talks about how one team will have the opportunity to become No. 1 Contenders for the WWE World Tag Team Championships. Kingston said they want a ringside view tonight. Big E said it is a new era in WWE…because…”New…Day Rocks!”
A video package runs focusing on the new era in WWE following WrestleMania 32 with the tagline, “We Have Arrived.” The video package then looks at Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles, Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens, Enzo Amore and Big Cass, The Vaudevillains and Mr. McMahon making an announcement on who will control RAW going forward. “The First Pay Per View of a New Era” closes the video package. A graphic opening hits welcoming us to Payback as we go back live to Chicago. Out first is Enzo Amore and Big Cass.
WWE Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contenders Tournament Final
Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady vs. The Vaudevillains
We start with Enzo Amore and Simon Gotch. Enzo with a monkey flip on Gotch. Gotch bridges out and kicks Enzo away. Gotch with a series of shoulder tackles and Enzo catches him with a dropkick. Tag to Aiden English who blocks a drop toe hold. Big Cass tags himself in and stares down English. Big Cass with body shots to English in the corner. Tag back to Enzo who is launched into Gotch and English by Big Cass. Big Cass then press slams Enzo over English for a two count. Enzo cuts off Gotch with a high knee and then eats a corner dropkick from English. Gotch sends Enzo through the ropes and Enzo catches his head on the bottom rope. Enzo appears to be legitimately knocked out.
A WWE referee immediately attends to Enzo Amore at ringside. WWE medical staff run down. The referee calls for the bell. We see a replay and Enzo knocked his head off the second rope. They did a close up and Enzo is gasping for air and appears to be legitimately knocked out.
The referee has called for the bell. Medical staff are now at ringside and are putting Enzo on a stretcher. Big Cass is looking on and speaking with WWE staff. Xavier Woods had a very concerned look on his face as he was sitting at ringside with Big E and Kofi Kingston.
Winner: No Contest
A video package runs hyping Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn.
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Owens and Zayn immediately start brawling and Zayn quickly tosses Owens out of the ring. Zayn leaps over the top rope and takes out Owens. Zayn sends Owens back first into the ring barricade two times. Back in the ring, Owens bounces the jaw of Zayn off the top rope. Zayn rebounds with right hands and body shots to Owens. Owens drops Zayn face first off the ring apron and then tosses him shoulder first into the steel steps. The referee starts the count. Owens kicks Zayn right in the face on the steel steps.
Enzo Amore is now talking and moving according to an update by Michael Cole.
Back in the ring, Owens with a big chop to Zayn. Zayn with elbows. Owens returns with an elbow of his own. Owens with a front suplex on Zayn bouncing him off the top rope and following it up with a quick splash for a two count. Owens with a high elbow and Zayn immediately returns with a clothesline. Zayn with another clothesline that levels Owens. Zayn with right hands to Owens standing in the corner and then throws lefts and rights. Owens with a boot to the face on Zayn. Zayn returns with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a two count.
Owens cradles Zayn and drops him over his knee. Nearfall for Owens. Owens gets up on the top turnbuckle and connects with a huge frog splash. Owens hooks the leg of Zayn and Zayn kicks out. Owens with a cannonball to Zayn in the corner. Owens connects with a second cannonball. Zayn counters a Pop Up Powerbomb attempt with a dropkick. Zayn with a big hook back suplex on Owens and Owens immediately levels Zayn. The fans in Chicago go crazy. Zayn with a roll up for another close two count on Owens. Zayn springboards off the ropes attempting a tornado DDT and Owens counters dropping Zayn off his knee. Owens and Zayn exchanging shots. Owens with a kick to Zayn, Zayn with a back body drop and Owens lands back first over the ring apron. Zayn dives through the ropes in the corner and takes out Owens with a DDT on the outside! Back inside the ring, Zayn is firing himself up as Owens is getting to his feet. Owens catches Zayn with a superkick and the Pop Up Powerbomb. Owens covers and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Kevin Owens
After the match, we can see that the nose of Kevin Owens is busted open. Owens then tosses Sami Zayn over the top rope. He then yells at Byron Saxton at ringside to get a microphone and to get inside the ring. Saxton gets in the ring and Owens tells him to ask him about beating Sami Zayn tonight. Saxton asks if the rivalry is finally over. Owens takes the mic away and yells, “I beat Sami Zayn! You saw it. You all saw it. I beat’em and I finally put to rest the question that people have been asking about us for 14 years. I beat Sami Zayn. Kevin Owens is the better man.” He said now he can refocus and get back “my Intercontinental Championship.” Saxton says that match is next and Owens offers up commentary duties. Owens grabs a chair at ringside.