Event: WWE Payback Pay-Per-View
Airdate: Sunday, June 16th, 2013 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL (Chicago)
Results by Wrestling News World
WWE Payback Opener:
We open the show with a video package highlighting the main feuds heading into tonight. A lot of time is spent on Cena/Ryback, as well as Ziggler/Del Rio.
- The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to the show. They throw it right to the ring for the Intercontinental Championship Match.
Trple Threat Match
Curtis Axel vs. The Miz vs. Wade Barrett
The Miz's music hits, and the Must See Superstar makes his way to the ring to a bit of a mixed reaction from the crowd. Curtis Axel is out next, with Paul Heyman in tow, and he doesn't get too much of a reaction out of the crowd on his way into the ring. Wade Barrett is the final entrant to make his way into the arena. He too doesn't draw too much of a reaction out of the fans.
The bell rings and all three men square off. Axel tries to clothesline Miz, but Miz ducks and attacks both opponents, tossing Axel over the top and out to the floor. Miz tries for a quick roll up, but hot shots Barrett into the canvas when that doesn't work. Axel heads back to the apron but Heyman tells him to wait it out. Barrett recovers and tosses Miz to the outside and Miz slams Axel's head into the apron before sending him back into the ring for a pump-handle slam from Barrett. Miz comes in to break up a pin and tries for the SCF on Barrett, but Barrett shrugs it off. Miz hits Axel with a huge right and Barrett hits Miz with a huge kick for a near fall. Barrett stomps the back of the Miz's head before taking him into the corner.
Barrett lays Miz on the top turnbuckle and kicks him in the gut. Miz tries to mount a comeback, but Barrett catches him with another stiff kick to the gut. Barrett cuts Axel off from coming back into the ring, but the distraction leads to him getting hung up on the top rope when he misses a kick. Axel heads into the ring and avoids a neckbreaker from Miz, hitting a big dropkick. Axel takes Miz into the corner and kicks and punches away at him. Axel takes Miz out of the corner and hits a flipping snapping neckbreaker to a seated Miz that's good for a two count. Axel hits Miz with a knee to the gut for another two count.
Axel puts his boot on Miz's face and grinds it in before picking him up and hitting him with a big right hand. Axel slams Miz's face into the canvas. Miz tries to fight back, but Axel hits him with a series of clubbing blows to the back. Miz comes back with a series of rights and kicks, but Axel comes up with a giant side suplex that plants Miz on the back of his head. Barrett comes in to break up the pin and attacks Axel in the corner, viciously stomping away. Barrett whips Axel into the corner, but runs into a big clothesline from Miz. Miz catches both men with clotheslines and kicks before tossing Axel into Barrett. Miz hits Barrett with the corner clothesline and catches Barrett with a shoulder to the gut. Miz hits a double axe handle to Barrett before almost scoring a pin on Axel. Miz tries for the figure four on Barrett, but Barrett kicks him away and hits the winds of change. Axel breaks up a pin attempt.
Barrett and Axel break up each other's finishers on Miz, but Axel hits the perfect-plex on Barrett. Miz breaks up a pin at two. Miz avoids a back suplex from Axel and hits the SCF. Barrett tosses Miz from the ring and goes for the pin, but Miz drags Barrett out of the ring. Miz goes for the pin but Axel kicks out. Miz traps Axel's leg in the corner and hits a running dropkick before trying to the figure four. Axel kicks him off into Barrett's arms. Miz reverses Barrett and tosses Axel out of the ring. Miz traps Barrett in the middle of the ring in the figure four. Axel sneaks in and pins Barrett while Miz has him trapped and he gets the three count.
Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel
Axel and Heyman celebrate with the Intercontinental title while the crowd REALLY seems to have woken up after those entrances.
- We get a promo for Mark Henry, reminding us that he's the World's strongest man. It's a highlight reel of Henry beating down opponents before announcing that he'll return tomorrow night on Raw.
Heyman and Axel are shown celebrating backstage when they run into Triple H. Hunter gets in Axel's face and won't let him pass. Vince McMahon comes in and congratulates Axel before dismissing him. Vince says Triple H vs. Curtis Axel live on Monday Night Raw and asks if Hunter is feeling it. Hunter says he isn't feeling it one bit before walking off. Vince doesn't look too happy about that.
WWE Divas Title Match
AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn makes her way out to the ring for the next match, while the culmination of her secret admirer storyline is recapped to remind us what led up to this match. AJ is out next, and she gets a pretty nice pop from the Chicago crowd as she makes her way to the ring accompanied by Big E. Langston.
The bell rings and AJ blows a kiss at Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn beats her down to the mat before chasing her to the outside and tossing her over the Spanish announcer's table. Kaitlyn drags AJ back into the ring and hits her with a right to the back of the head, before delivering a series of blows to the same spot. AJ heads to the outside and runs from Kaitlyn, catching her with a boot to the face on her way back into the ring. AJ laughs and tosses Kaitlyn back into the ring for a quick two count. AJ chokes Kaitlyn against the middle rope before pulling her back down for another two count.
AJ locks Kaitlyn in a cravat, but Kaitlyn fights to her feet and out of the hold. AJ hits Kaitlyn with a flying back elbow to drop her back to the mat for another two count. AJ picks Kaitlyn up to her feet and drops her with two consecutive neckbreakers for... (Continues on next page)