WWE Payback 2014 Kickoff Show
The WWE Payback 2014 Kickoff Show kicks off with Josh Mathews, Booker T, Kofi Kingston and Alex Riley at the expert panel. The foursome talk about some of tonight's matches, including the lone Kickoff Show match, which features Hornswoggle vs. El Torito in a hair vs. mask match.
Mask vs. Hair - El Torito vs. Hornswoggle
After some more discussion at the expert panel, we are brought to ringside, where Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler introduce us to the first match of the evening. El Torito, dressed as the Chicago Bulls mascot, makes his way to the ring with Los Matadores. Out next is Hornswoggle, who is accompanied by 3MB. There is a barber stool/setup at ringside in case Horny loses.
The bell rings and here we go. As soon as the action begins, the Chicago fans break out in a "we want tables" chant. Horny takes the early offensive lead in the match. The guys do a bunch of comedy spots early, with Los Matadores and 3MB cheering on their respective man at ringside.
There's a spot where Torito goes for the pin on Horny and Horny kicks out so hard that Torito flies into referee Charles Robinson's hands. Robinson then throws Torito back on top of Horny. This happens a few times until Torito gives up on the pin attempt.
Back up, Horny argues with the ref until he turns around right into a gore from Torito. An "Ole! Ole!" chant breaks out as the guys all brawl on the floor outside the ring. Torito crawls under the ring. Torito ends up coming out of the other end of the ring with a big pair of scissors, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake style.
Horny and Torito battle on the floor some more as their team members watch on. Back in the ring, both guys are down. 3MB and the Matadores get involved, with Torito hitting a big splash on one of the 3MB members on the floor. This all leads to all three 3MB members being on the floor as Torito does a big top-rope dive onto all of them.
After another big splash spot on the floor onto all of the big guys happens, a loud "this is awesome" chant breaks out. Torito hits the Bronco-Buster on Horny in the corner. Horny recovers, gets control of Torito and yanks his mask off. Torito has another mask on underneath it, however, and a pre-celebratory Horny suffers the consequences, as he turns around into a rollup from Torito. 1-2-3. Torito wins.
Winner: El Torito
After The Match: Horny Gets His Head Shaved
After the match, Horny is put into the barber chair outside the ring. Torito, with help from Los Matadores, cuts Horny's hair. They get the trimmers out now and they are shaving Horny's head bald. Horny, of course, is screaming and selling the entire time. The announcers, of course, are selling this like it's the greatest thing ever. Finally, they break out the shaving cream and disposable razors and begin shaving him completely and totally bald.
Backstage: A New Match Is Revealed
We are told at the expert panel that The Rhodes Brothers vs. RybAxel is set for tonight's show. We see a WWE.com exclusive video of what led to this match. Backstage, we see Goldust and Cody Rhodes talking.
Another New Match Set For Tonight
Back at the panel, yet another new match is revealed, as Booker T informs Kofi Kingston that he just received breaking news, which is that Kingston is scheduled to compete against Bo Dallas later tonight.
WWE Payback 2014 Pay-Per-View
A video package, which is actually even cooler than most PPV intro video packages, airs, highlighting everything that happened to lead into tonight's WWE Payback pay-per-view, with the primary focus being on The Shield vs. Evolution No Holds Barred Elimination and Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena Last Man Standing matches.
WWE United States Championship - Sheamus (c) vs. Cesaro
As soon as the video package concludes, Sheamus' theme music hits and the WWE U.S. Champion makes his way to the ring. During his ring entrance, we head to ringside where Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler officially welcome us to the 2014 edition of WWE Payback. Highlights are shown to explain what led to tonight's Sheamus vs. Cesaro match.
Out next, while Sheamus' music is still playing, is Paul Heyman. He informs us that his name is Paul Heyman and that he is the advocate for Cesaro. The fans break out into a loud CM Punk chant. Heyman says he's not here. He says Punk is at the United Center watching the Chicago Blackhawks play. The fans...