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From The Network- WWE Payback 2014
Posted by Dylan Diot on 06.20.2014

WWE Payback 2014
Chicago, IL

Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and JBL.

WWE US Championship- Sheamus © vs. Cesaro w/Paul Heyman
Sheamus is not popular in Chicago. Huge “CM Punk” chant when Heyman comes out for his promo and he tells the crowd he is at the United Center watching the Blackhawks lose to the Kings the same way Undertaker lost to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. Sheamus attacks to start and hits a knee lift. Cesaro comes back with a back suplex and he works Sheamus over in the corner. Short arm clothesline by Sheamus and he hits a slam. Elbow drop misses and he throws some uppercuts in the corner. Rolling fireman’s carry by Sheamus and Cesaro snaps his neck off the ropes to come back. Clothesline by Sheamus and it’s time for IRISH CLUBS~!!!!! They go to the floor and Sheamus sends Cesaro into the barricade. Back in, Sheamus looks to slingshot in but Cesaro catches him with an uppercut knocking him back to the floor. Back in, Cesaro hits the dead lift superplex for 2. Butterfly powerbomb by Cesaro and he hits a double stomp for 2. Cesaro rakes the face of Sheamus and Sheamus comes back with the Irish Curse for 2. Sheamus stomps away in the corner and he hits a short arm clothesline. Repeated second rope knee drops by Sheamus gets 2. Second rope uppercut by Cesaro gets 2. Sheamus goes up and leaps but Cesaro moves out of the way. Elevated uppercut by Cesaro gets 2!!! Cesaro slaps away and Sheamus catches him with a tilt-a-whirl slam for 2. Brogue Kick misses and Cesaro hits the German suplex for 2. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer but Sheamus counters into White Noice for 2!!! Cesaro blocks the Cloverleaf and goes for another second rope uppercut but Sheamus blocks. Cloverleaf by Sheamus but Cesaro grabs the ropes to break. Waterslide by Cesaro gets 2. CESARO SWING~!!!!!! Shemaus catches Cesaro with the small package for 3!!!
Winner and Still US Champion- Sheamus ***3/4 ( Two guys beating the crap out of each other for eleven minutes with the crowd being into it for the duration. Can’t ask for a better way to kick off the show than that. I wished they got a few more minutes to develop a story; it could vaulted this into a classic. )

Rhodes Brothers (Cody Rhodes and Goldust) vs. Rybaxel (Ryback and Curtis Axel)
Goldust and Axel start. Axel hammers away to start but Goldust comes back with an inverted atomic drop. Tag to Cody and he works over the arm of Axel. Tag to Ryback and Cody catches him with a dropkick. Tag to Goldust and Cody dropkicks the leg into a front elbow drop for 1. Tag to Axel and he snaps Goldust’s arm off the top rope. Running knee strike by Axel gets 2. Axel works over the arm of Goldust in the corner and Ryback tags in. Avalanche in the corner by Ryback and he slams Goldust. Second rope splash by Ryback and Axel does the same off the tag for 2. Tag to Ryback and he works over the arm of Goldust. Suplex by Ryback gets 2. Key lock by Ryback but Goldust starts to fight back so Ryback hits a slam. Small package by Goldust gets 2 and he hits a second rope back elbow. Tag to Axel and he prevents the tag. Goldust hits Code Red on Axel and Cody tags in. Cody cleans house and hits a springboard dropkick to Ryback. Axel leaps off the top but Cody dropkicks him on the way down. Cody goes up and botches a moonsault press for 2. Cody goes for the Disaster Kick but Ryback blocks and he powerbombs Cody into Goldust. Meat Hook by Ryback gets 2 as Goldust saves. Powerslam by Goldust to Axel but Ryback dumps him to the floor. Roll-up by Cody gets 2 and he hits Cross Rhodes for 2 as Axel saves!!! Cody low bridges Axel and goes for the Disaster Kick but Ryback catches him and hits the Shell Shock for 3.
Winners- Rybaxel **1/2 (Crowd didn’t care for the majority of the match and chanted for the Blackhawks but Cody brought the energy and the crowd got into the final stretch, so this turned out to be fine overall. )

After the match, Goldust consoles Cody but Cody tells him Goldust needs a better tag partner than him before leaving.

Rusev w/Lana vs. Big E
The Lana/Vladimir Putin gimmick is pretty awesome. Both men bring out their country’s respective flags prior to the match. Big E hammers away to start but Rusev returns the favor. Release German suplex by Rusev and he stomps away on Big E. Avalanche by Rusev as the crowd chants for Ziggler. STO by Big E and he spears Rusev to the floor!!! Back in, Big E covers for 2. Superkick by Rusev and he rakes the face of Big E. Accolade by Rusev and Big E gives.
Winner- Rusev *1/2 ( Man, Big E sure has fallen from grace quickly. Former Intercontinental Champion, now jobbing in three minutes to Rusev. Solid big man clash for the short time it got and Big E’s apron spear still impresses the hell of me. )

Kofi Kingston vs. Bo Dallas
Bo Dallas tells the crowd prior to the match is that the Blackhawks will lose tonight and tells the crowd to Bo-Leave. The bell rings and Kane comes out. Dallas bails and Kofi fights Kane. Kane dumps Kofi to the floor and hits a big boot. Back in, Kane hits the Chokeslam followed by the Tombstone. Bo Dallas reenters the ring and tells Kofi that he will come back if he Bo-Leaves.

WWE Intercontinental Championship- Bad News Barrett © vs. Rob Van Dam
Today’s Bad News: RVD won’t be getting anymore paychecks after tonight after Barrett puts RVD on permanent summer vacation. Rights by RVD but Barrett returns the favor. Spin kick by RVD and he hits a springboard super kick for 2. Jawbreaker by RVD and he hits some shoulders to the gut in the corner. Swinging neckbreaker by Barrett gets 1. Spinning heel kick in the corner by RVD and Barrett bails. Baseball slide by RVD and he tosses Barrett into the barricade. Spinning leg drop off the apron by RVD and back in, he hits a slingshot leg drop for 2. Barrett blocks the head scissors attempt and KILLS RVD with a punt to the midsection!!! That was sick. Barrett snaps RVD’s neck off the ropes and he hits a big boot knocking RVD off the apron. Elbow drop off the apron by Barrett and stomps away on RVD. Barrett clubs the back of RVD and he hits another running punt in the corner for 2. Chinlock by Barrett but RVD fights out. RVD escapes a pump handle slam and hits the spinning heel kick. RVD cleans house and hits a kick to the head. Super kick by RVD and he hits Rolling Thunder. RVD goes for the Five Star Frog Splash but misses. Barrett misses the Bull Hammer and RVD gets a roll-up for 2. Winds of Change by Barrett gets 2 and RVD bails. Barrett follows and goes for the Bull Hammer but misses and nails the post!!! Back in, RVD hits a slingshot DDT for 2. Split legged moonsault eats knees and Barrett hits the Bull Hammer for 3.
Winner and Still WWE Intercontinental Champion- Bad News Barrett ***1/4 ( Good stuff from this contest. RVD had some good bumps and made Barrett’s offense look great. Barrett is slowly starting to get scary over. )

Video package for Daniel Bryan’s decision airs.

Stephanie McMahon comes out and says it’s time to find out Daniel Bryan’s decision. Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella come out and Stephanie says she’s happy to see Brie out here knowing the predicament he put them in. She wants Daniel to set the right example for his weird future babies and make the right decision instead of being selfish. Bryan says Stephanie has an opportunity to change her mind and change the opinion of the people. Loud “CM Punk” chant breaks out so Stephanie tells Bryan the people want him to quit the same way CM Punk did. Great retort there. Bryan hopes Stephanie’s children are watching so they can see what a bitch she is. Stephanie says Brie has the real guts in their relationship and says the only poor decision she made was her choice of husband. Brie says she knows what needs to be done and Bryan begins to contemplate giving up the belt. Stephanie demands he hand it over and Brie tells her she refuses to be a powerless victim. Brie tells Stephanie she can’t fire her because she quits!!!! SHE SLAPS STEPHANIE!!!!! Bryan and Brie celebrate as Stephanie walks away in a state of shock. ( This was a surprisingly fun segment. Stephanie has finally grown into her role as evil boss, her word choices and facials make her the uncaring bitch her character is supposed to be. )

Video package for John Cena/Bray Wyatt airs.

Last Man Standing Match- Bray Wyatt w/Wyatt Family vs. John Cena
The Wyatt Family circle Cena to start but The Usos come out as backup for Cena. They slug it out to start and Cena hits a bulldog. Big boot by Cena and Wyatt knocks him down to come back. Wyatt rakes Cena’s face off the ropes and hits a back elbow. Avalanche by Wyatt and he begins to dance with Cena’s lifeless body. Cena cleans house to come back and hits the Protobomb. Five Knuckle Shuffle by Cena and he goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Wyatt escapes. Gutbuster by Wyatt and Cena is up at 4 as Wyatt stomps Cena back to the mat. Back senton misses and Cena goes for the STF by Wyatt blocks. Urinage by Wyatt and he goes for Sister Abigail but Cena blocks. Flying forearm by Wyatt and Cena is up at 7. Apron DDT by Wyatt and they head up top. Cena blocks a superplex attempt and fights Wyatt off the top. Guillotine leg drop by Cena and both men are up at 6. Wyatt blocks the AA again and connects with Sister Abigail. Cena is up at 8 and he catches Wyatt with the Attitude Adjustment!!! Wyatt is up at 7 using CRABWALK~!!!! Rowan attacks Cena from behind and the Usos clear the ring of him. Harper dives onto everyone on the floor!!! One of the Usos goes up and hits a corkscrew press to the floor!!!! Wyatt drives a chair into the midsection of Cena and then nails him in the back. Cena bails to the floor and Wyatt follows. He goes to use the chair but misses Cena and he fights back. Cena nails Wyatt in the back with a chair and back in, he does it again. Cena brings a table into the ring and sets it up. Wyatt attacks Cena and Cena goes for the AA. Wyatt escapes and suplexes Cena through the table. Cena is up at 8 and Wyatt brings the steps into the ring. He nails Cena with the steps and Cena is up at 7. Wyatt works Cena over and he goes to nail Cena with a chair but misses. Cena nails Wyatt with the steps and he rolls to the floor. Cena TOSSES THE STEPS ONTO WYATT ON THE FLOOR!!!!!! Wyatt is up at 8. Cena leaps off the apron but Wyatt catches him and hits Sister Abagail on the floor!!!! Cena is up at 7. Cena sends Wyatt knees first into the steps and goes for a piledriver but Wyatt backdrops Cena onto the steps to block. Wyatt leaps off the steps and hits a back senton onto the floor!!! Wyatt works over Cena and Cena comes back with the Attitude Adjustment on the floor!!! The Wyatt Family come out and begin to attack Cena. They help Wyatt to his feet to break the count and Harper hits a big boot to Cena. The Usos come back out and they dive onto the Wyatt Family on the floor. One of the Usos goes for a suicide dive but Harper blocks with a table!!!! The Wyatt Family set up some tables on the floor and one of the Usos catch Rowan with a superkick. He tackles Rowan through the table!!! Harper and the other Uso fight on top and Harper suplexes him through the table on the floor!!!! Cena goes for the AA but Wyatt escapes and tackles Cena through the barricade!!!! Both men are up at 7 and they brawl in the crowd. Wyatt tosses Cena into some production equipment, setting off some pyro. They fight on a production crate and Cena HITS THE AA THROUGH THE CRATE!!!! Cena dumps a second crate onto the crate Wyatt is in, locking him inside!!! Wyatt is counted out!!!!
Winner- John Cena **** ( Finally, these two had the brutal match their feud deserved. They just went out and had a brawl, leaving the storyline garbage behind and just proceeded to beat the crap out of each other because they hate each other. The match had some crazy spots and my only complaint is the Usos/Wyatt Family involvement was a bit too much. )

WWE Diva’s Championship- Paige © vs. Alicia Fox
They botch stuff early and Paige throws some knees to the midsection of Fox. Suplex by Paige gets 2. Paige throws some elbows in the corner and Fox bails. Fox sweeps the legs of Paige on the apron and Paige rams Fox into the barricade. Fox tosses Paige off the steps and then tosses her into the barricade. Back in, Fox gets 1. Fox slams Paige’s face off the mat a few times and hits a Northern Lights suplex for 2. Bow tie chin lock by Fox and she stretches Paige while in the hold. Fox rakes the face of Paige, forcing her to release the hold. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker by Fox and she stretches Paige some more. She releases for 2 and Fox hits another tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. Fox tosses Paige to the floor and back in, Paige hits a dropkick. She cleans house and charges in the corner but eats knee. Fox goes up but Paige pulls her down into the PTL. Fox taps. Fox freaks out after the match.
Winner and Still WWE Diva’s Champion- Paige ** ( Better than the usual Diva affair but again another day, another Diva’s match in the dead spot before the main event. )

Video package for Shield/Evolution airs.

No Holds Barred Elimination Match- Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista) vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns)
Batista wearing blue instead of black and white is unintentionally fantastic. Everyone brawls to start and HHH clotheslines Rollins. Orton, Ambrose, Reigns, and Batista brawl in the crowd as Rollins catches HHH with an enzuigiri. They now make their way into the crowd, with Rollins hitting a crossbody onto HHH off the barricade. Orton hits a back suplex onto the barricade onto Ambrose and HHH sends Ambrose into the timekeeper’s area. Back in, Reigns works over the arm of Batista and Rollins tags in. He stomps away in the corner and Batista sends Rollins hard into the corner to come back for 2. Tag to Orton and he works over Rollins in the corner. Dropkick by Rollins gets 1. Tag to Ambrose and they hit a double suplex on Orton. Knee drop by Rollins followed by an elbow drop from Ambrose. Tag to Reigns and Batista. Clothesline by Reigns and he hits an elbow drop for 1. Tag to Ambrose and he rakes Batista’s face off the ropes. Spinebuster by Batista gets 1. Tag to HHH and he charges in the corner but eats boot. Tag to Reigns and he overpowers HHH. Backdrop by Reigns and he clotheslines HHH. Tag to Ambrose and he knocks HHH down with a head butt. Hard stomp by Ambrose and he tags Rollins. Three Amigos by Rollins gets 2. Tag to Ambrose and he hits the Cannonball in the corner for 2. Ambrose leaps off the second rope but eats boot and Batista tags in. He works Ambrose over on the floor and back in, he slingshots Ambrose in the ropes for 1. Tag to Orton and he stomps on every part of Ambrose’s body. Orton takes Ambrose down by the hair for 2 and he stomps away on the chest of Ambrose. Tag to HHH and he hammers away on Ambrose. Knee drops by HHH gets 2. Ambrose sends HHH into the corner, sending him crashing to the floor. Back in, HHH hits the facebuster and Ambrose comes back with the Jawbreaker Lariat. Tag to Reigns and he hammers away on Batista in the corner. Backdrop to HHH and Reigns hits the leaping boot off the floor onto Batista. SUPERMAN PUNCH~!!!! Reigns covers for 2 as Orton saves. Orton sends Ambrose into the post as HHH and Rollins head back into the crowd. Rollins leaps off the barricade but HHH CREAMS him with a monitor!!! HHH sends Reigns into the steps and they clear off the announce table. Evolution TRIPLE POWERBOMB REIGNS THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!! Ambrose runs the announce tables and dives onto Evolution!!!! Rollins hits a summersault plancha to the floor onto Evolution!!! Evolution and the Shield brawl in the aisle way and HHH nails Ambrose and Rollins in the back with a chair. Orton hits a back suplex through a chair on the floor. PEDIGREE BY HHH TO ROLLINS ONTO A CHAIR ON THE FLOOR!!!! Evolution make their way toward the ring where Reigns is alone. Spinebuster by Batista and they tear off Reign’s shirt. They place Reigns on the steps and begin nailing him in the back with kendo sticks!!! Reigns catches Orton with the SUPERMAN PUNCH~!!!! HHH nails Reigns in the gut and back with a chair, forcing Reigns to bail. HHH nails Reigns in the back with a chair again and they make their way up the aisle. Ambrose begins to attack Evolution but gets triple teamed by Evolution. Orton hits the hanging DDT off a lighting grid onto the floor on Ambrose!!! ROLLINS HITS A CROSSBODY OFF A LIGHTING GRID ONTO EVOLUTION!!!!! Back in, Rollins goes up and leaps but Batista spears him on the way down!!! Batista goes for the Batista Bomb but Rollins escapes and Reigns hits the Spear. Rollins covers for 3!!! Batista is eliminated.

Orton hits the RKO on Rollins for 2 as Reigns saves!!!! Orton goes for the hanging DDT on Reigns but Ambrose nails him in the back with a chair. Dirty Deeds onto the chair by Ambrose gets 3!!! Randy Orton is eliminated.

HHH goes low on Ambrose and goes for the Pedigree but Reigns breaks with the SUPERMAN PUNCH~!!!! Batista returns and spears Reigns!!! Orton hands HHH a sledgehammer and he nails Ambrose with it. HHH goes to nail Reigns but Rollins catches him with a springboard knee strike. Spear by Reigns gets 3!!!
Winners- The Shield **** ( Awesome main event. With Cena/Wyatt getting the gimmicks, they worked a more wrestling based match and saved all the gimmicks and brawling for the final portion of the contest. Great story of The Shield withstanding the onslaught and working as a unit to put away Evolution and get the clean sweep. A slower paced match than their Extreme Rules match and I think thirty plus minutes might have been a tad much but other than that this was good stuff. )

The 411: This was a pretty damn good show even though there weren't many expectations going in. Evolution/Shield was just as good as their Extreme Rules match and Cena and Wyatt finally had the great brawl many expected from their feud. Everyone on the under card worked hard and Chicago, as usual, provided an excellent atmosphere for the show. This is well worth going out of your way to see and this will end up being one of the best WWE PPVs this year.
Final Score:  8.0   [ Very Good ]  legend


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