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6/1 Powell's WWE Payback results and review: The Shield vs. Evolution in a no holds barred elimination match, Daniel Bryan's decision regarding the WWE World Hvt. Championship, John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing match
Jun 1, 2014 - 6:30 PM




By Jason Powell

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Prowrestling.net Members can look forward to their exclusive WWE Payback audio review with Jason Powell and Chris Shore later tonight.

WWE Payback
Aired live on WWE Network and pay-per-view
Chicago, Illinois at Allstate Arena


WWE Payback Pre Show

Josh Mathews hosted a panel that featured Booker T, Alex Riley, and special guest Kofi Kingston. The Chicago crowd fired off their first C.M. Punk chant just seconds into the show. The panel hyped the Kickoff match and then focussed on The Shield vs. Evolution...

A backstage shot was shown of El Torito and Los Matadores. Torito had a taped up tail. A separate show was shown of Hornswoggle combing his hair while looking into a mirror as 3MB stood by... Footage from Raw was shown of the Wyatt Family angle involving Jerry Lawler...

The focus shifted to the Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella situation. Backstage, Byron Saxton interviewed Nikki Bella, who said Daniel and Brie kept to themselves this week and she has no idea what they intend to do tonight... Booker T said he thinks Brie Bella should be fired. He said his wife never put his career in jeopardy.

Powell's POV: Booker did stop shy of calling Brie an ignorant slut, so there is that. I assume they sit down before the pre-shows and determine which panelist will take one side of the argument, but why would babyface Booker make such a dick argument?

The pay-per-view broadcast team of Michael Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler checked in...

1. El Torito (w/Los Matadores) vs. Hornswoggle (w/3MB) in a mask vs. hair match. Cole said the match is all about pride. The crowd amused themselves with a "Let's Go Hawks" chant for the Blackhawks, who play the Kings in game seven of the Western Conference Finals opposite Payback.

At 3:00, Torito went underneath the ring. Heath Slater grabbed a pair of shears and followed him. Somehow, Slater emerged without the shears, and then Torito emerged wit them. Clearly, WWE needs a camera underneath the ring. Los Matadores ended up making big dives onto Slater at ringside.

At 5:20, Hornswoggle ran the ropes and teased diving onto the other wrestlers, but he stopped. Drew McIntyre then ran the ropes and leapt over Horny and onto the other wrestlers. Horny then worked up the courage to dive onto them through the ropes. Torito knocked Slater into the wrestlers on the floor. The fans chanted "this is awesome."

In the ring, Hornswoggle performed a powerbomb on Torito for a two count. Hornswoggle pulled a mask off Torito, who had another mask on. Torito stood up and performed a flip off the top rope onto Hornswoggle and pinned him. "Oh, he is going to be ugly bald," JBL said...

El Torito beat Hornswoggle in 7:00.

After the match, Hornswoggle took a seat in a barber's chair that was set up at ringside. Torito and Los Matadores cut some of his hair with a scissors and then covered it in shaving cream. Torito used an electric razor and then a handheld razor to shave his head...

Powell's POV: WWE's new marketing campaign should be "You don't get midget shaving on a UFC pay-per-view!" This wasn't as much fun as the WeeLC match, unless you have some sort of a fetish for watching little people have their heads shaved.

Backstage, Cody Rhodes told Goldust that he's been the problem lately. Goldust tried to downplay it. Cody told him the Allstate Arena is the same building where The Brotherhood was born... Booker T informed Kofi that he had been put into a match against Bo Dallas. Kofi said that's why you always bring your gear... A shot aired of Sheamus walking backstage as the announcers said Payback was about to start...

WWE Payback Pay-Per-View

The event opened with a video package that focussed on The Shield, Evolution, Bray Wyatt, and John Cena... Michael Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler were on commentary...

1. Sheamus vs. Cesaro (w/Paul Heyman) for the U.S. Championship. Heyman delivered a pre-match promo. He said he was there to advocate for a Paul Heyman Guy. He looked to the crowd and they responded with the expected Punk chants. "Oh, I'm sorry, he's not here tonight, he's over at the United Center watching the Blackhawks," Heyman said. "Watching the Blackhawks get their streak broken by the L.A. Kings, just like the king of all streaks was broken when my client Brock Lesnar conquered the Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania."

Sheamus got off to a fast start and delivered his ten forearm shots to the chest of Cesaro. He probably repeated the sequence, but I never really know when my feed skipped back a few seconds because it does so frequently. Ugh. Cesaro came back with an uppercut to the chin of Sheamus at 4:00.

Sheamus came back with three knee drops off the second rope and got a two count. The broadcast team tried to say that the knee drops might slow down Cesaro's uppercuts, but then he immediately connected with an uppercut. He followed up with another uppercut after throwing Sheamus into the air and covered him for a two count. Heyman yelled at the referee over the count.

At 9:00, Cesaro set up for The Neutralizer, but Sheamus slipped away and countered with White Noise for a near fall. Sheamus came back a short time later and applied the Cloverleaf. Cesaro came back with the Cesaro Swing and the fans counted each revolution. Cesaro went for The Neutralizer, but Sheamus caught him in a small package and pinned him clean.

Sheamus pinned Cesaro in 11:50 to retain the U.S. Championship.

Powell's POV: A fun opening match that lived up to the expected physicality hype. I was very surprised to see Cesaro lose clean, but I don't think he lost anything in the process. It was a back and forth match and Sheamus simply caught him out of nowhere with the small package. Even if you feel like Cesaro lost something by being pinned clean, it's not like he can't make up for it by winning Money in the Bank later this month.

2. Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel. Cole recapped the pre-show backstage segment involving Goldust and Cody. The announcers played up that Cody seemed confident for the first time in a while. The heel duo isolated Goldust for a bit. Cody pumped up the crowd for a hot tag. Goludst yelled to his brother and then tagged him.

Cody had a big offensive flurry on legal man Ryback and then caught Axel coming off the top rope with a dropkick. Cody performed a moonsault onto both men and got a two count on Ryback at 6:25. Cody went for his finisher, but Ryback caught him in powerbomb position and threw him at his brother. Ryback clotheslined Cody and covered him, but Goldust broke up the pin at 7:00. Moments later, Cody hit CrossRhodes on Ryback, but Axel broke up the pin.

Axel charged at Cody, who pulled the top rope down, causing Axel to tumble to the floor. Cody went for the Disaster Kick, but Ryback caught him and put him away with Shellshocked...

Ryback and Curtis Axel defeated Goldust and Cody Rhodes in 7:55.

After the match, Goldust tried to console Cody, who didn't want to hear it. Cody called for a mic. "Brother to brother, you need a better tag team partner than me," Cody said. Cody tossed the mic aside and headed backstage alone... A Mountain Dew commercial aired...

Powell's POV: A good tag match. It's good to see the Cody and Goldust situation appears to be on the verge of coming to a head. Cody wasn't very heelish here. I don't expect it to be a situation where Cody gets his groove back and continues to team with Goldust, but I can't entirely rule it out. It seems much more likely that Cody will turn heel.

Lana walked onto the stage and sang the praises of Vladimir Putin, then Justin Roberts introduced Rusev, who came out waving the Russian flag. Big E was out next and waved the U.S. flag...

3. Rusev (w/Lana) vs. Big E. Both wrestlers ran the ropes and crashed into one another to start the match. The fans chanted USA. Big E knocked Rusev down. Rusev used the ropes to get back to his feet on the ring apron, then Big E speared him through the ropes and both men crashed to the floor. Damn! E went for a cover inside the ring, but Rusev kicked out at two.

E ran the ropes for his splash, but Rusev hopped up and caught him with a big kick. Lana told Rusev to crush. Rusev put E in the Accolade and got the submission win...

Rusev defeated Big E in 3:55.

Powell's POV: That was a really fun four-minute match. It was much better and competitive than I expected it to be, yet Rusev still went over strong and looked like a beast in the end. Well done. Big E's spear to the floor was highlight reel material.

A Money in the Bank commercial was shown... Backstage, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella were shown talking to one another. Bryan was still wearing the neck brace...

4. Bo Dallas vs. Kofi Kingston. Before the match, Dallas said the Blackhawks were going to lose their "match", but that doesn't make the Chicago fans losers. He said they just need to Bolieve. The bell rang to start the match and Kane's music instantly hit. Dallas left the ring. Kane roughed up Kingston and left him lying after a Tombstone.

Dallas was shown watching from the floor as Kane left the ring. As referees checked on Kingston, Dallas entered the ring and knelt down in front of him. Dallas told Kingston that he's going to be better than ever, all he has to do is Bolieve!...

Bo Dallas fought Kofi Kingston to an apparent no-contest.

Powell's POV: The important thing is that we got to hear from Bo Dallas. I love that gimmick. The line about the Hawks was good, cheesy fun, and the post-match bit was great. We found out after the match that Kingston wrote negative tweets about The Authority's management style or something. I guess we have to follow all of WWE's Twitter accounts to keep up on the storylines.

The announcers recapped the Kickoff show match and Hornswoggle getting his hair shaved off...

5. Bad News Barrett vs. Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental Title. The pre-match bad news was that RVD would not get payback or more paychecks. "Someone really needs to put Ol' Yeller down," Barrett said before adding that he will be sending him on a permanent summer vacation. JBL said it's crazy that both men were going by three initials. Cute. There were dueling chants for both wrestlers.

RVD hit his spinning legdrop off the ring apron and onto Barrett, who was over the barricade. The fans responded with an ECW chant. Barrett came back when he pushed RVD's body into the air as RVD was holding the ropes and then Barrett kicked him on the way down. The dueling chants started up again. Lawler noted that Barrett was getting "a lot of fans or followers or whatever you want to call it."

Later, RVD hit some of his signature spots and when went for the Five Star Frogsplash, but Barrett moved out of the way. Barrett went for the Bull Hammer, but RVD ducked it and rolled him up using his legs for a two count. RVD went to ringside and Barrett went after him and swung at him, but RVD ducked and Barrett hit the ring post with his forearm.

Back inside the ring, RVD hit a tornado DDT for a two count at 9:10. RVD went for a split-legged moonsault, but Barrett put his knees up. Barrett hit the Bull Hammer and scored the clean pin...

Bad News Barrett beat Rob Van Dam to retain the Intercontinental Title in 9:30.

Powell's POV: Another good match with the split crowd creating a fun atmosphere. It was cool to see them avoid the other's finisher. I assumed the match was over when Barrett was setting up for the Bull Hammer. RVD ducking it and the match continuing made it feel like more than standard television match.

A video package recapped the recent Daniel Bryan and Stephanie McMahon storyline...

Lilian Garcia introduced Stephanie McMahon, who came out to a flat reaction. The crowd picked up once she was in the ring. She said it's a historic night. She questioned whether Daniel Bryan will hand over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship or if she will force him to take action against Brie Bella.

Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella headed to the ring together. The fans responded with "Yes!" chants. Stephanie said that she was happy that Brie came out. She said that if by chance they conceive a weird bearded baby, then they should think about the example they would set tonight.

Bryan pointed to the negative reaction Stephanie received. Steph said that doesn't change the fact that she's the boss and he has a decision to make. Bryan said he was giving her a chance to change the minds of the fans by showing them that she can do the right thing. Bryan said he fought hard to win the title and main event WrestleMania.

A loud Punk chant broke out. "See, Daniel, these people want you to quit, just like C.M. Punk did," Stephanie responded. She smiled and said Bryan should surrender the title "or I will fire your wife." Bryan said he hopes Stephanie's children are watching so they can see that their mother is nothing but a narcissistic... Bryan had Brie fill in the "bitch" portion. Stephanie said Brie is only guilty of marrying the wrong guy.

Bryan was about to hand over one of the title belts when Brie stopped him. Brie said she refuses to be a powerless victim. She said Stephanie doesn't control her. Stephanie said she does because Brie works for her. Stephanie said she has to take action. Brie said Stephanie can't fire her because "I quit." Stephanie laughed in Brie's face. Brie responded by slapping Stephanie across the face, which received a huge pop.

Brie led the crowd in Yes! chants. Stephanie looked shocked and left the ring and then ran backstage. Bryan and Brie led the crowd in more Yes! chants and his music played to end the segment...

Powell's POV: That was awesome. Brie's acting still leaves something to be desired, but I think she finally connected with the Bryan fans the moment she connected with Stephanie's face. My guess is that Stephanie will make Nikki Bella's life hell in addition to setting up they heavily rumored Bryan vs. Kane in a buried alive match tomorrow night.

A commercial for Legends' House was shown... The broadcast team spoke at ringside and set up the John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt video package... The Wyatt Family custom pre-match intro aired...

6. Bray Wyatt (w/Luke Harper, Erick Rowan) vs. John Cena (w/The Uso Brothers) in a Last Man Standing match. Wyatt walked around ringside and played to the fans (without a mic) by saying they were his people. There were dueling chants for Cena before his music hit. Once it did, the boos drowned out cheers. Cena held up his rally towel that read "never give up" before running to the ring.

Just as Wyatt was about to enter the ring to start the match, the Uso Brothers ran out to be in Cena's corner. There was a loud chant for the tag champs. Wyatt had Cena down and the referee was counting. Wyatt walked over a taunted Lawler briefly. Back inside the ring, Cena came back with a really good top rope leg drop to the back of Wyatt's head. Wyatt came back with Sister Abigail, but Cena beat the count.

Rowan and Harper and the Uso brothers got involved. The announcers said it was all legal. Once everyone was lying on the floor at ringside, Cena turned back to Wyatt, who caught him with a chair to the gut. Wyatt slammed the chair over the back of Cena at 9:00. Cena rolled to the floor and the referee counted. Cole said Cena may not be able to get up, but he said it in a throwaway manner that killed whatever uncertainty there may have been.

Cena came back, got the chair, and slammed it over the back of Wyatt, who writhed in pain as he rolled back inside the ring. Cena hit him with another chair shot to the back. Cena went underneath the ring and pulled out a couple of tables. He brought one of them inside the ring and set it up. Wyatt recovered and struck Cena, but Cena came back with an AA attempt, but Wyatt cut him off and slammed him through the table at 11:30.

Wyatt used the ring steps by ramming them into the head of Cena. Wyatt set the steps down in the middle of the ring. He stood on the steps in and played the conductor as the fans sang "he's got the whole world in his hands" briefly. Cena recovered and Wyatt ended up on the floor. Cena picked up the steps, threw them at Wyatt, and connected in a huge "holy shit" moment. Wyatt got back to his feet at the referee's nine count.

At 18:00, Cena performed an Attitude Adjustment at ringside. Cena ran back inside the ring while the referee counted. Rowan and Harper hit the ring and went after Cena, then they went to the floor and helped Wyatt get back to his feet to beat the count. The Uso Brothers returned. One of the Uso Brothers dove onto Rowan. The other Uso tried to do the same to Harper, who held up a table, causing the Uso to crash and burn.

Rowan and Harper set up a pair of tables next to each other on the floor. The Uso Brothers fought with Harper and Rowan. Harper superplexed one of the Uso Brothers through the two tables, which drew a loud "holy shit" chant at 21:45. Cole said both teams were out and it was back to one-on-one with Cena and Wyatt.

Wyatt charged at Cena and body splashed him on the floor and both men crashed into the timekeepers area. The fans chanted "this is awesome." Both men got up and fought into the crowd as Cole reminded viewers that the match did not have to end in the ring and could end anywhere.

Wyatt and Cena fought over to the production area. Cena set up for the AA and drove Wyatt through a crate on the floor. Cena then pushed another crate over the one Wyatt was inside of and stood on it as the referee counted to ten. JBL said Cena has a knack for winning big matches and he's never seen anything like it...

John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing match in 24:45.

Powell's POV: That was a hardcore blast. Cena and Wyatt never gave the crowd a chance to settle in. Granted, they had some help from The Uso Brothers, Harper, and Rowan, but everyone involved busted their asses and this certainly exceeded my expectations. I was worried down the stretch that they were going to go with a finish where neither man could beat the count. I have a feeling some Wyatt fans would take that over the finish they went with. I'm okay with it because Wyatt did more than enough to come out of the match looking strong. I'm still stunned by ring step toss, which was insane.

The MITB commercial aired again... A Special Olympics commercial aired...

7. Paige vs. Alicia Fox for the WWE Divas Championship. The crowd was still coming down from the previous match as the women made their entrances. They fought at ringside and Alicia got the better of it. She grabbed a fan's drink and threw it down, then she walked over to a fan wearing a Blackhawks jersey, rainbow wig, and face paint, and slapped his hands.

Back inside the ring, Alicia arched Paige over her knees. The color commentators complained the referee should have counted because Fox's shoulders were down while she was performing the move. Cole said Fox is "nuts" and JBL said you never know a woman until you meet her in court. Fox remained on the offensive and tossed Paige to the floor, then grabbed her by the hair and threw her back inside.

Paige came back with a kick and a few clotheslines. Paige let out a primal scream, but then ran into Fox's knee in the corner. Fox sat on the top rope, but Paige caught her with a shot and pulled her down. Paige applied her Scorpion Crosslock and Fox tapped out. Afterward, the fans taunted Fox with "you tapped out chants." She yelled a little and then ran off like a little kid throwing a tantrum...

Paige defeated Alicia Fox in 7:00.

Powell's POV: I was hoping for more after the great Natalya vs. Charlotte match at NXT Takeover, but this felt like more of a buffer match than an effort to let the women shine. The match was fine, just not memorable. Fox's post match antics were tame compared to what we've been seeing on Raw, but you could definitely sense that the fans were waiting to see what she would do so it's working from that standpoint.

The pre-show panel checked in briefly and set up a video package for The Shield vs. Evolution match...

8. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose vs. Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton in a No Holds Barred elimination match. Ring announcer Justin Roberts stressed that there were no disqualifications or count outs. The teams brawled at ringside immediately.Orton worked over Rollins, Reigns got the better of Batista, and Hunter roughed up Ambrose.

The teams returned to the ring at 2:45. Reigns started with Batista and it settled into a traditional six-man tag match, which was a bit awkward considering how it started. The match was fairly pedestrian, and then the crowd pepped up a bit when Reigns and Triple H entered the match to face one another.

At 9:20, Rollins hit Three Amigos on Hunter. The Shield used quick tags while working over Hunter. There was a long stretch with Hunter and Ambrose and then both men tagged out at 14:20, making Reigns and Batista the legal men. Reigns caught Batista with a kick from the floor and then nailed him with the superman punch. Reigns covered Batista, but Orton broke up the pin. Cole said Orton saved the match and then quickly corrected himself to say he saved the elimination.

Another big brawl broke out. Reigns continued to brawl with Batista near the ring while the others fought away from ringside. Hunter hit Rollins with "something metal" per JBL. Reigns started to take the Spanish announce table apart, but Orton returned and struck him from behind. Hunter joined his teammates and ran Reigns' shoulder first into the ring steps.

The Evolution members teamed up for a Triple Powerbomb that drove Reigns through the Spanish broadcast table at 18:25. The announcers noted that there had yet to be an elimination. The Evolution members stood over Batista and put their fists together for a Shield-like pose, but Rollins and Ambrose returned and made separate dives onto the trio. Evolution got the better of Ambrose and Rollins near the stage while Reigns continued to sell the table spot at 20:30.

Triple H picked up a chair and slammed it over the back of Ambrose. Orton set up a chair and then dropped Ambrose onto it at 21:00. Triple H followed up with a Pedigree on Rollins onto a chair. The three Evolution members headed back to the ring, where Reigns was kneeling on all fours. The Evolution members surrounded Reigns, who got back to his feet.

Reigns ran at Batista, who put him down with a spinebuster. The Evolution trio removed the vest of Reigns. The ring steps were set up in the middle of the ring and then Orton slid kendo sticks in as well. They slammed Reigns' head onto the steps and then pulled him over the ring steps. All three Evolution members took turns slamming kendo sticks over the back of Reigns, who let out screams with each blow. The camera moved in to show the welts.

Reigns managed to hit the Superman punch on Orton, but Hunter and Batista quickly regained control. They went to ringside, where Hunter slammed a chair over the back of Reigns. They brought him to the entrance area. Ambrose ran at the Evolution members, but they took him down quickly. Orton set him up on a piece of lighting equipment and performed a Hanging DDT. Cole asked how Evolution would win if they didn't eliminate anyone. JBL said they didn't care about winning, they wanted to end careers.

Suddenly, Rollins was shown standing at the base of the big screen. Rollins dove onto all three Evolution members for a big pop at 26:45. They all headed back to the ring. Rollins leapt off the second rope and Batista caught him with a spear. Batista picked up Rollins and went for a Batista Bomb, but Rollins slipped away. Reigns returned and speared Batista, then Rollins pinned Batista. Batista was eliminated by Rollins at 28:00.

Orton hit the RKO on Rollins and covered him, but Reigns broke it up. Orton went after Reigns, who was hung up in the ropes. Ambrose struck Orton with a chair and then perofrmed Dirty Deeds onto the chair and pinned Orton. Orton was eliminated by Ambrose in 29:10.

Triple H low-blowed Ambrose. Hunter set up for a Pedigree, but Reigns broke it up, only to be speared by Batista. The fans booed Batista. Orton handed Triple H his sledgehammer that was under the ring. Ambrose ran at Hunter and was struck with the sledgehammer. Hunter stumbled around a bit and was then hit by a flying knee off the top rope from Rollins, then Reigns speared Triple H and pinned him.

The Shield defeated Evolution in a No Holds Barred elimination match with a 3-0 clean sweep in 31:35.

Powell's POV: This event was more hardcore than the Extreme Rules show. In fact, I think the chaos of the Last Man Standing match took away from the main event a little bit. The Shield vs. Evolution got off to another slow start, but they told a good story with The Shield fighting from underneath and eventually getting the clean sweep.

Overall, this was a strong event. There wasn't a bad match on the card and there was really good effort from the talent across the board. There weren't a bunch of nonsensical or overbooked finishes. In fact, they event delivered clean finishes in places where I would have understood if they had not (Sheamus vs. Cesaro). The live crowd was hot throughout the night. They were not as hot during the main event, but that may have had something to do with what was taking place in the Blackhawks vs. Kings game (no spoilers) at the time. Thanks for watching along with me tonight. Chris Shore and I will be back with a Dot Net Member exclusive audio review later tonight.

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