Welcome to PWMania.com’s live, play-by-play coverage of WWE Payback. The 2013 WWE Payback pay-per-view kicks off with a “Chicago gangster” themed video. Everyone is out to get Payback.
– Michael Cole welcomes us to a sold out Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. He’s still joined by JBL and Jerry Lawler.
WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Curtis Axel vs. The Miz vs. Wade Barrett
We go to the ring and out first comes The Miz for tonight’s triple threat match.
Out next comes Paul Heyman with Curtis Axel. The WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett is out next. Miz ducks a clothesline from Axel and fires away at both of his opponents. Miz tosses Axel out of the ring and rolls Barrett up for 2. Miz drops Barrett on his face for a 2 count. Axel goes to climb in the ring but Heyman holds him off. Barrett attacks Miz from behind and goes to work on him. Miz slides out to the floor and goes to work on Axel. Miz brings Axel in and Barrett kicks him. Barrett with a pumphandle slam on Axel for a 1 count as Miz breaks it up. Miz and Barrett go at it now. Barrett blocks a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz runs over Axel but turns around to a big boot from Barrett for 2.
Barrett keeps control of Miz and kicks him in the corner. Another pin attempt by Barrett. Axel just waits outside of the ring and watches with Heyman. Barrett with a big kick to the gut. Axel comes in but Barrett cuts him off. Barrett with knees to Axel’s head. Miz rolls Barrett up for 2. Barrett clotheslines Miz. Barrett goes for a big boot on Axel but gets hung up on the top rope. Axel sends Barrett to the floor. Miz goes for a neckbreaker on Axel but it’s countered. Axel drops Miz with a dropkick. Axel takes Miz to the corner and beats him down. More back and forth. Axel with a 2 count on Miz. Barrett tries to come back in but Axel sends him to the floor. Axel with a big knee to the gut and another 2 count on Miz. Axel works Miz over on the mat now.
Axel keeps control of Miz and beats him back to the mat as Heyman cheers him on. Miz fights back and up to his feet. Axel with an atomic drop into a throw for a pin attempt. Barrett breaks the pin and takes Axel to the corner with kicks to the gut. Barrett unloads on Axel. Barrett charges Axel in the corner but Miz cuts him off with a clothesline. Miz has clotheslines and boots for both of his opponents. Miz sends Axel into Barrett in the corner. Miz with a clothesline on Barrett in the corner. Miz comes off the top and nails Barrett. Axel rolls Miz but he kicks out. Miz kicks Axel in the face for a 2 count. Miz blocks a kick from Barrett and goes for the Figure Four. Barrett counters and nails Winds of Change for a 2 count as Axel breaks the pin. Barrett blocks a suplex from Axel. Barrett goes for Wasteland but Axel blocks him off and nails a Perfectplex for a very close 2 count but Miz breaks it up. Miz and Axel go at it now. Miz nails the Skull Crushing Finale. Barrett tosses Miz out of the ring and steals the pin. Miz pulls Barrett to the floor. Miz goes back in and covers Axel for 2. Miz with knees in the corner. Miz hits the running clothesline and goes for the Figure Four. Axel kicks Miz into Barrett. Miz goes for Figure Four on Barrett as Axel gets dumped to the floor. Miz locks it in on Barrett. Barrett reaches for the ropes but Miz pulls him back. Axel sneaks in and pins Barrett while he’s in the Figure Four.
Winner and New WWE Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel
– After the match, Axel and Heyman celebrate. Axel hits the ring and is cheered as he raises the Intercontinental Title and looks up to the sky. A fitting win for Father’s Day. Axel and Heyman pose with the title and get cheered on all sides of the arena. Axel looks back up to the sky and kisses the belt.
– We get a promo for Mark Henry’s return on Monday’s RAW.
– Heyman and Axel are backstage celebrating when Triple H gets in Axel’s face and they have a staredown. Vince McMahon walks up. He congratulates Axel and Heyman, then has them walk away. Vince mentions a match against Axel for RAW and asks if he’s feeling it. Triple H says nope, not one bit and walks off.
WWE Divas Title Match: AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn
We go to the ring and out first comes WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn. We see footage of Big E Langston being revealed as her secret admirer on RAW. Out next comes AJ Lee with Langston.
They start off and Kaitlyn goes to work. AJ goes to the mat and Kaitlyn unloads on her. AJ goes to the floor but Kaitlyn follows and throws her over the Spanish announce table. Kaitlyn brings it back in the ring and hits AJ some more. AJ goes back to the floor and runs around before going back in. AJ drops Kaitlyn with a big right hand and starts laughing. AJ rolls Kaitlyn back in and covers for a 2 count. AJ with more offense and a pin attempt. We see Big E watching from ringside.
AJ with another pin attempt. AJ keeps control until Kaitlyn fights back. AJ jumps on her back and applies a sleeper. Kaitlyn won’t give up and stands up, smashing AJ back into the corner. AJ kicks Kaitlyn in the back of the head and she goes down for another 2 count. Kaitlyn counters and they both go down. They get up and Kaitlyn makes a comeback. Kaitlyn runs over AJ and covers for another 2 count. AJ with more roll ups. Kaitlyn stands up with AJ on her shoulders. Kaitlyn drops AJ on her knee. Kaitlyn goes to spank AJ with her belt. Kaitlyn pulls her back by her leg. The referee is busy fixing the ring apron that AJ pulled away and doesn’t see AJ deck Kaitlyn with the belt. 2 count for AJ, who screams in frustration. AJ climbs to the top for a crossbody but Kaitlyn catches her. Kaitlyn swings AJ around but AJ catches her in the Black Widow submission. Kaitlyn goes down but won’t tap out. Kaitlyn powers up and tries to break the hold. Kaitlyn with a sideslam. Kaitlyn nails a spear. She straddles AJ and crawls over her. Kaitlyn blows AJ a kiss and slams her head into the mat. 2 count by Kaitlyn after wasting too much time. Kaitlyn picks AJ up again but she fights out. AJ dodges a spear and Kaitlyn hits the turnbuckle. AJ hangs on to the top and applies the Black Widow again. This time Kaitlyn goes down and fights back up. She tries to break the hold but AJ tightens it. Kaitlyn taps out.
Winner and New WWE Divas Champion: AJ Lee
– After the match, AJ celebrates and leaves with Big E. Kaitlyn sits up in the ring and starts crying. A huge “you tapped out” chant breaks out before Kaitlyn makes her way to the back. She stops and starts crying again before going down to her knees on the entrance way. Fans boo her. Layla appears and starts crying with her, hugging her. The fans boo them both. We go to replays.
– Layla, Alicia Fox and Natalya try to console Kaitlyn backstage but she walks off crying.
– We go back to the pre-show team of Josh Mathews, Big Show, R-Truth and Cody Rhodes. They talk about what’s happened so far. Mathews leads us to another promo for The Wyatt Family.
WWE United States Title Match: Kane vs. Dean Ambrose
We go to the ring and out first comes Kane for the next match. WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose comes through the crowd with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns but he’s the only one to come to the ring.
They go at it and Ambrose goes behind, getting a cheap shot in. Kane goes to work on him but Ambrose takes it to the corner. Ambrose mounts Kane with right hands. Kane shoves him off and nails a right hand. Kane drops Ambrose with elbows and nails a suplex for a 2 count. Kane keeps control and beats Ambrose around now. Kane nails a big right hand. Kane whips Ambrose hard into the corner and he goes down. Ambrose shoves Kane and tells him to bring it. Kane takes him back to the mat. Ambrose counters and takes Kane’s leg out with a low dropkick. Ambrose with another takedown and more kicks.
Ambrose with more offense and a 1 count. Kane finally turns it around and goes to the top. Ambrose cuts him off and climbs up. Ambrose talks trash to the crowd and Kane hits him with punches to the gut. Ambrose goes to the mat. Kane comes down with a big right hand but misses. Ambrose comes off the ropes with a flying elbow for a 2 count. Ambrose with another hold now. Kane backs Ambrose into the corner but Ambrose fights him off again. Ambrose comes off the second rope but Kane catches him with a right hand. Kane goes for a chokeslam but Ambrose fights him off. Kane with a kick to the gut and then a big boot to the head. Kane runs and dropkicks Ambrose for a 2 count.
More back and forth. Ambrose with slaps on the ropes. Ambrose drops Kane for another 2 count. Ambrose mocks The Undertaker and goes for Old School. Kane stops it and unloads with clotheslines. Kane with a clothesline in the corner, and another. Kane with the big sideslam for a 2 count. Kane comes crashing off the top with a big right hand. Kane goes for the chokeslam but Ambrose rolls to the apron. Ambrose with a neckbreaker on the top rope. Kane comes back and big boots Ambrose to the floor. Kane comes out but Ambrose slaps him in the face and laughs. Kane with a huge right hand. Kane starts taking apart the Spanish announce table. Kane goes for a chokeslam but Ambrose DDT’s him on the floor. Ambrose rolls back in the ring as the referee counts Kane out.
Winner by Count Out: Dean Ambrose
– WWE announce that Rob Van Dam will return at Money in the Bank.
World Heavyweight title Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
Out first comes Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez. The World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler is out next with AJ Lee and Big E Langston. Lilian Garcia does formal ring introductions with Ricardo.
Dolph with some stalling early on in the match. Del Rio hits a big tilt-a-whirl slam and Ziggler goes back to the floor for a breather. He comes back in and Del Rio takes control. The crowd has been hype ever since the RVD announcement and they’re chanting his name now. Ziggler goes back down and the referee checks on him. Del Rio with a big knee to the head and more kicks. Del Rio with a back drop and a 1 count.
Ziggler looks to make a comeback but Del Rio sends him to the floor and he lands on his face. Del Rio comes out after him and slams him into the announce table. The referee ends up ejecting Big E from ringside after he got too close to the action. Ziggler slams Del Rio into the announce table and rolls him back in the ring. Del Rio meets him with a big kick to the face and stomps away. Del Rio with headbutts, a bunch of them. The announcers have been focusing on all the shots to the head Ziggler has taken in the match. 2 count by Del Rio. Del Rio with another headlock now. Ziggler fights to his feet but Del Rio keeps control. Ziggler blocks a suplex and applies the sleeper hold.
More back and forth after Del Rio breaks the hold. Ziggler barely hits his finisher and Del Rio kicks out at 2. The referee continues asking Dolph if he wants to continue. Del Rio takes Dolph to the top and hits a blockbuster for a 2 count. Del Rio kicks Ziggler out of the ring. Del Rio with another huge kick to the face. Trainers and AJ are checking on Dolph now as the fans boo some. Ziggler says he’s good to go but AJ begs him not to. Del Rio dropkicks Ziggler in the back of the head and tells the trainer to go away. Del Rio brings Ziggler back in the ring and kicks him in the back of the head. 2 count by Del Rio, who can’t believe Ziggler kicked out. The fans seem to be booing Del Rio and cheering for Ziggler’s kick outs. Del Rio with more shots to the head. Ziggler pulls himself up using Del Rio’s leg. Del Rio raises his hands and smiles but the fans boo. Ziggler nails Del Rio and hits the Zig Zag for a big pop. Del Rio with another kick to the back of the head for the win.
Winner and New World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto Del Rio
– After the bell, Del Rio celebrates with Ricardo as the referee and trainer check on Ziggler. He’s helped away as the fans chant his name. After a “don’t try this at home” video, we go back to Josh Mathews and the pre-show team. We go back to Del Rio on the stage. He’s asking the fans to give it up for the new World Heavyweight Champion but gets a very mixed reaction. Del Rio says everything he’s done in WWE, he’s done it for the fans. Del Rio asks fans for their support but gets booed. Del Rio says he’s one of the best in the business and gives his all every night. Del Rio goes on and asks for a pop one more time and the fans continue to boo.
– We get a promo for CM Punk’s return match.
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
Out first comes Chris Jericho to a mixed reaction. Fans chant for CM Punk. Cult of Personality hits and out comes Punk to a huge pop. Paul Heyman is right behind him.
The music stops and Chicago chants Punk’s name. They lock up and go to the corner. Jericho shoves Punk and Punk shoves back. They lock up again and Punk goes behind. They trade holds and Punk takes Jericho to the mat. More back and forth on the mat now. They break and lock up again. Jericho with a headlock. They run the ropes and Punk nails a dropkick. Punk with a headlock takedown for a 2 count. Punk works on Jericho’s arm now. Punk with shoulder thrusts in the corner. Jericho comes back and they trade chops to the chest. Jericho stomps away in the corner and the crowd boos. Jericho with more offense in the corner. Jericho whips Punk across the ring but misses a splash. Punk goes for a tornado DDT but it’s blocked. Jericho sends Punk over the top and to the floor.
Slow paced match so far. Punk tries to come back in but Jericho goes to kick him off the apron. Punk pulls through and Jericho goes down. Punk climbs to the top and nails the ax handle blow for a 2 count. Punk goes back to work on the shoulder and arm. Punk with a knee to the gut and another pin attempt. More action on the mat now. Jericho fights out of a hold and hits a bunch of right hands. Jericho runs into a boot and goes down. Punk springboards in with a clothesline but Jericho dodges it. Jericho with a shoulder block and another, as the crowd boos. Punk looks to be winded and gets taken down after going for a breather. Jericho with a bulldog. Punk dodges a Lionsault and barely hits a neckbreaker for a 2 count.
Punk hits the high knee in the corner but Jericho blocks the bulldog. Jericho with a Lionsault for a 2 count. Heyman looks on worried. Jericho kicks Punk around to more boos. Punk goes for GTS but Jericho blocks it and goes for Walls of Jericho. Jericho locks it in and Heyman can’t believe it. Punk fights out and applies a standing vice on the arm. Jericho fights out with shots to the ribs. Punk drops to the mat and locks in the Anaconda Vice. Jericho breaks the hold by grabbing the ropes. Punk stands up and calls for the GTS as the fans pop. Punk yells “Blackhawks in 7″ but Jericho counters GTS. Jericho goes for Walls but is distracted by Heyman on the apron. Punk counters and goes for GTS. Jericho counters and Punk kicks out at 2. It appears Punk was also distracted by Heyman. They both go down after a roundhouse kick to the head. Jericho nails a Codebreaker for a close 2 count.
Jericho keeps control of Punk and taunts him, telling him to stay down. The fans start chanting for Punk. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now. Punk with a heel kick to the face and the high knee int he corner. Punk clotheslines Jericho and goes to the top for the big elbow drop and nails it. Punk calls for GTS again and barely hits it for another 2 count. The crowd chants “one more time” and Punk nods his head. Punk goes for GTS but Jericho slides out. Punk blocks a Codebreaker. Punk clotheslines Jericho out to the floor. Punk runs and dives out, sending Jericho into the barrier. Punk rolls Jericho back in. Punk springboards in but Jericho catches him with a Codebreaker for another close 2 count. Jericho gets frustrated and wails away on Punk now. The fans chant “this is awesome” as Jericho hits Punk with elbows. Jericho with more elbows to the face.
Punk rolls Jericho up for a 2 count. They trade shots in the middle of the ring again. Punk fires away and goes for a hurricanrana but Jericho catches him and turns it into the Walls of Jericho. Heyman cheers Punk on as Jericho keeps the hold locked. Fans start chanting Punk’s name as he tries to break the hold with elbows to Jericho. Jericho turns it into a half crab. Punk finally breaks it and beats Jericho with right hands to the neck. Punk nails GTS, sending Jericho into the corner. Punk nails another for the win.
Winner: CM Punk
– After the match, Punk gets to his knees as the fans cheer. Heyman comes in and they talk. Punk looks a bit annoyed and says something back. Heyman looks a bit caught off guard by what Punk said. Heyman applauds Punk as he goes to the corner to pose for the fans.
WWE Tag Team Title Match: Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
We go to the ring and out first comes WWE Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Randy Orton is out next and Daniel Bryan comes out last to a big pop.
Bryan and Reigns start things off. The crowd is already behind Bryan big time as he unloads. Reigns runs him over and turns it around. We get some double teaming and Reigns takes Bryan to the mat. Bryan fights out but Reigns takes him right back down. Rollins and Orton tag in at the same time. Orton with clotheslines and a powerslam. Orton takes Rollins to the apron for the draping DDT but Reigns comes over. Reigns takes the DDT. Rollins misses a kick and Orton whips him into the corner. Orton runs into a boot but nails a powerslam after Rollins leaps off the corner. Orton with a 2 count. Orton with the draping DDT on Rollins now.
Orton calls for a RKO but Rollins escapes. The referee is distracted as Reigns hits a superman punch on Orton. Rollins with a 2 count on Orton. Rollins stomps away on Orton now. Reigns comes back in for some double teaming. Reigns with stomps and a 2 count. Another big RVD chant breaks out as The Shield keeps Orton in their corner with quick tags. Reigns keeps Orton on the mat as the fans try to rally. Orton fights up and out but Reigns nails a big Samoan Drop for a 2 count. Rollins comes back in. Orton fights out with headbutts but Rollins kicks him to the mat. Reigns comes back in and whips Rollins into Orton but Orton gets his boot up. Reigns charges but misses and hits the ring post. Orton slams Rollins on his head. Bryan tags in to a big pop. He comes off the top rope and nails both men with a dropkick. Bryan dropkicks Reigns in one corner and Rollins in the other. 2 count on Reigns. Bryan with kicks to the chest on Reigns.
Bryan dumps both of them out to the floor where Orton is. Bryan dives out but The Shield members move and Bryan accidentally takes out Orton. Reigns works over Bryan and rolls him back in the ring for a 2 count. The Shield goes for a double team move but Bryan counters it. He takes Reigns to the outside and climbs up with Rollins. Bryan hits a double underhook from the top for a close 2 count. Bryan goes for the No Lock but stops to kick Reigns out of the ring. Rollins with a pin attempt. Bryan counters and applies the No Lock but Reigns breaks the hold. Reigns goes for a spear but Orton tries to RKO him. It’s blocked and Reigns spears Bryan. Orton gets taken out after hitting a RKO on Reigns. Rollins hits his finisher on Bryan for the win.
Winners: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
– We get a promo video for tonight’s main event.
Three Stages of Hell for the WWE Title: Ryback vs. John Cena
We go to the ring and Justin Roberts explains the rules of this match. Thirty Lumberjacks start coming out to surround the ring.
Stage One: Lumberjack Match
The Lumberjacks are in place and out first comes Ryback. WWE Champion John Cena is out next to a very mixed reaction.
They lock up and Ryback goes to work on Cena in the corner. Ryback with a bunch of stomps as the referee pulls him away. Cena comes back swinging but Ryback blocks the bulldog with a big slam for a 2 count. Ryback beats Cena around some more. Ryback with another big slam. Ryback charges in the corner but misses and hits the ring post. Cena with a fisherman suplex and a slam. Cena with an elbow drop. Ryback tosses Cena out of the ring and he comes back in before the Lumberjacks can make him. Ryback clotheslines Cena as the Lumberjacks argue. Ryback drops on Cena again for another 2 count.
Ryback keeps control and drops Cena on his neck for another 2 count. Ryback tosses Cena out to the heel Lumberjacks and they work him over before rolling him in. Ryback with a 2 count. Ryback with a suplex. Ryback yells at the crowd and they boo him. Ryback throws Cena back to the Lumberjacks and they work him over before rolling him back in. Ryback with more stomps on Cena. Another RVD chant breaks out. Cena tosses Ryback to the heel Lumberjacks but they let him go back in. Cena unloads on Ryback with his usual moves. Cena with a Five Knuckle Shuffle attempt but Ryback blocks it. Ryback presses Cena out on top of a bunch of Lumberjacks. Cena gets worked over again before being thrown back in the ring. Ryback gets dumped out this time. He shoves Cesaro and the Lumberjacks jump on him. A huge brawl breaks out with everyone. Cena goes to the top and leaps out on top of the Lumberjacks and Ryback. Cena and Ryback are both rolled back into the ring.
Cena locks in the STF. Ryback fights out and hits Shellshocked to win the first stage.
Stage One Winner: Ryback
Stage Two: Tables Match
The Lumberjacks start leaving as Ryback and Cena try to recover. Ryback with a big shoulder thrust in the corner as the bell rings. Ryback goes under the ring and brings a table into the ring. Ryback sets the table up. Ryback goes for a powerbomb through the table but Cena slides out. Cena goes for an Attitude Adjustment but it’s blocked. Ryback takes Cena down with a big shoulder. The crowd chants Goldberg as Ryback sets the table back up. Ryback presses Cena high but he slides out and goes for another AA. Ryback flips the table over but Cena sends him out to the floor.
Ryback sends Cena flying into the steel steps. Ryback has a table propped up in the corner and tosses half of the steps into the ring. He rolls Cena in and follows. Ryback grabs the steps and decks Cena in the face with it. Cena gets up in front of the table as Ryback waits. Ryback throws the steps but Cena moves and the steps crash through the table. Cena with a belly to belly suplex. Cena grabs the steps and lays Ryback out with a shot to the head. Cena brings a table in the ring now. Cena sets it up but turns around to a steps shot to the head. Cena falls on the table. Ryback throws the steps again but Cena moves off the table and the steps go through the table. Ryback tosses steel steps but Cena ducks. Cena comes back with shoulders and a big slam. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Ryback blocks the AA and nails a spinebuster.
Ryback hits the Meathook and brings another table in the ring. Ryback sets the table up and goes for a Shellshocked through it. Cena blocks and sends Ryback through the table with the AA.
Stage Two Winner: John Cena
Stage Three: Ambulance Match
Ryback immediately goes to work stomping on Cena. Ryback tosses him to the floor and takes apart the announce table.
Ryback powerbombs Cena through the announce table and he hits his head on a chair. Ryback bends down and talks trash to Cena. Ryback brings Cena back in the ring and works him over in the corner. The bell just now rings and the third stage is officially underway. The lights on the ambulance are flashing beside the entrance. Ryback carries Cena to the ambulance. Cena slides out and shoves Ryback into the back of the door. Cena opens a door on the ambulance and pulls out a bunch of crutches. Ryback cuts him off with a kick. Ryback swings, Cena ducks and Ryback’s hand goes through a passenger door window of the ambulance. Cena with a crutch shot to the gut. Ryback fights him off. Cena scoops Ryback and slams him into the side of the ambulance.
Cena whips Ryback into an open door and it comes off the hinges. Cena grabs the door and rams it into Ryback’s head. Cena tries to put Ryback in the front seat but Ryback fights him off with a headbutt. Ryback throws Cena onto the hood of the ambulance and he rolls off. Ryback rips a panel off the front of the ambulance and beats Cena with it. Ryback goes to powerbomb Cena through the windshield but Cena backdrops him onto the hood. Cena climbs on top of the ambulance and Ryback follows him. Cena grabs the lights and smacks Ryback with it, sending him to the floor. Cena is still on top of the ambulance as Ryback gets up and grabs a crutch and climbs up. Cena grabs it and they fight on top of the ambulance. Cena bends the crutch over Ryback’s back. Cena hits an AA on top of the ambulance and Ryback goes through the roof, landing in the back of the ambulance for the win.
Winner: John Cena
– After the match, Cena poses on top of the ambulance as his music hits. Cena climbs down and there’s still no sign of Ryback. Cena heads to the ring with the WWE Title belt to celebrate. The ambulance sirens start up as Cena poses with the WWE Title. We go to replays. The ambulance drives away with Ryback in the back. Cena goes around the ring and greets fans as we get more replays. Payback goes off the air with Cena carrying the WWE Title to the back.