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CALDWELL'S WWE PAYBACK PPV RESULTS 6/1: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live PPV - Bryan's Decision, Shield vs. Evolution "Final Battle," Cena vs. Wyatt

Jun 1, 2014 - 9:56:36 PM


WWE Payback PPV Results
June 1, 2014
Chicago, Ill. at Allstate Arena
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

Live PPV Report

Michael Cole introduced the PPV along with Jerry Lawler and JBL. Sheamus's music opened things up to bring out the U.S. champion for the opening match.

Paul Heyman then walked out on-stage and introduced himself to the crowd. Heyman said he is here to advocate for a Paul Heyman Guy. Pause for crowd noise. Heyman waited for them to take the cue and the crowd broke into a "C-M Punk" chant. He said that person is over at the United Center watching the Blackhawks! Big cheers. Watching the Blackhawks lose their streak to the L.A. Kings. Big boos. And just like the Kings, he represents Brock Lesnar, who broke The Undertaker's Streak, and the King of Swing, Cesaro.

1 -- U.S. champion SHEAMUS vs. CESARO (w/Paul Heyman) -- U.S. Title match

Sheamus wasted no time attacking Cesaro, taking out his anger from the past few weeks of exchanges. Sheamus and Cesaro went back and forth until Cesaro blocked a slingshot battering ram with a big European Uppercut. Heyman had a big laugh and clap as Sheamus recovered on the floor. Back in the ring, Cesaro lit up Sheamus with high-impact offense, but Sheamus snapped back with a backbreaker for a two count.

The crowd vocally turned on Sheamus at this point after being mixed earlier. Sheamus climbed to the top turnbuckle, where he missed with a flying smash and walked into a pop-up European Uppercut for a close two count. Cesaro then lit up Sheamus with repeated slaps, but Sheamus responded with a bodyslam for a two count. Sheamus followed with a Texas Cloverleaf, but Cesaro powered his way to the bottom rope for a break.

At 10:30, Cesaro responded with a reverse Torture Rack slam for a two count. Cesaro then put Sheamus in the Big Swing to a crowd pop. Cesaro lit up the champ for 21 or 22 revolutions as Heyman basked in the glory of his client's move. After Cesaro dropped Sheamus to the mat, Sheamus surprised Cesaro out of nowhere with a small package for a three count, shocking Cesaro and Heyman.

WINNER: Sheamus at 11:38 to retain the U.S. Title. Nice match and finish turning the Big Swing on Cesaro, while also protecting Cesaro in the loss by looking strong throughout. (**1/2)

Announcers: Cole and Co. hyped the Payback pre-show, with "exclusive footage" on the Network broadcast. The footage was Cody Rhodes and Goldust hyping themselves up for tag action tonight.

In-ring: Rhodes Bros. made their ring entrance for tag action. This had the feeling of something going down, especially with Cole stressing the talking point that Cody finally seems confident for the first time in a while. Ryback and Curtis Axel were out next to face the Rhodes Bros. "Let's Go Hawks" chant from the crowd as the Blackhawks pushed out an early 2-0 lead on the Kings less than 10 minutes into the first period.


The crowd picked up a "Goldberg" chant taunting Ryback, who took control of the match on Goldust. Ryback and Axel then began a methodical attack on Goldust. Another "Let's Go Blackhawks" chant broke out. The announcers revisited the Rhodes Bros. duo forming in this building, prompting JBL to heelishly say Goldust should just throw his brother under the bus. The crowd engaged in the match with a "Let's Go Goldust" chant as Goldust broke free. Goldust then climbed across the ring, but could not make the tag to Cody. Goldust then delivered somewhat of a Canadian Destroyer on Axel and reached his brother for a tag. Cody accepted and cleaned house.

At 6:00, Cody delivered a springboard missile dropkick, then caught Axel coming out of the air with a big dropkick. Cody then measured Ryback and Axel for a springboard moonsault, but kind of slipped and just crashed into both men. Yikes. Ryback then powerbombed a woozy Cody into Goldust. Ryback followed with the Meathook Clothesline, but Goldust broke up a pin. Chaos in the ring. Bodies flying, then Cody rolled up Ryback from behind for a close two count. Cody followed with Cross Rhodes on Ryback, but Axel broke up the pin just in time.

Reset at 7:30 with Cody and Ryback in the ring. Cody wanted the Disaster Kick, he telegraphed it by stomping his foot, and Ryback caught him on his shoulders for Shell Shock. Ryback covered, Goldust was standing on the outside to make the save, but he never entered the ring (it wasn't clear why since WWE cut to a different camera shot), and Ryback made the pin for the win.

WINNERS: Ryback & Axel at 7:49. Above-expectations tag match centered on everyone waiting for Cody to turn on his brother, which did not happen. But, it led to... (**1/2)

Post-match: Goldust entered the ring to console Cody, who said he just needs some time to process what happened. No music as WWE stayed with Cody selling his frustration. Goldust tried to give Cody some distance, then Cody asked for the mic. Cody took the mic and told "brother, brother" that he needs a better tag partner than him. Cody dropped the mic and left the ring as Goldust stood stunned in the ring. Cody kept walking to the back wincing in pain, then Goldust left the ring with a sad expression on his face.

On-stage: Lana was introduced for a heel promo knocking the U.S. and hyping Mother Russia, led by Vladimir Putin. Lana then introduced Rusev, who came out on-stage wildly waving a Russian flag. Rusev continued waving the flag down to the ring showing a lack of rhythm to his movements. Rusev eventually dropped the flag and did his pre-match stretching routine. He received the flag again and did more wild waving before being interrupted by Big E., who came out with an American flag. Big E. also wildly waved the flag around as the announcers tried to hype this as a matter of national pride.

3 -- RUSEV (w/Lana) vs. BIG E. - Not a Flag Match

The two big men battled mid-ring to start things off. Rusev then dropped Big E. to the mat with a big release German suplex. "We Want Ziggler" chant from the crowd as Rusev controlled the action. Big E. responded with a Samoa Joe frontslam out of the corner, prompting Lana to yell at Rusev to get back in the match. Suddenly, Big E. charged the ropes and smashed Rusev off the ring apron to the floor with a big spear.

Back in the ring, Rusev made a comeback and received orders from Lana to apply The Accolade submission. Big E. tried to fight the application, but Rusev overpowered him and applied the hold. Big E. fought the hold for a few moments, but was forced to tap out. Rusev kept it locked for a few extra moments to inflict additional punishment.

WINNER: Rusev via submission at 3:40. Short and sweet. The crowd was engaged, which is about all you could ask for another Smackdown-level PPV match. (*1/2)

Video Package: The hype video for Money in the Bank is centered on a talking stack of dollar bills.

Backstage: WWE World Hvt. champion Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella were shown having a quiet conversation about their decision tonight.

In-ring: Kofi Kingston was introduced for the next Smackdown-level match on PPV. Lilian Garcia then introduced "the inspirational" Bo Dallas. Dallas walked out doing his big, fake smile celebrating his arrival as Kofi watched with a curious look. Dallas hit the ring and posed on one knee. Bo took the mic and said that even though your team, the Blackhawks, are going to lose their "match" tonight ("match?" JBL whispered), all you have to do is Bo-Lieve.


As soon as the bell sounded, Kane's pyro shot off. Kane marched down to the ring, Bo bailed, and Kofi tried to fight Kane, but Kane beat him up as the bell sounded. Kane beat up Kofi ringside, then dragged Kofi back into the ring for a big chokeslam as Bo clutched the ringside barricade trying to decide what to do. Kane then scooped up Kofi for a Tombstone Piledriver.

Kane left, refs hit the ring to check on Kofi, and Bo re-entered the ring. Bo told Kofi that he's going to he back on his feet in no time. And better than ever. All he has to do - and all everyone has to do - is Bo-Lieve. Bo patted Kofi on the chest to tell him he's going to be all right. On commentary, Cole noted Kofi was critical of The Authority earlier this week, so perhaps this was Kane taking care of Authority's dirty work.

WINNER: No Contest at 0:32.

Replay: Hornswoggle got his head shaved on the pre-show. The announcers mocked Swoggle for being a little person, then RVD was introduced for the next match. IC champion Bad News Barrett was out next to defend the title. On the entrance ramp, Barrett took the mic and said he has some bad news for people who want to see RVD as Intercontinental champion. He said not only will RVD not get payback, he will not be getting any more paychecks. He said someone needs to put RVD down, and tonight, the Bullhammer sends RVD on a permanent summer vacation. Why? Because he is B-N-B.

5 -- IC champion WADE BARRETT vs. ROB VAN DAM -- Intercontinental Title match

Back and forth early on as the crowd picked up a dueling chant of "Bad News Barrett / R-V-D." The announcers joined in the dueling chant. Barrett then took control and the match moved to the floor. RVD took control by knocking Barrett into the front row, then he draped him across the guardrail and delivered a spin kick to Barrett's back. A brief "E-C-W" chant broke out, then RVD posed for the crowd.

Back in the ring, Barrett took control of the action. Barrett continued to wear down RVD as the announcers tried to crack jokes. RVD then popped Barrett in the nose with a kick to break free. He wanted a top-rope Five-Star Frogsplash, but Barrett avoided. RVD avoided a Bullhammer, then rolled to the outside for a breather. Barrett tried to follow with a Bullhammer on the outside, but RVD moved and Barrett smashed his arm into the ringpost.

Back in the ring, RVD delivered a slingshot DDT for a close two count on an injured champ. RVD tried to follow with a split-legged moonsault, but Barrett got his knees up. Barrett then smashed RVD with an injured Bullhammer elbow for the pin and the win.

WINNER: Barrett at 9:32 to retain the IC Title. Solid match. An engaged crowd has boosted the performances in the ring thus far. (**1/2)

Video Package: Build-up to Daniel Bryan being forced to decide on the WWE World Title or his wife, Brie Bella's, employment.

Daniel Bryan's Decision

Back in the arena, Lilian Garcia introduced "one of the principal owners of WWE," Stephanie McMahon. Out came Stephanie in PPV wardrobe smirking toward the crowd. Suddenly, the Network feed froze. About 20 seconds later, the feed returned with Stephanie in the ring. She thanked the crowd for that "very warm welcome," which drew boos.

Stephanie said tonight is historic - will Bryan do the right thing and surrender the WWE World Title? Or, will he force her to take action against his wife? Steph told Bryan to come on down. Bryan's music played to big cheers and out came the World Hvt. champion with a neckbrace and both title belts. Brie walked behind Bryan as the crowd went nuts with "Yes!" chants. Suddenly, the Network feed cut to Sheamus and Cesaro in the opening match.

Back to the present. Bryan told Stephanie she is going to give her the opportunity to do the right thing. He said he fought hard to win the WWE World Title. He was interrupted by a "C-M Punk chant, which Stephanie said is the crowd saying they want Bryan to quit just like C.M. Punk did. Oohs from the crowd. Steph told Bryan to hurry up and surrender the title or she will fire Brie.

Bryan said he hopes Steph's children are watching this because they'll see their mom is a self-centered, narcissistic. And some other word. "B----!" Brie shouted. Steph waited out "Yes!" chants, then said it's apparent who has the guts in the relationship. Stephanie addressed Brie that the only poor decision she made was making a poor choice in a husband. Brie ignored and said they both know what needs to be done.

Bryan held out the WWE Title belt. Steph asked for it, then Brie blocked Bryan and turned to face Stephanie. Brie said Steph does not control her. Steph laughed and said she does. Brie said as much as this hurts her, Steph can't fire her because she quits. Steph laughed, so Brie reached back and slapped Steph across the face. Big cheers from the crowd. Brie led the crowd in "Yes!" chants, then Steph sold shock as she left the ring. Steph acted hurt, then she ran the final 15 feet to the back to cover her embarrassment.

Bryan and Brie were left alone in the ring to hug and celebrate. WWE replayed Brie slapping Stephanie, who the announcers said was humiliated tonight. Brie and Bryan celebrated on the way out as Lawler noted there will be some serious repercussions from this.

Video Package: John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt feud.

In-ring: Justin Roberts announced the rules for Cena vs. Wyatt in a Last Man Standing match. Suddenly, Bray Wyatt interrupted on the big screen. "Chicago, we're here," he said. The Wyatts then emerged in the arena with the crowd clapping along and waving their cell phones in the dark, lighting the arena, which Cole acknowledged on commentary. When the lights came back on, Wyatt surveyed the crowd. A dueling chant of "Let's Go Cena / Cena Sucks" broke out, which Bray sold with slight annoyance since they weren't chanting anything about him.

John Cena's music then played to bring out Cena in neon green gear. Cena held up a black towel with neon green lettering for the on-stage camera, then stormed the ring. Cena did his usual ring introduction as Cole noted this is the rubber match in the series after Cena won at WrestleMania and Bray won at Extreme Rules.

Before the bell sounded, the Wyatts teased hitting the ring to corner Cena, but the Usos's music played to bring out the WWE tag champs backing up Cena. Bray smiled to himself as Cena and his crew stood their ground in the ring. Bray eventually entered the ring and the bell sounded to begin the match.

6 -- JOHN CENA vs. BRAY WYATT (w/Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) -- Last Man Standing match

Bray took control early on, then Cena visibly called a spot for Bray to heelishly dance with him. Cena then ducked a clothesline and did his usual shoulder tackle routine, but Bray cut off the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Bray airballed a flying butt splash, though, and Cena went for an early STF. But, Bray broke free and delivered a uranage. Cena reached his feet in plenty of time, then Bray bent over backwards in the corner and stalked Cena for Sister Abigail. Cena blocked, though, and ran into a clothesline from Bray. Lots packed into the first four minutes of the match.

Cena regrouped on the ring apron as the crowd picked up another dueling chant. Bray headbutted Cena on the top turnbuckle, then he gripped him for a superplex, but Cena blocked. Cena then came off the top with a guillotine leg drop that put both men down on the mat. Cena was the aggressor back on their feet, delivering an Attitude Adjustment to put Bray on the mat for a seven count. Suddenly, Erick Rowan hit the ring, so the Usos entered the ring to clear the heels. Chaos ringside, then Bray jabbed Cena with a chair that he brought into the ring. And another chair jab. And a chair to the back. Cole said this is all legal in a Last Man Standing match, which brings up the unanswerable question of what's preventing Bray from pulling out life-threatening weapons to secure victory?

Ringside, Bray missed with a chair shot, then Cena slammed Bray to the mat. Back in the ring, Cena bashed Bray with a chair shot, putting Bray on the mat. Bray came up bleeding from the mat, then Cena went under the ring looking for a table. As Bray recovered to his feet to avoid a ten count, Cena slid the table into the ring. Cena set up the table and Bray recovered to block Cena's attack and bodyslam Cena through the table. Big spot in the match. The announcers asked if that was it for Cena, but Cena reached his feet at eight.

At 12:00, Bray brought the ring steps into the ring. Bray smacked Cena in the face with the steps, then stood on top of the steps posing for the crowd. Bray conducted the crowd as they sang, "He's got the whole world in his hands," then Bray stomped Cena in the face. Bray placed Cena's head on the ring steps, then he retrieved the chair to attempt to bash Cena's head in, but Cena moved in-time. Cena then hoisted the ring steps in the air to bash Bray in the face "for a little bit of Payback," as Cole said.

Bray rolled to the outside to recover, but Cena picked up the ring steps and chucked them clear over the top rope onto Bray. Cena said it's over, but Bray reached his feet at eight. So, Cena went back under the ring for another table. But, Cena took too long, allowing Bray to grab him and deliver Sister Abigail on the outside. Cena made his feet just before ten as the crowd buzzed about the sequence. Cena then reversed a whip into the ringpost and Bray ate the post before collapsing to the floor.

At 16:00, Cena got an idea in his head. He wanted a powerbomb onto the ring steps, but Bray blocked and back-dropped Cena onto the steps. Bray then ran off the ring steps with a big senton splash to Cena. Both men sold the effects of the move as they rolled around ringside. Cena coughed as he reached his feet, suckering in Bray to give him another AA, this time on the floor. Cena threw himself back into the ring as the ref applied a count on Bray, then Harper and Rowan returned to ringside to attack Cena. The duo then helped Bray back to his feet.

Back in the ring, the Wyatts KO'ed Cena. But, the Usos returned to the ring to deliver big splashes to the Wyatts. Luke Harper shook off an attack, then smashed Uso with a table as he tried a follow-up attack. Harper was the last man standing as the announcers yelled at the ref to count Bray Wyatt, noting the Wyatts got everyone distracted and the ref missed Bray down for a 10 count.

More chaos ringside with Jey Uso smashing Rowan through a table against the barricade. Jimmy Uso and Luke Harper then battled on the top turnbuckle. Harper delivered a huge superplex through a table down below on the floor, KO'ing both men. And, there was John Cena standing ringside watching this unfold. Cena found Bray also standing, then both men crashed through the gimmicked guardrail in front of the timekeeper's area.

The match continued into the crowd, then down the space in-between the front row seats and production area. Suddenly, a special effects noise blasted near the production area. The sell was Cena crashing into electrical equipment. Bray thought he had this won, so he non-chalatantly approached Cena for follow-up, but Cena delivered an AA that sent Bray crashing through a production trunk below. Cena then shoved another trunk on top of Bray and the ref counted to 10, giving Cena the win. JBL, exasperated, said Cena has a way of winning big-time matches.

Post-match, Cena moved to the production stage and displayed a "Never Give Up" wristband to the camera. Cena then ran down to ringside to greet the Usos and thank them for their help.

WINNER: Cena at 24:24. Tons of chaos and big spots from start to finish. It will be interesting to see where Bray goes from here after what was booked to be the finale of the feud with Cena winning in classic Cena feud victory form. Meanwhile, it looks like Usos vs. Wyatts for the Tag Titles should be up next. (***1/4)

In-ring: Alicia Fox was introduced first for the buffer title match. WWE replayed Fox's crazy antics over the past few weeks before Divas champion Paige was introduced to deal with Fox.

7 -- Divas champion PAIGE vs. ALICIA FOX -- Divas Title match

Fox dominated early on, using her craziness to her advantage. Paige eventually locked in her inverted Sharpshooter finisher, turned Fox over, and forced her to tap out. Paige celebrated the win as if she just won the title, then WWE stayed with Fox for post-match reaction. Fox sold being on the verge of craziness again, then kind of toyed with the crowd as the announcers wondered if she was going to lose it. Suddenly, Fox broke into a big smile and charged down the ramp to the back.

WINNER: Paige via submission at 6:37 to retain the Divas Title. Paige vs. Fox has room to continue if WWE wants it to. Fox is good foil for Paige early in her title reign.

Studio Panel: Cole threw it to Josh Mathews with Alex Riley and Booker T for reaction to the PPV thus far.

Video Package: Evolution vs. The Shield heading into the main event.

In-ring: Evolution was introduced to the ring first. Out came Triple H and Randy Orton in matching black and white gear, while Batista separated himself in eyesore, bright blue elbow sleeves, trunks, and boots. Once in the ring, Batista ran around in the ring getting out his nervous energy while Hunter and Orton casually walked around. The Shield's music then brought out the face trio through the crowd ready for battle.

8 -- THE SHIELD (ROMAN REIGNS & SETH ROLLINS & DEAN AMBROSE) vs. EVOLUTION (TRIPLE H & RANDY ORTON & BATISTA) -- six-man tag elimination match -- No Holds Barred

Once the bell sounded, action spilled out of the ring. Orton and Ambrose paired off, Reigns and Batista kind of fell over the guardrail to the front row, and Hunter paired off with Rollins. The match eventually settled down back in the ring with Reigns battling Batista. Next up was Hunter battling with Reigns. Rollins was next and he delivered Three Amigos suplexes, channeling Eddie Guerrero. Ambrose continued the attack on Hunter, but he took things too far trying a top-rope move, allowing Hunter to get a foot up to block. Evolution then took control working on Ambrose.

"Boo-tista" chants as Batista delivered offense to Ambrose. As Evolution worked on Ambrose, the announcers discussed "#Bluetista" trending on Twitter. Hunter then tagged in and took a spill to the outside when Ambrose fought back. Ambrose was unable to make a tag, though, and Hunter tried to continue the attack, but Ambrose nailed a rebound lariat. Reigns took a tag and went to work on the heels, then measured Batista for a Superman Punch. Reigns covered Batista, but Orton broke up a pin.

Chaos in and out of the ring again. Hunter took Rollins to the production area, where Hunter retrieved some sort of metallic object that he used to smash Rollins in the face with. Back to ringside, Reigns knocked down Batista, then began clearing the Spanish announce table. Orton cut off Reigns, though, and finished clearing the table. Evolution regrouped ringside, then started clearing the English announce table. Evolution wanted to give Reigns a triple powerbomb through the Spanish announce table, a la Raw, and they executed.

Reset at 18:00 with refs checking on Reigns and Evolution wandering around ringside. Evolution mocked Shield's fists pose, then Ambrose came flying off-camera with a big splash to all three members. Rollins then resurfaced with a big flip dive onto Evolution. The match then spilled to the production stage at the top of the entrance ramp. As Reigns continued to sell the triple bomb far away, Evolution isolated the other two Shield members. Hunter placed a chair underneath Rollins, then gave him a Pedigree onto the chair.

Back in the ring, Reigns had recovered to his feet. Reigns found himself alone and isolated, then Evolution circled him in the ring. Reigns ran into a spinebuster from Batista, then Orton stomped him. Hunter started calling shots before Reigns was stripped of his jacket. Ring steps were introduced to the ring, then Batista and Orton retrieved kendo sticks and took turns bashing Reigns's back over and over. Reigns cried out in pain as he was struck over and over.

Suddenly, Reigns delivered a desperation Superman Punch to Orton, but Evolution quickly knocked down Reigns. A chair shot to the back knocked Reigns out of the ring to the floor. Evolution then circled Reigns and Hunter delivered another chair shot to the back. Ambrose suddenly popped up and tried to attack Evolution, but Evolution beat him down, too. Orton delivered a trademark second-rope DDT off a production prop as the announcers noted there have been no eliminations, as Evolution simply wants to end their careers.

Suddenly, Seth Rollins was standing on top of the Titantron. Rollins came flying off the Tron with a big splash onto all three Evolution members, putting everyone on the floor. Both teams started crawling toward the ring, as if they now wanted to have a wrestling match. Back in the ring, Batista wanted a Batistabomb on Rollins, but Rollins slipped out and Reigns smashed Batista out of nowhere with a spear. Rollins then pinned Batista for the first elimination nearly 28 minutes into the match.

*** Batista eliminated at 27:32 ***

Orton dropped Rollins with an RKO, but Reigns broke up the pin. Ambrose then bashed Orton from behind with a chair. Ambrose nailed his front-face finisher into the chair and then pinned Orton for the second elimination.

*** Orton eliminated at 28:37 ***

Hunter, now alone, low-blowed Ambrose before trying a Pedigree, but Reigns came out of nowhere with a Superman Punch. Batista, who was eliminated, then smashed Reigns to get in a heel move on the way out. Hunter and Reigns were alone in the ring heading to the half-hour mark nearing the end of the PPV window.

At 30:00, Orton slid a sledgehammer into the ring for Hunter to use. Hunter slowly gathered himself, then stalked Reigns for a hammer shot, but Ambrose entered the ring, so Hunter sledged him in the face. Hunter called for Reigns, wobbled around the ring, then took a flying knee from Rollins out of nowhere. Reigns then speared Hunter for the pin and the win.

WINNERS: Shield at 30:56, winning without anyone eliminated. More chaos and craziness and big spots and quick recoveries, similar to the Cena-Wyatt match. They walked a fine line of believability with about 25 minutes happening outside of the ring, then trying to convince the audience that said war would be decided with a few sequences inside a squared circle positioned in the middle of the arena. It's one thing to have a few sequences outside the ring to sell the idea of this being a war, but this turned into a situation where the ring was just there to give Shield an official verdict, while Evolution dominated the majority of the match outside of the ring as their "out" for the loss. Shield looked good with their big moments throughout, overall. This was a PPV for those who enjoy these types of matches. (***1/4)

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