We are in Atlanta, Georgia and your announcers are Michael ‘Did I win the Gold Cole and John ‘The Falcons will win a Super Bowl when Zack Ryder main events Wrestlemania’ Layfield.
The Shield make their way to the ring through the crowd.
Seth is first to speak and he says that it is said that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. In the case of The Shield, they are stronger, they are angrier, they are hungrier, and after what happened on Monday, they are more focused than they were before.
We see a video package from Raw of what happened to the Shield.
Dean says he is sure that footage makes Evolution pretty happy, but you should know by now the type of people you are dealing with. You beat us up, hit us with a sledgehammer, and leave us lying. We don’t care. This Sunday at Payback, it is No Holds Barred. It means that anything goes and you will find out how far they will go and how low will they go. Evolution will have to ask how crazy will you get.
He tells them to bring their best because the Hounds will be off their leash and it will get real ugly.
Seth says that it is also an elimination match so when he pins Randy Orton, he has to take a walk. Randy can be stretchered out if he cannot walk to the back. What starts on a level playing field can turn into three on two. Then it can turn into three on one. After Randy Orton, maybe they will eliminate Batista. Maybe fate will have it that Triple H will be left out here by himself in the center of the ring, circled by the hounds of justice.
If that were the case, they will take their time. Rest assured, they will finish the job. They will eliminate Triple H and the end of Evolution will be extinction.
Roman says that he was power bombed through a table by Evolution on Raw. That was a big mistake because they will take care of Evolution with kendo sticks, chairs, barricades, and they will destroy every announce table that is available. They will win again. He says to believe that and to believe in the Shield.
We have a video package showing the history of the Intercontinental Title. We go to commercial
We are back and Kofi Kingston was in the Goldman Box. He says that he beat Cesaro a year ago to become the United States Champion. It meant a lot for him to be the United States Champion. He starts his journey back to the United States Title tonight.
We see what happened to Jack Swagger on Raw.
Match Number One: Cesaro (with Paul Heyman) versus Kofi Kingston
Cesaro with a fireman’s carry into a wrist lock. Kofi with a side head lock. Kofi blocks a hip toss but Cesaro with a shoulder tackle. Kofi with an arm drag and then Cesaro blocks an arm drag and he picks Kofi up by one arm into a back breaker. Cesaro with a European uppercut and then he picks Kofi up and presses Kofi over his head and drops Kofi to the mat. Cesaro with a double stomp to the chest.
Cesaro with a punch to Kofi followed by an Irish whip but Kofi with a drop kick out of the corner for a near fall. Kofi with a pendulum kick in the corner and then Kofi hits a springboard clothesline and he gets a near fall. Kofi with kicks to Cesaro and then he blocks a kick and hits a round kick for a near fall.
Kofi with a cross body attempt and Cesaro catches him but Kofi with a rollup for a near fall. Kofi with a kick and then he goes up top for a double jump cross body but Cesaro with a European uppercut for the three count.
After the match, Cesaro leaves the ring, but Heyman says something to Cesaro and Cesaro returns to the ring and Cesaro with the Gotch Style Neutralizer.
Renee Young is in the interview area with Wade Barrett. Renee asks Wade a question, but Wade interrupts and he says that his championship is not in jeopardy because if she does think that is the case, He’s got some bad news. Wade points out that he is facing RVD, and then Wade does the thumbs. All Rob has these days is his hand gesture along with hanging on to his past. A past that isn’t half as impressive as BNB’s last month.
The British are not afraid of the Irish and they never will be. Especially someone like Sheamus. The United States Champion who isn’t even from the United States. We all know that the United States is one country. As the Intercontinental Champion, he is the champion of all of the continents of the world. Sheamus will learn that BNB holds the most powerful empire in the WWE.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Paige is in the Goldman Box. She says that she is excited to face Tamina tonight. She gets to prove to all of the Divas, especially Alicia Fox that she belongs her and that she should be the Divas Champion.
Match Number Two: Tamina Snuka versus Paige in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Tamina pushes Paige away. They lock up again and Paige backs Tamina into the corner and she punches Tamina. Paige notices that Alicia is making her way to ringside and Tamina with a clothesline. Paige with a cross body for a near fall. Tamina with a punch to the midsection while Alicia takes photos at ringside. Paige with a sunset flip for a near fall.
Tamina with a punch and head butt while Alicia takes the Divas title belt that was in the corner.
Paige with punches and she sees what Alicia is doing. Tamina with a super kick to Paige but she takes too long to make the cover and Paige kicks out at two. Tamina has Paige in the ropes while Alicia takes photos on the announce table.
Paige with elbows while Tamina kicks Paige. Tamina sends Paige into the turnbuckles but Paige moves and she connects with elbows. Paige with short arm clotheslines to Tamina followed by a drop kick to the head. Paige with knees but Paige focuses too much on Alicia and it allows Tamina to get Paige up for a Samoan Drop but Paige escapes and hits the Paige Turner followed by the PTO and Tamina taps out.
After the match, Alicia drops the title belt on the ramp and goes to the back.
Renee Young is with Sheamus. Renee asks Sheamus about Cesaro and their issues. Sheamus says it started two weeks ago when Cesaro refused a handshake after a hard fought match. Then Cesaro attacks him from behind. That is like throwing water on a Gremlin and then feeding it after midnight. Now Cesaro has made this personal.
Renee asks Sheamus about his match with Wade Barrett. She points out that Wade thinks his title is more prestigious. Sheamus says that he wasn’t the greatest geography student, but he knows something about physics. When his Brogue kick connects with Broken Nose Barrett’s face at full velocity, it will send those crocked teeth down that throat of his. That is not bad news, that is good news . . . fella.
We have a Bo Dallas video package.
Before our next match, Bo Dallas gets on the mic and he introduces himself. Thanks to his BOLIEVERS, he is undefeated in his time in WWE. He is 2-0. If you work hard enough, your dreams can and will come true. All you have to do is Bolieve.
Match Number Three: Xavier Woods versus Bo Dallas
They lock up and Bo with an arm drag and he celebrates by going to the floor. Bo offers his hand and Woods slaps it away. They lock up and Woods with a side head lock and a drop kick. Woods with a waist lock but he sends Woods through the ropes to the floor. Woods is brought back into the ring and Bo with a belly-to-back suplex followed by a series of knee drops. Bo with a cravate but Woods escapes. Woods avoids punches by Dallas and Woods with a forearm and flying forearm followed by a back heel kick. Woods with a drop kick and then he hits the Honor Roll but only gets a near fall.
Woods goes to the apron and he kicks Dallas in the head. Woods goes up top but Dallas with a drop kick when Woods comes off. Bo hits the BoDog for the three count.
Winner: Bo Dallas
After the match, Bo does his victory lap and he returns to the ring to say something. He thanks everyone. Tonight, we are all winners. All you have to do is BOLIEVE. Bo hugs Woods and says something to him before leaving the ring.
Michael talks about what happened with John Cena and Bray Wyatt.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look back at what happened in the latest chapter in the 3MB/Matadores feud when Torito lost his tail.
Torito spins around to look for his tail. Torito says something to Mahal and Torito with a drop kick when Mahal charges into the corner. Torito gores Mahal and Mahal chases Torito. Torito goes for a springboard cross body but misses Mahal. Mahal with a delayed atomic drop and Torito bounces around. Mahal pulls Torito up for a superplex while Slater and McIntyre work over Fernando and Diego on the floor.
Torito with a head butt and Torito hits a sunset flip power bomb and then he goes up for a moonsault and gets the three count.
Winner: El Torito
After the match, Hornswoggle comes into the ring while McIntyre and Slater try to get into the ring but Fernando and Diego stop them. Hornswoggle and Torito are alone in the ring and Hornswoggle tries to escape but Fernando and Diego stop him. Hornswoggle is able to avoid Torito with the hedge clippers.
Not to leave the United States Title out of the praise, we see a video package of former champions.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Paul Heyman has joined John and Michael at the announce table for the champion versus champion match.
Match Number Five: Sheamus versus Wade Barrett in a Champion versus Champion Non Title Match
They lock up and they go into the corner but that is not for long. Sheamus with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Barrett with a kick and forearm followed by punches in the corner. Sheamus with a kick and punches to Barrett. Sheamus with forearms and then he rakes the eyes. Barrett with a shoulder and head butt. Barrett with an Irish whip but Sheamus with a clothesline out of the corner followed by a knee drop and he chokes Barrett.
Sheamus with an Irish whip but Barrett with an elbow. Sheamus sets for a suplex but Barrett counters with a suplex of his own. Sheamus with a shoulder from the apron and then Sheamus sets for the forearms against the ropes but Barrett avoids them and he knocks Sheamus off the apron with a punch. Barrett with a Foley-esque elbow drop off the apron.
They return to the ring and Barrett gets a near fall. Barrett kicks Sheamus and he chokes Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus pushes Barrett to the mat. Sheamus with an Irish whip and he goes for the Finlay slam and connects. Sheamus clotheslines Barrett over the top rope to the floor.
Sheamus goes to the apron and he waits for Barrett to get up and Sheamus with a running shoulder tackle. Barrett punches Sheamus but Sheamus tries to Irish whip Barrett into the ring steps but Barrett goes over the steps and then he kicks the steps into Sheamus’ knees and follows with a clothesline. We go to commercial.
We are back and Barrett with a reverse chin lock on Sheamus. We see footage from the commercial break when Barrett kicked Sheamus while he was in the ropes. Sheamus with head butts and then he punches Barrett. Sheamus with two running double sledges followed by a shoulder in the corner and a running knee lift and he goes for the knee into the corner and Barrett with a knee. Barrett with a super kick and Sheamus goes down.
Barrett gets a near fall. Sheamus with a uranage back breaker and he gets a near fall. Barrett goes to the apron and Sheamus sets for the forearms across the chest and he connects with ten of them. Sheamus tries for White Noise but Barrett avoids it. Barrett avoids the Brogue Kick and Barrett hits the Blackpool Slam for a near fall.
Barrett sets for Wasteland but Sheamus with a crucifix and he rolls through and hits a Brogue Kick for the three count.
After the match, Sheamus comes to the announce table and Paul tells Sheamus he is an advocate and he has two small children at home who depend on him. Paul says that he said nothing bad about Sheamus and wishes him luck on Sunday.
Renee Young is in the back with the Usos. Renee asks them about their loss on Tuesday and the fact that Jey’s ribs are wrapped. He says this isn’t the first time or the last time they have been hurt. Jimmy says that when you knock the Usos down, they get back up. He has a Last Man Standing Match against Bray Wyatt. He might have those goons in his corner, but Jimmy says that he has his brother in his corner.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see footage of what happened between Titus O’Neil and Big E over the last month.
We see why Big E has his giant American flag with him. Before our next match, Rusev and Lana make their way onto the stage so Rusev can scout his opponent at Payback.
Lana does her runway walk and then does the Russian Rearview Pose. She says that your worn American flag is just like your people. Weak and a trite civilization. There is a red, white, and blue flag that represents power and glory, and you will bow down to this flag.
Lana tells the people to stop their USA chants. She says that you will bow down. You will pay your reverence to the super athlete, Rusev.
Match Number Six: Titus O’Neil versus Big E
Titus takes advantage of the distraction by Rusev and he hits Big E from behind. Titus with a boot to the chest followed by forearms. Titus with more punches in the corner and then he hits a splash in the corner. Titus misses a splash when he tries a second time. Big E with a belly-to-belly suplex followed by punches and a shoulder in the corner and a body block. Big E with an Ultimate Warrior Splash. The straps come down and Big E hits the Big Ending for the three count.
Winner: Big E
We go to commercial.
We are back and Zeb Colter has joined the commentary team as we see footage from Raw of what happened between Jack Swagger and Adam Rose.
Match Number Seven: Adam Rose versus Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter)
Rose sucks on his lollipop before locking up. Rose does a few laps around Swagger and Swagger shows some frustration. Rose offers Swagger his lollipop but Swagger tries to go for the leg but Rose moves. Swagger with a waist lock and take down. Rose backs Swagger into the corner. Rose says something to Swagger and Swagger pushes him away. Rose leaps into Swagger’s arms and Swagger lets him go. Swagger goes to the floor and he wants to know what happened.
Swagger returns to the ring and Rose goes to the floor and he says something to Colter. Swagger goes to the floor again but Rose gets back into the ring. Rose with a back heel kick and a double leg take down and he rolls through and gets the three count.
Winner: Adam Rose
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Raw Rebound.
Wyatt with punches to Jimmy and then he connects with a forearm to the back of the head. Wyatt with another punch to Jimmy and then he throws Jimmy to the mat and he tells the referee to count. Wyatt with a shoulder when Jimmy gets to his feet. Jimmy gets back to his feet but Wyatt with another punch. Jimmy with a leg lariat and Wyatt rolls to the apron. Jimmy drops Wyatt on the top rope and he goes to the floor.
Jimmy with a plancha onto Wyatt and the referee starts his count. Wyatt gets back to his feet and the referee stops his count. Wyatt laughs maniacally as we go to commercial.
Wyatt and Jimmy with punches on the floor as they go around the ring. Jimmy sends Bray into the apron and then the ringside barrier. Wyatt with a kick and he sends Jimmy into the ringside barrier. The referee starts his count but Jimmy is back to his feet. Wyatt sends Jimmy into the ringside barrier again. Wyatt sends Jimmy back into the ring and he hits a back senton as the referee resumes his count. Jimmy gets back to his feet and then he chokes Jimmy in the ropes and kicks him in the leg.
Wyatt with a splash in the corner and the referee starts his count one more time. Jimmy gets back to his feet and Jimmy with punches but Wyatt punches back and he connects with knees. Wyatt with a suplex throw and the referee starts his count one more time.
Jimmy gets back to his feet and Wyatt with punches. Jimmy punches back. Jimmy with a Samoan drop and both men are down and the referee starts his count. Jimmy gets to his feet first and then Wyatt is up. Jimmy kicks Bray and Bray with an uppercut. Wyatt charges at Jimmy against the ropes but Jimmy drops down and Wyatt goes to the floor. The referee starts his count. Jimmy runs the ringside barrier but Wyatt moves. Jimmy lands on his feet and he hits a super kick and Wyatt is down.
Wyatt is able to get to his feet and Wyatt with a cross body and then he gets up with the crab walk. Wyatt waits for Jimmy to get up and Wyatt punches Jimmy. Wyatt with a head butt to Jimmy. Wyatt puts Jimmy on the turnbuckles and he connects with uppercuts. Wyatt tries for a superplex but Jimmy holds on to the turnbuckle. Jimmy with punches and then he head butts Wyatt to the mat.
Jimmy with a superfly splash and the referee counts Wyatt. Wyatt gets to his feet at eight but Wyatt with a knee and he throws Jimmy to the floor. Wyatt goes to the floor and he tells Jimmy to get up. Wyatt with a running body block to Jimmy and Jimmy is down again.
Wyatt picks up Jimmy for a piledriver but Jimmy escapes and he hits a super kick that sends Wyatt to the ground. The referee stats his count and Jimmy with a running butt splash against the ringside barrier and the referee starts again.
Wyatt gets up at nine and then Harper and Rowan go after Jey Uso. Jimmy with a super kick to Harper and then to Wyatt. Jimmy sets for another running butt splash but against the ring steps this time and Wyatt moves. Wyatt with Sister Abigail and then the referee counts Jimmy out.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Props: Richard Trionfo of PWInsider.com