Payback 2014

|Date: June 1, 2014
|Venue: Allstate Arena |City: Rosemont, Illinois
|Attendance: 13,311 |Buys: 67,000

|tweet me: @BastionBlogger

Payback….it’s what’s best for business! Well, according to Triple H it is. Triple H had continued to pursuit The Shield following Extreme Rules, forcing Dean Ambrose to defend his United States Championship in a 20 man battle royal. Sheamus would be the man to win the battle royal and claim the title. The Shield would then challenge Evolution to a rematch at Payback and Evolution accepted. It was later announced that the match would be no holds barred match between the two factions.

The WWE World Heavyweight Championship will not be defended tonight as Daniel Bryan is injured. Stephanie McMahon will instead make Daniel Bryan relinquish the title and if he refuses then his wife Brie Bella will be fired. Bad News Barrett will be defending the Intercontinental Championship tonight against the winner of a beat the clock challenge. Big E took an early lead but it was Rob Van Dam who won the challenge in the end and takes on Barrett tonight. Sheamus will be defending his newly won United States Championship against a man he has not managed to beat on two different occasions, Cesaro. They fought to a draw on main event and Cesaro beat Sheamus on Raw which has earned him a title shot tonight.

John Cena and Bray Wyatt will meet again and this time it will be in a Last Man Standing match. Cena beat Wyatt at Wrestlemania and then Wyatt beat Cena at Extreme Rules so this is the rubber match. Bray Wyatt made the Last Man Standing challenge and Cena accepted quickly. Cena has had a good history in this type of match but can he beat Bray Wyatt tonight? Two men that have had John Cena’s back as of late are the WWE Tag Team Champions, The Usos. They won’t be defending their titles tonight but WWE Divas Champion Paige will be defending hers. Alicia Fox beat her in a non-title match on Raw and has shown a new side to herself recently, a crazy one. Alicia gets a title match tonight. Also tonight Rusev will go one on one with a man representing the USA, Big E.

On the kick-off show we found out that Cody Rhodes and Goldust will try to stop their slump as they take on Ryback and Curtis Axel. And Kofi Kingston will go one on one with undefeated newcomer Bo Dallas.

On the kick-off show El Torito defeated Hornswoggle in a mask vs. hair match.

There’s a cool Johnny Cash style video package to kick things off. The Evolution and Shield match is the main focus as well as John Cena and Bray Wyatt.

Michael Cole welcomes us to Payback! He’s joined by Jerry “The King” Lawler and John “Bradshaw” Layfield.

Sheamus (c) vs. Cesaro – WWE United States Championship match

This is a first time PPV match between these two men who are both wrestling at Payback for the first time. Sheamus gets a few boo’s as he comes out whereas Paul Heyman gets a pop. The bell rings and the two men run at one another. Sheamus gets the early advantage with clotheslines and a running knee. Cesaro hits a side suplex and an uppercut before hitting lefts and rights. Sheamus fires back with a short-arm clothesline and a punt to the back. Sheamus hits a powerslam but misses with an elbow drop. Cesaro hits more uppercuts but Sheamus hits a rolling senton. Cesaro drops Sheamus on the top rope but can’t take the advantage. Sheamus hits twenty clubbing blows to the chest of Cesaro and then throws Cesaro into the barricade. Sheamus looks to hit a battering ram but Cesaro counters with an uppercut.

Cesaro uses his power to suplex Sheamus back into the ring off the apron and gets a two count for his troubles. Cesaro hits a gut-wrench powerbomb and then a stomp for a near fall. Sheamus hits a backbreaker for a two count and follows it up with a clothesline. Sheamus hits three knee drops off the second rope and gets a near fall. The crowd are not behind Sheamus in this one. Cesaro hits an uppercut off the second rope but Sheamus then hits a big boot. Cesaro ducks a clothesline and hits a pop-up uppercut for a two count. Cesaro then slaps Sheamus repeatedly but Sheamus hits him with a powerslam for a two count. Sheamus motions for a brogue kick but Cesaro side-steps and hits a a German suplex for a two count. Cesaro looks for the neutraliser but Sheamus counters with white noise for a two count. Sheamus looks for the cloverleaf but Cesaro kicks him away.

Cesaro goes up to the middle rope but Sheamus catches him and this time locks on the cloverleaf! Cesaro crawls to the bottom rope to break the hold. Cesaro hits a backbreaker for a near fall and then swings Sheamus round and round! the count from the crowd is always miles off for this. Sheamus then rolls up Cesaro out of nowhere and gets the three! Sheamus beats Cesaro tonight, retaining his United States Championship! A good match to kick things off.

Rating: 6.75/10

We’re shown a discussion between Cody Rhodes and Goldust from the kick-off show. Cody is taking responsibility for their bad run but tonight they plan on getting the job done.

Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel

This is a first time straight up tag team match between these two teams on pay per view. Curtis Axel won the Intercontinental Championship at Payback last year whilst Ryback lost in the main event. Axel starts the match against Goldust and it’s Goldust who gets the first blow in. Goldust hits an inverted atomic drop, an uppercut and an arm drag before tagging in Cody Rhodes who comes in off the top. Axel tags in Ryback but Cody hits him with a dropkick. Rhodes tags in Goldust and they hit some nice double team moves for a one count. Ryback tags in Curtis Axel who hits a running knee on Goldust for a two count. Axel tags Ryback in and Rybaxel hit some nice double team moves. Ryback hits a powerslam and a splash off the middle rope. Axel tags in and hits a double axe handle for a two count. Axel tags Ryback in and he chokes Goldust on the bottom rope. Ryback hits a suplex for a two count and then applies a wristlock.

Ryback powerslam Goldust and then looks for a second but Goldust rolls him up for a two count. Goldust hits a handspring elbow and so Ryback tags in Axel. Axel stops Goldust from making a tag but Goldust hits a sunset flip powerbomb. Axel tags in Ryback and Goldust makes the hot tag to Cody! Cody Rhodes knocks Axel off the apron and then hits Ryback with a clotheslines and uppercut. Rhodes then hits a springboard missile dropkick and dropkicks Curtis Axel for good measure too. Rhodes heads to the top and moonsaults both opponents before pinning Ryback for a two count. Wasn’t the cleanest moonsault. Rhodes looks for the disaster kick but Ryback catches him and powerbombs him into Goldust. Ryback hits a meathook clothesline for a two count. Goldust then powerslam Axel but Ryback disposes of Goldust.

Cody rolls up Ryback for a two count and then hits cross-Rhodes but Curtis Axel breaks up the pinfall attempt. Cody disposes of Axel and then looks for the disaster kick on Ryback but Ryback catches him and hits shellshock! Ryback hooks the leg and gets the three! It’s a big win for Ryback and Curtis Axel tonight! Goldust tries to console his brother after the match but Cody asks for a microphone. Cody tells Goldust that the golden one needs a better tag team partner than him.

Rating: 6/10

Big E vs. Rusev

Lana is introduced first to introduce her man and also to run down America. It’s a first pay per view match between these two men and a Payback debut for both. Both men wave their own flags. The match starts with both men running at one another and then laying in right hands. Rusev hits a German suplex to slow the pace down and then lays in some kicks. A “we want Ziggler” chant breaks out as Rusev hits a big splash in the corner. Rusev looks for a running boot but Big E counters, taking him down. Rusev crawls out to the apron but Big E spears him right to the outside! Lana screams at Rusev to get up but Big E pulls Rusev to his feet and rolls him into the ring before pinning him for a two count. Big E looks to hit a big splash but Rusev jumps to his feet and kicks Big E in the face. Lana tells Rusev to “crush” and so Rusev locks on the accolade! Big E taps out and it’s a big win for Rusev tonight. Not a bad match considering they weren’t given a lot of time.

Rating: 4/10

Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella are backstage talking.

Kofi Kingston vs. Bo Dallas

Bo Dallas wrestles a first singles match on pay per view. He’s only wrestled once on PPV before and that was in the 2013 Royal Rumble match. Kofi also makes his Payback debut tonight. Kofi only found out that he had this match on the Payback kick-off show. Dallas gets on the mic before the match and gives a patronising monologue. All you have to do is Bo-lieve. The bell rings but as it does, out walks Kane! Bo Dallas runs but Kofi looks to fight! Kane fights off Kofi and throws him out of the ring before booting him and hitting a big chokeslam. Kane hits Kingston with a tombstone and leaves. Bo gets on the mic after the Kane leaves and tells Kofi that he’ll be back on his feet in no time.

Rating: N/A

We’re shown some footage from the kick-off show with El Torito beating Hornswoggle and then shaving his head.

Bad News Barrett (c) vs. Rob Van Dam – Intercontinental Championship match

This is a first time PPV match between these two men. Barrett actually lost the Intercontinental Championship at Payback last year. Barrett has some bad news and says that he is going to put Old Yeller down. Barrett starts the match with a headlock but RVD gets out of it. The two men slug it out until Van Dam drops Barrett with a roundhouse kick. Van Dam hits a thrust kick for a one count and then a jawbreaker. Barrett has the three lion on his trunks tonight and he hits a swinging neckbreaker. Van Dam reverses an Irish whip and then hits a spinning heel kick in the corner which causes Barrett to retreat to the outside. RVD throws Barrett into the barricade and then over the barricade before pulling him onto it and diving off the ring apron with a spinning heel kick.

Back in the ring and Van Dam hits a legdrop for a two count. Van Dam hits some kicks but Barrett counters one and kicks RVD in the gut. Van Dam rolls out to the apron where Barrett hits him with a running boot. Barrett hits an elbow drop off the apron and then throws Van Dam onto the top turnbuckle. Barrett hits a running knee for a two count and then applies a chinlock. Van Dam elbows his way out of the chinlock but Barrett hits a forearm. Barrett looks for a pump handle slam but Van Dan counters and hits a roundhouse. Van Dam hits a couple of clotheslines and a kick to the face before hitting rolling thunder. RVD heads to the top but Barrett rolls out of the way of the five star frog splash. Barrett looks for the bullhammer but Van Dam ducks and rolls Barrett up for a two count.

Bad News Barrett hits the winds of change for a near fall and Van Dam rolls out of the ring. Barrett looks for the bullhammer on the outside but Van Dam ducks and Barrett hits the ringpost! RVD hits a DDT for a near fall and then looks for a split-legged moonsault but Barrett gets his knees up. Bad News hits the bullhammer and that’s enough for the three! Bad News Barrett retains the Intercontinental Championship tonight!

Rating: 7/10

There’s a video package next showing what has led to Daniel Bryan having to make a decision over whether to give up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship or risk his wife Brie being fired. Jerry Lawler says “happy wife, happy life”, JBL says he can always find a new wife.

Stephanie McMahon is out first to her awful theme music. She introduces Daniel Bryan, who is wearing a neck brace, and Brie Bella. There are some strange sound affects as Stephanie is walking. She tries to convince Daniel Bryan to give up his title for the sake of his future children. A CM Punk chant breaks out and Stephanie says that the crowd want Daniel Bryan to quit much like CM Punk did. Brie calls Stephanie a bitch. Stephanie says she has the guts in the family but she married badly. Brie tells Daniel to do the right thing and as he looks to had over the titles, Brie gets in Stephanie’s face and quits! She then slaps her former boss! Stephanie looks shocked and runs to the back.

There’s a video package next showing the history between John Cena and Bray Wyatt.

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt – Last Man Standing match

This is a third pay per view match between these two men, they’ve both won a match each prior to tonight. John Cena beat Ryback at last years event. Bray Wyatt is joined by Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Harper and Rowan look to surround Cena early but out come The Usos who back Cena up. The bell rings and Wyatt lays into Cena right right hands. Cena fires back with a bulldog and a running boot. Wyatt hits a couple of uppercuts and a reverse elbow before talking some trash. Wyatt hits a big splash in the corner, he came at Cena with some pace there. This is the rubber match in the series, both men look to win this feud which has been going on for nearly six months. Wyatt dances with a limp Cena but Cena fires up, hits two shoulder charges and a side slam. John then motions for five knuckle shuffle and hits it in the middle of the ring.

Cena sets up for the attitude adjustment but Bray Wyatt counters with a gutbuster. Wyatt has only lost one PPV match since his pay per view debut at Summerslam last year and that was to John Cena at Wrestlemania last year. Cena avoids a senton and then looks to lock on the STF but Wyatt counters and hits a urunage. Cena beats the count back up to his feet but Wyatt looks to hit Sister Abigail. Cena counters but Wyatt knocks him down with a cross body. Wyatt hits a modified DDT on the apron and what’s more surprising is that none of the commentators tell us that the apron is the hardest part of the ring.  Cena beats the count back to his feet at 8 and Wyatt takes him to the top rope. Cena headbutts Wyatt to the mat below and then comes off the top with a legdrop. Cena sets up for the attitude adjustment but Wyatt counters and hits Sister Abigail! The referee counts but Cena beats the count at 9. Cena then hits the attitude adjustment!

The referee count to 7 and Wyatt stands up backwards. Erick Rowan then gets in the ring and attacks Cena but John disposes of him. Luke Harper gets involved, as do The Usos. Luke Harper knocks down Jey Uso and Rowan with a suicide dive. Jimmy Uso then comes off the top and takes out Harper, Rowan and his own brother. In the ring Bray Wyatt lays into Cena with a chair. Cena rolls to the outside and Wyatt swings a chair but Cena ducks and Bray hits the ringpost. Cena then picks up the chair and beats Wyatt with it. Cena pulls a table out from under the ring and sets it up in the ring. He then sets Bray Wyatt up for an attitude adjustment but Wyatt counters and suplexes Cena through the table! Cena uses the broken table to get up to his feet whilst Wyatt slides the ring steps into the ring. Wyatt then rams the steps into Cena’s skull. Bray conducts the crowd into singing “He’s got the whole world in his hands”.

John Cena gets up to his feet but Wyatt las him on the steps and swings a chair at him but Cena moves. Cena jabs the chair into Wyatts gut and then picks up the steps and rams them into Brays face. Wyatt rolls out of the ring and Cena launches the steps at him, wiping out Bray Wyatt! That looked absolutely brutal. Wyatt beats the count and hits Cena with Sister Abigail on the outside. Cena beats the count at 7 and Wyatt looks to Irish whip Cena into the ringpost but Cena reverses it and Bray hits the steel. Cena then sets Wyatt up for a powerbomb but Bray back body drops Cena on to the ring steps. Wyatt hits a senton on the outside and then continues to hit right hands. Wyatt picks up a chair but Cena fights him off and hits the attitude adjustment on the outside! Luke harper and Erick Rowan then come running from the back and take out Cena in the ring but helping Wyatt back up to his feet.

Erick Rowan hits a big splash on Cena in the ring and Luke Harper hits a clothesline. They looks to set up a table but The Usos re-emerge and hit them with suicide dives. Harper then hits Jimmy Uso with a table before he and Rowan set up two more tables. Jey Uso hits Rowan with a superkick and then the running butt splash, putting Rowan through a table. Jimmy Uso heads to the top but Luke Harper goes up with him and superplexes Jimmy through the two tables he had set up! Cena looks to hit an attitude adjustment on Bray Wyatt but Wyatt counters and hits a cross body on Cena through the barricade! The fight then goes through the crowd where Wyatt throws Cena into a technical area which sets off some pyro. Wyatt and Cena then slug it out on top of a flight case and Cena hits an attitude adjustment on Wyatt through a flight case! Cena then tips another flight case on top of it and the referee counts to ten! John Cena beats Bray Wyatt tonight!

Rating: 8/10

Paige (c) vs. Alicia Fox – WWE Divas Championship match

This is a first time PPV match between these two girls. Alicia Fox is getting some decent screen time since going crazy. I like Alicia so it’s nice to have her on PPV. Paige is the only person to be defending her title tonight that has previously defended their title on PPV prior to this show. Paige hits an arm drag in the early going but Alicia then shoves her out of the ring. Paige comes back and rolls Foxy out to the apron before hitting her with knees. Paige suplexes Alicia back into the ring and pins her for a two count. Paige hits Alicia with elbows causing Foxy to roll to the outside. Paige comes out to the apron and Alicia sweeps her off her feet. Paige rams Alicia into the barricade and then climbs up the ring steps but Foxy throws her down to the floor below. I’m not sure how they haven’t been counted out yet.

Alicia throws Paige into the barricade and then back into the ring. Alicia then smashes Paige into the mat a few times and hits a northern lights suplex for a one count. Alicia applies a unique looking chinlock and then breaks the hold. Fox hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count and then looks to hit another tilt-a-whirl backbreaker but instead tosses Paige out of the ring. Alicia rolls Paige back into the ring but Paige catches her with a dropkick and a few clotheslines. Paige then looks on the modified scorpion cross and that’s all she wrote. Alicia taps out, Paige retains her Divas championship. I like Alicia Fox but this wasn’t a great match. There wasn’t enough momentum behind Paige’s comeback. What do I know.

Rating: 3/10

Michael Cole throws to the kick-off panel where Josh Mathews is joined by Booker T and Alex Riley. Booker loved Brie slapping Stephanie whilst Alex Riley was impressed with the Last Man Standing match.

There’s a video package next for Evolution vs. The Shield.

The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) vs. Evolution (Batista, Randy Orton & Triple H) – No Holds Barred Elimination match

This is a rematch from Extreme Rules last month. The Shield all won their matches at Payback last year whilst Evolution haven’t wrestled at Payback before. I never tire of hearing Evolutions theme. Batista looks ridiculous in blue tonight, different shades of blue and purple that don’t really match. The bell rings and all six men go at it. Ambrose and Orton, Batista and Reigns, Rollins and Triple H all pair off. Triple H and Rollins are left in the ring where Triple H clotheslines Rollins to the mat. Orton and Ambrose take the fight into the crowd as Rollins dropkicks Triple H out of the ring. Reigns and Batista also fight into the crowd and Rollins clotheslines Triple H over the barricade before diving out on him. Ambrose and Orton fight back to the ringside area as Batista and Roman Reigns go at it up the entrance ramp. Reigns Irish whips Batista into the ring steps.

Randy Orton helps out Triple H by throwing Rollins into the barricade. Dean Ambrose then hits Triple H with right hands. Reigns rolls Batista into the ring and it looks like we’re settling down into a tag match now. Reigns tags in Rollins who comes in off the top with a right hand. Seth lays in some stomps and kicks before looking for an Irish whip but Batista reverses it. Batista gets a one count on the pinfall and then tags in Orton. Rollins hits Orton with a dropkick for a one count and then tags in Dean Ambrose. Rollins and Ambrose hit a double suplex on Orton and then drop some elbows. Ambrose then locks on a modified STF. Ambrose hits a clothesline for a one count and then tags in Roman Reigns. Orton tags in Batista but Reigns drops him with a clothesline. Roman hits an elbow drop for a one count and then hits headbutts and tags in Dean Ambrose. Batista hits Ambrose with a spinebuster for a one count and then tags in Triple H. Triple H hits an Irish whip but then runs into the boots of Ambrose.

Dean Ambrose tags in Roman Reigns and the crowd pick up as Reigns and Triple H square off. The two square off for a while until Reigns knocks Triple H down with a shoulder charge. Reigns hits a back body drop and a clothesline before tagging in Dean Ambrose who hits headbutts. Ambrose hits a shoulder charge in the corner and tags in Seth Rollins who hits Triple H with a splash. Rollins hits a suplex and then hits two more ala Eddie Guerrero. Rollins gets the first two count of the match and then tags in Dean Ambrose. Ambrose hits a rolling senton in the corner for a two count and then heads to the top but Triple H gets his boots up. Triple H tags out to Batista. Batista drags Ambrose out of the ring and launches him into the barricade. Batista then drops Ambrose on the barricade before hitting him with a boot. Triple H takes some cheap shots at Ambrose and Batista then slingshots him into the bottom rope.

Batista tags in Randy Orton who lays in the boots. Ambrose fights back but Randy takes him down and then tags in Triple H. “Blue-tista” is the number one trend in the world right now. Triple H hits Ambrose with right hands but Ambrose manages to shove him out of the ring. Triple H gets back in the ring and stops Ambrose from making a tag. Triple H hits a facebuster but Ambrose fires back with a big clothesline. Triple H tags in Batista and Ambrose tags Reigns. Reigns hits Batista with lefts and rights and a big clothesline in the corner. Reigns then takes apart the rest of Evolution before hitting Batista with a drive-by kick. Reigns hits a superman punch on Batista but Orton makes the save for his team. All hell then breaks loose and Ambrose and Orton go at it on the outside. Triple H throws Rollins into the barricade. Triple H and Seth Rollins then go at it in the technical area.

Triple H smashes a TV screen into the face of Seth Rollins as Reigns throws Batista into the ringpost. Roman Reigns then takes apart the Spanish announce table but Orton attacks him from behind. Triple H throws Reigns into the ringsteps whilst Orton continues to take apart the announce desk where Ricardo Rodriguez sits. Batista, Orton and Triple H then triple powerbomb Roman Reigns through the table. Evolution do The Shield pose but Dean Ambrose comes flying off the announce desk and takes them all out. Rollins then dives out of the ring and takes out Randy Orton and Triple H. Ambrose lays into Orton but Batista takes Rollins out. Evolution get the better of Rollins and Ambrose as Reigns still lies in the wreck of the announce desk. Triple H hits Rollins and Ambrose with chairs and Orton side slams Ambrose onto a chair. Triple H hits a pedigree on Rollins on a chair all the way up on the entrance stage.

Evolution head back to the ring where Roman Reigns now lays. Batista hits Reigns with a spinebuster before sliding the steel steps into the ring. Triple H and Randy Orton take off Reigns’ vest and Orton then slides some kendo sticks into the ring. All three members of Evolution take it in turns to hit Roman Reigns with kendo sticks. Orton leaves to get a chair and Reigns manages to hit him with a superman punch on the way back in but the numbers are too much and they beat him down with chairs. Evolution take the fight up the entrance ramp where Dean Ambrose tries to help out Reigns but gets beaten down himself. Orton then hits a hangmans DDT on Ambrose off the set. Seth Rollins is then shown on the tron and he dives off and takes out Evolution! Rollins and Batista roll into the ring where Seth hits a big boot. Rollins then goes up to the middle rope but Batista sees him coming and hits him with a spear! Batista looks for a Batista bomb but Rollins slips down. Roman Reigns then hits Batista with a spear! Rollins covers Batista and gets the 3! Batista has been eliminated. 

Rollins gets to his feet but turns around into an RKO from Randy Orton! Randy hooks the leg but Roman Reigns makes the save. ORton then looks for a hangmans DDT on Reigns but Ambrose makes the save. Ambrose hits dirty deeds on Orton and pins him for the 3! Randy Orton has been eliminated! We’re down to all three members of The Shield against Triple H. Triple H hits Dean Ambrose with a low blow and then looks for a pedigree but Reigns hits him with a superman punch! Batista then spears Reigns! Randy Orton slides a sledgehammer in to Triple H. Triple H smashes the sledgehammer into Dean Ambrose but Seth Rollins comes off the top with a big knee to the face. Roman Reigns then hits a spear and pins Triple H for the three! The Shield win the match! Back to back wins over Evolution. An awesome main event.

Rating: 8.5/10

And that was Payback 2014. Overall this felt like a good show. There were a couple of low-lights but on the whole it felt like a solid enough pay per view. The show start off in a hard-hitting way with Sheamus and Cesaro. These two guys have chemistry and it made for a fun match. Sheamus won, it seemed too early for him to drop his title. It’s just a shame it’s Cesaro taking the loss. He has been on a good push as of late and I don’t think he should be losing clean on pay per views at the moment. Ryback and Axel then beat Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a match mostly used for storyline development. Cody and goldust have been on a losing streak as of late and Cody has now said that Goldust should find a new tag team partner. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes. Will Goldust find a new partner? It could leave Cody to go on a singles run now.

Rusev beat Big E as his impressive streak continues. Who will be the man to beat Rusev? It’ll be interesting to see who steps up to the challenge next. I think Rusev and Big E could put on a really good match even given the time though. Kofi and Bo Dallas never got started because Kane came out and killed Kingston. This could lead to a feud between the two but I like how Kane is being booked at the moment. Similar to when he debuted and he was an unstoppable monster. Bad News Barrett beat Rob Van Dam cleanly in a good match. Barrett winning cleanly makes me think that this feud will be over. Van Dam has been losing a lot since he came back, I wonder if he knew he would just be putting other guys over. Bad News Barrett is so good. I like him as Intercontinental Champion and hope he continues to get lots of air time.

The big match between John Cena and Bray Wyatt was next and they put on a really good match. It was a lot of fun, especially with the rest of the Wyatt Family and The Usos getting involved. John Cena won and it was a creative ending. I like that you couldn’t see Bray Wyatt in his moment of weakness, it helps his character a lot. Cena prevails though and it’s a good time for both men to move on to new things. Paige beat Alicia Fox to retain her WWE Divas championship. This match wasn’t great and I think Paige has had better matches on Raw. I really like Alicia Fox at the moment, she’s nailed this over-the-top crazy gimmick. And in the main event The Shield defeated Evolution once again with three straight falls. Evolution have gone far to put over The Shield when they didn’t need to. I really enjoyed this match, it was all over the arena and loads of fun. You should definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

Overall Rating: 61.78/100 (ranked joint 91st out of 302)

Match Of The Night: The Shield vs. Evolution
Worst Match Of The Night: Paige vs. Alicia Fox
Surprise Of The Night: Kane puts a stop to Kofi Kingston vs. Bo Dallas
Worst Booking Of The Night: Clean loss for Cesaro
Superstar Of The Night: The Shield
Payback 2014 Will Be Remembered For: The Shield vs. Evolution

One thought on “Payback 2014

  1. This marks the end of the road for 3MB, so here’s Brian Zane’s review of said stable:

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