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WWE Payback 2014 Results
Sunday, June 1, 2014
From the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois
Report by Sean Hopkins of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
The show opens with a video package highlighting Evolution vs. The Shield, as well as Cena vs. Wyatt. Thank you for joining us here at WNW for live coverage of WWE Payback. I'm Sean Hopkins and I'll be providing live play-by-play for every match throughout the night. Keep your browsers pointed here and keep refreshing this page for more information.
No pyro, but Michael Cole is quick to welcome us to the show. Sheamus' music hits, and it looks like we're ready to begin.
After a quick recap that highlights some of the recent history between these men, including Cesaro attacking Sheamus during his match with Alberto Del Rio, and Cesaro mocking Sheamus with a 'handshake', Paul Heyman makes his way out to the entranceway. Heyman says he's here tonight to advocate for a Paul Heyman guy. Huge CM Punk chants from the crowd. Heyman says he's sorry, but he's not here tonight, he's at the United Center watching the Blackhawks. Watching the Blackhawks get their streak broken by the LA Kings, just like the king of all streaks was broken when Brock Lesnar conquered the Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania. And just like Sheamus' streak of kicking people in the face will be broken by the next United States Champion, the newest Paul Heyman guy, the King of Swing, Cesaro. Cesaro makes his way out to the ring with Heyman following closely behind.
WWE United States Championship Match
Sheamus vs. Cesaro
The bell rings and both men charge in. Sheamus knocks Cesaro to the mat, splashed him in the corner and hits a running knee lift. Sheamus shoulders Cesaro, but Cesaro drops down and hits a belly to back suplex. Cesaro kicks at Sheamus in the corner before hitting him with a big European uppercut. Cesaro hits a couple of big shots in the corner, but Sheamus turns it around with a short arm clothesline and a kick to the back. Sheamus slams Cesaro to the mat, but misses an elbow drop. Cesaro charges in to the corner with a giant uppercut, then follows it up with a couple more. Sheamus is able to whip Cesaro into the corner, and he shoulders Cesaro for a rolling senton.
Cesaro rolls out to the apron, and Sheamus comes up behind him, but Cesaro drops Sheamus throat first across the top rope. Cesaro comes back into the ring, but he's tossed to the apron by Sheamus, and hit with a series of clubbing blows to the chest. Sheamus hits an even 20 blows to Cesaro's chest, and Cesaro drops to the outside. Sheamus follows and tosses Cesaro into the barricade before bringing things back into the ring. Sheamus stands on the apron, and Cesaro fights back. Sheamus goes for a shoulder block over the top, but Cesaro catches him with an uppercut to drop him back down to the floor.
Sheamus makes it back to the apron, and Cesaro suplexes him from the bottom rope while standing on the middle rope. Cesaro gets a near fall, then hits a standing double underhook bomb, and follows it up with a double stomp to Sheamus' chest for another two count. Cesaro rips at Sheamus' face, then whips him into the corner, following with another uppercut, then a second. Cesaro runs in for another, but gets caught with the Irish curse backbreaker for a near fall for Sheamus.
Sheamus kicks at Cesaro in the corner, then hits him with another short arm clothesline. Sheamus goes up to the second rope and drops a huge knee across Cesaro's chest. Sheamus hits a second knee drop from the middle rope, then a third, and the crowd doesn't like it when he gets a near fall.
Sheamus runs right into a back elbow in the corner, and Cesaro hits a diving uppercut from the middle rope for a two count of his own. Cesaro charges in to a big boot in the corner, then a second, and Cesaro's staggered. Sheamus gets to the top and leaps over Cesaro. Cesaro ducks an uppercut and tosses Sheamus up in the air for a giant European uppercut that's good for two. Heyman's fuming on the outside. Cesaro picks Sheamus up and slaps at his face repeatedly. Sheamus ducks a clothesline, then picks up and slams Cesaro to the mat for another two count.
Sheamus pounds on his chest in the corner, setting up. Cesaro avoids the brogue kick and hits a bridging German suplex for two. Cesaro tries for the neutralizer, but Sheamus counters into white noise for two.
Both men are slow to get to their feet. Sheamus knocks Cesaro to the mat and tries for the cloverleaf, but Cesaro avoids it. Cesaro leaps from the middle rope, but Sheamus catches him, slams him to the mat, and locks Cesaro in the cloverleaf. Cesaro makes it to the ropes to break the hold.
Sheamus picks Cesaro up, but Cesaro backs him away. Cesaro shoulders Sheamus and slams him to the mat hard, but it's still only enough for two. Heyman tells Cesaro to finish him off. Cesaro grabs Sheamus' leg and gets him in the big swing. Cesaro gets a full 21 revolutions in before tossing Sheamus to the mat. Sheamus catches Cesaro with a small package for three, and this one is over.
Winner and STILL WWE United States Champion: Sheamus
Heyman holds Cesaro back while Sheamus smirks and heads toward the back with his title in hand.
After a brief commercial, Cody Rhodes and Goldust make their way out to the ring to a bit of a pop from the fans in attendance.
Rybaxle is out next, and they don't get much love from the fans on their way to the ring.
Tag Team Match
Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel
The bell rings, and it looks like it'll be Goldust and Axel kicking things off for their respective teams. We get a lockup, and Axel backs Goldust into the corner. Goldust ducks a right hand, and lays in one of his own. Axel responds by hitting a couple of clubbing blows and kicks, but Goldust comes right back with an inverted atomic drop, kick, and shot to the face. Goldust hits an arm drag, then tags in Cody who hits a double axe handle to Axel's arm on his way in. Axel is able to tag out to Ryback, who comes in with a couple of big shots. Cody avoids a back drop, and hits a dropkick before making the tag. Cody dropkicks Ryback's leg and 'dust comes flying in with a headbutt, but it's short lived as Axel makes the tag and comes in with a running knee to the side of the head for two.
Axel lays on Goldust in the corner, then hits him with a couple more big clubbing blows before tagging in Ryback. A little bit of double team work from Rybaxle before Ryback slams Goldust to the mat and both men drop down on Goldust from the middle rope. Axel and Ryback twist Goldust's arms and slam him to the mat, then Ryback twists Goldust's arm around the bottom rope, wrenching back before picking him up for a suplex. Ryback tries for a couple of pins, but only gets two on both occasions. Ryback traps Goldust's arm in a hold above his head, but Goldust is quick to fight out. Ryback traps the arm and slams Goldust to the mat.
Goldust gets a small package for two, but Ryback is quick to bring the fight, punching Goldust in the corner. Goldust climbs to the middle rope and hits a flying back elbow to knock Ryback to the mat. Axel tags in and blocks the tag. Goldust hits Axel with a big boot, then the yoshi-tonic, and both men are down.
Ryback and Cody make the tag. Cody knocks Axel from the apron, then hits Ryback with a huge clothesline and a right to the side of the face. Cody's backdropped to the apron, but he elbow's Ryback and hits a springboard dropkick. Axel tries to leap into the fray, but Cody catches him with a dropkick. Cody hits a nasty, sloppy moonsault, taking out both Ryback and Axel. Cody tries for the disaster kick, but Ryback catches him and powerbombs him into Goldust. Ryback hits the meathook clothesline, but Goldust breaks up the pin. Goldust powerslams Axel, and Ryback tosses him from the ring. Cody rolls Ryback up for two, then hits cross Rhodes, but Axel breaks up the pin. Cody low bridges Axel, sending him to the floor.
Cody tries for the disaster kick, but Ryback hits shell shock, and pins Cody for the three count.
Winners: Curtis Axel and Ryback
Cody sits in the middle of the ring, looking disappointed. Goldust tries to comfort his brother, but Cody asks him to back off.
Cody calls for the mic. Cody says, brother to brother, Goldust needs a better tag team partner than him. Cody leaves the ring and walks away while Goldust looks distraught standing in the middle of the ring.