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Complete WWE Payback Kickoff Coverage

WWE Payback Results
Sunday, May 1, 2016
From the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois

Welcome to the 2016 WWE Payback Kickoff!

Renee Young welcomes us to the Allstate Arena as fans are shown filing in. She says it will be the first show of a new era, as Vince McMahon makes a monumental decision tonight. Joining her on the panel are Booker T, Jerry Lawler, and Corey Graves.

Over at the Social Media Lounge, Greg Hamilton asks us to use #WWEPayback to join the conversation. Sami Zayn will be joining him in the Social Media Lounge later, so use #SamiZayn to send in questions.

We get a recap of Stephanie and Shane McMahon's promo on Raw. Corey says it's ludicrous that Shane is in contention after being defeated by The Undertaker. Stephanie has done so much for the company, and Shane swept in out of nowhere. Jerry says Shane has been a waiter for the past 7 years, waiting for Vince to die. But Vince is immortal, so he showed up and tried to take over. Booker says Shane is here to make a difference.

The conversation shifts to Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho. Renee asks who will walk out the winner tonight. Corey says The Highlight Reel has been a staple for years, and Ambrose blatantly disrespected him. Jerry says The Highlight Reel is iconic, and the Ambrose Asylum could've used some art from The King. Booker says Jericho didn't show any respect to Ambrose. Renee picks Jericho to win, if only because of the top bun she's sporting. Jerry picks Jericho, and Booker says Ambrose.

Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles is up next for discussion. Booker says this match could be his Shucky Ducky Quack Quack moment of the night. He also wonders if Styles can deal with the pure destruction of Roman Reigns. Renee asks if it's going to be a one-on-one fight. Corey says that, despite what AJ says, he's in cahoots with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. Jerry says this match is gonna be fun, because it's fun to boo Roman Reigns. Listen to the crowd tonight if you don't believe him. Booker says Roman was baptized by fire at WrestleMania, but he stood there and took it, so that showed him that Roman is ready to be the guy in WWE. Jerry says AJ wouldn't be as good a champion as Roman would be. Booker says tonight is AJ's night. Corey picks Roman to retain.

The conversation moves to Enzo & Cass vs. The Vaudevillains in a No. 1 Contender's Tag Team Match. Corey picks The Vaudevillains, since they won the tag titles down in NXT, unlike Enzo & Cass. Booker is happy to see the tag team division back in action.

We go to ringside as Mauro Ranallo and Byron Saxton welcome us.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

They trade blows to start the match. Baron retreats to a corner and Ziggler follows with a splash and rapid punches. Baron whips Ziggler into the other corner shoulder-first. Baron stomps Ziggler until the referee breaks it up. Baron chokes Ziggler on the ropes and slides out of the ring before landing a punch on Ziggler for a near-fall. Baron drops Ziggler with another punch and stands on his throat for a moment before posing for the crowd. Ziggler gets to his feet and fights back with a flurry of punches. He charges, but Baron catches a cross-body attempt and lands a stun gun on the top rope followed by a right forearm to the back of Ziggler's head. Baron gets Ziggler back to his feet and props him up in the corner. Some strikes knock Ziggler out of the corner. Ziggler crawls to another corner and Baron attempts another punch, but Ziggler ducks it. Baron reverses an Irish whip attempt into the opposite turnbuckle, sending Ziggler sternum-first into it. Baron applies a half nelson chinlock as Ziggler gets to his feet. Ziggler gets free with a headbutt and locks in a sleeper hold. Baron drops to a knee, but gets back to his feet and slams Ziggler back into a turnbuckle. Ziggler goes for a superkick but Baron grabs his foot. Ziggler escapes and lands a famouser for a near-fall. Baron rolls out of the ring and Ziggler follows. Ziggler jumps off the ring steps toward Baron, but flies into a big boot. Baron gets Ziggler up in powerbomb position and flings him backwards into the steel post. Baron gets Ziggler back into the ring and steps on his neck while posing. Baron takes his time getting Ziggler to his feet, which allows Ziggler to roll Baron up for a quick pin.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler rolls out of the ring as Baron seethes. Sami Zayn arrives at the Social Media Lounge as we go to commercial.


We get a recap of the history between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens prior to Sami's Q&A. The first question for Sami asks who his inspiration was growing up. Sami says Bret Hart, for his tenacity and effort. The next question asks if he will ever trust Kevin Owens again. Sami says their history is so long-standing. They've fought and mended before. His answers right now is no, but never say never. The next question asks if he has any regrets over his friendship with Owens. Sami says, if it were up to him, they'd be getting along and enjoying this right now. He doesn't regret anything, because they wouldn't be here right now. He wishes things were better, but he still wouldn't change a thing.

Meanwhile, Kalisto makes his way to the ring to defend his United States Championship. Ryback makes his way out now, as Mauro points out that Ryback has been undefeated since his loss to Kalisto.

United States Championship Match: Kalisto vs. Ryback

Ryback goes for a handshake, but drops Kalisto with a punch. Ryback slams Kalisto's head against the mat and applies a side headlock. Kalisto fights out and whips Ryback, who counters with a shoulder block. Back on their feet, Kalisto leap frogs Ryback and lands a monkey flip, leading Ryback to slide out of the ring. Kalisto lands a suicide dive on Ryback. Kalisto quickly gets back into the ring and lands a corkscrew plancha on Ryback. Both Superstars get back into the ring and Kalisto attempts a wheelbarrow bulldog, but Ryback stops him and throws him face-first into the top turnbuckle. Ryback charges Kalisto, who dodges and attempts a tornado DDT. Ryback counters and lands a vertical suplex for a two-count.


Ryback has Kalisto down in the center of the ring. Kalisto fights to his feet, but gets dropped by an elbow from Ryback. Ryback throws Kalisto's shoulder into the steel post, then tosses him into the opposite turnbuckle. Ryback toys with Kalisto, pushing him around with his foot, but Kalisto gets up and attempts a springboard moonsault. Ryback catches him, but Kalisto counters into a DDT. Ryback rolls out to the apron, where he levels Kalisto with a clothesline. Ryback attempts a suplex to the floor, but Kalisto lands on the apron, hits an enzuigiri, and lands a jumping DDT on Ryback. Kalisto gets back onto the apron and lands a springboard crossbody for a one-count. Kalisto lands a springboard corkscrew for another pin attempt. Ryback takes control with a powerbomb attempt, but Kalisto counters out with a sunset flip. Kalisto ducks a couple of clotheslines before landing a kick to Ryback's head and a spike rana for a two-count. Kalisto goes for the Salida Del Sol but Ryback counters into a Shellshocked attempt. Kalisto gets a near-fall with a roll-up. Kalisto runs into a spinebuster, which gets another near-fall. Ryback climbs to the top rope, but Kalisto takes control with a rope-assisted kick to his head. Kalisto climbs to the second rope, but Ryback knocks him off. Kalisto lands another kick and climbs to the top rope. Ryback sits up, gets Kalisto in military press position, and jumps off the second rope, pressing Kalisto into the air. Ryback quickly ascends the turnbuckle and attempts a splash, but Kalisto rolls out of the way and lands Salida Del Sol for the win.

Winner: Kalisto

Back at the panel, Renee promotes Vince's huge decision for later tonight. Jerry says we might've just seen Ryback's best match yet. Renee reminds us to subscribe to WWE Network and thanks us for watching the kickoff.

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