Complete WWE Payback Kickoff Coverage - The "Mega Powers" vs. The Ascension, More


WWE Payback Results
Sunday, May 17, 2015
From Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland
Report by Brooks Oglesby of

Renee Young welcomes us to the Kickoff panel along with Booker T, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton. Corey tells us to use #WWEPayback to join the conversation tonight. Booker T gives props to the Houston Rockets and promotes his comic book, G.I. Bro.

Renee then starts to move down the show's card, starting with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose. She notes that if Seth Rollins fails to retain tonight, Kane will no longer be the Director of Operations. Byron says that he's been in this business for over 20 years, so he doesn't need a paycheck from The Authority. So if he were Seth Rollins, he'd have the heebie-jeebies tonight. Corey says that he predicts Seth Rollins walking out with the title tonight regardless. Booker says that the bills are going to keep coming and Kane should do the right thing tonight. Renee then sends it backstage to Eden Stiles.

Backstage, Eden Stiles welcomes Dolph Ziggler. Eden asks what the WWE Universe can expect from his match with Sheamus tonight. He says we're going to see the same Dolph Ziggler you always see, but he's not so sure about Sheamus. Sometimes we see the big bully, and sometimes we see the guy who backs off when people stand up to him. Tonight, it's not about stealing the show for Ziggler. It's about payback. Tonight, Ziggler does what he does better than anyone else, and he ends it.

Tom Phillips welcomes us to the Social Media Lounge. He announces that Sheamus will be joining us later. Use #AskSheamus to tweet questions to him for a Q&A later on in the Kickoff.

Back at the panel, the discussion moves to John Cena vs. Rusev for the United States Championship in an "I Quit" Match. Renee notes that John Cena has never lost an I Quit Match. Corey says Cena has momentum on his side, whereas Rusev's only victory over Cena was when Lana was firmly on his side. Now we're not so sure. Byron says that he saw Rusev and Lana outside the arena after a show recently, and fans approached Lana for an autograph. This caused Rusev to snap. If that mindset is any indication, Rusev will be dangerous tonight. Booker says the US Title was an obscurity for some time, and John Cena has legitimized it. Of course John Cena can hold on to that title tonight, Booker says. Corey notes that making John Cena say "I quit" would put Rusev into a new pantheon of talent.

Renee then previews a recap of Daniel Bryan's announcement to the WWE Universe from Raw. It is announced that a match for the vacant Intercontinental Championship will take place at WWE Elimination Chamber. Renee asks Booker how Bryan had to have been feeling as he relinquished the title. Booker says that Bryan brought a lot of hope to the WWE Universe, and it's a big loss for us, but Bryan will not quit. Booker told Bryan at one point to stop doing his dropkick off the top rope, and he responded, "Book, you did it." That's the kind of guy Bryan is, and he can't wait to see Bryan competing at the highest level again someday.

Backstage, Eden Stiles welcomes The Bella Twins. Eden asks Brie about Daniel Bryan's condition. Brie is emotional as she says it's been difficult. She says Bryan has more heart than anyone she's ever met, and this isn't the first time they've been down this road. She thanks the WWE Universe for all their support. Daniel is her biggest inspiration for tonight and she loves him more than anything in this world. Eden asks if emotions will play a part in tonight's match. Nikki says no, because Bryan is not a distraction. He's a fighter, just like they are. Tonight, Naomi will run out of excuses as to why she isn't Divas Champion.

A sampling of Tough Enough application videos airs. Renee then sends it to Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & JBL at ringside. R-Truth's music hits as he makes his way to the ring. R-Truth asks Baltimore, "What's up?" Stardust's music hits and he makes his way to the ring.

R-Truth vs. Stardust

R-Truth conducts the crowd as they begin to chant "Cody!" They lock up in the corner and the referee breaks it up. Stardust pushes R-Truth and Truth pushes back. They trade slaps to the face and Stardust staggers back. Back to his feet, Stardust draws a line in the middle of the ring and tells Truth to cross it. Truth dances, crosses over it, ducks a clothesline, and locks in a headlock. Stardust runs the ropes but gets arm dragged by Truth. Back to their feet, Stardust takes control with an Irish whip, but Truth holds onto the rope and dances. Stardust charges into a elbow strike and rolls out to the apron. Truth tries to suplex Stardust into the ring, but Stardust counters and hangs Truth up on the turnbuckle. A boot to the face sends Truth to the floor. Truth makes his way back into the ring and Stardust maintains control with a boot to the stomach. He rakes Truth's face against the second rope and the referee breaks it up. Stardust whips Truth, but he holds onto the ropes and gets a quick jackknife pin attempt. Back to their feet, and Stardust takes down Truth with a clothesline. Stardust applies a side necklock as Truth fights to his feet. Truth hits a sit-down gordbuster as Stardust rolls out to the apron. Stardust jumps into the ring, springboards off the second rope, and hits a kick to the face for a two-count. Stardust, growing frustrated, stomps on Truth and applies another side necklock. Truth sends Stardust into the corner and whips him into the opposite corner. Stardust meets Truth as he charges and hits a Side Effect for a two-count. Stardust shouts in frustration and gets in the referee's face. Stardust takes his glove off and slaps Truth repeatedly on the back with it. Truth ducks another slap attempt and lands a kick to the face. Truth gets Stardust to his feet and lands a number of punches. While Stardust is dazed, R-Truth hits his reverse STO for the win.

Winner: R-Truth

It is announced that The Stone Cold Podcast will return to WWE Network on June 1 with special guest Paul Heyman.

Back at the panel, Renee Young introduces a promo package for Ryback and Bray Wyatt. Byron notes that we can't say whether it's a bad idea for Bray to target Ryback, because we don't know what Bray's plan is. Corey says it struck him when Bray said that Ryback got in his way. Where is Bray going? Booker says that Ryback is not going to be a stepping stone for anyone in WWE. He says this could be Bray's biggest mistake if he underestimates Ryback tonight. Tonight will be a big test for both competitors.

Tom Phillips is live in the Social Media Lounge with Sheamus. Sheamus says these questions had better be good, because time is money. The first question asks "What made you do that to your hair?" Sheamus scoffs and asks if they've seen what he's been doing for the past two months? This is not just a haircut, this is a representation of fear. The WWE is now his oyster. The next question asks who Sheamus would like to tag team with. Sheamus says he doesn't do tag teams. Anyone else is a hindrance to him. He only needs one person: himself. The next question asks what he would consider doing if he weren't in WWE? Sheamus asks if Tom is going to continue wasting his time with questions like this. The final question asks if he's afraid that Dolph Ziggler will beat him again. Sheamus laughs and grabs Tom. He asks Tom if he looks afraid. Sheamus says he was playing around last time, but this time, Ziggler will be lucky if he lasts 18 seconds.

Up next is the "Mega Powers" vs. The Ascension. Konnor and Victor make their way to the ring first. Pomp and Circumstance hits next as Macho Mandow makes his way to the ring in Macho Man regalia. Real American hits next as Curtis Axel, wearing complete Hogan gear (mustache included) joins him on the ramp.

Damien Sandow & Curtis Axel vs. The Ascension

Axel and Konnor start in the ring. Axel starts to rip his shirt, but Konnor kicks him. Curtis starts to hulk up immediately and does Hogan's signature point at Konnor. He takes him out with a big boot and a leg drop for a two-count, broken up by Viktor. Viktor tags in and both men stomp Axel. Konnor hits a European uppercut for a quick two-count. Konnor applies a side headlock as Axel fights to his feet. Axel lands a back suplex and both men are down. They crawl to their respective corners but only Sandow gets a tag. Sandow slams Viktor into the turnbuckle and hangs him up on the top rope. Konnor charges, but Axel pulls down the top rope, sending him tumbling over. Sandow hits a scoop slam and climbs to the top rope, but Konnor pushes him off into the ring. Konnor tags in and The Ascension hits The Fall of Man for the three-count.

Winner: The Ascension

Back at the panel, the conversation goes back to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, particularly Seth Rollins' issues with Kane. A promo package detailing their issues airs. Renee notes that Rollins does not have to be pinned to lose the title tonight, and the match is No Disqualification. Corey predicts that Rollins retains. Byron predicts Orton to win. Renee thanks us for watching as the Kickoff goes off the air.

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