LIVE Coverage of Payback 2020
Updated: Aug 30, 2020
WWE ThunderDome (Amway Center)
Announcers: Tom Phillips (Raw), Byron Saxton (Raw), Samoa Joe (Raw), Michael Cole (Smackdown), Corey Graves (Smackdown)
Ring Announcers: Mike Rome (Raw), Greg Hamilton (Smackdown)
The kickoff show panel includes Jerry "The King" Lawler, Booker T, Charly Caruso, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, and Peter Rosenberg breaking down all of tonight's matches.
It's being reported that WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre, suffered a hairline jaw fracture from the three punts by Randy Orton.
Kickoff Show Match
The Riott Squad vs. The IIconics
The Riott Squad is dressed to actually look like a team again. The IIconics have mics on the way to the ring and run down the Riott Squad. The match starts with Billie Kay and Ruby Riott. The Riott Squad controls early until Billie Kay sends Ruby into Liv allowing the IIconics to take advantage. Riott is in an seems apprehensive to make a tag to Liv. The IIconics take out Ruby on the outside when Billie hits her with a big boot. Back in the ring, near fall for Billie Kay. Peyton and Billie trade tags to beat down Ruby. The IIconics get a couple near falls and beat down Ruby in the corner. Billie Kay works an abdominal stretch. More tags by the IIconics as they prevent Ruby from tagging Liv. More submission work by Peyton this time. Ruby fights back but Liv is knocked off the apron so Ruby can't make a tag. Billie Kay tries to convince Liv that Ruby knocked her off the apron!! SPIN KICK BY PEYTON ON RUBY FOLLOWED BY A NICE DOUBLE TEAM!! Liv gets off the apron and just watches on conflicted! LIVE TAGS HERSELF IN AND PEYTON IS IN AS WELL! LIV IS GOING CRAZY ON PEYTON! Liv botches a move off the second rope but maintains control. A double stomp by Liv gets a near fall. Ruby is tagged back in. The IIconics send Liv to the outside and HIT RUBY WITH THE DEJA VU!! 1...2...LIV MAKES THE SAVE! Liv avoids the Deja Vu!! Tag to Ruby. DOUBLE KNEES BY LIV AND A RIOTT KICK BY RUBY TO BILLIE KAY FOR THE WIN!! The Riott Squad finally pick up a much needed tag team victory that could put them next in line for a tag title shot.
W: The Riott Squad via pin @ 9:02
The Riott Squad talks to the panel after the match. Ruby says this is just the beginning for them and they're officially back!
The main card starts with a video package highlights the triple threat, women's tag and Keith Lee vs. Randy Orton.
WWE United States Championship Match
Bobby Lashley w/ MVP & Shelton Benjamin vs. Apollo Crews (champ)
They lock up and Lashley over powers Crews early. Crews tries to pick up the speed but Lashley stops him in his tracks and beats on him in the corner. Crews sends Lashley to the outside and then takes him out with a moonsault from the apron!! MVP and Benjamin stand between Crews and Lashley. Back in the ring, Lashley takes control and hangs Crews up over the top ropes and Crews falls to the floor outside. Lashley follows him outside and sends Crews into the ring post. In the ring, Lashley gets a near fall. Lashley uses rest holds to wear down Crews. Nice fall away slam by Lashley. Crews avoids a suplex and connects with a kick to the head. LASHLEY HITS THE DOMINATOR!! 1...2...NO!! Lashley goes for a spear but Crews side steps him. Crews takes down Lashley with a cross body from the second rope. Crews builds momentum and hits a big splash in the corner. Crews can't hit the Toss Power Bomb but he does hit a spine buster!! Standing moonsault for a near fall!! Lashley goes for the full nelson but Crews runs Lashley into the turnbuckle. Two German suplexes by Crews!! FROG SPLASH BY CREWS!! 1...2...NO!! Crews pounds on Lashley in the corner. Crews runs into a HUGE spine buster!! LASHLEY STALKS CREWS FOR THE FULL NELSON AND LOCKS IT IN!!! CREWS TAPS!!! MVP and Benjamin hit the ring to celebrate with the new champ!! CREWS TRIES TO ATTACK AFTERWARD BUT MVP AND BENJAMIN SAVE HIM FORCING CREWS TO BAIL! One of the best Lashley matches I have seen in a while.
W: Bobby Lashley via submission @ 9:24
Michael Cole and Corey Graves talk about the end of Smackdown with Roman Reigns aligning with Paul Heyman!
Kayla Braxton tries to get a word with Paul Heyman before he enters Roman Reigns locker room. Kayla asks if Roman will sign and Heyman said that if Roman said he would then he will. Heyman then enters Reigns locker room and doesn't let Kayla enter.
Keith Lee is warming up when John "Bradshaw" Layfield comes to talk to him. JBL talks about the pressure of the match and says it's alright if Lee loses because Randy Orton is one of the greatest ever.
Cole and Graves talk about Big E and Sheamus. We see highlights of The Miz and Big E on Talking Smack.
In an interview earlier today, Sheamus runs down Big E and basically says the New Day has been carrying him his whole career.
Sheamus vs. Big E
They lock up and we get a clean break. Another lock up and the same thing. Neither man really has the advantage early. Sheamus works a head lock but Big E sends him off the ropes and takes him down. Sheamus sends Big E to the apron and then does his classic chest pounding and Big E falls the the floor. Sheamus looks to go out after him but Big E takes him down on the apron. BIG E TRIES A SPLASH ON THE APRON BUT MISSES! Big E barely beats the count back in and Sheamus is there to deliver the boots. Sheamus works on the knee/leg. Sheamus remains in control and hits the Irish Curse back breaker for a near fall!! Single leg crab by Sheamus to work on the leg! Big E powers out but Sheamus gives him a stiff kick to the face! Sheamus goes to the top and jumps into a belly to belly suplex by Big E!! More suplexes by Big E!! SHEAMUS RUNS INTO A URANAGE BY BIG E!! 1...2...NO!! Big E tries the spear through the ropes but eats a knee to the face! Sheamus leaps over the ropes to hit a shoulder tackle. Another belly to belly by Big E!! Sheamus hits an Alabama slam for a near fall. Sheamus locks in an Edgecator!! Big E makes it to the ropes. Sheamus charges and Big E back drops him to the floor! BIG E SPEARS SHEAMUS THROUGH THE ROPES!! Back in the ring, Sheamus counters the Big Ending into a heel hook!! Big E punches his way out. Big knee strike by Sheamus!! 1...2...NO!! Sheamus sets up for the Brogue Kick and Big E lifts him and slams him!!. BIG ENDING BY BIG E AND THAT'LL DO IT!! Big E goes over to Corey Graves after the match and he's pumped up. He tells Graves to let the people know about him. A hard hitting match where both men beat the hell out of each other!
W: Big E via pin @ 12:18
Alyse Ashton is backstage with Matt Riddle. Riddle talks about everyone attacking him and he plans to take King Corbin's crown tonight. Corbin tweeted that Riddle will be a failure in the ring like he is at home. Riddle has no words for that and walks off.
Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax are backstage and argue over who the leader is.
King Corbin vs. Matt Riddle
Corbin gets the chariot entrance. CORBIN ATTACKS RIDDLE BEFORE THE BELL!! The match officially starts and Corbin continues the attack beating Riddle down in the corner. Corbin sends Riddle to the outside and follows. Corbin delivers a series of punches to Riddle with Riddle on the announcer's table. Back in the ring, near fall for Corbin. All Corbin so far. Riddle fights back some kicks and tries to lock in Kimura but Corbin powers out. Riddle goes to a sleeper instead. Corbin falls back sending Riddle back first into the mat. Riddle locks in the sleeper again!! Corbin gets to his feet and throws Riddle off of him. Corbin charges and goes under the ropes and comes back in to wipe out Riddle. Corbin continues the attack while talking trash. Corbin slows things down by locking in a chicken wing. Riddle escapes but runs into a side slam. Near fall for Corbin. Riddle fires back with some kicks but eats another back elbow from Corbin. Near fall again. Corbin blocks and kick and goes for a half crab. Corbin charges and goes under the ropes again but this time when he comes back in, Riddle kicks him in the side of the head sending Corbin out of the ring. Riddle delivers a series of forearms to Corbin in the corner. Broton by Riddle and a running knee!! 1...2...NO!! Both men trade shots and both men go down. Corbin puts Riddle on the top turnbuckle. Riddle leaps over him but CORBIN CONNECTS WITH DEEP SIX!!! 1...2...RIDDLE KICKS OUT!! Corbin mounts Riddle and pounds him. Riddle locks in a triangle but Corbin escapes. BRO TO SLEEP BY RIDDLE!! FLOATING BRO AND IT'S OVER!! Riddle celebrates!
W: Matt Riddle via pin @ 10:57
Riddle walks backstage and is interviewed about his win. CORBIN ATTACKS RIDDLE BEFORE HE CAN SAY ANYTHING!
WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Match
Sasha Banks & Bayley (champs; Bayley is also WWE Smackdown Women's champ) vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
We start with Banks and Baszler. Banks tries to trade strikes with Baszler. Bad idea. All Baszler early on. Bank avoids a hand stomp and tags Bayley. Baszler suplexes her and works the arm. Banks runs around the ring and holds Jax's leg. Bayley pushes Baszler into Jax knocking Jax off the apron. The champs take advantage and gain control of Baszler. Banks gives Baszler the two amigo suplexes before tagging Bayley and Bayley takes over on Bayley. Jax uses Banks to break up a cover. Jax beats up both Bayley and Banks on the outside sending Banks into the barricade multiple times. Jax and Bayley are legal now and Jax is dominant. A splash and elbow gets a near fall for Jax. Bayley slaps Jax. Baszler is drawn into the ring and with the ref distracted, Banks chop blocks Jax giving the champs the edge. The champs tag in and out to continue working on Jax targeting her knee. Jax gets to her feet and catches Bayley and slams her. Jax Samoan drops Banks and goes for a leg drop on Bayley but Bayley tries to lock in a submission. Jax drags Bayley to her corner and tags Baszler. Baszler delivers multiple knees to both Banks and Baszler. Baszler tags Nia as the challengers dominate. Nia splashes them both in the corner. Jax tries to power bomb Banks but Banks drives Jax face first into the mat X-Factor styles. ELBOW FROM THE TOP BY BAYLEY AND FROG SPLASH BY BANKS ON JAX!! BAYLEY TO BELLY ON BASZLER!! 1...2...JAX POWERS OUT!!! The champs try to double team Nia. Blind tag to Baszler!! BASZLER LOCKS BAYLEY IN THE KIRIFUDA CLUTCH WHILE HAVING BANKS IN A MUTA LOCK AT THE SAME TIME!!! BASZLER USES BANKS ARM TO CHOKE BAYLEY!! BAYLEY TAPS OUT!!! WE HAVE NEW CHAMPS!! Charly gets in the ring to interview the new champs! Baszler says they're definitely not best friends and Jax says who care because they are champs.
W: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler via submission @ 10:18
Keith Lee vs. Randy Orton
Orton tries to control early with a head lock but Lee sends him off the ropes and they both collide with shoulder tackles. They go off the ropes and Lee hits a cross body! Orton rolls to the outside. Orton gets back in and talks trash before delivering a hard chop! Another one! A third! Lee looks pissed! Lee sends Orton into the corner before delivery a hellacious double chop!! Lee charges Orton in the corner but hits the ring post and goes to the outside. ORTON LIFTS AND DROPS LEE BACK FIRST ON THE ANNOUNCER'S TABLE!! Lee beats the count. Orton does his classic limb stomp followed by a knee drop for a near fall. Orton goes to the chin lock. Lee fights back to his feet but Orton sends him the corner. Back elbow by Lee and A POUNCE SENDS ORTON TO THE OUTSIDE!! LEE RETURNS THE FAVOR AND DROPS ORTON BACK FIRST ON THE TABLE!! Back in the ring, Orton catches Lee with a kick and HITS THE HANGING DDT!! ORTON SETS LEE UP FOR THE RKO BUT LEE COUNTERS AND HITS A SPIRIT BOMB FOR THE WIN!! Orton looks pissed on the outside while Lee celebrates!
W: Keith Lee via pin @ 6:41
Kayla Braxton finds Paul Heyman backstage and asks if Reigns has signed yet. Heyman just says Reigns promised he would be here and win. You can believe that and Heyman tells Kayla that she can believe him.
Seth Rollins & Murphy vs. Dominik & Rey Mysterio
The match starts with Dominik and Murphy but Dominik goes right after Rollins!! Murphy is pissed and Rollins holds him back. Rollins wants Dominik so he tags himself in. Rollins gains the upper hand and tries to back drop Dominik but Dominik lands on the apron. An arm drag by Dominik sends Rollins to the outside! Rollins is frustrated now too. Murphy is back in and Dominik gets the better of him and tags Rey. Great team works by the Mysterios. Rey calls for Rollins to get his punk ass in the ring. Rollins tags in! They brawl!! Rollins beats down Rey in the corner. Rey picks up the pace but Rollins hits him with a gut buster. Murphy blind tags in but Rey hits him and Murphy goes to the outside. Rollins throws Rey out of the ring and Rey slides out under the rope onto the knees oh Murphy!! Back in the ring, Murphy is in control of Rey before tagging Rollins back in. Frequent tags by Rollins and Murphy as they work on Rey in the corner. The pace has slowed down considerably. Rey avoids Rollins in the corner and plants Murphy face first into the mat. Tag to Dominik. Dominik comes off the top but is caught! FALCON ARROW BY ROLLINS TO DOMINIK!! Rollins stomps Dominik. Murphy suplexes Dominik for a near fall before locking in an abdominal stretch. Rollins beats on Dominik while Rey begs Dominik to tag him. Dominik tries to fight back but Rollins throws him out of the ring. Murphy tries to throw Dominik into the barricade but DOMINIK SENDS MURPHY INTO THE BARRICADE!! ROLLINS GOES INTO THE BARRICADE AS WELL!!! DOMINIK FINALLY TAGS REY!! Rey picks up the pace!! Rey sends Rollins into the top turnbuckle. Moonsault by Rey!! 1...2...NO!! Rey sets up Rollins but Rollins ducks the 619!! Rey counters a power bomb and delivers a kick to the head. 1...2...BROKEN UP MURPHY!! TORNADO DDT BY DOMINIK ON MURPHY!! Sling blade by Rollins to Dominik!! Rey hits a senton on Rollins and tries to follow with a head scissors but Rollins hits a back breaker!! The match is breaking down!! Rey takes out Murphy outside with a dive! Rey goes to the top and JUMPS INTO A CODE BREAKER BY ROLLINS!! SUPER KICK BY ROLLINS!!! 1...2...NO!!! Rollins sets Rey up for the stomp but Rey avoids it. Rollins plants Rey face first! 1...2...DOMINIK SAVES IT!! Rollins attacks Dominik and kicks him to the outside where Rollins and Murphy double team him. Rollins sends Rey into the barricade as well. Back in the ring, Rollins talks trash to Rey. Rollins tags Murphy and sets up a double team BUT REY COUNTERS AND MURPHY ACCIDENTALLY KICKS ROLLINS THE FACE!! REY SPLASHES ROLLINS OUTSIDE!! DOMINIK HITS A 619 ON MURPHY!! FROG SPLASH BY DOMINIK ON MURPHY AND THAT DOES IT!! Dominik and Rey celebrate as Rollins looks on pissed!! Rollins walks off alone leaving Murphy!
W: Dominik & Rey Mysterio via pin @ 15:58
The Hurt Business celebrates Bobby Lashley's win backstage as they leave the arena.
The next pay-per-view is Clash of Champions and it'll be September 27th.
Roman Reigns still hasn't signed the contract as of now.
No Holds Barred Triple Threat Match for the WWE Universal Championship
"The Fiend" Bray Wyatt (champ) vs. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns
Why do I feel like Reigns will sign the contract right at the end and then come out and win?? STROWMAN ATTACKS THE FIEND RIGHT AT THE END OF HIS ENTRANCE!! THE FIEND FIGHTS BACK AND HITS SISTER ABIGAIL!! 1...2...NO!! NO REIGNS YET!! Strowman and the Fiend fight on the outside. THE FIEND PUTS STROWMAN THROUGH THE ANNOUNCER'S TABLE WITH A URANAGE!! ALEXA BLISS IS WATCHING BACKSTAGE!! The Fiend pulls out the Funhouse mallet! Strowman throws the announcer's chair at him. Strowman clubs the Fiend onto the steps. Strowman has the mallet now but the Fiend fights back and sends Strowman into the barricade. The Fiend hits Strowman in the chest with the mallet!! The Fiend sends Strowman into the steps and then tries to literally rip his head off! The Fiend uses the steps to hit Strowman in the face. Bliss is still watching backstage. The Fiend and Strowman battle up the ramp where the Fiend tries to twist Strowman's head off again. Strowman sends the Fiend into the LED screen. Strowman blocks Sister Abigail and STROWMAN DRIVES THE FIEND OFF THE STAGE!! They fight back towards the ring. Strowman goes to the top rope but the Fiend cuts him off. THE FIEND SUPERPLEXES STROWMAN!! THE RING COLLAPSES!! HERE COMES ROMAN REIGNS WHEN WE'RE 10 MINUTES INTO THE MATCH AND PAUL HEYMAN IS WITH HIM!! ROMAN SIGNS THE CONTRACT!! Reigns has a chair with him!! A new referee runs down. 1...2...NO!! The Fiend kicks out!! Roman covers Strowman! 1...2...NO!! REIGNS USES A CHAIR TO DESTROY STROWMAN!! 1...2...NO!! Reigns goes to hit the Fiend with a chair and MANDIBLE CLAW!! LOW BLOW BY REIGNS TO THE FIEND!! REIGNS SPEARS STROWMAN AND WINS THE TITLE!! Reigns leaves with the title while the Fiend and Strowman are laying outside the ring. REIGN CELEBRATES WITH HEYMAN ON THE RAMP!!
W: Roman Reigns via pin @ 12:41
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