WWE held its fifth pay-per-view of the year on Sunday, and it concluded almost the same way Extreme Rules ended three weeks ago. Seth Rollins left Payback 2015 as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, pinning Randy Orton to keep his title.
Rollins kept his title, as did the other champions who fought at the event. John Cena beat Rusev for a third consecutive time, and The New Day won their first title defense.
The Intercontinental Championship wasn’t defended after Daniel Bryan relinquished the belt on “Monday Night Raw.” WWE will crown the new champ at Elimination Chamber in two weeks.
There were eight matches on the Payback 2015 card. Below are the complete results for the PPV, as well as a recap of each match.
Fatal 4-Way (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
The main event had a few cool moments, including a brief Shield reunion that saw Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins put Randy Orton through a table with a triple powerbomb. Reigns and Ambrose worked together throughout the match, until only the two of them were left standing to go at it one-on-one. But their efforts weren’t good enough, as Kane continued to interfere on Rollins’ behalf. The match ended when Orton delivered an RKO to Kane, which allowed Rollins to use Triple H’s Pedigree on Orton to get the pinfall.
Winner: Seth Rollins
John Cena vs Rusev (United States Championship “I Quit” Match)
The match likely marked the end of the feud between Cena and Rusev, as well as the relationship between Rusev and Lana. It looked like Rusev might have had the match won when he put Cena in the Accolade, but the 15-time champ passed out as he refused to say “I Quit.” After Rusev detached the top rope from the ring post, Cena was able to use it on Rusev as he locked in the STF. With Rusev yelling in another language, Lana grabbed the mic and said that he quit.
Winner: John Cena
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
Ziggler forced Sheamus to pay up on the “Kiss Me Arse” stipulation from Extreme Rules, but Sheamus got the last laugh. After a head-butt busted Ziggler open and disoriented him, Sheamus was able to hit the Brogue Kick for the finish.
King Barrett vs. Neville
Neville got revenge from his loss to Barrett in the King of the Ring finals, but it didn’t come by pinfall or submission. Barrett was counted out when he refused to get back in the ring on time. Barrett attacked Neville when the match was over, but the recent NXT call-up got the better of Barrett, hitting the Red Arrow.
Bray Wyatt vs. Ryback
Wyatt hit Sister Abigail for the victory in what was the most brutal match of the night. The two WWE superstars went at it in a hard-hitting fight that even saw Ryback land a frog splash off the top rope. There are rumors that Ryback suffered a rib injury.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
The New Day vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd (2-Out-Of-3 Falls Tag Team Championship Match)
Cesaro and Kidd got the first pinfall, but The New Day got the next two to hold on to the championship. Xavier Woods wasn’t officially in the match, but he snuck in the ring to get the rollup for the final pin, and the ref couldn’t tell it was him.
Winner: The New Day
The Bella Twins vs. Naomi & Tamina
Naomi pinned Nikki for the win, as the champ got distracted when Tamina and Brie were fighting ringside. The pin likely means Nikki will put her title on the line against Naomi at the next PPV.
Winner: Naomi & Tamina
Axel & Mandow vs. The Ascension (Kickoff Match)
After his successful stint as The Miz’s stunt double, the future might not be so bright for Mandow. He was pinned after just a couple of minutes.
Winner: The Ascension