Very little was settled at WWE Payback 2016 on Sunday, setting up several rematches for the next pay-per-view. No titles changed hands, but a few of the challengers will get championship opportunities before the month is over.
Reigns held onto the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event, but a rematch between him and AJ Styles has already been set for Extreme Rules in three weeks. Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon made the decision after Vince McMahon decided to put them both in charge of “Monday Night Raw."
The PPV started off with a scary moment when Enzo Amore was carried out of the arena on a stretcher when he banged his head in the first match of the night. But he was released from the hospital Sunday night after being diagnosed with a concussion.
Below are the results and a short recap for each match from WWE Payback.
Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
A straight up singles match turned into anything but that by the time the final bell rang. Reigns was counted out after Styles put him through the announce table with a Phenomenal Forearm, but Shane came out and restarted the match with no count outs. Reigns was then disqualified because of an accidental low blow, but Stephanie restarted the match with no DQs. That allowed Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson to interfere and attack Reigns, but The Usos came down to the ring to help their cousin. After Reigns was hit with another Phenomenal Forearm ringside, followed by a springboard 450 splash back in the ring, he managed to kick out and eventually hit the Spear to keep his title.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
With the difficult task of having to wrestle soon after Enzo was injured, Zayn and Owens put on the best match of the night. Owens managed to get a clean win in a hard fought match, nailing a superkick followed by a Pop-up Powerbomb for the pin. Owens cut a promo on Zayn when the match was over, and he insisted that he do commentary during the Intercontinental Title match, which was up next. But Zayn and Owens weren’t through for the night.
Winner: Kevin Owens
The Miz vs. Cesaro (Intercontinental Championship Match)
Zayn returned to attack Owens at ringside during the match, and their brawl would help The Miz retain his title. After kicking out of the Skull-Crushing Finale, Cesaro used his Swing to set up a crossface that forced The Miz to tap. But the referee didn’t see, as he was trying to separate Owens and Zayn, who were fighting on the apron. With Zayn and Owens ending up in the ring, The Miz rolled up Cesaro and pulled his tights for the win. After the match, Owens took out both Cesaro and Zayn, potentially setting up a fatal 4-way for the IC Title.
Winner: The Miz
Charlotte vs. Natalya (WWE Women’s Championship Match)
With Bret Hart ringside, WWE decided to relive the Montreal Screwjob once again. Charlotte put Natalya in a Sharpshooter, and referee Charles Robinson told the timekeeper to ring the bell, even though Natalya never tapped. After the final bell rang, Hart put Ric Flair in the Sharpshooter, while Natalya did the same to Charlotte. Their feud will almost certainly continue at Extreme Rules.
Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho was unable to get Ambrose to submit to the Walls of Jericho, and the Lunatic Fringe ended up countering the Lionsault with Dirty Deeds for the victory. Jericho pouted ringside after the loss, and he could be taking another hiatus from WWE.
Thanks @wwe....its been real. See you next time.
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) May 2, 2016
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady vs. The Vaudevillains (Tag Team Championship Match)
The match ended just a few minutes in because of Enzo's injury, resulting in a No Contest.
Kalisto vs. Ryback (United States Championship Kickoff Match)
The crowd was very much into this pre-show match, which ended with Kalisto winning with Salida del sol. Ryback tried to seal the match with a splash off the top rope after he hit Kalisto with a big gorilla press, but he missed his opponent and lost another title match.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
Just like Zayn, Corbin lost his first singles PPV match in WWE when he was rolled up by Ziggler. Corbin never hit his End of Days finisher, and Ziggler didn’t need the Zig Zag to win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler