Tonight, Dolph Ziggler returns to the ring after making his return to a WWE arena on television Monday night. We will have a tag match based on what happened on Raw. Randy Orton was giving an RKO to Daniel Bryan at the end of Smackdown. On Raw, they were kind of buddy buddy. On Sunday, they will be ‘strange bedfellows’ with a chance to win the Tag Titles. What will happen when we have a six man tag match featuring the participants in the United States and Tag Title matches?
We are in Greensboro, North Carolina and your announcers are Michael ‘Can I say Cackalackey’ Cole and John ‘No, you cannot’ Layfield.
Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring and he has something to say. Daniel says that if you asked him when he first debuted in the WWE, would you be the World Champion, he would have responded with ‘Yes’. If you would have asked him if you were going to lose the title in 18 seconds, he would responded with ‘No’. If you asked him if he could win the tag titles with anyone on the roster, he would say ‘Yes’. Would he have spent nine months with the Devil’s Favorite Demon, he would have said ‘No’. Him and Kane were one of the best tag teams in the WWE.
Daniel wants Kane to come out and Daniel covers his ears for the pyro.
Kane makes his way to the ring. He says that he knows why he was called out here, but it is neither the time nor the place. All he cares about is the six man tag match tonight.
Daniel tells Kane that they need to get everything out in the open. The last nine months have been an incredible ride. They have been an awesome team in the ring and he is proud of what they have done outside the ring to become better partners.
At Payback, Kane will not be his partner. When he wins, he will be the Tag Team Champions with someone else. Daniel says that he will no longer be teaming with Kane any more.
Kane asks Daniel if he is breaking up with him. Kane says that when he beats Dean Ambrose on Sunday, the same thing will happen.
Daniel says that they can still team if Kane is the United States Champion, but Daniel and Randy will be the champions. Daniel says that Vickie is wrong because him and Randy will not be “Team RK-Never”, they will be “Team RK-NO”.
Kane is jealous at the fact that Daniel has a team name already. Kane says that Daniel is acting like winning the match is a given. Kane says that since they couldn’t beat the Shield and there is the fact that Daniel despises Randy Orton.
Daniel asks Kane if he thinks he can do it.
Kane says that he does not.
Daniel says that Kane thinks he is the weak link. He says that they had the Shield beaten already and he will prove on Sunday that he is not the weak link. Kane will have to sit back and know that Randy and him did something that they could never do.
Kane wants to know if Daniel is calling him the weak link.
Daniel says maybe Kane is right, this may not be the team.
Daniel says that Kane is the weak link.
Kane grabs Daniel’s throat and Randy Orton’s music plays. Randy tells Kane he cannot let him do that. He knows and understands why Kane wants to choke slam Daniel, but he needs Daniel at 100% at Payback. Whatever Kane does to Daniel affects him . . . so if Kane choke slams him, it might start a chain reaction that leads to an RKO.
Kane says that he is ready to go.
Daniel tells Randy he did not tell him to come to the ring.
Randy says that he came out here to help Daniel because Kane was going to choke slam him through the mat.
Daniel says that he did not tell Randy to save him.
Randy reminds them about the fact that they are partners.
Kane says that he is done with this, but Daniel tells him that he is walking away from things like he always has.
While the Bickersons bicker in the ring, The Shield appear on the TitanTron. Seth says that it is funny watching them out there. Dean calls it a car wreck. He says that after being embarrassed for six months by the Shield, they would be mad, but they are mad at themselves. Every ‘super team’ that is put together, they are unable to stop the Shield.
Dean asks them if they believe in the Shield. He says that there is no need to argue because tonight will be like every other night.
Roman says that they will lose on Sunday and that is why the Hounds of Justice rule everyone.
Sheamus is walking in the back and we go to commercial.
Match Number One: Sheamus versus Antonio Cesaro
Before the match starts, Damien Sandow’s music plays and he makes his way to the stage. Damien tells Sheamus that the man standing across from him speaks five different languages. Just like the unwashed masses, he can barely speak one. He has humiliated him intellectually and physically. On Sunday, he will play host to Sheamus’ Irish wake.
The bell rings and they lock up. Sheamus backs Cesaro into the ropes and Cesaro with a European uppercut. They lock up again and Cesaro backs him into the corner. Cesaro with punches and slaps to Sheamus. Sheamus with forearms to Cesaro and Cesaro goes to the floor to regroup. Sheamus with forearms and he sends Cesaro into the turnbuckles and he punches Cesaro and connects with a clothesline. Sheamus with a knee to the midsection and Cesaro with European uppercuts.
Sheamus with a power slam to Cesaro for a near fall. Sheamus with an elbow to the back of the neck followed by punches to the midsection. Sheamus tries for a suplex but Cesaro drops to a knee to block it. Cesaro with a waist lock and take down. Cesaro with a dead lift side salto and then he clotheslines Sheamus over the top rope to the floor.
Cesaro goes to the floor and he tries for a cross body off the apron but Sheamus catches Cesaro and he hits a fallaway slam into the ringside barrier as we go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus backs Cesaro into the corner. Sheamus with an Irish whip but Cesaro with an elbow. Sheamus with a back breaker for a near fall. They go to the floor and Cesaro runs Sheamus into the ring steps. Cesaro puts Sheamus back in the ring and he gets a near fall. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock while Sheamus bleeds from the shoulder.
They exchange punches and then Cesaro with a reverse chin lock swing for a near fall. Cesaro returns to the reverse chin lock. Sheamus with punches and a back body drop. Sheamus with the two running double sledges followed by a shoulder into the corner. When Sheamus goes for the knee lift, Cesaro knows what is coming next and Cesaro with a clothesline for a near fall.
Cesaro leaps onto Sheamus’ chest and he gets a near fall. Cesaro with a kick to Sheamus but Sheamus with a knee to the midsection and then he sends Cesaro over the top rope but Cesaro tries to skin the cat. Sheamus with the ten forearms on the apron followed by a uranage back breaker to bring Cesaro back into the ring for a near fall.
Sheamus gets Cesaro up on his shoulders but Cesaro with an elbow to the head followed by a European uppercut to the back of the head and then he hits the Alpamare Waterslide for a near fall. Cesaro pushes Sheamus into the corner but Sheamus comes out with the Brogue Kick for the three count.
As Sheamus goes up the ramp, he has his back turned to the entrance and Sandow attacks him from behind.
We go to commercial.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Wyatt Family video.
While the Wyatt Family has not made their debut on Raw or Smackdown, there is someone who will be coming back on Sunday. We take a look at CM Punk.
Teddy Long is on the phone talking about the return of CM Punk and other stuff on Smackdown. Teddy says that he is going to enjoy a Hardee’s cheeseburger that happens to be in the front of the screen.
Dolph Ziggler, Big E Langston, and AJ Lee interrupt Teddy as he tries to eat the cheeseburger that is the size of his head.
Langston says that Teddy looks so busy. Dolph says that it is his return to Smackdown. It has been a month since he has been on his show. Dolph says that he is two days away from the biggest title defense of his career, and he heard that he is going to be in a tag match against Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho.
Teddy says that he has a show to run.
Dolph says that Smackdown is nothing without the face of Smackdown. Maybe Teddy should rearrange his thoughts because tonight is just a taste of what he is going to do to Alberto Del Rio on Sunday.
Teddy is about to eat but he is interrupted by Big E Langston who takes the burger and eats it in front of Teddy. He gives what is left of the burger to Teddy and Teddy starts to cry.
Match Number Two: Great Khali (with Natalya and Hornswoggle) versus Heath Slater (with Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal)
They lock up and Khali sends Heath to the mat. Slater slaps Khali but Khali slaps back. Khlai with a chop in the corner. Khali with another chop in the corner. Slater with a kick and punches to Khali.
Khali pushes Slater away but Slater with a shoulder in the corner. The referee pulls Slater out of the corner. Khali with an elbow and boot to Slater. Khali with clotheslines and then we have a situation on the floor between the seconds as Khali appears to have things under control in the ring.
Mahal pushes Hornswoggle down and Khali chops Mahal on the floor. Slater with a clip to the leg followed by a DDT for the three count.
Winner: Heath Slater
We go to commercial.
We are back with a WWE Rewind: Footage of the concussion suffered by Dolph Ziggler.
Match Number Three: Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) and Chris Jericho versus Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston (with AJ Lee) in a Set up on Raw Match
Ziggler has something to say to Del Rio before anyone locks up. Ziggler and Del Rio start things off but Ziggler decides to tag in Langston before doing anything. Del Rio wants Ziggler but Ziggler isn’t ready. They lock up and Langston sends Del Rio into the ropes. Langston with punches and shoulders in the corner. Del Rio with kicks and forearms.
Del Rio with a step up enzuigiri and then he tags in Jericho. Chris with a forearm and chops. Jericho with a kick to Langston followed by chops but Langston with a knee. Jericho with an enzuigiri followed by a drop kick for a near fall. Langston with a punch into the midsection followed by shoulders.
Langston with a punch to the midsection and Ziggler is tagged in. Ziggler with a series of kicks to Jericho and the referee warns him. Ziggler with a snap mare followed by a delayed leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Langston tags back in and he misses a splash into the corner. Jericho with a rollup for a near fall. Jericho follows with a drop kick and Del Rio is tagged in and he hits a running kick to the head. Del Rio with a side head lock. Langston with a shoulder tackle.
Del Rio with a lungblower and Ziggler tags in and tries to take advantage of the situation but Del Rio recovers and Ziggler goes to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Jericho with elbows and Langston with a knee. Langston is sent over the top rope to the floor by Jericho. Jericho with a baseball slide to Langston. He goes to the floor and he sends Langston head first into the apron. Ziggler distracts the referee and that allows AJ to slap Jericho. Langston with a running knee to send Jericho off the apron. Langston sends Jericho into the ringside barrier.
Langston sends Jericho back into the ring and he gets a near fall. Langston with a punch and running body block for a near fall. Langston with a front face lock and he tags Ziggler back in. Ziggler with punches to Jericho and then he hits a neck breaker and he gets a near fall. Ziggler misses a splash into the corner and Jericho hits a bulldog.
Del Rio tags in and he hits two clotheslines on Ziggler and then he ducks a clothesline and hits a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Del Rio with a super kick to Ziggler. Langston with a running body block to Del Rio. Jericho sends Langston to the floor but Ziggler with a drop kick to Jericho. Del Rio with an inside cradle for the three count.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio
We take a look back at what happened at the start of the show. With all of the tension between Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, and Kane, how can they defeat the Shield tonight?
Kaitlyn is walking in the back and she is a bit more subdued than the last time we saw her. We go to commercial.
We are back and Renee Young is with Chris Jericho. She congratulates him on his victory tonight and then she asks him about his match on Sunday against CM Punk. Chris says that this is one of those rare matches. A match that has taken on a life of its own because of the people watching the match as much as the people in the match.
The people of Chicago will be cheering for their home town hero, but Chris says that he has had a few big nights in Chicago, including his WWE debut. He does not care how the crowd is split because it will exceed the expectations of the first two matches. Punk/Jericho III is why you will not want to miss Payback.
Paul Heyman appears and he wishes Jericho the best of luck on Sunday. Jericho refuses. Paul says that Punk says that luck is for losers. He says that Jericho will need the luck because the odds are against Jericho. Punk is in his home town and Paul will be at ringside.
Jericho pushes the mic into Paul’s face and then he tells Paul ‘pipe bomb’.
Match Number Four: Aksana versus Kaitlyn
Before the bell rings, Kaitlyn attacks Aksana because of the way she reacted to the footage that was shown on the TitanTron. They fight to the floor and Kaitlyn with forearms. Aksana with a forearm or two but Kaitlyn with a double leg take down and punches. The referee pulls Kaitlyn off Aksana and Kaitlyn attacks the referee. Aksana goes to the floor but Kaitlyn follows. The referee tries to break them up again and Kailtyn slaps the referee.
Aksana runs to the back and Kaitlyn is in the ring and she looks like she is going to have a nervous breakdown.
Did you know that there is a Three Stages of Hell Match on Sunday? How about a video package.
Match Number Four (this time I mean it): Curtis Axel (with Paul Heyman) versus Wade Barrett
10:16 Before the match starts, Wade tells Curtis that he wants to chat businessman to businessman with Paul Heyman. He asks Paul why would they have this match. He could injure Curtis tonight and then he could not wrestle for the title on Sunday. There is a small chance Curtis could injure him. Would it make business sense to leave everything until Sunday.
Before Paul can say anything, Miz interrupts. He throws out a series of reallys. They don’t want to fight tonight? What would they rather do? Go to Starbucks? Go on Dancing with the Stars as a couple? People want to see them fight.
They lock up and go around the ring. Curtis with kicks to Barrett followed by forearms. Barrett with a boot and knees to Curtis’ head. Barrett with a short arm clothesline for a near fall. Curtis with a hurdle followed by a running drop kick for a near fall. Barrett with a back heel kick and Curtis falls to the floor, in front of Miz.
Barrett with a forearm in front of Miz. Axel sends Barrett head first into the ring steps. Curtis with a forearm to Miz when Barrett moves. Barrett tries to reenter the ring but Axel with a snap swinging neck breaker for the three count.
Winner: Curtis Axel
After the match, Miz gives Axel the Skull Crushing Finale.
It is time for another Wyatt Family video.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns versus Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Randy Orton
Bryan and Rollins start things off and Rollins with punches and the referee warns him. Rollins with an Irish whip and Bryan flips over and Bryan hits the flying clothesline. Bryan with kicks to the chest and Kane is tagged in. Bryan with a snap mare and Kane with a drop kick for a near fall. Kane with a suplex for a near fall.
Ambrose tags in and he punches Kane but Kane with a big boot to Ambrose. Orton tags in and he kicks Ambrose. Orton with punches and head butts in the corner followed by a European uppercut. Orton with head butts and a clothesline in the corner. Orton with a suplex and Bryan is tagged in. Bryan with kicks to the chest followed by a front face lock.
Reigns tags in and he punches Bryan. Reigns with a slam and he gets a near fall. Rollins tags in and he kicks Bryan in the chest. Rollins with elbows to the head. Rollins sends Bryan into the turnbuckles and Ambrose tags back in and he punches Bryan. Ambrose with a snap elbow drop for a near fall. Ambrose with a boot to the abdomen and he applies a chin lock while trapping the legs and then he applies a Dragon sleeper.
Bryan with knees to escape and he punches Ambrose. Ambrose with a knee to the midsection but Bryan with a knee of his own. Orton tags in and he connects with two clothesline and then he goes after the Shield on the apron. Orton avoids a clothesline and he gives Ambrose a power slam. Rollins tries to interfere and he gets a power slam for his troubles.
Orton sends Ambrose to the apron for the IEDDT but he kicks Rollins and he tries for a double IEDDT but Ambrose escapes and he drops Orton on the top rope and then Rollins with an enzuigiri and Ambrose gets a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ambrose with a reverse chin lock. Orton with a punch but Ambrose with a knee and short arm clothesline for a near fall. Ambrose works on the fingers and then he rakes the face. Reigns tags in and he connects with head butts and then he kicks Orton. Orton punches Reigns but Reigns with a knee and he gets Orton on his shoulders but Randy escapes and he hits a back breaker and both men are down.
Reigns misses a shoulder in the corner and he hits the post. Ambrose and Kane tag in and Kane with punches. Kane sends Ambrose into the turnbuckles and then he hits a power slam for a near fall. Kane with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner. Kane does it again and he adds the side slam for a near fall. Kane goes up top but he misses the clothesline. Ambrose with a running drop kick but Bryan tags in and hits a missile drop kick that sends Ambrose into his corner. Rollins tags in and goes for a springboard move but Bryan with a drop kick to stop Rollins.
Bryan with a drop kick that knocks Reigns off the apron and then Bryan with a suicide dive onto Rollins and Reigns. Bryan with the running drop kick into the corner and then he hits another one on Rollins for a near fall.
Bryan with kicks to the chest and he sets for the round kick but he sees Reigns trying to interfere so he kicks Roman in the head. Bryan with the round kick to Rollins and Daniel gets a near fall. Bryan goes up top for the diving head butt but Reigns distracts the referee and Ambrose grabs Bryan. Bryan with an elbow to Ambrose and then Bryan misses the diving head butt and Rollins gets a near fall.
Kane grabs Ambrose and sends him to the floor. Reigns sends Kane over the top rope to the floor. Orton tries for an RKO but Reigns escapes and he spears Orton. Kane sends Reigns and Ambrose into the Garcia Cubicle. Rollins with a Buckle Bomb and then he goes up top but Kane pushes Rollins off into an RKO and then Bryan applies the No Lock and Rollins taps out.
Winners: Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Randy Orton
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