PPV Fusion: Payback 2016
The 2016 WWE Payback Pay-Per-View starts with a segment with The New Day making entertaining comments, followed by a video hyping the matches to take place later on in the night.
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady kick things off with a tag team match against “The Vaudevillains” Aiden English and Simon Gotch to determine the number one contenders to The New Day’s WWE Tag Team Championship, as “The New Day” Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E watch from ringside.
The match abruptly comes to a premature end when Amore appears to suffer an injury when his head snaps back from hitting a rope as he slides to the outside and he collapses to the floor outside the ring. The referee calls for the bell and throws up the X signifying an injury, as medical personnel converge on him.
After a video recapping the events that led to the upcoming match, and the announcers informing us that Enzo Amore was taken out on a stretcher and that they would pass on any updates on his condition as soon as possible, Kevin Owens takes on Sami Zayn.
During the match we are updated on Amore’s condition, being told that he is on his way to a local medical facility but is moving his extremities and talking. The match sees Owens get the victory, when he hits Zayn with the Popup Powerbomb for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Owens attacks Zayn and throws him out of the ring, before demanding that Byron Saxton come to the ring and interview him about beating Sami Zayn. Owens says that he beat Zayn and he is the better man, and so now he can focus on getting back his Intercontinental Championship.
Byron Saxton points out that match is next, which Owens takes as an invitation to join commentary for it, which he agrees to do.
Next up, The Miz (accompanied by Maryse) is pitted against Cesaro in a match for the Intercontinental Championship, with Kevin Owens joining commentary as promised.
During the match, Sami Zayn makes an appearance and attacks Kevin Owens, prompting them to battle away from the announce table. The Miz taps out to a crossface from Cesaro, but the referee doesn’t see it as he is too distracted by Zayn and Owens battling on the ring apron.
When the referee’s attention has returned, The Miz rolls up Cesaro with the aid of the tights to get the 3-count. Afterwards, Owens attacks and is left standing in the ring with the Intercontinental Championship held aloft, however his attempt at hitting The Miz with a Popup Powerbomb is foiled by Maryse grabbing The Miz’s leg and pulling him out of the ring.
After a video recapping the events that led to the upcoming match, and the announcers updating us that Enzo Amore is undergoing testing, moving his arms and legs and talking with medical staff, Chris Jericho goes against Dean Ambrose in a match which sees Ambrose get the victory, when he hits Jericho with Dirty Deeds for a 3-count.
After Mauro Ranallo interviews AJ Styles about his upcoming match against Roman Reigns, and a video recapping the events that led to the upcoming match, Charlotte (accompanied by her father, two-time WWE Hall of Famer “Nature Boy” Ric Flair) takes on Natalya (accompanied by WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart) in a match for the WWE Women’s Championship.
The match ends in a parody of the Montreal Screwjob, when Charlotte applies the Sharpshooter to to Natalya and referee Charles Robinson immediately rings the bell without Natalya tapping out. Afterwards, Natalya and Bret Hart attack Charlotte and Ric Flair, putting each in a Sharpshooter.
After a video hyping “Camp WWE” on the WWE Network, Vince McMahon makes his way to the ring in a segment to announce who will run Monday Night Raw from now on. He introduces Stephanie, who makes the argument for herself to be that choice.
Shane McMahon makes his way to the ring, where he provides a rebuttal arguing how he is the one who should continue to run Raw. Vince tells Shane and Stephanie that they are BOTH going to run Raw.
After checking in with the Payback Panel (comprised of Renee Young, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler and Corey Graves) and recapping the Kickoff (Pre-Show) matches between Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin, which Ziggler won, and between Kalisto and Ryback, which Kalisto won to retain his United States Championship, the announcers hype “Camp WWE” while pointing out its non-PG rating in comparison to the PG rating that remains for the rest of the current programming.
After an update from the announcers on Enzo Amore, which informs us that he has been diagnosed with a concussion and that other tests came up negative, and after a video recapping the events that led to the upcoming match, AJ Styles is pitted against Roman Reigns in a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
A tweet during the match from WWE with an update on Enzo Amore states that he has been discharged from the medical facility and reiterates that he has been diagnosed with a concussion and that all other tests came up negative.
The match sees Styles get the victory but Reigns retain the title, when Reigns is unable to beat the referee’s ten count and he is counted out. Shane McMahon’s music hits and he demands that the match be restarted with the added stipulation of no count-outs.
The restarted match sees AJ Styles get the victory again but Reigns retain the title once again, when the referee calls for the bell and disqualifies Reigns for a low blow. Stephanie McMahon makes her way out and demands the match be restarted once again, but with another added stipulation of there being no disqualifications.
The once-again restarted match sees interference from the team of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows and the team of “The Usos” Jimmy and Jey, but it sees Reigns get the victory and retain his title, when he hits Styles with a spear for the 3-count.
While Reigns is celebrating in the ring, the camera cuts to Vince, Shane and Stephanie McMahon who talk backstage about the match and decide that AJ Styles should get a rematch at the next WWE Pay-Per-View, Extreme Rules on 22nd May. The camera cuts back to the ring and focuses on Reigns, as Payback goes off the air.