The WWE World Heavyweight Championship title was on the line at WWE Payback on May 1, as current champ Roman Reigns grappled with AJ Styles in the ring in Chicago. But only one man could win the big fight. Well done, Roman!
What a night of wrestling! WWE Payback gave fans a real treat as AJ Styles, 38, took on WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, 30, in the main event of a packed fight card on May 1 at Chicago’s All-State Arena. And it was Roman that was victorious in an thrilling match-up.
The main event saw current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns take on AJ Styles. From the offset, Roman showed a bit of gamesmanship, literally throwing his opponent around the ring. But as soon as AJ got half a chance he worked on Roman’s legs, repeatedly kicking his hamstrings to disable his opponent. One epic moment happened when AJ jumped off the top rope, when Roman was gathering his senses outside the ring. The pair smashed into the table together. AJ managed to scramble back into the ring, but Roman was counted out. Because he had to be pinned in the ring to lose his title he retained his belt. Or did he? Shockingly, new WWE co-boss Shane McMahon said the fight had to be resolved without a count out decision so they continued. Then, even more astonishingly, Roman was disqualified for a low blow, but was deemed to retain his title even though he lost the fight. Enter Stephanie McMahon to say that wasn’t the way Payback was going to be resolved, and they continued to pummel each other! The former Bullet Club members of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows entered the ring and they gave Roman a severe beating by doubling up on him while AJ was trying to recover outside the ring. Roman’s cousins The Uso’s entered the fray and pandemonium broke lose. Eventually, Roman got the win with a flying spear to gain the pin! After all of that, Roman is still the champ!
At the end of WWE Payback after Roman Reigns defeated AJ Styles in the interference-heavy match to retain his WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Shane and Stephanie McMahon jointly decided that Styles will get a rematch at Extreme Rules.
Extreme Rules takes place on May 22nd from Newark, New Jersey and will air live on the WWE Network.
Charlotte and Natalya fought it out for the WWE Women’s Championship Match in another intriguing match-up that featured old WWE legends Ric Flair and Bret “The Hitman” Hart. Amazingly, it was those two that took center stage when they started grappling in the ring. Charlotte eventually won in controversial circumstances, locking her rival in a sharpshooter but Natalya didn’t tap out even though the ref said so. Huh? A return to the Montreal Screwjob!
The Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens match-up was simply awesome. It see-sawed, as both men showed their brute strength and their utter hate for each other ending in a thrilling contest for the WWE Universe to enjoy. Kevin won the match that fans would surely would consider a Wrestlemania worthy bout.
Cesaro was robbed by The Miz in their Intercontinental Championship match. Kevin Owens was commentating on the fight, only to be ambushed by Sami Zayn who rushed from the dressing rooms to ringside and as the referee was distracted and Cesaro had The Miz locked in a Crossface and The Miz DID tap out. But the ref missed it, and The Miz took advantage of it all and ended up winning but an undeserved win to say the least. Boo!
Dean Ambrose defeated Chris Jericho in a brutal battle. Y2J attempted a Codebreaker, but only managed to get a two-count for his troubles. Dean did what he does best and made an epic comeback, and with a slap and punch combo that had Chris rocking. Chris went with for a back elbow and then a lionsault, but Dean blocked it! He hooked Chris up on a Dirty Deeds DDT to win the match!
Elsewhere, there was a huge shock at the beginning of the night when Dolph Ziggler defeated Baron Corbin during the pre-show. Baron has been on a roll of a late but Dolph was able to score the victory in what was a genuine surprise because Dolph hasn’t been on the winning end of things lately.
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady took on The Vaudevillains with a chance to be the number one contenders for the Tag Team Championship. But during the fight Enzo hit the ropes with his head and landed hard on the mat. He had to be taken off on a stretcher, with a suspected neck injury. It looked really serious though, so we hope he’s alright. The ref stopped the match and it ended in a no contest.
Kalisto during the pre show retained his United States Championship title by beating Ryback, who could had his opponent on the ropes but couldn’t get the job done.
So HollywoodLifers, what did you think of WWE Payback? Was it everything you wanted and more? Tell us what you think about the results!
And while you are at it, make sure to check the WWE Network’s new animated show, Camp WWE! It is epically funny and wacky and brings back the edge of the WWE they had during the Attitude Era! It is a must watch!