WWE Payback is all set to pop off tonight (Sun., Aug. 30, 2020) from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida at 7:00 pm ET, live on the WWE Network. You may also be able to watch this on pay-per-view (PPV) if your cable provider is carrying the event.
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WWE PAYBACK QUICK RESULTS
- Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman
- Dominik & Rey Mysterio def. Seth Rollins & Murphy
- Keith Lee def. Randy Orton
- Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax def. Bayley & Sasha Banks
- Matt Riddle def. King Corbin
- Big E def. Sheamus
- Bobby Lashley def. Apollo Crews
- Riott Squad def. the IIconics
WWE PAYBACK LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
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Our pre-show panel tonight consists of Charly Caruso, Booker T, Jerry “the King” Lawler, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, and Peter Rosenberg, and pre-show business ensues as they move through the card match by match discussing it. R-Truth comes out at one point thinking they’re doing Raw Talk but he’s too early.
The Iconics cut a promo during their entrance trying to warn Liv Morgan that Ruby Riott is a fraud.
Iconic Duo (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce) vs. Riott Squad (Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott)
Kay and Riott to start, Ruby ducks a kick and clears the apron before lighting Billie up with punches. Morgan in, Kay cuts her off, tag to Royce, double teams but Riott makes the save. Chasing Peyton around the ring and Billie drops her with Shades of Kay! Back inside, choking Ruby over the ropes, quick tags, continuing to work her over at length.
Iconics try to convince Liv that Ruby blasted her off the apron at one point as the double-teams continue, but Morgan trusts Riott and tags herself back in! Lighting Peyton up with kicks, putting her in the corner, step-up stomp to the back of the head... NOPE! Ruby back in, tags made, Deja Vu... LIV MORGAN MAKES THE SAVE!
Looking for it again on Liv, she blocks, Oblivion on Royce but Kay rolls her up for two! Tag to Riott, Arm wringer, Codebreaker sets her up...
Riott Squad win by pinfall with the Riott Kick from Ruby Riott on Billie Kay.
The panel interviews the Riott Squad about their win and they celebrate finally getting past their internal strife and say this is only the beginning.
More preshow business follows to close things out.
The main show begins with a video package breaking down the events since SummerSlam.
The Hurt Business get an inset promo about how Bobby Lashley is gonna put Apollo Crews in his place.
Apollo Crews (c) vs. Bobby Lashley (WWE United States Championship)
Collar and elbow, struggling into the corner, Lashley with a go-behind into a waistlock takedown! Hanging on, another takedown, Crews off the ropes but he runs right into a shoulder block. Firing back a dropkick, leapfrog, off the ropes, Bob with a knee to the midsection and a clubbing blow. Apollo blasts him through the ropes and to the floor, jumps over a lariat, kick to the face, moonsault off the apron!
Lashley hits an inverted Hot Shot and Crews crashes to the floor! Throwing him back inside, cover for two and into a reverse chinlock. Grinding the champion down, shifting to a waistlock, trying to crush the air out of his lungs, but Apollo eventually floats over and hits an enzuigiri! Slow to rise, Lashley still on his feet and he hits the Yokosuka Cutter... NOPE!
Sidestep the charge, Bob falls to the floor, back in, another enzuigiri finds its target and he follows it up with a diving crossbody! Both men down and out, Crews recovers and presses the attack with strikes in the corner. Fired up, baiting him in for the powerbomb but Lashley dodges! Spinning spinebuster connects, standing moonsault, Bob kicks out!
Military press, Lashley slips out, into the corner, Apollo with a German suplex! Bob fires up but Crews hits another German! Hammering him with more strikes in the corner, charging in, Lashley hits a chokeslam! Coming in with the Full Lashley, he grabs the body scissors and falls back...
Bobby Lashley wins by submission with the Full Lashley, winning the WWE United States Championship.
Post-match, Crews attacks Lashley from behind but the rest of the Hurt Business fend him off! He vows to get the title back as he backs off up the aisle.
Kayla Braxton is hanging outside of Roman Reigns’ locker room when Paul Heyman rolls up and she asks how he squirreled his way in here.
He says his resume speaks for itself and says Roman said he’d sign the contract, so he has every reason to believe he will, but he can’t speak for him. He goes in and Kayla tries to slip in after him, but he blocks her entrance.
Keith Lee is shown working out backstage when John “Bradshaw” Layfield rolls up.
They exchange pleasantries and JBL tells him he’s got some million dollar hedge funds he can buy into. Lee says he doesn’t have those kind of resources, and Layfield says if he wins tonight, he’ll be on his way. But there’s a lot of pressure on him, and if he loses he shouldn’t feel bad, because Randy Orton is one of the greatest ever. He wishes Keith luck and moves on.
Sheamus gets an inset promo during his entrance where he says Big E is right, people have been talking about him behind his back since before New Day started, and that Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods have been holding him back, but the truth is they’ve been propping him up, and now is his time.
Big E vs. Sheamus
Collar and elbow, into the corner, Sheamus shoves him off but E goes right back to the lockup. Into the corner, referee Dan Engler counts and the Celtic Warrior has to be pulled away to break! Grabbing Big by the arm, E shifts to a waistlock, Sheamus with back elbows into a standing switch. Big tossing him aside, telling him to get up, pressing the attack and the Celtic Warrior throws him through the ropes.
Knee lift, clubbing blows, Beats of the Bodhran, E crumbles to the mat but makes it in at Engler’s count of seven. Stomping away at the knee, leg pick into a heel trip, dropping a knee and wrenching the toehold in is Sheamus. Stomping, cover for one, E trying to gasp his way back into the fight as the Celtic Warrior grabs the kneeling toehold again.
Irish Curse follows, cover for two, half-crab applied. Sliding boot on the break, Sheamus up top, diving lariat... CAUGHT INTO AN OVERHEAD BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX! The second connects but the Celtic Warrior blocks the trifecta with headbutts! Charging in, E hits the Rock Bottom out of the corner! Off the ropes for the spear, a knee cuts him off and Sheamus slingshots in with a shoulder block!
Off the ropes, Big hits a belly-to-belly suplex! Hip swivel, Sheamus hoists him up and hits an Alabama Slam... NOPE! Sharpshooter applied but Sheamus kneels early, putting extra pressure on E’s knee! Big E gets the ropes! To the apron, off the ropes... BIG E HITS THE SUICIDE SPEAR! Back inside, fired up, Sheamus up on his shoulder but he slips out!
Leg pick into a heel hook, Big has nowhere to go, screaming agony but he grabs a handful of the Celtic Warrior’s beard and punches him until he lets go! On his feet, Sheamus hits a knee strike and falls into the cover... NOT ENOUGH! Dragging himself up, waiting for E but he gets under the Brogue Kick... POWERBOMB! Up on his shoulders...
Big E wins by pinfall with the Big Ending.
Backstage, Matt Riddle is interviewed.
He says he’s always motivated and Baron Corbin’s harshing his vibe, but he’s done and over with it, and tonight he’s gonna take the King’s crown. Asked about Baron’s tweet about him being a failure at home, Matt gets real serious and walks off without answering.
Shayna Baszler is shadowboxing backstage right next to Nia Jax.
Jax says neither of them like each other, and she’s positive they can win if they just follow her lead. Shayna says they’ll win if Nia stays out of her way, they bicker and agree to kill the pre-match chit chat.
King Baron Corbin vs. Matt Riddle
Corbin attacks Riddle with a lariat before the bell! At the bell he puts boots to Matt, stomping away again and again until referee Danilo Anfibio warns him off! Throwing Riddle out to the floor, following after him, beating him up on top of the announce table, back inside, cover for one. Kneeling armbar, Riddle fights to his feet and out with body blows but Baron cuts him off with a knee.
Right hands, Matt fires back with forearms and kicks into the corner, charging in, he’s got the double wristlock with bodyscissors sunk in but Corbin reverses to a slam! Waistlock into a bodyscissors sleeper hold! Baron out and back in with the lariat, striking away in the corner, choking Riddle in the ropes.
Half nelson chinlock applied, Matt flagging but not failing, posting up to his feet and breaking Baron’s grip! Waistlock gets an elbow, off the ropes, side slam for two! Off the ropes, Corbin hits a big back elbow for a deep two! Drawing him up, forearm, catch a kick, leg trip into a half-crab but Riddle spins him around and kicks him away!
Out and back in, Baron runs into a roundhouse kick and falls out of the ring! Back in, another kick, Matt kips up, off the ropes with charging forearms, fired up, double leg into the high jump senton! Off the ropes, Penalty Kick... NOT HAPPENING! Chest kicks ensue, trading forearms in the middle of the ring and Riddle lights him up with palm strikes!
Another kick, Baron counters with a knockout right hand but he can’t capitalize! Hoisting Matt up top, charging in, leapfrog over but Corbin hits Deep Six... NOPE! Clubbing blows, Riddle fighting from guard, triangle choke applied, a liver kick sets it up... BRO 2 SLEEP! Up top... CORKSCREW MOONSAULT! IT’S OVER!
Matt Riddle wins by pinfall with a corkscrew moonsault.
Golden Role Models (Bayley & Sasha Banks) (c) vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Banks and Baszler to start, Sasha taking her lightly and immediately paying for it. A dropkick gets her back into it, up in the corner, hamstring kick into elevated Kawada kicks but the Boss gets a modified Cobra Twist! Countering, stepping on Sasha’s hands but she fights away and tags Bayley in! Wristlock into a slam, Jim Breaks Special into a hammerlock, working the arm but Bayley shrugs her off and into Jax, sending her crashing off the apron!
Tag champs with quick tags and double-teams, Banks goes for a Frankensteiner to the floor on Nia but gets caught and swung into the barricade over and over! Path clear, tag made and Jax comes in to freight train the SmackDown champ! Stinger Splash, off the ropes, elbow drop for two! Champs turn it around with a chop block from Sasha, double-teams in the corner!
Mounted forearms, keeping the pressure up, Bayley in, forearms, off the ropes but Nia scoops her up for a World’s Strongest Slam! Fireman’s carry, the Boss comes in but Jax scoops her up into a fireman’s carry, swing into a Samoan drop, Bayley hanging onto her leg for dear life but she gets the tag!
Baszler in hot with strikes left and right, sliding knees for both women, Karelin lift on Bayley sets up a knee strike... NOPE! Back elbow, Bayley makes the tag but Banks runs right into a Karelin lift of her own! Tag to Jax, stack ‘em up in the corner, double splash! Powerbomb lift but Sasha counters into an X-Factor!
Tags, diving elbow sets up a frog splash, Bayley-to-Belly on Shayna as she comes in... BUT NIA KICKS OUT! Another cover, same deal, kick from the apron, wristlock, tag made, double-team blocked, Nia off the ropes, blind tag, back body drop takes Nia out but Shayna’s legal! Kirifuda Clutch on Bayley, break it for a flapjack on Banks, she’s got an Indian deathlock on the Boss and grabs the Kirifuda Clutch on Bayley before falling back!
She uses Sasha’s arm for extra leverage...
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler win by submission with a combination Kirifuda Clutch / Indian Deathlock from Shayna Baszler to win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Post-match, the new champs are interviewed.
They talk over each other as they celebrate before holding the titles high while the former champs stew.
Keith Lee vs. Randy Orton
Orton with a side headlock, wrenching it in, Lee grabs at his ear but can’t force the break so he applies pressure with a counter bearhug before shooting him off. Shoulder block, the big man unfazed, off the ropes with a freight train crossbody and Randy bails to the floor! Back inside, he establishes his bonafides, jawing at Keith and firing a chop off that cracks out across the arena!
Another one, Lee steels with resolve, a third, block a whip, reversed it, huge double chop across Randy’s chest! Into the corner, body blows, action to the floor and Orton back suplexes him into the announce table! Dropping knees, reverse chinlock applied, trying to choke the life out of the Limitless One.
Into the corner, elbow up, off the ropes... THE POUNCE SENDS RANDY ORTON CLEAN OUT OF THE RING! Out and back in, Randy’s got him in place for the hanging DDT! The Viper going to that special place, pounding the mat, lying in wait but Keith fights off the RKO! ONE SPIRIT BOMB AND YOUR WHOLE LIFE CHANGES! IT’S OVER!
Keith Lee wins by pinfall with the Spirit Bomb.
Paul Heyman is interviewed backstage and offers the spoiler that Roman Reigns will leave as champion tonight.
Buddy Murphy & Seth Rollins vs. Dominik & Rey Mysterio
Dominik hot out the gates, going right after Rollins and beating him down, shrugging Murphy off and coming back in. Back and forth, Buddy tags in, Mysterio lights him up too and tags his dad in. Whip reversed, Russian legsweep, Rey off the ropes with a basement dropkick, only two! Seth tags in, punches in the corner, whip across, up and over, rolling senton, only two!
Leg kicks from the elder Mysterio, Rollins with a fireman’s carry gutbuster for some breathing room before throwing Rey out of the ring and into a double knee gutbuster from Buddy! Quick tags from the heels, working Mysterio over, but he gets out and tags Dominik in! Diving crossbody, caught, Falcon Arrow... NOPE!
Tag made, working Dom over now, keeping him isolated, but a trip to the floor lets him sidestep some offense and crawl back inside while the heels try to recover. Crawling, the path clear, Rollins in and grabbing his foot but Mysterio kicks him away and tags his dad in! Rey in hot with forearms, whip reversed, duck a lariat, off the ropes, tijeras!
To the apron, shoulder thrust, smashing Seth’s face into the turnbuckles, springboard moonsault... NOT ENOUGH! Putting him on the second, but he ducks the 619! Kick to the midsection, powerbomb lift, countered into a Frankensteiner! Kick for a cover, Buddy breaks it up! Dominik sidesteps and hits a tornado DDT on Murphy!
Sling Blade on Dom, Rey up top, diving seated senton but Rollins counters the followup into a backbreaker! Action to the floor, back in, Mysterio up top, he dives but Seth catches him with a knee! Basement superkick... REY KICKS OUT! Fired up, lying in wait, Rey dodges Blackout, la casadora, countered into a facebuster... DOM BREAKS IT UP!
Taking the Mysterios to the floor, throwing them into the barricade, bringing Rey back in and telling Buddy to kick him in the head but he counters the powerbomb and Murphy kicks Seth! Back suplex lift, float over, tijeras puts him in the ropes, tag to Dom! Lope into the sunset flip powerbomb from Rey, 619 from Dominik! Up top...
Dominik & Rey Mysterio win by pinfall with a frog splash from Dominik on Buddy Murphy.
Post-match, the Mysterios celebrate while Rollins abandons Murphy.
Backstage, the Hurt Business are shown walking backstage and celebrating Bobby Lashley’s victory.
Commentary hypes up Clash of Champions.
Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Roman Reigns (WWE Universal Championship No Holds Barred Match)
Braun Strowman attacks the Fiend and puts boots to him before the bell and before even Roman makes his entrance! The bell rings and Strowman blasts him, immediately hitting the running powerslam... BUT WYATT KICKS OUT! The Fiend rises, right hands and headbutts put him in the corner, Braun backs up to charge but Bray hits a freight train crossbody on him!
Sister Abigail follows it up... BRAUN KICKS OUT! Strowman bails to the floor, Wyatt follows after and runs into a goozle. Knee lifts and hammerfists, the Fiend turns him around and smashes his face into the apron, leaving Braun to stagger back... ROCK BOTTOM PUTS THE MONSTER THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!
Bray pops a squat and we see Alexa Bliss backstage watching the match and playing with the one dreadlock in her pigtail. Going under the ring, Bray gets out his mallet and drags it around the ring... but Braun throws an office chair at him! Strowman heading over to him, dragging him along, clubbing him into the steel steps and grabbing the mallet himself.
The Fiend kicks his leg out from under him and smashes him into the barricade! Moaning and groaning, smashing Braun’s face into the steel steps, twisting his neck and leaving him to collapse to the mat! Rearranging the steel steps, picking up the smaller one and smashing it into Strowman’s side! Posing for the crowd, dragging Braun along by the beard to the stage.
Strowman throws him into the LED boards and both men are down and out! Thinking about Sister Abigail, Braun fights out with headbutts... AND POUNCES HIM OFF THE STAGE AND INTO SOME EQUIPMENT! He drags the Fiend back to the ring and throws him in, slowly stalking around ringside, heading up top but he’s so slow and unsteady on his feet that Bray recovers and cuts him off!
Jockeying for position... THE FIEND HITS A SUPERPLEX AND THE RING BREAKS! THE BIG DOG IS HERE! SLOW AND STEADY, CHAIR IN HAND, PAUL HEYMAN AT HIS SIDE! HE SIGNS THE CONTRACT AND HE’S GOOD TO GO! But when he slides in the ring, there’s no ref! He calls referee Dan Engler down... BUT BRAY KICKS OUT!
Another cover, no dice, cover on Braun... STILL NO! He head back out for his chair and wallops Braun with it again and again! Cover... THE MONSTER KICKS OUT! He goes to hit Bray with the chair but he grabs a Mandible Claw! The Big Dog hits him low in the gentleman’s area to force him to break! Roman back inside, waiting for Braun to rise...
Roman Reigns wins by pinfall with a spear on Braun Strowman to win the WWE Universal Championship.
Paul E raises Reigns’ hand on the stage.
That’s the show, folks.