The Weekly Wrestling Wrap-Up Week #8

The WWE is headed in to yet another pay-per-view, TNA is feeling the after-effects of their third major pay-per-view of the year, and Ring of Honor is building to the show that is the impetus for a moniker over which two men in the WWE are fighting. Is any of it worth watching? With a summary like this, you know what you’re about to read.

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Note: This column does not deal with anything that happens outside of the context the broadcast shows with which wrestling companies present the fans. It is an analysis of the stories, and whether or not they provide a truly worthwhile experience. While match analysis will occur when merited, it will only happen if it added to the story in a tangible way. With that explained, on with the column!

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WWE Championship: Vickie Guerrero was having hamburgers, with Brad Maddox watching on. Vince McMahon took Vickie to task for booking a match between Cena and Ryback just days before a brutal match between the two. Vickie tried to defend herself, but Maddox came up with a solution – a lumberjack match, as a preview for the Three Stages of Hell at Payback. The RAW main event was a face-to-face (well, sort of) confrontation between Ryback and Cena. The two had a war of words that was basically a retread of what they’d already said in the past, with the added caveat that Ryback believed that Cena abandoned him because Cena was afraid that Ryback might rise above Cena. The two looked like they wanted to go at it, but the lumberjacks kept Cena from leaving the ring, and similarly prevented Ryback from entering. Eventually, they were pulled apart.
My Thoughts: Well, that was anti-climactic. For being the main event of the show, this whole build is all kinds of dull. Ryback doesn’t like Cena, and keeps thinking up justifications. Cena calls the justifications all kinds of worthless. Once again, a rivalry against Cena means that Cena looks good. Honestly, I kind of want Ryback to win for the sake of a change, but I doubt it will happen.

World Heavyweight Championship/Jericho vs Punk: Chris Jericho came out on RAW, and welcomed the fans. He talked about his storied history on RAW, including many of his opponents. He was very complimentary of CM Punk, though, saying that he was the man that took him to the limit. Eventually, Jericho said that he needed to defeat CM Punk.  Dolph Ziggler interrupted a speech by Chris Jericho because Jericho was talking about the best performers in the world. Ziggler said that he almost lost the belt due to a concussion. Ziggler said that it was obvious that nobody wanted him to have the belt, so he decided that he was going to go forth and earn the belt. Ziggler said that he was going to prove to Del Rio that he was better than him. Ziggler started talking about his accolades, and that he was only getting started. Jericho interrupted him and challenged him to a match, but Ziggler gave him a match against Big E Langston. Jericho and Langston had a competitive match, and Langston looked to win just before Alberto Del Rio came out and attacked Dolph Ziggler. The distraction let Jericho get the win with the Code Breaker. On SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler stopped Teddy Long from enjoying a Hardee’s burger and complained about his tag match against Jericho and Del Rio. Eventually, though Ziggler warned Long that he was going to give Del Rio merely a taste of what he’d get at Payback. And then Langston took some huge bites out of Long’s burger. As for the tag match, Ziggler looked dominant, but still ate the pin from Del Rio to lose the match. Backstage later on SmackDown, Jericho said that the match between the two had taken on a life of its own. Jericho said that Chicago had a lot of history for him, but the crowd support didn’t matter, because the match would be incredible. Paul Heyman wished Chris the best of luck, but noted that CM Punk thought luck was for losers. He then practically guaranteed that Jericho would be the loser.
My Thoughts: Putting Ziggler in the middle of Jericho’s feud with CM Punk was definitely an interesting way to go with things. It at least gave Jericho a rival of some sort for the week, and right up until Del Rio pinned him, Ziggler’s return seemed to be a big deal. Having basically a one-sided feud is something that Jericho seems to be excelling at. I almost forgot that he debuted in the then World Wrestling Federation in Chicago. Overall, this is a secondary rivalry compared to the one that is actually compelling, but it at least works as a build.

The Shield vs Kane, Daniel Bryan, and Randy Orton: Kane took on United States champion Dean Ambrose in a one-on-one match, with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns staying in the crowd. The two had a drag-out fight that had Ambrose really reeling. Just as it looked like Ambrose was going to eat a choke slam, Rollins and Reigns attacked Kane, but Orton and Bryan came out to make the save. Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan were talking about their altercation on SmackDown. Kane tried to talk them down and talk about their shared enemies in The Shield, but Orton and Bryan just kept bickering. Vickie Guerrero came in and said that she had booked Orton and Bryan against The Shield at Payback, but Kane was completely flabbergasted. However, Vickie had given him a United States title match, leading Kane to hug her. Due to fan voting, Randy Orton took on Roman Reigns. Orton and Reigns exchanged offense, with both men being similarly hard-hitting in comparison to the Kane/Ambrose match, albeit with a little bit more maneuverability mixed in. Seth Rollins tried to interfere, which led to Bryan attacking Rollins and Reigns, leading to a no contest. This led to a fan-voted match between Seth Rollins versus Daniel Bryan. The match ended with Bryan standing victorious after a long, hard-fought battle that had Bryan countering out of every submission attempt and winning with an inside cradle. After Bryan stopped a sneak attack from Rollins, Orton hit an RKO. On SmackDown, Daniel Bryan opened the show and talked about his past in the WWE, and brought Kane to the ring because Team Hell No is one of the best tag teams in WWE history. Kane said that he was only interested in the six-man tag against the Shield, but Bryan said they needed to get everything in the open, stating that he’s grateful for the past nine months. Bryan stated that once he won the titles with Orton, he and Kane wouldn’t be teaming anymore. Eventually, it came out that Kane had plenty of doubts about Team RK-No’s ability to beat The Shield. Eventually, the conversation devolved until Bryan admitted that he thought that Kane was the weak link in Team Hell No. Kane went to choke slam Bryan, but Orton stopped him because he needed Bryan at 100 percent at Payback. Eventually, they all began to bicker, and The Shield interrupted one another. Dean Ambrose was curious as to whether the three men believed in The Shield. Considering their actions, they did. The shared rivals focused Bryan, Orton, and Kane at least momentarily. The main event of SmackDown was a decent three-on-three contest, with The Shield almost winning right up until Kane and Orton managed to counter the numbers game, and Bryan getting Rollins in the No Lock for the submission victory. Kane, Orton, and Bryan became the first team to defeat The Shield in a six-man contest.
My Thoughts: Well, I know that this column isn’t normally supposed to talk about the matches except for the results, but if you have any possible way of watching the RAW match between Bryan and Rollins, view it, and without fast-forwarding. It is quite possible that fans saw the television match of the year. As for the rivalry itself, the match also showed that Orton and Bryan, despite their differences, could work well against The Shield. Kane getting the United States title shot was a swerve from left field, but Kane just giving out a hug without prompting was hilarious. As for SmackDown, this was just the feel good victory to end the show that everybody wanted to see. Kane and Bryan actually wound up sharing a hug because of the victory. Orton looked like he felt left out, but there was no way he was going to get a hug. For happening on the so-called “B-Show”, this was a huge deal, and it was a great way to sell both matches involving the Shield. More to the point, this is basically what sells the pay-per-view for me. Or it would, if I had the money and was going to be in town.

Intercontinental Championship: Miz had a match with Cody Rhodes, with Wade Barrett on commentary. Rhodes and Miz had a very brief match, with Barrett offering his perspective on things. Barrett seemed set to ambush Miz, but Paul Heyman came out. He introduced the replacement for Fandango, Curtis Axel. Axel said that the perfect ending for the match would be Curtis Axel as the new Intercontinental Champion. Both Barrett and Miz were incredulous. On Main Event, Wade Barrett was in the place of Miz on color commentary because Miz was in yet another match against Cody Rhodes. Rhodes managed to be far more competitive than on RAW, but a Figure Four out of nowhere from Miz made Cody tap. Barrett was not happy about the result, but raised the title. On SmackDown, Curtis Axel and Wade Barrett were scheduled to have a match. Barrett noted that there was no real reason to have the match that evening, because it made more business sense to leave it until Sunday. Heyman and Axel considered the option, but Miz was out with a microphone. Miz asked what the two men would rather do – Starbucks? Competing as a couple on Dancing with the Stars? It didn’t matter, because fans wanted to see a fight. The bell rang after the fans started chanting, “Fight!” Axel managed to take the victory, but Miz hit Axel with a Skull Crushing Finale.
My Thoughts: Honestly, I think I prefer Fandango over Curtis Axel. Axel basically lucked his way in to a title reign, if the story they’re telling is any indication. It should make for an interesting match, though.

The Divas: Kaitlyn was supposed to find out the identity of her secret admirer on RAW. She called him to the ring, and Big E Langston wound up coming out in casual attire, holding a bouquet of flowers. Langston looked a bit apprehensive, and Kaitlyn was heavily confused. She actually was somewhat incredulous about the situation. Langston asked for the microphone, and apparently poured his heart out about how he is more than he seems. He said she was all he could think of, and they almost kissed – right until Langston dipped her and dropped her to the mat. AJ Lee came out and revealed herself as the one sending all of the text messages, sharing a high five with Langston. AJ apparently did this to make Kaitlyn feel how AJ felt when Kaitlyn abandoned her. Kaitlyn called AJ crazy, but AJ said she was simply smart. AJ said she was the master of head games, and has proven that Kaitlyn is weak, sad, pitiful – trash. AJ eventually said things so hurtful that Kaitlyn began to cry. AJ then broke her down even more, right up until it became too much, and Kaitlyn just straight-up assaulted AJ until Lee bailed.
My Thoughts: There are times where knowing what’s coming makes what happens that much worse. I knew AJ was going to turn out being the one orchestrating the whole shebang. The addition of Langston as a huge ruse was a little bit too on the nose for me, really. I almost would have preferred if it was AJ coming out, acting like she had feelings for Kaitlyn, and then pulling the swerve. Still, it’s an impetus for their match at Payback.

Damien Sandow vs Sheamus: They announced early on RAW that Sandow and Sheamus would be competing on the YouTube pre-show for Payback. Sandow came out and declared victory in the battle of wits against Sheamus. He then said that he would not only be Sheamus’ intellectual superior, he would be Sheamus’ physical superior. R-Truth was his opponent, and Hardee’s (also the owners of Carl’s Jr. for those of you west of the Mississippi River) was the match’s sponsor. Sandow dominated the match and took the victory. Damien’s celebration came to an abrupt halt when Sheamus came to congratulate Sandow on his victory, but also because Sandow caught Sheamus’ attention the previous week. Sheamus said that there was no better way to kick off Payback than to kick off Sandow’s head. On Main Event, Sandow insulted the crowd, stating that he would simplify his speech and use physical means to get his message across more clearly. He then proceeded to defeat Sin Cara (complete with ominous lighting) via a pinning side suplex variation. Sandow came out on SmackDown and cut a promo against Sheamus prior to Sheamus’ match against Antonio Cesaro. Eventually, Cesaro ate a brogue and the pin. However, as Sheamus celebrated on the ramp, Damien Sandow blind-sided him.
My Thoughts: How was this relegated to the pre-show? SERIOUSLY, HOW? This was built incredibly. I can’t wait to see Sandow get his comeuppance, unlike the previous rival that Sheamus had.

The McMahon Family Drama: Triple H opened RAW dressed and ready to compete. He even did his full-on entrance, water spitting and all. His opponent, as advertised, was Curtis Axel. Triple H immediately laid in to Axel, but Vince McMahon came out during the match and declaring Triple H disqualified, which made HHH furious. Axel and Heyman gloated, while HHH demanded that the match re-started. Vince declared that HHH had forfeited to end the second match. Triple H started a third match, this time under Iron Man stipulations. Vince sent Curtis Axel packing, then took Justin Roberts’ microphone and the ring bell. Backstage after the match, Stephanie tried to calm HHH, even begging Triple H not to hurt Vince. Triple H said he wouldn’t, but Stephanie needed to talk to him, because things would end badly if HHH talked to Vince. Later on, Stephanie went to talk to Vince, but the two had a very tense talk. As far as Vince thoughts went, business comes first. Both Triple H and Vince agree that the other wouldn’t like what was said, or how it was said. Later on, Stephanie McMahon apparently arranged a meeting between Triple H and Vince surreptitiously. Vince and Triple H had a talk, and Vince told Triple H that he needed to be more than a wrestler, bigger than a match. However, Vince offered Triple H the match, but HHH said he’d changed his mind, and they went Daffy and Bugs on each other. A group hug resulted, and man was it awkward.
My Thoughts: I hate to admit it, but I agree with Michael Cole. That was a surreal way to start the show. Heck, the entire scenario was incredibly awkward. I want those parts of my life back, even if it does mean that at some point, Triple H will become the logical CEO. The best part was when it ended, albeit that was mostly because Stephanie managed to get people that really didn’t like one another to share a group hug. Maybe she should have handled Kane and Daniel Bryan’s group therapy sessions.

Other Stuff: Mark Henry is returning soon. Zeb Colter was on commentary for a match between two individuals born outside of the United States, Sin Cara and Antonio Cesaro, and was heavily critical of Latinos during the match, which Cesaro won. Fans got treated to yet another Wyatt Family video. The WWE helped kick off the 2013 Connecticut Special Olympics Summer Games, and had a video package. The Usos took on Tons of Funk on Main Event, scoring the victory on a double thrust kick and a superfly splash. Khali wrestled Heath Slater on SmackDown, with Slater stealing the win.

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TNA Heavyweight Championship: So, because of what happened the previous week, Brooke Hogan was sent home. Bully Ray had a bit of a say about the Bound for Glory tournament, but it didn’t directly relate to the title.
My Thoughts: Well, considering that the night was about a tournament for the victory, this is hardly surprising. It’s still interesting that Brooke Hogan may not be a factor on the show for the foreseeable future.

Bound for Glory Series: Hulk Hogan announced that the two previous winners of the tournament had automatic slots, and brought out Jeff Hardy. Hardy began to speak, but Bobby Roode interrupted Jeff, then told everybody that he (Roode) was going to take the win in the second tournament. Hogan, sensing the tension, said that with Open Fight Night being the following week, the fans could decide who got the first challenge. Roode said that was moot, since he was planning on challenging Hardy, and Hardy made it clear that the feeling was mutual. Bully Ray led out Aces and Eights, and eventually they got a berth in the tournament, but it was one spot, which a battle royal between Aces and Eights members would determine. Following an altercation where Roode and Hardy chased off Brisco and Bischoff, Roode sucker punched Hardy.

Daniels and Kazarian talked backstage about their match with Storm and Gunner, a tag team qualifier, with Daniels sitting at a piano. Following a decent tag match, Bad Influence stole the win by using Storm’s own belt against him. Crimson made a return, talking about how he was sent packing the moment he lost on Pay-Per-View last year, and then had a match against Joseph Park. Park managed to eke out the victory with a quick roll-up. Backstage, Matt Morgan talked about his tag team qualifier match, teaming with Kenny King against Magnus and Rob Terry, but only the man that scored the pinfall or submission qualified. Magnus eventually got the win, pinning Kenny King. Eric Young made his return to Impact after a long period of filming his fishing show, and apparently he and ODB are fine, but he took on Austin Aries. The match was at turns comedic and highly athletic, and Aries managed to get the win after stopping a high risk maneuver from Young. The Aces and Eights battle royal teased that they all would fight, but Anderson “eliminated” them in farcical fashion right up until D.O.C. decided he wanted the tournament spot, leading to an altercation that still led to Anderson winning. D.O.C. vowed to take out AJ Styles so he could redeem himself. AJ Styles and Kurt Angle put on a great, smash-mouth wrestling match right up until Aces and Eights interfered, which eventually let AJ Styles take the win. However, Anderson, Knux, and D.O.C. beat down on Kurt Angle right up until Rampage Jackson made the save.
My Thoughts: So, it’s about half-and-half for people who got qualified having promos during the show, not accounting for Aces and Eights. Tonight was not the best of times to make a return, considering that Crimson and Eric Young came back expressly for the tournament, and lost. Honestly, though, with Morgan and Crimson saying they’re going to win the tournament, and then not even qualifying, where does that leave them? Everybody else that lost probably has somewhere to go. King and Magnus can go to the X-Division, Angle has his own thing, and Storm and Gunner are the Tag Team champions. Still, it’s interesting that Joseph Park (note: NOT Abyss) is in the tournament, as he’s clearly going to be the comedy jobber this year. The rest of the field is fairly solid. For the sake of simplification, here’s the final list of BFG Entrants.

– AJ Styles
– Austin Aries
– Bobby Roode
– Christopher Daniels
– Hernandez
– Jay Bradley
– Jeff Hardy
– Joseph Park
– Kazarian
– Mister Anderson
– Magnus
– Samoa Joe

Other than that, Kurt Angle and Rampage Jackson allying to take on Aces and Eights should go somewhere interesting. However, the continuing spread of the cracks of the Aces and Eight’s seemingly impenetrable armor are continuing to show. What more can they possibly give us, except for maybe Anderson looking like he’s going to win the whole shebang, only for Bully Ray to cost him the tournament out of fear?

Knockouts Championship: Velvet Sky said she had something to give to all of the fans, and to give to Mickie James. Elsewhere, James talked to her own reflection, saying that she loved Velvet for being such a giver, before walking out of the dressing room. Velvet came out to the ring with an envelope, and called Mickie to the ring to solidify what exactly is going on in their friendship. Mickie was overcome by Velvet giving her something. Velvet handed Mickie clearance from a doctor, saying it was time for a rematch. Mickie tried to say it was fake, then talked about the fact that the clearance was from the previous day, but now, her knee was still hurt. She then gave Velvet’s knee a cheap shot, then locked in an inverted figure four STF. Referees came in to pull Mickie off of Velvet.
My Thoughts: Well, they finally pulled the trigger on Mickie’s obvious turn to the dark side. Seeing as the whole show focused mostly on the Bound for Glory series, I was actually surprised that they managed to do anything related to the Knockouts on the show. Sure, we saw the Knockouts Tag Team champions (such as they are) reunited on the show, but that was kind of a minor point compared to the main title. It does leave a few major questions, like what’s going on with the rest of the Knockouts, but it is a compelling story.

Sting Discusses His Future: Sting came out and went for the cheap pop. He said that in the year following his TNA Hall of Fame induction, including the deception that the Aces and Eights performed. Sting said that he was well aware of the match at Slammiversary, and the result. He noted that in spite of all the things that Aces and Eights threw at him, not one person came from the back to help him. Sting noted that the Aces and Eights were just like family. Sting said that he needed to make to make his own family – he needed to bring back the Main Event Mafia. When that happened, Aces and Eights was going to fall.
My Thoughts: Well, that was definitely an odd bit of extrapolation. Sting quoting Michael Corleone was a little over the top. The real problem with Sting bringing back the Main Event Mafia is that there really isn’t anybody to bring back. Kevin Nash is most likely retired, Scott Steiner is (apparently) on TNA’s blacklist, Booker T is working for the WWE, and Bobby Lashley is apparently only wrestling part-time. With all that in consideration, that only leaves Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe. Three men doth not a huge alliance make. I get the feeling that he’s going to include former World Elite members in the group, so it will also have Eric Young, Magnus, and Rob Terry.

Other Stuff: Chris Sabin talked about being X-Division champion, and was unsure of whether he wanted to trade in the title for a shot at the World Heavyweight championship. Rampage Jackson clarified with Kurt Angle what Angle meant by “when I [Rampage] was ready”, and Angle said it was just that Rampage needed to train to be a pro wrestler instead of an MMA fighter, which would take some time.

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World Heavyweight Title: Both Jay and Mark Briscoe promoted Best on the World on internet Pay-Per-View, and the show in Baltimore on the Sunday afterward. Jay talked about whipping Mark’s hindquarters, while Mark talked about how he was going to be the next champion. Strangely, the Briscoes teamed up to take on the American Wolves. The teams shared a hand shake before the match, and then went on to have a huge, drawn-out match. All four members had style variations, with each team’s differences complimenting their overall goals. Eventually, Mark went for a shot on Davey Richards, Davey ducked, Jay ate a huge forearm shot, and Mark ate tombstone with a boot to the head beforehand as added gravy.
My Thoughts: I usually skip matches in ROH for the sake of the review, but this match was one I just could not stop watching. The commentary was actually kind of awesome, and made me wonder why the WWE ever released Kevin Kelly. As for the title match between the Briscoes, it’s kind of interesting to see how their rivalry didn’t interfere with their ability to work together. It really hammered home the fact that the title match isn’t a fight between enemies, but rather a fight between family members. However, the fact that there was enough of a rift between the brothers to let Richards and Edwards score their first win ever against the Briscoes is a nice detail.

Television Title: Matt Taven was in a match, and Truth Martini talked beforehand about Taven’s match with Jay Lethal. He said that at Best in the World, people would see if Lethal had what it take to take what Taven had – the TV championship. Martini made the match an open challenge, which brought out Pepper Parks, and it turned in to a Proving Ground match (i.e. beat the champ, get a title shot). Martini and Parks exchanged words, which ended with Parks giving Taven a cheap shot. Taven won with an inverted DDT after a heavily contested match. Jay Lethal later showed up to face off against SCUM.
My Thoughts: I had never heard Truth Martini speak before this show, as I am not a long-time Ring of Honor fan, so the voice being this deep-throated growl really didn’t match the image the man portrays. I just expected the guy to be in the upper register or something. Other than that, this is kind of paint by the numbers – manager gives heel champion a chance to shine, challenger of the night almost makes heel champion look like a fool, heel champion ekes out a win. I’m not saying I don’t care that Taven and Lethal are wrestling. I just think that the title match didn’t seem to be as much of a focus as ROH would prefer the fans to believe.

Tommaso Ciampa’s Return: For his first match back, Ciampa took on local (for Toronto) wrestler Rip Impact. The announcers made the point that Rip had never been in a Ring of Honor match before, and built Ciampa as a very formidable opponent. Although Ciampa did eventually win the match in a dominant fashion, the contest was far more even than one would expect between a “rookie” and a “veteran”. After the match, Michael Elgin came out and told Ciampa that if he was on Tommaso’s hit list, Elgin would make sure that Ciampa’s return would be short-lived. Elgin then had an interview on Inside ROH about how Ciampa had picked a fight with the biggest dog in the yard, and Elgin welcomed the fight with open arms.
My Thoughts: See, this is one of the few times where the “everybody gets a chance to shine” mentality that ROH exhibits is actually a detriment. Rip Impact was clearly a local (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is pretty close to Toronto), so Ciampa winning in a squash would have given him a lot of heat. More to the point, how a competitor handles a loss tells more about somebody than how said competitor handles a win, so Impact losing may have been a better try-out. I still like the rivalry with Elgin, though.

SCUM: Steve Corino came out to the ring, with Jimmy Jacobs, Rhett Titus, and Cliff Compton in tow. Corino said that Ring of Honor has made mistake after mistake. Corino said that Nigel McGuinness made three huge mistakes. He could forgive leaving Matt Hardy out of the World championship match, but leaving Cliff, Jimmy, and Rhett out of Number One contender’s matches is a huge injustice, especially since there were obvious favorites that Nigel supported. Steve kept goading Nigel, but McGuinness waited until Jay Lethal and C&C Wrestle Factory came out. Corino noted how the three men lost to his men, and even called them “Ring of Homies”. Corino said that he could guarantee that Lethal and C&C Wrestle Factory wouldn’t make it to Best in the World. After snapping his fingers, the scene devolved in to a brawl that brought out security
My Thoughts: “That was racist!” chants from Canadians means you know you said something wrong. Once again, we got just enough of SCUM without it becoming overwhelming. Still, the fact that Corino keeps talking about Matt Hardy, even though Hardy hasn’t been on ROH television in about a month, really makes the whole thing feel like a farce.

Other Things: Nigel McGuinness replaced Steve Corino next to Kevin Kelly for color commentary. Adam Cole had a brief interview about his recent “attitude change”, and how he has learned that all that matters are wins and losses. He said that he was going to defeat Roderick Strong at Best in the World. Kevin Steen talked about the improbability of his match with Matt Hardy, saying he would be more brutal than any of the TLC matches Hardy has had, and said that he was going to cure cancer by eliminating Hardy for good.

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WWE Payback
WWE Championship – Three Stages of Hell: John Cena {C} vs Ryback
World Heavyweight Championship: Dolph Ziggler {C} vs Alberto Del Rio
“Best in the world”: Chris Jericho vs CM Punk
WWE Tag Team Championship: The Shield (Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns) {C} vs Team RK-No (Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton)
Intercontinental Championship – Triple Threat: Wade Barrett {C} vs The Miz vs Curtis Axel
United States Championship: Dean Ambrose {C} vs Kane
Divas Championship: Kaitlyn {C} vs AJ Lee
YouTube Pre-Show: Sheamus vs Damien Sandow

ROH Best in the World
ROH World Heavyweight Championship: Jay Briscoe {C} vs Mark Briscoe
ROH Television Championship: Matt Taven {C} vs Jay Lethal
ROH Tag Team Championships: reDDragon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) vs C&C Wrestle Factory (Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman)
Michael Elgin vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Kevin Steen vs Matt Hardy

And be sure to read the next article, where I provide a full analysis of what happens at Payback, as well as the week that follows! Thanks for reading, and feel free to discuss in the comments section!

Nicholas Villarreal

Game Review/News Editor at iGame Responsibly
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