Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns stood face-to-face
On the final SmackDown before WWE Payback, The Big Dog and The Cooperate Demon waged war in an anything goes showdown, The Lunatic Fringe went head-to-head with Sheamus and The Human Wrecking Ball battled the WWE World Heavyweight Champion – moments after suffering a sneak attack from Bray Wyatt.
Poised for a huge Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WWE Payback, Dean Ambrose’s response about hitting his “brother” Roman Reigns with Dirty Deeds on Raw was cut short by The Big Dog himself. With only intensity separating them, the two Superstars clearly shared a mutual understanding that Sunday’s pay-per-view showdown on WWE Network will be every man for himself.Before they could shake hands, though, Kane interrupted. Ready to take on Roman Reigns later in SmackDown’s main event – in a match where there must be a winner – the Director of Operations informed Dean Ambrose that he would also compete against Sheamus right then and there.
Dean Ambrose def. Sheamus
Ready for two huge matches at WWE Payback, Dean Ambrose and Sheamus engaged in an impromptu contest that left WWE Universe chatting simply, “This is awesome!” And in the height of the action, when the ruthless Celtic Warrior looked ready to slam his opponent from up on the ropes to the ringside floor below, The Lunatic Fringe escaped. And he seized the opportunity to drop the Irish Superstar’s head onto the turnbuckle and roll him up for the quick three-count.
Lana apologized, while Rusev prepared for United States Payback
After The Ravishing Russian Lana read a seemingly prepared statement of apology for going against Rusev and her country on Raw, The Russian Tank taunted his WWE Payback opponent John Cena with a little piece of propaganda: doctored video of The Champ saying “I quit!”
Submissions continued to come in for WWE Tough Enough
An incredibly diverse group of hopefuls explained why they are Tough Enough.
Seth Rollins def. Ryback
Prior to his match against Ryback, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins took issue with Kane standing by as his WWE Payback opponents Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton picked him apart on Raw. Despite all that, he promised that he would emerge victorious in the World Title Fatal 4-Way Match this Sunday!
Before Ryback could even get to the ring to face the outspoken titleholder, Bray Wyatt attacked him from out-of-nowhere. Nevertheless, the resilient Big Guy opted to compete anyway.
Despite a heroic performance, however, the damage had already been done. And with a little extra help from J&J Security, the “Future of WWE” finally reigned supreme with a big boot.
Tyson Kidd def. Kofi Kingston
Three days before The New Day’s 2-out-of-3 Falls Match against Cesaro & Tyson Kidd for the WWE Tag Team Titles at WWE Payback, Kofi Kingston went one-on-one with the last graduate of the Hart Dungeon on SmackDown. Kidd prevailed in the matchup by making Kingston tap-out to the Sharpshooter.
The question of which members of The New Day Cesaro & Kidd will face this Sunday still remains unanswered, though.
Neville def. Bo Dallas
As Bo Dallas walked to the ring to face Neville, he expressed his desire to fill the void left by Daniel Bryan and insulted WWE’s “Yes!” Man in the process.
But with King Barrett joining the SmackDown commentators, Dallas ultimately proved no match for the earth-shattering Red Arrow of “The Man That Gravity Forgot.” Moments after the bell, King Barrett promised “corporal punishment” for Neville at WWE Payback in the form of a royal Bull Hammer.
Roman Reigns def. Kane in a match where there had to be a winner.
After Spearing Kane on Raw, Roman Reigns took on the Corporate Demon in an anything goes showdown where there had to be a winner – a contest that could only be decided by pinfall or submission.
In a match that utilized everything from steel steps and Kendo sticks to everything insight, The Big Dog roared back from a chokeslam through the table to defeat Kane with a Superman Punch and a Spear through the table!