Location: Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois
Date: May 1st, 2016
Airing Live On The WWE Network
Renee Young, Corey Graves, Jerry Lawler and Booker T welcome us in for the Payback Kickoff Show.¬†Lawler plugged his new restaurant in Memphis, TN. Greg Hamilton is in the social media center and hyped that he would be talking with Sami Zayn.¬†There was a hype video package for the Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho match. A video package to hype Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles was shown.
Pre-Show Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin.
Corbin tossed him into the corner and landed a big right hand for 2. Corbin caught him and sent him throat first into the top rope. Ziggler avoided a clothesline and locked in a sleeper. Corbin fought out but Ziggler hit the fameasser for a near fall. Corbin rolled to the floor and sent Ziggler face first into the ring post. Back in the ring, Ziggler rolled him up for the win.
Sami Zayn is backstage in the social media lounge and answered fan questions. Zayn hyped his match with Kevin Owens.
Pre-Show Match: Kalisto ¬© vs. Ryback for the United States Title
Ryback with a big right hand and then locked in a headlock. Kalisto sent him to the floor and hit an outside dive. Back in the ring, Ryback caught him and sent him into the turnbuckle. Ryback then hit a suplex.
We‚Äôre back from break with Kalisto hitting a springboard DDT. Kalisto then went to the top rope and hit a DDT that sent Ryback face first into the apron. Kalisto with a springboard crossbody for 2. Ryback cut him off and went for a powerbomb but it was reversed and Kalisto kicked him in the head. Ryback with a super military press slam from the top rope. Ryback misses big splash, Kalisto hits his¬†finisher and retains.
The New Day walk down to the ring to open the Payback PPV. Big E said that times are changing because there‚Äôs a new era in WWE. Why? Because New Day rocks.