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WWE Payback 2013 PPV Recap and Results

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WWE Payback 2013 PPV Recap and Results

Alberto Del Rio

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Payback 2013 took place on June 16, 2013, at Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Jerry Lawler, JBL and Michael Cole were the announcers for this match.

Pre-show Match: Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow - This match was streamed over the Internet prior to the start of the pay-per-view event and featured a commercial break during the action. After delivering a trio of Irish Curse Back Breakers, Sheamus got the pin after connecting with the Brogue Kick. Winner: Sheamus

Intercontinental Championship: Champion Wade Barrett vs. The Miz vs. Curtis Axel - Paul Heyman was in the corner of Curtis Axel. When it appeared that Wade Barrett was about to tap out the The Miz's figure four leg lock, Curtis Axel covered the champion and got the win. Fittingly, Curtis Axel's first Intercontinental Championship reign began on Father's Day. This marks the first time that a father (Mr. Perfect) and his son (Curtis Axel) have both held this title. Winner and New Champion: Curtis Axel

- In the back of the arena, the new champion went face-to-face with Triple H. Triple H told Vince that he was "not feeling it one bit" when Vince suggested a Triple H vs. Curtis Axel match for tomorrow night on RAW.

Divas Championship: Champion Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee - Big E Langston was in the corner f the challenger during this match. AJ began the match by blowing Kaitlyn a kiss. Several minutes later, the champion was able to power out of the Black Widow and then delivered a powerful spear. Kaitlyn took too long to make the pin as she tried to humiliate AJ by blowing her a kiss. Moments later, AJ applied the Black Widow again and forced the champion to submit. Following the match, Kaitlyn broke down in tears as the crowd chanted "You tapped out." Layla came out to console her. Winner and New Champion: AJ Lee

United States Championship: Champion Dean Ambrose vs. Kane - No other members of the Shield came to the ring with the champion. Kane got fired up when Dean Ambrose went for the Old School. When the match went outside of the ring, Kane tried to clearing off the Spanish announcer's table which gave Dean the opportunity to hit a DDT. Dean then went back into the ring while Kane was unable to get back in before the referee counted him out. Winner: Dean Ambrose via count out

- An announcement was made that Rob Van Dam will be returning to the company for Money in the Bank next month.

World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio - Ricardo Rodriguez was at ringside for the challenger while Big E Langston and the new Divas Champion were in the corner of the champion. This was Dolph's first match back from a legitimate concussion and Alberto targeted the champion's weak spot. Big E was tossed from the ringside area after he stopped Del Rio from continuing his assault outside of the ring. Following a particularly vicious kick to the head, a medic came out to check on Dolph. Somehow, Dolph kept kicking out if Alberto's pin fall attempts. As frustration set in for the challenger, the crowd turned on him. Out of nowhere, Dolph hit the Zig Zag but was unable to even try for a pin. While on his knees, the champion was hit by a Super Kick which resulted in the crowning of a new champion. Despite losing the match, the Chicago crowd chanted "Ziggler" as the former champion left the ring with the aid of some medics. After Ziggler left the ringside area, Alberto Del Rio came back out and asked for the fans to cheer the new champion. The crowd booed him when Ricardo announced the new champion. Winner & New Champion: Alberto Del Rio

CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho - Despite being led to the ring by the hated Paul Heyman, the Chicago crowd went crazy when their hometown her, CM Punk entered the arena with a new Wolverine-inspired look on his face. This was Punk's first match since losing to Undertaker at WrestleMania XXIX. Punk appeared in the verge of victory when he followed up the Macho Man elbow with the Go to Sleep. Somehow Jericho kicked out as the crowd chanted "One More Time." Jericho was prepared for the move and after a series of counters, Punk hit a suicide dive on Jericho. When Punk flew back into the ring, Jericho caught him in mid-air with the Code Breaker. Somehow Punk kicked out at two as the crowd accurately chanted "This is awesome." Jericho was able to apply the Walls of Jericho. Punk was able to escape the move and hit the Go to Sleep. The momentum of the move drove Jericho into the corner which allowed Punk to hit another one to get the win. Winner: CM Punk

WWE Tag Team Championship: Champions Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton & Daniel Bryan - The challengers were not on the same page during this match and their lack of communications cost them when Daniel Bryan went for a suicide dive on both of the champions but wound up hitting his partner instead. More miscommunication between them resulted in Roman Reigns hitting Daniel Bryan with a spear which was followed by Rollins stomping Daniel's head to the match which resulted in The Shield retaining their titles. Winners: Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns

Three Stages of Hell Match for the WWE Championship: Champion John Cena vs. Ryback
Stage 1 - Lumberjack Match: The ring was surrounded by 30 WWE Superstars whose made sure that both men stayed in the ring. A huge brawl broke out after Ryback hit a lumberjack while he was outside of the ring. Cena wound up leaping from the ring and took many of them down. When the action got back inside of the ring, Ryback escaped the STF and hit the Shell Shocked to get the pin. Winner of Stage 1: Ryback
Stage 2 - Tables Match: The only way to win this stage of the match is to put your opponent through a table. The first two two tables broke when Ryback missed hitting Cena with the ring steps and hit the table instead. Ryback tried to give Ryback a Shell Shcoked through table number three but Cena countered the move and drove Ryback through the table with an Attitude Adjustment. Winner of Stage 2: John Cena
Stage 3 - Ambulance Match: The man that puts his opponent into the ambulance set up in the arena walks out of the event as the WWE Champion. Prior to the official start of this stage of the match, Ryback gave Cena a power bomb through the announcers table. Ryback carried Cena to the ambulance when Cena showed some signs of life and resulted in both men using the ambulance and its contents on each other. One of the highlights of this stage featured Cena toss Ryback through an open door which resulted in it detaching from the ambulance. Ryback countered by ripping a quarter-panel off the side of the ambulance and hitting Cena with it. Cena returned the favor by using the emergency lights on his opponent. The action went to the top of the ambulance where Cena gave Ryback an Attitude Adjustment through the roof of the ambulance to get the win. Winner of Stage 3: John Cena
Winner of the 3 Stages of Hell Match: John Cena

What does this event mean for the future?
On RAW, John Cena has disposed of Ryback which begs the question of who will get a shot a title shot at Money in the Bank. In the more immediate future and possibly the bigger storyline of the summer, there might be a match between Triple H and Curtis Axel tomorrow night on RAW.

The SmackDown side of things has just gotten very interesting as the seeds for a quadruple-turn were put in motion tonight due to the events that took place during the Divas and World Heavyweight Championship Matches.

Overall Thoughts
Awesome crowd + great storytelling + some incredible in-ring action = best pay-per-view of the year. This is starting to become a great tradition for pay-per-views taking place in the Windy City. If you bought this one, you got your money's worth.

Match Results

  • Intercontinental Championship: Curtis Axel beat Champion Wade Barrett & The Miz to win the title
  • Divas Championship: AJ Lee won the title from Kaitlyn
  • United States Championship: Champion Dean Ambrose beat Kane via count out
  • World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio won the title from Dolph Ziggler
  • CM Punk beat Chris Jericho
  • WWE Tag Team Championship: Champions The Shield (Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns) beat Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton
  • Three Stages of Hell Match for the WWE Championship: Champion John Cena beat Ryback
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