The first month since WrestleMania 33 has been a busy one for WWE, including a “superstar shakeup” which reshaped the Raw and SmackDown rosters. But many of the feuds entering Sunday’s Payback card from San Jose, California, involve leftover business from the last few months, hence the name of the pay-per-view.
Despite being a Raw-exclusive card, superstars from both shows will square off, and CBS Sports will be with you live the whole way updating results throughout all three hours of Payback.
WWE Payback matches
- Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
- Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt (House of Horrors Match)
- Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss (Raw Women’s Championship)
- Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe
- The Hardy Boyz (c) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro (Raw Tag Team Championship)
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WWE Payback results
We will be updating live throughout the show.
Enzo Amore & Big Cass def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson via pinfall (Kickoff Show): Gallows and Anderson unsurprisingly dominated the majority of the match, but the teamwork of Enzo and Cass prevailed in the end. With Enzo about to be hit with the Magic Killer, Cass ran into the ring to disrupt the move, knocking Anderson out of the ring as Enzo rolled up Gallows for the 1-2-3.
The right team went over here as wins are rare for Enzo and Cass; the kickoff show is the perfect time to give them one, particularly if they are going to be in contention for the titles come SummerSlam in a few months. Grade: B
Miz TV with Finn Balor (Kickoff Show): The former universal champion said he wants his belt back, even if it means going through Brock Lesnar. He also revealed “The Balor Club” to be all of his fans in the WWE Universe. After calling Balor too small and a failure, Miz hid behind Maryse to avoid a fight when Balor took off his leather jacket. Balor attempted to leave, saying he would be the bigger man and walk way despite “every episode of Miz TV ending the same way — with you getting your ass kicked.” Miz continued talking trash, however, leading Balor to hit him with a Slingblade and a missile dropkick.
United States Championship — Chris Jericho def. Kevin Owens (c) via submission to win the title: In a legitimate surprise, Jericho regained the U.S. title and officially moved over to SmackDown Live. For as much as the continuation of this rivalry felt gratuitous, this was a strong match that got better with each minute. Owens reused their great spot from WrestleMania when he extended the tip of his finger to reach the rope and break a fall, this time the Walls of Jericho submission. But Jericho took out his frustration on the finger soon after, pinning it behind the ring steps before smashing them onto the digit. It played a big part in the finish as Owens was unable to complete a Pop-Up Powerbomb due to the pain. Jericho applied the Walls of Jericho once again and Owens came up short attempting to reach for the ropes with his injured hand, giving him no choice but to tap out. After the match, a young fan in the front row presented his souvenir List of Jericho in hopes of an autograph, which Jericho obliged, playfully adding him to the list in a genuinely cool moment. Grade: