The pay-per-view emanated from Chicago, Illinois, and the fans were a vocal bunch. At the very last minute, WWE added Baron Corbin versus Dolph Ziggler to the pre-show.
Pre-Show Match 1 – Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler: Corbin lost this match when he was rolled up into a school boy and couldn’t kick out before the three-count.
Pre-Show Match 2 – United States Championship, (c) Kalisto vs Ryback: For starting at 6:50 P.M. Central, this match gave us quite a bit. The defending champ and challenger were on their game in this match, but Kalisto held on for the victory after executing Salida del Sol.
The show kicked off with New Day heading to the ring and making the fans laugh with Beyonce references. Xavier Woods said he was available if Beyonce wanted to even things out. The trio then took their seats at the announcers table.
Match 1 – Tag Team Championship Number 1 Contender Tournament Final, Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs The Vaudevillains: This match was ended by the referee when Enzo was whipped into the ropes and his head bounced off of the canvas as he slid under the bottom rope. Later in the night, we were told that Enzo had suffered a concussion. This injury was not a work, it is a legitimate one.
Match 2 – Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn: Owens grabbed the win when he superkicked Sami as the latter went for the Helluva Kick, and whipped him into the Pop-up Powerbomb. After the match, Owens forced Byron Saxton into interviewing him. He said with Zayn defeated, he could now concentrate on the Intercontinental Title. When he found out that the match was next, he placed himself at the announce table.
Match 3 – Intercontinental Championship, (c) Miz w/ Maryse vs Cesaro: As this match neared its end, Zayn ran out and attacked Owens at the announce table. After close to a minute, Zayn and Owens ended up on the ring apron, and Cesaro looked over after having spun Miz 20 times. Standing in the ring distracted, Cesaro soon got rolled into a school boy, got his tights pulled, and was unable to kick out of the pinfall. Miz retained his championship.
Match 4 – Chris Jericho vs Dean Ambrose: Fairly good match in which Jericho could not pick up the victory as he was planted with Dirty Deeds and covered for the three-count.
Match 5 – Women’s Championship, (c) Charlotte w/ Ric Flair vs Natalya w/ Bret Hart: In a scene straight out of 1997, as Charlotte held Nattie in the Sharpshooter, referee Charles Robinson told the timekeeper to ring the bell. Having declared the defending champ the winner, he handed her the belt, and ran off. Bret and Natalya then put Ric and Charlotte in Sharpshooters.
Vince made his way to the ring afterwards, and spoke about Raw’s evolution. He then laid out parameters to what Raw’s leader should be, and called forth Stephanie McMahon. After she had a very long rant, Shane McMahon interrupted things. Many verbal insults were exchanged until Vince finally made his decision. That decision was that both Shane and Stephanie would have equal say, and that both will run Raw.
Main Event – WWE World Heavyweight Championship, A.J. Styles vs (c) Roman Reigns: Near the match’s end, Reigns was standing in front of the announce table dazed. Styles saw this, and he jumped from the top rope to give him the Phenomenal Elbow. Reigns was knocked out, and Styles tried to carry him into the ring. He couldn’t, but he did get into the ring himself, and won the match by count-out. Shane-O-Mac music’s hit then, and he said that Payback would not be ending in such a way, and restarted the match. The match had its second start, but things would end on a disqualification when Reigns gave Styles an accidental low-blow as the Phenomenal One jumped off the top rope. Stephanie’s music blared through the speakers at that point, and said that of course Shane missed something. She then restarted the match as a No Disqualifications Match. At one point, Reigns was ready to give Styles the Superman punch, but Gallows and Anderson pulled him out of the ring. They soon attacked Reigns and left him for Styles to pick off.
The Phenomenal One delivered his Phenomenal Forearm, but Reigns got his foot on the rope. The Usos then appeared and brawled with Gallows and Anderson. Once they were taken out by a pushed-off-the-top-rope Styles, the actual match participants returned to the ring, where Styles took a spear and was covered by Reigns for the pinfall. Reigns retained his world title.