Roman Reigns won the Universal Championship at WWE Payback even though it was in controversial circumstances. He defeated “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman.
Beyond this, there were other tasty and mouthwatering matches WWE Payback. Read on for more!
Roman Reigns wins the Universal Championship
On SmackDown, Reigns had yet to sign a contract for this match. But he did align himself with Paul Heyman, indicating that he would potentially turn heel at WWE Payback. Throughout this show, it was noted that Reigns had yet to sign the contract for the No Holds Barred Triple Threat match. This ended up playing out with “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman killing each other for 10 minutes, hitting finishers, crashing through tables and destroying the ring itself, before Reigns came out, signed the contract, took advantage and won the Universal Championship!
Rey and Dominik Mysterio beat Seth Rollins and Murphy
This was a fantastic tag team match. After a long bout, Rey and Dominik Mysterio got the win over Seth Rollins and Murphy when Dominik hit a 619 and Frogsplash combo on Murphy for the pin.
This was essentially a better version of Rollins’ match with Dominik last week at SummerSlam. Dominik did exceptionally well in that match, but it was still his first in WWE — and it was long. Here we got the best parts of that showing as well as the awesome additions of Rey and Murphy.
Keith Lee pins Randy Orton
After a surprisingly short match, Keith Lee beat Randy Orton clean with a Spirit Bomb in the middle of the ring.
In a sense, this wasn’t a super good demonstration of Keith Lee. He didn’t get in much offense throughout the match. Orton took much of the match, scored his draping DDT and set up for an RKO. Lee countered the RKO into a Spirit Bomb, and then 1-2-3.
Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax win tag titles
Shayna Baszler is so great. Baszler won the Women’s Tag Team Championships for herself and Nia Jax by putting a dual submission on Sasha Banks and Bayley. Baszler had a leg lock on Banks and a Kirifuda Clutch on Bayley. She got the win when she took Banks’ arm and used it to strangle Banks.
Matt Riddle defeats King Corbin
Matt Riddle pinned Baron Corbin after a Floating Bro corkscrew moonsault, which Michael Cole implausibly called “the win of Matt Riddle’s career.”
Riddle entered the match in a huff, with Corbin having tweeted something about Riddle being a dodgy husband. Despite his frustration, Riddle was caught off guard during his entrance by an ambushing Corbin. Matt Riddle is super fun to watch, but this match was taken too much by Corbin with only flashes of Riddle’s exciting offense.
Big E pins Sheamus
This was positioned as a match between two wrestlers jockeying to become a top SmackDown star, with Michael Cole telling us several times before the bell how important this match is. In the end, Big E beat Sheamus after a Big Ending.
Bobby Lashley wins US Championship
Payback’s main show opens with Bobby Lashley defeating Apollo Crews to win the United States Championship. After the match, as Lashley posed with his Hurt Business associates Shelton Benjamin and MVP, Apollo Crews jumped Lashley from behind but was fought off by Benjamin and MVP. Crews’ music played to end the segment for some reason.