If only for a few minutes…Sierra. Hotel. India. Echo. Lima. Delta. SHIELD.
The crew from the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show had the privilege of being live and in person for last night’s WWE Payback in Baltimore, Maryland. Having not watched the pay-per-view broadcast yet, I can only speak to the live experience, but this was an excellent show. Save for a lull following the Divas match and the re-airing of the Daniel Bryan promo from Raw (which took a bit of steam out of the crowd for Neville-Barrett), the crowd was lively all evening leading to a fast-paced exciting main event match which saw Seth Rollins retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Let’s hit the results and live notes:
Fatal Four Way for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins retained over Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, & Roman Reigns by pinning Orton after a Pedigree.
It wasn’t the prettiest Pedigree, but I’m falling in love with this finish the more I think about it this morning. First, it plants the seeds of a Triple H-Rollins conflict down the line. Rollins has been playing the ungrateful child card for months, how soon until he slips up and claims he is the master of the Pedigree? Second, Seth needs a finisher, why not the Pedigree for the golden boy of the Authority?
On to the match. Loved the pace, I’m having trouble recalling a slow moment in this match, highlighted by the brief Shield reunion. If you were unlucky enough to miss it, midway through the match Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose triple power bombed Randy Orton throughout the English announce table. The joy would be short-lived as Rollins would soon find himself on the receiving end of TWO power bombs of Kane onto himself and the Spanish announce table.
Kane and J&J interfered throughout making for a chaotic atmosphere. Kane took out Reigns and Ambrose leading into the finish sequence of J&J RKOs and a draping DDT for Rollins. But before Orton could hit the RKO on Rollins, Kane struck again sacrificing himself to the RKO so Rollins could hit the Pedigree for the win.