WWE Payback 2015 Kickoff Live – The Meta Powers vs. The Ascension
– The 2015 WWE Payback Kickoff Pre-show kicks off from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland with Renee Young, Booker T, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves on the panel. They hype the show and tonight’s pre-show match with The Meta Powers taking on The Ascension. Renee talks about tonight’s Fatal 4 Way for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. We go backstage to Eden and Dolph Ziggler. Eden asks which Ziggler will we see in his match with Sheamus tonight and he says the same one we always see but he’s not sure which Sheamus will show up – the bully or the one who backs down when someone stands up to him. Ziggler says tonight is all about payback and it’s personal now. We go to Tom Phillips in the social media lounge. Tom will be joined by Sheamus later and fans can submit their questions with the Twitter hashtag #AskSheamus.
– We go back to Renee and she leads us to a video package for tonight’s United States Title match. Graves believes Rusev and Lana’s issues won’t be a problem tonight. Booker says John Cena is going to represent America tonight and believes he can beat Rusev again tonight. They talk about how big it will be for Rusev if he can make Cena quit. We take a break and return to a look back at Daniel Bryan’s announcement about dropping the Intercontinental Title and his health. We go backstage to Eden and The Bella Twins. Brie Bella is emotional and talks about how strong Bryan is. She says we all know Bryan will do everything he can to make sure he comes back to what he is so passionate about. She thanks the WWE Universe for their support and says they couldn’t be more grateful. She’s crying now and says Bryan is her biggest inspiration for tonight and she loves him more than anything in the world. Eden wonders if emotions will be a problem tonight. Nikki Bella says they won’t and talks about how they are real family. She say tonight, Naomi is officially going to run out of excuse on why she’s not Divas Champion now and will never be. We see the announcers making their way out. We get more discussion on tonight’s Divas match before going to some Tough Enough videos.
R-Truth vs. Stardust
Renee sends us to Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler for a bonus match. Out comes R-Truth rapping to the crowd. Truth gets the crowd hype before Stardust interrupts and out he comes.
Truth taunts Stardust as the “Cody” chants start up. They start the match and go to the corner before breaking. Truth plays to the crowd and Stardust shoves him. Truth shoves back. They trade slaps. They stall some more and Truth nails a big right hand. Truth with a couple of arm drags and more playing to the crowd. Stardust tries to take control but Truth taunts him some more. Stardust runs into an elbow and goes to the apron for a breather. He tries to fight back in but Truth stops him. Stardust drops Truth over the top rope and he ends up on the floor.
Stardust takes control in the ring now. He slams Truth’s head into the turnbuckles until the referee backs him off. Stardust with more offense in the corner. Stardust misses a dropkick and Truth covers for a 2 count. Stardust comes right back with a clothesline. More back and forth. Truth slams Stardust on his face. Stardust comes back and hits a nice springboard kick for a close 2 count. Stardust with stomps and kicks now. Truth runs into a clothesline. More back and forth. Stardust slaps Truth with his glove but Truth looks to make a comeback. Truth with right hands before dropping Stardust on his face for the win.
– It’s announced that Steve Austin will interview Paul Heyman live on the WWE Network after RAW on June 1st.
– Renee leads us to a video package for Ryback vs. Bray Wyatt. Tom Phillips has some fan questions for Sheamus in the social media lounge before we go back to the ring.
The Ascension vs. The Meta Powers
We go to the ring and out comes The Ascension. Damien Sandow is out next as “Macho Mandow” with Randy Savage’s theme and all. Curtis Axel is out next to Hulk Hogan’s Real American theme, boa and all.
Konnor starts with Axel and works him over. Axel starts hulking up already. He does the finger point and fires away with right hands on Konnor. Konnor runs into the big boot and Axel hits the leg drop for a 2 count as Viktor breaks the pin. Viktor also knocks Sandow off the apron. Konnor stomps on Axel and tags in Viktor to keep up the attack. They do another quick tag and keep Axel in their corner. Viktor comes back in and keeps up the attack for a 2 count. Viktor with a headlock now.
Sandow gets the tag and unloads on Viktor. Konnor runs in but Axel pulls the rope down, sending him to the floor. Sandow slams Viktor and goes up top for the big elbow drop. Konnor decks Axel and knocks Sandow off the top. Konnor tags in and they hit Fall of Man on Sandow for the win.
Winners: The Ascension
– We go back to the panel for more discussion on tonight’s pay-per-view. Graves predicts Seth Rollins will retain tonight while Saxton believes Randy Orton will win the title. That’s it for the pre-show.