April 21, 2016
results thanks to wrestleview.com
"WWE: Then. Now. Forever."
We go to highlights from RAW this past Monday, where Roman Reigns talks about bringing the big fight to AJ Styles at Payback. Anyone in this new era is gonna get it too, because this is the era of the Roman Empire. AJ Styles comes out, saying he's gotta have the match of his life…but having the match of my life is what I do! Shortly after AJ left the ring, Gallows and Anderson run in with an attack on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion! Later that night, AJ says he had no idea they were gonna be there, and that he doesn't need his friends to beat Reigns for the title. Roman says to bring all his friends, it doesn't matter…one versus all. With that, the Smackdown intro brings us to a packed arena in London for another exciting episode! The Miz is already in the ring with Maryse for a special edition of MizTV!
MizTV with Special Guest: AJ Styles
Maryse tells the crowd to get on their feet and show respect, and help her welcome her husband, your Intercontinental Champion, the biggest American movie star in the whole world, The Miz! Miz welcomes them to the most talked about talk show in the world, MizTV! His guest tonight says he has nothing with his friends Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson attacking Roman Reigns on Monday Night RAW. Get on your feet and welcome my guest, the Phenomenal AJ Styles! Styles makes his way to the ring, before taking a seat on the chair next to Miz. Miz says before they get to the topic at hand, I wanna take you back to 2014. You, Gallows, and Anderson ran roughshod through the competition. Thick at thieves, am I right? Styles agrees, also noting the five titles between the three of them and the fact the last time he and Miz were in the ring together, he knocked out two of Miz's teeth! Miz mockingly laughs, saying "good for you" before moving on, saying two years together in the business you get to know people pretty well…so did you do it? Did you tell them to attack Roman Reigns? AJ tells Miz the same thing he told Roman to his face on Monday, that he had nothing to do with that attack. Miz continues to egg AJ on, claiming AJ's inaction in not telling them NOT to attack Roman Reigns gave them permission to do so. AJ says he doesn't need anyone's help to beat Roman Reigns, and he plans to prove that at Payback. Miz says he sees AJ's game, to have his friends attack the champion and deny, deny, deny, but a need is not weak, a need is a need, and AJ says he's a better "rassler" than Reigns, but he is bigger than you and he is THE guy…and in order to beat the guy, you need help from your guys. Miz tells AJ to admit it, going into movie quote mode telling AJ to "tell the truth." Maryse says that is so sexy, prompting Miz to say she is an inspiration to him. Maryse says "I love you" and Miz tells her to say it again, to which he responds "I know" before they begin making out. Miz turns his attention back to AJ, who punches Miz square in the jaw! AJ leaves the ring as his music hits, and commentary hypes a big tag match for later tonight as Dean Ambrose and Sami Zayn take on Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens! We see Kalisto and Ryback in a backstage split-screen, on their way to a rematch up next!
Back from commercial, commentary hypes AJ Styles taking on The Miz later tonight. Back at ringside, Kalisto makes his way to the ring for the opening contest of the night! Commentary talks about the match for the US Championship at Wrestlemania, as Ryback makes his way out next.
WWE United States Champion Kalisto vs. Ryback
The bell rings and Ryback charges at Kalisto, bringing him down hard before following with a body slam. Kalisto in the corner, and Ryback tosses him across the ring. Ryback charges at the champion again, hitting Kalisto with a hard shoulder tackle. Ryback wrenches the arm of Kalisto, bringing him down hard. Ryback continues tossing Kalisto around, but Kalisto responds with some hard kicks to the legs of Ryback. Kalisto off the ropes, but Ryback drops him with a military press before he throws the champ into the steel post! Kalisto is looking worse for wear as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Ryback has Kalisto up top as he lifts him into a delayed superplex! Ryback gets just a nearfall though, as he picks the champ back up and sets him into the tree of woe before laying into Kalisto with a boot to the midsection. He keeps going at it until the ref pulls him away, and charges at Kalisto…who gets up just in time, sending Ryback right into the steel post! Ryback on the outside now, as Kalisto finally gets out of the corner. Ryback gets back in the ring, but Kalisto catches him with a legdrop to the back of the head! More kicks from the champ now, Ryback shoving him but getting a dropkick and a flying corkscrew for his troubles. Kalisto with some more kicks that ends with an enziguri! Kalisto off the ropes, hitting a spiked rana for a nearfall! Kalisto looks for the Salida Del Sol, but Ryback catches him with a Meat Hook instead! Ryback looking for Shell Shocked, but Kalisto catches him with a DDT for a nearfall! Kalisto to the second rope, jumps but finds himself on the shoulder of Ryback. Kalisto gets out with a spinning heel kick, but is caught into Shell Shocked for the win by The Big Guy!
Winner via pinfall: Ryback
We get highlights of the finish as Ryback celebrates in the ring. He grabs the US title from the ref, raising it up high to declare his intentions before dropping it on Kalisto and leaving the ring. The ref checks on Kalisto as commentary hypes the big tag match later tonight as well as Baron Corbin taking on Dolph Ziggler, which is up next!
Back from commercial, Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring for the next match…but Baron Corbin runs down the ramp, attacking him from behind! He throws Dolph into the barricade twice over, staring down the Showoff as he throws him into the steel steps now! Baron continues the assault with the End of Days onto the floor! Refs come down to check on Dolph and tell Baron to leave, and he obliges with a smirk. We get a replay of the attack as Todd Phillips interviews him on the stage asking why he attacked Dolph from behind. Baron responds simply "because I can" as he walks to the back. The refs check on Ziggler as commentary hypes AJ Styles vs The Miz, coming up next!
Back from commercial, we see what happened just moments ago when Baron Corbin attacked Dolph Ziggler before their scheduled match. With that, The Miz makes his way to the ring with Maryse for this big singles encounter with AJ Styles! Speaking of, Styles makes his way to the ring next and this match is underway!
WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. AJ Styles
Both men lock up, and Miz gets AJ in the corner. AJ turns things around with a brief flurry of offense until Miz gets him in a headlock as the crowd chants for AJ Styles. AJ powers out, but Miz catches him with a shoulder tackle and a body slam. Miz goes back to AJ, who catches him with a kip-up headscissors and a knee to the face for a nearfall. AJ sets Miz up, locking in the Muta Lock until Miz can power out. Miz leaves the ring for a breather, but AJ brings him right back in. Miz with a knee on AJ, following with some stomps and off the ropes…only to take a dropkick by AJ! AJ back to work on Miz, who hits a knee to the midsection on AJ! Miz with a knee to the back, and a sleeper hold that AJ manages to get out of. Miz looking for a back suplex, but AJ catches him with a spinning heel kick that forces Miz to retreat to the outside. AJ chases Miz around the ring until Miz gets Maryse to stop him before catching him. Miz rolls back in and back out, before continuing the attack on AJ by sending him into the barricade as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Miz is still in control inside the ring stomping away at AJ. Miz charges into AJ in the corner with the clothesline, before hitting a double axe handle on AJ for the nearfall. Miz right back on top of AJ with a sleeper hold, but AJ catches him on the jaw to get out. Miz with a reverse neckbreaker into the nearfall. Miz pounding away at AJ with right hands and a boot to the face. AJ in the corner, lays into Miz with some chops as Miz goes for a knee that AJ reverses into a rollup for the nearfall. Miz with a big boot for a nearfall of his own now. Miz has AJ in the corner again, looking for a superplex but AJ headbutts Miz to the mat. AJ up top, but gets caught on the turnbuckle by Miz who looks for that superplex again…but AJ slides out, and both men catch each other with a crossbody that brings them down hard! The ref begins the count, as both men quickly get up. AJ with second wind now, hitting forearms aplenty before landing a pumphandle gutbuster for a nearfall! AJ looking for Styles Clash, but Miz gets him into the corner before hitting a hard kick. Miz following with kicks to the injured leg, rolling AJ up for a nearfall before going for another quickly. Miz looking for the Skull Crushing Finale now…but AJ blocks it, hitting Ushigoroshi for a nearfall! Miz back to the leg again, before locking in the Figure Four Leglock! AJ is wincing in pain, looking for the ropes. Miz pulls AJ back to the center of the ring, and AJ looks to reverse the hold…finally doing so, putting the pressure on Miz! The hold is broken as Miz is now favoring his leg. Miz charges at AJ, who rolls him into the Calf Crusher! Miz reaches the ropes, just barely grabbing it to break the hold. Miz's leg is still hurt as he goes for–AJ gets the Victory Roll for a nearfall, followed by a Pele Kick! Miz in the corner as AJ hits a couple chops, going for a Phenomenal Forearm until Miz rolls out of the ring. Maryse grabs the title from ringside as Miz starts up the ramp…but Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson stop him in his tracks. Miz turns around, as AJ catches him with a springboard forearm to the outside! AJ brings Miz back in the ring, hitting the Phenomenal Forearm for the win!
Winner via pinfall: AJ Styles
We get highlights of the match as commentary hypes up the Ambrose Asylum segment at RAW this Monday, where Shane sets Chris Jericho vs Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn at Payback. The segment ends in a double brawl, before we go to the main event between Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose. That match ends with Dean Ambrose beating Kevin Owens, only to take a Codebreaker by Chris Jericho. Backstage, Todd Phillips is with Sami Zayn and Dean Ambrose, who says Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens are dirty rotten scoundrels, the kind of people I don't like. Jericho says he's the best in the world at what he does, which is apparently to sneak up and attack me. It wasn't the first or last time I've been sneak attacked, but tonight my partner Sami Zayn and I are gonna make those guys feel like two pounds of leftover spotted dick! Sami Zayn says above all else, we need to win this. By now we should've agreed on a cool tag team by now: you've turned down Sambrose, you turned down Ska Madness, I know you liked The Beefeaters but I told you I don't drink gin. Ambrose says their tag name tonight is the Rough Riders, but Sami says that's too sexual, too suggestive. Ambrose says to take your stupid hat off and let's go beat these guys! Ambrose walks off, followed by Sami Zayn as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Miz is still in the ring and now insisting that he was right about Gallows and Anderson being involved with AJ Styles. He demands an investigation into this match RIGHT NOW, which brings out Shane McMahon! Shane gives high fives to the crowd as he makes his way to the ring, as the crowd chant "Shane O Mac!" Miz looks stunned as he hands the mic to Shane while the crowd chants "You still got it!" Shane thanks the crowd, and says an investigation is not his top priority. He just came out to say what's up, London? The crowd chant "Shane O Mac" as he hands the mic back to Miz, while the crowd boo him. Miz mocks Shane for not making him a priority, saying he is a priority all around the world. Miz eggs the crowd on as he continues, saying he wants Shane to go to the back, and talk to whoever he has to. Shane just takes the mic away, taking Miz's hand off him and saying not to touch him again. Miz continues his tirade, until Shane lays into him with some punches and a big elbow! Shane celebrates in the ring as Miz retreats up the ramp while we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go back to earlier tonight when Gallows and Anderson got involved in AJ's match against the Miz. Backstage, Todd Phillips catches up with Gallows and Anderson, with Gallows saying AJ doesn't need our help…we're just looking to make an impact. Anderson agrees, noting the impact they're gonna make in their in-ring debut on RAW next Monday against The Usos! They walk off as we go back to ringside, where Team BAD are already in the ring as Natalya makes her way to the ring. Commentary hypes the Women's Championship match at Payback between Charlotte and Natalya, with Ric Flair and Bret Hart in their respective corners. Paige makes her way to the ring next, to a big pop from the hometown crowd!
Women's Tag Team Match
Team BAD vs. Paige & Natalya
Tamina and Natalya start things off, Natalya with a waistlock that Tamina powers out of before working on the arm of Natalya. Natalya tries to counter out, but is brought down hard by Tamina who tags in Naomi. Naomi catches Natalya in the corner, bringing her down hard as well. Natalya drops Naomi to the mat before tagging in Paige, and they double team Naomi before Paige gets some more offense in. She tags in Natalya, who hits a dropkick before going for the Sharpshooter…but Naomi powers out, rolling out of the ring. Naomi hits a high kick to the head and a leg drop on Natalya for the nearfall, before tagging in Tamina. Tamina hits a hard clothesline on Natalya for the nearfall, before dropping Paige off the apron. She lays a boot into Natalya before tagging in Naomi, who gets an assisted dropkick on Natalya for the nearfall. Naomi with a sleeper hold, bringing Natalya into the corner as she tags in Tamina. Tamina working a sleeper hold before missing a leg drop that allows a hot tag to Paige. Naomi tagged in as well, but takes a kick to the jaw by Paige for the nearfall. Naomi going for a cross body, but eventually thrown into the corner by Paige. Paige hits the Paige Turner but Tamina gets involved, as Natalya gets Tamina in a Sharpshooter. Paige gets Naomi in the Sharpshooter as well, and gets the victory!
Winners via submission: Paige & Natalya
They celebrate as commentary hypes R-Truth taking on Fandango, with special guest referee Goldust, up next!
Back from commercial, R-Truth makes his way to the ring and Fandango is already in the ring. We go back to last week, when the team of Fandango and Goldust (I'm still not calling it Goldango) was formed for the tag tournament. Goldust makes his way to the ring to a huge pop from the crowd before this match gets underway
Special Guest Referee: Goldust
R-Truth vs. Fandango
Both men lock up, and Truth hits a shoulder tackle on Fandango, who responds with a hip toss and a hip swivel for the crowd. Fandango goes off the ropes, but Truth stops him just to twerk a little before dropping Fandango with a hip toss. Truth laughs as both men begin a brief dance-off. Goldust tells them they have to fight, but Truth begins a pop and lock that leads into a Fandango tango between Fandango and Goldust, who adds in a stanky leg before insisting he can't be doing that because he's the ref. The distraction is enough for Truth to hit a Flatliner on Fandango for the win!
Winner via pinfall: R-Truth
Goldust and Truth do a little dance in the ring before commentary hypes up the tag match later tonight, as Sami Zayn tags with Dean Ambrose to take on Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens!
Back from commercial, Enzo and Big Cass make their way to the ring as we look at the semifinals of the tag tournament from RAW. Enzo's got the mic, and reminds us that he is a certified G and a bonafide stud…and you can't teach that! This right here is Big Cass, and he's seven foot tall, and you can't teach that! Bada boom, realest guys in the room…how you doin'? Before they can continue, we're interrupted by–
"Gather round everyone, and witness the debonair devastation of such exquisite sophistication! Aiden English, Simon Gotch…the Vaudevillains!"
The Vaudevillains appear with a mic for each, as Aiden starts. Gentlemen, and I use that loosely, everyone here is sick and tired of the egomaniacal ramblings of a fool. Then again, it doesn't surprise me considering it's coming out of the mouth of someone who looks like a rodent with a bad case of the mange. Enzo says let's be fair, we gotta couple haters. Well Butterscotch Simon Gotch, and Aiden "Can't Stop Hatin'" English, if you wanna come out here using big words, you keep reading them books and we'll keep writing them…how you doin'? Cause unbeknownst to you, we some G's…and the G stands for Gentlemen. I'll keep it 100…that whole thing about rodent mange? I have no idea what the hell that meant! I do know one thing, I'm the hybrid kid and you couldn't hit me if we were in that phone booth! You are looking at the leopard shepherd…I'm as quick as a cat and fast as a feline, and I ain't yin…but I swear I'm a dog! Gotch says all childish rhymes and alliteration aside, you two are going to learn a very harsh lesson and it's no laughing matter. English says boys, and I use that very specifically, we may have cut our teeth in the same place but this is very much a man's world, and who better than two real men to remind you of the values of a bygone era that we represent with class and dignity! Gotch says at Payback, when we're standing victoriously over you, we'll be the one to ask politely, how ARE you doing? Enzo says we got class but more like a half day, and we're doing great! Cass says we are doing great, and at Payback you won't be doing too well. We will walk out of there the number one contender to the WWE Tag Team Championship! And there will still be only ONE word to describe you, and I'm gonna spell it out for you: S-A-W-F-T…SAWWWWWWFT! Backstage we see Jericho and Owens backstage, giving the staff some trouble as our main event is up next!
Back from commercial, another video from Puerto Rico hyping their great history. Come to Puerto Rico, the shining star of the Caribbean! Back at ringside, Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring for our main event. Kevin Owens is out next, looking smug as ever as commentary hypes the big grudge match between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Sami Zayn makes his way out to the ring to a big pop from the crowd, followed by Dean Ambrose and this match is underway!
Main Event – Tag Team Match
Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose & Sami Zayn
Zayn and Owens stare each other down before Owens tags in Jericho. A big "OLE" chant for Zayn as both men lock up, Jericho getting a headlock on Zayn who powers out into a wristlock. Jericho with a chop, but Zayn gets an arm drag thrice over on Jericho. Zayn with an armbar on Jericho as we hear a faint "NXT" chant while Ambrose tags in. Ambrose with some chops, only to take a shoulder tackle by Jericho who goes for the Walls of Jericho. Ambrose gets out and goes for Dirty Deeds but Jericho rolls out of the ring, as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Jericho has a cover on Ambrose for a nearfall. He tags in Owens, and they double team on Ambrose as Owens taunts Zayn. Ambrose in the corner as Owens lays into him before tagging in Jericho. Jericho lays his boot into Ambrose before hitting a couple chops. Jericho sends him into the other corner, but Ambrose evades him for the tag to Zayn as the crowd begins chanting "OLE" again. Zayn with a flurry of offense on Jericho, including a dropkick before dropping Owens off the apron. Zayn goes up and hits a crossbody for a nearfall. Zayn continues the offense, climbing up top but deciding to dive onto Owens! Back in the ring is Zayn, as Owens makes a blind tag before dragging Zayn out of the ring. He sends him into the barricade, laying into Zayn with some right hands before bringing him back into the ring. Owens continues the attack on his former best friend, mocking Ambrose before throwing Zayn back into his corner and tagging in Jericho. Jericho locks in a sleeper hold on Zayn, who is struggling to get back to a vertical base. Zayn reaches for a tag but is dropped by Jericho, who connects with a Lionsault for the nearfall. Jericho picks up Zayn, slapping him around but misses a right hand as Zayn hits a Blue Thunder Bomb! Zayn inches to the corner, hitting a tag as Owens tags in. Ambrose unleashes a flurry of offense on Owens, before sending him out of the ring. Ambrose launches himself outside onto Owens, before Jericho gets involved. Ambrose shakes Jericho off, but takes a superkick by Owens for the nearfall. Ambrose hits a whirlybird lariat and the Dirty Deeds, but Jericho breaks the pin. Zayn with a kick on Jericho as Ambrose climbs up top, but Jericho catches him onto the ropes as Owens picks up the win!
Winners via pinfall: Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens
Owens taunts Ambrose from the ramp, as he and Jericho celebrate. We get a highlight of the finish, as Owens and Jericho continue to celebrate on the ramp with Zayn and Ambrose looking dejected as the show comes to a close.