WWE Payback 2016 Results: Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles, Major Injury Update, More
The results are in for WWE Payback 2016! Who walked out as WWE World Heavyweight Champion?
Overall, it was a pretty solid show with a very strong (if a little overbooked) main event, as the Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles match featured false finishes, run-ins from both Karl Anderson/Luke Gallows and The Usos, and the match being restarted several times. But there were some somber moments on the pay-per-view, such as the opening match being suddenly canceled due to a scary injury sustained by one of the participants. All in all, it was a momentous night, for reasons both good and bad.
Check out the results for WWE Payback 2016 below:
WWE PAYBACK 2016 RESULTS
-Dolph Ziggler defeated Baron Corbin with a surprise roll-up.
-Kalisto defeated Ryback to retain the US Championship. Kalisto won after hitting the Salida del Sol.
-Tag Team No. 1 Contender Tournament Final: Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillains went to a no-contest after the ref stopped the match due to an injury on Enzo. It all occurred when Simon Gotch threw Enzo to the outside. Enzo’s left arm got caught in the middle rope, which caused him to hit his head on the apron of the ring. He fell to the arena floor, and the referee immediately held up the “X” sign, which brought out the medical professionals and trainers. The announcers and the wrestlers were very concerned as Enzo was taken to the back. A recent tweet from Kevin Owens reveals that Enzo is doing fine. Reportedly, he’s since been released from the hospital.
-Kevin Owens defeated Sami Zayn. Owens won with a superkick and a pop-up powerbomb. He then brought announcer Byron Saxton into the ring for an interview segment. He berated Sami Zayn, and then announced his intention to challenge the winner of the Intercontinental championship match. He invited himself to sit at ringside to watch.
-The Miz defeated Cesaro to retain the Intercontinental Championship. The Miz tapped out to the Sharpshooter, but the ref was distracted by a brawl that had broken out between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at ringside. Miz used the distraction to roll up Cesaro with a handful of tights. After the match, Cesaro laid out Miz with The Neutralizer, only to be laid out by an Owens superkick. Owens then laid out Zayn again with a pop-up powerbomb. He went to do the same to Miz, but Maryse pulled him away to safety.
-Dean Ambrose defeated Chris Jericho. Ambrose won after hitting Dirty Deeds.
-Shane McMahon spoke backstage with Sasha Banks.
-Charlotte defeated Natalya to retain the WWE Women’s Championship after recreating the Montreal Screwjob finish from Survivor Series 1997. Basically, Charlotte locked Nattie in the Sharpshooter, and referee Charles Robinson called for the bell, despite Natalya never submitting. After the match, Natalya and uncle Bret Hart attacked the Flairs, with Nattie putting Charlotte in the Sharpshooter, and Bret doing the same to Ric Flair.
-Vince McMahon announced that Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon would have to run RAW together.
-Roman Reigns defeated AJ Styles to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Styles initially won via countout after putting Reigns through a table with the Phenomenal Forearm. But Shane McMahon had the match restarted under the No Countout stipulation. The match continued until Reigns accidentally low-blowed Styles, causing a disqualification. Stephanie McMahon had the match restarted under No DQ rules. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows interfered to help Styles, but the Usos came to make the save. Ultimately, Reigns dodged the Phenomenal Forearm and hit the spear to retain.
-Backstage, Vince decided AJ deserved a rematch at the next pay-per-view. Shane suggested an Extreme Rules match, and Stephanie reluctantly agreed.
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