Payback is shaping up to be pretty solid, and now that the WWE has introduced the addition of Elimination Chamber for Sunday, May 31st in corpus Christi, Texas, Payback has the chance to be one of the most unpredictable pay-per-views so far in 2015.
Randy Orton was not in action, however, all three former members of the Shield were — all three of those men will compete in Sunday’s main event at Payback for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship exclusively on the WWE Network.
This week’s Smackdown taping was from the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. Here are the Smackdown taping results for May 14th, 2015;
– Dean Ambrose opens Smackdown with a promo about Sunday’s main event. Roman Reigns comes out, and then Kane soon after. After Ambrose makes fun of Kane, Kane makes a match for Dean that starts immediately.
Dean Ambrose defeated Sheamus — good match, Ambrose, after losing to Sheamus two weeks prior in the King of the Ring Quarterfinals, looked strong here.
– Kane and Seth Rollins argued backstage (what’s new). Kane makes another match, Rollins vs. Ryback for later in the night.
– Rusev and Lana come out together. The crowd cheers wildly for Lana to the displeasure of Rusev. Rusev makes Lana apologize for her actions and for acknowledging the WWE Universe. Seems like Lana is set to turn face on Sunday.
– Seth Rollins defeated Ryback — Rollins came out before the match and complained. Ryback came out next, but Bray Wyatt came out to attack Ryback. The match started after and Rollins took advantage of the attack to defeat a weakened Ryback.
– Tyson Kidd defeated Kofi Kingston
– Neville defeated Bo Dallas — King Barrett appeared ringside on commentary. Barrett and Neville are sort of continuing their feud that isn’t really going on. Neville defeated Bo in a somewhat easy match.
– Roman Reigns defeated Kane — in a match that was billed as a “Win By Pinfall or Submission Only” on RAW, Reigns defeated Kane with the Spear. Both other members of the Shield looked strong before Sunday’s Payback main event.
— A hunch: I don’t think Ambrose nor Reigns are turning heel on Sunday. If Ambrose is turned heel, the WWE risks the crowd backlash and boos towards Roman Reigns again. Reigns’ turn would be more organic, but he’s slowly been gaining more cheers in the last month. Although he isn’t receiving John Cena like face reactions, there’s no need for a heel turn, unless they plan on turning Rollins face sometime before Summerslam when Brock Lesnar returns. On second thought… probably not.
— Also, it was announced on Monday Night RAW that due to a recent MRI result, Daniel Bryan cannot compete and forced himself to relinquish the Intercontinental Championship. Get well soon, DB!