WWE Payback 2017: The Results & Highlights You Need to Know

Kevin Owens (c) vs. Chris Jericho (WWE United States Championship; The Winner Will Transfer to SmackDown Live)

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Winner: And the NEW WWE United States Champion, Chris Jericho!

Highlights: Owens ran out of the ring, but Jericho gave chase and began beating on him outside the ring. Back inside the ring, both men battered each other until Owens snuck outside the ring again. Y2J laid Owens out with a top rope reverse elbow, then went right back to laying in more punches on him. Y2J then dropped Owens with a Bulldog and looked to land a Lionsault, but Owens rolled out to the ring once more. Jericho went for his Springboard Dropkick, but Owens slammed his head into the ring post. Owens then landed his Cannonball Splash into Jericho while he was laid in the timekeeper’s section. Back in the ring, Owens began controlling Jericho with his chinlock hold. Jericho looked to escape, but Owens maintained control over him still with reversal attacks.

Jericho finally managed to break out of Owens’ grasp, but Owens sidestepped him and caused Jericho to trip through the middle rope to the outside. Back in the ring, Jericho started making a comeback by laying in a few strikes and then finishing it off with a flying Double Axe Handle. Jericho then launched right into his signature comeback offense to further incapacitate Owens. Both men started exchanging holds with each other back and forth. Owens got the better of Y2J at one point by getting his knees up to counter a Lionsault and then hitting a Cannonball Splash on him in the corner. Owens looked to land his Pop Up Powerbomb, but Y2J flipped out of it and locked Owens into his Walls of Jericho for several grueling moments. Owens managed to break the hold by locking one finger onto the bottom rope.

Back outside the ring, Jericho began focusing his offense on Owens’ now injured hand. Both men got back into the ring, which saw Owens thumb Y2J in the eye. Owens almost landed his finisher again, but his weakened hand caused that attempt to fail. Jericho locked in the Walls of Jericho once more for the win. Chris Jericho is moving to SmackDown Live as the US Champion now!

Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman

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Winner: Braun Strowman!

Highlights: A patched up Reigns threw himself at Braun and began striking him down. Reigns forced Braun to the outside and even caught him off guard with a flying clothesline. Braun managed to move out of the way when Reigns looked to come over the top rope right onto him, but this did nothing but force Reigns to continue striking him. Braun shook off Reigns’ offense and began doing his worst to him. Reigns got slammed onto the ring apron, then chokeslammed onto an announce table. Braun then took his time dismantling Reigns while the dueling crowd expressed their feelings for the injured hero. Braun tried crushing Reigns’ injured ribs by locking his huge arms around them for a submission hold attempt. Reigns suffered for a bit until he escaped the hold and caused Braun to ram himself into the corner ring post. Reigns did his best to get Braun up on his shoulders afterward and plant him with a Samoan Drop.

Reigns began using his clothesline strikes in the corner to do more damage to Braun. He then shoved Braun over the top rope to the outside and then used his Drive-By dropkick to do even more damage. Reigns almost took Braun out with a Spear, but Braun caught him in midair and looked to land a Powerslam. Reigns slipped out of the hold and cause Braun to slam his head into the ring post. Back in the ring, Reigns finally landed a Spear on his behemoth of a foe. Braun still held on for dear life, though. Braun ate two Superman Punches and almost another Spear, but he shook them off still! Braun locked Reigns into a front face lock and then planted his back to the mat with two Running Powerslam’s. This was enough to keep Reigns down for the final pin. Braun wasn’t finished with Reigns, though. He brought one of the steel ring steps into the ring with him and dropped Reigns chest first onto it. Then Braun used those same steel steps to crush Reigns’ ribs. Braun walked off while backstage officials tended to Reigns as he coughed up blood.

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