WWE Payback Coverage: Intercontinental Championship Match
WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Match: Wade Barrett (c) vs. Curtis Axel (w/Paul Heyman) vs. The Miz
Axel goes after Miz, but he ducks and Miz decks Barrett. Miz delivers right hands to Barrett and then one to Axel. Miz takes Barrett down and goes for the cover, but Barrett kicks out at one. Barrett sends Miz off the ropes, but Miz goes for a dropkick on Axel, but Axel moves. Miz slams Axel’s head into the apron, but all three men get back into the ring. Barrett gains control and stomps away on Miz as Heyman holds Axel on the outside. Miz and Barrett slug it out in the ring and Axel gets on the apron. Barrett goes after Axel and Miz gets to his feet. Barrett quickly drops Miz with a clothesline. Axel gets into the ring and Barrett gets sent to the outside as Axel and Miz battle it out. Axel takes Miz down and goes for a cover, but Miz kicks out at two. Axel delivers a right hand to keep Miz floored, but Miz comes back and delivers a series of right hands. Axel counters and tosses Miz across the ring and goes for the cover, but Barrett breaks it up. Miz tosses Barrett into the corner and then tosses Axel onto Barrett. Miz charges across the ring for a splash, but Axel moves and Barrett gets the full force. Miz gets Axel and slams him to the mat and goes for the cover, but Axel kicks out. Miz goes for the Figure Four on Barrett, but Barrett counters and delivers the Winds of Change to Miz. Barrett goes for the cover, but Axel breaks it up. Barrett goes for Wasteland on Axel, but Axel reverses and nails the Perfect Plex. Axel gets the cover, but Miz breaks it up at two. Miz drops Axel with the Skull Crushing Finale, but Barrett tosses Miz out of the ring and goes for the cover. Miz breaks it up. Miz gets Barrett in the Figure Four, but Axel pins Barrett’s shoulders to the mat before Barrett taps and Axel gets the pin fall.
Winner and new Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel.
After the match, we see a vignette for Mark Henry, who will return tomorrow night on Raw.
Axel and Heyman run into Triple H backstage, who gets in Axel’s face. Vince McMahon walks in and congratulates Axel. Vince says Axel vs. Triple H on Raw, and Triple H says he’s not feeling it.