WWE Payback Coverage: WWE Championship Match
Jun 16, 2013 - by Michael Riba
WWE Championship Three Stages of Hell Match (Lumberjack Match, Tables Match, Ambulance Match): John Cena (c) vs. Ryback
Stage 1: Lumberjack Match
Ryback beats down and stomps away on Cena in the corner. Cena comes back and comes off the ropes and goes for a bulldog, but Ryback catches him and delivers a power slam. Ryback goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Ryback tosses Cena to the corner and charges, but Cena moves and delivers a back-body drop to Ryback. Ryback comes right back and takes Cena down with a clothesline. Ryback goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at one. Cena goes for the AA, but Ryback reverses and drops Cena with a jaw-breaker, but Cena kicks out at two. Ryback tosses Cena into some of the heel lumberjacks, and they beat Cena down before tossing him back into the ring. Ryback delivers a suplex to Cena. Cena tosses Ryback into the heel lumberjacks, but they let him get back into the ring with no incident. Cena takes Ryback down with a shoulder block, but Ryback sends him into the other half of the heel lumberjacks. They toss Cena back into the ring and he sends Ryback into the face lumberjacks and everybody begins to brawl. Cena comes off the top and takes down everyone from the top rope. Cena and Ryback get back into the ring and Ryback drops Cena with Shell Shocked and gets the pin fall.
Winner of Stage One: Ryback.
Stage 2: Tables Match
With a table set up in the middle of the ring, Ryback spears Cena and the crowd chants “Goldberg.” Cena comes back and tries to put Ryback through the table, but Ryback flips it over. Cena sends Ryback to the outside. Cena goes out after Ryback, but Ryback sends him into the steel steps. Ryback tosses the steel steps into the ring, followed by Cena. Ryback hits Cena in the head with the steel steps and then tosses the steps at Cena on the table in the corner, but Cena ducks and the steps crash through the table. Cena grabs the steps and nails Ryback in the head with them. Cena goes to the outside and grabs another table. Ryback grabs the steps and throws them at Cena, but he ducks and the steps bounce around on the floor. Ryback takes Cena down with a spine-buster. Ryback sets up the table in the ring and tries to deliver Shell Shocked to Cena through the table, but Cena reverses and AA’s Ryback through the table.
Winner of Stage Two: John Cena.
Stage 3: Ambulance Match
On the outside, Ryback slams Cena through the announce table and Cena’s head smack hard against the legs of one of the chairs. Ryback tosses Cena back into the ring and beats him down as the referee calls for the bell to start the match. Ryback picks Cena up and starts carrying him toward the ambulance, but Cena escapes. Cena opens the side door of the ambulance and tosses some things to the floor, but Ryback stops him. Ryback goes to punch Cena against the ambulance, but Cena ducks and Ryback punches the ambulance. Cena hits Ryback in the midsection with a crutch and then Cena drives Ryback against the ambulance. Cena tosses Ryback into the door of the ambulance and the door comes off of its hinges. Cena picks up the door and slams it into Ryback. Ryback comes back with a headbutt and tears the front fender off the ambulance. Ryback hits cena with the fender a few times, but Cena slams Ryback down on the hood of the ambulance. Cena climbs on top of the ambulance and rips the lights off and hits Ryback with the,. Ryback gets up and grabs a crutch and climbs on top of the ambulance. Cena grabs the crutch and nails Ryback with it. Cena hits the AA on the ambulance and Ryback goes through the roof and the referee calls for the ball.
Winner of Stage Three and still WWE Champion: John Cena.
After the match, Cena celebrates in the ring as the ambulance leaves with Ryback inside it.
Payback comes to a close with Cena celebrating his title retention and walking around high-fiving fans. Cena walks to the back as the camera fades to black.