WWE Payback Kickoff Coverage: Damien Sandow vs. Sheamus
Sandow gets Sheamus in a headlock, but Sheamus sends him off the ropes and takes him down with a shoulder block. Sandow and Sheamus exchange right hands and Sandow backs Sheamus into the corner, but Sheamus fights out and slams him down for a two count. Sandow comes back and stomps away on Sheamus in the corner. Sandow tosses Sheamus into the opposite corner and charges, but Sheamus moves and goes up top. Sheamus dives off and connects with a shoulder block for another two count. Sheamus gets Sandow on the apron, but Sandow escapes to the floor. Sheamus goes out after him, but Sandow takes control. Sandow beats down Sheamus and tosses him back into the ring. Sandow goes for the cover, but Sheamus kicks out at one. Sheamus pushes Sandow into the corner, but Sandow delivers an elbow and goes to the middle rope. Sheamus chops Sandow’s leg and then tosses him down to the mat. Sandow comes back with a side-Russian leg sweep. Sandow hits the Cobito Acquiet for a two count as we take a break and see a promo for Payback.
We’re back and Sheamus is fighting out of a headlock, but Sandow powers him back down to the mat. Sheamus catches Sandow and delivers a back drop and both men are down. Sheamus takes Sandow down with a few clubbing shots, but Sandow comes back and tosses Sheamus to the outside. Sandow takes Sheamus down with a high knee and a spinning neck-breaker. Sandow goes for the cover, but Sheamus kicks out at two. Sheamus comes back and catches Sandow on the apron, and delivers his vintage ten clubbing shots to Sandow’s chest. Sheamus takes Sandow down with the rolling senton and goes for the cover, but Sandow kicks out at two. Sandow comes back and delivers a reverse neck-breaker to Sheamus in the corner. Sandow goes for the cover, but Sheamus kicks out at two. Sandow drives his knees into Sheamus’ face and goes for the neck-breaker, but Sheamus fights out briefly. Sandow catches Sheamus and drops him for another two count. Sandow takes Sheamus to the corner and tosses him to the mat. Sheamus comes back and delivers three Irish Curse back-breakers to Sandow. Sheamus connects with the Brogue Kick and gets the pin fall.
After the match, the show goes back to the Payback Kickoff crew of Josh Mathews, The Big Show, R-Truth, and Cody Rhodes.
We take a look at the preview video for the John Cena/Ryback feud. We go back to Mathews, Show, Truth, and Rhodes. Truth says he has goosebumps and says Ryback will win the Lumberjack Match. Rhodes says Ryback will win the Tables Match. Show says he knows Ryback feels cheated, but he also knows Cena has what it takes to stay at the top. Show says Ryback leaves in the ambulance and Cena leaves as the Champion.
Show says he doesn’t feel confident in Dolph Ziggler retaining the World Heavyweight Championship, and feels that Alberto Del Rio will win the title. R-Truth agrees, while Rhodes says Ziggler did the right thing by taking so much time off and he feels Ziggler will retain. We see the video hype package for the Chris Jericho/CM Punk match.
Mathews tosses the show back to Cole, JBL, and Lawler. They hype the crowd and tell us to order the PPV as Payback Kickoff comes to a close.