WWE Payback Kickoff Coverage: El Torito vs. Hornswoggle
WWE Payback Kickoff kicks off from the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, and Josh Mathews welcomes us to the show. The expert panel tonight is made up of Booker T, Kofi Kingston, and Alex Riley. “CM Punk” chants start almost immediately as the panelists talk about the Mask vs. Hair Match between El Torito and Hornswoggle. Kingston says he wants to see a bald Hornswoggle, while Riley wants to see El Torito get unmasked. Mathews previews the No Holds Barred Elimination Tag Team Match between Evolution and The Shield, and we see a replay of the brawl to end Raw this past Monday night. We then take a look back to the fight between Hornswoggle and El Torito on Raw, where Hornswoggle ripped Torito’s tail off.
We go backstage and we see El Torito getting pumped up with Los Matadores, and then we see Hornswoggle warming up with 3MB. We then see the video footage of The Wyatt Family attacking Jerry Lawler on Raw before John Cena and The Usos made the save. We now see the footage of Stephanie McMahon’s ultimatum for Daniel Bryan. Tonight, will be surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, or will his wife, Brie Bella, be fired?
We go backstage and Byron Saxton is with Nikki Bella. Nikki says she has not spoken to Brie or Daniel, but she knows Brie loves the WWE and loves Daniel as well. We go back to the expert panel and Booker says the best thing for Bryan is for Brie to be fired.
Hair vs. Mask Match: El Torito (w/Los Matadores) vs. Hornswoggle (w/3MB)
Hornswoggle decks Torito with a right hand and tries to rip his mask off, but Torito comes back and takes Hornswoggle down with a shoulder tackle. Torito takes Hornswoggle down with a dropkick and then drops him with an airplane spin, and both men are woozy. They clock heads and then fall to the mat. Hornswoggle gets up and goes for the splash, still woozy, and completely misses. Torito takes Hornswoggle down with a spin kick and goes for the cover, but Hornswoggle kicks out at two and tosses Torito into referee Charles Robinson’s arms. Hornswoggle argues with the referee and Torito spears him out of the ring. Torito grabs the shears and goes after Slater, but Hornswoggle knocks him off of the apron. Hornswoggle slams Torito into the ring post and then tosses him back into the ring. 3MB and Los Matadores fight on the outside while the match continues in the ring. Hornswoggle flies through the ropes and takes everyone down on the outside. Torito takes Slater down with a head-scissors. Torito slams Hornswoggle in the corner and then delivers the Bronco Buster. Hornswoggle counters with a powerbomb and goes for the cover, but Torito kicks out at two. Hornswoggle goes for the mask and rips it off, but there is another mask underneath it. Torito takes Hornswoggle down with a springboard and gets the pin fall.
Winner: El Torito.
After the match, EL Torito and Los Matadores shave Hornswoggle’s head.
We see a WWE.com Exclusive where Rybaxel approach Cody Rhodes and Goldust and make fun of them for losing. We go backstage and we see the Rhodes Brothers. Apparently, we will see Rhodes Brothers vs. Rybaxel tonight. We go back to the expert panel, where Booker T tells Kofi Kingston he is going one-on-one with Bo Dallas tonight.