We see footage of what Ryback did to Kofi Kingston on Smackdown.
Michael says that Kofi suffered an elbow injury that was aggravated by the actions of Ryback.
Daniel Bryan is walking in the back and he is destroying things. Ryback tells Bryan to watch what he is doing. Ryback tells Bryan that because of him Kofi had surgery. Ryback says last year he had a flu and stomach virus. His throw up was bigger than Daniel.
Daniel says that he is not afraid of Ryback.
Ryback says that Bryan has truly lost his mind and he tells Daniel to prove it in the ring.
Ryback tells Bryan that he is the weak link. After the match, he will be the missing link.
Vince McMahon welcomes Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel. Vince says that Curtis has a lot of potential and he mentions that the match will not happen tonight. Vince says that the match will not happen next week either.
Vince says that Curtis Axel is in action tonight and he will face John Cena. Vince says that the match will be a No Disqualification Match. Paul is speechless and Vince asks Paul if he wants him to say it in Yiddish.
Fandango and Summer Rae walk in the back as we go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Fandango (with Summer Rae) versus Great Khali (with Natalya and Hornswoggle)
Fandango avoids Khali and he dances but he turns into a clothesline. Khali dances while Fandango gets up. Khali with a chop and then he goes to the other side of the ring and he chops Fandango again. Fandango with a kick and punches to Khali. Khali with an elbow and a boot to the head. Khali with clotheslines and he goes for the choke slam but Fandango goes to the floor and he leaves with Summer.
Miz comes out to stop Fandango but Wade Barrett hits Miz with the Bull Hammer. Fandango realizes that it is not smart to get in Barrett’s way so he goes to the back around the stage.
Winner: Great Khali (by count out)
Match Number Six: Wade Barrett versus Miz in a Non Title Match
Miz punches Wade and connects with knees in the ropes. Barrett with a boot to the head followed by punches. Barrett puts Miz on the turnbuckles and then he connects with forearms and kicks Miz off the turnbuckles to the mat. Barrett chokes Miz in the ropes. Miz sends Barrett to the floor to recover.
Miz with a baseball slide to keep Barrett outside the ring. Miz runs Barrett into the ringside barrier. Miz returns Barrett to the ring but Barrett stops Miz on the turnbuckles. Miz avoids a knee and Barrett hits the turnbuckles. Miz with a sunset flip for a near fall. Miz works on the leg to set up for the figure four leg lock but Barrett with the Blackpool Slam for a near fall.
Fandango’s music plays because what is good for the goose is good for the gander. They dance on the stage and pose while Barrett is distracted. Miz takes Barrett down and he applies the figure four and gets Barrett to tap out.
We are back with a look at the start of Raw when Stephanie McMahon overruled the doctors an prevented her husband and the father of her children to wrestle tonight against Curtis Axel, someone who she thinks sucks.
Jerry Lawler is in the ring with the official contract signing table, chairs, and carpet. He says that it is time for the contract to be signed for the match between Chris Jericho and CM Punk.
Chris Jericho comes out first. Paul Heyman comes to the ring but he is not joined by his client, CM PUNK.
They sit down in their contract signing chairs and Jerry wants them to sign the contract to make it official.
Paul says that before he signs it, and he points out that it could have been signed in the back in private. Instead he is going to feed Chris’ massive ego. When Chris shows up for Payback to wrestle his client, the best in the world, CM Punk . . .
Chris interrupts Paul and mocks Punk’s tattoo choices. Chris tells Mr. Walrus that he does not care about that. Chris says that all he cares about is Paul delivering CM Punk at Payback on June 16th.
Paul signs the contract and he gives it to Chris to sign. He asks Chris if he is truly prepared to face the best in the world CM Punk in Chicago? He knows that we are in an arena filled with Jericho-holics, that won’t be the case in Chicago. He will be vilified, booed, jeered, and heckled by a partisan, biased, home town crowd where CM Punk can do no wrong.
Chris may be the best in the world at what he does. CM Punk is the best in the world at what he does and that is make liars out of people who think they can lay claim to the title of being the Best in the World.
Chris tells Paul he might be right. Punk is from Chicago and Payback is in Chicago, so maybe they should do it at SummerSlam in Los Angeles.
Paul says no.
Chris suggests Madison Square Garden in New York and Paul says no again.
Chris suggests doing it right here in Hartford, Connecticut. The crowd likes that idea but Paul says no and the crowd is not full of Paul Heyman Guys.
Chris signs the contract and he says that when you act like a jackass, like CM Punk acts, you get treated like a jackass. Now that the contract is signed, sealed, and delivered. We need to figure where to file this contract. Do they do it at Paul’s lawyer’s office or at Chris’ lawyer’s office? What about at the corporate offices in Stamford? Chris has an idea and he tells Paul to stand up.
Chris tells Paul to shut up and unbutton his jacket. He sticks the contract down Paul’s pants. He tells Paul he will see him in Chicago.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Seven: Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, and AJ Lee versus Cameron, Naomi, and Kaitlyn
AJ and Kaitlyn start things off and AJ with a slap to the back of the head. AJ with an elbow to Naomi and she tags in Nikki. Cameron comes in and Cameron with an arm drag after avoiding a clothesline. Naomi tags in and Naomi with a leaping butt bump and Cameron with a flip leg drop. Naomi with a drop kick but she misses a splash and hits the ropes. Nikki slams Naomi’s head into the mat.
Nikki with an arm bar and she continues to work on the arm. Nikki with a near fall. Nikki with an arm wringer and Brie tags in. Brie with a boot to the arm from the turnbuckles. Brie works on the shoulder. Brie with an arm bar but Naomi with forearms. Brie sends Naomi to the mat. Brie returns to the arm bar.
Naomi with an enzuigiri and she tags in Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn wih a flying shoulder tackle followed by an inverted DDT but she can only get a near fall. Kaitlyn sends Brie into Nikki and then Brie escapes a slam attempt and Brie with a knee but AJ refuses the tag as payback for last week.
Kaitlyn with a spear when Brie turns around and Kaitlyn gets the three count.
Winners: Kaitlyn, Cameron, and Naomi
We go to commercial.
We are back and Daniel Bryan turns into Kane and Kane tells Daniel that it is a mistake to fight Ryback tonight. Kane reminds Daniel of what Ryback did to Kofi. Kane says that he never saw anyone with Daniel’s heart, desire, and willingness to fight. He has nothing to prove to anyone else.
Daniel thinks about it and he says that Kane is wrong. He has something to prove and beating Ryback will prove it. He will prove it without Kane. He says that he does not want Kane anywhere near him tonight.
Michael Cole talks about the Wyatt Family video from last week. We have a new video this week.
Match Number Eight: Daniel Bryan versus Ryback in a Weakest or Missing Link Match
Bryan with a running knee to Ryback followed by kicks. Ryback pushes Bryan into the corner and then Ryback runs Bryan into the turnbuckles. Bryan with a drop toe hold and then he kicks Ryback. Bryan kicks Ryback in the back of the leg. Bryan with punches and kicks but Ryback with a boot to Bryan.
Ryback tries for a splash but he lands on Bryan’s knees. Bryan with kicks to Ryback’s ribs. Bryan tries for the No Lock but Ryback throws Bryan away. Ryback with kicks to the head. Ryback with knees to the midsection followed by a forearm to the back and a kick to the midsection. Ryback with a boot on the side of Bryan’s head and then he kicks and knees Bryan.
Ryback with a punch and Thesz Press but Bryan rolls through and he applies a single leg crab. Ryback kicks Bryan in the head but Bryan with an Indian Death Lock and then Bryan connects with forearms to the head. Bryan gets a near fall. Bryan with kicks to the chest and legs. Bryan flips over Ryback on an Irish whip but Ryback sends Bryan over the top rope to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Ryback runs Bryan into the turnbuckles and he head butts Bryan. Ryback with a running shoulder to the ribs and he gets a near fall. Ryback stomps on the ribs. Ryback with a boot to the abdomen. Ryback with an elbow drop to the midsection. Ryback with a reverse chin lock.
Ryback with a shoulder tackle. Ryback grabs Bryan by the beard and he biels Bryan across the ring by the beard. Ryback misses a charge into the corner and Ryback hits the ring post with his shoulder. Bryan with a running drop kick to the back and it sends Ryback into the turnbuckles. Bryan with two more running drop kicks for a near fall. Bryan goes up top for a missile drop kick and then he goes up top for the diving head butt and he hits it three-quarters of the way across the ring but Ryback kicks out.
Bryan with Kicks of Yes to the chest but he misses the round kick and Ryback with a power bomb but Ryback falls to his knees. Ryback tries for another power bomb but Bryan applies a Crippler Crossface but Ryback fights to get to the ropes and he makes it. Bryan releases the hold.
Ryback falls to the floor. Daniel goes for the suicide dive but he overshoots it and he hits the announce table when Ryback throws him into it. Ryback runs Bryan into the ring post a few times and then he returns to the ring. Ryback goes to the floor and he pulls out a table. The referee warns Ryback but Ryback does not care. Ryback power bombs Bryan through the table and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Daniel Bryan (by disqualification)
After the match, Ryback gets another table and he sets it up against the ringside barrier.
John Cena makes his way to the ring and he has his title belt to ward off Ryback.
Curtis Axel’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring because he will be facing John Cena tonight.
Match Number Nine: John Cena versus Curtis Axel in a No Disqualification Match
Cena punches Axel followed by an Irish whip but Heyman trips Cena when he goes for the bulldog and Cena goes to the floor. Axel with a forearm from the apron. Axel gets a near fall. Axel with a snap mare and a neck snap for a near fall. Axel with punches to Cena and he rubs his forearm across Cena’s face.
Cena punches Axel but Axel with a back breaker for a near fall. Axel tells Heyman to get him a chair and Paul obliges. Cena blocks the chair shot and he kicks Axel and then he hits Axel in the back with the chair. Cena sends Axel to the floor and Cena follows.
Cena sends Axel over the announce table. John decides to rearrange the table but he rolls Axel back in but Axel hits Cena with the chair and Cena goes to the floor. Axel tries to hit Cena with the chair but Cena moves and Axel hits the ring post. Axel brings the chair into the ring. Cena avoids a chair shot in the ring.
Cena avoids another chair shot by Axel and Cena with a Van Cenanator for a near fall. Cena puts the chair in the turnbuckles but Axel with the Axe for a near fall. Axel with a forearm across the face while he has Cena in the ropes. Axel with kicks to Cena followed by a hard Irish whip. Axel gets a near fall.
Axel with an arm bar and chin lock. Axel stands on the side of Cena’s head. Cena with two flying shoulder tackles followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb and he holds his hand up for the Five Knuckle Shuffle and he connects. Cena gets Axel up for the Attitude Adjustment but Axel holds on to the ropes. Cena charges at Axel but Axel moves and Cena hits the chair in the turnbuckles and Cena falls to the floor.
Cena returns to the ring in time and Axel with punches to Cena. Axel gets the chair and he hits Cena in the back with it and he gets a near fall. Axel gets another near fall. Paul tells Curtis to wear him out. Axel hits Cena again with the chair but Cena kicks out at two. Curtis hits Cena in the midsection and then in the back with the chair.
Axel drives the chair into the abdomen as he stands over Cena. Axel waits for the running snap neck breaker onto the chair but Cena kicks out. Axel picks up Cena for the Perfectplex but Cena counters and he puts Axel in the STF. Heyman wills Curtis to the ropes to break the hold.
Paul Heyman gives Axel an iPad and he hits Cena in the head with it. Cena picks up Axel on the floor and Cena goes after Heyman. Cena punches Axel but Ryback attacks Cena. Ryback picks up Cena and he runs Cena through the table that he set up earlier in the show.
Winner: Curtis Axel (by count out)
After the match, Ryback tells Cena that at Payback, RYBACK RULES
We go to credits.