- The 2013 WWE Payback pay-per-view kicks off with a "Chicago gangster" themed video. Everyone is out to get Payback.
- Michael Cole welcomes us to a sold out Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. He's still joined by JBL and Jerry Lawler.
We go to the ring and out first comes The Miz for tonight's triple threat match.
Out next comes Paul Heyman with Curtis Axel. The WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett is out next. Miz ducks a clothesline from Axel and fires away at both of his opponents. Miz tosses Axel out of the ring and rolls Barrett up for 2. Miz drops Barrett on his face for a 2 count. Axel goes to climb in the ring but Heyman holds him off. Barrett attacks Miz from behind and goes to work on him. Miz slides out to the floor and goes to work on Axel. Miz brings Axel in and Barrett kicks him. Barrett with a pumphandle slam on Axel for a 1 count as Miz breaks it up. Miz and Barrett go at it now. Barrett blocks a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz runs over Axel but turns around to a big boot from Barrett for 2.
Barrett keeps control of Miz and kicks him in the corner. Another pin attempt by Barrett. Axel just waits outside of the ring and watches with Heyman. Barrett with a big kick to the gut. Axel comes in but Barrett cuts him off. Barrett with knees to Axel's head. Miz rolls Barrett up for 2. Barrett clotheslines Miz. Barrett goes for a big boot on Axel but gets hung up on the top rope. Axel sends Barrett to the floor. Miz goes for a neckbreaker on Axel but it's countered. Axel drops Miz with a dropkick. Axel takes Miz to the corner and beats him down. More back and forth. Axel with a 2 count on Miz. Barrett tries to come back in but Axel sends him to the floor. Axel with a big knee to the gut and another 2 count on Miz. Axel works Miz over on the mat now.
Axel keeps control of Miz and beats him back to the mat as Heyman cheers him on. Miz fights back and up to his feet. Axel with an atomic drop into a throw for a pin attempt. Barrett breaks the pin and takes Axel to the corner with kicks to the gut. Barrett unloads on Axel. Barrett charges Axel in the corner but Miz cuts him off with a clothesline. Miz has clotheslines and boots for both of his opponents. Miz sends Axel into Barrett in the corner. Miz with a clothesline on Barrett in the corner. Miz comes off the top and nails Barrett. Axel rolls Miz but he kicks out. Miz kicks Axel in the face for a 2 count. Miz blocks a kick from Barrett and goes for the Figure Four. Barrett counters and nails Winds of Change for a 2 count as Axel breaks the pin. Barrett blocks a suplex from Axel. Barrett goes for Wasteland but Axel blocks him off and nails a Perfectplex for a very close 2 count but Miz breaks it up. Miz and Axel go at it now. Miz nails the Skull Crushing Finale. Barrett tosses Miz out of the ring and steals the pin. Miz pulls Barrett to the floor. Miz goes back in and covers Axel for 2. Miz with knees in the corner. Miz hits the running clothesline and goes for the Figure Four. Axel kicks Miz into Barrett. Miz goes for Figure Four on Barrett as Axel gets dumped to the floor. Miz locks it in on Barrett. Barrett reaches for the ropes but Miz pulls him back. Axel sneaks in and pins Barrett while he's in the Figure Four.
Winner and New WWE Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel
- After the match, Axel and Heyman celebrate. Axel hits the ring and is cheered as he raises the Intercontinental Title and looks up to the sky. A fitting win for Father's Day. Axel and Heyman pose with the title and get cheered on all sides of the arena. Axel looks back up to the sky and kisses the belt.
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