WWE Payback: Alberto Del Rio Vs. Dolph Ziggler (World Title Match)
Out first comes Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez. The World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler is out next with AJ Lee and Big E Langston. Lilian Garcia does formal ring introductions with Ricardo.
Dolph with some stalling early on in the match. Del Rio hits a big tilt-a-whirl slam and Ziggler goes back to the floor for a breather. He comes back in and Del Rio takes control. The crowd has been hype ever since the RVD announcement and they're chanting his name now. Ziggler goes back down and the referee checks on him. Del Rio with a big knee to the head and more kicks. Del Rio with a back drop and a 1 count.
Ziggler looks to make a comeback but Del Rio sends him to the floor and he lands on his face. Del Rio comes out after him and slams him into the announce table. The referee ends up ejecting Big E from ringside after he got too close to the action. Ziggler slams Del Rio into the announce table and rolls him back in the ring. Del Rio meets him with a big kick to the face and stomps away. Del Rio with headbutts, a bunch of them. The announcers have been focusing on all the shots to the head Ziggler has taken in the match. 2 count by Del Rio. Del Rio with another headlock now. Ziggler fights to his feet but Del Rio keeps control. Ziggler blocks a suplex and applies the sleeper hold.
More back and forth after Del Rio breaks the hold. Ziggler barely hits his finisher and Del Rio kicks out at 2. The referee continues asking Dolph if he wants to continue. Del Rio takes Dolph to the top and hits a blockbuster for a 2 count. Del Rio kicks Ziggler out of the ring. Del Rio with another huge kick to the face. Trainers and AJ are checking on Dolph now as the fans boo some. Ziggler says he's good to go but AJ begs him not to. Del Rio dropkicks Ziggler in the back of the head and tells the trainer to go away. Del Rio brings Ziggler back in the ring and kicks him in the back of the head. 2 count by Del Rio, who can't believe Ziggler kicked out. The fans seem to be booing Del Rio and cheering for Ziggler's kick outs. Del Rio with more shots to the head. Ziggler pulls himself up using Del Rio's leg. Del Rio raises his hands and smiles but the fans boo. Ziggler nails Del Rio and hits the Zig Zag for a big pop. Del Rio with another kick to the back of the head for the win.
Winner and New World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto Del Rio
- After the bell, Del Rio celebrates with Ricardo as the referee and trainer check on Ziggler. He's helped away as the fans chant his name. After a "don't try this at home" video, we go back to Josh Mathews and the pre-show team. We go back to Del Rio on the stage. He's asking the fans to give it up for the new World Heavyweight Champion but gets a very mixed reaction. Del Rio says everything he's done in WWE, he's done it for the fans. Del Rio asks fans for their support but gets booed. Del Rio says he's one of the best in the business and gives his all every night. Del Rio goes on and asks for a pop one more time and the fans continue to boo.
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