- The 2014 WWE Payback Kickoff Pre-show opens up with fans piling into the Rosemont Arena outside of Chicago, Illinois. Josh Mathews welcomes us. He's joined by Booker T, Kofi Kingston and Alex Riley. They hype tonight's show and the Hornswoggle vs. El Torito pre-show match. Kofi says he wants to see a bald Hornswoggle. Booker wants to see Torito win. Mathews talks about The Shield vs. Evolution and we get a look back at the contract signing from RAW. Booker says The Shield isn't backing down for one minute. We see Hornswoggle and 3MB backstage warming up before getting hype for Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena.
- We get a video for Daniel Bryan and Stephanie McMahon. Byron Saxton is backstage with Nikki Bella. She hasn't spoke to Brie or Daniel Bryan much this week. She says her sister loves being a pro wrestler and she's not sure what Bryan is going to do tonight. Booker says the best thing for Bryan is for Brie to be fired.
Mask vs. Hair Match: El Torito vs. Hornswoggle
We go to the ring and you can definitely hear the CM Punk chants tonight. Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler are on commentary. The music hits and out comes Los Matadores with El Torito. We see a barber chair and some supplies at ringside. Torito is dressed as the #23 Chicago Bull tonight. 3MB is out next with Hornswoggle.
Torito has had his tail re-attached it looks like. Hornswoggle talks trash and nails a big right hand to start the match. Torito comes back and Hornswoggle misses some punches. Fans want tables. Torito with a shoulder block. Torito with a dropkick. They counter each others whips. Torito gets Hornswoggle on his shoulders and spins him around. They're both dizzy and bump heads before falling. Hornswoggle misses a splash and is still dizzy. Torito drops Hornswoggle with a heel kick and some 2 counts. Hornswoggle comes back and drops Torito for a 2 count. Hornswoggle argues with the referee now. Torito gores Hornswoggle from the back and sends him to the floor. Heath Slater threatens to cut off Torito's horn. Torito and Slater end up under the ring together. Slater comes out running and Torito is chasing him with the shears. This all leads to Hornswoggle knocking Torito off the apron.
Hornswoggle misses a moonsault. Slater gets on the apron but one of the Matadores pull him down. Jinder Mahal and Dew McIntyre also get taken out by Matadores. The other Matadore takes Slater out with a big leap from the top. Drew runs the ropes, leaps out and takes everyone out. Hornswoggle runs the ropes and dives out onto everyone next. Slater goes to the apron to jump off but Torito nails a head scissors, sending Slater out onto everyone else at ringside. Hornswoggle comes back in but gets sent into the turnbuckle. Torito with a bull buster in the corner. Hornswoggle catches Torito and nails a sitdown powerbomb for a 2 count. Hornswoggle tries to take the mask off but Torito has another one under it. Torito nails a springboard moonsault for the win.
Winner: El Torito
- After the match, Hornswoggle throws a fit. He stills thinks he won because he has the mask in hand. Hornswoggle climbs up in the barber chair and isn't happy as Torito starts cutting his hair. Torito starts shaving him bald now. One of the Matadores covers Hornswoggle in shaving cream and the shaving continues.
- We go back to the panel. They reveal that Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust has been added to the card tonight. We go backstage with The Brotherhood. Cody says he's been the problem lately. This is the arena that The Brotherhood was born in and this is the arena that they are back, he says. More CM Punk chants from the crowd. Booker reveals that Kofi will be facing Bo Dallas tonight also. Kofi says he's got his gear and he's ready to go. We see Sheamus backstage walking and that's it for the pre-show.
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