- The 2014 WWE Payback pay-per-view kicks off with a video package for tonight's matches.
- We're live from the Allstate Arena as Michael Cole welcomes us.
WWE United States Title Match: Cesaro vs. Sheamus
We go to the ring and out first comes WWE United States Champion Sheamus to a mixed reaction. The announcers show us a recap of how this match came about. Paul Heyman is out next to a mostly positive reaction. Heyman introduces himself and says he's here to advocate for a Paul Heyman Guy. The CM Punk chants start up again. Heyman says he's not here tonight, he's over at the United Center watching the Blackhawks. This gets a pop. Watching the Blackhawks get their streak broken by the LA Kings, Heyman says. This gets boos. Heyman touts Brock Lesnar ending The Streak next. Heyman knocks Sheamus and brings out who he calls the next United States Champion Cesaro.
The bell rings and Sheamus immediately unloads on Cesaro. Cesaro counters a hold and drops Sheamus on his head. Cesaro with offense and a big uppercut in the corner now. Cesaro is told to back off in the corner. Sheamus turns it around and kicks Cesaro in the back. Sheamus with a scoop slam. Cesaro dodges an elbow drop and nails a big boot. Cesaro with a running uppercut in the corner. Sheamus with more offense. Cesaro with an uppercut but the next is blocked. Sheamus tosses Cesaro over the top but he hangs on. Sheamus hits the forearms to the chest now. Sheamus with a second set of forearms to the chest. They go to the floor and Sheamus tosses Cesaro into the barrier. Sheamus brings it back in. Sheamus goes for a battering ram but Cesaro meets him with an uppercut. Sheamus flies out to the floor.
Cesaro ends up hitting a huge suplex from the apron. Cesaro with a 2 count. Cesaro with a big powerbomb and a stomp for a 2 count. Cesaro with a running uppercut in the corner. And another. Sheamus catches Cesaro in the Irish Curse for a 2 count. Sheamus with stomps in the corner now. Sheamus with a clothesline. Sheamus goes to the second rope with a big knee drop. Sheamus goes back to the second rope with another knee drop. He goes for a third and nails it for a 2 count. Sheamus runs into an elbow. Cesaro nails a second rope uppercut for a 2 count. Cesaro runs into a big boot and another. Sheamus goes to the top but lands on his feet. Cesaro ducks a clothesline and nails a big uppercut in the air for a 2 count.
Cesaro with slaps now. Sheamus fires right back and slams him for a 2 count. Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick and fans boo. Cesaro side steps it and nails a German suplex for 2. Sheamus blocks the Neutralizer and nails White Noise for a close 2 count. Sheamus goes for the Cloverleaf but Cesaro kicks him away. Cesaro with an elbow. Cesaro comes off the second rope but Sheamus catches him and locks in the Cloverleaf. Cesaro makes it to the bottom rope and breaks the hold. More back and forth. Cesaro with a big slam from his shoulders for 2. Cesaro goes for the Cesaro Swing and nails it as fans count while he spins and spins. Sheamus comes right back with a roll up out of nowhere for the win.
- After the match, Heyman holds Cesaro back from going after Sheamus, who is all smiles. Sheamus poses with the title on the stage as Heyman and Cesaro look on.
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