- The 2016 WWE Payback Kickoff pre-show opens live from Chicago with Renee Young as we see fans inside the Allstate Arena. Renee welcomes us and she's joined by Jerry Lawler, Booker T and Corey Graves on the panel. Renee sends us backstage to Greg Hamilton in the Social Media Lounge. He plugs tonight's hashtags and will have Sami Zayn later for fan questions.
Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
We go to ringside with Mauro Ranallo and Byron Saxton. We see the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy at ringside as Baron Corbin makes his way out first to mostly heat. JoJo is doing ring announcing. Dolph Ziggler makes his way out next to a pop.
The bell rings and they meet in the middle of the ring for some trash talking. Corbin shoves Ziggler. Ziggler fires back with right hands into the corner. Corbin pushes Ziggler off and whips him shoulder first into the turnbuckles. Ziggler hits hard and goes down. Corbin goes to work on Ziggler and chokes him on the bottom rope. Corbin slides out to the floor and nails Ziggler with a big right. Corbin with a 2 count. Corbin keeps control and argues with the referee. Corbin shows off and gets booed. Ziggler tries to fight back but Corbin catches him and drops him over the top rope.
Ziggler keeps trying to fight out but Corbin cuts him off. Ziggler finally gets a sleeper hold applied and Corbin goes down to one knee. Corbin breaks it in the corner and blocks a superkick. Ziggler hits another kick and a Fame-asser for a close 2 count. They end up on the floor and Ziggler jumps off the steel steps but Corbin boots him out of the air. Corbin launches Ziggler face first into the ring post and fans boo him. Corbin rolls Ziggler back in the ring and plays to the crowd for more heat.
After wasting time, Corbin comes back in and puts a boot on Ziggler. Corbin picks Ziggler up but stalls to argue with the referee. Ziggler rolls him up out of nowhere for the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
- After the match, Corbin is upset and can't believe it. Ziggler makes his exit as Corbin looks on.