3. John Cena v. Bray Wyatt (Payback 2014)
Many often bemoan the fact that Bray Wyatt lost this match and the whole feud in general, and they say he hasn’t recovered his momentum since. That may be true, but the feud gave us an exciting and brutal Last Man Standing match.
Sure, the Usos showed up for whatever reason, but they didn’t detract from the match. Cena and Wyatt fought like dogs, never letting up. Both refused to stay down. When Luke Harper and Erick Rowan tried to get involved, the Usos took the battle to them. There were lots of table spots, like Luke Harper performing a superplex on Jimmy Uso through two tables. They also destroyed a barricade and hit each other a bunch of times with chairs. It was a fun match.
The match ended when Cena put Wyatt through a crate and then put another crate onto it. Wyatt probably couldn’t stand up, so he lost the match.
2. Kevin Owens v. Sami Zayn (Payback 2016)
Kevin Owens blamed Sami Zayn for losing the Intercontinental Championship. Sami Zayn was out for blood because of all the pain Kevin Owens put him through. It was the ideal match for Payback.
The reason WWE insists on having these two fight forever (clap clap clapclapclap) is because their matches are so great. They possess the type of chemistry that only comes once in a lifetime. These two have been friends for more than a decade, and it really shows in their matches. They have a fluidity and grace that can’t really be described adequately. They really went hard in this match. There was the through-the-ropes tornado DDT, and some excellent back and forth action.
The match ended with Owens victorious, and they already began the build to the fantastic fatal four way at Extreme Rules when Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn interfered in the Intercontinental Championship match between Cesaro and The Miz. So they get some bonus points for that.
1. The Shield v. Evolution (Payback 2014)
Of course this match is no. 1. What else did you expect? Charlotte v. Natalya?
This match was so exhilarating, and from start to finish. The No Holds Barred stipulation really helped the battle, and it showed just how bloodthirsty both factions were. It was a pretty violent match that saw lots of chairs, some kendo sticks, and even a sledgehammer in action. Seth Rollins leaped off the titantron at one point. It was pretty crazy.
Even crazier was the fact that the Shield won with a clean sweep. They eliminated all of Evolution without losing any of their members. This certified them as real big deals.
And then Seth Rollins ruined them.