Once again, Daniel Bryan came this close to getting his decisive win over the Shield, in a tag match with himself and Randy Orton against Rollins and Reigns, but Dean Ambrose brought about the DQ as the YES!lock was applied. Is it officially the YES!lock again? Bryan still cleared the ring of the Shield after that, only to take an RKO from Orton afterwards, as payback for a misplaced dropkick near the end of the match. The crowd didn't seem to enthralled by that, though they weren't rabidly booing. They know what Orton's like, after all.
Other stuff! The Ryback lost to Kane by DQ after powerbombing him through a table. I always get a little worried for Kane when people smaller than him are powerbombing him, but he survived.
Kaitlyn's secret admirer is going to meet her on Monday.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Heath Slater never got rolling due to a 3MB attack, which culminated with a Ricardo Rodriguez top rope crossbody to the floor. Dolph Ziggler will be back on Monday, medically cleared, so presumably the World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line at Payback.
Fandango beat Zack Ryder, because the show was at Long Island, of course.
Sheamus interrupted Damien Sandow's chess challenge vs. Deep Blue, brogue kicking a helpless monitor to continue his bullying actions. Damien Sandow stuck up for supercomputers everywhere by attacking Sheamus and actually beating him down.
Curtis Axel beat Chris Jericho thanks to a Paul Heyman-inspired distraction from CM Punk's theme song. If they already did Axel vs. Jericho tonight, they won't do it again at Payback, will they?
Dang the finish of that Shield match was brilliant. DB looks like he's going to get out-Shielded after a mix-up as always, but reverses the "expected" finish roll-up into the Yeslock and is about to win. It looks like they're going to do Orton vs. Bryan at Payback to give him a big win to set him up against Cena. Considering how this has been playing out and how much the crowd has gotten into Bryan's comebacks against the Shield, I wonder if the best Payoff would be to do Kane/Bryan/Orton vs. the Shield again in some kind of gimmick and actually give Bryan the win for the Shield's first (non-DQ in a tag match and whatever other parameters they're still holding onto) loss. Imagine the reaction, and then he'd be right where he needs to be to headline MITB. It could be that achievement is being held off for an Undertaker team at SummerSlam though.
As it stands, though, looking at a strange PPV card for the Shield where all their opponents are being tied up to the point where Rollins and Reigns will apparently have to defend against the Usos.
Yeah. I thought it was really good. It was just FILLED with drama, from Austin's panic attack, to Kurt Angle's neck problems, to Brock Lesnar's missed shooting star press, to Angle going in shock. They really sucked me in, there.