WWE pull off a perfect match to main event Payback

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Payback is done and dusted and the fans are now left with just 24 hours to digest the events they saw unfold tonight, and there were a lot of them.

John Cena and Rusev competed in an I Quit match for the United States Championship and quite simply stole the show with an early contender for match of the year.

Cena would end up winning in controversial circumstances with neither man saying they quit and Lana instead saying it for Rusev.

Last year the main event at Payback saw the final ever match of the Shield as they completed a clean sweep over Evolution in an elimination tag team match.

Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins were once again in the main event tonight but gave a very different match this year.

Rather than being a tag team match, the main event was a Fatal 4-Way for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and it certainly delivered.

Despite being a Fatal 4-Way, it was more like a 4-on-3 match with the inclusion of J&J Security and Kane at ringside to aid Rollins.

Rollins would get the win in the most bizarre way ever as for the second Pay-Per-View in a row he utilised someone else's finishing move to retain his title.

Rollins delivered Triple H's trademark pedigree to Dean Ambrose and pinned the Lunatic Fringe in order to retain his title a month after using Orton's RKO to the same result last month at Extreme Rules.

The match itself will surely go down as an early contender for match of the year and there were several big nods to the history amongst these men which made the match simply awesome.

A look back

What do you do when you have a fan favourite Randy Orton, the three members of the former Shield and a rejuvenated monster in the same picture?

The answer was, give everyone their chance to go back in time and give the WWE Universe exactly what they want.

The biggest piece of nostalgia in the match came when Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose attacked Orton outside the ring and got an idea.

They delivered the deadly triple power bomb through the table which they delivered countless times during their days together as the Shield.

Rollins even put his fist in the middle to try and reunite the Shield but that certainly didn't work out well for him.

Kane at ringside was arguably more influential than some of the actual competitors as he broke the mould of recent months.

Kane was once again a force to be reckoned within the match but it remains to be seen if he will continue to be as powerful away from the main event.

Then of course there was the actual ending to the match in which Rollins channelled his inner Triple H to deliver the pedigree.

With his patented curb stomp still reportedly banned by the company, Rollins appears to be a man without a finisher, but could he be set to bring the pedigree back to life?

Triple H himself came down to the ring at the end of the night to celebrate with his prodigy as Rollins secured his second title defense.

It is also worth noting that during the match, there was a two or three minute segment in which Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose were alone fighting in the ring.

The two gave a great part to the match and carried it whilst the five people at ringside were all out and who knows, it could be a future feud one day?

The match itself gave the show a fitting climax as it thrilled from start to finish and gave the fans several moments that we have wanted to see for a long time.

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