AJ Styles def. Sami Zayn
Looks like Sami Zayn will have to settle for underdog status a little while longer. Faced with a chance to turn the WWE World Heavyweight Title Match at WWE Payback into a Triple Threat, Zayn came up short against Roman Reigns’ current No. 1 Contender, AJ Styles, whose victory assures the main event of Payback will remain a one-on-one affair.
What Styles and Zayn initially implied would be a respectful contest between old friends turned gritty in a hurry. AJ brought the fire against Zayn and Sami responded in kind, thwarting the Styles Clash and lining his foe up for the Helluva Kick. AJ was ready for that, too, dodging the incoming boot and clobbering Zayn with the Phenomenal Forearm for a well-earned win.