WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day def. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd (2-out-of-3 Falls Match)

BALTIMORE — “Positivity,” or at least The New Day’s version of it, prevailed at WWE Payback, where the ruthlessly upbeat trio of Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods celebrated a victory over Tyson Kidd & Cesaro in a chaotic 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.

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After gleefully drawing attention to the Baltimore Orioles’ 32-year championship draught to the sold-out crowd in the Royal Farms Arena — and particularly Orioles outfielder Adam Jones sitting at ringside — it was Kingston and Big E who locked up with the game challengers in this Monument City melee, which awarded victory to the first team to score two pinfalls or submissions.

It was Kidd scoring the first fall over Kingston, who suffered the wrath of a Cesaro Swing into a Kidd dropkick that put The Dreadlocked Dynamo down for a three-count. The New Day shifted momentum in their favor, however, after Big E speared Cesaro through the ropes and to the floor, taking The Swiss Superman out of the equation. Left without a partner, Kidd suffered a Kingston-assisted Big Ending, which tied up the bout with one fall apiece.

With his wife Natalya looking on from ringside and The King of Swing struggling to regain his bearings, Kidd continued to fall victim to a two-on-one numbers game (three-on-one if you count Woods’ taunting), until Cesaro finally shook off the cobwebs, tearing into Big E & Kingston with near-superhuman strength. However, after Kingston caught Cesaro with a neck snap onto the  top rope, Woods opportunistically rushed the ring and scored a final three-count, despite the fact that he was never officially involved in the bout.

Exclusive: Cesaro, Kidd and Natalya react to loss

This wasn’t the first time The New Day stole a victory from The Swiss Superman and the Hart Dungeon graduate — in fact, bending the rules was how the trio came into possession of the WWE Tag Team Championship at Extreme Rules. Since then, Kidd & Cesaro have remained in relentless pursuit of their former titles, which evaded their grasp in a rematch on the April 30 edition of SmackDown after an intervening Woods forced a disqualification victory for the challengers.  At WWE Payback, the brains behind The New Day struck again, sneaking into the match and scoring a questionable pinfall that won the match for his partners in positivity.

However, that perennial optimism will be put to the test on Sunday, May 31, when The New Day defends their titles in the first-ever WWE Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match on the award-winning WWE Network. Will all that clapping come to a painful end inside the formidable structure?

WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day def. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd (2-out-of-3 Falls Match)

BALTIMORE — “Positivity,” or at least The New Day’s version of it, prevailed at WWE Payback, where the ruthlessly upbeat trio of Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods celebrated a victory over Tyson Kidd & Cesaro in a chaotic 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.

View match photos |  Watch WWE Payback highlights

After gleefully drawing attention to the Baltimore Orioles’ 32-year championship draught to the sold-out crowd in the Royal Farms Arena — and particularly Orioles outfielder Adam Jones sitting at ringside — it was Kingston and Big E who locked up with the game challengers in this Monument City melee, which awarded victory to the first team to score two pinfalls or submissions.

It was Kidd scoring the first fall over Kingston, who suffered the wrath of a Cesaro Swing into a Kidd dropkick that put The Dreadlocked Dynamo down for a three-count. The New Day shifted momentum in their favor, however, after Big E speared Cesaro through the ropes and to the floor, taking The Swiss Superman out of the equation. Left without a partner, Kidd suffered a Kingston-assisted Big Ending, which tied up the bout with one fall apiece.

With his wife Natalya looking on from ringside and The King of Swing struggling to regain his bearings, Kidd continued to fall victim to a two-on-one numbers game (three-on-one if you count Woods’ taunting), until Cesaro finally shook off the cobwebs, tearing into Big E & Kingston with near-superhuman strength. However, after Kingston caught Cesaro with a neck snap onto the  top rope, Woods opportunistically rushed the ring and scored a final three-count, despite the fact that he was never officially involved in the bout.

Exclusive: Cesaro, Kidd and Natalya react to loss

This wasn’t the first time The New Day stole a victory from The Swiss Superman and the Hart Dungeon graduate — in fact, bending the rules was how the trio came into possession of the WWE Tag Team Championship at Extreme Rules. Since then, Kidd & Cesaro have remained in relentless pursuit of their former titles, which evaded their grasp in a rematch on the April 30 edition of SmackDown after an intervening Woods forced a disqualification victory for the challengers.  At WWE Payback, the brains behind The New Day struck again, sneaking into the match and scoring a questionable pinfall that won the match for his partners in positivity.

However, that perennial optimism will be put to the test on Sunday, May 31, when The New Day defends their titles in the first-ever WWE Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match on the award-winning WWE Network. Will all that clapping come to a painful end inside the formidable structure?