WWE Payback: Apollo Crews vs. Bobby Lashley For US Title

WWE United States Championship Match
– Apollo Crews (c) vs. Bobby Lashley w/Shelton Benjamin and MVP

Prior to the match, they showed a pre-taped promo MVP cut while being flanked by Lashley and Shelton Benjamin. He all but guaranteed Lashley would win the title tonight, Lashley didn’t speak.

The start:

They lock up to start the match. Lasholey lands a belly-to-back suplex but Crews comes down and locks in a side headlock. They go off the ropes and Lashley drops the Champion. Crews counters with a dropkick.

Mid-match notes:

Lashley finally takes Crews down and pushes him back into the corner. The referee counts, with Lashley raking the eyes of his opponent. Lashley whips Crews into the corner, he ends up countering and hitting a dropkick and a back elbow. He throw Lashley to the outside. Crews kicks Lashley while on the apron and connects on a moonsault. The referee starts the double countout as MVP and Shelton Benjamin intimidate Crews without touching him.

The action goes back into the ring with Lashley back on the attack. He picks Crews up and sets him down on the top rope. Crews rolls to the outside. A replay shows Lashley brought him down in a Rock-bottom type move to set him on the ropes. Lashley goes to the outside to attack his opponent. Lashley puts Crews on his shoulders and bounces him off the ring post. He rolls the Champion back into the ring and gets a near fall.

Lashley immediately goes to a side headlock. The referee checks for submission. Lashley ends up taking off the hold and hitting a fallaway slam on Crews. He buries his shoulder into Crews’ midsection. Lashley is dominating the midsection of Crews. He goes for suplex but Crews counters with a dropkick to the back of Bobby’s neck. Lashley is still standing and comes right back with the Dominator. He only gets a two count as he was over confident in his pinfall attempt.

Lashley charges at his opponent but Crews moves. Lashley runs up to him but eats a kick and a cross-body off the ropes. Crews and Lashley are both down in the ring. MVP and Shelton shout from ringside. Crews buries his head in Lashley’s midsection, backing him into the corner. He hits a Stinger Splash and goes for his finisher. Lashley counters but Crews hits a spinebuster.

Crews follows with a standing moonsault and Lashley kicks out at two. Crews picks Lashley up but Lashley counters and goes for the Full Nelson. Crews counters with two German suplexes. Lashley is down as Crews goes to the top rope.Frog splash from the top rope and Lashley kicks out of a pinfall attempt at two. Lashley is dazed but somehow on his feet. Lashley counters with an elbow and is able to hit a chokeslam.

The finish:

Lashley taunts Crews by screaming over top of the Champion. He applies the Full Lashley and Crews taps out.

Winner & NEW WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley

After the match, MVP makes a photographer take a photo of them together in the ring. Crews recovers and attacks Lashley during the celebration. He escapes before the rest of the Hurt Business can get to him. He screams he’s going to get the title back on his way up the ramp.


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