WWE surprised Chicago tonight in the opening match of Payback. The Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat match ended with a new champion.
Curtis Axel defeated champion Wade Barrett and The Miz when The Miz locked in a Figure Four Leglock on Barrett. Axel pinned Barrett before Barrett could tap out.
After the match, Axel seemingly said a few words to his deceased father, "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig.