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.