In what can only be described as a wrestling spectacle, Finn Balor and Damian Priest of Judgment Day reigned supreme over the dynamic duo of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, clinching the WWE Tag Team Championships at Payback. The energy was palpable inside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s arena, with the match affectionately titled the "Steel City Street Fight" in a nod to the city's steel heritage.
The match was not just a showcase of sheer wrestling talent, but a homage to wrestling's greats. Kevin Owens donned a shirt paying tribute to the late, legendary Terry Funk, setting the mood for what was to be an unforgettable night.
The tension escalated when the battle spilled into the sea of fans. Unexpectedly, Dominik Mysterio emerged as the first to legally intervene, taking advantage of the chaos. A remarkable twist saw Owens and Zayn, draped in Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys, wielding hockey sticks as weapons.
In a shocking moment, Owens bled profusely from a head injury, yet the warriors persisted. The action returned to the ring where a setup of four chairs awaited. Priest, armed with a hockey stick, delivered a brutal slam to Zayn, although he managed to recover.
Chaos Erupts Outside the Ring
Just when it seemed things couldn’t get wilder, the action shifted back into the crowd and towards the Payback pre-show set. Zayn, with adrenaline surging, soared from the top of a desk aiming to decimate Judgment Day.
Yet, Mysterio was quick to counter, overpowering Zayn. A breathtaking moment saw Owens, from a stairwell's pinnacle, driving Mysterio through a table with a Swanton Bomb. The tide of the match shifted continuously, thanks to interventions from JD McDonagh, who prevented a Priest pin, and Rhea Ripley, who sent Owens crashing through the barricade with a spear.
In the closing moments, as Zayn seemed poised to retain the championship, Mysterio re-emerged, wielding Priest's Money In The Bank briefcase. This strategic interference paved the way for Balor to secure a pin on Zayn. Amidst roaring cheers, Judgment Day left the arena, not just as victors but as the new WWE Tag Team Champions.