It was the eighth event under the Extreme Rules chronology.Eight matches were contested at the event, with one being shown on the pre-show.
At Payback, WWE Women's Champion Charlotte defeated Natalya in controversial fashion; when Charlotte had her opponent in the Sharpshooter, referee Charles Robinson awarded the match to Charlotte despite Natalya not having submitted, similar to the Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series 1997.
At Payback, Owens defeated Zayn, and then stayed for commentary during the Intercontinental Championship match; Zayn attacked Owens and a fight broke between the two.
While Owens and Zayn were fighting at the ropes, Cesaro tried to throw them, but Miz pinned him to retain the title.
After Styles, Anderson and Gallows beat Reigns and the Usos on the May 2 episode of Raw, Anderson and Gallows wanted Styles to hit Reigns with a chair but Styles refused.
When the Usos attacked Styles from behind with a chair, Styles retaliated with the chair.
Ultimately, Reigns powerbombed Styles through the broadcast table.
The tag team tournament to determine the #1 contender match for the WWE Tag Team Championship culminated at Payback, in a match pitting The Vaudevillains against Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, which ended in a no contest after Enzo Amore suffered a legit concussion.
At Payback, Styles faced Reigns for the world title.
Reigns was first counted out and then disqualified, but the match was restarted twice (first by Shane Mc Mahon and then Stephanie Mc Mahon), turning into a no disqualification match.