Alberto Del Rio and later CM Punk opened the night with confirmations of their switched allegiances.
Del Rio came out to the buzz of boos. Apparently, the audience has fully accepted Del Rio's return to villainy.
Before he even uttered his first words of the night, it was clear there was a change in him. He now donned a black scarf and his smile was far more vicious than it was during his face run. Even Ricardo Rodriguez’s normally endearing charm has been washed away by an air of wickedness.
Del Rio asked why anyone would care about the Man of Steel when they can watch him, "a man of gold."
He grumbled about how Ziggler attacked him and cashed in the Money in the Bank contract on him. According to Del Rio, who won a title the same way, that makes Ziggler "a pig and a coward."
"I guess that's what America is all about: pigs and cowards," Del Rio said.
The crowd chanted "U-S-A!" and Del Rio egged them on. He was convincingly indignant, slipping back into his snake's skin with ease.
Chicago's favorite son limped down to ringside complete with Wolverine-like mutton chops and the crowd lit up.
CM Punk talked about how the last time he and Del Rio met was Survivor Series 2011 when Punk's lengthy WWE title reign began. Del Rio had claimed to be the best in his promo and Punk took offense to that.
He challenged Del Rio, but Paul Heyman said that his clients don't fight for free. Punk was clearly annoyed with Heyman, doing some major foreshadowing.
Vickie Guerrero came out and made the match official as the night's main event.
Del Rio's promo cleared up any doubts about his heel turn at Payback by fully embracing his dark side. Though the Mexican aristocrat was improving as a face, he's a natural heel and showed it here in a powerful performance.