The Shield attacked The Wyatt Family, the chaos of that brawl eventually cooling as Dean Ambrose took on Erick Rowan.
Seth Rollins took his turn next, kicking Luke Harper in the gut and tagging Ambrose back in. The Shield had the better chemistry at first, tagging in and out after short bursts of offense.
Once Bray Wyatt made his way in, things changed, though.
He pummeled Rollins before letting his brethren take their shots as well. Momentum shifted again when Ambrose re-entered. He clocked Rowan with right hands before clamping the figure-four on him.
Each team went on runs.
Rollins darted around the ring, keeping his foes off balance. Harper followed with a series of hard-hitting moves, halting Rollins' flight with kicks and clotheslines.
The match, as one would expect, eventually broke down. Enemies fought on the outside, and Roman Reigns went on a tear, knocking folks flat on their backs.
Reigns had Wyatt seemingly beat when Evolution arrived. Rollins and Ambrose dove at Evolution, leaving Wyatt and Reigns alone in the ring.
Wyatt took advantage with Sister Abigail's Kiss for the win.
Evolution throttled The Shield. Reigns fought back, but Triple H flattened him in the end. Batista then played the Reigns role in Evolution's version of the triple powerbomb.
The Wyatt Family win via pinfall.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
Harper hits a superkick just after Rollins does a flip.
"This has become a very unsafe place."—Michael Cole.
Harper hits a suicide dive onto Rollins, sending him crashing into the announce table.
Ambrose and Rollins leap over the top rope onto Harper and Rowan on the outside.
The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family is the go-to match for WWE. Each time they clash, these teams leave fans' jaws open and hearts racing.
The two squads looked even throughout the bout, no one staying on top for long. Rollins and Harper earned most of the spotlight, thriving under it.
Only a victory-by-distraction finish holds this back from being an A+.
Evolution is still together and still hungering to hurt The Shield. A report from PWInsider.com, via WrestleZone, detailed the confusion around whether Batista is scheduled to stay until Payback. It appears that his reported decision to turn down a match against Daniel Bryan will lead to a rematch against The Shield.
That is if Evolution's egos don't have them split before that.