Welcome to so much Backlash’ing!
It’s been a hella busy month in the world o’ WWE!
We had WrestleMania 34, then the RAW and SmackDown after Mania, then the Superstar Shakeup, and most recently The Greatest Royal Rumble – the latter being more of a glorified house show than the loaded PPV-style event many thought it might be.
Now we’ve made it to Backlash – a dual-branded PPV (as they’ll all be going forward). Will this event – despite not having Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, Brock, or a giant Rumble match – move the needle at all? Well, in the very least it’ll have three women’s matches, right?
WWE Champ AJ Styles once again takes on Shinsuke Nakamura – this time in a “No DQ” match (signifying that both dudes are just going to kick each other in the groin over and over). Plus, Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe clash in a grudge match, The Miz attempts to topple IC Champ Seth Rollins and both Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss will try to win back their respective Women’s Championships.
Keep it locked in here for all the WWE Backlash action! Let us know what you think of the results down below as they roll in over the next four hours. I’ll also be live-tweeting over at @TheMattFowler, so feel free to follow me over there.
Bayley vs. Ruby Riott (Backlash Kickoff Match)
Now that Absolution is no more, the Riott Squad can stand a bit taller as a much more formidable female heel stable on TV. We won’t have to watch the “numbers game” play out on both shows as much – though the Iconics and Carmella are forming their own little clique that might prove problematic for Charlotte.
Bayley was able to swat away a few cheats but eventually she fell to fell to outside interference. I’m not sure what any of this has to do with anything unless Ruby eventually challenges for Nia’s title, or if this all works, for whatever reason, to unite Bayley and Sasha – but it was a decent opener. Bayley’s top rope Macho Man Elbow is still awesome, by the way.
Winner: Ruby Riott
Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. The Miz
Side Quest: I’ve never understood the “Miz Can’t Wrestle” hate. Especially over the past two or three years. Dude’s freakin’ solid in the ring. Purposefully, his move-set isn’t dazzling or dynamic because he’s an old school heel who doesn’t want to get too over in the ring based on cool maneuvers. Anyhow, this was a really hot one-on-one bout with an alive crowd and some really nerve-wracking near falls.
Every time it seemed like Rollins’ hurt leg was going to cost him the title (he kicked out of two Skull-Crushing Finales), he preservered and powered out. They really need to set Seth against Brock next. He’s way over right now, and certainly more over than Roman (Miz is more adored than Roman). The best part of this one was that we all knew Seth was winning because the IC title had to stay on RAW, but the match was so good that it created these moments of doubt and disbelief.
Winner, and still Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins
Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss
Results to follow…