WWE’s Backlash event is the company’s third pay-per-view in less than a month and features Raw AND SmackDown Live superstars!
WWE Backlash took place Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and aired live on WWE Network.
WWE Backlash 2018 Kickoff: Ruby Riott (with Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) def. Bayley. Sasha Banks watched backstage. Decent opener, but nothing special. Riott should be next in line for the Raw Women’s Title.
Official WWE Backlash 2018 show open:
Ruby Riott on The Riott Squad’s rock-solid support:
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins (c) def. The Miz to retain the WWE IC Title. Excellent, show-stealing match that ended up being the best on the card by far.
Seth Rollins post-match interview:
WWE United States Championship: Jeff Hardy (c) def. Randy Orton to retain the WWE U.S. Title. Good match, but not at the level of their most memorable encounter from Royal Rumble 2008.
Jeff Hardy post-match interview:
Bobby Roode drops Elias with Glorious DDT after multiple interruptions by Rusev Day, Aiden English, Titus Worldwide, The New Day, and the No Way Jose conga line!
WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Nia Jax (c) def. Alexa Bliss to retain the WWE Raw Women’s Title. Much like their WrestleMania 34 match, this went way longer than it needed to. At least the right superstar won.
Daniel Bryan def. Big Cass via submission. Decent match, but well below Bryan PPV level. Big Cass was perfectly fine out there. Some of the crowd inexplicably chanted for Cass’ old partner and alleged rapist Enzo Amore. Not cool. The finish made no sense as Big Cass destroyed Bryan after the match to make sure neither man got over. Lazy booking.
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Carmella (c) def. Charlotte Flair CLEAN to retain the SD Live Women’s Title. Terrible match that shows Carmella might be a great heel personality, but still has a ways to go in the ring. Charlotte also “hit” a big boot that missed by a mile. Carmella actually pinned Charlotte clean with a rollup after Charlotte’s knee gave out from a missed moonsault. What was the point of ending Asuka’s streak again?
WWE Championship No DQ Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura went to a draw when both superstars kick each other in the groin at the same time. I’m not kidding. Somehow, WWE has made Styles vs. Nakamura unappealing. Their matches seem to get progressively worse as well. Horrible booking.
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Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley def. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Glorified squash match that was below the standard of their recent Raw match and further sends KO and Zayn in a creative tailspin. Crowd didn’t react much to Lashley who got the pin on Owens, who I’m not even sure was the legal man. Hopefully, they’ll turn Lashley heel so we can get a glimpse of the great act we saw in TNA Impact Wrestling.
Roman Reigns def. Samoa Joe despite being put through the announcers table with a uranage and getting dominated most of the match. By far, the weakest of their singles matches and one that took place way too late in the show — ending at 11:28pm/ET. The Reigns babyface hype train is so derailed at this point, it’s not even funny. Reigns desperately needs a heel turn, while Joe will need a big win on the Blue Brand before challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Title.
Overall, this was a bad show that fell off the rails after Rollins vs. Miz. Hard to have a such a bad show with a roster this deep, but WWE managed to pull it off.
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