The first Smackdown-exclusive PPV of the New Era is here, as WWE presents Backlash! While an already thin card took another hit with the reveal that Randy Orton was not medically cleared to compete, there was definitely a chance for some good wrestling and, with the introduction of two new titles, some really big moments that could change careers forever! Here’s all the results from Backlash for your enjoyment, and make sure to come back to Goliath on Monday for a more extensive look at the show!
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With the WWE Brand Extension once again in full swing, it’s time for the next hurdle in the road, the very first brand-exclusive Pay Per View. Smackdown gets the first kick at the can with Backlash, a PPV name that actually has a long history due to formerly being WWE’s first post-Mania PPV that dealt with the fallout from the largest show of the year (hence the name). Can Smackdown maintain the legacy of Backlash? Well, they’ve actually got a pretty big hill to climb, thanks to a small roster, a show that doesn’t seem to have enough matches announced to fill three hours, and having to introduce two major titles on the same show with only a few weeks of build-up. The talent is there, however, so the show could actually be quite good. And if you want some more thoughts and predictions to get you prepared for Backlash, well, then just keep reading.
The very first Smackdown-exclusive Pay Per View of the new Brand Extension is this Sunday, and as of the final Smackdown Live! before the show, there are six official matches announced. At Backlash, two new titles will be introduced, as the Smackdown Women’s Title will be awarded to the winner of a Six-Pack Challenge Match, and the Smackdown Tag Team titles will be determined in the finals of an eight-team tournament. In case you needed a refresher on what to expect at Backlash, here are all the matches that you will see this Sunday!
With Backlash just a few days away, this week’s Smackdown Live! was the final chance for competitors to get their shots in before the Pay Per View. In addition, the final four teams faced off for the right to compete for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles at Backlash. Here’s everything that went down at the last Smackdown before Backlash!
One of the last shots of Smackdown Live! was #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Title AJ Styles, painfully sitting astride the top rope, after being knocked there by Dean Ambrose. Always a comical spot worthy of mention, but Styles went the extra step further after the show went off the air. According to live reports, Styles stayed in that very uncomfortable position for roughly ten-fifteen minutes, while other wrestlers made their entrances for the post-show dark match, which was scheduled to be Styles teaming with Seth Rollins against John Cena and Roman Reigns. And as each wrestler made their way into the ring, they decided to mess with the Phenomenal One’s predicament. Here’s some fan footage of exactly what happened.
Backlash is rapidly approaching, and Smackdown has a lot of matches to set up beforehand, including more rounds of the Smackdown Tag Title tournament! Will Heath Slater even make it through the first round in his goal to win the tournament and secure a Smackdown contract? Plus, all the fallout from The Miz’s shocking promo on Daniel Bryan from last week’s Talking Smack!
SummerSlam is in the books, which means we’re basically at the halfway point in the wrestling year. That’s right, it’s all downhill to WrestleMania from here. Figuratively, and hopefully not literally, anyway. And even though WWE is in some form of semi-controlled chaos due to the brand extension and being forced to crown two Universal Champions within the first two weeks of the title’s existence, there are still some thing we’ve seen that have led us to make a reasonable assumptions about where things could go if WWE was currently being booked with WrestleMania in mind. And we can’t prove that it’s not, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt (this time), and assemble a list of matches that we think could possibly happen at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando.
Reports have surfaced which suggest that Roman Reigns’ suspension just before the Brand Extension changed more than a few long-term plans for WWE, so just for fun, we decided to see how many of their current issues they could blame on The Guy. According to the Wrestling Observer, the biggest change caused by Reigns’ suspension was the fact that it ended up sending the WWE World Heavyweight Title to Smackdown, with Dean Ambrose as champion, instead of Raw, which was allegedly the original plan. Reigns and Seth Rollins were expected to feud over that title, while the Universal Championship was supposed to be introduced as a Smackdown-exclusive title, and most importantly, won by AJ Styles, likely in the match against John Cena which happened at SummerSlam anyway. In addition, a planned undercard match for SummerSlam was supposed to see Finn Balor fight Chris Jericho, as the two were expected to have an extended feud for Balor’s initial period following his promotion from NXT. Instead, as Reigns was removed from the Universal title picture, Balor was inserted, and ended up winning the title at SummerSlam…and seriously injuring his shoulder, putting him out for roughly 4-6 months.
With SummerSlam now in the rear-view mirror, Smackdown Live! has a lot of work ahead of it and not a lot of time, as the first Smackdown-exclusive Pay Per View, Backlash, will take place in just under three weeks! Could the show maintain its run of decent shows? We’ve got all the important results from this week’s show for your convenience!
We can say this much for WWE, they know how to put on a spectacle, and their powers were in full force for all of SummerSlam weekend. We saw the first Universal Champion crowned, absolutely glorious debuts, tearful farewells, and an ending that we still can’t quite believe, plus any number of other big moments. We’d love to go over every detail of what has been a very long SummerSlam weekend, but there is not enough time to explain, so we’ll have to sum up instead. Here’s everything that we though was worth talking about from an absolutely packed weekend of wrestling, starting with NXT TakeOver, and going all the way to the bitter end of what felt like a day-long SummerSlam event.