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!
There are multiple reports that Randy Orton has not been medically cleared to compete at tonight’s Backlash PPV. Orton allegedly suffered a concussion during his match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, and the hope was that he would be cleared in time for Backlash, but that is apparently not the case.
The holiday ratings malaise from Raw apparently carried over for a second night, as the final Smackdown Live! before their first brand-exclusive PPV did the worst ratings since the brand extension began, a bad sign given that the new fall season of network TV will resume in the next few weeks, which will also likely steal viewers away from the show. Overall, the show still finished third among original cable programming for the evening, bringing in 2.45 million viewers and a 0.79 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
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 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!