WWE Backlash - September 11, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
Naomi vs. Carmella vs. Nikki Bella vs. Natalya vs.Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss
I'm digging Alexa Bliss’ ode to The Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn.
Crickets for Carmella when playing to the crowd.
Can't help but notice Nikki Bella has to keep adjusting her bikini-bottom.
That was a quick tap by Naomi.
If you read my WWE Backlash Preview & Predictions column you know how I would've liked for this match to play out. That being said, I'm happy for Becky Lynch as I think she’ll be a great women's champion. Good post-match interview with a strong crowd reaction. This crowd was definitely ready for Becky to win the title.
Order of elimination: Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Carmella.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Bray Wyatt was shown backstage slamming a door into Randy Orton’s knee. Word leaked earlier in the day that Orton was dealing with lingering concussion symptoms so this looks like how they're getting out of his match against Wyatt tonight.
The Usos vs. The Hype Bros
I like the swagger the Usos have now as heels.
While the Hype Bros aren't my cup of tea, they work well together and make a good team. They have good, high energy matches.
That was a good match, but the obvious finish was the Usos winning so there wasn't much suspense. The right team won, which sets up a fun finals match between the Usos and Heath Slater & Rhyno.
Winner: The Usos
Renee Young interviewed Slater and Rhyno backstage.
Slater says he feels like $100,000 instead of a million dollars. Funny.
Apparently Slater has an upset stomach and has the runs. Please tell that doesn't play into the finish of their match against the Usos.
Commercial for Connor's Cure.
Commercial for the Cruiserweight Classic Finale.
Video package hyping Ziggler vs. Miz.
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz
Before the match MIz is shown backstage telling Daniel Bryan the Smackdown brand needs him and the Intercontinental Championship so he is demanding a raise after he retains his title. I hope they're not foreshadowing a title change here.
Dolph starts the match hot with some good mat wrestling.
Good back and forth match so far. Miz showing a mean streak.
Miz mocks Daniel Bryan with the Yes gesture.
Miz selling a shoulder and Ziggler a knee. Great near fall after a DDT by Dolph. Another great near fall after a superkick from Dolph.
Maryse sprays something in Ziggler's eyes allowing Miz to deliver the Skull Crushing Finale and get the pin. That was an excellent match. Both guys worked hard and delivered their best match against each other to date. Dolph continues his losing streak but saves face due to the interference from Maryse.
Winner: The Miz
We now go to the Kickoff Show crew of Booker T, Jerry Lawler and Renee Young as they recap Corbin Baron's victory over Apollo Crews.
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt comes out for his match against Randy Orton who doesn't make the ten count and is disqualified.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
As Bray is leaving the ring the ring announcer comes back on and announces Wyatt in a No-DQ Match against Kane.
Kane? Come on WWE at least give us someone new. (Yawn)
Kane vs. Bray Wyatt in a No Disqualification Match
Bray strikes the Viper Pose on top of the announce table and delivers a Swanton onto Kane crashing through the table.
Kane counters Sister Abigail into a Chokeslam for a good near fall.
Both men are down in the ring and here comes Randy Orton limping to the ring. A RKO to Wyatt, then Kane follows with another Chokeslam and Bray loses yet again.
As disappointing as it is, I understand the Bray Wyatt loss.
No prediction made.
AJ Styles is shown backstage dressing down two jobbers.
A WWE Network commercial.
A No Mercy commercial.
The Usos vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship
Let's go Slater chants as the match starts.
The Usos in control midway through the match by mostly working over Slater who continues looking for the hot-tag.
We want Rhyno chants.
There's the hot-tag. Rhyno gets the upper hand until he's thrown into the ring post, enter Slater who delivers a neck breaker and has the pin until he's dragged outside of the ring.
Once back in the ring Jimmy Uso delivers sweet chin music to Slater who then turns around and eats a Gore from Rhyno while the ref’s back is turned. Heath Slater covers for the 1-2-3. Big pop from the crowd.
Very enjoyable match with an excellent finishing sequence. I was expecting a run-in from Jordan, but I'll take what we got as I feel the right team went over.
After the match Slater says this is probably one of the biggest moments of his life, except for a couple of his kids being born. He finishes with,”Yo Buela, we’re getting a double wide baby!” Good stuff.
Winner: Heath Slater & Rhyno
Clash of Champions commercial.
A Styles vs.Ambrose video package.
AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship
A methodical pace to start the match.
AJ Styles, Let's go Ambrose chants.
Stat: the WWE World Championship has been defended on Backlash nine times, with the title changing hands four times.
The pace of the match picks up at the midway point.
Good match thus far.
Ambrose survives two Calf Crushers.
Nice catapult into the ring post by Ambrose, and a nice bump by Styles.
Dean Ambrose is kicking out of everything Styles throws at him.
This is awesome chants.
Ambrose fires up, ref bump, Styles with a low blow into the Styles Clash and new WWE World Champion...AJ Styles.
Winner: AJ Styles
The match wasn't on the level of Styles vs. Cena at SummerSlam, but it was good. The tainted victory means this isn't the end of the feud. Although Ambrose lost the match he can justify it by the low blow. I like the decision to put the belt on Styles.
I'd like see AJ get an extended run with the title. The problem is, because the Smackdown roster is so thin they're going to run out of contenders to compete for the belt. I'd like to see Styles hold the belt through all of 2017, but what I see happening is Styles dropping the belt to John Cena at WrestleMania. Hopefully I'm wrong because I'd rather see Cena face the Undertaker at WrestleMania.
Overall Grade: B
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