Welcome to the Backlash PPV review. Backlash was headlined by Edge taking on Randy Orton. This was billed as the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever. Those are lofty expectations especially after the clinic Daniel Bryan and A.J. Styles put on Friday night. A month after Drew McIntyre retained his WWE Championship at MITB, he defended against Bobby Lashley. Braun Strowman defended his Universal title against the Miz & Morrison. The Street Profits put up their Raw tag titles against the Viking Raiders. Speaking of Raw, Asuka defended her Women’s Championship against Nia Jax. Bayley & Sasha Banks battled Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross and the IIconics for the Women’s Tag Championships. Jeff Hardy battled Sheamus as they finally meet after their encounters on SmackDown. Let’s see how things turned out at the Backlash PPV.
We opened things up with the Women’s Tag Team title match. Banks & Bayley defeated Cross & Bliss a couple weeks ago to become the 2-time champions. The IIconics were the ones who dethroned Bayley & Banks at WrestleMania 35. The match had a lot of action from all 6 ladies. They all had great opportunities to actually win the match. Towards the end, the IIconics continue to double team Banks but Cross and Bliss make the save. Bliss and Cross take control with a double team. Bliss ends up hitting Twisted Bliss on Royce in the middle of the ring. Bliss holds it for the pin, but Banks runs in and steals it, covering to retain. Winners and Still Women’s Tag Champs: Bayley and Sasha Banks
Match Rating: 3.5/5
Jeff Hardy took on Sheamus as these two have had a heated rivalry over the last month. This past SmackDown, they had a controversial segment that rubbed many people wrong. Actually, this feud has been shitted on because it brings up Hardy’s alcohol trouble. I’m an old school fan and if Jeff is good with it so am I. The match was a very physical one from the offset. Things picked up more when Hardy sent Sheamus into the ring post and then drops him with a Twist of Fate. Hardy goes to the top and hits the Swanton. They end up on the outside of the ring again. Jeff runs the top of the barrier and leaps off but Sheamus knocks him out of the air with a big Brogue Kick right in front of the announcers. Sheamus brings it back into the ring for the pin to win. Winner: Sheamus
Match Rating: 3.25/5
Asuka defended her Raw Women’s Championship against Nia Jax. Asuka became champion after winning the Money in the Bank briefcase. The next night on Raw, Becky Lynch announced she’s pregnant and Asuka is the new champion. Nia Jax has been facing criticism on how she injured Kairi Sane on two occasions. Both got in a good amount of offense throughout the match. Asuka unloads with kicks in the middle of the ring. Jax catches a kick and drops Asuka with a sitdown powerbomb for a close 2 count. More back and forth in the corner and out to the floor now. Asuka catches Jax in an armbar on the floor but the referee continues to count. Jax beaks it into the barrier. The referee is at 8 now. Jax scoops Asuka at 9 but Asuka slides out and drops Jax with a big kick to the head. The referee counts them both out. Double Countout
Match Rating: 3/5
Braun Strowman put up his Universal Championship against the Miz & Morrison. Miz & Morrison used a lot of tag team antics to frustrate the champ to start. Strowman used his power to fend off the former tag champs. We thought Strowman was in trouble when the Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale and Morrison with a shot to the back of the head. Morrison covers for a 2 count but Miz pulls him off. Miz realizes he made a mistake perhaps. Morrison goes for another pin, but Braun kicks out and that sends him to the floor. Braun goes on and delivers a big chokeslam to Miz. Morrison springboards in but Braun knocks him out of the air. Braun with the running powerslam to Morrison for the pin to retain. Winner and Universal Champ: Braun Strowman
Match Rating: 3/5
We had the matchup for the WWE Championship as Drew McIntyre took on Bobby Lashley. This was a damn good match between these two. MVP got in the face of McIntyre before the match and it allowed Lashley to apply the Full Nelson. It took 3 referees to try to get him off McIntyre but Lashley finally released it. They battled until Lana comes walking down the ramp now. MVP says something to her. She gets on the apron and yells at the referee. Drew shoves Lashley and he almost goes into Lana, but he puts the brakes on. Drew nails a Glasgow Kiss headbutt, sending Lashley into the ropes, which sends Lana off the apron onto MVP. They both go down. Drew comes back and drops Lashley with the Claymore. Drew covers for the pin to retain. Winner and Still WWE Champ: Drew McIntyre
Match Rating: 3.75/5
We finally had Edge battling Randy Orton in their WrestleMania 36 rematch. It was billed as the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever. The match itself had everything you wanted to make it great. The buildup, storyline, and the match itself. We saw technical wrestling and sone great counters. Edge & Orton also hit their finishers on each other. They even pulled out Rock Bottoms, Olympic Slams, Pedigrees, 3 Amigos and so much more. The physicality displayed was great and Orton was busted open early in the match. Things picked up when Edge is down across the ring, slowly getting up. Orton goes to charge but Edge cuts him off with a big Spear. Edge pulls himself back up and delivers another, more aggressive Spear. Orton still kicks out at 2 and Edge is confused.
Edge takes Orton to the corner and comes off the middle turnbuckle, but Orton catches him in mid-air with a huge RKO outta nowhere. Edge still kicks out at 2 and Orton can’t believe it. Orton has some words for the referee. Orton grabs Edge’s head and says some stuff to him as he lifts him back from the mat. Edge suddenly grabs Orton for his new standing submission. Orton looks to hit a low blow, but the referee doesn’t see it. Orton comes right back with the punt kick for the pin to win. Winner: Randy Orton
Match Rating: 4.5/5- This was an amazing between these two. There are rumors that Edge was injured during the match and will be out for a considerable amount of time. This wasn’t the greatest wrestling match ever, but I was definitely entertained.
Overall Rating: 6.5/10- To me, there were no bad matches and the segment with the Street Profits and Viking Raiders didn’t count. Below are the top 3 matches from the Backlash PPV.
- Randy Orton vs. Edge
- Drew McIntyre(c) vs. Bobby Lashley
- Women’s Tag Title Match