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AJ Styles Is New WWE Champ, Becky Lynch, Heath Slater & Rhyno Also Leave With Gold

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Live from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia, AJ Styles became the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion when he defeated Dean Ambrose at the 2016 Backlash pay-per-view (PPV). In other Backlash news, Becky Lynch became the first-ever SmackDown LIVE Women’s Champion, and Heath Slater and Rhyno became the first-ever SmackDown LIVE Tag Team Champions.

Full results of the 2016 Backlash PPV, below:

Baron Corbin defeated Apollo Crews – PreShow KickOff

The match was booked during the Backlash PPV PreShow, and the two NXT rookies both jumped into action as soon as the bell rung. The bout was mediocre, which was why it was probably placed in the preshow, however it was evenly toned; where no one man dominated over the other. In the end, Corbin laid his End of Days signature finisher, and gained the three-count on Crews.

Becky Lynch defeated Natalya, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, and Nikki Bella to become the first-ever SmackDown LIVE Women’s Champion – Six Pack Challenge

The women opened up the PPV with an explosive match, all six vying for the bragging rights to be called the first-ever SmackDown LIVE Women’s Champion. Alexa Bliss was the first to be eliminated, pinned by Naomi. Then it was Naomi who was eliminated when she tapped out to Natalya’s Sharpshooter submission. Then very quickly, Nikki eliminated Natalya via a three-count pin, and Carmella was then able to take Bella by surprise and eliminate the Bella twin. And then there was two: Carmella and Becky Lynch. In the end, Lynch became the first-ever SmackDown LIVE Women’s Champion when she laid her Dis-Arm-Her submission on Carmella, getting the NXT rookie to tap out.

The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) defeated The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley) to move onto the finals of SmackDown LIVE’s Tag Team Titles Tournament – Second Chance Tag Team Match

Sporting a new look, new aggressive attitude, and no face paint, The Usos battled The Hype Bros to get their feet once again placed into the tag team titles tournament finals. The match had high-energy, with action taking place inside and outside the ring. The Usos were able to win the match after attacking the right leg of Zack Ryder (much like they did to American Alpha).  Jimmy Uso then laid Ryder in a single-leg crab submission, where Zack tapped out. The Usos won the match, and were able to advance to the finals of SmackDown LIVE’s Tag Team Titles tournament.

The Miz (with Maryse) defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the Intercontinental Championship

Right before The Miz walked down to the ring, a promo hit between him, Maryse, and SmackDown LIVE GM Daniel Bryan: basically where The Miz was demanding negotiations around his contract, since he was a top star. Still, once he made it to the ring Dolph Ziggler started off a strong and aggressive attack on The Miz as soon as the bell rung. The Miz did come back, and seemed to dominate early on. Miz took the opportunity to mock Daniel Bryan, by performing one of his signature moves and doing his Yes! chant in the ring, all while laying a beating on Ziggler. Dolph did come back, but after the referee was distracted with Miz, Maryse sprayed Ziggler in the face with an unknown substance. As such, Miz laid his Skull Crushing Finale on Dolph, and Ziggler was out for the three-count.

Kane defeated Bray Wyatt – No Holds Barred

Earlier on in the night, Bray Wyatt attacked Randy Orton. As such an announcement was made that he was not cleared to wrestle prior to the match, due to an injury. Out comes Kane, out of nowhere, for a No Holds Barred Match, that was pretty solid, all considering it was off the cuff. There was action inside the ring and out, and of course on the announcers’ table; as Wyatt beat on Kane, and even crashed on top of him while he lay on it, breaking the table. Nearing the end of the match, Orton ran into the ring, laid on RKO on Wyatt. Kane then laid his chokeslam finisher, got the three-count and the win on Wyatt.

Heath Slater and Rhyno defeated The Usos to become the first-ever SmackDown LIVE Tag Team Champions – Final Match of the Tag Team Titles Tournament

The Usos started the match off strong, dominating over Heath Slater. Continuing with their newly found heel personas, they laid a brutal beat down on Slater, as Rhyno waited anxiously to get the tag. He eventually did, and Rhyno was able to run over Jimmy and Jey, making quick work of them. Unfortunately, his steam ran out quickly and Slater was tagged back in. Thanks to Rhyno and his Gore finisher (of course done while the referee was not looking), Slater was able to gain the three-count on Jimmy Uso, thus becoming the first-ever SmackDown LIVE Tag Team Champions. Best part is? Slater finally gets signed to SmackDown.

AJ Styles defeated Dean Ambrose to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship

The main event provided a match where AJ Styles simply seemed one step ahead of the WWE Champ. There was a lot of action, physicality, and high-flying. Unfortunately, Ambrose suffered a (storyline-related) injury to his left knee; and AJ Styles, as such, focused that left knee. Styles even placed Ambrose in the calf-crusher submission move, twice, targeting that knee; where Ambrose was able to get out of it once by hitting the ropes, the second time by grabbing Styles’ head and smashing it against the mat to break the hold. Even though Ambrose was down, he wasn’t out; as he built up a comeback within the match, beating on Styles outside the ring. He threw Styles on the announcers table, and then over the barricade into the live crowd; diving off a table onto Styles, and into the audience. Still, it was a low-blow on Ambrose, and the Styles Clash that lead to AJ’s victory, and WWE World Heavyweight title win.

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