First and foremost, a bit of a somber note, on this 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in America. Always worth remembering.
Second, and more relevant to ratings? It’s opening weekend of the NFL season. That means a whole lot of football, including Sunday Night Football, which Backlash is going head to head with tonight.
It’s a big night folks, as we will learn who becomes SmackDown’s first women’s champion, as well as it’s next tag team champions. At a minimum. So let’s get things started!
Best Match of the night:
I have to put the Six Pack Challenge here. Why? My, oh my, it was entertaining. That’s for starters.
For another reason? Well, it got the crowd chanting “this is awesome”, and I have to agree with them. The match had some really good high spots. Great action. Great story. It deserves this spot.
Well, it deserves to share the spot. Because, honestly, the main event was stellar. If you are a fan of Dean, the ending probably bums you out a bit, but wow, the moves these guys were throwing were awesome, the action was intense. It too earned a “this is awesome” chant, and it earned every bit of it.
Worst match of the night:
Here’s some confusion for you.
I liked Kane and Wyatt, but I thought it was the worst match of the night.
No, Deegan isn’t crazy. Though, I was hit in the head earlier, but I swear I passed the concussion protocol!
Here’s why I have the match here: because Kane is a bit player. A part timer. And was not supposed to even be on the card. So, while I get having Orton involved to further the feud with Bray, I think they should have booked it a bit different-no reason to bury Bray. The assisted pin saved him somewhat, but not enough for my taste.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
This is awesome
Let’s¬† go Becky
You deserve it!
Let’s go Usos/Usos suck
Let’s go Miz
Let’s go Ziggler
one more time
lets go Slater
Let’s go Ambrose
Star of the Night
Becky Lynch and AJ Styles.
Any questions? There shouldn’t be.
Spot of the Night:
Naomi, doing a springboard dive to the outside to take out all the other women in the Six Pack Challenge.
Naomi, off the top ropes with a neckbreaker and Natalya with a powerbomb on Alexa, leading to Alexa’s elimination.
From the main event, take your pick. The springboard 450? The dives? Too many to choose
Jobber of the Night:
I guess I would go with The Usos, for putting over Slater and Rhyno to become the latest SmackDown tag team champions. But no, this isn’t a job like we see against Nia Jax. So…yea there were slim pickings.
Upset of the Night:
Kane over Wyatt. Predictable, once it was announced to be no DQ, and once Orton limped his way to the ring, but still having Kane go over Bray has to be seen as the upset of the evening.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Randy Orton was not cleared to wrestle at Backlash, so instead, we got the old school assault in the locker room area by Bray Wyatt, focusing on his ankle. Yes, we’ve had these often enough, but I don’t recall too many of late (last year or so) on a PPV. So, I am cool with it.
Especially as Kane was the substitute for Orton.
Bray, using one of his sentons, to put Kane through the table. It garnered a holy s chant, so I had to put it here.
Botch of the night:
I wasn’t keyed in for one, and nothing jumped out at me.
Commentary of the night:
Looking to realign her spine and jack her back.
I can’t believe the Usos are even getting this match. They are getting rewarded for their bad sportsmanship.
Prepares like a madman? He IS a madman!
Miz is great-when he actually wants to compete
The only limit is your imagination, and these two guys? Their imaginations are scary.
LOL Moment of the night:
Slater, complaining about his crab salad, but his wife made it with artificial crab, and how he’s had to go. A lot. And then Rhyno reminded him they were still on live TV.
Becky Lynch has been crowned the first-ever SmackDown Women’s Champion, and I for one couldn’t help but get goosebumps. It was a feel-good moment and Becky felt truly deserving. She suckered Carmella in and got the Dis-Arm-Her locked in, and the rest is history.
The heel Usos have a new look to go with the new attitude. All black trunks, and they skipped their usual start to their ring intro.
Slater and Rhyno actually did it, and won the tag titles. Which means, officially, Slater has a job.
Probably my only grip was the booking of Kane/Orton/Wyatt. I get it, it will make sense, but I think Bray deserves better at this point.
For me? The minimal pre-show. I will be completely frank, folks. I don’t often tune into the pre-shows. But I like not having much of one, at least in terms of it containing the advertised matches. Feels like we are getting back to the old school way of doing PPV in a sense-it’s 8pm, time for the show. Not, it’s 6pm, let’s run two hours of hype and undercard and call it a pre-show. Like, sure, we had Corbin/Crews, but it wasn’t hyped, it wasn’t advertised. It wasn’t missed.
After the final bell:
We started the night with an awesome title match, and we ended the night with an awesome title match.
This show, I don’t think, got quite the buildup we’d usually see. I’m not sure if that’s because someone goofed, or if WWE is working to position these as truly “minor” PPV–but I can’t imagine that being the case. I am chalking the weird buildup to just a fluke, but time will tell.
Overall, I thought it was a pretty good card. A little lacking in the depth department, when you figure The Usos worked twice, and they relied on part-timer Kane to fill a void, so there’s definitely some issues there. I think the show could have used another match on the actual main card, but it is what it is.
Not that I have an issue being up late, but it is somewhat refreshing to see a show be completely wrapped up before 10:45.