Whats up everyone! KB Kronic here, bringing you my review for WWE Backlash. As always I’ll be rating everything on a 0-5 scale with 0 being the lowest and 5 being what I consider to be one of the best matches of the night and potentially one of the best I’ve ever seen. Of course everything here is strictly my opinions and if you disagree, feel free to hit me up in the comments section. I love to exchange views with people and have some good ol fashioned topic debates. So with all the pleasantries out of the way, Let’s get things going!
Match 1: Dolph Ziggler vs Shinsuke Nakamura
This match was apparently the big selling point for the PPV but yet it was the opening bout. Why you ask? I wish I could tell you… As any of my past readers will know, I’m not big on Ziggler. I feel like he’s been given the world on multiple occasions and is either tossing those opportunities away back stage or is just really good at playing the “everyone should love me but I don’t care” heel. Whichever it may be I feel like being set up to face Nakamura would do nothing for either man’s career. No matter who wins or loses, neither had anything to gain from this match, with that being said it should have been either a short squash match or something where neither one of the competitors had any type of interest… That couldn’t be further from the truth. Ziggler and Nakamura went out there and put on an extremely entertaining and athletic match to which I was pleasantly surprised. The first half of the match was Nakamura showing off and seemingly playing with Ziggler with a slight mix of Ziggler getting in some strong offence. The turning point of the match was when Ziggler thought it would be a grand idea to spit in the face of Nakamura. At this point Ziggler realized mistakes were made as Nakamura opened up a strongstyle combo and finished Ziggler with a Kinshasa Knee. The fact both of them could make the best out of a potentially bad situation speaks volumes.
Match 2: The Usos vs The Fashion Police (Tag Title Match)
So I haven’t been keeping up with the tag team division AT ALL. Because of this, when I was informed that Fandango and Tyler Breeze were the number one contenders I was frustrated to say the least. They did a promo before the match with Tyler Breeze as a janitor as part of his undercover gimmick. This I was entertained by so it had that going for it. When The Fashion Police came out and Tyler was still a janitor, complete with mop, I was so happy. During the match we see the janitor Breeze followed by grandma Breeze, both of which upset the Usos by effectively mocking them. Overall the match was just entertaining. They had a few points where I thought maybe the Usos would lose the titles (which I think would be a terrible idea right now), but other than that it was an ok match. Wish I had a reason to rate it higher but there wasn’t that wow factor I wanted from the two teams. Usos retain.
Match 3: Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin
This match was so far from PPV quality, but that isn’t what I want to focus on. I want to focus on why exactly this match is a thing. Both Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn have proven time and time again they deserve to be in mid card title hunts at the very least. Sami Zayn has the good guy, I’m not an underdog, gimmick that put the women’s title belt around Baylee’s waist and has produced some incredible matches in NXT before getting screwed over on the main roster. Next you have Baron Corbin, a no nonsense I do what I want kinda heel that is victorious in about 95% of his feuds. If this match had lead to one of them being number one contender for the US title, I’d be fine. The fact that this match is happening and at a PPV is just mind boggling. I struggled with giving this match a 1/5 but it had a clean end and a I really enjoy watching these two… I just need them to be but in the spotlight where they belong.
Match 4: Tamina, Carmella, and Natalya vs Naomi, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch. (6 Women Tag Match)
In my mind this never happened. Why waste time where you could have had a decent Women’s Championship match? Not to mention I have to catch glimpses of James Elsworth for a large portion of the match. How exactly can so much potential be shoved into one match and be not good? Honestly we need the Women’s tournament to happen ASAP to get some fresh talent for the main roster. At first glance it looked like a pretty stacked division, then the brand split shown us exactly how wrong we were. Just my opinion. Tamina, Carmella, and Natalya got the win but submission on Becky Lynch. Such a shame.
Match 5: Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles (United States Championship)
This was match of the night for me. This is a dream match I had only really seen on youtube in the beginnings of their careers and was super excited to see after the paths that their careers have taken. One hundred percent without a doubt, they delivered. Both AJ and Owens were incredible to say the least. Everything was clean with maybe one or two botches MAYBE. Even so it wasn’t enough to take away from the rest of the match. These two threw out every high impact move they had on one another, including AJ attempting a Styles Clash from the apron to the outside. I feel like that might have ended badly for everyone involved, so I was happy to see Kevin reverse it. The match spilled outside after this with both Owens and Styles clearly beaten down at this point, Styles positions Owens on the announcing table and tries yet again for the Styles Clash. This time Kevin Owens pulls the leg causing AJ to get caught in a hole in the table and lose via count out. I don’t normally like finishes like that but this leaves room for them to have a continued feud.
Match 6: Luke Harper vs Erick Rowan
Yet another match on the card I refuse to believe happened. If this was meant to be a cool down match to get us off our high from AJ and Owens, fine I’ll buy that. In any other fashion, I refuse. When you have a Chicago crowd silent during a match…. YOU MESSED UP! How did they expect this to work out? what was the end game? WHY!? So much frustration from this match… Luke Harper ended up getting the victory… That’s all I really have…
Match 7: Randy Orton vs Jinder Mahal (WWE Championship match)
This match went pretty much as expected. While I’m not a fan of Jinder in this match or any of the multiple reasons on why he’s in it, I will say the match itself was at the very least decent. I rated it at a 3 simply because of the interactions between Orton and the Bollywood Boys, and the look on Orton’s face after he damn near killed one of them. I knew there would be interference, I knew Jinder was going to win, and I knew I would be upset by it. I’m not against Jinder being champion at some point in his career, I’m not even against the potential backstage politics that put him there, I’m against the fact that they have a deeper talent pool then a guy who just came back and has done nothing of merit and yet he’s the face of the brand… Seriously? Anyways, with all BS aside, the match was like I said, decent. Both superstars had some good spots and it showcased both Orton and Mahal’s talents.
Overall I think the PPV was ok. It had just enough action and entertainment to separate it from a normal SMACKDOWN show. Clearly I voiced the issues I had with each individual match and it’s thing’s I had problems with before I gave up wrestling for a few months. I see things getting better just not at a rate I’m satisfied with so it could just be me. My hopes is that Money in the Bank is as epic as it normally is. If that’s the case (no pun intended), maybe we have a light at the end of the tunnel. Either way I can’t change the past. I can only look to the future and hope for a brighter one. It’s good to be back writing reviews and I look forward to our next one. Also let us know how you feel in the comments section. Tell us how awesome or terrible our reviews are! Till next time!