The latest Smackdown exclusive pay-per-view Backlash has come and gone, but I wanted to share my two cents on what will be one of the most talked about events this year. Overall, I thought Backlash was a solid show with some filler. The big matches delivered, while the other matches just seemed to be there. Of course, I will break down each match and give my thoughts on each of them.
TYE DILLENGER DEFEATED AIDEN ENGLISH
I’m not surprised that the Perfect Ten got the win here. He seems to have more momentum than Aiden English now that he’s a singles competitor. Dillenger has the crowd on his side, and could become a solid mid-carder.
SHINSUKE NAKAMURA DEFEATED DOLPH ZIGGLER
On paper this match looked pretty good. Nakamura and Ziggler are two of the best in ring workers in the business, but for whatever reason, this match never clicked with me. I thought that the match was really slow, and it didn’t do a good job of showcasing Nakamura’s skill set. Ziggler seemed to control the whole match, which didn’t help Nakamura. Nakamura’s debut feel a little flat, but hopefully they continue to push him as a top babyface.
I have no idea what is going to happen with Ziggler. I used to really like him around 2013 – 2015, but he seems like he’s just going through the motions and collecting his paycheck. If true, it’s sad to see.
THE USOS (C) DEFEATED BREEZANGO FOR THE WWE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Going into the match I thought that the Usos were going to win because The New Day are coming back soon, but this match was probably my second favorite of the night. It’s cool to see a team like Breezango come into their own and be a solid comedy tag team. It also helps that Fandango and Tyler Breeze are both really solid workers.
The spot with the grandma and cleaner gimmick was pretty funny as well.
I like the Usos as heels because they are cocky, so they are doing a job as heel champions, but I think The New Day will take the titles from them eventually.
SAMI ZAYN DEFEATED BARON CORBIN
I was actually surprised that Sami Zayn won here. The rumors were saying that Baron Corbin was going to get a push and a possible Money in the Bank win, but who knows now. It was a solid match, but I don’t remember much of it.
Corbin is a good heel, but he needs to work on his mic skills. He sounds really forced when talking, and you can tell he’s trying his best to stay on script.
Hopefully both guys get a push into the main event scene.
THE WELCOMING COMMITTEE DEFEATED CHARLOTTE FLAIR, BECKY LYNCH, AND NAOMI
This match was pretty terrible. I can’t see how a team of women jobbers defeated three former or current champions. I thought that Charlotte would turn on Becky for tapping out, but I was wrong. No clue what they are trying to do here.
KEVIN OWENS (C) DEFEATED AJ STYLES FOR THE WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP
I knew that Kevin Owens was going to win because the United States Championship is too low of a title for AJ Styles. Owens and Styles had a great match, and the crowd was really into it. A lot of critics didn’t like the finish, but I did because it made AJ look strong as he didn’t take a pin.
I think AJ will continue in the main event scene, but I’m not sure where Kevin Owens is going to go with the U.S. Championship.
LUKE HARPER DEFEATED ERICK ROWAN
This match was boring and almost put me to sleep. Push Harper.
JINDER MAHAL DEFEATED RANDY ORTON (C) FOR THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP
At last, the reason I stayed up and watched Backlash in the first place. I really wanted Jinder Mahal to win because Smackdown has been presented as the land of opportunity, and what a way to shock the world by putting the championship on a lifelong jobber who quickly rose to main event status.
It may have not been the most technical match, but it was exciting. The outside interference was always a threat to Randy Orton, so you never knew what was going to happen.
I can’t believe that Jinder got duel “let’s go Jinder, Jinder sucks” chants. That shows me that Jinder has potential to be a pretty solid champion. He gets a crowd reaction similar to John Cena.
Jinder picked up the victory and everyone was shocked. I always like seeing new guys win championships because we have already seen Randy Orton as champion over 13 times. Jinder has an opportunity that few ever get, and I’m excited to see how he does as WWE Champion.
Overall, Backlash was a solid Smackdown event with a shocking conclusion. Jinder Mahal winning the WWE Championship was out of this world, and made the event for me. Backlash had a few duds, but it also had a few gems.