WWE Backlash PPV Results (05/06): Newark, New Jersey
Sunday, May 6, 2018
The Kickoff Show for tonight's WWE Backlash opens up with Renee Young introducing her panel, consisting today of WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, Peter Rosenberg and David Otunga. They promote the WWE Network by running down tonight’s card before sending us backstage to Charly Caruso with a report on how AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura are on opposite sides of the arena tonight to avoid crossing paths ahead of their match. She says that Daniel Bryan is good to compete and said that tonight is size vs. skill and height vs. heart. Plus we’re gonna get a sit-down interview with Paige and Kurt Angle where they’ll be answering questions from social media. A video package and panel discussion for the Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe Match follows and then the same for the Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass Match right after that.
We go backstage with the Miztourage as they go over their options for a new buddy to pal around with when The Miz rolls up on them and tells them that daddy’s home. The Miz says that he couldn’t be prouder of his two sons with the mind games they have been playing on Finn Balor and Seth Rollins, and he remembers when he realized that they were destined to be his Miztourage, on the set of Marine 5 when two stagehands stole their seats and they beat them up. The Miz recounts all their great memories together and says how excited he is to have the band back together for his match against Seth Rollins tonight. He goes to get going but the Miztourage hold back and Bo Dallas tells him that they are not the supporting cast in his story anymore. The panel discusses our Intercontinental Championship Match before moving onto a video package and discussion for the SmackDown Women’s Championship Match between Carmella and Charlotte Flair.
The Iconic Duo join them for their discussion, or rather cut it off because Charlotte is “so two-thousand-never”. They remind everyone that they beat Asuka in her first SmackDown Match and mock Peter Rosenberg with one of Peyton Royce’s world-famous impressions before moving on. We go backstage to the locker room area where Bayley is getting ready and Sasha Banks rolls up asking if she wanted to talk. Bayley says that she’s done fighting and she wants Sasha in her corner tonight. Banks takes offense, asking where she was last week when the Riott Squad were attacking her, and now she’s afraid so she wants help? Bayley then says that she’s full of herself and she can handle Ruby Riott on her own just like she’s handled Sasha alone before. Bayley then says that she was trying to extend an olive branch and offer an opportunity to get back at the Riott Squad, but if Banks is too pigheaded to accept that, it’s her problem. Sasha then tells her that no matter how you look at it she’s on her own. We then get a panel discussion of the Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn Match, followed by a video package and panel discussion for the Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax Match.
Kurt Angle and Paige join from the discussion from an area backstage. First question is dream opponent for Kurt Angle today, and his answer is Daniel Bryan, who he’s wanted to wrestle for about five years now. Paige is asked next what the hardest part of being GM is and she says that it is figuring out who gets what title shot when. Angle answers the same question and says that he is concerned with getting every superstar an equal opportunity. The next question is what match steals the show. Paige says the AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura Match and also the Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair Match, and Angle says the Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns Match or the Nia Jax vs Alexa Bliss Match.
Renee thanks them then we head to ringside for our first match of the night which is Bayley vs Ruby Riott.
Ruby Riott vs Bayley: Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan are in Ruby's corner for this one. The opening bell sounds and Bayley and Ruby lock up. Bayley takes Ruby down early and they trade holds on the mat. Ruby fires up and repeatedly slams Bayley's head in the corner, as we see Sasha Banks watching backstage on a monitor. Logan ends up getting involved and hits a cheap shot on Bayley, which leads to Ruby covering for a two count. We see Sasha watching backstage again and she appears to look concerned about the cheap shot. They fight into the corner and Ruby hits a big knee strike. Ruby takes control, but Bayley finally fires back with a springboard crossbody for a two count. Ruby gets up first, but Bayley clotheslines her back down and then slams her. Bayley hits a belly to back suplex, but then Bayley gets caught up in the ropes as Logan interferes again. Bayley dives onto Logan at ringside, and then goes back in the ring for a big flying elbow drop. Bayley pins for a two count. Liv gets on the apron now and Bayley knocks her off, which leads to Ruby coming from behind and hitting the Riott Kick on Bayley for the three count. Winner: Ruby Riott
After the match, Ruby leaves with Liv and Logan while Bayley recovers in the ring. We go back to the panel as they hype up the WWE Network once more before moving on to discussing tonight's WWE Title Match and that's it for the Kickoff Show.
The main show for tonight's WWE Backlash PPV opens up with a video package highlighting the biggest matches on the show.
We are live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey as Michael Cole welcomes us to tonight's show. He is joined by Corey Graves and Jonathan Coachman.
We go right to the ring for the first match of tonight's main show which is for the WWE Intercontinental Title.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Miz: The WWE Intercontinental Title is on the line in this one. The Miz and Rollins go back-and-forth off the opening bell, until The Miz takes control with a suplex and a DDT. The Miz chokes Rollins on the middle rope now. The Miz looks for a back body drop, but Rollins reverses it with a facebuster. Rollins takes Miz down again, and then boots him in the face. Rollins misses a shot off the top, but he does connect with a Sling Blade, and then he clotheslines The Miz outside. Rollins hits a suicide dive on the challenger at ringside. Back in the ring, Seth looks for a shot off the top rope, but The Miz blocks it. Rollins fires back with a kick to the face and the Blockbuster for a two count. The Miz fires up, but Rollins stuns him with an elbow to the face, and the Champion follows up with a springboard flying clothesline. Miz dodges a shot in the corner and slams Rollins on the ringside floor. Back in the ring, The Miz goes for a cross body off the top, but Rollins catches him and slams him down. Rollins goes up top and hits the frog splash for a two count. Rollins looks for the Curb Stomp, but The Miz rolls out of the ring. Rollins goes for a suicide dive, but Miz punches him in the face through the ropes before Rollins leaves his feet. They fight on the apron now, and Rollins misses a knee shot and smashes his knee into the ring post. The Miz immediately takes Rollins on to the mat and locks him in the Figure Four. Rollins escapes, kicks Miz in the head, but The Miz comes back with a Skull Crushing Finale for a two count. They fight up the corner and Rollins hits a superplex, then he goes for the Falcon Arrow, but The Miz reverses into a Skull Crushing Finale. The Miz pins and only gets a two count, and Miz can't believe it. Rollins is selling a knee injury from hitting his knee on the ring post earlier. The Miz wants the Skull Crushing Finale off the middle rope but Rollins knocks him down. Miz catches Rollins on the mat and they trade pin attempts, which leads to Rollins hitting the Blackout. Rollins is still selling the knee injury and is slow to pin, but he still gets the three count. Winner & Still The WWE Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins
After the match, Rollins clutches his knee and takes the title as his music plays. Rollins gets up and raises the title to a pop while Miz is still down. We go to replays. Rollins raises the title and gets hyped up as fans cheer. We get another replay of the finish as Rollins continues the celebration.
We get a promo for the next match which is for the RAW Women's Title.
Nia Jax (c) vs. Alexa Bliss: The RAW Women's Title is on the line in this one. The opening bell sounds and Bliss immediately starts throwing kicks to Nia's knee. Alexa hops on Nia's back for a sleeper, and it looks like she might have went for Nia's eyes. Nia takes Bliss down and hits a big splash in the corner. Nia hits another running splash in the opposite corner, and then throws Alexa outside. Back in the ring, Alexa starts firing up and chokes Nia on the middle rope. Alexa stomps on Nia's head and tries to keep the champion grounded. Nia fights back and tosses Bliss off the top rope across the ring. Nia clotheslines Alexa down again, and then throws her back and forth across the ring. Nia hits a splash in the corner, then tosses Bliss across the ring again. Nia goes up top, but Bliss pushes her off down to the ringside floor. Alexa slams Nia's head into the ring steps, and then slowly drags her back in the ring. Alexa throws some right hands and then runs the ropes, but Nia catches her over her shoulders. Nia carries Alexa up to the second rope, but Alexa escapes. Alexa knocks Nia down and pins for a two count. Bliss goes up top and comes flying off, but Nia catches her and hits a Samoan Drop. Nia pins Bliss for the three count. Winner & Still The RAW Women's Champion: Nia Jax
After the match, Jax recovers and stands tall with the title as Bliss rolls around. We go to replays. Bliss sits with her back against the apron as Renee Young interviews Jax in the ring. Young asks Jax what this win means. Jax says that this means everything. Jax also says that it means Alexa's moment of Bliss is over. Jax also says that this victory is for anyone who's ever felt less than, never good enough. Jax also says that this is for everyone who's been bullied, who's being bullied in school, at work or on social media. Jax also says that you are not alone and it's ok to be different. Jax asks who wants to be ordinary? Jax then says be extraordinary because your uniqueness makes you special and that's beautiful. Nia goes on and says that she never apologizes for who she is, this is Nia. Jax also says be who you are, be a star and always remember, the bully gets their ass kicked in the end. Jax looks on as her music hits. Cole talks about WWE's anti-bullying programs as Bliss leaves with a referee and Jax looks on.
We get a video hyping up Bruce Prichard’s something else to wrestle with podcast exclusively on the WWE Network.
Commentary recaps the controversy surrounding The Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns Match from The Greatest Royal Rumble Event then sends us to a backstage interview with Samoa Joe. Joe says that Roman has lost his confidence, a little speed, a little power, and a whole lot of determination, but most importantly tonight he’s a man that’s losing to Joe. Joe then says that you shouldn’t ask how Roman feels, you should ask what he wants Roman to feel, and that’s pain. Joe then says that tonight Roman will close his eyes, see Joe’s face and lament his failures, and tonight he’ll turn the Big Dog into a whimpering puppy.
We go right to the ring for our next match which is for the WWE United States Title. This time it's Tom Phillips on commentary with Byron Saxton and Corey Graves.
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Randy Orton: The WWE United States Title is on the line in this one. Orton starts off strong in the opening moments, as the crowd chants "Brother Nero" for Jeff. Jeff fires up with a jawbreaker and a dropkick. Orton rolls outside and Hardy kicks him through the ropes. Hardy follows up with a suicide dive on Orton on the floor. Back in the ring, Jeff goes up top but Orton shoves him off onto the ring post. Orton now beats on Jeff all over the ring until the fight spills outside. Orton dropkicks Jeff off the apron, and then back suplexes him onto the fan barricade. Back in the ring, Orton controls the pace until Jeff fires up with a dropkick and an inverted atomic drop. Jeff hits a leg drop and a kick for a two count. Jeff misses a splash in the corner, but he fires back with the Whisper In the Wind on Orton for another two count. Jeff evades an RKO attempt, but Orton follows right up with a spinning powerslam for a two count. Orton looks for a DDT, but Jeff gets out and kicks him away. Jeff looks for a dropkick in the corner, but Orton escapes. They go back and forth on the mat until Hardy stuns the challenger with a Twist of Fate. Hardy goes up top and hits the Swanton Bomb for the the three count. Winner & Still The WWE United States Champion: Jeff Hardy
After the match, Hardy stands tall with the title as his music hits. We go to replays. Hardy poses in the corner with the title and rolls out of the ring to greet fans at ringside.
JoJo introduces Elias, who is in the ring with a spotlight and his guitar.
Elias starts by talking about how he’s good friends with Bruce Springsteen and that they go to parties together and talk about life and music. Elias then says that Bruce even calls him the Boss. Elias also says that of all the great things he has done, his only regret, you see, is that he’s from New Jersey. Elias then says that he dedicates this one to Springsteen and does his usual pre-song schtick. Elias does a yay/boo spot where he makes like he’s going to stop playing before he decides Bruce needs to hear this one. The New Day cut him off and make their way down to thee ring. Xavier Woods says that they have heard some of Elias’ stuff before and it’s actually fantastic. The New Day want to join his concert and walk with Elias. Elias begs off, claiming to be a solo act, and so The New Day launch into a tune of their own, arranged for trombone, bass drum, and cymbals.
Elias yells for them to stop and says that there is clearly something there and maybe one day they can open for him, but tonight is not that night and he’s gonna take it from the top. Aiden English shows up. He runs The New Day down in rap form and asks Elias if he realizes it’s Rusev Day, and Rusev follows out after him. Elias asks what the hell they’re doing and is responded to by way of Rusev Day chants. Rusev says that they do what they want and there is only one person here that celebrates a holiday in his honor and it’s not Bootleg Bob Dylan or the Booty Boys. Elias takes offense, saying that Bob Dylan wishes he was him. This is his night, he’s gonna hit the lights and start again.
No Way Jose makes his way out. He’s got Titus Worldwide and Breezango in his conga line. Elias has a meltdown, saying that nobody better interrupt him again and asks for the lights to be dimmed out one last time. Bobby Roode's music hits and he is right behind him. Roode connects with a Glorious DDT even without taking his robe off. All the babyfaces conga their way offstage and Rusev has to physically stop Aiden English from joining them as the segment ends.
We get a video package for the Big Cass vs. Daniel Bryan Match which is coming up next.
Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass: The opening bell sounds and they circle each other in the ring. Daniel starts throwing kicks to Cass' knee, then tries taking him down. Cass blocks the takedown and hammers Bryan down with strikes. Bryan starts firing up with kicks, but Cass overpowers him again and shuts him down. Cass takes Bryan into the corner and chops him across the chest, then beats him down to the mat again. Bryan fires up again and repeatedly kicks Cass in the corner and he hits some flying knee strikes. Cass blocks one of them and slams Bryan down, then clotheslines him inside out. Cass misses a kick, and Bryan answers with a kick of his own. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock and Cass puts up a fight. Bryan repeatedly hits Cass in the head and then successfully locks on the Yes Lock. Cass taps out, and Bryan wins via submission. Winner: Daniel Bryan
After the match, fans chant "yes!" as Bryan recovers while his music hits. Bryan leads a chant as we go to replays. Bryan hits the corner to pose but Cass comes from behind and decks him. Fans boo as Cass knocks Bryan out to the floor. Cass follows and tosses Bryan around a few times, slamming him hard on the floor. Fans chant "you tapped out" at Cass as he gets upset. Cass brings Bryan back into the ring as the boos continue. Cass waits for Bryan to get up again, staring him down. Cass floors Bryan with a big boot as he gets up. Cass stands tall over Bryan and raises his fist as the boos continue. We go to replays. Fans chant "as#####" as Cass leaves while the referee checks on Bryan. We get another replay and come back to Cass backing up the ramp with his fist in the air.
Commentary hypes up the WWE Backlash Post Show for later on tonight that will feature Daniel Bryan and The Miz.
We get a video package for the next match which is for the SmackDown Women's Title.
Carmella (c) vs. Charlotte Flair: The SmackDown Women’s Title is on the line in this one. The opening bell sounds and Carmella retreats to ringside early on. Carmella grabs her Women's title from the timekeeper's area and looks like she wants to leave. Charlotte cuts her off and drops her, then throws her in the ring and tries to keep her grounded. Carmella escapes outside again, and Charlotte misses a suicide dive. Carmella hits a superkick on Charlotte at ringside, then rolls her back in the ring for a two count. The Champion tries to keep Charlotte grounded with a headlock now. Charlotte fights back with a mule kick, then slams Carmella down. Charlotte continues the offense on Carmella and hits a knee drop to the back of the head. They fight on the apron and Charlotte misses a shot and Carmella drops her. Charlotte comes back with a spear, and then they fight on the mat. Carmella locks Charlotte in a choke, but Charlotte fights out. Charlotte hits a big boot for a two count. Charlotte misses a moonsault and is selling an knee injury. Carmella kicks out Charlotte's bad knee and rolls her up for the three count. Winner & Still The SmackDown Women's Champion: Carmella
After the match, Carmella immediately goes to the floor and clutches the title. We go to replays. Carmella celebrates up the ramp as Flair clutches her knee and slowly gets up in the ring.
Commentary sends us to a video package for the next match which is for the WWE Title.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (No DQ Match): The WWE Title is on the line in this one. Nakamura gets in AJ's face before the match, and the referee pulls them apart for the official ring introductions. The opening bell sounds and AJ immediately pulls Nakamura outside and repeatedly slams him into the fan barricade. Back in the ring, AJ continues the beat down and hits a backbreaker on Nakamura. Nakamura starts firing back with strikes. Nakamura dodges one dropkick from AJ, but AJ connects with the second dropkick. The fight spills outside again and they brawl on the entrance ramp. Nakamura whips AJ into the ring steps, then takes him back in the ring. Nakamura hits several knees to the head and AJ falls down to the floor. Back in the ring, Nakamura stomps on AJ and hits the good vibrations in the corner. Nakamura follows up with a knee drop for a two count. Styles gets back up to his face, but Nakamura drops him again with a flying kick to the face. Nakamura beats down AJ around the ringside area now and whips him into the fan barricade. Back in the ring, AJ looks to springboard off the top, but Nakamura stops him and hits a running knee. Nakamura comes off the middle rope with a knee to the face, then he hits a powerbomb for a two count. Nakamura stomps on AJ's head in the corner, then taunts him. Nakamura walks outside and grabs a steel chair. He brings the chair in the ring and swings, but AJ ducks. AJ blocks several strikes from Nakamura, but Nakamura finally connects with a boot to the face. Nakamura back suplexes AJ on the steel chair laying on the mat. Nakamura sets up in the corner and he charges forward for a Kinshasa, but AJ throws the steel chair at Nakamura to stop him. The chair hits Nakamura's knee, but bounces off and the chair nails AJ right in the face. AJ is now bleeding from the face. Nakamura hits a kick and both men are down. AJ comes back with the Calf Crusher, but Nakamura escapes. AJ looks for a Styles Clash, but Nakamura escapes and rolls outside. AJ looks for a suicide dive, but Nakamura rolls in the ring to avoid it. AJ grabs Nakamura and hits a suplex into a neckbreaker. Nakamura misses a punch and AJ answers with a Pele kick. Nakamura comes back with a low blow, and AJ answers with a low blow of his own. AJ and Nakamura get to their feet and start trading punches now. Nakamura throws a headbutt, and then they both kick each other in the groin at the exact same, and both men are down. The referee counts, and both men are down for the ten count. The referee counts them both out, so AJ retains the World Title. Winner & Still The WWE Champion Due To Both AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura Not Being Able To Answer The Referee's Ten Count: AJ Styles
After the match, the referee goes to Hamilton and explains the finish. Neither man could answer the 10 count so that means that AJ Styles retains. Fans boo the finish. AJ is handed the title as his music starts up. We go to replays with both Superstars still down on the mat. AJ is standing outside of the ring but Nakamura is still down on the mat. A referee helps AJ to the back and he drops to both knees at ringside as we go to another replay of the double low blow. Another referee helps Nakamura out of the ring as AJ is helped up the ramp. Styles stops and looks back to end the segment.
We get the music video of tonight's WWE Backlash PPV.
We go back to ringside for the next match which is the Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman & Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn Match.
Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn: Bobby and Sami start this one off and Lashley backs him up into the corner. Owens tags in now and Lashley suplexes him down. Owens and Sami are able to double team Lashley and take control of the pace now. Lashley finally drops Sami with a facebuster, and both men are down. Strowman finally gets the tag and cleans house. Strowman looks for the running powerslam, but Sami escapes and rolls outside to regroup with Owens. Sami appears to turn on Kevin and throws him in the ring. Sami and Owens start arguing, and now Lashley and Strowman clean house. Lashley picks up Owens for the stalling vertical suplex, and he slams him down. Lashley pins Owens for the win. Winners: Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman
After the match, Sami looks on from the ramp as Braun and Lashley stand tall over Owens. Sami has the chance to help Owens after the match but Braun scoops Owens and plants him with the powerslam. Sami yells from ringside as Braun stands over Owens again while his music hits. Owens is sent to the floor and he's laid out while Sami checks on him. Braun leaves the ring and grabs Sami as he tries to run away. Braun brings Sami back into the ring and he begs them both to take it easy. Braun scoops Sami and delivers another powerslam. Braun's music hits again as he and Lashley stand tall.
Commentary hypes up the upcoming Money in the Bank PPV Event and the Backlash Post Show which will come to us right after the Backlash PPV goes off the air, mentioning that Daniel Bryan is off the Post Show due to the injuries he suffered from Big Cass earlier on the show but Elias will replace him and he's demanding to finish his performance also from earlier on the show. Elias will be joined by The Miz and SmackDown Women's Champion Carmella on the Post Show.
We get a video package for tonight's main event which is coming up next.
Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe: Joe hits a cheap shot on Reigns before the opening bell and throws him to the outside. Joe follows him outside and they brawl around the ringside floor. Joe hits a side suplex on Reigns that puts him right through the announce table at ringside. Joe continues to beat Reigns down all over the announce table area. Joe takes Reigns back in the ring, and the referee allows Reigns a moment to recover before calling for the opening bell. Joe pummels on Reigns in the corner, then slams him down and hits a kick, then a knee drop. Joe keeps Reigns grounded and then dumps him outside. Joe follows up with a suicide dive on Reigns on the floor. Back in the ring, Reigns finally starts fighting back with strikes, then he drops Joe with a big boot. Joe rolls outside, and Reigns hits the Drive By kick. Back in the ring, Reigns looks for a Superman punch, but Joe stops it and slams Reigns down. Joe follows up with a big boot and a senton drop for a two count. Joe and Reigns trade strikes again until Reigns hits a spinebuster for a two count. Reigns looks for another Superman punch, but Joe side-steps it. Reigns drops Joe across the middle rope, then The Big Dog rolls outside. Reigns looks for the Drive By kick again, but Joe catches him and drags Reigns in the ring. Reigns breaks free and hits the Superman punch on Joe for a two count. Reigns charges at Joe, and Joe stuns him with a kick to the head. Reigns comes right back with a spear, but Joe gets his leg on the rope to break the pin. Joe catches Reigns with a knee to the face, then he locks in the Coquina Clutch. Reigns fights out and rolls up Joe for a two count. Joe reverses the pin into a Coquina Clutch, and he's got it locked in on Reigns. It looks like Reigns is fading, but then he starts hulking up and grabs the ropes to break the hold. Joe looks for the Muscle Buster, but Reigns fights him off. Joe misses a shot in the corner, and Reigns answers with a spear. Reigns covers for the three count. Winner: Roman Reigns
After the match, Reigns recovers as his music hits. Joe is still down as we go to replays. Reigns stands tall and has his arm raised in the ring by the referee. Joe recovers out on the floor and Reigns stands tall in the ring as Backlash goes off the air.