Looking into WWE Backlash 2017 Results
Backlash is a mix between pretty good and some pretty bad matches. Overall, it’s acceptable. Something to note here is Nakamura big debut and Jinder Mahal battling the WWE title in the main event. I also should be happy with Kevin Owens and AJ Styles match. Anyway, I missed the kickoff match, I’ll update it once I watched the match.
Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler
When the violin hit as Nakamura made his entrance, the crowd became very crazy loud. In the ring, Ziggler as a heel dominated the match with a lot of attacks. The best offense that I saw was the superkick to the back of Nakamura and he sold it amazingly well. Ziggler followed up with a spit onto Nakamura’s face. It turned up Nakamura and unleashed brutal offenses until he hit a Kinshasa to finish the match. It’s not as crazy as his debut with Sami Zayn at NXT, but it was okay.
The Usos vs. Breezango (Smackdown Tag Team Championships)
After winning the clock challenge, Breezango got the contender slot for SDL Tag Team Championships against The Usos. It’s no wonder that Breezango got the push and they took the chance to introduce the Fashion Police gimmick and surprisingly getting the fans cheers.
But then what we got in the ring? We absolutely got comedy wrestling here. First time I saw it, I wouldn’t like it since it didn’t fit with The Usos. But what the hell I care when the crowd atmosphere was so really crazy in this match.
For once in a while, it’s okay to have the match like this. And, it’s good to drop the seriousness and pretentious shit.
Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn
It’s nice finally to see Sami Zayn getting a PPV win. Baron and Sami worked hard. They told the classic story of the lovable underdog and the guy with a smash mouth style.
Corbin controlled the match for about 80%. He attacked Zayn most of the match. But a slow pace perhaps allowed Zayn to catch a breathe and built a comeback. It only needed one Helluva kick to end Corbin’s night.
The winning seemed to make me believe the Corbin didn’t have a lot of momentum recently. He has lost some PPV matches. But we don’t know if he is going to win Money in The Bank. Interestingly, in recent years WWE has booked MITB winners for the superstar who got to lose matches before winning it.
Naomi, Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Natalya, Tamina & Carmella with James Ellsworth
I thought Charlotte would win this match. The commentator already stated that she is the queen of PPV, it’s the platform she is excellent at. But it turned out, she looked like less important in the match. She might take aim to Naomi who opted to tag Becky and cost her the match. Overall it’s very average atmosphere.
Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles (United States Championship)
Oh man, this is a great match. It’s the match of the night, outstanding work in the ring. The only thing that lack of this match is it’s not for the WWE Champions title. The crowd was behind AJ Styles in this match. Owens also got some chants, but mostly for Styles. I could also hear Stupid Idiot chant to tease Owens.
However, Owens took that atmosphere to control Styles in the ring. He got good offenses to make believable near falls on Styles. I like those bunch of sentons. Meanwhile, Styles also showcased some sweet spot like Sunset Flip Powerbomb. He failed to deliver Phenomenal Forearm to finish Owens because he was selling the knee and slipped on the rope. Another holy shit moment was Styles hit Owens with a Suplex on the apron.
The ending was a bit cheap in my opinion. The crowd booed that finish because they wanted anything better than that. But it’s also a good thing that we would see the outstanding rematch from both of them.
Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan
I dozed off in this match. I think it’s kind of slow and didn’t get the heat from the crowd. Harper and Rowan worked hard but it’s tough when they couldn’t offer something for the crowd.
Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship)
Suddenly Mahal got me remembering all great foreign heels, from Abdullah The Butcher and Iron Sheik. Of course, he needs to put more hard work to follow their footsteps.
Again, culturally it is good in getting WWE universe diversity. But the problem is there not enough to build up to attach champion momentum. Mahal was a floating jobber couple months ago, and now he has run for the title shot even when he was not prepared for it. Even though he has worked hard, nobody can get convinced here. WWE just thinks everything that will work for the business. As Dave Meltzer points out that Mahal is a spin to appeal India population and WWE can make an income from the TV and social media interest. And also, there are more hardworking wrestlers in the company who should get the push. Cesaro, Rusev and Sami Zayn are dying to be the main eventers.
For that conversation, I’d like to think Mahal is just an about the moment. Soon it will pass, just like any recent Cinderella story on Smackdown. I’m talking about James Ellsworth and Heath Slater.
Anyway, talking about the match, Orton and Mahal were not a bad match. it’s also good to see the crowd was up for this. They obviously got behind Orton all the way but in the end, when Mahal beat him, they got really surprised.
Randy and Mahal should be given a credit for telling the good story. Orton was distracted by the Singh Brothers and almost killed one of them. Then Mahal as usual capitalized it with his finish. He got the win just like he’s won every match for the last six weeks. I got no complaint, as a heel that’s the part of the story. They used many cheat tricks possible to achieve their ambitions. Overall, I’m happy with it.