Several outstanding matches and one actually awful one.
Roman Reigns is still your WWE Champion. In the primary event of— the pay-per-view is previously often called Backlash — Reigns defeated Cesaro after a protracted, excellent match. It was considered one of several robust bouts on the present, which also noticed Bobby Lashley retain his WWE Championship.
However whereas the show had many highs, it additionally had a really deep low. The Miz versus Damian Priest Lumberjack match become a foul advert for the Military of the Dead movie, because the Lumberjacks had been… zombies. Like, actually. Like, everybody pretended they had been precise, actual zombies. It was bad.
But for those who skipped that travesty, this was truly a very good WWE show.
Roman Reigns submits Cesaro
Roman Reigns defeated Cesaro through submission when he made Cesaro move out with the guillotine choke. This was a slow, methodical match much like the one Reigns had with Daniel Bryan at Fastlane. Reigns labored on Cesaro’s arm all through the second half of the bout, and Cesaro did a wonderful job at promoting it. It made the final stretch a lot extra dramatic.
Rating: 4 stars.
After the match, Jey Uso got here to the ring and attacked Cesaro. He was interrupted by Seth Rollins — who completely demolished Cesaro. Rollins jammed Cesaro’s arm in a chair and smashed it into the turnbuckle. The show ended with Rollins hitting a curb stomp on Cesaro and posing within the ring.
Bobby Lashley retains WWE Championship
The triple menace WWE Championship match was a conflict of titans in the easiest way. This match had little psychology, it was simply three huge dudes beating the crap out of one another for 15 minutes — and it was enjoyable the entire time.
It started with Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre teaming up on Braun Strowman. Minutes in, as Lashley and McIntyre had been brawling on the skin, Strowman crashed by each with a flipping senton off the apron. That was a strong indicator of how the rest of the match would go.
Later, with Braun Strowman disposed of within the ring, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre fought up the ramp. McIntyre threw Lashley by the LED boards on the ramp, with pyrotechnics going off as Lashley crashed by. Strowman then returned, and he and McIntyre went back and forth all through the match. This included Strowman energy bombing McIntyre by the announcer’s desk.
The end got here when McIntyre clocked Strowman with a Claymore Kick. Earlier than he may take benefit, Lashley hit the ring, tossed McIntyre out, hit a spear on Strowman for the 1-2-3.
Ranking: 4 stars. You knew how the ending would play out as quickly as Lashley was “taken out”, however this was loads of fun.
Bianca Belair retains SmackDown Women’s Championship
I am going, to be sincere. I found it very exhausting to pay attention to this match following the Lumberjack fiasco that preceded it. Judging by my Twitter feed, I am not the only one.
Bianca Belair retained her title by pinning Bayley with a roll-up, with further leverage by hooking her braid around one of Bayley’s legs. It was a creative end however botched a bit, as Belair fell again at two. Still, it is enjoyable to see WWE integrating Belair’s braid into her huge matches, like how she whipped Sasha Banks with it at WrestleMania.
Ranking: This was a long, good match, and each woman labored hard. I can not charge it pretty as a result of I used to be so distracted by how dangerous the Lumberjack match was.
The worst Lumberjack match of all time
This Lumberjack match between The Miz and Damian Priest doubled as an advertisement for Batista’s new film, Military of the Lifeless. The Lumberjacks are all zombies from the film. Ugh.
It begins with zombies surrounding the ring. The announcer’s fled, and then moments later we hear them say they’re now asserting “from a secure location.” The Miz and Priest then wrestling an awkward, subaverage match. At one level they go on the skin and struggle zombies collectively. John Morrison interfered on behalf of The Miz, then fought zombies on the skin. Damien Priest then hit his end, Hit The Lights, for the win. Zombies then mob The Miz.
I can’t specific how silly this was. It wasn’t enjoyable, like The Firefly Funhouse from last year’s WrestleMania. It was simply foolish. Not simply bad wrestling, however dangerous TV.
Rating: 0 stars.
Rey and Dominic Mysterio win SmackDown tag titles
This was formulaic in a foul means. The Soiled Dawgs — Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler — took out Dominic Mysterio within the Kickoff Present, so Rey was to allegedly take each on in a Handicap Match. As soon as the match started, it was apparent the place it will go. Ziggler and Roode would get the benefit on Rey and beat him down till Dominic heroically got here to his father’s support. And that is precisely what occurred — and it took without end.
Ziggler, Roode, and Rey are all nice, and the whole lot they did look good. There was a cool fameasser spot, the place Roode held Mysterio up and Ziggler hit the transfer, and the gnarly spot the place Mysterio tried a suicide slide to the skin however Ziggler caught him with a superkick. But it was exhausting to have an interest since you knew little mattered till Dominic hit the ring.
That stated, issues did certainly choose up when Dominic arrived. Ziggler and Roode received extra warmth on each, however then Dominic turned issues round with a superkick onto Ziggler. Rey was then tagged in, hit a 619 on Roode, tagged Dominic in after which took Ziggler out on the skin. Dominic then hit a Frogslash for the win.
Ranking: 2.25 stars.
Rhea Ripley defeats Charlotte and Asuka
I was slightly fearful about this match. All three girls are usually wonderful performers, but Ripley’s bout with Asuka at WrestleMania was a disappointment, and recent matches on Uncooked have been a bit underwhelming too. But to not fear, this was an impressive opening match. Rhea Ripley gained the triple menace match by pinning Asuka following a Riptide energy slam.
There truly is not too much to say in regards to the match. It mostly adopted the triple-threat system, with two girls in and one lady out. Every woman received their shine in because the match progressed, getting spots the place they dominated the opposite two. But the action was crisp and flowed easily, making it fun to watch from the bell.
The ending sequence started when Asuka and Ripley double perplexed Charlotte. There was then a fun spot the place Charlotte fought again and hit a double Pure Choice then received a two-count when she tried to pin each Asuka and Ripley at the same time. The three then had a back-and-forth sequence with one another that culminated with Charlotte on the skin and Asuka being pinned after the Riptide on the within.
Asuka truly shined the most during the match, which foreshadowed her demise.
Rating: 4.25 stars.
Kickoff Show Results
The Kickoff Present noticed a United States Championship Open Challenge from Sheamus, which was answered by Ricochet. Sheamus gained the match with a pump knee strike but afterward,, Ricochet taunted Sheamus and they got into a brief scuffle, meaning we’ll probably see a rematch on Raw tomorrow.