SmackDown Live take over in the Allstate Arena tonight after the highly successful NXT Takeover: Chicago last night and will be wanting to prove that the main roster are worthy adversaries when it comes to what has become a heated rivalry between WWE and it’s developmental roster.
Backlash is SmackDown’s first exclusive Pay-per-view since WrestleMania and not only do they have NXT to follow, but they also have to attempt to put on a much better show than Raw’s Payback event two weeks ago.
Picking the bones out of this one once again are The Brass Ring’s team of Chris Rossington, Jake Waring, Phillipa Hopwood, Andy Arthurs, Andrew Parker, Steven Dimelow, Daniel Standring and Vickie Hopwood.
Phillipa, Steven, Daniel, Andrew, Vickie, Chris – Tye Dillinger
Andy, Jake – Aiden English
Thoughts by Phillipa – Tye Dillinger has been a standout competitor on SmackDown ever since he arrived the night after WrestleMania and even though Aiden English has been stuck as part of The Vaudevillians ever since they were drafted to SmackDown in the Summer, he has seemingly found a new lease on life with his old singing gimmick from NXT a few years ago. It will be an interesting showdown between the two former NXT superstars but I can only see one winner and that’s The Perfect 10.
Phillipa, Andrew, Andy, Jake, Chris, Vickie – Luke Harper
Steven, Daniel – Erick Rowan
Thoughts by Andrew – I do feel so sorry for Rowan. He’s not a bad wrestler in the slightest – he’s a very good one in fact. He’s just been unfortunate to have been in a group with two even better wrestlers for most of his career. I can see these two putting on a great match, sadly overlooked by many. Harper seems like the best bet to win, seeing as he’s the one that WWE seem to have more stock in, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if it went the other way.
Phillipa, Steven, Andrew, Daniel, Andy, Jake, Vickie, Chris – Shinsuke Nakamura
Thoughts by Steven – Shinsuke Nakamura makes his SmackDown Live debut against Dolph Ziggler at Backlash tonight, and it has been build up perfectly for SmackDown ever since his debut the night after WrestleMania. The feud started when Nakamura interrupted Dolph a few weeks ago, only for Dolph to then decide to make an example out of Nakamura. The duo has been back and forth over the past few weeks with Dolph doing some of the best work he has as a heel and Shinsuke seemingly keeping his time on the mic to a minimum. It will be an interesting debut for any none NXT fans who are yet to see Nakamura wrestle for WWE, you’re in for a treat.
Phillipa, Steven, Andy, Vickie – Breezango
Daniel, Andrew, Jake, Chris – The Usos
Thoughts by Phillipa – Let’s be honest, there’s only one team on SmackDown Live that the WWE Universe have been talking about over the past few weeks and it isn’t the Tag Team Champions. Breezango’s Fashion Files have stolen the show for the past few weeks and have seemingly given Breezango a new lease on life after wins over both The Ascension and The Colons in recent weeks. This is a far cry from the team who has been jobbing to every other team over the past few months and it would be great for them to be able to pick up the gold on Sunday night.
Phillipa, Steven, Daniel, Andrew, Andy, Jake, Chris, Vickie – Baron Corbin
Thoughts by Vickie – If the question was about who deserved to win this match then Sami Zayn would be the obvious answer, but it isn’t about who deserves it, it’s about who’s going to go in there and take it and Corbin is the only one of these two men who has the bottle to do that. Corbin has been riding a hot streak since Elimination Chamber and was unlucky not to become Intercontinental Champion at WrestleMania. Sami has become a victim since he made his move over to SmackDown in the Superstar Shakeup and Corbin can smell the blood of a victim from a mile away.
Kevin Owens Vs. AJ Styles – United States Championship
Phillipa, Daniel, Jake, Chris, Vickie – Kevin Owens
Steven, Andrew, Andrew, Andy – AJ Styles
Thoughts by Daniel – Kevin Owens is the undisputed Face of America and taking on someone of AJ Styles’ calibre at this kind of event would usually make any other superstar nervous, but Kevin knows AJ well, the duo have met many times on the Indy Circuit all over the world and this right her is a show stealing match waiting to happen. The US Championship has changed hands at the last two pay-per-views and once on SmackDown the night after Payback as well, so because of this I feel like it might t be AJ’s night, Kevin uses some illegal techniques to get wins sometimes so a DQ win might allow these two to meet again at Money in the Bank.
Phillipa, Chris – Team Natalya
Steven, Daniel, Andrew, Andy, Jake, Vickie – Team Charlotte
Thoughts by Jake – It seems like a step backwards for the women’s division on a smackdown PPV to only have one women’s match on the card. Smackdown is, after all, the land of opportunity. Since arriving on Smackdown, Charlotte has said that she is here to claim her title, and this riled Natalya, Tamina and Carmella into forming The Welcoming Committee. A six women tag match is unlikely to steal the show but there is plenty of talent here and hopefully, they are given enough time to make a decent match out if it. I expect a frantic last few minutes which involves James Elsworth taking a bump on the outside and Charlotte hitting Nattie with a natural selection. The alliance between Charlotte, Becky and Smackdown Women’s Champion Naomi must be too strong here and they should get the victory.
Phillipa, Steven, Andrew, Jake, Vickie – Randy Orton
Daniel, Andy, Chris – Jinder Mahal
Thoughts by Andy – Jinder. Mahal. World. Championship. I could leave it there, to sum up, the whole match. But I have a duty. Randy Orton, after losing in a Scary Shed of Doom match, defends his, ahem, WWE Championship against the most unlikely of guys. The man who only a week previous lost to Finn Balor in three minutes. A man who got fired after being part of a band. A man who declared peace in a wrestling environment. A man… who in my eyes, can be the next WWE Champion. Two months ago I wouldn’t have contemplated, but due to the great opportunity booking over on the Blue Brand, stars can be born overnight. Which is why I’m going for the Maharajah to cut the head off The Viper.
Still, can’t believe I wrote that.