Preview: The first co-branded ppv of 2018 features AJ Styles defending his WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura in a No Disqualifications Match, Roman Reigns against Samoa Joe, SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella against Charlotte Flair, and more. Read our detailed WWE Backlash 2018 Results & Review below.
Date: May 6th, 2018
Location: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
Meh (With a High Tone)
(Ruby Riott def. Bayley – Kickoff Match)
For a show-opener, it was not bad. They were given quite a bit of time, and Bayley vs Riott turned out to be a fun little match. The inferences from Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan, as well as the Bayley-Banks stuff added a bit more umph to the entire ordeal.
(Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins def. The Miz)
The Miz vs Seth Rollins had set way too high a bar for the rest of the card to top. The quality of the match was awesome (no pun intended), reversals were abound, and the execution was top-notch. We really could not find much superlative adjectives to describe the match.
But there was one thing we did not like about that cracker of a bout: Its outcome. It was very much set as soon as The Miz had been shaken up to Smackdown Live, and Rollins was not. Seth just won the Intercontinental Championship at The Grandest Stage of Them All, so “There is no way Seth is losing the title that early”. And our speculations turned out to be correct, thus making the fantastic showdown between two of WWE’s most fantastic workers fall a tad short of being the full-package masterpiece.