By Steve Ward
WWE returned for his or her first pay-per-view (sorry, “Premium Reside Occasion” as they’re labeled on Peacock) since Wrestlemania as Wrestlemania Backlash emanated from the Dunkin Donuts Middle in Windfall, Rhode Island. This night’s card boasted solely six matches with a mere one title contested and was headlined by a six-man tag staff match which pit The Bloodline towards the collective of Drew McIntyre and RK-Bro.
Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins
Winner: Cody Rhodes by way of pinfall
This night’s card opened with a grudge match following their encounter at Wrestlemania final month. Since Cody was launched on the final minute as Seth Rollins’ thriller opponent, Rollins has cried foul ever since claiming his loss was a fluke as a result of he had no time to organize. Regardless of my ideas of Cody departing from AEW, the corporate he helped to construct to return to the corporate the place he was as soon as bestowed with the gimmick of Stardust, Cody nonetheless put forth a strong effort towards Seth Rollins on this match. In a basic backwards and forwards battle, each opponents unleashed a number of of their signature strikes – Rollins the frog splash and Falcon Arrow, Rhodes the Cody Cutter and Cross Rhodes, nonetheless, this match could be determined as Cody reversed a rollup pin try by Rollins and grabbed Rollins tights to safe the pinfall.
Bobby Lashley vs. Omos w/ MVP
Winner: Omos by way of pinfall
After Lashley was victorious over Omos at Wrestlemania, MVP would return the next evening on RAW solely to show his again on Lashley and align himself with the aforementioned Nigerian Big. Below MVP’s steerage, Omos segued his manner right into a rematch this night at Backlash. Bobby Lashley dominated Omos at some point of the match showcasing his unearthly energy as he manhandled seven foot three inch big. Sadly for Lashley, MVP would show to be the x-factor late within the contest. Because the referee was distracted, MVP struck Lashley within the head together with his cane which allowed Omos to capitalize with a two-handed choke slam for the victory.
AJ Kinds vs. Edge
Winner: Edge by way of submission
In one other rematch from Wrestlemania the place Edge was capable of pull out a victory after the surprising look of his new cohort, Damian Priest, he discovered himself toe to toe with The Phenomenal AJ Kinds once more tonight. The distinction this time could be Priest being banned from ringside following his loss to Kinds this previous Monday on RAW. Late within the contest, Kinds appeared to have Edge in dire straits after he executed the Kinds Conflict and dealt additional harm with the calf crusher submission. Damian Priest would make his manner down the aisle stopping simply wanting ringside as Kinds stood on the highest turnbuckle. As Priest and Kinds jawed backwards and forwards, Finn Balor would assault Priest from behind to neutralize the risk. With the referee distracted, a hooded determine would emerge to shove Kinds off the highest turnbuckle which opened the door for Edge to cinch in a crossface submission for the victory. Following the match, the unknown assailant would enter the ring and reveal herself as Rhea Ripley.
Smackdown Girls’s Championship “I Stop” Match
Charlotte Aptitude (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
Winner: Ronda Rousey
In one other return match from Wrestlemania, Charlotte Aptitude as soon as once more put her Smackdown Girls’s Championship on the road towards “The Baddest Girl on the Planet.” This time round issues could be extra fascinating as Rousey pushed for an “I Stop” Match the place one should make their opponent truly mutter the phrases “I Stop” to be able to declare victory. These girls beat one another with kendo sticks and metal chairs and tried to make one another utter the phrases “I Stop” a number of instances all through the competition. Within the closing moments, Aptitude launched a chair as soon as once more which might show to be her downfall. Rousey would flip the tide on Aptitude and drag her arm by way of the chair as she cinched in an armbar and eventually made Aptitude exclaim “I give up” crowning herself as the brand new champion.
Madcap Moss vs. Joyful Corbin
Winner: Madcap Moss by way of pinfall
Following Moss’ win within the Andre The Big Memorial Battle Royal the evening earlier than Wrestlemania and Corbin’s loss at Wrestlemania, the duo of Moss and Corbin lastly had a falling out on RAW a number of weeks in the past which brings us to their encounter tonight. Late within the match, Corbin executed the Deep Six however was unable to place away Moss. This may show to be pricey as moments later, Moss would propel himself over Corbin with a Sundown Flip as he surprised Proud of a pinfall.
Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman & The Usos vs. Drew McIntyre and RK-Bro (Randy Orton & Riddle)
Winners: Roman Reigns & The Usos by way of pinfall
The Usos had been initially set to sq. off with RK-Bro tonight in a title unification bout till Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre inserted themselves into the equation and expanded this match right into a six-man tag staff affair. The primary occasion locked in at a feverish tempo at some point of the bout. Within the closing moments, Riddle thought he had victory at his fingertips after he executed a high rope RKO on Jey Uso, nonetheless, Reigns had initiated a blind tag earlier than Uso was propelled throughout the ring. As Riddle returned to his ft, The Tribal Chief met him with a rib-breaking spear which allowed him to simply safe the pinfall for The Bloodline.