WWE Backlash Results

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WWE World Championship: Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton (C)

The Era of the Maharaja has begun! In a shocking upset, Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton with a Cobra Clutch Slam to win the WWE Championship after Orton was distracted taking out the Singh Brothers, wrecking one in particular on the Spanish Announce table. Orton attacked Mahal before the bell rang but Mahal controlled a good portion of the match working over Orton’s shoulder.

It was an average WWE match which was elevated by a great atmosphere at times, from Mahal being booed heavily during his entrance, receiving dueling “Let’s Go Jinder/Jinder Sucks” chants during the match and the legendary post-match fan reactions. As someone who bores quickly when Randy Orton is the blue-eyed baby face champion, the shakeup of Mahal as the SmackDown kingpin is a welcome development for a show that has struggled since AJ Styles was unseated as the Champ That Runs The Camp.

Luke Harper defeated Erick Rowan

Harper got the win after a spinning elbow to Rowan for the pin. This was a hard-hitting, well-fought match between the former Wyatt brothers that had the unfortunate double whammy of following Owens/Styles and receiving very little build up detailing the history between the two combatants. On a side note, Harper’s victory continued an interesting trend in hindsight on the card of building possible fan favorite challengers for Mahal (Dillinger, Nakamura, Zayn, and Harper) in the singles matches throughout the evening.

WWE United States Championship: Kevin Owens defeated AJ Styles via count out

In the match of the night, The Face of America, Kevin Owens escaped Chicago with his championship in a unique manner. In the closing moments of the match, while brawling on the outside, AJ Styles’ leg fell into the monitor holes of the announce table while attempting a Styles Clash on Owens. With Styles’ previously injured knee hung up in the announce table, Owens was able to roll back to the ring to beat the referee’s ten count for the victory.

While many may poo-poo the count out finish, the match building up to the finish was excellent and based on this past week’s SD Live and tonight’s match made complete sense. After attacking Styles’ knee on Tuesday, Owens continued to work on the knee throughout the match and that very knee is the one that left Styles trapped and hanging upside down from the table.

Natalya, Tamina, & Carmella defeated Becky Lynch, Naomi, & Charlotte Flair

Nothing too special here. This was the type of women’s match you’d see on an average SmackDown show. Lynch cosplaying as Blanka from Street Fighter (h/t to Shaky Knee for that one…) tapped out to Natalya’s “Hart Family Sharpshooter”, which Tom Phillips couldn’t say enough. Demon King.

Sami Zayn defeated Baron Corbin

In a bit of an upset considering how much Zayn has been used to build monsters lately (see also Braun Strowman), the Underdog from the Underground defeated Corbin with a Helluva Kick.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Usos (C) defeated Breezango

After an impressive senton to the outside by Fandango, the Fashion Police looked to be on their way to victory until Jey Uso super kicked Fandango off the top rope for the win. Worth noting, a janitor, and an old lady attempted to help Fandango until Tyler Breeze could arrive for the match, but unfortunately, the Usos overcame the 4 on 2 advantage to retain their championships. A very fun match and I hope we get more Fashion Files on SmackDown in the near future.

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler took all of his shots at Nakamura, hitting him with every finisher he had, but Nakamura was able to withstand the onslaught and win his main roster debut with his Kinshasa knee strike. This wasn’t what I, and expect many others, were expecting from Nakamura’s debut. It did accomplish showing how much punishment Nakamura can take and keep kicking out.

Kickoff Match: Tye Dillinger defeated Aiden English

Dillinger got the win with the Tye Breaker. Simply a showcase for Dillinger and an advancement of English’s mental breakdown storyline.

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