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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.

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WrestleMania 33 Results

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Another WrestleMania is in the books! Let’s run down the results, give some commentary, and most of all #ThankYouTaker.

Roman Reigns defeated The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred Match

Shortly before the entrances, it was announced that this match had been changed to a No Holds Barred Match and there would be a special guest commentator, Jim Ross. A very nice surprise to see/hear Good Ol’ JR in the house to call the Undertaker’s final ride.

Reigns scored the victory after a triple criss-cross spear for the final 1-2-3 of The Undertaker’s career. Undertaker was in control early on throwing Reigns through an announce table, but the tide turned soon after when Reigns returned the favor with a spear through another announce table. The crowd was solidly behind The Undertaker, as expected, cheering him on with every kick out but the sheer number of spears and a beat down with a steel chair became too much for the Deadman.

The end of this ‘Mania, however, won’t be remembered for this match itself, but the aftermath of The Undertaker calling it a career. After Reigns’ fireworks and a replay package, we returned to the ring to find Taker back in his full entrance gear. As Orlando looked on, Taker removed his gloves, coat, and hat, leaving them in the ring to signify the end of his legendary WWE run.

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WrestleMania 33 Match by Match Preview

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Brace yourselves, the amount of times you’ll have to hear about tonight’s show being “The Ultimate Thrill Ride” is about to skyrocket because it’s WrestleMania Sunday! A mammoth 13-match, 5+ hour evening awaits you from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL, LIVE on the WWE Network!  In addition to this preview, be sure to listen to Big Shooter, Goat & Brock give their thoughts on WrestleMania from this week’s show. Let’s run down the card for the Showcase of the Immortals.

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WWE World Championship: Bray Wyatt (C) vs. Randy Orton

For nearly a quarter of 2016, The Eater of Worlds has been embroiled in conflict and partnership with The Viper, Randy Orton. After battling each other at No Mercy, Orton bent the knee to Wyatt, joining Harper & Wyatt’s Family in October. At first, it was a match made in heaven hell: sole survivors of the Raw vs. SmackDown singles match at Survivor Series, a tag team championship victory, a Royal Rumble win by Orton, and a WWE Championship win by Wyatt.

However, The Viper was merely laying in wait. First, causing a rift between Harper and Wyatt, then betraying Wyatt by burning Sister Abigail’s remains and the Wyatt Compound to the ground. A series of supernatural back and forth exchanges have consumed the pair since, with Wyatt bathing in Abigail’s ashes and proclaiming himself all-powerful, and Orton returning to the compound driving Wyatt’s Crusix into Abigail’s charred remains in an attempt to end her powers.

Now the duo square off in the main event at WrestleMania to presumably end the story.

Prediction: Bray Wyatt. The introduction of the Crusix and the army of masked acolytes two weeks ago on SmackDown has my spider sense tingling for a return or new members being introduced to Wyatt’s flock, aiding the champion in retaining his championship.

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 Results

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Finally, our long national nightmare is over and Bray Wyatt is, at last, WWE World Champion.  In the climax to last night’s Elimination Chamber match and PPV, the Eater of Worlds eliminated then-WWE World Champion John Cena and former WWE World Champion AJ Styles to win the richest prize in Sports Entertainment.  Wyatt is now slated to face Royal Rumble Winner and tag team partner Randy Orton at WrestleMania.  Let’s run down the Chamber match and the rest of the evening of graps action.

Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE World Championship: Bray Wyatt defeated John Cena, AJ Styles, The Miz, Baron Corbin, & Dean Ambrose 

AJ Styles and John Cena started the match, packing a mini version of their Royal Rumble match into the first period of action before being joined by the third entrant, Dean Ambrose.  Ambrose wasted no time upping the craziness by being the first man of the evening to jump off of the roof of one of the pods in the redesigned Chamber.  Speaking of the “all-new” Chamber, the re-design made for some excellent camera angles during the broadcast including an excellent moment with Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles smashing each other into new clear portions of plexiglass above each pod.

Next into the Chamber was the eventual winner Bray Wyatt at #4, followed by Baron Corbin at #5.  Corbin had a dominant run in the match laying out Cena, Ambrose, Styles, & Wyatt before taunting and waiting on the Miz to enter the match at #6.  As the Miz demured, Dean Ambrose was able to roll up Corbin for the first elimination of the match. Corbin, upset with the elimination, raged against Dean Ambrose by slamming him into a pod and hitting the End of Days to set up Ambrose for the second elimination by the Miz. Corbin is now positioned either in the short-term or for WrestleMania as an Intercontinental Championship challenger.

With the Miz falling to John Cena as the third elimination we were down to the final three of Bray Wyatt, AJ Styles, & John Cena.  After a number of near-falls between Styles & Cena trading finishers, Cena attempted to finish off both men with a dive from atop a Chamber pod.  Seemingly in control, Cena attempted to AA Wyatt, only to be countered into Sister Abigail for the elimination.

Down to Wyatt & Styles, after an excellent sequence of back and forth moves, Styles attempted a Phenomenal Forearm but was caught and hit with a Sister Abigail for the victory.  After the match, Wyatt and now challenger Randy Orton stared each other down from their respective positions in the Chamber and on the stage.

Overall, the match was excellent and the retooled Chamber looked great on television.  Wyatt’s coronation as champion was strong and smartly done as he eliminated the current champion and the former long-time champion, making him the clear legitimate title holder.

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AJ Styles on Chad Dukes Versus The World

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In case you missed it, “The Face That Runs The Place” AJ Styles joined Chad Dukes Versus The World in preparation for his match with John Cena this past Sunday at the Royal Rumble.

While he didn’t leave the Rumble victorious, the Phenomenal One has had an excellent first calendar year in WWE.  In the interview, Styles discussed what he’s learned during this year, his thoughts on John Cena, being the current face of SmackDown Live, NXT, and more.  Most notably, in light of the questions surrounding the WWE Championship match for WrestleMania following the Royal Rumble, Styles discussed his dream opponent on the WWE roster.

Dukes: “You’ve been tied up with a couple of guys for a while.  Who else on the roster are you eyeballing?  Who’s somebody that you would like to work with?”

Styles: “Well, I think there’s that one person that everybody would like to see me work with, and that’s Randy Orton.  Randy and I have yet to even touch in the ring, I don’t think I’ve hit him with anything, or he’s hit me.  None of that’s ever happened. I think that’s gonna be something special when it does.”

As discussed earlier this week, this insight poses an interesting third option into the current “John Cena or Bray Wyatt” discussion in regards to who Orton will face at WrestleMania.

Listen to the full interview below and hit the jump for more quotes from the interview.

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Thank you to AJ Styles for his time. You can follow him on Twitter @AJStylesOrg and catch him every Tuesday Night on SmackDown Live!

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