It’s time for us to see what the fallout from Wrestlemania 34 has in store for us! With five titles on the line and a lot of bad blood to be settled, Backlash 2018 has a lot to look forward to. Coming hot off the heels of their massive 50-Man Royal Rumble event at The Greatest Royal Rumble WWE refocuses their effort on their first brand unified PPV since the brand split nearly two years ago.
There are a lot of questions to answer at Backlash 2018. A new feud between Big Cass and Daniel Bryan will come to blows as a familiar fight between red-hot promo maker Samoa Joe and The Big Dog Roman Reigns will be settled. The mid-card belts have show-stealing talent in them and are a must watch. Some of the most talented superstars on the roster will be on display when both Women’s Titles will be put on the line. And will AJ Styles finally get revenge on the low blow obsessed Shinsuke Nakamura? There are a lot of things to look forward to at Backlash 2018 this year.
WWE Backlash 2018 Details:
Date: Sunday, May 6th, 2018
Time: 8:00 P.M. EST (5:00 P.M. PST)
TV Channel: WWE Network
Location: The Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Bayley vs. Ruby Riott (Pre-Show)
The Hugger took on the leader of The Riott squad in pre-show action. Ruby Riott was accompanied by her stablemates Live Morgan and Sarah Logan. The two fought hard with Morgan and Logan taunting Bayley when she was thrown out of the ring by Riott. Riott looked strong through most of the match, but Bayley was resilient as always. Bayley showed life near the end but thanks to a distraction from Morgan, Riott gets the pin on Bayley.
Ruby Riot defeats Baley via pinfall
Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship
Seth Rollins looks to continue his run as a fighting Intercontinental Champion and takes on one of the most storied Intercontinental Champions of all time, The Miz. Rollins came out fast and strong against the A-Lister, but The Miz proved to be no pushover for The Architect. The two superstars put on a clinic of hard hits and high flying spots. The match was technically superb, but Rollins energy proved too much for The Miz as he defeats the host of Miz TV. Rollins retains in an incredibly solid match.
Seth Rollins retains the Intercontinental Championship over The Miz
Nia Jax (c) vs. Alexa Bliss for the Raw’s Women’s Championship
The Goddess looks to get her title back the Irresistible Force in this singles match. Alexa Bliss showed a surprising amount of gumption to start the match. She went at Jax fast but Jax immediately showed her why that could be a bad idea, displaying her sheer power. Bliss got an impressive amount of offense in but Jax proved to be a tough nut to crack as she came back to throw Bliss around the ring with ease. Jax took a tumble over the top rope that caused Bliss to have to find a way to get the more daunting woman back in the ring, when she did she found an uphill battle. Bliss continued to rain down damage on Jax until Jax caught her midair and put her down to get the pin and retain the Raw Women’s Title.
Nia Jax defeats Alexa Bliss to retain the Raw Women’s Championship
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Randy Orton for the US Championship
Fan favorite Jeff Hardy looks to retain his US Title after getting an RKO out of nowhere on SmackDown Live from The Viper himself, Randy Orton. Hardy showed moments of vintage Jeff, putting his body on the line to render as much damage as possible against Orton. Orton showed his technical prowess but that wasn’t enough to stop the fearless Jeff Hardy. A Swanton bomb puts it away and Hardy retains his US Title.
Jeff Hardy defeats Randy Orton to retain the US Championship
Big Cass vs. Daniel Bryan
The ultimate underdog Daniel Bryan met up with jealous 7-foot monster Big Cass in an epic David vs. Goliath match-up. Big Cass showed off his power but Bryan’s plucky underdog fight was in full effect. Big Cass delivered some monstrous blows but Bryan showed Cass what exactly the Yes Lock was forcing the big man to tap out. Big Cass proved to be as terrible as we thought though, assaulting Bryan after the match was over.
Danieal Bryan defeats Big Cass via submission
Carmella (c) vs. Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship
The Queen looks to get her revenge on Carmella for taking her title. The Princess of Staten Island Cashed in her Money in the Bank Briefcase after Charlotte was attacked by the IIconics and stole her title away from her. Charlotte came out strong but Carmella landed a string of attacks, including a monster superkick, against the former women’s champion. Charlotte looked strong as always but Carmella got an impressive amount of offense in. In the end, Carmella takes advantage of a knee injury and pins Charlotte and retains her Smackdown Women’s Championship
Carmella defeats Charlotte Flair to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The human version of a low blow machine, Shinsuke Nakamura, looks to finally overcome AJ Styles in their third straight title match. Styles looks to exact revenge against Nakamura for his continued disrespect and hopes to get just that in their no DQ match. The men traded blows in arguably the most visceral of their matches so far, with Nakamura periodically taunting Styles. Nakamura seemed to have the upper hand through most of the match but Styles met him with a brutal shot when he threw a steel chair at him, but the ending was a surprising one. The two men delivered low blows and ended up causing a double count out, causing Styles to retain his title.
AJ Styles defeats Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE Championship
Braun Stroman and Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
The two best friends come into this match looking to come out on top against the monster duo of Stroman and Lashley. Lashley seemed to be on an island of his own against the duo of Owens and Zayn for awhile until hitting the hot tag to Stroman who began to unleash hell. Stroman was so vicious Zayn was scared to even enter the ring with him, running away from the Monster Among men before throwing Owens in the ring to face the big man. After some in-fighting between Owens and Zayn, Lashley and Stroman laid waste to Owens to get the win. It looks like this could be the end of the line for the “Yep!” movement. After the two tried to feed the each other to the big men and the subsequent ravaging Owens and Zayn received after the match, how can the duo survive?
Stroman and Lashley defeat Owens and Zayn
Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe Rekindle an old rivalry in Backlash 2018’s main event. Joe has been tearing Reigns to shreds in his promos and this match opened with an intensity to equal the build up. The two beat up on each other for a bit before the bell was even officially rung. Joe proceeded to spend a large amount of time holding Reigns down in submission holds. For a moment it looked like Reigns could come back when Joe showed some deceptively athletic moves to keep Reigns in check. Joe continued to pick Reigns apart, but Reigns naturally had his come back moment before Joe put another stopper to it with his crushing power. It seemed like Samoa Joe had the upper hand and Reigns was going to pass out before powering back and hitting Joe with a spear for the pin.