Backlash Preview

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This Sunday marks the first pay-per-view Backlash in the new era of the WWE and the SmackDown brand. It will be difficult for Backlash live up or surpass this past Summerslam I will provide my thoughts, analysis for this overall card.

Intercontinental Championship

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz w/Maryse

This match will feature two of the most underrated workers in the WWE as The Miz looks to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler. Fans can criticize The Miz all they want, but he has the ability to elevate the Intercontinental Championship and he draws significant hate. This Sunday at Backlash will mark the 160 days as a champion for the A-Lister. The Miz’s star power has never been this high throughout his career ever since that very memorable shoot on Daniel Bryan last month.

Dolph Ziggler will look to rebound after he failed to capture the WWE World Championship against Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam. On this past episode of Talking Smack Dolph Ziggler made an appearance, he stated he will once again showcase why he is the best in the ring. These two have had quite a history in the past with a series of great matches. I envision Dolph Ziggler pulling out the win however The Miz will retain his Intercontinental Championship with the help of Maryse.

SmackDown Women’s Champion

Six-Pack Challenge

At Backlash history will be made when SmackDown will crown the first SmackDown Women’s Champion. It will be a Six-Pack challenge featuring Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Natalya, Naomi, Alexa Bliss and Carmella. The SmackDown Live General Manager, Daniel Bryan explained that it will be an elimination match, therefore, the last women standing will be crowned champion.

SmackDown has done an excellent job at developing a deep Women’s division. Now five women in this match are established but the one woman that blew me away with her development is Carmella. Carmella needed to turn heel and be different to stay out of Enzo and big Cass shadow. Carmella has made quite an easy transition as a heel and I love the fact that she attacked Nikki Bella on Taking Smack. This attack gave her credibility in addition she be picked her biggest win in her young career making Nikki Bella tap out in a six women match this past SmackDown.

This is an extremely difficult match to predict because you can make a case for each woman to win. The obvious choice is the longest reigning Divas Champion Nikki Bella but giving her the does no good in the long run. To be honest, I can’t see Natalya, Naomi or Bliss winning the SmackDown Women’s Champion.

The perfect scenario in this situation is that Becky Lynch needs the SmackDown Women’s Championship, in order to finally her the momentum she truly deserves. However, I would not be surprised if the WWE gives the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Carmella.

Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton

I do not know to expect between Bray Wyatt and the Apex predator Randy Orton. This match developed when Bray Wyatt sent an open challenge to Orton and he accepted Bray challenge. The master of the mind games Bray Wyatt sent Orton one of his cryptic messages. He stated that Orton is a just a normal man that can feel pain and suffering just like everybody else. This is another toss up and the match can, either way, however, a win for Orton does him no and Bray is in a desperate need for a win.

Smackdown Tag Team Championship tournament

Another momentum for the new era of SmackDown Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon announced that there would be new WWE tag titles, in an eight-team tournament, there were weekly matches on SmackDown. The finals would take place at Backlash.

The real story of this tournament is that Heath Slater has been entertaining showcasing his comical skills. Heath Slater was battling week after week on both RAW and RAW. After weeks of being unsuccessful Slater was given an opportunity by Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan to take part in the tag team tournament, provided he could find a partner. Slater was successful and he formed unlikely tag team convincing Rhyno to team with him. However in order to get a SmackDown Live contract only if he and Rhyno were to pull off a miracle and win the entire tournament.

Against all odds, The One Man Band Heath Slater and The Man Beast Rhyno made it to the final round. They destroyed their competition The Headbangers in round 1 and The Hype Bros in round 2. It looked like American Alpha was destined for the finals of the tournament. American Alpha made quick work of Breezango to nobody surprise this set up an intriguing match which involved   The Usos in the semi-finals of the tournament. After American Alpha shocked the world once they defeated the Usos in record time. Jimmy and Jey Uso snapped and they brutally attacked Chad Gable, injuring him and preventing American Alpha from competing at Backlash.

On Talking Smack, Bryan and Shane McMahon announced that The Usos will take on The Hype Bros. The winners would face off at Backlash Slater and Rhyno later on in the finals. I see The Usos getting past The Hype Bros very easy and booking their ticket the finals of the tournament. I envision that Jason Jordan one-half of American Alpha will screw the Usos out of the WWE Tag Team Championship as revenge for taking out his tag team partner in Chad Gable.  Heath Slater and Rhyno will make history and become the first ever SmackDown Tag Team Champions. In addition, it sets up a feud between American Alpha and The Usos once Chad Gable returns from his injury.

Main Event
WWE Championship
AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose

This will be a compelling main event as AJ Styles has all the momentum in the world right now AJ Styles is 2-0 against John Cena he shifts his focus on the WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose.The Phenomenal One fought off Dolph Ziggler and defeated him last month on SmackDown to ensure that the title match would remain a one-on-one contest. AJ Styles have made a quite an impact without The Club on SmackDown and he has earned a new trademark the face that runs the place.

Dean Ambrose on the other side has been a competitive champion defending his championship against anyone. Ambrose latest title defense was against “The Showoff” Dolph Ziggler at Summerslam he survived. However, at Backlash he faces his toughest challenge in AJ Styles. Ambrose will do whatever it takes to retain his championship and he will be successful.

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