Roman Reigns remains to be your WWE Champion. In the principle occasion of— the pay-per-view previously generally known as Backlash — Reigns defeated Cesaro after a protracted, glorious match. It was certainly one of a number of sturdy bouts on the present, which additionally noticed Bobby Lashley retain his WWE Championship.
However whereas the present had many highs, it additionally had a really deep low. The Miz versus Damian Priest Lumberjack match was a nasty advert for the Military of the Lifeless film, because the Lumberjacks have been… zombies. Like, actually. Like, everybody pretended they have been precise, actual zombies. It was unhealthy.
However in case you skipped that travesty, this was really an excellent WWE present.
Roman Reigns submits Cesaro
Roman Reigns defeated Cesaro through submission when he made Cesaro move out with the guillotine choke. This was a sluggish, methodical match just like the one Reigns had with Daniel Bryan at Fastlane. Reigns labored on Cesaro’s arm throughougt the second half of the bout, and Cesaro did a superb job at promoting it. It made the ultimate stretch a lot extra dramatic.
Score: 4 stars.
After the match, Jey Uso got here to the ring and attacked Cesaro. He was interrupted by Seth Rollins — who completely demolished Cesaro. Rollins jammed Cesaro’s arm in a chair and smashed it into the turnbuckle. The present ended with Rollins hitting a curbstomp on Cesaro and posing within the ring.
Bobby Lashley retains WWE Championship
The triple risk WWE Championship match was a conflict of titans in one of the simplest ways. This match had little psychology, it was simply three massive dudes beating the crap out of one another for quarter-hour — and it was enjoyable all the time.
It started with Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre teaming up on Braun Strowman. Minutes in, as Lashley and McIntyre have been brawling on the surface, Strowman crashed by means of each with a flipping senton off the apron. That was a stable indicator of how the rest of the match would go.
Later, with Braun Strowman disposed of within the ring, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre fought up the ramp. McIntyre threw Lashley by means of the LED boards on the ramp, with pyrotechnics going off as Lashley crashed by means of. Strowman then returned, and he and McIntyre went forwards and backwards at some stage in the match. This included Strowman powerbombing McIntyre by means of the announcer’s desk.
The end got here when McIntyre clocked Strowman with a Claymore Kick. Earlier than he may take benefit, Lashley hit the ring, tossed McIntyre out, hit a spear on Strowman for the 1-2-3.
Score: 4 stars. You knew how the ending would play out as quickly as Lashley was “taken out”, however this was quite a lot of enjoyable.
Bianca Belair retains SmackDown Ladies’s Championship
I’ll be trustworthy. I discovered it very onerous to concentrate to this match following the Lumberjack fiasco that preceeded it. Judging by my Twitter feed, I am not the one one.
Bianca Belair retained her title by pinning Bayley with a roll-up, with additional leverage by hooking her braid round certainly one of Bayley’s legs. It was a inventive end however botched a bit, as Belair fell again at two. Nonetheless, it is enjoyable to see WWE integrating Belair’s braid into her massive matches, like how she whipped Sasha Banks with it at WrestleMania.
Score: This was a protracted, good match and each ladies labored onerous. I can not charge it pretty as a result of I used to be so distracted by how unhealthy the Lumberjack match was.
The worst Lumberjack match of all time
This Lumberjack match between The Miz and Damian Priest doubled as an commercial for Batista’s new film, Military of the Lifeless. The Lumberjacks are all zombies from the film. Ugh.
It begins with zombies surrounding the ring. The announcer’s flee, after which moments later we hear them say they’re now asserting “from a protected location.” The Miz and Priest then wrestling an ungainly, subaverage match. At one level they go on the surface and battle zombies collectively. John Morrison interfered on behalf of The Miz, then fought zombies on the surface. Damien Priest then hit his end, Hit The Lights, for the win. Zombies then mob The Miz.
I can not categorical how silly this was. It wasn’t enjoyable, like The Firefly Funhouse from final yr’s WrestleMania. It was simply foolish. Not simply unhealthy wrestling, however unhealthy TV.
Score: 0 stars.
Rey and Dominic Mysterio win SmackDown tag titles
This was formulaic in a nasty manner. The Soiled Dawgs — Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler — took out Dominic Mysterio within the Kickoff Present, so Rey was to allegedly take each on in a Handicap Match. As quickly because the match started, it was apparent the place it could go. Ziggler and Roode would get the benefit on Rey and beat him down till Dominic heroically got here to his father’s assist. And that is precisely what occurred — and it took endlessly.
Ziggler, Roode and Rey are all nice, and every part they did appeared good. There was a cool fameasser spot, the place Roode held Mysterio up and Ziggler hit the transfer, and gnarly spot the place Mysterio tried a suicide slide to the surface however Ziggler caught him with a superkick. Nevertheless it was onerous to have an interest since you knew little mattered till Dominic hit the ring.
That mentioned, issues did certainly choose up when Dominic arrived. Ziggler and Roode obtained extra warmth on each, however then Dominic turned issues round with a superkick onto Ziggler. Rey was then tagged in, hit a 619 on Roode, tagged Dominic in after which took Ziggler out on the surface. Dominic then hit a Frogslash for the win.
Score: 2.25 stars.
Rhea Ripley defeats Charlotte and Asuka
I used to be a bit of nervous about this match. All three ladies are usually glorious performers, however Ripley’s bout with Asuka at WrestleMania was a disappointment, and up to date matches on Uncooked have been a bit underwhelming too. However to not fear, this was an impressive opening match. Rhea Ripley received the triple risk match by pinning Asuka following a Riptide powerslam.
There really is not an excessive amount of to say in regards to the match. It largely adopted the triple-threat components, with two ladies in and one lady out. Every ladies obtained their shine in because the match progressed, getting spots the place they dominated the opposite two. However the motion was crisp and flowed easily, making it enjoyable to look at from the bell.
The ending sequence started when Asuka and Ripley double superplexed Charlotte. There was then a enjoyable spot the place Charlotte fought again and hit a double Pure Choice then obtained a two-count when she tried to pin each Asuka and Ripley on the identical time. The three then had a back-and-forth sequence with one another that culminated with Charlotte on the surface and Asuka being pinned after the Riptide on the within.
Asuka really shined probably the most in the course of the match, which foreshadowed her demise.
Score: 4.25 stars.
Kickoff Present Outcomes
The Kickoff Present noticed a United States Championship Open Problem from Sheamus, which was answered by Ricochet. Sheamus received the match with a pump knee strike however afterwards Ricochet taunted Sheamus and so they obtained into a quick scuffle, which means we’ll most likely see a rematch on Uncooked tomorrow.