Sunday’s WrestleMania Backlash incurred a significant change on 8 days’ notice. The WWE Tag Team Title unification match between The Usos and RK-Bro is now a six-man tag team extravaganza with Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre added to the mix.
There is no more championship unification, no stakes, just another match with two added attractions. While the star power of Reigns and McIntyre will garner more eyeballs on the marquee, are matches where the sole purpose is to see big-name talent enough to move the needle these days?
Backlash was the first SmackDown Live PPV since last month’s “Superstar Shake Up.” The Allstate Arena in Chicago hosted the nine match card. The two main pieces of business were Jinder Mahal vying for the WWE Championship and the WWE in-ring debut of Shinsuke Nakamura. Despite the slower pacing of the matches, was the blue brand able to deliver?
After a six year absence, Backlash returns to the WWE event calendar as the first SmackDown brand pay-per-view of the new era. Check out my review of the show as things kicked off with a fantastic women’s championship match and ended with a great WWE World title showdown.
Adam Kohn and yours truly give our preview and predictions for WWE Backlash. This is the first SmackDown brand exclusive PPV or the new era, which is headlined by Dean Ambrose defending the WWE World Championship against AJ Styles.