WWE Backlash Results
May 21, 2017
WWE Backlash is all set to pop off tonight (Sun., May 21, 2017) from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois at 8:00 p.m. ET, live on the WWE Network. You may also be able to watch this on pay-per-view (PPV) if your cable provider is carrying the event.
wrestletag.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, match-by-match coverage of Backlash below, beginning with the first match of the evening and right on through to the main event.
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WWE BACKLASH LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
Backlash Kickoff Show: Tye Dillinger def. Aiden English.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Nakamura’s long-awaited main roster debut largely proved worth the wait. It wasn’t an instant classic, but with a hot crowd praising his every move, Nakamura showed good chemistry opposite Ziggler and set a nice foundation to where this feud can go. The match featured a strong mix of varying styles, including amateur mat wrestling early from Ziggler and stiff, MMA-inspired striking from both late. In between, Ziggler went on a run of near falls, connecting with his Famouser and ZigZag. In the end, Nakamura rallied back from a super kick to the back of his head and set Ziggler up for the finish with a series of knees to the midsection. Next came his trademark Kinsasha for the pin
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships
The Usos (c’s) vs. Breezango
Talk about energy. This high-flying and physical match really heated up late after an early reliance on painfully silly comedy that the crowd ate up. Tyler Breeze reprised the janitor costume he wore on Fashion Files this week and took a beating for his troubles (along with having his mop snapped in half). He returned to the apron dressed as an elderly woman and was met with the same fate. After a series of believable near falls raised the intensity, The Usos threw Breeze over the ringside barrier to set up the best spot: a perfect Tope Con Hilo from Fandango outside the ring. But after Fandango climbed to the top rope, he was tripped by one Uso and instantly ate a super kick to the face from the other to set up the pin.
Winners and still WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Usos
Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
Booked consistently in recent months as a jobber to the stars, Zayn pulled off a much-needed upset win. The gutsy way in which he clinched it was consistent with his character. Relying on heart and an ability to shake off punishment, Zayn kicked out of a late Deep Six attempt to keep fighting. He then caught a running Corbin with a boot to the face in the center of the ring. That set up a stiff Helluva Kick for the pin.
Winner: Sami Zayn
Smackdown Women’s Champion Naomi, Charlotte and Becky Lynch vs. Natalya, Carmella and Tamina
The Welcoming Committee succeeded in its attempt to create chaos in the division for SmackDown’s top women. What doesn’t make sense from a storyline standpoint is why WWE went in this direction in the first place, burying its top three women and moving on from Naomi-Charlotte Flair so quickly. While this six-woman match wasn’t terrible, the inevitable wait for a heel turn or swerve finish never came, leaving an open void that’s hard to ignore. After predictable chaos broke out late, with Tamina clearing out Charlotte and Naomi with a super kick and head butt, respectively, Natalya forced Lynch to tap out with a Sharpshooter
Winners: Natalya, Carmella and Tamina
WWE United States Championship
Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles
In what had the makings for match of the year consideration after an impressive build, WWE used a surprising finish to leave fans wanting more as the feud progresses. For as long as it lasted, Owens and Styles put forth one hell of a physical match featuring a sensational inverted superplex from Owens and a snap suplex from Styles on the ring apron. They also told a great story as Styles fought through an injured right leg that Owens repeatedly targeted. Late in the match, Styles responded to being thrown into the timekeeper area by emerging with a Phenomenal Forearm. But after setting up Owens on the announce table for a Styles Clash, Styles tripped as Owens rolled away, getting his leg caught in a hole on the table that houses a monitor. Styles was counted out as he hung by his leg from the table. Owens delivered a superkick to the back of his head after the match for insult to injury. Can’t wait until they reboot this one a second time.
Winner via count out and still WWE United States Champion: Kevin Owens
Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan
Rowan with elbows and chops to Harper early in the corner. Harper responds with chops of his own. after all Harper catches Rowan with a big boot. Harper catches Rowan with a side slam for a two count. Rowan with an elbow and spin kick combo. Rowan with a big powerbomb on Harper. Harper with big chops. Harper avoids another powerbomb attempt with a counter. Harper catches Rowan with a superkick. Harper with a second superkick. Harper with a clothesline thrust to Rowan for the win.
Winner: Luke Harper
Randy Orton (c) vs. Jinder Mahal
Winner: Jinder Mahal
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