WWE Backlash 2018 Predictions

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May 6, 2018 by adamburt13

Written By Adam Burt & Carter Cotrupi

The first official PPV of the new wrestling year is WWE Backlash, that is if you aren’t counting the greatest royal rumble special in Saudi Arabia. For this show we are officially back to the dual-branded style of pay per views featuring superstars from both the RAW and Smackdown Live brands. Shawn Eaton has gone MIA for this one so the OG tag team of Adam Burt and Carter Cotrupi have you covered with their predictions for tonights show.

Pre-show: Bayley vs Ruby Riott

AB- Unlike my MIA tag team writer Shawn Eaton I don’t see what’s so appealing about Ruby Riott at all. The only thing going for her really is that she has a different look, that’s cool but in this singles match Bayley should absolutely take this one over and win it fairly fast on this pre show match. (Early Rating- D+)

CC- I don’t think I’ve ever been less excited about a match involving Bayley since we were introduced to her down in NXT. I have nothing against Riott, but this Pre-show booking is a telling sign of how WWE Creative views these two as if they’re on the same level (News Flash: Bayley deserves better). (Riott, D)

Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

AB- You have to think with Lashley being a pretty hyped up return and Strowman being the most dominant superstar in the company has right now, it’s going to be damn near impossible for Zayn and Owens to pull through this one and grab a win. I’d say just making it out alive would be impressive for Zayn and Owens so im going Lashley and Strowman.

(Early rating- C)

CC- Honestly, it doesn’t bother me how unbalanced these two teams are. Logically, you’d think the 7’-something monster Strowman and strongman-personified Lashley would use Zayn and Owens as toothpicks. But I think this match leaves a ton of room for creativity. I can’t wait to see what happens. (Owens/Zayn, B)

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass

AB- When Daniel Bryan was cleared and thrown into the Wrestlemania match with Shane McMahon, Owens and Sami Zayn most fans were already looking ahead to multiple dream matchups for the American Dragon in the future. I”m also here to say nobody had Daniel Bryan vs Big Cass on that list of dream matchups. Although this is good to see both competitors back in singles PPV action, I don’t really care to see this at all which is sad because i’m in love with Daniel Bryan matches always, im taking Bryan to get by Cass. (Early rating- B)

CC- Going into this past week, I was pumped to see what WWE would do for the comeback kid vs the up-and-comer match. Key word in that sentence is, “Was”…As Big Cass tossed around and verbally dismantled a little person in front of a roaring Canadian crowd, I thought to myself “Hey, what year is it?” Before that stunt, I would have been fine with either superstar winning, but if Bryan doesn’t win on Sunday, then this “feud” can only lead to Big Cass’ downfall. Daniel Bryan, C+

Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (For the United States Championship)

AB- This match screams nostalgia for me and i’m really excited for it. I think these guys could really put on a show but my pick to win is Jeff Hardy. Jeff is going to retain the title and continue what is hopefully the start of the singles run everyone wanted to see Jeff have since his return to the company. (Early rating- B)

CC- Speaking of what year is it, Jeff Hardy vs Randy Orton for the U.S. Championship is nostalgia incarnate. Both superstars are riding their respective second winds in their long wrestling careers and I expect this championship match to highlight their veteran status among the greats. Jeff Hardy, B

Carmella (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (For the Smackdown Women’s Championship)

AB- Charlotte is without question one of the best female competitors in the business, clearly after beating Asuka at Wrestlemania you would think Carmella in a singles match would be cake right? I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for Charlotte and Carmella will find a way to retain in this one. (Early rating – C+)

CC- I think WWE waited far too long to pull the trigger on Carmella’s MITB cash-in. I would have enjoyed the sudden mixup in the Smackdown Women’s division before the Asuka and Charlotte feud, but now I can only hope that dethroning Charlotte means Becky Lynch can finally have her shot. Carmella, C

Nia Jax (c) vs. Alexa Bliss (For the Raw Women’s Championship)

AB- I think it would be meaningless to have Nia Jax lose this match. I think Alexa Bliss has been more entertaining as of late but it won’t get her by the “Irresistible Force.” Jax wins.

(Early rating – C)

CC- Alexa has been on fire with her “Moment of Bliss” promos lately. True, running down one’s opponent has more merit with a championship belt around your waist, but Ms. Bliss has shown us that she is one of the best heels in the company today. I think Nia’s run is not over yet, though. (Nia Jax, B-)

Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Miz (For the Intercontinental Championship)

AB- With there being no chance Jeff Hardy’s United States championship moves to RAW at Backlash i don’t see The Miz taking the IC title over to Smackdown so this is an easy pick for me but this will be a very good match. (Early rating- A)

CC- Rollins and Miz are just two superstars that don’t need a script to put on a convincing feud. Like Burt said above, the IC title will probably stay on Raw to balance the scale. But it should be a fun match in general. (Rollins, A-)

AJ Styles (c) and Shinsuke Nakamura (No DQ Match for the WWE Championship)

AB- Despite Shinsuke Nakamura getting the best of the champ in recent weeks, I don’t think the low blow antics will earn Shinsuke a win in this match over AJ Styles. I feel like we could see AJ retaliate with a low blow of his own in this one, it just feels right after all of the Nakamura dominance in recent weeks and this being a no DQ match.. (Early Rating- A)

CC- I love the Nakamura heel turn to give him a proper push on the main brands. With that said, it’s too early in that stage to hand him the title. I feel as if we’re building up a classic Titan vs. Titan storyline. The great thing about this feud is that I am nowhere near bored of it yet. I think there’s a lot more that WWE can do between these guys. (Styles, A)

Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe

AB- Roman Reigns can’t seem to get by Brock Lesnar and keeps reaching for sympathy due to the fact he’s the full timer putting in the work week in and out on the “A show” but that still isn’t enough to earn fan support to get behind him. But i don’t think fan support has ever mattered, Vince has his back and Roman is going to keep getting his shots. So, I see a very slim chance of Reigns losing although Samoa Joe has been electric since his return and really does deserves this win, Roman wins. (Early rating – B)

CC- Samoa Joe has talked the talk and now it’s time to walk the walk. With no Universal title on the line, the odds are even greater for Joe to put the beatdown on a whiny Reigns. (Joe, B+)

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