The selling point of WWE’s 2020 version of Backlash is that we’re going to see the greatest wrestling match ever, and that enough should make this a fun card. But there’s bad stuff on it as well, including one of the worst WWE Universal championship matches on paper ever with Braun Strowman vs Miz and Morrison in a handicap match.
WWE tweeted out earlier today that The Viking Raiders would challenge the Street Profits for the straps tonight. After weeks and weeks of vignettes, why it would take them the morning of the show to announce the match, one only knows.
— WWE (@WWE) June 14, 2020
We’ll be back with WWE Backlash live coverage once the main card begins.
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross Vs The Iconics Vs Sasha & Bayley
This is a triple threat match.
If you take the Iconics out of this match, it is probably much better, but I didn’t have to tell anyone that. That being said, the match was fine. All women tried hard and they didn’t mess up most of the spots they set up. There was a dive onto the rest of the women by Peyton Royce that was a bit clunky.
Alexa Bliss hit the Twisted Bliss onto Royce and as she went for the cover, Sasha Banks grabbed her and rolled her up for the pin.
The Sasha and Bayley act is a great one and they look like absolute superstars. Hopefully there will be better matches in the future with better teams before they split. This team has legs.
Winner: Sasha & Bayley
Jeff Hardy Vs Sheamus
It’s quote possible that Sheamus is sick for this match. I mean, he probably swallowed at least a cup full of pee on Smackdown.
The problem with this match seems to be that it’s set up for a lot of quick transitions and comebacks from Hardy, but he moves so slowly now in comparison to what you’re used to and it’s just looks like a couple of guys trying to do a run through of a match the night before.
Hardy went to the top and Sheamus knocked him down and they nearly conked into each other. Sheamus hit the White Noise for a two count. Hardy got his comeback and then hit the Twist of Fate. He went to the top and hit the Swanton and got a two count on Sheamus as he put his foot on the bottom rope.
They went outside and Hardy started to run the barricade, very slowly for that matter, and he jumped right into a Brogue kick. Sheamus hit one in the middle of the ring and won the match.
Nia Jax Vs Asuka
I was of the opinion before the match that this would be good because Nia has a lot of eye balls on her waiting for her to screw up. And there’s no better opponent to have a good, physical match with than Asuka.
Asuka was on her toes, being ahead of the monster heel, until she caught by the bigger, stronger woman. She went for her arm bar a few times and even got it on the outside. It was starting to get good and then it just ended as they both got counted out. Meh finish for what was starting to become a good match.
There was no winner, but Asuka retains.
The Miz & Morrison Vs Braun Strowman
WWE put this music video earlier today and they showed it on the PPV before the match.
It’s a handicap match, but if Miz or Morrison pin Strowman, they get the title belt for themself. Strowman ran wild on both, until they started working together. They hit a combined Skull Crushing Finale. Morrison went for the pin. Miz pulled him off, then realized what he did, and put him back. But by that time, Strowman kicked out.
Strowman hit his powerslam on Morrison and won the match.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Bobby Lashley Vs Drew McIntyre
Before the match started, Bobby Lashley put the full nelson on McIntyre. Two other referees had to come help them pull Lashley off.
The story was that Lashley was on his A game. He was listening to MVP and staying ahead of Drew. He’d hit a great move and the McIntyre would kick out of one. He’d do it again and kick out at one. MVP wanted Lashley to hit something that Drew couldn’t kick out of, so he started doing submissions. He went back to the Full Nelson. Drew tried to reverse something into a Tombstone, but Lashley grabbed his leg and went for an ankle lock.
Lana came out and got on the apron and just told the ref he was cheating. Lashley almost hit her off the apron, but then he did after Drew tossed him into her. She flew off into MVP’s arms and Drew hit the Claymore for the win.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
We were supposed to get a Raw tag title match between the Street Profits and the Viking Raiders. But both teams started brawling outside of the building. They damaged Braun Strowman’s car and because they were so fearful, they both ran inside. They continued their fight inside and both teams picked up weapons; Profits picked up golf clubs and Raiders picked up shields and an axe and a bowling ball. Profits ran away then decided to fight. Montez Ford took the bowling ball to the groin.
They started fighting back outside and were interrupted by Tozawa who had a gang of ninjas. They teamed up to beat the ninjas until they saw a ninja the size of Shaq O’Neal who had a sword. Then they ran again and all ended up in the garbage. This was the worst of the worst.
Edge Vs Randy Orton
It’s been reported that Edge tore his triceps during this match. It was taped last week.
The match is supposed to use camera tech and enhanced sound for some reason. They also used Howard Finkel’s voice to announce the match. Not sure this is the match I’d have pulled that one out for.
Orton out-wrestled Edge early on. Edge hit a big boot outside to start his comeback. At some point, Orton got busted open, but it looks to be a small cut. Edge went for his head and arm choke.
This match is much slower than I originally thought it would be. I thought they’d try to right the wrong of that Last Man Standing match. But the tempo of this match is just as slow.
The story of the match is that Orton is taking advantage of Edge’s neck injury and his ring rust. They’re setting up a pretty nice comeback, but the match doesn’t have to be so slow, plodding, and predictable.
Edge is going for the cross face, but Orton turned it into an Olympic Slam for a two count. There was a great two count where Edge turned a RKO attempt into an Edge-O-Matic. Orton also used a Pedigree and Edge used a Rock Bottom. Orton finally hit the RKO for a near three count. Edge hit two spears for a two count. Orton hit another RKO for a two count. He then hit Edge low and punted him for the win. It was a very good match.
Winner: Randy Orton