That was absolutely phenomenal! The WWE Superstars of SmackDown hit the ring for ‘Backlash’ on Sept. 11, with Dean Ambrose facing A.J. Styles for the World Championship! At the end of the night, A.J. took the victory and the title with one epic finish over Dean!
Backlash is the first SmackDown-only pay-per-view event following the 2016 WWE brand split and after seeing all the action take place at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia, the WWE Universe can’t wait for more! The main event saw Dean Ambrose, 30, defend the WWE World Championship (a.k.a the World title) against A.J. Styles, 39. A.J., fresh off his amazing victory over John Cena, 39, at SummerSlam, was looking to add another championship to his amazing career — and that’s exactly what he did!
In a 25-minute match, A.J. and Dean battled things out until the very end, with each laying major moves on each other from drop kicks to backbreakers. After Dean avoided a couple Calf Crushers and a Styles Clash, he sent A.J. straight into the ring post face-first. It wasn’t really looking good for A.J. when Dean whipped him into the front row with a suicide dive, but suddenly A.J. found a second wind and caught Dean with a Pele kick, proving that this match really was back and forth the whole way through. A.J. ultimately came out victorious by issuing a nasty groin kick on Dean followed by the Styles Clash. Talk about a fight to the finish!
The World title wasn’t the only belt up for grabs at Backlash. Following the brand split, SmackDown decided to crown its own tag team champions. Heath Slater, 33, the hottest free agent in sports entertainment, teamed up with the ECW original, Rhyno, 40, to make it to the tournament’s finals. They were supposed to face American Alpha, but after The Usos injured Chad Gable, 30, they had to face the Hype Bros for a shot at the finals. After Jey Uso, 31, made Zack Ryder, 31, tap out, the finals were set: The Usos vs. Heath & Ryhno! After a tough tag-teaming fight, Heath and Rhyno stunned everyone with a huge win!
After Randy Orton, 36, got his face pounded into a blood mess (courtesy of Brock Lesnar, 39) at SummerSlam, facing Bray Wyatt, 29, seemed like a walk in the part. The WWE’s “Apex Predator” was supposed to face Bray in an intense clash, but Bray ambushed Randy ahead of the match! Just when it seemed that Bray would win by forfeit, it was announced that he had to instead face Kane. Unfortunately for Bray, he didn’t just get beat by Kane — injured Randy returned to take Bray down too!
Dolph Ziggler, 36, who failed to take the World title from Dean at SummerSlam, set his sights on The Miz, 35, and his Intercontinental title. After SmackDown Live general manager Daniel Bryan, 35, said Miz wrestled like “a coward,” this was a chance for The Miz to silence his critics. He was clearly out for blood, because he pulled out the Skull Crushing Finale and took back his title.
The first ever WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion was named in a six-pack elimination match featuring Alexa Bliss, 25, Becky Lynch, 29, Carmella, 28, Naomi, 28, Natalya, 34, and Nikki Bella, 32. After an exciting match that saw Becky submit Carmella to the “Dis-Arm-her,” it was the “Irish Lass-kicker,” who became the first ever SmackDown Women’s champion!
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