Usually I begin with a brief introduction about the pay-per view (WWE Backlash took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey…and so forth) along with some brief highlights of the show before breaking it down match-by-match.
But I can’t do that with this review.
This show was anticlimactic, overextended and very lackluster. While there were a few moments during the show I liked, they were few and far between during a nearly three-and-a-half-hour ordeal.
That being said, let’s dive right into the match that saved this night from being a completely forgettable mess.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Miz
Miz really put the screws on Rollins throughout this match by targeting the latter’s knees and abusing him in submission holds throughout the early parts of the match. Rollins was flying all over the ring with dives out of the ring and a blockbuster off the top-rope to exact some offense right back. The crowd looked and sounded fully invested when Rollins reversed the figure-four leg lock Miz applied on him and was arguably at their loudest point in the night. Again, Rollins showed off why he is arguably the hottest superstar in the company in the last three months, while that is no disrespect to the Miz who is also enjoying the brightest time of his career these last few months. Pardon the cliché, but it legitimately felt like both men left damn near everything they had in the ring during this bout. A great match to get the night off to a fiery start, although that fire would not last long.
Winner: Seth Rollins Time: 20:30 Rating: 4 Stars
Nia Jax (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
The crowd was not as invested in this follow-up, probably since they were emotionally exhausted after Rollins-Miz. That being said, Nia did a great job rag-dolling Alexa across the ring at multiple points showing off her strength and Alexa played up her antagonistic trash talk as only she could do. This match did a good job of making Nia still appear dominant, while Bliss looked like she could feasibly win at multiple points before Nia finally pulled off the Samoan drop to pick up the victory. Nia’s cringe-worthy post-match promo of “Be A Star” catchphrases aside, this was an alright match.
Winner: Nia Jax Time: 10:20 Rating: 2.5 Stars
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