The first Smackdown-exclusive PPV of the New Era is here, as WWE presents Backlash! While an already thin card took another hit with the reveal that Randy Orton was not medically cleared to compete, there was definitely a chance for some good wrestling and, with the introduction of two new titles, some really big moments that could change careers forever! Here’s all the results from Backlash for your enjoyment, and make sure to come back to Goliath on Monday for a more extensive look at the show!
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– Baron Corbin d. Apollo Crews (pinfall, End of Days)
WWE Backlash 2016
Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan are out to kick off the show. Shane thanks everyone for the success of Smackdown Live. They run down the card, clearly just attempting to kill time.
– Becky Lynch won a Six-Pack Elimination Challenge to become the first Smackdown Women’s Champion
1. Naomi eliminated Alexa Bliss (pinfall, Top-Rope Blockbuster-Powerbomb Combo)
2. Natalya eliminated Naomi (submission, Sharpshooter)
3. Nikki Bella eliminated Natalya (pinfall, TKO)
4. Carmella eliminated Nikki (pinfall, roll-up)
5. Becky Lynch eliminated Carmella (submission, Disarm-Her)
Backstage, Randy Orton was laid out by Bray Wyatt, throwing their match (which WWE apparently knew he might not be able to be medically cleared for as early as right after SummerSlam) into question
– The Usos d. The Hype Bros to advance to the Smackdown Tag Team Title match (Jimmy Uso submitted Zack Ryder, half-Boston Crab)
– The Miz d. Dolph Ziggler to retain the Intercontinental Championship (pinfall, Skull-Crushing Finale)
Maryse sprayed Ziggler in the face with something to blind him, leading to the finish.
Bray Wyatt entered, and since we’ve only got two other matches and it’s not even 9:30, this was either going to be one hell of a long promo, or someone filling in. Orton is announced as not being cleared to compete, and Wyatt demands the official ten-count for the forfeit victory. And indeed, a replacement match is announced.
– Kane d. Bray Wyatt in a No Holds Barred Match (pinfall, chokeslam)
Orton limped in to hit an RKO on Wyatt that allowed Kane to pick up the win.
A commercial aired for the WWE Network. Normally, we wouldn’t mention something like this, but it was a full eleven minutes long, making it as long or longer than some of the matches that had already happened.
– Heath Slater and Rhyno d. The Usos to win the Smackdown Tag Team Championships (Slater pinned Jey Uso, Gore)
Incidentally, Slater also earns a Smackdown contract as a result of this victory. His seven kids are getting that double-wide!
– AJ Styles d. Dean Ambrose to win the WWE World Championship (pinfall, Styles Clash)
The ref was momentarily bumped, allowing Styles to low-blow Ambrose before hitting his finisher. Unsurprisingly, this was a very good match.