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It has been a fun-filled first ever brand exclusive pay-per-view of SmackDown Live with some gripping matches. It will be interesting to see how the WWE follow this up on SmackDown come Tuesday night.
Styles lifts the WWE World Championship belt over the head and is seen celebrating as curtains draw on WWE BackLash.
The main event is up next.
AJ Styles makes his way to the ring and the crowd give him a big pop. The Lunatic Fringe comes in next, and he receives an even better reception from the crowd.
The Championship match is underway and the crowd is cheering for The Phenomenal One.
The two men try to lock each other and Ambrose ends up mocking Styles. The Phenomenal One tries a couple of quick roll ups as a way of sending a message but The Lunatic Fringe is unperturbed.
We have an epic clash on the cards.
Ambrose gains momentum after a couple of arm drags and side slam. Styles slides out of the ring and lands a few lusty blows on the Champion.
The crowd is behind Styles, but Ambrose fights back and tries to take off but is halted by Styles. The Phenomenal One then hits a neck breaker and continues to work on the neck of the Champion.
Ambrose is seen struggling for his breath...
Styles then nails a dropkick and Ambrose looks lost. He follows it with a body slam and a flying knee.
AJ then corners Ambrose but The Lunatic Fringe turns the tables and launches an uninhibited attack. However, Styles moves out as Ambrose launches and the champion goes crashing into the post.
After Ambrose fails with a clothesline, Ambrose takes The Face That Runs The Place on the top turnbuckle and lands the Belly-to-Back Superplex and both men are down.
Ambrose goes flying outside and hits an elbow on Styles. Ambrose is hyped up and hits the faith-buster. He then rolls the challenger for a 2-count.
Styles suplexes Ambrose into the turnbuckle as both men lie flat. The two men go after each other as Ambrose aims for Dirty Deeds but Styles counters by crushing the calf of The Lunatic Fringe.
Styles works on the left leg of Ambrose trying to unsettle the champion.
Styles locks Ambrose in the Calf-crusher in the middle of the ring, but Ambrose crawls his way to the ring.
Styles again locks the champion in the Calf Crusher but Ambrose fights back.
Styles lines up Ambrose for the Styles Clash but Ambrose somehow manages to break free. Styles then tries for the Styles Clash on the apron but Ambrose reverses and sends him shoulder first into the steel ring post.
Chants of 'Holy S**t' break out.
Ambrose has the momentum and hits the running bulldog on the challenger. AJ with quick offence and hits the backbreaker.
Both the men are just not ready to give up, how much more can they take?
Styles hits a powerbomb for a 2-count.
Styles goes for the Springboard 450 and nails it, but Ambrose kicks out.
The Lunatic Fringe returns and unloads on The Phenomenal One. He then goes flying outside taking out Styles and continues to manhandle him.
Ambrose sends Styles over the barricade and follows him by flying from the announcer's table. Ambrose is pumped and the crowd chants 'This is Awesome'.
Styles fights back but is met with a Lunatic Lariat.
Styles then low blows Ambrose as the referee is blindsided and follows it with the Styles Clash. He then pins Ambrose to become the new WWE World Champion.
Result: AJ Styles defeats Dean Ambrose by pinfall to become the new WWE World Champion
Following their win over The Hype Bros, The Usos make their way to the ring to take on Heath Slater and Rhyno with the duo following to huge cheers from the crowd.
Jimmy Uso and Heath Slater start the proceedings in the middle of the ring. Slater is clearly hyped up and receives a positive reaction from the crowd - as expected.
He starts to unload on Jimmy as Jey tags himself in but is taken down by Slater. Rhyno joins and the two double team on the Samoan.
Slater comes back in and Jey pushes him onto his brother. The two then combine to perform a suplex on him into the post before being hit by a Superkick.
The Usos are revelling in their heel avatar. Jimmy distracts the referee as Jey illegally attacks Slater. Jey then locks him in a Sleeper Hold, but Slater is able to break it.
Jimmy Uso comes into the ring and prevents Slater from hot-tagging Rhyno. Rhyno is absolutely buzzing on the ringside waiting for his turn to unload on The Samoan Twins.
Slater is desperate to make the tag, but the Usos are just not allowing him the freedom. The Samoan Twins are in complete control, but Slater fights back out of nowhere and collides with Jey.
Slater and Jey hot-tag their partners and Rhyno unloads on Jimmy and then Jey. Rhyno lands the Belly-to-Belly on Jimmy and lines him for the Gore but misses.
Slater tags himself in and takes out both Jimmy and Jey, He is absolutely electrified and hit Jimmy for a DDT and a near fall.
Jey interferes and this allows Jimmy to land the Superkick on Slater. Rhyno joins the fun and Gores down Jimmy, allowing Slater to pin him for the win.
Result: Heath Slater and Rhyno defeat The Usos to win the inaugural SmackDown WWE Tag Team Champions
Update: Heath Slater has also earned himself a SmackDown contract and he is buzzing, overwhelmed, unable to control his reception.
And the crowd are loving it. He then thanks Daniel Bryan and Shane-O-Mac.
Slater labels it as the proudest moment of his life, apart from the birth of a couple of his kids - there's a lot of them.
We are backstage and AJ Styles is seen insulting two rookies as The Phenomenal One prepares for his night of glory, should he win the WWE World Championship from Dean Ambrose.
The Eater of Worlds makes his way to the ring as boos ring out. Chants of Randy ring out, but it is announced that due to injury Randy Orton will not be participating.
It is then announced that Bray has asked for the 10-count to ensure his victory. The bell rings and the referee counts to 10 for the win via forfeit.
Result: Bray Wyatt defeats Randy Orton via forfiet
It it then announced that, Wyatt will have to compete in another No Holds Barred match against an unknown opponent.
As Wyatt looked bemused and called for his opponent to come out, Kane's music hits. As we had already reported, it was expected that Kane would replace Randy Orton for the match against Wyatt.
Kane starts unloading on Wyatt before taking him outside of the ring.
Kane clears the announcer's table but Wyatt fights back and picks a chair but Kane intercepts him before rolling his opponent inside the ring.
After some more to and fro, Bray gains the momentum and gets hold of the chair. He starts unloading on the Big Red Machine before referring to himself as the crowd.
Kane fights back with a DDT on Bray as his face crashes on the chair. He then starts working on The New Face of Fear on the corners before hitting the Sidewalk Slam.
He lines up Bray for the chokeslam but Wyatt fights back. The action shifts outside the ring and Kane again goes for the chokeslam but is levelled by The Eater of Worlds.
Bray clears another table, not wanting to touch the one cleared by Kane.
Ok! They are back on the table cleared by Kane. He then Senton Drives Kane through the table as chants of 'Holy S**t' breaks out.
Bray is charged up and is sizing up Kane for Sister Abigail, but Kane reverses it and hits the ChokeSlam.
Bray Wyatt kicks out of the pin and Kane goes for the steel chair, which Wyatt used to attack him.
Kane lines up Bray for the Tombstone Piledriver, but is instead countered into the chair by The Eater of Worlds.
Randy Orton makes his way out, with his leg wrapped, amidst huge cheers. Kane wakes up and Orton hits the RKO Outta Nowhere on Wyatt. Remember this is a No Holds Barred match.
Kane follows it with a ChokeSlam for the win.
Result: Kane defeats Bray Wyatt via pinfall
The Showoff first makes his way to the ring as The Miz is seen cutting a promo backstage with Daniel Bryan. The Miz wants to renegotiate his contract as he wants the respect he deserves and wants money like the A-lister that he is.
He then continues to insult Bryan's inability to compete anymore. The Miz highlights that it will be difficult for them to negotiate a new contract after he defends his title.
He finally makes his way to the ring alongside his wife Maryse.
The two wrestlers kick off the match with a double leg takedown by Ziggler on Miz. Miz rolls out.
Ziggler is raging and tries to pin the IC champion a couple of times before The Miz fights back.
Ziggler then ducks underneath a clothesline before landing two dropkicks, but The Miz then escapes a Superkick and turns things around.
Miz then pins The Showoff for a 2-count before locking his opponent in a Bow and Arrow stretch. Ziggler is somehow able to convert it into a roll up before attempting a jackknife cover.
Ziggler is then catapulted out of the ring and The Showoff appears to have hurt his shoulder.
The Miz looks to take advantage of it. The Miz then trash talks his opponent, asking him 'Who is the coward.'
Miz tries to lock him but Ziggler tries to counter and fails. Miz locks him into a modified version of Inverted Springboard. Ziggler is struggling.
The Miz hits a series of corner dropkicks on the challenger before taunting Daniel Bryan. He then nails the Awesome Clothesline. He goes up top and lands the Double Axe Handle on Ziggler's face.
He tries to hit the Skull Crushing Finale but it is reversed expertly by Ziggler, who follows it up with a dropkick.
2 of Ziggler's 4 Intercontinental Championship wins have come against The Miz and he starts to gain the momentum.
Ziggler hits a spinebuster and follows it with a big elbow for the pin, but the reigning champion kicks out.
Miz goes for the Spear on Ziggler, but he moves out and the champion crashes into the steel post but is able to hit the Sit-Out Powerbomb as the two are seen recovering from their respective injuries.
Miz starts to work on Ziggler's left leg before hitting a running bulldog. Miz is setting up The Showoff for a Figure Four Lock, while also reducing his opponent's effectiveness with the Superkick.
Ziggler then locks Miz in a Sleeper Hold, but the Miz is able to break it. He is then encouraged by his wife from the sidelines.
Ziggler nails the DDT as Miz charges in for a near fall. Ziggler set up Miz for a Superkick but the Miz evades it and counters by locking the Showoff in a Figure Four Lock.
Ziggler drags himself to the rope as Miz is forced to break it. Miz then lands a running kick to the face of Ziggler.
The Showoff lands a Superkick and pins The Miz, but his leg is on the rope and the referee stops the count at 2.
Miz crawls out of the ring and Ziggler follows and drags him back. Maryse interferes allowing her husband to roll Ziggler.
Maryse interferes again and sprays something in the eyes of Ziggler which allows The Miz to nail the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
Result: The Miz defeats Dolph Ziggler to retain the Intercontinental Championship
Renee Young joins Rhyno and Heath Slater backstage with Slater unable to contain his excitement as she discusses The Usos' win over The Hype Bros.
Rhyno and The Hype Bros will contest in the finals for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
The Samoan twins make their way to the ring followed by The Hype Brows.
Mojo Rowley and Jey Uso kick off things. Mojo has the momentum at the start before Zack Ryder and Jimmy join in. Ryder hits the facebuster before getting the better of both the brothers..
After Ryder hits the missile dropkick, Rowley enters the fray and sends the Usos into the barrier.
Jey then fights back after hitting a clothesline on Ryder. After some more to and fro Ryder is seen hot-tagging Rowley, who comes steamrolling and unloads on Jey and Jimmy.
Jey goes to the top rope but is reversed before the Hype Bros attempt the Hype Ryder.
Zack and Jey go to the top rope before Ryder hits the Frankensteiner and tries to pin the Uso, but Jimmy interferes.
Jey then attacks the left leg of Zack and is tagged in by Jimmy.. The two combine to work on the knee of Ryder, before Jimmy locks Ryder in his submission manoeuvre for the win.
The Usos enter the final of the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament and remain true to their heel turn.
Result: The Usos defeat The Hype Bros
We move backstage and Randy Orton is assaulted by Bray Wyatt. Probably to include Orton's inability to compete in a storyline. In case you are just joning us Orton has not been given the green light by the WWE medical team to compete tonight due to a concussion he suffered in the match against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
He failed a Concussion Impact Test and there were rumours that he will be replaced by Kane tonight. It remains to be seen how that segment pans out.
Becky Lynch is the first to make her way to the ring followed by Natalya. Naomi is next, with the glow-filled entrance of her. And she is obviously - glowing.
Alexa Bliss joins the trio next as the crowd gets into the groove before the Princess of Staten Island enters.
We cut to when Carmella attacked Nikki Bella on SmackDown Live before following it with another assault at Talking Smack amidst the presence of Daniel Bryan.
And finally, the longest reigning WWE Diva's champion - Nikki - makes her way to the ring in her new - Supergirl outfit.
The six start brawling in the middle of the ring before, Becky and Naomi are the only 2 left in the middle.
Lynch works on Naomi before she fights back with a barrage of kicks. Lynch then launches Naomi out and goes for the top turnbuckle but is attacked by Carmella.
After some work Carmella pins Lynch for a two count. Nikki then enters the ring to confront Carmella but is attacked from behind.
Some more confusion in the middle of the ring before Alexa and Nikki are left alone.
Alexa stats to lose her temper after Nikki kicks out and slides out. The Irish Lass Kicker joins the action before Naomi also joins.
Carmella takes advantage of the situation and lands a Superkick on Naomi. Nikki enters the fray and lands a Spear first followed by the Alabama Slam for a near fall.
The Bella sister then takes The Princess of Staten Island to the top rope and Natalya comes back to convert it into a Superplex Powerbomb off the top.
After Lynch goes on a pinning spree, Naomi launches her from the springboard on the five women outside the ring.
Naomi from the top turnbuckle hits the Superplex buster powerbomb on Alexa Bliss in partnership with Natalya.
Naomi then pins Bliss for the three count. First elimination of the night.
Alexa Bliss eliminated by Naomi by pinfall
Naomi then tries to hit another springboard on Nikki, but she responds with a punch to the face.
Natalya then locks Naomi in the sharpshooter as she taps out.
Oh this is high-octane.
Natalya and Carmella looked to be teaming up against Bella, before Natalya hits a running lariat on Carmella. Nikki hits her finisher on Natalya before pinning her for the three count.
Carmella takes advantage of the situation and rolls Nikki for the three count.
I am unable to catch up with the speed of the match.. This is exhilarating stuff.
Becky and Carmella are the last two women left in the ring. Carmella hits the Superkick before Becky locks Carmella in her submission move, Disarmer, for the win.
Result: Becky Lynch becomes first ever SmackDown Women's Champion
WWE SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon makes his way to the ring. He is followed by General Manager of the Blue Brand - Daniel Bryan as Yes! chants flood the arena.
Shane thanks the crowd and the fans for the success of SmackDown.
Bryan then reiterates the matches that will be coming to us live as the night progresses.
Shane-O-Mac announces that the SmackDown Women’s Championship Six-Pack Challenge is up next.
WWE then cuts a promo for tonight's main event for the WWE World Championship - Dean Ambrose against AJ Styles.
To kick-off proceedings, Apollo Crews makes his way to the ring, followed by his opponent Baron Corbin.
JBL is joined by Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga at ringside.
Corbin starts to work on Crews on one corner before the two lock into each other. Corbin has all the momentum at the start.
Crews fights back with a dropkick. He then tries to springboard in but Corbin reverses it. We go to commercials (on PPVs? seriously?).
Back from the break and some more back and forth between the two. Crews then hits the Leaping Lariat to a huge pop from the crowd. He then follows it up with a splash but is reversed by Corbin.
The full house crowd in the arena is loving this match and this is just the first of a host of interesting matches.
Crews then fight backs into the match after nailing a clothesline and earns a near fall. The two then shift proceedings outside of the ring.
Crews continues his assault and hits the Enzuigiri before following it with a standing moonsault for a 2-count.
Corbin then has a couple of 2-counts. He is then shoved into the steel steps by his opponent before being hit with a Samoan Drop.
Corbin then fights back by hitting a knee to Crews' jaw before nailing his finished The End of Days for the pinfall.
Result: Baron Corbin defeats Apollo Crews by pinfall
After Baron Corbin expressed his frustration on not being part of SmackDown Live's first ever brand-exclusive pay-per-view to General Manager Daniel Bryan, the former WWE Champion set him up for a match against Apollo Crews.
The pre-show for BackLash kicks off with Renee Young accompanied by Booker T, Jerry Lawler and Lita.
We then go to a backstage segment, where Top Phillips is seen interviewing Heath Slater - who still does not have a SmackDown Live contract - and Rhyno.
Reports are coming in that former TNA star Velvet Sky is present backstage at BackLash. On many social media outlets a picture of Velvet with WWE Superstar Natalya is doing the round, however, the time and authenticity of the picture are unknown as of now.
Sky has been the long time partner of Bubba Ray Dudley of the Dudley Boyz along with D-Von Dudley, who recently bid adieu to the WWE.
Ever since Randy Orton was annihilated at SummerSlam by Brock Lesnar, The Viper has been seen feuding with none other than The Eater of Worlds, Bray Wyat. The two have been cutting extensive promos, and good ones, on SmackDown Live! and their feud was expected to hit fever pitch at WWE BackLash – SmackDown’s first brand-exclusive pay-per-view.
With Backlash only a few hours away, reports are now coming that Randy Orton may not feature tonight and his match against Bray Wyatt will not happen tonight as The Viper has not been cleared by WWE’s medical team to participate due to a concussion.
The concussion was suffered by The Apex Predator in his match against Brock Lesnar, where The Beast Incarnate landed some lusty elbows on Orton to open up his forehead, which required 10 staples to close. The medical team was expecting the concussion to heal on time and had scheduled a late Concussion Impact test, however, the results were not encouraging.
It is now being reported by reputed journalist Dave Meltzer that Kane is the likely replacement for Orton to face Bray Wyatt at BackLash. The Big Red Machine was The Viper’s replacement at a recent live event in Raleigh, where he beat the Eater of Worlds in a clean finish.
The report has not been confirmed by the WWE as yet, but a pull out of this magnitude will surely be either confirmed or denied by the WWE very soon.
According to Meltzer, Orton – who was nursing a concussion – was expected to be cleared for tonight’s fight but it did not happen and hence he will not be competing tonight. Although, he did add that The Viper is present backstage at BackLash.
WWE Backlash 2016 kickstart at 4:30 am
WWE Backlash 2016 Match Card:
- Intercontinental Champion Match between The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
- Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Six-Pack Challenge
- The Usos/Hype Bros. vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno — SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament Final
- WWE World Champion Match between Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles
- Just Announced: Baron Corbin vs. Apollo Crews
WWE BackLash is live from Richmond, Virginia.