Backlash Predictions

With the house of horrors in the rearview, Randy Orton and the Smackdown live crew will be bringing Backlash to sweet home Chicago. While the superstar shakeup led to some inconsistent booking, the blue brand has come out of that and has put together a strong card. From the debut of Shinsuke Nakamura to the emergence of Jinder Mahal, Backlash is set to impress and in this piece, we will go over some predictions for the show.

The kickoff show match is set for an Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger. If I was playing booker, this match would be on the main card and Erick Rowan vs. Luke Harper will be on the kickoff show. Never the less, it is nice to see Dillinger on the card and I think a win by him is obvious here. WWE creative seems to this the best way to utilize English is for him to have emotional breakdowns in the ring. Here’s to hoping there are better days on the horizon for English who has potential.

The kickoff show match is set for an Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger. If I was playing booker, this match would be on the main card and Erick Rowan vs. Luke Harper will be on the kickoff show. Never the less, it is nice to see Dillinger on the card and I think a win by him is obvious here. WWE creative seems to this the best way to utilize English is for him to have emotional breakdowns in the ring. Here’s to hoping there are better days on the horizon for English who has potential.

Erick Rowan vs. Luke Harper

You have to start to wonder if these two get tired of wrestling one another. It seems as if these two are destined to fight forever for all the wrong reasons. The foundation of this feud has been and will be fallout from the Wyatt family. After this week’s Smackdown, in one of the most awkward Talking Smack segments ever, Erick Rowan would go to Shane McMahon to request the match. So ready or not, here they come for the millionth time. There appears to be more potential in Luke Harper as Rowan is in desperate need of being repackaged. Harper will win this one as Rowan continues to fall into main roster obscurity.

Winner: Luke Harper
Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin

The moment Zayn was drafted to Smackdown, it was apparent that he and Corbin would cross paths. Zayn is the kind of guy who doesn’t tolerate a bully while Corbin lives off of being a bully. I talked about these two going at it in both my Baron Corbin piece and my ‘7 potential SummerSlam Matches‘ piece. I truly believe that Corbin is destined to win this year’s Money in the Bank briefcase and this feud is bridging the gap between now and his eventual cash in. Zayn will steal a match in this feud but I don’t think that will be this Sunday. Top brass is high on Corbin and it is with good reason. This will be a fun match but the heel will stand victorious.

Winner: Baron Corbin





6 Woman Tag Match
Naomi, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte vs. Natalya, Carmella, and Tamina Snuka

Most folks expected with Charlotte being drafted to Smackdown that she would be champion immediately. Maybe it was to keep fans on their toes but WWE seems to be prolonging the inevitable with this new faction forming. If nothing else, this match shows really just how deep the Women’s roster is. The talent is real in all six of these women and they are all deserving of this spot. I do wish that Carmella would stop screaming like that though. It is getting to be a bit much.

As far as the result of the match, it is a matter of what I want and what I think. What I would like is for Becky Lynch to turn on Naomi and enter a championship program as a heel. What we will likely get is Charlotte attacking Naomi and thus setting up the more likely championship program. I like the Welcoming Committee to walk away as the winners in this one as the undoing of Naomi, Lynch, and Charlotte is what will bleed into the next pay-per-view.

Winners: Natalya, Carmella, and Tamina Snuka
Additional Prediction: James Ellsworth is going to get slapped by one of these Women.
Smackdown Tag Team Title Match
Breezango vs. The Usos

The internet wrestling community rejoiced when Breezango became the number one contenders. The main roster hasn’t always been kind to Tyler Breeze and Fandango as this is the first bit of attention they have gotten as a team. It will be refreshing to see both Fandango and Tyler Breeze get some time to show off their skills on the main stage.

Regardless of what team wins it is important to remember that the New Day is waiting in the wings. The Usos have often been referred to as the best tag team today. While I don’t totally agree with that it is hard to ignore how good their promos have been. Their heel turn started embarrassingly slow but has since made serious strides. My heart has screamed Breezango while my head says the Usos is the logical choice. I’m picking the Usos here but will definitely be rooting for Breezango.

Winner: Usos
United States Title Match
Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles

Here comes the best match of the night! No matter what championship is on the line, these two will put on a clinic. We tend to be over critical of what WWE does so it is important to acknowledge how they’re bringing credibility back to the US and Intercontinental titles. Barring any injuries to those in the championship program, I can see these two going back up and forth till SummerSlam.

The build up has been fairly slow due to Owens tying up loose ends on his Jericho program but this initial encounter will give them a lot of momentum going forward. Owens is back to his prize fighting ways and AJ Styles is simply phenomenal. It is a good time to be a wrestling fan. I like Kevin Owens to retain the US title here but as previously stated it will not be the end to their feud. This match will be like a fine wine, so just sit back and breathe it in maaaaaaaan! Whoops, my bad.

Winner: Kevin Owens




Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler

This card has been booked in a way that this match, the US title, and WWE championship could all serve as main events. The time for talking will soon be over. The one concern for this match is reading some of the live event reports over the last few weeks. Some have suggested that the matches between these two weren’t coming off well. Perhaps it is the two of them getting aquatinted with one another styles but I find it hard to believe that the showoff won’t be able to put on a show here.

Regardless of his consistently inconsistent booking, Dolph is one of the best workers in the company and should be a welcomed opponent for Nakamura. The strong style nature of Nakamura worked out just with the NXT faithful but it will be interesting to see how the match goes over with folks that may not tune into NXT every week. The place will be electric during introductions and will most definitely have fans on their feet. The frustrating for Ziggler fans is that it is almost impossible to envision a scenario in which he comes out on top here. Just another way for WWE to bury Dolph. Maybe next time.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
WWE Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal (w/ the Singh Brothers)

The winds of change could be strong in the windy city as Jinder Mahal will look to shock the wrestling world one more time this Sunday. The kickoff to this feud was a bit strange. Mahal would wind up winning a six pack challenge to be named #1 contender while Orton was still busy with Bray Wyatt. Mahal wasted no time in being the thorn in Orton’s side. He has gotten the best of Orton every week. From stealing his title to pinning him clean in a six man tag match, Mahal is being booked like a man on a mission. I mean, he even pinned AJ Styles this week!

It is that strong of a booking that really has me wonder which way WWE goes here. It isn’t that often that they go with that flawless of a sweep. Mahal winning this match would be fun as Twitter would likely implode. Unfortunately, twitter will likely be contained as I will pick Randy Orton to retain. He will have Rusev waiting for him on Tuesday night. Make no mistake, this is probably one of the most lackluster title runs that Orton has been on. The Chicago crowd will live up to its reputation here and will be wild. On top of the standard CM Punk chants, don’t be surprised to hear a ‘dive’ chant during this match.

Winner: Randy Orton
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Writing credit goes to Michael Hauff
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