WWE Backlash 2016 Predictions
WWE Backlash, the first Smackdown Live PPV will air this Sunday night. I think it’s a pretty decent card but it seems a little low on the match count, so hopefully all the performers will be given more time to shine. Here are my thoughts on who I think should win.
Tournament Finals for the new WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
The Usos vs. American Alpha and The Hype Bros vs. Rhyno & Slater took place on Tuesday night in the semi-finals. Ryno & Slater beat the Hype Bros and American Alpha beat The Usos to move forward for the finals. The Usos turned full-fledged heel by injuring Gable so bad on Smackdown that American Alpha are out of the tournament.
I don’t understand the logic here: The Usos took out the team that one after the match but they get another shot to get into the finals? I just don’t get it. Even Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack seemed unsure why this was happening although it was his decision. Weird.
I think two things are plausible now. The Usos will move forward and win the belts, which is good in one way because it’s a legit and long tenured tag team getting the belts and it will create the story of American Alpha gunning for the belts and perhaps winning them on a bigger stage (Survivor Series or the Royal Rumble).
The other thing that could happen is American Alpha interfering in the new semi-final match and cost The Usos their match vs. The Hype Bros and The Bros will go on to face Rhyno & Slater. From there, Rhyno & Slater will win, giving the crowd a feel good moment and keeping Slater on Smackdown.
The problem with this, to me, is that they’re just a thrown together team and maybe not the best to represent brand new tag brand.
I’m on the fence, but I have to pick a winner. Winners: Rhyno & Heath Slater
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
I don’t think they’ve given this feud enough time to simmer. We get the same old, same old from Wyatt: cryptic promos and a promise that whoever he is facing will be destroyed. What’s it matter anymore as Wyatt hasn’t won a meaningful feud in…well, forever? For Wyatt to be considered a threat, he NEEDS a big win against Orton, but that won’t happen. I can see Orton getting a beat down after the match to continue things, but unless Wyatt gets some kind of help, I just don’t see it happening. Mind you, he has still lost matches with his “family” at ringside. Winner: Randy Orton
Six Woman Elimination Match for the new WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
Look who is the centre of attention in the picture below! There’s your answer as to who is winning this match. I just can’t see anyone else winning this except Becky Lynch, but does she have the perfect foil right now to carry the main women’s story line? As well, Lynch has lost so much by being easily distracted every week that it’s weakening her character.
The main reason Nikki Bella will win this is they’ll place the feud between her and Carmella front and centre for storytelling on Smackdown. I guess the main swerve would be Carmella winning in true heel fashion, having Nikki chase the belt, but would they have someone as green as Carmella as the champ? Winner: Nikki Bella
The Miz (Champ) vs. Dolph Ziggler – Intercontinental Championship Match
So, The Miz delivers one of the best promos of the past few years and the best of his career against Daniel Bryan and WWE Creative follow it up with…Dolph Ziggler, who just lost the big WWE Championship match at Summerslam, as the next challenger? Ziggler never even had a follow up with Ambrose – not even a confrontation. Their match ended at Summerslam and WWE cut right away to a video package. It did nothing for Ziggler.
Ziggler suddenly took the place of Daniel Bryan, saying the lines Bryan should have been saying and because of that, he got a championship match. I just don’t get it. There’s no way with all the momentum The Miz has gotten (and recognition of all the great work he’s done in and out of the ring in the last few years) will he lose here. There will be heel tactics used, of course, and probably interference, to keep the belt with the current champ. Winner: The Miz
Dean Ambrose (Champ) vs. AJ Styles – WWE Championship Match
This is the match I’m most excited for. I think AJ Styles will bring a better match out of Ambrose, as Ambrose’s last few PPV matches haven’t been anything to write home about. I’m not saying they’ve been bad, but as the champ, you want to be bringing down the house. Well, AJ Styles is the wrestler to help bring down the house.
This feud hasn’t had the shot in the arm that the Ambrose/Ziggler or the Cena/Styles matches had, although the exchange between the two got serious in tone at the end of Smackdown on Tuesday, and that brought some fire to the feud.
While I do respect Dean Ambrose, I just don’t think he’s the man to be carrying the title right now, while you have a star and better wrestler in Styles. I just don’t see Styles being pinned clean by Ambrose, especially after pinning Cena clean at Summerslam. Winner: AJ Styles