WWE Backlash 2018 Predictions
I had to shake my head in disbelief when I realized Backlash was this Sunday. I actually thought it was two weeks after The Greatest Royal Rumble PPV!
I didn’t do my regular “thoughts and results” piece that follows a PPV on the Greatest Royal Rumble because I thought I could quickly touch on it here before I start my predictions. I actually thought it was a boring show, except for the ladder match and the WWE Championship match (minus the ending). I’m not happy about the women being excluded and I’m not happy about the Sami Zayn situation (not being allowed to come into the country and/or wrestle because of his ethnicity). It sends a horrible message.
The propaganda throughout the show about the “great kingdom of Saudi Arabia” made me almost vomit and it was so forced, it wasn’t funny. Then hearing that the Saudi government apologized because of WWE promoted Backlash and featuring women in the commercial was just be more thankful than ever that I live in Canada. I know we still have a long way to go to promote equity and give opportunity to all, but at least we’re not in the stone age.
I have to also give props to good ol’ Montreal for showing crowds worldwide how to act during WWE shows. They were hyped, they were into everything, they were appreciative during the show, and they didn’t go into business to hijack the show. WWE (probably Vince) came across as idiots again trying to spin that the crowd booing Reigns in Montreal was a “bizarro” crowd. That kind of PR spin makes me really hate WWE Creative. How many people are that stupid to buy into it? Does that mean the crowd was also wrong to cheer Strowman, Rollins, and Balor if they were doing the opposite of what WWE would lead you to believe? Makes no sense.
Anyway, here are my predictions for the show!
Bayley vs. Ruby Riott (Kick-off Show)
I still have no idea where they’re going with Bayley. I also have no idea what they’re still doing with the Bayley/Banks tension storyline. I think two things will happen: Banks will come to try and “help” Bayley and cost her the match or Bayley wins via DQ when the Riot Squad attacks Bayley, causing Banks to charge the ring to help and the two are magically friends again. I’m going with the heel here because she needs the win more.
Winner: Ruby Riot
Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Braun Strowman beat The Bar at Wrestlemania with a 10-year old boy. On Raw on Monday, Owens and Zayn (along with Jinder Mahal) got beaten by these two and Reigns. Why in the hell would we believe Strowman and Lashley would lose here? Speaking of confusing, why is Strowman doing anything to help Reigns (and vice versa) with the feud they had less than a year ago? It makes absolutely no sense!
I think this match is getting booked because something is going to happen where Lashley turns on Strowman and a feud is going to start. We have had no reason to be invested in Bobby Lashley yet and there’s no better way to put him on the map than backstabbing Strowman, allowing Owens and Zayn to get the win.
Winners: Owens and Zayn
Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass
It’s quite interesting to see Big Cass return with such a huge spotlight on him. Big Cass’s promo two weeks ago was spot on and I think he needs a win here so he’s not looked at as a write-off immediately. Could The Miz get involved here in this match before or after his own Intercontinental Championship match? Could The Miz getting involved lead to Daniel Bryan getting involved in The Miz’s match? I think that makes sense.
I don’t see a clean win for Big Cass here or he could lose by DQ by losing his cool but there’s not way Big Cass got put into this match just to lose. Daniel Bryan will be awesome in the fan’s eyes no matter how many times he loses. It won’t hurt him to take a pin here.
Winner: Big Cass
Jeff Hardy (Champ) vs. Randy Orton –
United States Championship Match
Randy Orton again? Ugh… no no no! I’m not wasting time on this except to say I’m sure they will put on a decent match but I have no interest in seeing these two go at it. Give me something new. I will cut off my foot if WWE is that idiotic to put the belt on Orton again. I can see a heel turn coming from Orton and he needs it badly.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe
Reigns continues to be booed while Joe gets cheered. WWE still wants it reversed. Reigns has also lost again to Lesnar and we probably won’t be seeing Lesnar do anything until June, if rumours are true.
Where does Reigns go from here? Will Vince and WWE Creative continue to shove him down throats or will they give the rub to Samoa Joe. If Reigns loses, could he finally flip and show something on the mic or after being on the losing end of a match? He couldn’t have come across as less passionate or less likeable during his promos after both losses to Lesnar over the past month. Hopefully with the end of the Lesnar feud, we get an end to the insane kicking out of everything and anything booking Reigns gets handed to him.
I’m picking the winner solely on who I think should win this thing. Then again, Joe is on Smackdown and WWE Creative would probably think because they’re on different shows, a loss wouldn’t hurt Joe. I digress.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Carmella (Champ) vs. Charlotte Flair –
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
Charlotte beat the undefeated Asuka at Wrestlemania. Carmella can’t hold a candle to either of them. I just don’t see how Carmella could pull out a win here unless she gets herself DQ’d or someone assists her (like the Iiconics). If Carmella gets outside help and officially forms a stable, she wins. If it’s one on one, she’ll lose. Could they actually stretch out Carmella’s championship reign for another month? Not without being a sneaky heel – and I think that’s what will happen.
Nia Jax (Champ) vs. Alexa Bliss –
Raw Women’s Championship Match
I’m not sure where Alexa Bliss will go from here but with BIiss still being a bully on WWE TV, she’s going to get what she deserves. While I’m not a fan of Jax’s in-ring ability or promos at this time, I want to see her grow and I think WWE will keep the belt on her to help with the overall progress. I also want to see Jax’s chemistry with another female on the roster and Bliss needs to distance herself and also begin to feud with someone new.
Winner: Nia Jax
Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. The Miz
I suppose this official rematch clause invoked match will be the last we see of these two squaring off for a long time. I really believe this will be an entertaining match as both wrestlers have done killer work lately. The belt is staying on Raw, though, and I’m anxious to see who Rollins feuds with next.
Winner: Seth Rollins
AJ Styles (Champ) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura –
No DQ WWE Championship Match
Thankfully the match between these two at The Greatest Royal Rumble was better than their Wrestlemania match. While I didn’t like the double count-out ending at first, I did appreciate that it told the story of a champ having enough of his opponent’s dirty ways. Seeing how Nakamura has been giving constant low blows since before Wrestlemania and the last match didn’t have a decisive winner, this match is now a no DQ match. This, I think, sets the stage for a title change.
I don’t believe WWE Creative turned Nakamura heel just to have this feud end now. It needs more fuel and that’s where the title change will happen. The no-DQ stipulation give Styles an out. My big question is, will Nakamura do it alone? Could past friends from Style’s past, who have worked in New Japan Pro Wrestling at the same time, turn their backs on their friend and create a heel faction? Gallows and Anderson need something to do and I think this would be a great decision to get everyone more over and keep this rivalry going. Then again, could Samoa Joe get involved right away?
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura