Here we go people, the first co-branded WWE PPV since the brand split. Let me tell you, the card and story lines at least to me, don't sound to appealing. Unless they are gonna expect to switch wrestlers to different brands, this is very predictable. Example: would be nice to have Miz shock us with a win and take the title back to RAW to reunite with the Miztourage......but, I don't think we are gonna see that. Let's break this down starting with the Pre-Show.......
*Bayley vs Ruby Riott
I though we would for sure see a Cedric Alexander match here, and maybe we will at the last second but for now just this one. Expect Sasha Banks to get involved and interfere in this match to cost Bayley the match. This will begin the feud between Sasha and Bayley and maybe set up a match at SummerSlam.
WINNER: Ruby Riott via Sasha Banks interferance.
8.Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley vs Kevin Ownes and Sami Zayn
I don't expect this to go any other way than TO GET THESE HANDS! You can't with how HOT he is and OVER right now. What I hope for is a squash in a way, then at the end a Bobby Lashley heel turn on Strowman to set up a possible Braun vs Lashley at Summerslam. Remember this is the card that begins the story line feud to set up SummerSlam.
WINNER: Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley
7.US Title Match: Jeff Hardy (c) vs Randy Orton
Not sure what the future holds for the Viper but I don't see them taking the strap off of Hardy that fast. If so, it would be extremely stupid. I expect Hardy to win, and somehow either on the PPV or on SmackDown Live, expect Andrade "Cien" Almas to enter a feud with Hardy for the US Strap.
WINNER: Jeff Hardy to retain.
6.RAW Women Title Match: Nia Jax (c) vs Alexa Bliss
Alexa does not need the strap. I expect this to be a sloppy match and Nia to get over big. These two wrestling styles do not clash well. May be the worst match on card and this is sad cause Alexa is a great wrestler.
WINNER: Nia Jax holds the strap.
5.IC Title Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs The Miz
This match will be the best match on the card!! They will steal the show. Although I would love to see the Miz steal the strap and run with it to RAW.......Seth Rollins is super OVER and HOT, more so than Strowman. I expect Rollins to "Burn it Down" with the win. Don't be surprised to see Finn somehow involved with this or show up at the end. Seth will be working a program to peak at SummerSlam with Finn.
If the Miz wins the strap, I would love to see him keep it on SDL and maybe begin where they left off with Daniel Bryan and fight for the IC strap he never lost. At this time, they can figure out how to get the US strap back on RAW or the Rumors of a new title can be introduced for RAW and both US and IC stay on SDL. With the amount of wrestlers they do need new straps.
WINNER: Seth Rollins keeps the title.
4.Daniel Bryan vs Big Cass
In the sake of trying to put over Big Cass (worst promos EVER!) I expect them to have Miz interrupt here and cost DB the match and Big Cass to be put over here as a top HEEL. This will fuel their feud which should be starting soon with the IC strap or not. Mark my words Big Cass will be a HUGE disappointment and FLOP. This cat can't cut a promo for his life. Brutal on the MIC! It hurts my ears listening to his promos! Where is ENZO?!
WINNER: Big Cass wins with The Miz help.
3.Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe
I'm going a completely different route with this! Just like in years past in angles where Daniel Bryan never got his chance. I think Vince is gonna do whatever he can to keep trying to put Reigns over. The rumors came out yesterday saying that Lesnar was suppose to win convincingly but it didn't turn out that way. I expect Vince to put Joe over here at the same time build Joe as a top Main Event-er to feud with AJ for SummerSlam and possibly Shinsuke. I think that Vince is gonna bury Reigns HARD for a while to get the crowd to feel bad for him till they cheer him.
WINNER: Samoa Joe is gonna KILL him.
2.SDL Women Title Match: Carmella (c) vs Charlotte Flair
Charlotte does not need the strap and with the future being a feud with Asuka at SummerSlam, look forward to Carmella keeping the strap a bit longer to build her up as much as possible. Expect Billy Kay and Peyton Royce to interfere here to help Carmella retain.
WINNER: Carmella is still the champ!
1.NO DQ WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura
I continue to say that Vince is NOT a fan of Shinsuke and expecting the result of Joe beating Roman, AJ retains and moves forward to Samoa Joe and the classics we used to watch between these two men on TNA IMPACT. Lets hope they are better than these Nakamura matches they cannot duplicate from NJPW.
WINNER: AJ Styles is still the face that runs that place!
Here's my issue that I have and spoke about this on a #WTR WrestleTalk Radio Episode. Co Branding PPV's leaves a ton of talent off PPV's! WWE has a ton of wrestlers and need dual PPV's . Examples: both tag straps not represented, where is the universal title, Bobby Roode, Finn Balor, New Day, The Bar, AOP, Dillinger, RUSEV???, Jinder Mahal, The Usos, Baron Corbin, Becky Lynch, Nattie, Chad Gable, The Revival, The Good Brothers, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, ELIAS?????, listen i can keep going.......but you can't continue to co brand when you have this much talent on your roster. Or there are some MASS TERMINATIONS coming in the near future. Bottom line duel PPV are needed and quarterly BIG SHOWS co branded PPVs only. Lets see what the rating bring for Backlash, this will be extremely interesting. But I have low expectations. PPV's are becoming like RAWs, nothing special.
Second note is and I mentioned this earlier in my blog. More titles need to be introduced due to the amount of talent on the roster. So example: If RAW has the Universal, RAW Women, IC, Tag Titles, it needs a strap a little less prestigious than the IC strap. Like the North American Title on NXT. Call it like the Universal Junior Champion or bring back the Televison World Champion. Then on SDL you have the WORLD, SD Women, US Title and Tag Titles, we need one more strap beneath the US title. I will talk more about this on next weeks #WTR Episode.
We will be going LIVE on our YouTube Channel FREE this Wendsday at 7PM. Me and Wild Bill will be going over GRR and Backlash! See you then!