If you watched SmackDown on Friday, you saw Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles have possibly the best WWE match since shows were taken out of stadiums and crammed into the company's Performance Center. Yet WWE insists that viewers of Backlash are in for The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever when the returning Edge takes on Randy Orton. The odds of that being the case are, being charitable, incredibly slim. But on the upside, it should at least be good.
It'll almost surely be better than the placeholder title matches, in which Drew McIntyre defends his WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley and the team of The Miz and Morrison double up against Universal Champion Braun Strowman in a handicap match for the title. But I also thought Money in the Bank would be a failure, yet it ended up being super fun. So here's hoping to me being wrong for the second time.
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Sasha Banks and Bayley retain Women's Tag Team Titles
Sasha Banks and Bayley defeated Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross and The IIconics in a triple-threat match to open the show. After a chaotic match, Banks rolled up Bliss for the three count.
All six women worked hard in his chaotic match, though it's clear how Banks is head and shoulders above the rest. That said, The IIconics have improved a lot and, though there was some clunkiness that's hard to avoid in a match with six people, there were no noticeable botches or slip ups throughout the bout.
There were three women in the ring at any time, one from each team. The story of the match was that it was a scramble, with energetic pinfall attempts and ad-hoc tag team moves throughout. A decent open.
Rating: 2.5 stars.
Apollo Crews retained the US Championship by defeating Andrade.
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