WWE positive is aware of find out how to put a damper on factor.
WrestleMania Backlash continued a current string of WWE pay-per-view full of nice matches and compelling tales, however many will keep in mind this one for the horrible, cheap-plug zombies. Thankfully the precise wrestling was adequate to cease one of the corporate’s worst concepts from really dragging the present into the muck.
Here are 5 takeaways from Sunday’s present:
Table for Two
Roman Reigns is working on the highest stage proper now, each within the ring and together with his storytelling. The Head of the Table even referred to as out the vanquished Daniel Bryan (“DB”) to the digital camera at one level. While Reigns retaining the Universal title was just about a foregone conclusion, he and Cesaro took the viewers on an emotional experience worthy of the principle occasion. Both males left higher than they got here in, even with Reigns leaving Cesaro handed out within the guillotine submission.
Reigns working Cesaro’s arm all through the match made the Swiss Superman’s feats of power in a while – a high rope superplex with Reigns on the apron – that rather more spectacular. It additionally stored him from delivering a Neutralizer. Cesaro rose to the event of his first pay-per-view title match in the principle occasion. Reigns with the ability to outwrestle somebody like him and win with out the assistance of Jey Uso provides one other layer of what’s going to it take to lastly beat him. He’s a online game boss at this level.
Uso, who continues to be hounded by Jimmy for being Roman’s lackey, attacked Cesaro after the match. Seth Rollins, in one other excellent swimsuit, appeared. Instead of turning on Reigns, he pummeled his rival Cesaro. Rollins put Cesaro’s dangerous arm in a chair and slammed it to the mat. These two appear to have unfinished enterprise, whereas Reigns’ household drama will seemingly proceed. Cesaro ultimately being the one to beat Reigns, both clear down the street or by way of Money within the Bank, ought to be thought of. It could be the story of Cesaro refusing to go away till he will get the job performed.
Dead Men Walking
Zombie Lumber Jacks. Yes, learn that once more. WWE turned the lumberjacks for The Miz-Damien Priest match into zombies as mainly a giant advert for Dave Bautista’s new film, “Army of the Dead,” which sponsored the present. Kudos to these two and John Morrison for attempting to take advantage of of this absolute catastrophe. Priest and Miz even teamed as much as battle the zombies at one level.
WWE did put the zombies in context by exhibiting a tweet from Bautista saying he couldn’t make it however “some of my friends will.” It all made for one of the worst issues WWE has ever performed. They even dimmed the lights and crammed the ThunderDome video board with spooky home graphics.
Somehow the zombies, which arrived from throughout the world and scared the published crew away, knew to not enter the ring throughout the match. But they made positive to “eat” the Miz within the center of it following his defeat. WWE even had Priest’s bow-and-arrow routine result in an advert for the film after he gained. The match felt so secondary. Compromising your artistic and product on a pay-per-view that a lot to advertise a film simply leaves a foul style.
Miz will seemingly be proper again on “Monday Night Raw” this week with some lame excuse for a way he survived. Either that or we get a Zombie Miz and Morrison, who was additionally eaten. Just for due diligence, we’ve now seen WWE burn a person alive (The Fiend) and have one eaten alive by the blood-thirsty undead prior to now six months.
At least the strangely-named WrestleMania Backlash delivered a second worthy of being on the true factor. WWE instructed an amazing underdog story with Rey Mysterio and his real-life son Dominick. (No one does underdog fairly just like the Mysterios).
SmackDown tag crew champions Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode attacked Dominick backstage on the kickoff present, leaving Rey to wrestle a handicap match to start out. Rey kicks out of completely every part Roode and Ziggler hit him with (4 false finishes and a count-out save at 9). It all constructed an amazing quantity of anticipation. A sluggish Dominick would make his means out to ring and he ultimately received the pin after a Frog Splash arrange by a 619.
The victory makes the Mysterios the primary father-son crew to win WWE tag crew championships. All of it made for an extremely emotional and actual second between father and son as they hugged. For Dominick to win it with Eddie Guerrero’s transfer was sweetly becoming as a result of of how shut he was with Rey. Dominick’s first WWE look got here in 2005 in a storyline the place Guerrero was claiming to be his father. This was one a second you wished followers have been there to see.
New Kids in Town
WWE’s reshaping of the principle occasion scene within the ladies’s division received a lift from glorious matches and storytelling. The new champions, Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair, retained by beating some of the most important names within the firm to solidify their standing.
Ripley, Charlotte Flair (sporting superior Cruella Deville-themed gear) and Asuka delivered one of the higher triple-threat matches you will note for the Raw ladies’s championship. The fast and typically frantic tempo made it very completely different than the boys’s match. They instructed the story early of Ripley and Asuka attempting to crew up in opposition to Flair. Ripley telling Flair to attempt to knock her down was a enjoyable spot as nicely. Then there was Flair attempting to be like Roman Reigns by overlaying each opponents after a double Natural Selection.
The collection of counters earlier than the end actually added drama. It ended when Flair hit Asuka with a boot from the ring apron that despatched the Empress towards Ripley. The champ intercepted her and hit the Riptide for the 1-2-3, a lot to the disgust of Flair. It continued to place Ripley and Flair on track for his or her singles rematch from WrestleMania 36.
Over on the SmackDown aspect, Belair now owns a win over Sasha Banks and has gained two of three from Bayley. This match instructed the story of the veteran savvy of Bayley verse the sheer bodily expertise of Belair. It made the artistic end even higher as a result of it was Belair outsmarting Bayley, who tried some soiled techniques, to win her first title protection. The EST reversed Bayley’s try to make use of her lengthy braid in opposition to her and as an alternative used it to additional hook Bayley’s leg throughout the deciding pin. She didn’t maintain it for lengthy and Bayley will contest she kicked out in time – one thing Michael Cole solely helped together with his name. It seemingly means we are going to see Bayley and Belair go at it one extra time.
Big Men Doing Big Things
Braun Strowman vs. Drew McIntyre vs. WWE champion Bobby Lashley was every part you might hope for and extra. These three massive males beat the heck out of one another, which the most important spectacle coming when McIntrye threw Lashley by one of the stage’s LED boards. They even threw in a number of issues athletes their dimension aren’t imagined to do. Strowman got here rolling off the apron into his two opponents, later landed a senton proper onto McIntyre’s chest. The Scotsman paid him again with a wild michinoku driver earlier than Strowman caught a leaping McIntyre and put him by the announce desk. McIntrye ultimately hit Strowman with a Claymore solely to see Lashley return to throw him out and ship a spear to the Monster Among Men for the win. The end retains McIntyre in line for a singles rematch with Lashley in some unspecified time in the future, perhaps at Hell in a Cell in June.
Sheamus over Ricochet
Despite being overwhelmed clear within the center of the ring after a really, very bodily match, Ricochet opened the door for this story to proceed. He attacked Sheamus, the United States champion, from behind after shedding. Ricochet even placed on Sheamus’ fedora and jacket. This felt like the other state of affairs of what we’re used to from WWE, making it a bit refreshing.
Biggest Winners: Rey and Dominik Mysterio
Biggest Loser: The Miz, John Morrison and Damien Priest
Best match: Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro (Universal Championship)
Grade: Zombies – F, Everything else – A-, Overall — B