Show: Backlash 2016 PPV
Location: Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia
Date: September 11, 2016
Airing Live On The WWE Network
Singles Match: Baron Corbin def. Apollo Crews via pinfall
WWE SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan hit the ring to kick us off here at Backlash. Shane thanks the fans for their support, and claims they are the reason that they are giving Monday Night RAW a run for their money. Bryan hypes tonight’s card by announcing there are two title bouts on the card as well as the Tag Team championship tournament final.
Shane reminds everyone about the Six Pack Challenge match for the new SmackDown Women’s Title, and says that match will start right now. Becky Lynch’s music hits and we are about to get underway.
Six Pack Challenge to Crown the First SmackDown Women’s Champion – Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Bella vs. Carmella vs. Naomi vs. Becky Lynch:
All women go at it in the ring and it’s Lynch and Naomi left in the ring together. Some back and forth from both women ends with Lynch launching Naomi out of the ring. Lynch goes for a top rope maneuver but is interrupted by Carmella. Carmella covers Lynch for a two count but is met face to face with Nikki Bella from behind. As the two women stare down Natalya and Bliss hit the ring to take them out.
Bliss covers Nikki for a two count but eats and elbow and flying kick in return for a two count of her own. Bliss hits a rollup for two and is attacked by Natalya with a drop kick for two. In comes Lynch who goes for a move on Bliss but is met with a German Suplex by Natalya. Naomi hits the ring and works on Natalya but is interrupted by Bliss. Bliss is cleared out by Carmella who is then attacked by Bella from behind. The two women go at it but Bella reverses a triangle choke into an Alabama Slam but Carmella kicks out of a close count at two.
Nikki takes Carmella to the top rope and goes for a Superplex but Natalya comes in for the Superplex Powerbomb. Bliss comes in and hits a two count on Natalya, then Bella, then Carmella. Bliss tosses out Carmella from the ring but in comes Lynch who is rolled up for a near three count. Carmella is back in the ring now and tosses Bliss out of the ring, but is then tossed out by Nikki. Nikki goes for an outside dive but is met by Carmella with a shoulder.
Naomi is in the ring now and tosses out Carmella and hits an outside dive of her own off the springboard. Back in the ring Bliss clears Naomi out of the ring and is working on Natalya in the corner. Natalya goes for a Powerbomb on Bliss and gets the assistance from Naomi, who pins Bliss for the three count.
Alexa Bliss is eliminated.
Natalya is taken out of the ring from Naomi but eats a huge forearm from Nikki Bella. Natalya is in the ring and takes out Bella, and locks in the Sharpshooter on Naomi for the quick tap.
Naomi is eliminated.
Carmella hits the ring and it looks like she will work on Bella with Natalya. Natalya crosses Carmella and hits her with a shoulder. Bella takes advantage and hits Natalya with a backbreaker for the three count.
Natalya is eliminated.
Carmella gets the quick rollup on a distracted Nikki Bella for the three count.
Nikki Bella is eliminated.
It is down to Lynch and Carmella who are in the ring and Carmella is reigning down slaps on a downed Lynch. Lynch ducks a strike and hits a plethora of Suplexes on Carmella. Lynch runs right into a Super Kick. Out of nowhere Lynch locks in the Dissarmer and Carmella is forced to tap.
Winner and NEW SmackDown Live Women’s Champion: Becky Lynch
Backstage Bray Wyatt is shown crushing Randy Orton’s ankle into a door and a referee comes in to break things up.
SmackDown Tag Team Title Tournament Match – The Usos vs. Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley:
After some back and forth from Rawley and Uso, Ryder hits a missile drop kick on the Usos outside the ring. Ryder rolls Jimmy back into the ring and goes to work. Jey gets the tag and tosses Ryder outside to work on him a bit. Uso rolls Ryder back inside for a two count. Jimmy gets the tag and hits a Suplex on Ryder for a two count.
Jimmy hits a Spinning Roundhouse Kick and takes Ryder to the corner and tags Jey. Jey hits a running Hip Attack on Ryder in the corner and begins to pound away on Ryder some more. Uso grinds away on Ryder, who reverses it into a Neck Breaker but can’t make the tag. Jimmy gets the tag and knocks Rawley off the apron.
Ryder tosses Jimmy out of the ring, allowing him to tag in Rawley for the save. Rawley cleans house and catches Jimmy mid air for a Military Press Slam. Ryder and Rawley go for the Hype Ryder but Jey comes in for the save.
Ryder hits a Hurricirana on Uso off the top rope but it’s broken up at two. Jimmy locks in the Single Leg Crab on Ryder and get the submission win with the tap.
Winners: The Usos
WWE Intercontinental Title Match – Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz:
Ziggler and Miz roll around and Miz hits Ziggler with a cheap gut shot after the referee steps in. Miz hits a bodyslam and follows it up with a stomp before eating a few Dropkicks from Ziggler. Miz regains the upper-hand and catapults Ziggler into the bottom rope. Miz pins Ziggler for a two count and then stretches Ziggler out on the ground. Ziggler gets a two count off a rollup but is caught in a catapult and is tossed out of the ring.
The Miz hits Ziggler with a Dropkick from inside the ring and rolls Ziggler back inside for a two count. Miz then locks in an Inverted Surfboard on Ziggler before stomping on his calfs for good measure. Miz drills Ziggler with a couple of Dropkicks in the corner and taunts the crowd with some YES! chants. Miz hits the Awesome Clothesline and heads to the top rope. Miz hits Ziggler with a Double Axe Handle from the top and signals for the Skull Crushing Finale.
Ziggler rolls it up for a two count and hits Miz with a Dropkick and both men are down. Ziggler lands a couple of clotheslines and a hits an elbow on Miz for the two count. Miz runs right into the corner post shoulder-first and then hits Ziggler with a Powerbomb for two. Miz goes for a Figure Four but Ziggler kicks it off and hits the Famouser for a two count.
Ziggler goes for the ZigZag but it’s reversed by Miz, who ends up in a Sleeper Hold from Ziggler. Miz fades and is threatening to tap. Miz powers through and runs into the turnbuckle and Ziggler smacks his head and falls off. Miz charges Ziggler and pays for it was a DDT for a close two count.
Ziggler goes for a Super Kick but Miz reverses it with a DDT of his own and locks in the Figure Four. Ziggler gets to the rope and doesn’t break the hold until the four count. Miz hits a running boot to Zigler’s face and runs into a Super Kick for a two count after Miz gets his leg on the rope.
Miz is outside of the ring now trying to crawl away but Ziggler tosses him back in, and both men exchange rollup pins for two. The ref is distracted and Maryse sprays Ziggler in the face with something, allowing Miz to hit the Skull Crushing Finale for a three count.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: The Miz
Singles Match – Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton:
Bray Wyatt makes his way to the ring and the announcer announces that Orton has not been medically cleared to compete. It is announced that Bray has requested his victory to be solidified via ten count to win via forfeit. The ref counts to ten and Bray is announced the winner.
Winner via forfeit: Bray Wyatt
Bray makes his way out of the ring, however, the announcer says he will be competing in a No Holds Barred Match against……..Kane!
No Holds Barred Match – Bray Wyatt vs. Kane:
Bray immediately takes it to Kane but Kane tosses Wyatt into the corner and pounds on him. Wyatt rolls out the ring and eats a clothesline from Kane before being tossed into the time keeper’s area. Kane rips apart the table but eats a shot to the skull from Wyatt with the bell.
Wyatt goes for a chair shot on Kane but he eats a fist instead. Back in the ring Wyatt hits Kane with a flying Cross Body before working on him some more. Wyatt rolls out and hits Kane in the leg with a chair before rolling back in the ring. Wyatt beats on Kane with the chair and goes for a Sister Abigail but Kane wiggles out of it and hits a Sidewalk Slam.
Kane signals for the Chokeslam but Wyatt fights out of it and rolls out of the ring. Kane goes for another Chokeslam on Wyatt on the table but Bray hits Kane with an eye gauge. Wyatt rips apart yet another table and lays Kane down on one. Bray climbs on the other table and mocks Randy Orton’s pose before doing a running Senton onto Kane through the table.
Bray tosses Kane back into the ring and signals for Sister Abigail and mocks Kane’s cut throat taunt before being reversed into a Chokeslam for a two count. Kane picks up the chair and sets it up in the middle of the ring and signals for the Tombstone. Wyatt reverses it into a slam on the chair for a two count.
Randy Orton begins to slowly limp his way to the ring from the ramp and Wyatt is onlooking. Kane sits right up and Orton hits Wyatt with an RKO out of nowhere. Kane signals for the Chokeslam and gets it for the three count and the win.
Finals of the SmackDown Tag Team Tournament to Crown the First Champions – The Usos vs. Rhyno and Heath Slater:
Jimmy and Jey hit a double Suplex on Slater into the steel post outside the ring, and Jimmy rolls him back inside for a two count. Jey gets the tag and begins to grind away at Slater from their knees. Slater rallies back but eats a head-butt before knocking down Jey. Jimmy gets tagged in and tosses Slater into the corner hard. Jey gets the tag back and hits a Diving Elbow on Slater off the top rope. Jey hits a Back Suplex for a two count and again grinds away at Slater on the ground.
Both men collide mid-air on a double-cross body and Slater is going to get the tag. Rhyno cleans house and hits Jimmy with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex. Rhyno calls for the Sphere and misses. Slater tags himself in and hits a leaping DDT on Jimmy for a two count before being pulled out of the ring by Jey.
Slater hits the ring and eats a Super Kick from Jimmy, who then gets Gored by Rhyno. Slater covers Jimmy for the three count and we have new tag team champs.
Winners and NEW SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions: Heath Slater and Rhyno
WWE Title Match – AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose:
Styles and Ambrose lock up and Dean hits a few Arm Drags followed up by a Body Slam. Styles retreats outside the ring and is chased by Ambrose, who is attacked once he chases Styles back into the ring.
AJ is dominating the majority of the match, working on Ambrose in the corner but Dean turns the tables. Ambrose hits a weird Back Suplex on Styles off the top rope and both men are down.
Ambrose lands a few clotheslines on Styles and hits a Diving Elbow on AJ outside the ring. Ambrose tosses him back in the ring and AJ goes for a Back Suplex but Ambrose reverses it into a Facebuster.
Styles rolls Ambrose up and hits him with a Suplex into the corner Turnbuckle. AJ goes for a Springboard attack but Ambrose sees it coming. Dean goes for Dirty Deeds but AJ reverses it and works on Ambrose’s leg which appears to be injured.
Styles locks in the Calf Crusher but Ambrose makes his way to the ropes to force the break. AJ locks it back in again and this time Ambrose escapes by locking up Styles’ neck and bouncing his head repeatedly on the canvas.
Styles goes for the Styles Clash but Dean grabs the ropes and climbs outside the apron. AJ hits him with a kick and goes for a Powerbomb on the apron but is instead Catapulted into the steel ring post and falls outside.
Ambrose gets Styles back inside for a two count and Styles hits Ambrose with a Spinning Powerbomb for a two count. Styles hits a Springboard 450 Splash on Ambrose who kicks out at two, and AJ is getting frustrated.
Dean fights back and Drop Kicks Styles outside the ring from the bottom rope. Ambrose dives out the ring onto Styles who goes over the announce table. Ambrose tosses Styles into the crowd area, and dives at him from the announce table.
Dean gets Styles back inside the ring but eats a kick, and bounces off the ropes to hit AJ with a mean clothesline. AJ pushes Dean into the referee and hits Ambrose with a low blow and a Styles Clash. Styles gets the three count and is the new WWE champ.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion: AJ Styles
We go off air with Styles holding the title high on the top of the ramp…..