WWE WrestleMania Backlash Results – The Kickoff pre-show opens live from the WWE ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida as Kayla Braxton welcomes us. She’s joined by Peter Rosenberg with WWE Hall of Famers JBL and Booker T. They hype tonight’s card and it’s announced that the Kickoff will feature an Open Challenge from WWE United States Champion Sheamus. We get a video package for recent happenings in the WWE Universal Title storyline now.
Kayla asks if the family drama with the Usos and Roman be an advantage for Cesaro. Peter says we were excited when Jimmy came back, but there are family problems. Cesaro would be a problem any time, but with the family problems it is an issue. John says he hasn’t seen anyone on a roll like Roman in a while. Cesaro will be a champion but it won’t happen tonight. Booker says it helps to be in the right place at the right time. He says that Cesaro is gaining momentum as an avalanche coming down a mountain. Booker says that Cesaro hasn’t had a singles title since 2012 so he is hungry.
Kayla brings up Jimmy’s comments about being head of the table if they win the tag titles and if Roman loses. Peter says he doesn’t know how that works. Booker says he talks about winning his first world title. He knew everything was on the line for him. History is on Cesaro’s side for him to win. John says it is Cesaro’s biggest night, but tonight isn’t the night he captures the title. John says that is just that good. John says if Roman makes a mistake, Cesaro could win the title. Kayla asks for picks and John goes with Cesaro while Booker picks Roman.
— It is time to talk about the Smackdown Women’s Championship Match. We have a video package.
Kayla says she hopes Bianca’s storybook ending from Wrestlemania does not end. Sonya Deville shows up (maybe to add Charlotte to the Smackdown Women’s Title Match). Peter asks about Bayley’s chances tonight against Bianca. Sonya says that Bayley has experience on her side but Bianca is on a roll since Wrestlemania. Sonya says Bayley has an inate ability to get into someone’s head. Sonya says she thinks Bianca could still win. Booker says Bayley tried to steal Bianca. Booker says you need to prepare and Bianca is prepared for this moment. Booker says not to sleep on Bayley. John says he has a lot in common with Bayley. They are both tremendous role models, but he agrees with Booker. Bianca has taken things to a different level. Bayley was a great champion but Bianca has taken it to a new level.
Kayla mentions that Bayley is the only one who has beaten Bianca. Peter says Bianca has gotten a lot of accolades. He says they need to give Bayley credit for what she has done. Booker says that the light bulb came on quickly for Bayley. He would not be surprised if Bayley flipped things upside down. Sonya says you can count of Bayley and Bianca has delivered in the ring.
— It is time to take a look at the Lumberjack Match. Kayla asks if we will see bunny rabbits during the Lumberjack Match. Peter asks what changes when you are in a lumberjack match. Booker says you are locked into a situation and you have to fight to the end. Miz is in a situation but he thinks that Miz can handle the situation. Booker says Damian needs to keep his head on a swivel or he could fall victim to a Skull Crushing Finale. John says you have to be careful what you ask for. Priest may regret this. Peter says you are dealing with people outside the ring who won’t let you get away. John says Miz knows what the rules are and he knows the limits. Booker and John pick the Miz and Peter picks Damian because Damian is a fan of Peter’s radio show.
— We take a look at the Raw Women’s Championship Match.
Kayla mentions that this match is Sonya’s fault and Sonya defends her choice since Charlotte has been a champion so many times and it is now a match worth watching. She says we don’t write Charlotte Flair off. John asks about the way that Charlotte got in the match. Sonya says she runs the show with Adam Pearce and she made a decision. She says she does not always like Adam’s decisions. Sonya says that Charlotte has valid arguments to be in the title picture. She will do what she sees is fit. Peter sucks up to Sonya because he is sitting next to Sonya. Kayla brings up the suspension and Sonya says we all make mistakes.
Kayla asks who will Charlotte try to win the match tonight. Sonya says she is trying to make the match tonight fair. Booker asks when was the last Triple Threat Match that was fair and John agrees. Sonya says her job is to get people to talk about the matches and they are talking about the Triple Threat Match. John says that a Triple Threat Match is not fair for the champion. Sonya says if Rhea wins, she will have more confidence than ever.
— It is time to talk about the Smackdown Tag Title Match.
Dominik Mysterio walks in the back and he sees Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler in the hallway. Dolph head butts Dominik and Roode sends him into a storage case and the metal door. Roode with more kicks and he asks Dominik if he is ready for tonight. They push a couch onto Dominik and officials and producers try to help.
— We go to ringside with Adnan Virk, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton.
Sheamus makes his way to the way and he says he has made open challenges to anyone who wants to step into the ring with the champ and tonight is no different. Sheamus says he thought he would make another open challenge. It won’t be for his title. A title opportunity is earned, not given. Even though the title is not on the line, he will give the honor to anyone in the back who wants to get in the ring with the greatest WWE Superstar. Ricochet makes his way to the ring and accept the challenge.
United States Champion Open Challenge: Sheamus vs. Ricochet
The bell rings and Ricochet nails a big dropkick. Ricochet unloads with strikes now. Sheamus catches a kick but Ricochet slaps him. Sheamus levels him with a big clothesline in response.
Sheamus beats Ricochet around from corner to corner now, then tosses him across the ring and talks some more trash. Sheamus grabs Ricochet by his face. Ricochet fights but Sheamus decks him. Sheamus with an uppercut. Ricochet with a kick and a chop but Sheamus catches him with a big backbreaker in the middle of the ring. Sheamus stomps away as the referee warns him now. Sheamus keeps control and delivers 10 Beats of The Bodhrán on the apron now.
Sheamus keeps Ricochet down with power moves and then does the Dublin Smile. Sheamus with a knee to the back and some arguing back with the referee. Sheamus grounds Ricochet now. Ricochet fights with punches and knees from the mat to get free. Ricochet with a jawbreaker now. Ricochet keeps fighting to his feet but Sheamus kicks him down. Ricochet fights free again with a bunch of elbows. Sheamus clubs him in the back. Ricochet stuns Sheamus with a kick to the head. Sheamus walks into a boot to the face. Sheamus catches a kick and takes Ricochet to the top. Ricochet gets free and Sheamus runs into boots again. Ricochet fights from the apron now and springboards in with a flying clothesline.
Ricochet with a running Shooting Star Press and the Asahi moonsault for a close 2 count. They’re both slow to get up now. Ricochet with a forearm to the back. Ricochet tries to power up with Sheamus on his back but he can’t get him up. Ricochet counters but Sheamus nails a big knee to the face. Ricochet keeps fighting and nails a Backstabber.
Ricochet slowly rolls to the apron and springboards back in with the 450. He nails it but Sheamus kicks out just in time. Ricochet goes to the top now as fans cheer him on. Ricochet lands on his feet as Sheamus moves. Ricochet ducks the Brogue Kick and rolls Sheamus up for a 2 count. Sheamus comes right back with a big knee to the face for the pin to win.
After the match, Sheamus stands tall as his music hits. We go to replays. Sheamus asks for his jacket and his hat now. He puts it on and starts talking about his recent Open Challenges but Ricochet attacks from behind and drops him Ricochet rips off the hat and jacket as Sheamus retreats to the floor. Ricochet poses in Sheamus’ gear and dances around in it. Sheamus storms back in the ring to get his gear as Ricochet takes it off and retreats to the ramp. Sheamus seethes in the ring as Ricochet talks trash from the ramp. We go to replays as Ricochet declares he wants the title back.
— We take a look at the WWE Championship Match. We have a video package.
Peter says these are three monsters. He mentions that Bobby Lashley has been as dominant as Roman at times. John says he knew that Bobby would make an impact when Bobby beat him for his first title. Booker says last year, Bobby did not win, but he has grown over the last year. The gold around his waist reminds him of Xerxes. He says Lashley matches up perfectly with Braun or Drew. Bobby may have all of the odds against him but he is more hungrier than Drew or Braun. John says Drew grew into the championship while Bobby is a different man as the champion. Bobby is a different guy and he will walk out as champion. Peter mentions that Bobby has MVP while Drew and Braun have no one at ringside with him. John says anyone can walk out of this show as champion. Peter picks Bobby Lashley while Booker agrees along with John.
WWE WrestleMania Backlash Opener:
The WWE WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view opens up with a video package. The video is narrated by former WWE Champion Batista, featuring clips of his “Army of the Dead” movie that premieres on Netflix this coming Friday. That movie is sponsoring tonight’s pay-per-view.
– We’re live from the WWE ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida as pyro explodes inside the arena and the virtual crowd cheers. Adnan Virk welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. They lead us to a video package for tonight’s opening match.
We go to the ring as Mike Rome does the introductions. Out first comes Charlotte Flair as the pyro goes off. Fans boo as she heads to the ring. Flair has the referee open the ropes for her. Asuka is out next to a pop. She hits the corner to pose as more pyro goes off. Out next comes RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley to a mixed reaction. Ripley stomps on the stage and pyro goes off as she heads to the ring.
We get formal ring introductions from Rome next. The bell rings and they size each other up. Flair heads to the floor to stall. Asuka follows. Ripley meets her on the other side. Flair runs in and Ripley follows. Flair clotheslines her. Asuka rocks Flair and Ripley rolls her for 2. Asuka and Ripley have words now. They shove each other and Flair gets rocked. Flair goes to the apron as Asuka and Ripley fight. Asuka sends Flair off the apron with a Ripley-assisted Hip Attack.
Ripley and Asuka go back & forth now. Asuka with a Hip Attack. Flair pulls Asuka out and tosses her overhead to the floor. Flair fights in from the apron but Ripley fights back. They collide with shoulders. Flair talks trash in Ripley’s face and they have words. They collide with shoulders again but no one goes down. More trash talking. Flair drops Ripley with a knee. Flair with an overhead toss to Ripley now. Flair stomps away in the corner to boos. Flair gets sent to the apron but fights back. Asuka holds her leg while Ripley dropkicks her off the apron. Asuka comes to the apron but Ripley kicks her off. Ripley stands alone in the ring now. Flair sweeps Ripley off the apron and she hits the floor. Flair stands alone on the floor now to boos.
Flair works Asuka over in the ring now. Flair uses the ropes to choke Asuka and then covers for 2. Flair drops Asuka and delivers a big boot to the face for a 2 count, and another. Flair taunts Asuka and smacks her around. Asuka fights back with strikes and unloads for a pop. Asuka takes Flair down into an armbar in the middle of the ring. Flair gets her foot on the bottom rope to break it. Asuka with another armbar but Ripley breaks it up with a stomp. Flair delivers big chops to Ripley now. Flair with the backbreaker and face-first slam into the turnbuckle.
Asuka blocks a slam but Flair elbows her. Flair with big chops to drop Asuka now. Ripely charges and clotheslines Flair. Ripley with another clothesline and a back kick. Ripley dropkicks Asuka. Ripley with knee strikes to Flair now. Ripley drops Flair and dropkicks her in the head. Ripley with a Northern Lights suplex for a 2 count as Asuka breaks it up just in time. Asuka blocks Ripley with a knee to the face. Asuka takes a kick and delivers one back. All three competitors are down now. Asuka gets up first and tangles with Flair. Asuka with two big German suplexes to Flair. Asuka with a Hip Attack to Ripley in the corner. Asuka boots Flair as she approaches. Asuka kicks Flair down and then kicks Ripley. Asuka with more kicks to each opponent now as fans cheer her on. Asuka with the sliding knee to Flair for a close 2 count.
Asuka shows some frustration now but she goes to the top. Asuka with a missile dropkick to Ripley. Flair sends Asuka to the apron but she keeps fighting. Asuka with a sliding knee to Ripley on the floor. Flair knocks Asuka off the apron, next to Ripley on the floor. Flair goes to the top and delivers a big moonsault to Asuka and Ripley on the floor. Flair brings Asuka back in and goes to the top but Ripley attacks from the apron. Ripley keeps rocking Flair and climbs up now. Ripley tries for a superplex but Flair holds on. Asuka comes over and climbs up with Ripley. They hit the double superplex on Flair for a pop.
All three are down once again as we get replays. They start fighting from the mat in the middle of the ring, trading shots on each other. They get up and the strikes keep coming. Flair gets double teamed but she lands on her feet from a suplex. She nails a double chop block to bring them both down, then nails a double Natural Selection. Flair covers both opponents for a close 2 count. Flair drags them over to the corner now. She goes to the top but lands on her feet from the moonsault. Asuka with double knees to the face. Asuka sends Flair out. Ripley attacks Asuka from behind.
Asuka counters Riptide and goes for the Asuka Lock but Ripley fights her off. They keep fighting but Flair comes in and levels Ripley with a big boot. Asuka with the Asuka Lock on Flair now. Flair rolls through and gets kicked into the corner as Asuka blocks the Figure Four. Asuka kicks Flair, then drops Ripley with a kick to the head. Asuka sends Flair to the apron and goes for a Hip Attack but runs into a boot, which also knocks Flair to the floor. Ripley immediately follows up with Riptide to Asuka for the pin to retain.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
After the match, Ripley takes the title and celebrates as the music hits. We go to replays. Flair seethes at ringside as Ripley stands tall over Asuka with the title in the air. Ripley poses in the corner and taunts Flair now. Flair points up at her as we go to a break.
— We take a look at Bobby Lashley and MVP arriving at the building earlier today.
— Miz and John Morrison are in the back. Miz asks Morrison if he will run from Damian Priest. Morrison brings up that Miz ran away from him on Monday. Miz reminds Morrison that he is in this match because of Morrison. Morrison says he knows where the lumberjacks are and he will convince them.
— We take a look at what happened to Dominik Mysterio earlier tonight on the Kickoff Show.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler vs. Rey Mysteiro and Dominik Mysterio
Before the match, we see Dominik is in the trainer’s room and we are told he is not able to wrestle tonight. He says they will have their day and Rey has it.
We go back to the ring and the title match is announced anyway as SmackDown Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode come to the ring. Out next comes Rey Mysterio, announced as the sole challenger.
Rey hits the ring and attacks both opponents. Roode decks him from behind but Rey sends Roode into Ziggler, knocking Ziggler to the floor. Rey with a close 2 count on Roode. Rey keeps fighting and sends Ziggler into the announce table with a baseball slide. Roode decks him again but Rey slides under the bottom rope to splash Ziggler on the floor. Roode follows to the floor and hits Rey from behind again. Roode goes to send Rey into the ring post but Rey slides out and shoves Roode into the post.
Rey runs the apron and nails a senton to Roode on the floor. Rey returns to the ring and gets a pop. Cole confirms the titles are on the line here. Roode returns to the ring but Rey drops him and works him over. Roode kicks Rey in the gut. Rey counters a move and rolls Roode for a 2 count. Roode comes right back with a big clothesline. Ziggler tags in with another close 2 count. Ziggler works Rey over and keeps him down in the corner as the referee warns him.
Roode tags back in and delivers big chops in the corner, then whips Rey across the ring into the opposite corner. Fans boo as Roode keeps Rey down. Rey blocks a shot and drops Roode face-first into the turnbuckles. Ziggler gets knocked off the apron. Rey fights Roode off and goes to the top but Roode knocks his legs out. Rey falls and is turned upside down in the corner in a Tree of Woe now. Roode kicks away as fans boo and the referee warns him. Rey falls to the floor, clutching his left knee.
Ziggler tags in and taunts Rey on the floor, then goes to work on the hurt leg. Ziggler rolls Rey back in for a 2 count. Roode tags back in and keeps Rey down. Rey tries to get up but he falls right back down and the referee checks on him. Roode stays on Rey, focusing on the leg and taunting him. Rey fights out of the corner, hitting both opponents. Ziggler comes in for the double team Fame-asser but Rey somehow kicks out. Ziggler can’t believe it.
Roode tags back in and yells in Rey’s face. Ziggler tags in and goes to the floor. Roode launches Rey under the bottom rope to the floor, right into a waiting superkick from Ziggler. Rey is down on the floor as the champs return to the ring and wait for the count out. Rey makes it back in right before the 10 count and Ziggler isn’t happy. Fans cheer Rey on as Roode tags back in. Roode headbutts Rey back to the mat. Ziggler tags right back in. Rey counters a double suplex with a big double DDT in the middle of the ring for a big pop. Rey sends Roode into the ring post shoulder-first. Rey tangles with Ziggler and sends him into the opposite post shoulder-first.
Roode is down on the floor now but he crawls back to his feet. Dominik Mysterio is walking down the ramp now, clutching his hurt ribs. Dominik goes to the apron and waits for the tag now. Rey asks what he’s doing out here. Ziggler rocks Rey. Rey drops Ziggler into position for 619. Rey rocks Roode off the apron. Ziggler comes right back and hits Rey with a Zig Zag but Rey kicks out just in time for a pop.
Roode scoops Rey and taunts Dominik, then drops Rey for another close 2 count. Roode takes Rey from corner to corner. Roode takes Rey back to the second turnbuckle but Rey resists. Rey with a super bulldog from the top. Rey fights Roode off. Dominik finally gets the tag. Roode misses a clothesline and Dominik knocks Ziggler off the apron. Dominik and Roode go at it now and Roode nails a big Spinebuster in the middle of the ring. Ziggler tags back in for the big double team neckbreaker but Dominik still kicks out. Ziggler can’t believe it.
Ziggler launches Dominik into the ring post shoulder-first as Rey watches. Roode yells in Dominik’s face. Ziggler cranks up but Dominik cuts him off with a superkick of his own. They both go down. Rey and Roode tag in. Rey with a top rope senton, then a shot to knock Ziggler off the apron. Roode catches Rey with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a close 2 count. Roode is frustrated now. Roode grabs Rey and wastes time talking trash to Dominik.
Rey blocks the powerbomb and fights free. Rey sends Roode into the turnbuckle, then hits 619 in the corner. Dominik tags in as Rey slides under the rope and hits a Sunset Bomb to Ziggler into the barrier. Dominik goes to the top and hits the Frogsplash on Roode for the pin to win the titles.
Winners and NEW Smackdown Tag Team Champions: Dominik and Rey Mysterio
After the match, Rey and Dominik stand tall with the titles as the music hits. We go to replays. Ziggler and Roode recover at ringside and they are not happy. Kayla Braxton enters the ring to interview The Mysterios. Rey comments on being the first father and son to win the titles, saying he’s on top of the world. Dominik says it’s an honor and a blessing to share this moment with his dad, but it’s time to celebrate. They exit the ring together as we get another replay.
— John Morrison arrives at the Lumberjack Locker Room and Morrison opens the door and they are zombies. Yes, you are reading right, ZOMBIES!
We go to Roman Reigns’ locker room door and Jimmy is pacing outside and then he walks in. Jey is in the room and Jimmy wants to know where the champ is. Jimmy says the name on the door says Roman Reigns. It needs to say Roman Reigns and Jey Uso. They need their own locker room and it might not be as nice as this one but it will say Jimmy and Jey Uso, tag team champions. That is where they need to be instead of carrying Roman’s bags. Roman shows up and Jimmy tells Roman he wanted to wish Roman luck tonight because he will need it.
— Miz and Morrison are in the back and Morrison mentions the zombie lumberjacks. Miz asks Morrison if this is one of Morrison’s weird new age tactics. Miz tells Morrison to snap out of it. Miz and Morrison walk to the ring and the zombies make their way down the hall.
Lumberjack Match: Damian Priest vs. The Miz
We go back to the ring and the announcers mention the zombies and we see Batista’s earlier tweet where he said his “friends” would be here tonight, to plug the “Army of the Dead” movie, which is a sponsor. The Miz and John Morrison are out, as is Damian Priest. The zombies are out now, terrifying Miz and Morrison. The zombies surround the ring and also terrify the announcers but they settle back in at the table. Morrison has ran away to the back.
The ring is surrounded by zombies and smoke now. There are also graphics all over the arena, apparently representing the city setting from the “Army of the Dead” movie. The match begins as Priest and Miz go at it. Miz misses a dropkick and lands on the floor, surrounded by zombies. He runs back in and tuns around to a big Facebuster from Priest. Priest ends up on the floor but he attacks the zombies. He runs back in and Miz levels him with a big boot for a 2 count. Miz keeps control and delivers another big boot.
Priest ends up delivering a huge clothesline after Miz finds himself in trouble with the zombies and runs back in. Priest unloads with kicks now, then a right hand. Priest levels Miz for a close 2 count. More back and forth between the two. Priest keeps control and looks to finish Miz off but Miz catches strikes and takes him down for the Figure Four in the middle of the ring.
Miz and Priest end up on the floor, both fighting the zombies off and sending a few over the barrier. They back into each other but keep fighting the zombies off. A large zombie stalks Priest, shoving another zombie out of the way. Priest fights him off and delivers a kick from the steel steps. Miz and Priest meet back int he ring now. Miz calls for a high five but he kicks Priest instead. Priest turns it around and delivers a Broken Arrow for a close 2 count.
Priest calls for the finish and waits for Miz to get up. Morrison runs back down the ramp and hits the apron. Miz distracts the referee while Morrison kicks Priest in the head. Miz covers but Priest kicks out at 2. Morrison is surrounded by zombies at ringside now. He flips off the steps and takes out several zombies. Morrison with another big barrier kick to a zombie. Morrison stands on the barrier again for a move but zombies pull him down on the other side of the barrier. Morrison is being eaten now.
Priest takes advantage of the distraction and drops Miz with Hit The Lights for the pin to win in the middle of the ring.
Winner: Damian Priest
After the bell, Priest leaps to the top to get out of the way as zombies start crawling in the ring. Zombies cover Miz and start eating him as Priest fires his imaginary arrow from the ramp. Priest makes his exit as the zombies continue to devour Miz. The lights go out and we go to a break.
— Jey Uso sees JImmy and he wants to know what he is doing because they don’t need these distractions. Jimmy asks Jey what will happen if they lose. Jimmy says that the door should say Roman Reigns… and his bitch.
Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Bianca Belair vs. Bayley
Bianca tells Bayley to come to her while Bayley tries to get Cole to start a chant for her. They lock up and Bianca with a waist lock and Bayley with a standing switch. Bianca and Bayley with more standing switches until Bayley goes through the ropes to the floor. Bayley returns to the ring and they lock up. Bianca with a wrist lock and arm wringer into an arm bar. Bayley grabs the hair and Bianca gets Bayley to flinch when Bianca goes for the hair. Bianca with a side head lock. Bianca floats over and Bayley blocks a monkey flip attempt and Bayley gets a near fall. Bianca with a rollup but Bayley kicks out and Bianca leaps to the turnbuckles and flips over Bayley.
Bianca with a drop kick. Bianca with a hard Irish whip. Bianca with an Irish whip but Bayley goes to the apron. Bianca with a slam and Bayley goes to the floor to avoid the handspring moonsault. Bianca leap frogs Bayley on the floor and Bianca with a shoulder tackle. They return to the ring and Bianca with a handspring moonsault for a near fall. Bayley goes for the earring and she pulls Bianca to the mat and follows with forearms. Bayley with a hard Irish whip. Bayley gets a near fall. Bayley with knees to the back. Bayley with a Saito suplex for a near fall. Bayley goes up top and Bianca stops Bayley with a punch. Bayley with a cutter onto the middle rope.
Bayley tries to suplex Bianca to the floor but Bianca blocks it and she suplexes Bayley into the ring. Bayley with an inside cradle for a near fall. They go to the floor and Bayley with a gourdbuster onto the ring steps. Bayley with a suplex on the floor. Bayley send Bianca back into the ring and gets a near fall. The referee checks on Bianca. Bianca with a shoulder tackle. Bayley with an elbow but Bianca catches Bayley on a cross body attempt. Bayley escapes and Bayley gets Bianca on her shoulders and hits a side slam for a near fall. Bayley with a knee into the corner and Bayley gets a near fall but Bianca sends Bayley to the floor on the kick out.
Bayley returns to the ring and punches Bianca. Bianca with a back fist and Bayley goes down. Bianca with punches and kicks to Bayley. Bianca with a drop kick. Bayley with an Irish whip and Bianca floats over. Bayley sends Bianca face first into the turnbuckles. Bianca with a spinebuster for a near fall. Bianca goes for the KOD but Bayley stays on her feet. Bayley with a clothesline and she goes to the turnbuckles. Bayley with an elbow drop for a near fall. Bianca is sent to the floor and Bayley follows. Bayley with the drop kick through the corner and Bianca catches her but Bayley gets to her feet and Bayley sends Bianca into the ring post.
Bayley goes for a suicide dive and Bianca moves and Bayley hits the floor. Bianca with a butterfly facebuster into the apron. Bianca gets a near fall. Bianca kicks Bayley in the back and then misses a shoulder when Bayley goes over Bianca. Bayley with a back slide and her feet on the ropes for a near fall. Bayley with a rollup and Bayley holds the ropes so the referee refuses to make the count. Bayley argues with the referee. Bayley and Bianca exchange punches. Bayley rakes the eyes.
Bayley grabs Bianca’s hair and Bianca misses a clothesline. Bayley with a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Bayley returns to the hair and she goes for the Rose Plant using the hair but Bianca counters and gets the three count with a rollup.
Winner: Bianca Belair
After the match, Belair goes right to the floor and stands tall with the title as her music hits. Bayley is shocked in the ring. Bayley goes to the announce table and yells at Cole and McAfee. She calls for a replay to show how her leg was wrapped up, calling Belair a cheater. Belair continues celebrating on the stage.
— Kevin Patrick is with MVP and he asks him about his discussions with Braun last week. Porter says that Braun is not intelligent enough to be the WWE Champion. Drew can see the big picture but he doesn’t know that he cannot win. Porter says Lashley is at a disadvantage since he can lose without being pinned. Bobby can get past anything.
— We see Drew McIntyre getting ready in the back as we head to a video package of the events leading to the Universal Championship Match.
WWE Championship Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman
We go back to the ring for the next match as Drew McIntyre makes his way out to pyro and a pop. Braun Strowman is out next to another pop. WWE Champion Bobby Lashley is out next with MVP. Lashley hits the ring to pose with the title as more pyro goes off. Rome does formal ring introductions next.
The bell rings and Lashley offers a handshake to Drew but he just stares back. Strowman attacks Drew and then goes to work on Lashley. Lashley drops Strowman. Drew shoves Lashley out of the way and goes to work on Strowman while he’s down. Lashley and Drew are working together on Strowman now. Lashley grabs Strowman and orders Drew to join him for a double suplex. Drew hesitates but joins him and they hit the long vertical suplex, holding Strowman in the air.
Drew and Lashley go at it now. Drew with a big overhead throw. Drew drops Strowman with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt. Lashley brings Drew to the floor now, sending him into the apron. Lashley scoops Drew for a shot into the ring post but Drew slides out and sends Lashley into the post. Strowman flies off the apron out of nowhere and takes out Lashley and Drew for a huge pop. Strowman sends Drew into the barrier and brings Lashley in the ring for a chokeslam. Lashley kicks out at 2.
Lashley counters Braun and goes for The Hurt Lock but can’t get it. Drew comes flying in off the top and takes them both down. Drew launches Lashley with another suplex. Drew sends Braun shoulder-first into the ring post. Drew fights in from the apron but goes to the top for a flying clothesline to Lashley. Drew kips up for a pop and then drops Braun with a modified Zig Zag for a 2 count as Lashley breaks it up just in time. Lashley unloads on Drew in the corner as MVP cheers him on. Lashley tosses Drew with a big suplex. Strowman charges but Lashley drives him down with an easy chokeslam for a 2 count. Strowman ends up taking them both out at ringside with half of the steel ring steps but Drew came back and knocked him over the barrier with a Claymore Kick. Drew beats Lashley up the apron now. Lashley counters and drops Drew on the steel ramp. They fight to the stage and Lashley sends Drew into the LED boards, then yells in his face.
Lashley goes to suplex Drew into a hanging LED board but it’s blocked. Drew with a Glasgow Kiss before slamming Lashley several times into the part of the set. Drew keeps fighting and sends Lashley into the LED board, causing it to explode and spark. Fans chant “holy s–t!” as Drew recovers and yells out. Lashley is gone, nowhere to be seen. Drew goes looking for Lashley but Strowman attacks and beats him down the ramp. Braun runs down the ramp and runs right over Drew at the apron. Braun rolls Drew back into the ring and beats him down, then drops a big senton but Drew kicks out just in time. More back and forth now. Drew somehow hits a huge Michinoku Driver on Strowman for a close 2 count.
Strowman sends Drew over the top rope to the floor. Strowman follows and runs around the ring with the Strowman Express but Drew meets him with a big belly-to-belly suplex in front of the announce table. Braun lands on his neck. Drew charges and leaps at Braun with a Claymore but Braun catches him in mid-air and powerbombs him through the announce table. Fans chant “this is awesome!” now.
Braun brings it back into the ring for the running powerslam finish but Drew nails a big Claymore. Lashley runs back into the ring out of nowhere, tosses Drew out of the ring, and then delivers his Spear to Strowman for the pin to retain in the middle of the ring.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
After the match, Lashley stands tall as his music hits. MVP brings the WWE Title belt in and fastens it around his waist. We see a disappointed Drew at ringside as Lashley begins celebrating in the corner. We go to replays. Lashley continues celebrating as Strowman recovers from the Spear at ringside. A disappointed Drew can’t believe it as he leans against the barrier at ringside. Lashley and Drew stare at each other before Lashley raises the WWE Title to boos.
— The events leading to Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro, focusing on the return of Jimmy Uso, are shown.
Universal Championship Match: Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event as Cesaro makes his way out to a pop. We see WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns in the Gorilla Position with Jey Uso and Paul Heyman now. Jey is hyping Reigns up but Reigns interrupts and questions his loyalty. Jey says he’s always riding with Reigns. Reigns says Jey sounds like his brother Jimmy Uso now, so maybe Jey should go find his brother. The music hits and Reigns heads out to the ring with just Heyman. Reigns stops on the stage and raises the title as the pyro goes off. Cesaro looks on from the ring.
Reigns enters the ring and raises the title to more pyro as Cesaro stares him down. We get formal ring introductions from Hamilton. The bell rings and they lock up. They tangle into the corner and break but there’s some tension. They lock up again and Reigns applies a headlock. Reigns takes Cesaro down to the mat now. Cesaro fights up but Reigns drops him with a shoulder. Reigns with another headlock. They run the ropes and Cesaro drops Reigns with a shoulder for a 1 count.
They trade quick pin attempts on the mat. Reigns rolls to the floor to regroup as fans boo him. Heyman talks with Reigns as the referee counts. Reigns returns to the apron and takes his time coming back in. Cesaro ducks an attempt and grabs Reigns from behind. Reigns takes him to the corner with shoulder thrusts, then a shot to the face. Reigns slams Cesaro in the turnbuckles. Cesaro hits a big springboard uppercut for a pop.
Cesaro slams Reigns and goes for the Cesaro Swing but Reigns gets away. Reigns kicks Cesaro away. Reigns tosses Cesaro over the top rope to the floor. Cesaro clutches his right arm as the referee counts. Cesaro comes back in and they trade big strikes. Reigns drops Cesaro with a strike, then sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Cesaro falls to the floor and continues selling the right arm injury as the referee counts.
Reigns follows and slams Cesaro into the announce table a few times. Reigns brings it back in for a 1 count, then grounds Cesaro on the mat. Cesaro fights up and goes for a suplex but can’t get Reigns over. Reigns nails a suplex of his own for a quick pin attempt. Reigns talks some trash and then rocks Cesaro into the corner. Reigns with more big right hands and kicks in the corner as the referee backs him off. Cesaro fights back with punches of his own from the corner. Reigns levels him with a big punch to the mouth. Reigns wrestles Cesaro back to the mat as Heyman looks on and fans try to rally
Reigns comes right back and drops Cesaro for another quick 1 count. Reigns can’t believe Cesaro kicked out with ease. Reigns with big strikes while Cesaro is on the mat, then a headlock to ground him again. Cesaro fights up and out but Reigns catches him with a Samoan Drop for a 2 count. Reigns calls for the Superman Punch now as fans boo. Cesaro ducks it and nails the Pop-Up Uppercut for a big pop. Reigns is down but Cesaro fails to make a pin. Reigns struggles to get up. Cesaro with a running uppercut in the corner, and another in the opposite corner. Cesaro with another running uppercut and a running big boot for a close 2 count.
Cesaro goes for the Sharpshooter now but stops and kicks away at the leg and knee. Cesaro drops elbows on Reigns’ knee now. Cesaro applies the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring but Reigns quickly gets to the bottom rope to break the hold. Reigns goes to the floor for a breather. Cesaro runs the ropes and nails a big corkscrew plancha. Cesaro is fired up now as fans cheer him on. Cesaro brings it in but Reigns rolls right back to the floor. Cesaro follows again and levels him with a running shot. Cesaro brings it back in and goes to the top. Cesaro nails a crossbody from the top but Reigns kicks out at 2. Cesaro shows some frustration now.
Cesaro goes for the superplex from the apron but Reigns fights him off. Reigns ends up leveling Cesaro with a big boot, then using the ropes to inflict more damage to the hurt arm. Reigns follows to the floor and nails the Drive By into the ring post. Reigns brings it back in for a close 2 count. Reigns smiles and laughs now, taunting Cesaro. Cesaro sees this and rocks Reigns fighting up from the mat. Reigns fights back and starts yanking the hurt arm around. Reigns laughs while yanking the arm around, taunting Daniel Bryan in the camera.
Cesaro breaks free with a headbutt but Reigns comes right back with a huge clothesline for a 2 count. Reigns shakes his head at Cesaro. Reigns with more trash talking and right hands. Cesaro gets up but the punches and knees keep coming from Reigns. Reigns knocks him into the corner and delivers more knees as the referee backs him off. Cesaro is dazed from the knees, leaning against the corner. Reigns levels Cesaro with a big boot. Reigns kneels back down to Cesaro and keeps taunting him. Reigns headbutts Cesaro back into the corner and unloads with kicks as the referee backs him off again. Reigns yells at the referee and they have words. Cesaro with a big elbow from the corner, then an uppercut, and a kick. Reigns keeps coming but Cesaro clotheslines him and they both go down.
The referee checks on both competitors as Cesaro sells the hurt arm. They trade big strikes from their knees now. Cesaro with a big uppercut into the corner, then a running uppercut. Cesaro beats Reigns down in the corner and unloads as the referee warns him. Cesaro with the big second rope superplex from the apron for a pop. Cesaro covers for a close 2 count. Cesaro with a headbutt and stomp to the thigh. Cesaro with a big double stomp to the chest. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer but Reigns counters after the bad arm goes out. Reigns takes Cesaro down into an armbar on the hurt arm.
Cesaro struggles and rolls Reigns over for a 2 count. Cesaro ducks a clothesline and goes for the springboard corkscrew uppercut but Reigns meets him in mid-air with a Superman Punch. Cesaro still kicks out at 2. Both Superstars are down now. Fans cheer as both try to get to their feet. Reigns starts smiling and talking to himself. They slowly get up and Reigns calls for the finish. He charges with a Spear but Cesaro meets him with an uppercut. Cesaro’s arm goes out when he tries the Pop-Up Uppercut. Reigns takes him down into the Guillotine submission. Cesaro powers up and slams Reigns to break the hold. Cesaro barely has strength to get the Sharpshooter applied. He stops and unloads with strikes to keep Reigns down.
The Sharpshooter is locked in now but barely as his arm slips. Reigns reaches for the ropes but Cesaro pulls him back into a Crossface submission. Reigns starts to power out of the hold. He mounts Cesaro and unloads with strikes now as fans boo. Reigns with a sitdown powerbomb in the middle of the ring but Cesaro kicks out just in time. Reigns is frustrated now as he mounts Cesaro with more big strikes. Cesaro blocks and tries to power up from the mat. He sends Reigns to the mat but Reigns comes right back and stays on him.
Reigns goes back to the Guillotine submission. Cesaro powers up but Reigns pulls him back to the mat. The hold is broken but Reigns rocks him a few times, then locks the Guillotine back in. Cesaro tries to break Reigns’ grip but Reigns wraps his legs tighter. Cesaro starts fading in the hold and the referee calls the match.
Winner: Roman Reigns
After the match, Reigns sits up as the music hits. Heyman hands him the WWE Universal Title. Cesaro also comes back to and he’s shocked at the finish. Reigns stands tall in the middle of the ring now, raising the title. Jey Uso runs down and hits the ring, carrying a lei. Jey places it around Reigns’ beck and Reigns nods at him. Jey stares at Cesaro and Reign tells Jey to go get him. Cesaro slowly gets up but Jey drops him with a big superkick, then mounts him with strikes as fans boo. Jey goes to the top to deliver a big Uso Splash but Seth Rollins’ music interrupts.
Rollins comes marching to the ring as Uso and Reigns look on confused. Rollins enters the ring and stares Reigns down. Rollins starts laughing, then leaps onto Cesaro and beats him up while he’s down on the mat. Rollins brings Cesaro to the floor and sends him into the steel steps, then slams his hurt arm into the steps. Rollins launches Cesaro over the announce table and then slams the hurt arm into the table. Rollins grabs a steel chair and talks trash while keeping Cesaro down with chair shots as the boos continue. Rollins wraps the chair around Cesaro’s hurt arm, twisting it around and holding him against the ring post. Rollins yells in Cesaro’s face that he’s Seth f’n Rollins and nobody makes a mockery of him. Rollins then slams the chair around Cesar’s arm into the ring post. Cesaro goes down but Rollins follows up with the Stomp into the floor. Rollins stands tall in the middle of the ring ass a referee checks on Cesaro at ringside. Reigns and Uso have already moved on from the ring. Fans chant “you suck!” while Rollins stands tall in the ring as WrestleMania Backlash goes off the air.
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