WWE Backlash 2017 Review – 9 Deuce

Welcome everybody to the only wrestling blog that feels the need to be really mean to Becky Lynch for her terrible hair.  Seriously, what the hell was up with that?  We have a new world champion and that is pretty damn surprising, but cool at the same time.  We had some really high quality matches, some that provided entertainment, a battle between 2 behemoths, and of course, Becky’s hair.  It’s been a great weekend for wrestling, so please cover your eyes because tonight’s RAW promises to be a shit show.

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  1.  Tye Dillinger def Aiden English

Keri:  I was gaming during this, but watched some and was digging it.  Aiden stole the show with his entrance, but Tye has the rocket at the moment.    WWE needs to market more Tye stuff ASAP, in my opinion.  The match was fine for what it was, but in a way, totally forgettable.  I give this a 4.0 and will move on.

Kent:  Apparently, Kent switched our names for this one so I will put my review of this match here. It’s ok, Kent. I was distracted by Renee’s bangs and Mark Markington the preshow guy’s ramblings too. Seriously, what is that guy’s name? Actually nevermind, I don’t care. Now onto the match. This match was decent. It furthered the feud between these two guys and pretty much brought it to conclusion. I think Tye is ready to move on and so am I. Rating: 3.5 out of 9.2


  1.  Shinsuke Nakamura def Dolph Ziggler

Keri:  I really enjoyed this match. Everything down to the pop for Shinsuke’s entrance was great. Dolph played his part in this feud exceptionally well and did what was needed in order to put over Shinsuke. But I have this lingering feeling that this is not over for some strange reason. I have a feeling that Dolph may not accept this loss. If that is the case, I’m all for it. I could watch these guys fight again and would be just as excited to watch it a second (or third time). Rating: 8 out of 9.2 (This was my match of the night)

Kent:  The big questions heading into the night was which match would steal the show.  I knew it was this or the US Title match.  I’ll keep you waiting.  This match was really good.  Dolph put on a clinic on how to make a guy look like a million bucks, and Shinsuke is a rock star/  I have one major gripe with this match.  Dolph has numerous finishers that no longer finish off his opponent.  They need to either give him an end all finisher, or rebuild his finisher’s credibility.  If he had that and worked towards that with his set up moves, you would believe that he had a chance to win.  Still, a great match, and I can give it a 7.5.


  1.  The Uso’s def Breezedango

Keri:  This match did one thing for me. Ok , a couple of things. First, I’m all in on Breezedango. They are my fourth pick for the superstar(s) I want pushed to the moon by Wrestlemania 34. Second, this match made me laugh. Breezedango did an amazing job in this match and I seriously hope that this feud isn’t over. Face it, there are more fashion files to be watched and more Tyler Breeze costumes to be seen. I’m echoing Kent here on this one. Please, please, please WWE don’t blow this one. You have gold here. Please stretch this out until Summerslam and have the pay off be the Fashion PoPo finally getting gold from the Ugos. Please???? I really hate begging by the way so make this happen. Rating: 6.5 out of 9.2

Kent:  Sometimes you need levity and I absolutely ate this up.  I am sure that some people found this too silly, but try to remember, as a kid, you would have loved this.  Also, wrestling is entertainment.  When Tyler kept rolling away from the Uso trying to hit a top rope move, it was absolutely brilliant.  I feared that Breezedango would lose and get lost in the shuffle again.  Please WWE, don’t let that fade away.  Keep this feud going!  I really had a good time, so I am giving this a 6.0.


  1.  Sami Zayn def Baron Corbin

Keri:  This was a really good match. I’m going to echo Kent here and say that I was pleasantly surprised with how well these guys worked together. Also, I was happy to see Sami win for a change. Hopefully, this means great things for him moving forward. Honestly, I would be completely ok with him trying for the US title next. Lets face it, I just want to see Sami vs. KO take 5 million and 1 because I enjoyed it some much last year. And if you all think about it, readers, you  want to see this again too, don’t ya? Come on admit it. Ok, maybe it’s just me then.  Rating: 6 out of 9.2

Kent:  At first I wasn’t sold on these guys have good chemistry.  Boy was I wrong.  It clicked.  Unlike Sami vs Braun, Baron is athletic enough to sell things a bit differently and doesn’t have to be booked as son unstoppable beast.  This match was mediocre initially but snowballed into a hell of a good match by the end.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Sami needed the win, he got it.  Baron ate the loss and he lost zero momentum.  Wow, Smackdown does it again.  I will give this a 6.4.  For what it’s worth, Russ had this as his match of the night.


  1.  The Welcoming Committee def Becky, Charlotte, and Naomi

Keri:  There was so much wrong with this match and it all started with Becky’s hair. What was she going for last night with that hair? I’m not sure but all I know is it distracted me so much that I felt that scrolling through Facebook was better than watching this match. I just couldn’t watch this match and that is a shame. What a waste this division has become. Sigh. Rating 2 out of 9.2 (only because I feel like being generous for some reason)

Kent:  I am being 100% honest with what I am about to say.  I had to look up online who won this match.  Becky’s awful hair was distracting.  This match was fine for what it was, but this harkens back to when women’s wrestling was bathroom break time.  Becky’s hair, Naomi’s loud outfit, Charlotte being CHarlotte.  YAWWWWN.  I give this a 2.7.


  1.  Kevin Owens def AJ Styles

Keri:  I was excited about this match because I knew both guys would deliver. And boy did this match deliver. Both guys put on an amazing show. The only thing that kept this from being match of the night for me was that damn ending. What is it with WWE and great matches that end with BS endings? They’ve been doing this a lot recently and that is frustrating to me. It really needs to stop. Seriously, stop it WWE. Rating: 7.5 out of 9.2

Kent:  Here we are, the other rmatch that can steal the show.  The thing is, this didn’t start as good as Shin’s match, but had a way better second half.  KO was killing it, as was AJ.  The crowd was good.  I was ready to give in and say that this was the match of the night, and then came the finish.  AJ’s foot gets stuck in the desk and gets counted out.  Blah.  I hated it.  AJ could have eaten a loss after everything they did and he wouldn’t have looked any worse. This match deserved a clean ending.  Still, everything else was spectacular.  I give this a 7.5.  


  1.  Luke Harper def Erick Rowan

Keri:  So, I just want to say that I’m enjoying Rowan’s character right now. He is just the right amount of creepy in my opinion. As for the match, it was good. Would I want to see it again? Probably not. Rating: 3.5 out of 9.2 (I would have rating it a half a point lower but I’m scared of Rowan).

Kent:  Rowan is doing everything that he is capable of doing and his character is awesome suddenly.  He has a moveset, but he is so slow and plodding that it’s not always fun to see.  Add to that, he has the worst entrance music for the men, and I feel bad for him.  Luke got the win, and I don’t ever need to see this one ever again, unfortunately.  I will give it a 3.4, and feel sad.


  1.  Jinder Mahal def Randy Orton to become the NEW WWE Heavyweight Champion

Keri:  I will be honest. I went to bed before this match. But after reading the recaps and watching video, I have to say this match was better than I expected it to be.  I haven’t been shy in saying that I wasn’t buying Jinder as champ but I’m starting to believe.  Who would have thought that the guy who didn’t win the Andre the Giant Battle Royal because of Gronk and Mojo is now WWE champ? I sure didn’t but alas, here we are. I’m interested to see where this goes from here. Even though I think it will probably end with Rusev Crush. Rating: 5.5 out of 9.2 (the shock value of the ending gave this an extra half point).

Kent:  The crowd really helped make this match memorable prior to the outcome.  Orton looked like the Orton that we love.  He was vicious, and he was killing the Singh Bros.  Jinder what he could to keep the match flow, and it really worked.  Then Jinder won it, and my god, good for him.  I didn’t think that they would do it, but they did it.  I was skeptical, but they made this work.  I didn’t like the ref showing too much leniency towards the challenger, but without it, the match would have bombed I fear.  This is what I will remember most from this weekend, no matter how many great matches preceded it.  I will give this a 5.5 as it was decent, and the crowd.


  1.  Between NXT TakeOver Chicago and Backlash, which even was the better one?  Please explain.

Keri:  NXT Takeover hands down. Don’t get me wrong. Backlash, had a lot great matches and did a lot of things right. But NXT Takeover took the ball and knocked completely out of the park. The matches and the storytelling during Takeover was just spot on. Also, Takeover had the UK match and Backlash didn’t. That was really the deciding factor between the two, wasn’t it everyone?

Kent:  I will go with NXT, but this was surprisingly close.  Really, the women helped NXT win out here.


Bonus Deuce

  1.  Name the worst match of the night.

Keri:  Bad Hair Day. I mean the women’s match.

Kent:  Women, sadly.


  1.  Name the best match of the night.

Keri:  Shinsuke and Dolph. It lived up to the hype and then some.

Kent:  Yes, I have 2 matches rated at 7.5.  I will say that Shinsuke and Dolph may be the better match in the end, but they will receive the same rating as they both did a great job and had one major gripe.

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