It’s the return of the brand exclusive pay-per-views! WWE is starting us off with Backlash, a Smackdown Live exclusive show that airs this Sunday. At the time this is being written, only six matches have been announced. Will they fill more matches in during the show? Will Backlash be a short PPV? Could they possibly fill a regular PPV time slot with only these six matches? This will certainly be an interesting show to see, and with only six matches that we know of, it looks like this is what we’ll have to work with. For what it’s worth, the matches all sound very good. Hopefully, the talent will make the most out of the time they’re given and tear the house down with their wrestling abilities. The Six-Pack Challenge is also under elimination rules, so that should eat up a good chunk of time. So, without any further ado, representing The Last Timeout, here are my WWE Backlash 2016 predictions!
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Tournament: Semi Finals and Finals
Okay, so let’s catch up to speed for just a second. This past Tuesday night on Smackdown, American Alpha defeated The Usos in about thirty seconds to advance to the finals and take on Heath Slater and Rhyno. After the match, The Usos went ballistic, beat up American Alpha and “injured” Chad Gable. So, American Alpha will not be at Backlash. Instead, The Usos will take on the team that Heath Slater and Rhyno defeated to advance, The Hype Bros. This is a match that The newly-heel Usos should win by a landslide.
Winners: The Usos
So, this would bring us to the finals, making the match The Usos vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships. Not only would the winners of this match get the inaugural Smackdown tag title reign, but if Heath Slater and Rhyno win, it would give Heath Slater a contract to join the Smackdown roster. I think it would make perfect sense for The Usos to win here because denying Heath Slater a contract would make the fans dislike The Usos even more. Also, keeping Heath Slater as a free agent and letting him keep the gimmick he’s had since the draft would probably keep a lot of attention on him. American Alpha is also scheduled to return to action within the next month. It would make more sense for them to come back and have to chase after The Usos for the titles.
Winners: The Usos
Six Pack Challenge: Smackdown Women’s Championship (Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Carmella)
I think that Becky Lynch is going to win this match. Apparently, Nikki Bella won’t be working for the WWE full-time for much longer, according to sources. If she were, I would bet that Nikki Bella would win. I think there’s a reason Becky Lynch was the first woman drafted to Smackdown, and it’s because they see the potential that she has and the fit that she would be as a representative of the brand. Also, with Charlotte as the Women’s Champion on Raw, a babyface champion on Smackdown would be just the thing to balance out the WWE women’s division.
Winner: Becky Lynch
The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler: Intercontinental Championship
Unfortunately, I think The Miz will probably retain the title. Not to say that The Miz is a bad champion, but I think that another loss for Ziggler might move him down the rankings a bit. He came up short against Dean Ambrose at Summerslam for the WWE title, and it looks like he might come up short again here. However, my guess for this match is that Maryse will get involved somehow and cost Dolph the match. This could always spark a rematch for the future, but I think The Miz is a pretty safe bet for now. His “never-ending tour” countdown of days as champion is a good fit for his character, and it’ll probably continue for at least a little while longer.
Winner: The Miz
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
I really don’t like seeing Bray Wyatt as a stepping stone for other talent to keep getting bigger. Unfortunately, that’s how WWE seems to be booking him when it comes to big match situations. Randy Orton had his head split open by Brock Lesnar at Summerslam, and suffered a loss from a referee stoppage. This tells me that Orton’s payoff for the loss at Summerslam will be a win here against Bray Wyatt.
Winner: Randy Orton
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. AJ Styles: WWE World Championship
As much as I would love to see AJ Styles have a reign as world champion, I don’t think it will happen at Backlash. A babyface as a world champion that WWE fans can genuinely get behind has been hard to come by in recent years. However, Dean Ambrose seems to have no trouble being just that. AJ may win the title at some time in the near future, but I think that Dean will be in the title picture until the fans get sick of it.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
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