What we took away, what we learned and what the future holds for the superstars of SmackDown Live following Sunday night’s WWE Backlash pay-per-view.
It’s been a while since the superstars of SmackDown Live had a pay-per-view (some of them anyway), but that’s what we got on Sunday night as the blue brand held its first event since WrestleMania in the way of WWE Backlash.
WWE Backlash had a lot of work to do to follow up Saturday night’s NXT TakeOver: Chicago event, and while it didn’t quite do that (it’s hard to follow something like that), it was better than I expected it to be. There were seven matches on the main card, three of them being title bouts, and the crowd at Allstate Arena was into just about all of them (I’m sure you know which one they got bored with). And let’s not forget about the Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English match from the kickoff show. On second thought, let’s just go ahead and forget about that one because it’s … well, Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English. Dillinger won the match but it certainly wasn’t a “10,”was it? Cue David Caruso here.
Bad puns aside (I’ll probably make a few more along the way), let’s get to the main show, starting with a highly-anticipated debut.