I figured this match was coming to the Backlash pre-show but I hope it isn’t the regular spot for Tye Dillinger going forward on all the Smackdown PPVs. It’s also good to see Aiden English finally, as he says, having the spotlight on him. He’s lost two matches already to Dillinger so he could finally get a win here but in Chicago I think the power of the 10 chants will lead to a Tye win. Maybe he’ll look to go 10-0 against English and before the tenth victory is where English gets his heat back.
WINNER: TYE DILLINGER
I’m a big fan of Luke Harper and think he is the most underutilized and underrated guy on the roster. I am also a fan a crazy gimmicks and I was entranced watching Erick Rowan on Talking Smack as he created such an uncomfortable and awkward atmosphere. I may be in the minority but I dig the Crazy Sheepherder gimmick and so this match has my attention. Hopefully Harper gets the win here and has momentum going into Money in the Bank.
WINNER: LUKE HARPER
This is a great matchup of the underdog versus the big brawler and in a classic wrestling town like Chicago I think it will be a fun match. I, like many, see Corbin being the future Money in the Bank winner so a victory here may be great for momentum. That being said, Sami Zayn has been losing a lot as of late and I think he needs the victory more before he is perceived as a “job guy”. I don’t want a fluke win but I guess to keep Corbin strong they’ll have to creatively set a up a shock win.
WINNER: SAMI ZAYN
I am delighted to see that Naomi continues her reign as champion and is doing a great job at it. I find the name “Welcoming Committee” to be a great wrestling faction name. It is almost too obvious Charlotte doesn’t care about the result of this match and has her eyes on the championship so look for that riff to lead to victory for Natalya, Tamina and Carmella (who may just end up pinning the champ a third time!)
WINNERS: THE WELCOMING COMMITEE
It’s great to see Fandango and Tyler Breeze getting a shot at the titles here and getting some character development on television. I was really entertained by these two after watching their performances in the Southpaw Regional Wrestling skits. I think they really showed that are exemplary sports entertainers which will get you far in the WWE. Unfortunately, they come up against tough competition in the Usos. These guys are the best tag team on Smackdown (as evidenced by their present championship reign) and I don’t know who will dethrone them.
WINNERS: THE USOS
This should be a great match with all the right ingredients. Two of the best overall performers and a Chicago crowd in the Allstate Arena. The atmosphere should be electric and these two should undoubtedly have a classic. Look for the Face of America to hold onto his championship and ruin a potential classic by either getting himself disqualified or counted out.
WINNER: AJ STYLES by COUNTOUT
I’m enjoying the early portrayal of Shinsuke Nakamura on the main roster. Every time he has made his way ringside he has felt like a mega superstar. His limited appearances and his debut match on PPV is similar billing to that of Brock Lesnar or the Undertaker; an absolute attraction. His debut main roster match couldn’t happen in a better place than Chicago who will be thunderous upon hearing his entrance music. He’s also in the ring with a great opponent in Ziggler. This could close the show so look for a classic main event!
WINNER: SHINSUKE NAKAMURA
Jinder Mahal will be competing at Backlash for the WWE Championship and wrestling fans have had varying opinions on the matter. How Chicago reacts to this match has my anticipation as much as the outcome. They have my interest in this match because I do feel there is a chance of Jinder winning the title. I am learning more and more about the global reach the WWE has and India is one of their largest markets so perhaps it’s time they one of their own as the World Wrestling Entertainment Champion!
WINNER: JINDER MAHAL