Backlash was a (mostly) steady, entertaining pay-per-view. It was a new beginning for the brand. WWE positioned a stellar babyface in Lynch, a lovable loser in Slater and an electric in-ring performer in Styles in prominent positions moving forward.

The Usos defeated Zack Ryder and Rawley via submission to earn a spot in the tag team tournament finals.

Memorable Moments and Quotes

Rawley shoulder-blocks both Usos to the floor.
Ryder hits a top-rope hurricanrana.

Grade

C

Heath Slater & Rhyno defeated The Usos to become the first SmackDown Tag Team Champions

Memorable Moments and Quotes

Fans chant, “Let’s go Slater!”
The Usos double-suplex Slater into the ring post.
David Otunga: “This is a mugging right now, an absolute mugging.”
Slater: “We’re getting a double-wide, Beulah!”

Grade

A-

Baron Corbin Defeated Apollo Crews via pinfall

Memorable Moments and Quotes

Corbin clobbers Crews off the ring apron with a forearm.
Corbin while on the attack: “All day long!”
Crews hits a flying knee to Corbin’s chin.
Mauro Ranallo: “Crews wants to ride that Apollo chariot to Mount Olympus!”
Crews hits a Samoan Drop on the outside.

Grade

B-

Becky Lynch defeated Nikki Bella, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Carmella and Natalya wins the Women’s Championship by last eliminating Carmella.

Memorable Moments and Quotes

Carmella hits a hurricanrana off the top rope on Lynch.
Naomi executes Cattle Mutilation on Natalya.
Natalya powerbombs Nikki as Nikki superplexes Carmella.
Naomi hits a springboard crossbody onto all her foes.
Nikki knocks Naomi out of the air with a forearm shot.
Carmella after Lynch slapped her: “You want to hit me?”
Lynch talking about her newly won title: “This is the first time I’ve held one of these.”

Grade

B+

The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler via pinfall

Maryse sprayed Ziggler in the eyes to make sure her husband retained.

Memorable Moments and Quotes

The Miz: “After I retain my Intercontinental Championship, negotiations are going to get a lot tougher.”
The Miz bends Ziggler with a bow-and-arrow hold.
The Miz mocks Bryan’s “Yes!” chant.
The Miz springboards Ziggler off the top rope and hits a sit-out powerbomb.

Grade

B+

Kane defeated Bray Wyatt via pinfall

Memorable Moments and Quotes

Wyatt to the referee: “Do your job. Ring the bell and count.”
Wyatt: “This is what gods do.”
Kane DDTs Wyatt onto a chair.
Wyatt mocks Orton’s signature pose.
Wyatt hits a diving senton that breaks the table under Kane.

Grade

D

AJ Styles Defeated Dean Ambrose via pinfall to become WWE world champion

Memorable Moments and Quotes

Ambrose flings Styles off the top rope, The Phenomenal One landing awkwardly.
Styles suplexes Ambrose into the turnbuckles.
Ambrose catapults Styles into the ring post on the apron.
Styles hits a springboard 450 splash for a two-count.
Ambrose leaps off the announcer’s table into the stands.
Ranallo: “AJ Styles is the WWE world champion, but at what cost to his legacy?”

Grade

A