As I do every month, it’s time to look at this weekend’s Backlash Pay-Per-View and see the history of all of the participants. To see the entire history of Backlash, visit the Backlash History HERE. And for any feedback or comments about this, comment below or tweet me (@hbkid718). Thanks.
Since this is the 1st Backlash PPV since 2009, only a handful of current roster members have competed in the event and since this is a SmackDown Live Exclusive Event, that cuts the roster in half. Therefore, this event will mark the Backlash PPV debut of mostly everyone. Here are the wrestlers that are currently on the WWE Roster that have participated at Backlash: The Big Show, John Cena, Mick Foley, Goldust, Triple H, Chris Jericho, Kane, Kofi Kingston, JBL, Brock Lesnar, Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon, The Rock, Jack Swagger, & The Undertaker. None of whom are schedule to compete. The current roster members that have participated at Backlash that will be competing are: The Miz, Natalya, Randy Orton, Rhyno, & Dolph Ziggler. None of the aforementioned wrestlers competed in an opening match, therefore it will be the 1st opener for all of them. Also, no Kickoff Show matches have been announced and unless Dolph Ziggler VS The Miz gets moved to the Kickoff Show, it will be everyone’s 1st Kickoff Show Match. This will also be the 1st Backlash to have only 6 matches and the least amount of matches on a Backlash PPV.
WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: WWE WORLD CHAMPION DEAN AMBROSE VS AJ STYLES
Counting all forms of the WWE World Championship (WWF Championship, WWF Undisputed Championship, WWE Championship, WWE World Heavyweight Championship & though it’s not a WWE Title, the ECW Championship), this will be the 17th World Championship Match at a Backlash PPV. The title has changed hands 7 times, with the last taking place at the last Backlash event in 2009. This will be both Dean Ambrose & AJ Styles’ Backlash debut.
Dean Ambrose (0-0-0)
This will be Ambrose’s Backlash debut
AJ Styles (0-0-0)
This will be Styles’ Backlash debut
WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: DOLPH ZIGGLER VS WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION THE MIZ
This will be the 8th Intercontinental Championship Match at a Backlash event & 1st since 2006. The title has changed hands twice, with the last change taking place in 2006. This will be Ziggler’s 2nd Backlash PPV & 1st since 2009. This will be Miz’s 2nd Backlash PPV & 1st since 2008. This will be both wrestlers’ 1st match on the main show, as they both last competed in Dark Matches and will be both wrestlers’ 1st Title Match at a Backlash PPV.
Dolph Ziggler (0-1-0)
- Lost to Kofi Kingston in a Dark Match prior to the PPV (4/26/09)
The Miz (1-0-0)
- With John Morrison defeated Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang in a Dark Match prior to the PPV (4/27/08)
6-PACK CHALLENGE ELIMINATION MATCH FOR THE VACANT SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: NIKKI BELLA VS BECKY LYNCH VS NAOMI VS ALEXA BLISS VS CARMELLA VS NATALYA
This will be 6th Women’s Championship Match at a Backlash PPV & 1st since 2007. The title has changed hands once & last changed in 2003. This will be the 2nd Elimination Match at a Backlash PPV & 1st since 2008. This will be the 2nd 6-Way Match at a Backlash PPV & 1st since 2000. This will be Natalya’s 2nd Backlash PPV & 1st since 2008. This will be the Backlash debuts for Bella, Lynch, Naomi, Bliss, & Carmella. Naomi will be the 1st woman to compete at the same Backlash event as her husband.
Nikki Bella (0-0-0)
This will be Bella’s Backlash debut
Becky Lynch (0-0-0)
This will be Lynch’s Backlash debut
This will be Naomi’s Backlash debut
Alexa Bliss (0-0-0)
This will be Bliss’ Backlash debut
This will be Carmella’s Backlash debut
- With Jillian Hall, Layla, Melina, Beth Phoenix, & Victoria defeated Ashley, Cherry, WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Maria, & Michelle McCool in a 12-Diva’s Tag Team Match (4/27/08)
WWE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT FINAL: RHYNO & HEATH SLATER VS THE WINNER OF THE HYPE BROS/USOS MATCH
This will be the 8th WWE Tag Team/World Tag Team Championship Match at a Backlash PPV & 1st since 2007. The title has changed hands twice, with the last one taking place in 2005. This will be Rhyno’s 2nd Backlash PPV & 1st since 2001, giving him the biggest gap between Backlash events, at 15 years. This will be the Backlash debut for Slater. The Hype Bros or The Usos will be the 1st wrestlers to compete twice at a Backlash PPV.
- Defeated Raven in a Hardcore Match to retain the WWF Hardcore Championship (4/29/01)
Heath Slater (0-0-0)
This will be Slater’s Backlash debut
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINAL MATCH: THE HYPE BROS (MOJO RAWLEY & ZACK RYDER) VS THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY USO)
This will be the Backlash debuts for Rawley, Ryder, & Jey & Jimmy Uso. The Usos will be joining their father, Rikishi, as Backlash participants, making them the 2nd father & son to compete at a Backlash PPV after Vince & Shane McMahon.
Mojo Rawley (0-0-0)
This will be Rawley’s Backlash debut
Zack Ryder (0-0-0)
This will be Ryder’s Backlash debut
Jey Uso (0-0-0)
This will be Uso’s Backlash debut
Jimmy Uso (0-0-0)
This will be Uso’s Backlash debut
RANDY ORTON VS BRAY WYATT
This will be Orton’s 5th Backlash PPV & 4th in a row. This will be Wyatt’s Backlash debut.
Randy Orton (2-2-0)
- Defeated Mick Foley in a Falls Count Anywhere Match to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship (4/18/04)
- Lost to WWE Champion John Cena along with Edge & Shawn Michaels in a Fatal 4-Way Match (4/29/07)
- Lost the WWE Championship to Triple H along with John Cena & John Bradshaw Layfield in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match (4/27/08)
- With Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes as The Legacy defeated Batista, WWE Champion Triple H, & Shane McMahon in a 6-Man Tag Team Match to win the title (4/26/09)
Bray Wyatt (0-0-0)
This will be Wyatt’s Backlash debut