Programming hasn't been all that exciting since WrestleMania, so whether you think Jinder Mahal winning the WWE Championship was deserved or not, it sure as hell has everybody talking. At the very least, it's new. It's fresh. All in all, Backlash will be a show people remember for its shock ending rather than its grappling. If it's high quality wrestling you wanted, NXT Takeover: Chicago was the show you should have watched.
Here are the five best and five worst moments this week in WWE.
10. WORST - Sami Zayn Never Learns
Sami Zayn defeated Baron Corbin. Twice! The second time on SmackDown, he picked up the upset victory when he pinned Corbin in less than one minute! One minute!!! And this is where I wanted to slap Zayn in the face, and the writers for making him so look so stupid. Sami legitimately always gets attacked from behind. It's what people do to him. So after he rolls Corbin up, he just decides to celebrate with his back to Corbin... before, yep, you guessed it, Corbin attacks him from behind and brutally beats him up.
Sami. Roll out of the ring after you win matches. Or if you choose not to run way for masculinity's sake, just make sure you don't turn your back on the horrible people you wrestle against.
9. BEST - United States Championship Match
As much as lot of people are crapping on the ending of this match, what did you expect? Kevin Owens wasn't going to lose that title again so fast, and there's no way WWE was going to have AJ Styles swallow a clean loss. It is what it is. This match was easily the best at Backlash, and an exciting first chapter in what is sure to be an exciting series of matches.
8. WORST - Bray Wyatt Needs To Talk Less
Bray Wyatt is one of the most charismatic Superstars on the roster. So why should he talk less? Because he needs to start winning more matches and convincing the WWE Universe that he can actually reap what he can sow. How many monologues have we had to sit through of Bray Wyatt saying he's going to win only for him to lose every single time. For literally his whole career. Start winning more, then he can talk.
7. BEST - Breezango
For the first time in a very long time, we have a comedy act that's actually funny. At Backlash, Tyler Breeze disguised himself as a janitor and an old lady in the same match. Why? I'm not quite sure and I didn't really get it at first, but what sounds horrible on paper was anything but. Fandango and Breeze might be out of the running for those Tag Championships (for now), but they managed to get themselves over with the fans in just a few weeks, so there's no way WWE can put a halt to their push now.
6. WORST - What Was The Point?
At Backlash, The Welcoming Committee defeated Charlotte, Naomi, and Becky Lynch when Natalya forced Becky Lynch to tap out to the sharpshooter. The Welcoming Committee proved to be the better unit, therefore they should have immediately been granted a match for Naomi's title, at the very least Natalya. That didn't happen though.
Two nights later on SmackDown, a rematch sort of happened (involving four women instead of six) and Becky Lynch submitted Carmella. So now, it seems as if The Welcoming Committee is no more and Natalya is back to square one, having to face off against every woman on the roster (including the same woman she tapped out) next week to determine who will be the Number One Contender for the SmackDown Women's Championship. It all just seemed very pointless.
5. BEST - Jinder Mahal Shocks The World
Most people thought Jinder Mahal was merely an opponent for Randy Orton to defeat. But no. We were wrong.
Jinder Mahal is the new WWE Champion. Let that sink in for a minute. Jinder Mahal. WWE Champion. The same Jinder Mahal who was losing matches in under five minutes for the better part of last year is our brand spankin' new WWE Champion.
I think this is a good thing though. He did do it sneakily, taking advantage of the interference of The Singh Brothers in order to win. I'm not sure if he'll be Champion for a while, but this at least has everybody talking. And anybody as WWE Champion is better than Randy Orton as WWE Champion.
4. WORST - Jinder Mahal Though?
As much as I'm happy for him, I'm just not too big of a fan of how WWE is portraying him. Jinder Mahal is Indian, and claims he can now represent his people as the Maharaja, which I think is another word for a ruler. But here's the problem. Would people in India really be happy watching Jinder Mahal get booed by the American people each and every week? Why does he have to be such a heel and anti-American? It's almost as if WWE is trying to get its American fans to hate Indians. It's strange, isn't it?
Also, the fans weren't even heavily booing Jinder on SmackDown, yet he kept yelling at them, being like "How dare you ruin my night!"
But like, they weren't, dude. We're kind of happy for you. So lighten up, will ya?
3. BEST - NXT Tag Team Championship Match
The main event of NXT TakeOver: Chicago was a Ladder Match for the NXT Tag Team Championships and it was vicious showing of violence. Which is why we all watch wrestling, isn't it? The Authors Of Pain managed to defeat everybody's favourite underdog team in DIY and hold onto their belts, causing a rift none of us saw coming when Tommaso Ciampa turned on Johnny Gargano after the match. Why Ciampa would do this, especially after Gargano sacrificed himself for Ciampa by taking a face full of steal ladder and almost being decapitated in the process? We do not know.
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa are in the making of becoming NXT's next top feud and it's going to be great. If you thought Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn had a heated rivalry, this has the potential of being even better! Only time will tell!
2. WORST - Stop With The Tag Team Main Events
The main events of both RAW and SmackDown weren't bad matches so I hear, but to be honest I didn't even watch them. I watched too many hours of wrestling this week, and by the time I got to Monday and Tuesday, I really could give two less sh*ts about a main event Tag Team match. Isn't there a more exciting way to end RAW and SmackDown?
Having Elias Samson's debut against Dean Ambrose would have been a better way to end RAW. PS. I think I like Elias Samson.
1. BEST - UK Championship Match
Back when these two had their first match together at the UK Championship Tournament late last year, it blew me away. It was a classic story of Good vs. A**hole and definitely one of the best matches I had seen in a very long time. Cut to the sequel last Saturday at NXT TakeOver: Chicago and it managed to be even way better. Pete Dunne came back with a vengeance to defeat Tyler Bate, becoming the second person to hold that (already super prestigious) United Kingdom Championship.
The match is already being regarded for that Match Of The Year contender. The fans were on the edge of their seat the entire time. WWE really has something special with this brand new title, and there's no doubt in anyone's mind that both Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate will eventually move on to the main roster. These two are the ones to look out for.
Until next week!