September 11, 2016
Baron Corbin def. Apollo Crews during the Backlash Kickoff show.
The show begins with scrolling text in remembrance of September 11th.
A video package runs focusing on Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan taking control of Smackdown Live and tonight's Backlash being the first Smackdown only PPV. Tonight we crown a first ever Smackdown Women's Champion, Randy Orton takes on Bray Wyatt, The Miz defends the WWE Intercontinental Championship against The Miz and Dean Ambrose defends the WWE World Championship against AJ Styles in the main event.
"Tonight Smackdown takes the new era to a new level," adds Shane McMahon.
We go live inside The Coliseum in Richmond where a huge display of pyro goes off.
Mauro Ranallo is the first to welcome us to the show tonight.
Shane McMahon is out first to kick off the show. Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan is out next to join Shane in the ring. Bryan starts up a loud "YES" chant in Richmond.
Shane welcomes everyone to Smackdown Live presents Backlash. He thanks everyone for making Smackdown Live a success. Shane said the fans are "blowing up the internet" about Smackdown Live and how Smackdown stars get an opportunity tonight.
Bryan said he is going to keep Team Blue's momentum going tonight with two title defenses: the WWE Intercontinental Championship and the WWE World Championship. He brings up how we will crown the first ever Smackdown Tag Team Champions.
Shane talks next about the women's six pack challenge to crown the first ever Smackdown Women's Champion. That match kicks off the show tonight.
Becky Lynch is out first to get things started in Richmond.
Match to crown the first ever WWE Smackdown Women's Champion
Six-Pack Challenge Elimination Match
Becky Lynch vs. Nikki Bella vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss
We see a shot of the Smackdown Women's Championship on a table at ringside.
The bell rings and a ton of brawling breaks out. Bliss with a roll up attempt on Nikki early. Nikki and Natalya are sent out early. Becky Lynch kicks Bliss and Carmella out. Becky with arm drags on Naomi. Naomi with her kicks to the body of Becky. Becky launches Naomi over the top rope. Carmella cuts off Becky on the top turnbuckle. Carmella with a head scissors takedown on Becky from the top rope corner. Bliss attacks Nikki and Natalya attacks Carmella. Natalya launches Carmella into the ring barricade at ringside. Bliss with repeated knees over the chest of Nikki. Nikki with a jumping kick from the corner on Bliss. Bliss with a sunset flip from the corner on Nikki for a two count. Natalya hits the ropes and dropkicks Bliss in the face for a two count. Becky is back in with clotheslines. Becky with a forearm to Bliss in the corner. Natalya with a release german suplex on Becky. Naomi with a huricanrana takedown on Natalya. Naomi with a full nelson bomb on Natalya. Bliss breaks up a submission attempt by Naomi. Naomi with boots to the face of Bliss. Carmella is in and catches Naomi with a big kick. Nikki with a spear takedown on Carmella. Carmella with a front facebuster and then goes for the Code of Silence on Nikki. Nikki counters out standing up and connecting with an Alabama Slam on Carmella for a close two count. Tower of Doom spot in the corner with Natalya, Nikki and Carmella. Bliss with a knee to Becky and throws her to the corner. Bliss with a close pinfall on Becky from the corner. Carmella cuts off a Nikki suicide dive attempt. Naomi with a springboard dive bomb over the women at ringside. Naomi with a blockbuster off the top rope on Bliss with Natalya holding Bliss. Noami hooks the leg and gets the pinfall on Bliss.
Alexa Bliss is eliminated.
Naomi with a head scissors on Natalya pulling her over the top rope. Naomi catches Nikki with a kick from the ring apron. Naomi springboards off the top rope and Nikki catches her with a big elbow. Natalya breaks up a pinfall attempt by Nikki and tosses her to the corner. Natalya locks the Sharpshooter on Naomi. Naomi taps out.
Naomi is eliminated.
Carmella sends Becky into the steel ring steps at ringside. Natalya with a clothesline on Carmella when she teased working with her. Nikki with a clothesline on Natalya. Nikki has Natalya up on her shoulders and drops her back to get the pinfall.
Natalya is eliminated.
Carmella with a roll up on Nikki and gets the pinfall.
Nikki Bella is eliminated.
Carmella pushes Nikki away. Nikki with a quick shot on Carmella. Becky is back in and Carmella goes to work keeping her grounded with kicks. Becky with repeated overhead suplexes on Carmella. Becky is fired up in the corner. Carmella cuts her off with a kick. Becky gets the armbar applied. Carmella taps out.
Winner and first ever Smackdown Women's Champion: Becky Lynch
After the match, we get a look back at all the eliminations including the final one with Becky Lynch forcing Carmella to tap out. Back live, Charly Caruso is in the ring with Becky. Becky said the fans have believed in her all the way. "Becky Balboa baby…we did it."
Backstage, we see a shot of The Miz knocking on the door of Jagger Eaton's backstage room. Miz asks Jagger how he can just skateboard in here from Nickelodeon. He offers to have Miz on his show unless they can get John Cena instead and slams the door on Miz.
Backstage, Bray Wyatt is attacking Randy Orton and slamming a door against his ankle.
Second Chance Challenge Match
Winners Advance to the Smackdown Tag Team Tournament Finals
The Usos vs. The Hype Bros
We start with Mojo Rawley and Jey Uso. Rawley with a high back body drop early on Jey. Rawley with a scoop slam on Jey and a tag to Zack Ryder who dives in with a splash. Jey pushes Ryder to the corner and tags in Jimmy. Jimmy with chops to Ryder. Ryder with elbows and sets up his boot in the corner when Jey pulls him out. Ryder takes out both Usos with a dropkick through the ropes. Ryder sends Jimmy over the top rope and then takes him out with a missile dropkick. Rawley with a charging pounce on both Usos at ringside! Jimmy is tossed back inside as Ryder throws rights. Jimmy with a kick, tags in Jey and Ryder with an elbow to Jey. Ryder is sent flying into the corner with help from Jimmy. Jey with a clothesline on Ryder on the outside. Jey with a big right to Ryder. Tag to Jimmy who drops a shot over Ryder as Jey held him over his knee. Jimmy with a snap suplex on Ryder. Jimmy with a spinning roundhouse kicks on Ryder. Tag to Jey. Jey is launched by Jimmy to the corner right on the head of Ryder. Jey with elbows to the back and a big headbutt. Tag to Jimmy who cuts off a hot tag to Rawley. The Usos double team Ryder with the referee distracted. Tag back to Jey. Ryder fights off The Usos in the corner. Hot tag to Rawley. Rawley with shots to Jey. Rawley splashes Jey in the corner twice. Rawley sends Jimmy out. Rawley catches Jey and hits a military press slam. Tag to Ryder. Rawley lifts up Jey. Jimmy trips up Rawley and sends him into the ring post. Jey with an uppercut to Ryder. Ryder responds with elbows. Ryder with a top rope huricanrana on Jey and Jimmy breaks up the pinfall. Ryder sends Jimmy out. Jimmy side steps Rawley and sends him into the ring barricade. Ryder with double knees to Jey and a boot to Jimmy. Jey with a nasty chop block to Ryder. Jimmy gets the tag. Jey with a jumping kick to the knee of Ryder. Jimmy with a half boston crab on Ryder. Ryder taps.
Winners and advancing to the finals: The Usos
Backstage, Renee Young is with Heath Slater and Rhyno and talks with them about facing The Usos tonight in the finals. Slater said they are focused. He shakes Renee's hand and thanks her for the interview. Slater proceeds to tell Rhyno he has had some stomach problems today and has gone around five times. Rhyno brings up how they are still live. Slater said he was just joking and lets out a WOOOOOOOOO. He then proceeds to grab his backside and tells Rhyno that he has to go right now.
A video package runs hyping The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler tonight.
Dolph Ziggler heads to the ring. Backstage, The Miz is trying to renegotiate his contract with Daniel Bryan and wants to be paid like the A-lister he is. Bryan stays quiet. Miz said the negotiations are going to get even tougher after he retains his title tonight.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
The Miz (c) w/ Maryse vs. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler with a big takedown early on The Miz. Miz grabs the ropes to break it up and pulls himself out. Miz is back in. Ziggler with more takedown attempts. Miz kicks out the knee of Ziggler and throws a big left hand. Ziggler with repeated dropkicks taking out Miz. Miz avoids a superkick early and tosses Ziggler into the middle rope. Miz with a catapult on Ziggler right into the bottom rope. Miz with a bow and arrow stretch on Ziggler. Miz blocks a jumping DDT and launches Ziggler over the top rope with another catapult. Miz dropkicks Ziggler through the ropes. Miz then drops Ziggler face first off the ring barricade. Miz tosses Ziggler back inside and gets a two count off a pinfall attempt. Miz keeps Ziggler grounded with a headlock. Ziggler misses a splash attempt in the corner. Miz with a modified surfboard submission applied on Ziggler. Miz locks up the ankles of Ziggler and slams his knees back on the mat. Miz with repeated corner dropkicks on Ziggler. Miz mocks Daniel Bryan starting up a "YES" chant. Miz with his corner clothesline. Miz with a double axe handle shot to Ziggler coming off the top turnbuckle. Ziggler with a roll up off a Skull Crushing Finale counter for a two count. Ziggler then drops Miz with a huge dropkick. Ziggler now with repeated clotheslines, corner splash and swinging neckbreaker. Ziggler with a big takedown on Miz, drops some rights and a quick jumping elbow. Miz connects with the corner ring post when Ziggler moves. Miz somehow gets Ziggler up, drops him off the ropes and then back down in a sitdown powerbomb for a two count. Miz goes to work on the left knee of Ziggler. Ziggler with a Fameasser on Miz for a two count. Miz avoids a Zig Zag. Ziggler gets the back of Miz and applies a sleeper. Miz gets Ziggler off his back sending him face first into the corner. Ziggler with a jumping DDT on Miz for a two count. Miz blocks a superkick and connects with a DDT on Ziggler. Miz gets the Figure Four locked on Ziggler. Ziggler gets to the bottom rope to break it up. Miz with a kick to the face of Ziggler. Ziggler kicks away a Figure Four attempt and catches Miz with a superkick out of no where. Miz gets his boot on the bottom rope at the last second to break the pinfall. Miz crawls out of the ring. The referee starts the count. Ziggler grabs Miz and gets him back in by 9. Series of roll ups. Maryse is spraying something in the face of Ziggler with the referee distracted. Skull Crushing Finale by Miz right away on Ziggler and Miz gets the pinfall.
Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: The Miz
After the match, Maryse hands The Miz the title and they head up the ramp celebrating.
We hear from the Backlash panel featuring Lita, Booker T and Jerry Lawler.
Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
Bray Wyatt is out next. Before the match, it is announced that Randy Orton has not been cleared to wrestle tonight. Wyatt had attacked Orton earlier in the night. Wyatt wants the referee 10 count to be administered. The referee reaches a 10 count.
Winner via forfeit: Bray Wyatt
As Wyatt goes to leave the ring, the announcer reveals that Wyatt will now be taking part in a no holds barred match next "against this man." Kane walks out.
No Holds Barred Match
Bray Wyatt vs. Kane
The bell rings and Bray Wyatt goes after Kane in the corner. Kane grabs Wyatt and sends him to the corner getting in some shots. Kane with a short arm clothesline on Wyatt. Wyatt rolls out and Kane pursues on the other side connecting with a clothesline on the outside. Kane tosses Wyatt into the timekeepers area and starts clearing off the Spanish announce table at ringside. Wyatt cuts off Kane and drops him face first off the ring apron. Wyatt has a steel chair. Kane with a big uppercut. Back inside, Wyatt catches Kane with a shot off the ropes. Wyatt with a quick uppercut and headbutt to Kane. Kane catches Wyatt with a big boot. Wyatt rolls out, grabs the steel chair and cracks it over the knee of Kane. Wyatt with a splash in the corner on Kane. Wyatt hits Kane in the gut and then over the back with the chair. Wyatt yells out, "I am a God!" Wyatt cracks the chair over Kane's back again. Wyatt with another shot to the gut of Kane and another shot over the back. Wyatt covers and Kane kicks out. Wyatt stomps away over Kane. Kane with a jumping DDT on Wyatt over the steel chair. Kane with repeated corner clotheslines on Wyatt followed by a side walk slam. Wyatt pulls down the top rope to send Kane over. Kane pulls Wyatt out and chokes him. Wyatt rakes the eyes of Kane through his mask and levels Kane with a quick clothesline. Wyatt is now clearing off the Smackdown announce table. Wyatt puts Kane on the Spanish table, throws some quick elbows and stands on the Smackdown table. Wyatt poses like Randy Orton and then connects with a back splash over Kane crashing through the table! Wyatt tosses Kane back inside the ring and leans back in the corner smiling. Kane catches Wyatt with a chokeslam. Wyatt plants Kane over the chair. We then see Randy Orton walking down the ramp towards the ring. Orton with an RKO on Wyatt. Orton walks away with his arms up. Kane with a chokeslam on Wyatt. Kane hooks the leg of Wyatt and gets the pinfall.
Backstage, we see AJ Styles walking around and comes across two independent wrestlers backstage. Styles said he knows exactly where they are right now. He assumes they are both sleeping in their cars and that they are both destined for failure.
A promo airs for the next Smackdown Live only PPV No Mercy on October 9.
Finals of the Smackdown Tag Team Tournament
Winners become the first ever Smackdown Tag Team Champions
Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. The Usos
We start with Heath Slater and Jimmy Uso. Slater with right hands early along with a jumping right hand that drops Jimmy. Tag to Jey Uso who eats a drop toe hold from Slater. Tag to Rhyno who hits an elbow with Slater on Jey. Jey with a kick and right hand to Rhyno. Rhyno with chops and tags in Slater. Slater with shots to both Usos in the corner. Jey with a headbutt to the stomach of Slater. Slater rolls out. The Usos with a double suplex to Slater against the ring post and then Jey connects with a superkick. Jimmy has the tag and connects with a big chop to Slater. Jey with a cheap shot on Slater with the referee distracted. Tag back to Jey who kicks Slater in the head. Jey with a sliding tackle into a headlock on Slater to keep the action grounded. Slater catches Jey in the corner with double boots. Tag to Jimmy who cuts off a hot tag and sends Slater hard into the corner. Jimmy with another shot to Slater in the corner. Tag to Jey who goes up top, Jimmy drops Slater over his knee and Jey comes off the top rope with a quick chop shot. Jey kicks away the hand of Rhyno who wants a tag. Slater again is sent back first into the corner. Jey with a back suplex on Slater that results in a two count. Jey again cuts off a tag to Rhyno. Tag back to Jimmy who keeps Slater close to the corner. Jimmy drops a quick leg. Tag back to Jey who throws a headbutt on Slater. Slater catches Jey coming off the ropes. Hot tag to Rhyno. Tag to Jimmy. Rhyno with shoulder tackles to Jimmy and knocks Jey off the corner. Rhyno with a jumping clothesline and spear to Jimmy in the corner. Rhyno with a belly-to-belly suplex on Jimmy. Jimmy avoids a Gore sending Rhyno face first to the corner. Slater tags himself in. Slater with neckbreakers on both Usos. Slater with a leaping DDT on Jimmy and Jey pulls Slater out of the ring during the pinfall attempt. Slater side steps Jey and hits a right on the ring apron. Jimmy with a superkick to Slater. Rhyno with a Gore on Jimmy! The referee didn't see the Gore. Slater drops down and covers Jimmy to get the pinfall.
Winners and first ever Smackdown Tag Team Champions: Heath Slater and Rhyno
After the match, Charly Caruso gets word with Heath Slater and Rhyno. Slater asks if they hear this crowd tonight. He talks about not getting drafted back in July, but thanks Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan for giving him the shot to get in this tournament. Slater talks about being champions with Rhyno and how he gets a contract now. He then talks about his "wife" Beulah adding, "We're getting a double wide, baybay!"
A video package runs hyping Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles tonight.
WWE World Championship Match
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. AJ Styles
We get ring introductions for the champion Dean Ambrose and challenger AJ Styles.
The bell rings and here we go. Lock up. Styles with a quick snapmare on Ambrose and backs off smiling. Styles with a roll up for two and small package for two on Ambrose. Styles with a waistlock takedown on Ambrose. Ambrose gets to the ropes to break it up. Styles shoves Ambrose. Styles with a big shove back sending Styles down. Ambrose with arm drags and a scoop slam on Styles. Styles quickly rolls out to regroup. Ambrose with a sunset flip. Styles fights out and connects with a big forearm to the face of Ambrose. Ambrose with a high back body drop on Styles. Styles catches Ambrose with a drop toe hold sending Ambrose throat first into the bottom rope. Styles keeps Ambrose grounded. Ambrose with a headbutt and right hand. Styles catches Ambrose with a powerful dropkick. Styles sends Ambrose to the corner and gets in a few right hands. Styles plants Ambrose with a scoop slam. Styles drops a knee over the head of Ambrose, hooks the leg and gets a two count. Styles throws a knee to the jaw of Ambrose and follows with more forearms. Ambrose stomps away at Styles in the corner trying to turn things around. Ambrose hits the ring post shoulder first in the other corner when Styles moves out of the way. Ambrose with headbutts to Styles. Styles responds with forearms. Styles misses a splash in the corner. Ambrose props Styles up on the top turnbuckle. Styles with elbows. Ambrose with a forearm to the back. Ambrose with a back superplex on Styles from the top turnbuckle to the mat below! Ambrose with shots off the ropes on Styles. Ambrose levels Styles with a clothesline. Ambrose with a swinging backbreaker on Styles after Styles jumped from the corner. Styles rolls out and Ambrose comes off the top turnbuckle catching him with a flying elbow. Back in the ring, Ambrose locks up the arms of Styles and drops him down face first. Ambrose avoids a Calf Crusher, but Styles is able to suplex him right into the corner. Styles drives the knee of Ambrose into the mat. Styles is working over the knee of Ambrose. Ambrose is dropping repeated legs over the chest/throat of Styles. Styles gets the Calf Crusher locked on. Ambrose reaches out and gets the bottom rope to break it up. Ambrose is bouncing the head of Styles off the mat to escape another Calf Crusher attempt. Ambrose avoids a Styles Clash, but eats a big kick from Styles on the ring apron. Ambrose catapults Styles shoulder first on the ring apron into the steel ring post! Ambrose with a lariat shot on Styles and tosses him back inside the ring. Ambrose with a shot in the corner and running bulldog. Ambrose with a cradle for two. Styles with body shots, has Ambrose up on his shoulders and drops him down in a fireman's carry into a neckbreaker for another close two count. Ambrose avoids a Styles Clash attempt. Styles spins Ambrose off his shoulders into a powerbomb. Styles plants Ambrose and yells, "Let's see if he gets up from this one." Styles connects with his springboard 450 splash on Ambrose and Ambrose kicks out. Styles can't believe it. Ambrose throws big knees to the body of Styles and connects with a HUGE dropkick that sends Styles out. Ambrose with a suicide dive taking out Styles sending Styles over the Smackdown announce table. Ambrose then tosses Styles over the ring barricade into the crowd. Ambrose jumps off the barricade and takes out Styles in the crowd! Ambrose tosses Styles back over the barricade and back inside the ring. The crowd starts a "THIS IS AWESOME" chant. Pele kick by Styles. Ambrose fires back with his lariat off the ropes. Referee bump when Styles counters Dirty Deeds. Styles with a low blow to Ambrose. The referee is back up. Styles Clash. Styles turns Ambrose over and Styles gets the pinfall! Styles is the new champion!
Winner and new WWE World Champion: AJ Styles
After the match, we see AJ Styles taking advantage of the referee bump and hitting a low blow kick to Dean Ambrose to setup the Styles Clash finish. Back live, we see AJ Styles holding up the WWE World Championship as the PPV comes to a close.