WWE Backlash 2018

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WWE Backlash 2018 (match rating scale is out of 5 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Seth Rollins (c) def. The Miz

MY PREDICTION: Rollins (1-0)

★★★★


WWE RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Nia Jax (c) def. Alexa Bliss

MY PREDICTION: Jax (2-0)

½


WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Jeff Hardy (c) def. Randy Orton

MY PREDICTION: Hardy (3-0)

★★½


SINGLES MATCH
Daniel Bryan def. Big Cass

MY PREDICTION: Cass (3-1)

★½


WWE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Carmella (c) def. Charlotte Flair

MY PREDICTION: Carmella (4-1)

★★


WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
A.J. Styles (c) and Shinsuke Nakamura fought to a no contest

MY PREDICTION: Nakamura (4-1-1)

★★★★


TAG TEAM MATCH
Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley def. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

MY PREDICTION: Strowman & Lashley (5-1-1)

★½


SINGLES MATCH
Roman Reigns def. Samoa Joe

MY PREDICTION: Reigns (6-1-1)

★★


 

Backlash 2018 was an overall average show with many less than par matches. The show, similar to New Japan’s Wrestling Dontaku, is more interested in setting up and continuing things rather than paying anything off. I don’t know why there was an extended time wasting segment involving a bunch of people not on the Backlash card. I’m still enjoying the Styles/Nakamura feud, but not really much else.

Recommended matches: Rollins v. Miz and Styles v. Nakamura
PPV RATING: D

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NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2018 [Day 2]

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NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2018 [Day 2] (match rating scale is out of 5 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi def. Yuya Uemura, Ren Narita, Shota Umino

MY PREDICTION: Liger, Mask, Taguchi (1-0)

★★


TAG TEAM MATCH
Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens) def. Yuji Nagata & Tomoyuki Oka

MY PREDICTION: Bullet Club (2-0)

★½


6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Chaos (Sho, Yoh, Rocky Romero) def. Suzuki-gun (Takashi Iizuka, Taka Michinoku, Taichi)

MY PREDICTION: Chaos (3-0)

★★½


TAG TEAM MATCH
Chaos (Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii) def. Toa Henare & Togi Makabe

MY PREDICTION: Henare & Makabe (3-1)

★★


6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Chaos (Jay White, Yoshi-Hashi, Hirooki Goto) def. Michael Elgin, David Finlay, Juice Robinson

MY PREDICTION: Chaos (4-1)

★★★


10-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi, Evil, Sanada, Tetsuya Naito, Bushi) def. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado)

MY PREDICTION: Suzuki-gun (4-2)

★★★½


10-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa) & Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi) def. Bullet Club (Cody, Marty Scurll, Hangman Page, Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson)

MY PREDICTION: Bullet Club & Golden☆Lovers (5-2)

★★


IWGP JR. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Will Ospreay (c) def. Kushida

MY PREDICTION: Ospreay (6-2)

★★★★½


IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Kazuchika Okada (c) def. Hiroshi Tanahashi

MY PREDICTION: Okada (7-2)

★★★★


Wrestling Dontaku 2018 was a pretty good show. I enjoyed the furthering of the Bullet Club civil war which seems to have ended outside of Cody and Kenny Omega specifically. Nice debut of Taiji Ishimori by attacking and challenging Ospreay. Chris Jericho surprise appearance going after Naito to finally further that story. Also the setting up what could easily be the match of the year at Dominion between Okada and Omega for their fourth match together. This show had a few good matches and good moments, but I like it more for what it set up rather than for what it did.

Recommended matches: Ospreay v. Kushida and Okada v. Tanahashi
PPV RATING: B