Ronda Rousey forces Charlotte Flair to give up, Bloodline wins again

Backlash was a long-running WWE premium event, but last year the company added “WrestleMania” in front of the name for the first time. This is appropriate this year for WrestleMania Backlash 2022, where the ticket is full of rematch from this year’s biggest stage.

Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins will open the show after stealing all the attention on WrestleMania on Saturday. With no WWE heavyweight titles to show on RAW, their brawl was shown as the most important on the Monday before Backlash. Cody is rightly presented as the most prominent babyface in the company, and his rematch against Rollins should only solidify that position.

Except for Rollins and Rhodes, all eyes will be on Charlotte Flair against Ronda Rousey in the “I Quit” match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Whatever the outcome, this fight will take their quarrel to a new level.

One key difference between WrestleMania and WrestleMania Backlash is that neither the heavyweight title nor the tagged titles will be in question. Instead, RAW tag team champions RK-Bro and Drew McInytre are battling WWE universal champion Roman Reigns and SmackDown team champion The Usos. The decision to turn out of the title match the winner takes all was undecided, but the talent in this major six-player tournament should more than make up for the questionable material.

WrestleMania has been a huge success in every way. Could WrestleMania Backlash be more than a WrestleMania hangover?

Follow live as we summarize each match as it happens.


Game in progress: Team game with six: The Bloodline def. RK-Bro and Drew McIntyre

RKO, Spear, Claymores and Superkicks were everywhere, but in the end Roman Reigns hit Riddle with a spear to earn the win for his team. A recapitulation is coming.


The results:

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey wins ‘I Quit’ match against Charlotte Flair

This was one of the most physical women’s matches in a long, long time. Piercing Knife Edge Chops, exploding swords fighting with a kendo stick, launching cameras – Charlotte and Rousey took full advantage of the unforgivable provision that everything goes until someone utters the words “I’m giving up”.

According to Pat McAfee, it was an “absolute fight from start to finish!” Rousey’s barn on Charlotte with aprons was an awkward sight, even for the most demanding MMA enthusiasts. This helped set the goal when Rousey trapped Charlotte’s arm in a steel chair before removing the modified arm bar.

In the last moments, when Charlotte didn’t want to give up, Rousey screamed into the microphone, “I was hoping you’d say that b —-!” and changed the holding angle. Charlotte then resigned almost immediately, and Rousey became the SmackDown women’s champion. Later in the show, reported WWE that Flair suffered a radius fracture.

What is next: As a champion, Rousey is the best for the job, as a part-time or permanent performer. Her name goes beyond WWE, or even MMA. The question is whether Rousey will be a defending champion who appears every week to advance quarrels.

Rousey would welcome a headset if she would appear on the weekly SmackDown – Paul Heyman, please. RAW boasts a more impressive women’s list (Asuka, Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley), so the quarrel in Charlotte may have to continue through Hell in a Cell. However, it is only a matter of time before Sasha Banks returns to the cover. Bayley could also return after injury in the near future.


Madcap Moss def. Happy Corbin

This match had an unfortunate slot right after the Rousey-Charlotte barnburner and before the main event. The purpose of this match from start to finish was to portray Madcap Moss as a future player at SmackDown. Moss has the look, intensity and physical charisma of a performer that WWE strives for. Moss won the short roll-up match, impressing his ex-partner.

What is next: Happy Corbin will still be a pain in someone’s side, whether it’s the main event or the opening match. This next month for Mossa could say a lot about how high WWE could be.


Rub def. AJ Styles

AJ Styles is still an eternal marvel, pulling Asai Moonsault out who is rarely seen by a 44-year-old these days. Edge is still very athletic at the age of 48. But this rematch was exclusively the psychology of two veterans.

Edge tore off the coil while Styles took the German Suplex, and Styles then first launched the Edge suitcase into the discovered metal. Styles impressively landed Styles Clash on a much taller Edge, but knocked it out just like in their first encounter.

At the height of the match, Damien Priest came out of the ring with forbidden access to save Edge. Finn Balor fired and attacked Priest, which deterred the judge. As Styles stood on the top rope, someone put on a black hooded shirt pushed and allowed Edge to lock his crossface submission for the win.

The hooded man turned out to be none other than Rhea Ripley, with a freshly dyed black hairstyle.

What is next: Adding Ripley to Doomsday provides a much-needed boost to the newly formed faction. Ripley and Priest will benefit from Edge’s leadership and experience, on and off the screen. Styles is far from finished with Edge and his team. This should be resolved in Hell in Cell, but the biggest question may be will Balor still be in the Styles Corner or will he be the next member of Judgment Day?


Cody Rhodes def. Seth Rollins

This one was worth tweaking right at the beginning of the card to be seen. Rollins used the element of surprise in their first match as an excuse for failing at WrestleMania, and he seemed to be better prepared this time as he had a counter for every Rhodes signing move in the first part of the match.

“The Architect” stayed a step ahead, showing a level of storytelling that is refreshing to see in rematch. The game was filled with almost a fall after a recent fall from Providence, Rhode Island, the crowd ate every 2.9999 count – Rhodes ’missed moonsault that led to Rollins’ pedigree was the highlight.

Rollins and Rhodes showed chemistry away from two individual matches. There were several significant moves along the way, but the end did not have any of them. In the finish, Rollins rolled up Rhodes, holding his leggings, for Rhodes to counter his own roll as he grabbed a handful of Rollins leggings for a pin.

What is next: Would anyone complain to see these two leave again? Cody won cleanly at WrestleMania, but had to cheat at WrestleMania Backlash to pull off the win. A cheap win more than likely means the Rhodes-Rollins quarrel is far from over. Hell in a Cell is WWE’s next premium event on June 5, and the namesake of the event could be a fitting end to what the first two chapters were exciting.


Omos def. Bobby Lashley

Omos got another blow to Bobby Lashley, but this time with the MVP in his corner. The first half of the game was more or less the return of their first meeting, and Omos used his advantage in size to physically dominate Lashley.

Lashley did attempt a finish, but from an awkward position, sending the ball into the away fans. Omos would break his grip forcing Lashley into the ropes in the corner and from that moment on it seemed like the match could only end one way. Lashley’s 7-foot, 3-foot Spinebuster lift from Omos was a sight to behold, but the MVP’s participation turned out to be what made the difference on Sunday. To no one’s surprise, the MVP hit his former client with a stick while the official was distracted, and Omos capitalized to end the match.

What is next: Lashley and Omos each have a win, so a rubber match is planned for RAW in the next few weeks. One would think that this quarrel would not have enough strength to get to hell in a cell, but the MVP’s involvement adds storytelling to an otherwise useless rivalry. Lashley will have to figure out how to win with an MVP who will still be a thorn in his side. A cage match on RAW could do just that.

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