WWE WrestleMania Backlash 2022 Results: Winners, Ratings, Reactions, and Highlights | Bleacher report

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    Welcome to the Bleacher Report Reporting and Summary WWE WrestleMania Backlash 2022.

    WWE originally reserved a title match between The Usos and RK-Bro for this event, but was changed to a duel with six players when Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre were added to the equation.

    In the only title match on Sunday, Charlotte Flair defended the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Ronda Rousey. The only way for any of them to win was to get another contestant to say the words “I’m giving up”.

    The rest of the map was filled with rematches from WrestleMania 38, so there weren’t a lot of new topics during Sunday’s show.

    Let’s take a look at everything that happened on WrestleMania Backlash.

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    WWE kicked off the night action with one of many rematches at WrestleMania when Cody Rhodes faced Seth Rollins.

    They started simply with a blockade before embarking on a quick series of counterattacks that led to Rollins scoring the first removal and boasting about it. At first he seemed to be successfully crawling into Rhodes’ head.

    The American Nightmare began to struggle as time went on to make it more even, but it seemed that Visionar was still the one controlling most of the time. He had a sting on his shoulder due to the loss of ‘Mania’, so it was perfectly logical for him to be the aggressor.

    Like their WrestleMania match, they sped up the pace as they went and excited the audience for every big moment. They moved well so they could sell when they needed to without feeling the momentum of the game dying.

    Rollins managed to catch his foot on the rope to avoid the pin after taking Cross Rhodes. Visionar failed to win with Pedigree, leading Rhodes to get a pin using a handful of leggings when he rolled it up, which his opponent had just tried to do.

    Some might complain about the finish, but this was a remarkable match that will probably be remembered as the best of the evening.

    Class: AND

    Significant moments and observations

  • Rhodes had two different types of deminers. There was one set of fireworks when he first appeared, and quite another set when he posed on stage.
  • The camera angle when Rollins hit Rhodes on the back of the head before American Nightmare turned and adorned him was perfect. It caught the expression on Rhodes’s face just before he struck. The ability to record small facial expressions during matches is something that WWE’s production team does well.
  • Disaster Kick Rhodes ’goal looked really good, but Rollins grabbed him by the buckle bomb when he tried to hit her the second time he looked even better.
  • Rhodes’s springboard cutter was fantastic. Rollins is so good at being exactly where he needs to be when his opponents hit big points like that.

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    The second match of the evening was another rematch of ‘Mania’, but this time it was a power struggle with Omos fighting Bobby Lashley.

    The Almighty circled around the giant a bit before embarking on some strikes. Omos couldn’t beat him until the MVP came on the apron to distract.

    The only way Lashley could turn the plate over was to trap the giant in ropes so he could beat him while he was helpless. All Mighty tried to head for the MVP, but Omos stopped it by pulling him back into the head ring.

    The former WWE champion managed to apply Hurt Lock, but Omos broke him by turning him into a corner. The MVP attacked Lashley with his stick as the referee turned his back, allowing Omos to hit his two-handed chokeslam for the win.

    This was a better and more competitive match than their meeting at WrestleMania, but it still left something to be desired. If they have a third match at the next PPV, it will probably be the best in the trilogy.

    Class: C +

    Significant moments and observations

  • The video before the game was good. WWE’s production team can make almost any quarrel a little more important with such a two-minute package.
  • Omos grunted audibly as he ripped Lashley’s neck in the tray, which was a little strange.
  • Lashley put Omos in full nelson was legitimately impressive. Omos has a massive frame that makes it almost impossible to look.

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    WrestleMania’s third consecutive rematch featured Edge against AJ Styles, but this time, Damian Priest was banned from the ring.

    As soon as the bell rang, they both ran to each other and started arguing. The Rated-R Superstar wanted a pitbull version of the Styles and got it. For the first few minutes, Phenomenal was all over him.

    Edge opposed the phenomenal forearm, and Styles immediately began to favor the shoulder that The Rated-R Superstar and Priest injured on Raw.

    For the rest of the match, Edge controlled most of the action, while The Phenomenal One would occasionally enter into a short attack. It seemed like every time Styles had his number, his opponent found a way to get it back.

    They both jumped out of the second finisher as they worked towards the goal. Priest appeared and Finn Balor appeared to fight him.

    The hooded man pulled Styles off the top rope while the judge was distracted, allowing Edge to place him in a modified crossface sleeping holder for the win. The mysterious person was Rhea Ripley with a new black hairstyle.

    This was another great match between the two. Maybe he even surpassed their encounter with ‘mania. Adding Ripley to Judgment Day will lead to some interesting story possibilities. Let’s hope WWE has planned something good for her.

    Class: AND-

    Significant moments and observations

  • The dropkick that Styles hit between the bottom and middle ropes outward was nasty. He shot Edge like a bullet.
  • You can always tell when Phenomenal really cares about an argument because he pulls out moves that he barely uses anymore.
  • The way Styles sold his left arm injury throughout the match was great. Whenever he was forced to use it, he made sure to do something that would indicate he was in pain.

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    In the only competition for the title on the map, Charlotte Flair put the SmackDown women’s championship at stake against Ronda Rousey in the I Quit match.

    Rowdy Ronda bent down his big boot and started disembarking at The Queen as soon as the match started. Although both women are known for their submissions, they also tried to force the other to give up in different ways.

    The match quickly spilled out of the ring as they took advantage of the lack of rules with this provision. They used kendo sticks, Flair threw a camera at Rousey, and they fought the crowd.

    Rousey hung her rival upside down from the top buckle and placed her in the armrest. The queen screamed in pain until they both collapsed to the floor to break the posture.

    After securing the armature with a steel chair for help, Rousey forced Charlotte to say I gave up and won the match to become the new SmackDown women’s champion.

    This was a competitive, hard-fought battle that far surpassed the accumulation. Both women brought everything they had and left it all in the ring.

    Class: AND-

    Significant moments and observations

  • Charlotte’s ring jacket was one of the most fashionable things she wore. It probably took a long time to make.
  • One of the kendo sticks with which they hit each other broke into several parts. They were really rocking behind the fences.
  • The powerful bomb Rousey dropped into the barricade looked rough.
  • The queen was either selling very well or justifiably crying from the pain she felt at one point.
  • The audience kept chanting “We want tables,” but Rousey and Charlotte never gave them what they wanted.

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    The fifth and final rematch of WrestleMania tonight saw Happy Corbin try to get revenge against Madcap Moss for his loss last month.

    They locked themselves in and fought for control until Corbin punched his ex-boyfriend in the leg and began to bounce his head off the top buckle. Moss recovered quickly and showed little agility with a few high jumps.

    The former Golden Glove champion regained control and slowed down the pace so he could be as methodical as possible in his attack. He even used a couple of moves that he is not known for, like senton.

    Like every other rematch from ‘Mania’ we saw on Sunday, this duel has surpassed their performance so far in almost every way. It was more competitive, it involved more exciting attacks, and they both showed things we don’t usually see from them.

    The end was somehow sudden. Moss hit the sunset out of nowhere to get a clear win. He celebrated in the aisle as Corbin looked as sad as when he was broke.

    Class: B-

    Significant moments and observations

  • The kick that Corbin hit in the leg at first almost looked like a low kick. MMA fighters often end up unhappily (sometimes intentionally) hitting their opponents in the groin when trying to hit the inside of the thigh, so this can happen quite easily.
  • If you had “Happy Corbin hits a senton” on your bingo card, you should just win the whole game. It was so unexpected.
  • The reversal of the sunset that Moss used was roughly like a textbook. He has definitely made little progress in the ring over the past year.

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    The last match of the evening was a big team competition of six people, with Roman Reigns and The Usos fighting Riddle, Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre.

    Viper and Jimmy Uso set off for their teams. The audience was hot and chanting before they even got in touch. Uso pulled Orton into a corner and hit a few punches before The Legend Killer stabbed him in the eye and brought in Riddle for the double team.

    When McIntyre checked in, he threw Jimmy in the corner and told him to tag Reigns. Paul Heyman advised this, but the tribal chief decided to listen to the audience and entered the ring. He then tagged Jey and told the audience that he was to blame for the shooting and would do things his way.

    He didn’t decide to get involved until Riddle was down in the corner of The Bloodline. Reigns and McIntyre finally became legal people at the same time. After a short conversation about garbage, they started throwing their hands.

    The Viper went outside the hot tag and started going through it all. He caught Reigns with RKO out of nowhere before leaving Jimmy with another. Jey barely managed to break the pin.

    As the match progressed, the referee began to lose control. Everyone was fighting in and around the ring. Reigns put McIntyre through the urination notice table while Riddle pulled Jey RKO off the top rope before the tribal chief cut him in half with a spear and achieved victory.

    This was another example of a fun match that was far better than the story behind it. Everyone looked great in this one. Even without any headlines on the line, this still felt like a fight worth closing the event.

    Overall, WrestleMania Backlash will be remembered as a series with some really solid wrestling, but little on the way to developing a story for everyone involved.

    Class: AND-

    Significant moments and observations

  • Before this match took place, Kayla Braxton reported that Charlotte suffered a broken radius during the match with Rousey. It is unclear at this time whether this is real or part of the story.
  • Reigns trolling the crowd was as funny as it was predictable.
  • The tribal chief had some new boots with red accents. They really stood out against his black gear.
  • At one point, Jey took Orton out of his apron with a super kick, and the way The Viper sold him was hilarious. He just somehow collapsed on his apron and slowly fell off her to the floor.
  • At one point, Reigns pulled Riddle to knock him off his apron, and commentator Pat McAfee laughed like a little kid. It was hilarious.

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