WWE will present Backlash, its first SmackDown Live-branded pay-per-view, on Sunday, Sept. 11 from Richmond, Virginia. It will feature the debut of two new champions — and possibly more — on a card that includes talent from one half of the company’s full roster.
The entire thing kicks off at 7 p.m. ET as WWE presents a one-hour kickoff show prior to the event itself. Backlash will begin at 8 p.m. ET and run for three hours.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2016 edition of WWE Backlash, which was last held in 2009.
CBS Sports will have live results from WWE Backlash beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
|Dean Ambrose (c) vs. AJ Styles||World Championship|
|Becky Lynch vs. Nikki Bella vs. Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Carmella||Women’s Championship*|
|The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler||Intercontinental Championship|
|Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt^|
|The Usos vs. The Hype Bros||Tag Team Semifinal|
|Usos/Hype Bros vs. Health Slater & Rhyno||Tag Team Championship*|
* Title newly created for the SmackDown Live brand and currently vacant.
^ There are rumors that this match will not be held.
Tag Team Championship Tournament Semifinal: The Usos vs. The Hype Bros
– With the recent heel turn of The Usos, it would make sense for them to win early and fight for the title.
Tag Team Championship: Usos/Hype Bros vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno
– It would make sense for Slater/Rhyno to win considering a contract is on the line for Slater and creative has given him a push. That also allows The Usos to immediatley begin a feud with American Alpha for the No. 1 contendership. I could see AA interfering in the finish, thus allowing Slater/Rhyno to win.
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
– There are rumors this match may not actually happen with Orton not being cleared to fight. If it does, Wyatt has been jobbing to stars when they need wins for a while, and Orton is a star in need of a win after getting decimated by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
Intercontinental Championship: Thay Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
– How did WWE’s push of Ziggler go? He’s now fighting for this belt less than three weeks after being in the world title picture. It would be a nice consolation prize — if he wins clean — but I don’t see it happening.
Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch vs. Nikki Bella vs. Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Carmella
– There’s really only three ways this “six-pack challenge” can go. Becky could win as the fan favorite and only member of the “divas revolution” not to hold a belt. Nikki, as the veteran and woman whose held the title the longest, could bring some immediate legitimacy to the belt. Natalya, like Nikki, has been around for a while and is deserving of the honor of being the first women’s champion on SmackDown. Since Nikki already has a feud going with Carmella, I’ll go with Lynch winning the strap.
World Championship: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. AJ Styles
– “Heavyweight” has been dropped from the name of the belt and so has some of it’s prestige (just not for that reason). Ambrose has been a rather lackluster champion, particularly since being relegated to SmackDown. Styles has been given a nice push as of late but has become a bit of a corny heel. Still, I think Ambrose’s reign has run its course. It’s time to see what Styles can do with the belt.
How to watch
Backlash — 8 p.m. ET: WWE Network or pay-per-view
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / WWE Backlash 2016 results: Card, matches, live stream, start time, predictions