Wednesday, May 4, 2022

WWE WrestleMania Backlash 2022 Preview & Predictions

This Sunday it's time for the PPV WWE wants to trick you into thinking is more important than it really is by putting the name WrestleMania in front of it, Backlash!

Yes, in case you weren't sure what the original intent of the name Backlash was, occurring one PPV cycle after 'Mania, they dumbed it down a shade for ya.  This lineup is rather skimpy with a scant six matches, only one of which is for a championship, but I'm sure they'll find a way to load it up with pointless video packages and stretch it well over three hours.  Anyway, once you scrape off the two pointless bouts at the bottom, the remaining four look very good on paper.  Of course numerous important talents are missing, as usual.

Bobby Lashley vs. Omos

Oh good, the worst scheduled match at either night of WrestleMania gets a rematch, and this time Bobby Lashley is a full-fledged babyface, while his former manager MVP has pulled a 2002 Paul Heyman and dumped the former champion for a giant with a poor track record.  This turn of events makes zero sense; why would MVP front-run for a guy who LOST at 'Mania?  This match is going to be pure drivel and sadly since he lost at 'Mania, the immobile, incompetent Omos is going to pick up a win here.

Pick: Omos

Baron Corbin vs. Madcap Moss

What in the holy fuck is this match doing on a PPV while Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Damian Priest, Becky Lynch, Asuka, Rhea Ripley, Bianca Belair, hell, even Austin Theory (whom Vince apparently sees as the next John Cena, until some other shiny new object catches his attention anyway) are sitting in catering?  God I hate this company. 

Pick: Who gives a tupenny fuck?  Moss I guess.

Edge vs. AJ Styles

Alright, these two have a chance to redeem themselves after their cosmically disappointing WrestleMania showing.  Let's hope they get it together.  Priest is banned from ringside so either this will have a clean finish or Edge will add a new person to his goofy little stable.  This match will either be good or it'll be ruined by another lame finish.

Pick: I guess AJ since Edge won the first time, and then next month they'll do a Hell in a Cell?

The Bloodline vs. Drew McIntyre & RK-Bro

Not sure why they didn't book a Roman-Drew title match, or the tag team unification match they originally planned, but whatever.  This should be a solid six-man, hopefully in the style of the old Shield six-man matches.  I think it makes sense for one of the Usos to eat the pin, giving Drew some much needed momentum headed toward a future title shot.

Pick: Drew & RK-Bro

Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins

Wanna make this a drinking game?  Take a swig every time one of the announcers refers to the former Tyler Black as "Seth Freakin' Rollins," you'll be tanked within the first five minutes.  Seth Freakin' Rollins is the new "The Demon Kane" or "The Vigilante Sting" or "Wildman Marc Mero."  Gotta beat that branding into the ground.  God I hate this company.  Anyway, these two nearly stole the show at 'Mania and the path is clear for them to fully steal this one.  Should be a fine contest.  Cody ain't losing yet.

Pick: Cody

Smackdown Women's Championship I Quit Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey

Another pair with a chance at redemption, Flair and Rousey had a very disappointing 'Mania showing (though I liked it more than most I think).  The I Quit format will serve Ronda's style better than a standard rules match, so hopefully they'll pull off a strong main event here (and this match should go last since it's literally the only title match).  There's no way Ronda's dropping two in a row, so we'll get a new champ here.

Pick: Ronda

Once you get past the first two free-TV bouts (Seriously, why are they here?), this lineup is fairly strong.  Looks like they're saving the real stacked shows for HIAC and MITB though.

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