WWE Backlash Results

WWE Backlash Results 5/21/17
WWE Backlash Results
May 21, 2017
Chicago, Illinois
Commentary: Tom Phillips, JBL and Byron Saxton
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com

Backlash Kickoff Show: Tye Dillinger def. Aiden English.

A video package runs highlighting the top matches tonight at Backlash.

We go live inside the Allstate Arena where a huge display of pyro goes off.

Dolph Ziggler is out first to kick off the show. We hear from Tom Phillips, JBL and Byron Saxton at ringside. We then hear from other commentary teams in the arena tonight.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Ziggler goes for a single leg early. Nakamura stuffs it. Nakamura trips up Ziggler and Ziggler avoids a big kick to the face. Ziggler slaps the face of Nakamura in the corner after the referee broke up a lock up. Ziggler with a tie up pinfall for a two count. Nakamura with an impressive series of counters to get out of Ziggler working over his arm. Nakamura with a big knee to the gut of Ziggler and follows up with a knee drop. Ziggler with a nasty neckbreaker on Nakamura from against the ropes. Ziggler with a headlock to keep Nakamura grounded. Ziggler catches Nakamura with a big dropkick. Ziggler with a quick jumping elbow that connects over the chest of Nakamura. Nakamura with a knee and spin kick that catches Ziggler on the head. Nakamura with quick body shots and drops Ziggler with a series of kicks. Nakamura with a shot to Ziggler in the corner, drapes Ziggler over the top rope and connects with a big knee. Nakamura catches Ziggler in a modified triangle/armbar. Ziggler breaks it up getting to the ropes. Ziggler catches Nakamura with a spike DDT. Ziggler catches Nakamura with a Fameasser and gets a close two count. Ziggler is calling for the superkick in the corner. Nakamura avoids it, but Ziggler catches him with the Zig Zag. Nakamura kicks out. Ziggler can’t believe it. Nakamura catches Ziggler with an axe kick. Ziggler counters a back body drop, lands on his feet and superkicks Nakamura in the neck. Ziggler covers Nakamura and Nakamura somehow gets a shoulder up. Ziggler spits in the face of Nakamura. Nakamura with a big right, kick to the face, stuffs a takedown attempt by Ziggler and starts throwing big knees to the body. Nakamura with a big knee to the side of Ziggler’s face on the ring apron. Nakamura with an elbow and this time connects with his over the head exploder. Nakamura with his Kinshasa knee for the win.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

Backstage, we see a shot of AJ Styles warming up for his match tonight.

A new “Fashion Files” segment with Breezango airs.

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships
The Usos (c’s) vs. Breezango

We start with Fandango and Jimmy Uso. Fandango with a head scissors takedown early and then shakes his hips. Tag to Tyler Breeze who is wearing a mustache, bald cap, glasses and janitor outfit that he wore in the Fashion Files segment. Jimmy charges and Breeze avoids it. Breeze puts his mop in the face of Jimmy and Jey gets the tag. Jey with a big shot on Breeze and then cracks the mop over his knee. Jey is trying to hit a splash off two corners and Breeze keeps rolling slowly away. Breeze catches Jey with a jumping kick to the head. Tag to Fandango who connects with a shot over the top rope. Jey with a cheap shot on Breeze and tags in Jimmy. Jimmy with chops to Fandango. Fandango works over the left arm of Jimmy. Breeze is now back up in the corner dressed like an old lady in a dress. Breeze gets the tag. A loud “LET’S GO GRANDMA” chant breaks out in Chicago. Jimmy kicks away the cane and Breeze with a dropkick. Breeze with more dropkicks to Jey and Jimmy. Breeze with a Bronco Buster in the corner. Jey comes flying back with two big dropkicks. Jimmy gets the tag and splashes Breeze in the corner. Jimmy tosses the dress out and it hits JBL. They show a replay of this. Tags to Fandango and Jey. Fandango catches Jey with a spin kick. Fandango with chops to Jey in the corner. Fandango with a corner DDT on Jey. Jey kicks out. Tag to Jimmy. Jey with a backbreaker on Breeze and Jimmy comes off the top. Breeze kicks out. Jey tags himself back in and accidentally superkicks Jimmy. Breeze with an inverted DDT on Jey and Jey kicks out. Breeze is shocked. Usos dump Breeze into the barricade at ringside. Fandango flips over the top rope and takes out both Usos! Jey catches Fandango with a superkick up on the top turnbuckle when Jimmy trips him up. The Usos pick up the win.

Winners and still WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Usos

Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin

Corbin with a big knee early to Zayn. Zayn with a quick twisting takedown on Corbin. Zayn tries to flip out, but counters, flips off the rope and back inside the ring. Corbin claps sarcastically at Zayn. Zayn catches Corbin with a dropkick sending him out of the ring. On the outside, Corbin irish whips Zayn to the barricade and Zayn catches him with a springboard moonsault off the barricade! Back inside, Corbin launches Zayn to the corner. Corbin catches Zayn in a bear hug. Zayn breaks free, but Corbin catches him with another bear hug. Zayn pulls down the top rope and Corbin goes flying over. Corbin plants Zayn with a big spinebuster and gets a two count. Zayn with big clotheslines to Corbin. Zayn with an elbow, boot and catches Corbin with a cross body for another two count. Corbin slides out near the corner and drops Zayn with a quick clothesline. Corbin goes to work on the lower back of Zayn. Corbin catches Zayn with a big backbreaker over his knee and Zayn kicks out. Zayn fights off Corbin up on the top turnbuckle and connects with a sunset flip powerbomb for another close two count. Corbin counters a corner DDT attempt. Corbin also avoids an exploder in the corner. Zayn wraps up Corbin in a Crucifix pinfall attempt. Corbin kicks out and then catches Zayn with Deep Six. Corbin throws big elbows and stomps to Zayn. Zayn catches Corbin with a boot and then a Helluva Kick in the corner! Zayn gets the win!

Winner: Sami Zayn

Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers are shown arriving backstage. Mahal says Chicago and America is full of haters. He says the fans hate him for the way he looks and the way he talks. Mahal is going to take all the hate and turn it into something positive.

James Ellsworth is out to introduce Carmella.

Smackdown Women’s Champion Naomi, Charlotte and Becky Lynch vs. Natalya, Carmella and Tamina

We start with Becky Lynch and Tamina. Tamina pushes Becky down early. Tamina with a headbutt and tag to Natalya. Tag to Charlotte who worked over the left arm of Natalya. Charlotte with chops to Natalya. Charlotte drops a knee over Natalya. Natalya clotheslines Charlotte over the ring apron. Tamina tags herself in, gets in a few kicks and tags in Carmella who does the same. Natalya gets the tag and also stomps away. Tag to Tamina who throws kicks at Charlotte and tags in Carmella. Carmella drops elbows and gets Charlotte in a headlock. Charlotte with an elbow to Carmella and tags in Naomi who launches in with a cross body. Naomi with repeated kicks to the body of Carmella followed up with a kick to the face. Naomi with a corner dropkick to Carmella. Naomi with a kick to Tamina. Carmella chops the leg of Naomi. Carmella with a Bronco Buster to Naomi in the corner. Tag to Tamina who throws a right at Naomi. Tamina levels Naomi with a big clothesline and tags Carmella back in. Quick tag to Natalya who launches Carmella into the corner. Carmella misses. Naomi knocks Charlotte off the corner. Tamina tags herself in. Carmella pulls Becky off the corner to avoid a hot tag. Samoan drop by Tamina on Naomi. Natalya gets the tag. Naomi with a modified huricanrana on Natlaya. Hot tag to Becky. Becky with clotheslines and a side kick to Natalya. Becky with an exploder and jumping right to Natalya. Becky kicks Tamina away. Natalya has Becky setup for a Sharpshooter. Becky counters into the armbar. Carmella breaks it up. Charlotte throws Carmella out. Tamina with a superkick to Charlotte. Tamina headbutts Naomi. Becky levels Tamina. Natalya gets the Sharpshooter. Becky taps.

Winners: Natalya, Carmella and Tamina

A video package runs hyping Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles tonight.

WWE United States Championship
Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles

We get ring introductions for the challenger AJ Styles and champion Kevin Owens.

As soon as the bell rang, both Owens and Styles started exchanging shots. Styles with an early roll up attempt on Owens. Owens avoids an early dropkick attempt by Styles. Owens with a kick, stomps and chops to Styles. Owens avoids the dropkick again by Styles hanging onto the ropes. Owens hits the ropes and this time Styles connects with the dropkick. Owens and Styles exchange stiff right hands. Owens levels Styles with a big clothesline. Owens with a quick DDT and then connects with three big senton splashes over Styles. Styles catches Owens with a kick to the head. Styles with a series of quick strikes and a clothesline. Styles hits the ropes and connects with a jumping forearm to Owens. Styles with a corner clothesline and then a lifting facebuster for a two count. Styles drops Owens over his knee off his shoulders and gets another close two count. Owens catches Styles with a superkick and connects with a nasty neckbreaker driver for a two count on Styles! Styles attempts a Styles Clash on the ring apron, but Owens counters, throws the leg of Styles against the steel ring post and then into the steel ring steps. Back inside, Owens connects with his cannonball to Styles in the corner. Owens wraps up the right leg of Styles in the corner and hits another cannonball. Owens applies a single leg Boston Crab on Styles. Owens transitions to an ankle lock. Styles is screaming in pain. Styles gets to the bottom rope. Styles with a sunset flip powerbomb counter on Owens off the corner! Owens landed with a thud. Styles’ bad leg gives out when he attempts his springboard forearm. Owens with a double arm DDT and Styles kicks out. Owens with slaps to Styles. Styles with a Pele Kick. Owens with a cradle neckbreaker on Styles off the corner! Styles kicks out. Styles with a nasty looking suplex over the ring apron on Owens. Owens dumps Styles over the time keepers barricade area. Styles with a flying forearm taking out Owens at ringside. A limping Styles gets up on one of the announcer tables, the referee is starting the count, Owens counters and Styles’ leg falls through a hole in the table. Owens rolls in. Styles’ leg is caught. The referee gets to 10.

Winner via count out and still WWE United States Champion: Kevin Owens

After the match, Kevin Owens jumps out and hits AJ Styles with a quick superkick. Owens clutches the United States Championship and heads to the back.

Footage of Tye Dillinger defeating Aiden English during the Kickoff Show is shown.

Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan

Rowan with elbows and chops to Harper early in the corner. Harper responds with chops of his own. Rowan drops Harper off the corner and Harper hits the steel steps face first. Rowan with a shot to Harper through the ropes sending Harper into the ring barricade. Rowan again sends Harper into the barricade at ringside and then throws him back inside the ring. Rowan with a splash over Harper for a two count. Rowan with more chops to Harper. Rowan catches Harper with a quick dropkick for another two count. Rowan with repeated scoop slams on Harper. Rowan with a pump handle slam into a backbreaker, lifts Harper up and connects with a big clothesline. Rowan misses a splash on Harper off the top rope. On the outside, Harper catches Rowan with an elbow and throws him face first off two of the announce tables. Harper with a dive through the ropes catching Rowan. Back inside, Harper catches Rowan with a big boot. Harper catches Rowan with a side slam for a two count. Rowan with an elbow and spin kick combo. Rowan with a big powerbomb on Harper. Harper with big chops. Harper avoids another powerbomb attempt with a counter. Harper catches Rowan with a superkick. Harper with a second superkick. Harper with a clothesline thrust to Rowan for the win.

Winner: Luke Harper

A video package runs hyping Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal tonight.

WWE Championship
Randy Orton (c) vs. Jinder Mahal

The Singh Brothers have joined Mahal tonight at ringside.

During the ring introductions, Orton attacked Mahal as the ring announcer was introducing him as the reigning and defending WWE Champion. JBL says the match has yet to officially begin. Orton chases off The Singh Brothers and continues to attack Mahal at ringside. Orton tosses Mahal back in the ring and the referee asks him if he wants to continue. Mahal eventually recovers and gives the referee the nod to ring the bell.

The bell rings and here we go. Mahal avoids an early RKO and rolls out. Orton with a clothesline to Mahal on the outside. Mahal sends Orton into the side of the ring hitting his left shoulder. Mahal gets Orton back in and works over his left arm. A loud “LET’S GO JINDER/JINDER SUCKS” chant starts up. Orton breaks free and starts stomping away. Orton with repeated uppercuts to Mahal. Mahal goes back to work on the arm of Orton and then drops a quick knee off the ropes. Orton tosses Mahal over the top rope and then dumps him over the middle announce table at ringside! Back inside, Mahal recovers and goes back to work on the left arm/shoulder of Orton. Mahal hits the corner steel ring post with force when Orton moves out of the way. Orton crotches Mahal up on the top turnbuckle. Orton with a superplex to Mahal off the top. Orton with a snap powerslam on Mahal. Orton with a modified fallaway slam. Orton with his side backbreaker as Mahal rolls to the ring apron. Orton with his DDT off the ropes on Mahal. Orton is slapping his shoulder to fire himself up. Orton is ready for an RKO when Mahal rolls out. Orton rolls out and gets behind The Singh Brothers at ringside. Orton slaps one and tosses them both into the barricade and ring. Mahal sends Orton shoulder first into the steel ring post twice at ringside. Mahal tosses Orton back inside. RKO out of no where! The Singh Brothers pull Mahal out of the ring in front of the referee. Orton tosses one brother over the table and back suplexes another over the table. Orton with another back suplex and one of the Singh Brothers lands hard! Orton brings one of the brothers to the ring, the other follows and Orton hits a double DDT off the ropes. Back inside, Mahal with his Cobra Clutch slam on Orton. Mahal pins Orton! Mahal wins!

Winner and new WWE Champion: Jinder Mahal

After the match, Jinder Mahal grabs the WWE Championship and holds it up high on the corner. JBL had to repeat it on commentary that Jinder Mahal was the new champion. Mahal leaves the ring, walks in the crowd and stands up again holding up the title. Big reaction from the crowd in Chicago with many fans in complete disbelief.

Thanks for joining us tonight!

Quick Match Results:

* Shinsuke Nakamura def. Dolph Ziggler
* The Usos def. Breezango to retain the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships
* Sami Zayn def. Baron Corbin
* Natalya, Carmella and Tamina def. Naomi, Charlote and Becky Lynch
* Kevin Owens def. AJ Styles to retain the WWE United States Championship
* Luke Harper def. Erick Rowan
* Jinder Mahal def. Randy Orton to become the new WWE Champion


  1. In terms of telling a story in the ring, Nakamura/Ziggler is as good a match I’ve seen in awhile. Their in-ring styles don’t seem to mesh well, though. Felt like Ziggler was dragging his feet.

  2. Nakamura/Ziggler: I agree. The match wasnt bad by any means but I just feel like it made me feel apathetic. Just never really popped for me, but it was an OK debut.
    Breezango/Usos: Look was it a wrestling clinic? By no means but this was a rare occasion where WWE Creative did something funny and I liked it. Kudos to all 4 (and JBL accidentally) for working hard to make the best of it and it made me laugh so I am happy.
    Zayn/Corbin: Real good work and storytelling by both. With Undertaker, Corbin is now the best pure striker in the company right now and he utilized it great tonight. Great job by JBL selling that Corbin essentially made one mistake and it cost him.
    Six Woman’s Tag: It was just there. Nothing too exciting but it does somewhat add Natalya to the challenger mix as well I guess.
    KO vs AJ: Amazing battle between the two which I expected. They really sold the story of AJ’s leg injury well and I enjoyed the offense both incorporated. It played well into the finish.
    Harper/Rowan: Much better than I expected. Two big physical tanks get after it. But the crowd was pretty dead for this one (and for the whole night pretty much).
    Orton/Mahal: Super excited to see Mahal win. Will it be a lengthy reign? Probably not but they built him strong going in and he has improved leaps and bounds since returning so he earned this spot. I doubt they see him as a permanent main stay but hopefully he will be able to enjoy this run as long as he can. And it was a very good match overall too.

  3. Lol true but it is worth pointing out. But congrats to Mahal because he got the shot and knocked it right out of the park. He put the work in and absolutely earned his spot

  4. Y’know what’d be hilarious, though? If Heath, by some miracle, stole the title from him, got on a mic, and said “Hey Brock? Just so you know…my kids don’t give a shit about you, either.”

  5. Haha that would be great! We would be witnesses to a potential homicide but I would crack up.

  6. This is why I totally despise WWE- the WWE title is a joke- it has no value. It’s basically hot potato with the championship. By the end of the year, the title will change hands at least 4 or 5 more times.

  7. Ziggler dragging his feet? Both of them just put in an average effort. Once again Nakamura’s entrance is great, BUT, the match didn’t wow me.

  8. Mahabali Shera will win the Impact world title next week at the India tapings, calling it now. Really looking forward to going to Smackdown this Tuesday in Toledo now

  9. The Fed did this for many reasons., Two of which are they love to prove the smart predictions wrong. They love to have former champs in announcements, Really bad blind refereeing in two matches tonight, though. Orton does not need a belt to get over.

  10. Truly speaking,ever since Khali left wwe many Indians stopped watching wwe. Wwe knows that India is a big market for them, so all this feud between mahal and viper is fixed so that the Indians get attracted towards wwe. ALL IS FIXED IN THIS FEUD

  11. Kevin Owens mannerism and promo on Talking Smack shows why he is a legit heel today. The guy is real money, excellent job.

  12. Pranav , wtf are you talking about lol..Am an indian too and no one stopped watching wwe after khali left except maybe you lol..So go and sleep lil kid

  13. McIntyre is a future world champion. That’s right folks you heard it firsr from me. He’s great inside the ring and he has got the looks. He has what it takes to become a word champion. Plus he’s very tall. That’s what WWE wants right?

  14. The Only Won That Is Fixed Is Jinder Mahal He Only Won The Title Because WWE Wants To Have A TV Deal In India

    After The Contract Is Signed With India WWE Will Make Jinder Lose The Title Probably At The Next SDLive PPV & Make Him A Mid-Card Superstar Again

  15. Cant believe it how good the Smackdown Writers really are ! at RAW Jinder was just a Jobber but in SD Live he became an interesting character.

  16. I am an indian and i hav been watching wwe since 2004 and i hav neva gave a damn about khali and i dont think indians stopped watching wwe aftr khali left.that guy couldnt even walk properly in the ring

  17. I’ve never been a fan of Jinder but I’m happy to see the belt on someone different. So I’m all for it…. just hope Randy doesn’t win the belt back as he’s boring and doesn’t need more belts

  18. I agree but I have a problem with a guy who six weeks ago was getting beat by Enzo Amore now is a world champion.

  19. I’m not sure if Ziggler was the best choice for a feud with Nakamura. We all know he did wonders for Tyler Breeze being his first feud.

  20. Calm down Oscar Grouch. Creating new challengers and new names is always a good sign because you’re introducing more players to the mix, something we really did not have last Fall. It was KO, Rollins and Reigns on RAW and AJ and Ambrose on SD Live. I love that a new face is being put in the title picture.

  21. I feel like Ziggler had really come to the realization that he’s never going to move back up to the main event scene, so he might as well just coast and collect a check. It’s a damn shame, because he really was that damn good, but it has been years since I feel like he cared at all.

  22. I could tell they were planning on doing SOMETHING with Jinder from the way they had been presenting him the last couple months (like him beating down Rusev at Fastlane, and having really good showings (even though he still lost every darn match,)) but I’d be lying through my teeth if I told you that I saw THIS happening! Kinda crazy that the new WWE Champion is a guy they don’t even bother putting in the video games!

  23. That would be right up there with the Punk, Bryan, Ryder Championship celebration!! hahah

  24. I probably been watching wrestling more years than you have been alive. For decades your top title went to either the best worker or the biggest draw – Jimdal is neither. Look at the raw or smackdown roster and you can just see how many wrestler on the roster have been.world champions. When over 1/3 of your roster have been world champions in takes away the value of the title – it becomes worthless and a joke. Every year in the wwe the title changes hands like 6 times.

  25. Vince seems to have lost it.
    Pushing the likes of Jinder Mahal, Braun Strowman, and Bray Wyatt!
    He should cut the BS and bring about a Shield Reunion and let Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose dominate for a while, Horsemen Style.

  26. You probably think Cena is the greatest wrestler ever lol – you know nothing about this industry

  27. Wrong. That would be Ric Flair. As I’ve been a wrestling fan for over 40 years, I’ve probably forgotten more about professional wrestling than you’ve ever known.

  28. Lol if you consider Ric Flair the greatest wrestler every you know nothing about wrestling. If you seen one Ric flair match you seen a thousand. I can easily name 10 wrestlers who are better wrestlers than Flair. You apparently confusing charisma with wrestling skill.

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