Did Backlash live up to the hype?

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Tonight we got to see the first solo PPV since the WWE Draft almost two months ago and it was the superstars of Smackdown who took centre stage.

Heading into the night, the main event was set for a big clash between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose for the WWE Championship.

Hyped up event

The night proved to be historic for several reasons as Smackdown found two new championships and champions to go with them.


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Alongside that, we saw AJ Styles claim the WWE Championship from Dean Ambrose in a main event which surpassed expectations.

With new champions, a backstage assault and the culmination of the tag team tournament that we have seen unfold over the last few weeks, Backlash was a PPV that really delivered.

As much as the matches were historic and have now shaped the Smackdown brand, it could be argued that some of them needed an extra element.

With Bray Wyatt's clash with Randy Orton called off following the rumours that Orton was injured prior to the event, the event was facing an uphill battle.

An impromptu no holds barred match between Wyatt and Kane was a good replacement - especially when the Viper arrived to deliver an RKO.

Backlash seemingly gave the fans everything they could have wanted and they were left happy at the end of the show as they saw Styles climb to the top of the mountain.

Unfortunately for many matches tonight, there were occasionally lacking a third act and perhaps a talking point to move forward.

Fans have come to expect the unexpected from a WWE PPV and Backlash, whilst delivering new champions didn't deliver too many shocks.

Smackdown have made a big stride in catching up with RAW who have arguably outdone them since SummerSlam but time will tell how RAW do with their first solo PPV Clash of Champions in two weeks.

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