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Best and Worst Moments of WWE Smackdown: Backlash Buildup

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Today was the last show before the WWE Smackdown‘s exclusive pay-per-view Backlash, and it started with Kevin Owens reminding the crowd of injuring Jericho’s neck.

In this write up we rate each segment between +5 to -5.

  1. Kevin Owens Highlight Reel: +2

Kevin Owens claimed to have taken over the Highlight Reel from Jericho, and was about to invite someone when AJ Styles interrupted. Jinder came out to reveal he was the actual guest on the show. Jinder and AJ had a scheduled match, as the contenders for the US Title and WWE World Heavyweght title went head to head.

Kevin Owens’ Highlight Reel raises tensions between Styles & Mahal: SmackDown LIVE, May 16, 2017

The New Face of America takes over Chris Jericho’s talk show, and hostility escalates between AJ Styles and The Maharaja. #SDLive More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4

  1. Jinder Mahal vs AJ Styles: +3

Styles hit Jinder Mahal with a dropkick, but Mahal used his brute strength to dominate the start of the match. Styles did an over the top rope short distance forearm. Mahal used the distraction from the Singh brothers to hang AJ by the rope and hit him with the high knee.

Styles caught Mahal with a dropkick, when he was coming off the top rope, but in the end with the referee distracted Owens took out the knee of Styles, which resulted in Mahal hitting Styles with the Khalas to pick up the win.

AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal: SmackDown LIVE, May 16, 2017

The No. 1 contenders to the United States and WWE Championships collide just days before their title matches at WWE Backlash. #SDLive More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4

  1. Breezango vs The Colons: +1

Breezango beat the Colons in a short match. They do not take Breezango according to the talent that they obviously possess. The USOs delivered a promo after the match.

Breezango vs. The Colons: SmackDown LIVE, May 16, 2017

After having their wallets stolen by The Colons, Tyler Breeze & Fandango look for payback while keeping their heads on a swivel for The Usos. #SDLive More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4

  1. Carmella vs Naomi: -3

Naomi looked like a monster in the match as she dominated Carmella. Carmella hit Naomi with a Bronco Buster. The match devolved into a brawl as Natalya ad Tamina started fighting with Becky and Charlotte. The distraction was enough for Naomi to be pinned by a roll up from Carmella.

Naomi vs. Carmella: SmackDown LIVE, May 16, 2017

After the contentious contract signing, Carmella takes on the SmackDown Women’s Champion in non-title action. #SDLive More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4

  1. Randy Orton vs Baron Corbin: +3

The match started with counter after counter as Orton and Corbin went after each other. Orton and Corbin had a slow paced match with Corbin hitting Orton with a Big Boot. Orton hit Corbin with the Powerslam followed by the hanging DDT from the second rope. Corbin countered the RKO, and hit Orton with the Deep Six. Orton hit Corbin with an RKO out of nowhere for the win.

After the match Jinder came out and the Singh Brothers tried to interfere that proved to be too much for him, as Jinder hit him with Khalas.

Randy Orton vs. Baron Corbin: SmackDown LIVE, May 16, 2017

With his WWE Championship defense at WWE Backlash looming, The Viper takes on the dangerous Baron Corbin in SmackDown LIVE’s main event. #SDLive More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4

This Smackdown was a mediocre one with Owens, Nakamura and Zayn not having matches. It got a +6 rating with Backlash coming up.

Also Read – Best and Worst of WWE Raw: Extreme Rules buildup

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