WWE Backlash 2018 Results: 5 Title Matches, Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan Looks For Revenge

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WWE Championship - No DQ Match
AJ Styles fought. Shinsuke Nakamura to a no contest to retain the title

The Rock: Vince McMahon Was One Of My Greatest Business Mentors And A Father Figure

SmackDown Live Women's Championship
Carmella def. Charlotte Flair to retain the title

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Seth Rollins def. The Miz to retain the title

WWE United States Championship
Jeff Hardy def. Randy Orton to retain the title

WWE Raw Women's Championship
Nia Jax def. Alexa Bliss to retain the title

Daniel Bryan def. Big Cass

Roman Reigns def. Samoa Joe

Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley def. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

Ruby Riott w/Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan def. Bayley 


- The kickoff show panel for tonight’s event consist of Renee Young, Booker T, David Otunga & Peter Rosenberg.

- The panel go over the card for tonight’s event.

- Charly Caruso is backstage and she talks about the feud between WWE Champion AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, while saying both competitors are in locker rooms on the opposite side of the building. Caruso also says that Daniel Bryan is ready for his match tonight, while also announcing that Kurt Angle and Paige are going to be on the Social Media Lounge.

- A video plays highlighting the feud between Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe, followed by comments from the panel on their match tonight.

- A video plays highlighting the feud between Daniel Bryan and Big Cass, plus when get comments on the upcoming match from the panel.

- Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas are in the locker room looking over a list of potential people they can partner up with when The Miz walks in, The Miz talks about how he realized that he wanted them to be in The Miztourage. The Miz says they should be back together tonight for his match against Seth Rollins, Dallas stops Axel from joining him because he says they aren’t the supporting cast anymore.

- The panel looks at tonight’s match between Seth Rollins and The Miz.

- A video plays highlighting the feud between Carmella and Charlotte Flair, then the panel discusses their match tonight.

- The Iconics appear on the panel, Peyton Royce calls Charlotte Flair “so 2000-never” and Billie Kaye reminds them how they beat Asuka in her Smackdown Live debut. The Iconics mock Rosenberg before exiting the pre-show.

- Bayley is shown preparing backstage when Sasha Banks arrives, Bayley says she is done fighting with Banks and wants her to be in her corner tonight. Banks wonders where Bayley was on Raw during her match with Ruby Riott, they continue arguing until Banks walks away.

- The panel discusses tonight tag match between Braun Strowman/Bobby Lashley and Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn.

- A video package airs highlighting the feud between Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax, plus we get comments from the panel on the match tonight.

- The Social Media Lounge is next, with Raw GM Kurt Angle and Smackdown Live GM Paige as the guests. Angle says his dream opponent right now is Daniel Bryan, Paige says the hardest part about being GM is not helping her friends. Paige says the former Absolution has to earn a title shot, Angle says its hard to give all the wrestlers an equal opportunity. Paige says AJ Styles versus Shinsuke Nakamura and Carmella versus Charlotte Flair will steal the show tonight, while Angle says Nia Jax versus Alexa Bliss and Samoa Joe versus Roman Reigns will steal the show.

Bayley vs. Ruby Riott w/Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan

The match begins with Bayley wrenching away on the arm of Riott, Riott gets free and does the same to Bayley. Bayley takes Riott down with a headlock, Riott gets free and she shoves Bayley down before nailing her with a shoulder tackle. Bayley rolls under Riott before catching her with a few roll ups for a few near falls, Bayley catches Riott with a springboard arm drag for another near fall. Riott recovers and she quickly drops Bayley with a right, Bayley traps Riott in the corner before landing a running clothesline. Riott recovers and gets Bayley to the ring apron, Logan distracts Bayley and that allows Riott to knock her to the arena floor as we go to a commercial break. We return from the break to see Riott holding Bayley in a chin lock, Bayley gets free and Riott nails her with a flat liner.

Riott traps the arm of Bayley while landing a series of strikes, Riott goes for a pin before reapplying a chin lock to Bayley. Riott releases the hold to smash the face of Bayley on the top turnbuckle, Riott also chokes Bayley on the middle rope. Riott distracts the referee so Logan can nail Bayley with a cheap shot, Bayley recovers and she drops Riott face first on the top turnbuckle. Riott recovers and double knee strikes Bayley’s face into the middle turnbuckle, Riott then applies the kravat to Bayley. Bayley gets free and she catches Riott with a few strikes, Bayley then hits Riott with a springboard cross body for a near fall. Bayley then drops Riott a few times with some clotheslines and a belly to back suplex, Bayley then takes out Logan with a hurricarana on the arena floor.

Bayley then hits Riott with a stunner while trapping her in the ropes, Bayley goes to the top rope and she land an elbow drop for a near fall. Riott throws Bayley into an interfering Morgan before landing the Riott Kick for a three count.

Winner: Ruby Riott w/Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Miz

The match begins with Rollins wrenching away on the arm of Miz until Miz gets to the ropes, Miz attacks Rollins with a bunch of stomps and strikes. Miz traps Rollins in the corner while smashing his head on the top turnbuckle, Rollins recovers and he cracks Miz with a drop kick. Rollins gets Miz in the corner while landing a series of chops, Rollins then connects with a running forearm strike on Miz. Rollins looks for a springboard move and Miz kicks him in the head to send Rollins crashing to the arena floor, Miz goes out of the ring to smash the face of Rollins into the announce table. Miz then backs Rollins into the ringside edge before getting him back in the ring, Miz nails Rollins with a running kick to the head for a near fall. Miz slows things down after that by applying a chin lock to Rollins, Rollins fights back and Miz catches him with a knee lift to the midsection.

Miz rips away on the face of Rollins while landing a series of knee strikes, Miz again applies the chin lock to a downed Rollins. Rollins gets free and he catches Miz with a roll up for a near fall, Miz recovers and nails Rollins with a DDT for a near fall. Miz keeps attacking Rollins by landing a bunch of strikes, Miz launches himself onto the back of the neck of Rollins. Rollins fights back and he catches Miz with an X-Factor, Rollins follows that up by propelling Miz into the middle turnbuckle. Rollins then catches Miz with a Sling Blade before clotheslining him out of the ring, Rollins follows that up with a suicide dive against Miz. Rollins gets Miz back in the ring before going for a springboard hold, Miz counters Rollins with a roll up for a near fall. Rollins recovers and nails Miz with a blockbuster for a near fall, Miz gets to the ropes before nailing Rollins with an elbow strike.

Miz goes for a figure four leg lock and Rollins fights free, Rollins then hits Miz with a springboard clothesline. Miz propels Rollins to the ring apron before dropping him face first on the ring apron, Miz gets Rollins in the ring and he goes to the top rope. Miz leaps off the ropes and Rollins catches him to land a modified Side Effect for a near fall, Rollins goes to the top rope and he lands a frog splash for a near fall. Rollins sets up for a super kick and Miz gets out of the ring, Rollins chases Miz back in the ring before knocking him back out. Rollins goes for a suicide dive and Miz clobbers him with a left, Miz drags Rollins to the ring apron going for a DDT. Rollins blocks it and the two have a striking exchange, Rollins goes for his finisher and he winds up nailing the ring post.

Miz catches Rollins in a figure four leg lock and Rollins reverses it, Miz recovers and he reverses it until Rollins gets to the ropes. Miz sets up for another figure four and Rollins gets free before starting another striking exchange, Rollins escapes the Skull Crushing Finale before nailing Miz with an enzaguri. Miz nails Rollins with a Skull Crushing Finale for a near fall, Miz then hits Rollins with a running clothesline in the corner. Miz goes back to the top rope and Rollins meets him up there, Miz kicks Rollins in the knee to knock him off the ropes. Rollins returns to nail Miz with a superplex, Miz escapes the falcon arrow to land a second Skull Crushing Finale for another near fall. Miz gets Rollins back on the top rope before following him up there, Miz goes for a super Skull Crushing Finale and Rollins gets free to knock him off the ropes. Rollins misses a super curb stomp, Rollins rolls througha roll up to nail Miz with a curb stomp for the three count.

Winner: Seth Rollins, still the WWE Intercontinental Champion

WWE Raw Women's Championship: Nia Jax (c) vs. Alexa Bliss

The match begins with Bliss nailing Jax with a drop kick to the knee, Bliss goes for a sleeper hold and Jax tosses her off. Bliss goes for a slap and Jax blocks it before landing a headbutt, Jax then hits Bliss with multiple avalanches before tossing her across the ring a few times. Bliss gets to the ring apron before dropping Jax with a series of kicks, Bliss drops a kneeling Jax with a running punch for a near fall. Bliss gets Jax to the ropes before choking her on the middle rope, Bliss stands on top of Jax while smashing her face on the mat below. Bliss rolls out of the ring before smashing Jax’s face on the mat, Bliss gets back in the ring and she lands a knee strike followed by a slap. Bliss goes for her DDT and Jax tries countering with a Samoan drop before landing a clothesline, Jax goes for a rolling senton and Bliss gets out of the way.

Bliss gets Jax to her knees while landing a series of strikes, Bliss also catches Jax with a few knee strikes. Jax catches a charging Bliss and she gets her on her shoulders before going to the corner, Bliss gets free and she chokes Jax. Bliss leaps off the ropes to catch Jax in a guillotine choke, Jax gets Bliss back on the top rope and Jax eventually propels her across the ring. Jax picks Bliss up before landing a clothesline on her, Jax gets angry and she nails Bliss with an avalanche. Jax also tosses Bliss across the ring a few times, Jax goes to the middle rope and Bliss knocks her over the ropes to the arena floor. Bliss goes out of the ring and she nails Jax with a DDT on the ring steps, Bliss interrupts the referee’s count before finally getting Jax in the ring. Bliss then gets a near fall on Jax on the pin attempt, Jax catches a leaping Bliss and she goes to the middle rope.

Bliss gets free and she kicks Jax off the ropes for a near fall, Bliss then nails Jax with a shotgun drop kick into the turnbuckle. Bliss goes to the top rope and Jax catches her during a Twisted Bliss attempt, Jax nails Bliss with a Samoan drop for a three count.

Winner: Nia Jax, still the WWE Raw Women’s Champion

After the match, Renee Young interviews Nia Jax, Jax says the win means everything and Bliss’ reign of terror is over. Jax says the win is for everybody who has ever been bullied.

- Samoa Joe is interviewed backstage, Joe believes that Roman Reigns has lost his confidence and Joe says Reigns will lose tonight.

WWE United States Championship: Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Randy Orton

The match begins with Hardy dropping Orton with a shoulder tackle, Orton nails Hardy with an elbow strike before applying the headlock. Orton drops Hardy with a shoulder tackle for a near fall, Hardy recovers and he hits Orton with a jaw breaker followed by a drop kick. Orton rolls to the arena floor and Hardy nails him with a drop kick, Hardy then hits Orton with a clothesline from the ring apron. Hardy gets Orton in the ring and Orton recovers to nail Hardy with a drop kick, Hardy looks for a Whisper In The Wind and Orton quickly crotches him on the top rope. Hardy gets hung up on the ropes and Orton stomps away on him, Orton keeps Hardy in the corner while attacking him with more strikes. Orton knocks Hardy out of the ring after landing some European upper cuts, Hardy recovers to catch Orton with a leg lariat from the ring steps.

Hardy then smashes the face of Orton into the ring steps, Hardy gets Orton in the ring and Orton knocks him back to the arena floor with a drop kick. Orton smashes Hardy into the ring steps before dropping him back first multiple times on the barricade, Orton gets Hardy back in the ring for a near fall on a pin attempt. Orton then decides to stomp away on a downed Hardy, Orton drops Hardy on the top rope before getting a near fall on a pin attempt. Orton slows things down further by holding Hardy in a chin lock, Hardy gets free and he nails Orton with a flying forearm strike. Hardy then drops Orton with an atomic drop followed by a leg drop and drop kick, Hardy then hits Orton with Whisper In The Wind for a near fall. Hardy goes for a Twist Of Fate and Orton counters with a power slam for a near fall, Orton goes for an elevated DDT and Hardy counters with a mule kick.

Hardy looks for a drop kick and Orton gets himself out of the way, Orton then hits Hardy with a rope assisted DDT. Orton goes for the RKO and Hardy counters with a roll up, Hardy catches Orton with a Twist Of Fate from out of nowhere followed by a swanton bomb for the three count.

Winner: Jeff Hardy, still the WWE United States Champion

- Elias is in the ring and he wants to know “who wants to walk with Elias?” Elias talks about how he is friends with Bruce Springsteen, Elias then mocks New Jersey and its people. Elias threatens to leave and is eventually interrupted by The New Day, Xavier Woods says they have heard Elias perform and he is fantastic. Kofi Kingston wants to know if they can all jam with Elias, Elias turns them down and The New Day performs anyway. Elias makes JoJo start everything over again before Aiden English and Rusev interrupt, Rusev grabs the microphone and says they will do whatever they want before mocking Elias. Elias makes JoJo do the introductions for a third time until No Way Jose interrupts with Titus Worldwide and Breezango in the conga line, Elias gets angry and he stops the fun. Elias makes JoJo do the introduction once again and Booby Roode interrupts to attack Elias, Roode hits Elias with a Glorious DDT.

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass

The match begins with Bryan attacking Cass with a series of kicks, Bryan corners Cass before landing some more strikes. Cass gets a hold of Bryan to land a few strikes of his own, Cass traps Bryan in the ropes while landing some more strikes. Bryan sends a charging Cass out of the ring before landing a baseball slide drop kick, Bryan follows that up by catching Cass with a knee strike from the ring apron. Cass gets in the ring and he catches Cass with a missile drop kick, Bryan then attacks Cass with the Yes Kicks. Cass blocks the final Yes Kick to nail Bryan with a spine buster, Cass traps Bryan in the ropes before landing some strikes. Cass eventually catches Bryan with a slam followed by an elbow drop for a near fall, Cass then applies the modified back breaker to Bryan.

Bryan gets free and he sends a charging Cass into the turnbuckle, Bryan keeps Cass in the corner while landing a bunch of kicks. Bryan then hits Cass with a series of running drop kicks, Cass recovers and he nails a charging Bryan with a flapjack followed by a clothesline for a near fall. Cass picks Bryan up before dropping him with short arm clotheslines, Cass misses the big boot and Bryan nails him with a kick. Bryan drags Cass to the ground before attempting to go for the Yes Lock, Bryan locks in the Yes Lock after landing some strikes before Cass taps out.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

After the match, Big Cass attacks a celebrating Daniel Bryan and he knocks him out of the ring, Cass then tosses Bryan all over the arena floor. Cass gets Bryan in the ring before nailing him with a kick to the head.

SmackDown Live Women's Championship: Carmella (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

The match begins with Flair kicking a taunting Carmella in the face, Carmella goes out of the ring and she grabs her title. Carmella tries leaving the ringside area and Flair gets in her way, Flair catches up to a running Carmella to get her back in the ring. Flair goes for a pin and Carmella kicks out at two, Flair goes for a few roll ups to get a few near falls on Carmella. Carmella tries escaping again and Flair nails her with a clothesline, Carmella rolls out of the ring and Flair misses a follow up dive before eating a super kick. Carmella gets Flair back in the ring before landing some strikes, Carmella lands a few elbow strikes before applying a chin lock to Flair. Flair gets free and Carmella kicks her in the head for a near fall, Carmella reapplies the chin lock to Flair.

Flair gets free again by nailing Carmella with a backpack stunner, Carmella quickly drops Flair with an inverted face buster before landing some strikes. Carmella follows that up by attacking Flair with some curb stomps, Flair gets free by catching Carmella with a mule kick. Flair follows that up by nailing Carmella with a standing STO followed by chops, Flair then hits Carmella with a back suplex. Carmella rolls to the ring apron and Flair nails her with some knee strikes, Carmella blocks a boot from Flair before dropping her on the ring apron. Carmella stretches Flair on the ring post before getting back in the ring, Carmella then stomps away on a downed Flair. Flair then hits Carmella with a spear from out of nowhere, Flair goes for the figure eight and Carmella traps her in the Code Of Silence.

Flair gets free and Carmella rolls her up for a near fall, Flair recovers and she kicks Carmella right in the face for another near fall. Flair goes to the top rope and Carmella avoids the moonsault, Carmella then kicks the hurt Flair in the bad knee for a three count.

Winner: Carmella, still the Smackdown Live Women’s Champion

WWE Championship - No DQ Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

The match begins with Nakamura rolling out of the ring and Styles chases him back in, Styles drags Nakamura out of the ring before throwing him into the barricade a few times. Styles then tosses Nakamura into one of the announce tables, Styles gets Nakamura back in the ring and he traps him in the corner before landing a bunch of strikes. Styles follows that up with a snap suplex on Nakamura for a near fall, Nakamura fights back and Styles nails him with a back breaker. Nakamura catches Styles with a strike to the throat before ripping away at his face, Styles recovers to drop Nakamura with a drop kick. Styles gets Nakamura back out of the ring before throwing him into the barricade multiple times, Styles nails Nakamura with an avalanche against the barricade. Styles goes for a second avalanche and he crashes into the barricade as Nakamura got out of the way, Nakamura catches Styles with a few strikes before throwing him into the ring steps.

Nakamura gets Styles on the ring apron before landing a running knee strike, Nakamura launches himself off the ring steps to land a knee drop on Styles for a near fall. Nakamura traps Styles in the corner while landing a series of strikes, Nakamura also decides to choke Styles with his foot. Nakamura drops Styles before landing another knee drop for a near fall, Styles tries fighting back and Nakamura quickly drops him. Nakamura keeps the pressure on Styles by landing a back body drop for a near fall, Nakamura holds Styles down while landing some knee strikes. Styles fights back and Nakamura knocks him out of the ring with a kick, Nakamura follows Styles out of the ring to throw him into the barricade a few times. Styles fights back Nakamura causes him to crash on top of the barricade, Nakamura gets Styles in the ring and he applies a chin lock.

Styles escapes a reverse exploder from Nakamura before nailing him with a few strikes, Nakamura recovers to trap Styles on the top rope before landing another knee strike. Nakamura nails Styles with a middle rope knee strike for a near fall, Nakamura then hits Styles with a Landslide for another near fall. Nakamura goes out of the ring and he finds a steel chair to bring back in the ring, Nakamura misses the chair swing and Nakamura still catches Styles with a spin kick. Nakamura catches Styles with a reverse exploder suplex on a chair for a near fall, Nakamura goes for a running knee strike and Styles nails him in the knee with a chair, Nakamura recovers and catches Styles with a kick to the head. Styles catches a charging Nakamura in the calf crusher, Nakamura gets free and he catches Styles in a triangle choke.

Styles gets free and he knocks Nakamura to the arena floor, Nakamura gets back in the ring and Styles nails him with a forearm strike. Styles nails Nakamura with a modified back breaker for a near fall, Styles then nails Nakamura with a pele kick. Styles goes for a Styles Clash and Nakamura nails him with a low blow, Styles recovers to nail Nakamura with a low blow of his own. Nakamura and Styles have a striking exchange in the middle of the ring, Nakamura and Styles both eventually kick each other in the balls. The referee makes the ten count as neither wrestler is able to get back up and the match comes to an end.

Match Result: No Contest, AJ Styles is still the WWE Champion

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley

The match begins with Zayn taunting Lashley before hiding in the ropes, Zayn applies a headlock to Lashley. Lashley gets free and he drops Zayn with a shoulder tackle, Owens tags in and Lashley scores a takedown on him. Lashley then hits Owens with a spear in the corner, Lashley gets Owens out of the corner before landing a neck breaker. Zayn tags in and Lashley nails him with a few clotheslines, Zayn goes out of the ring and Lashley follows him out there before throwing Zayn into the barricade. Zayn goes in the ring after Lashley smashes his face into the announce table, Owens distracts Lashley and Zayn drops him neck first on the top rope. Owens tags in and he catches Lashley with a senton on the arena floor, Zayn tags in and he nails Lashley with a bunch of strikes.

Zayn slows things down further by holding Lashley in a chin lock, Lashley gets free and he nails Zayn with a flat liner. Owens tags in and he prevents Lashley from tagging Strowman in, Owens goes for a senton bomb and Lashley gets his knees up. Strowman tags in and he immediately cleans house on the opposing team, Strowman catches Owens with an avalanche. Strowman chases Zayn on the arena floor and he winds up dropping Owens a few times instead, Strowman gets Owens in the ring and he crashes into the post after a failed avalanche attempt. Zayn tags in and he tries running away into the crowd, Owens convinces Zayn to stay and Zayn throws him in the ring. Strowman attacks Owens with a few strikes before Owens exits the ring, Owens throws Zayn in the ring and Zayn slaps him. Zayn tries running away as Lashley tags into the match, Lashley nails Owens with a spine buster and a suplex for the three count.

Winners: Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley

After the match, Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman attack Kevin Owens as Sami Zayn watches. Strowman gets Zayn back in the ring to land a running power slam on him.

Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns

The action begins with Joe attacking Reigns with a bunch of strikes before the bell sounds, Joe knocks Reigns out of the ring before throwing him into the barricade. Joe then hits Reigns with a uranage through the announce table, Joe picks Reigns up before throwing him over another announce table. Joe picks up Reigns again and he throws him over another announce table, Joe eventually gets Reigns back in the ring. Reigns gets to his feet and the referee rings the bell, Joe immediately corners Reigns before landing a bunch of strikes. Joe drops Reigns before landing a knee drop for a near fall, Joe decides to wrench away on the arm of Reigns. Joe releases that hold before twisting the head of Reigns, Reigns fights back and Joe corners him before landing an overhead kick for a near fall.

Joe catches Reigns with a few more strikes before twisting on the head of Reigns, Reigns gets free and Joe gets him on the ring apron before knocking him to the arena floor. Joe then takes out Reigns with a suicide dive, Joe gets Reigns back in the ring for a near fall on a pin attempt. Joe holds Reigns down while wrenching away on his arm, Reigns fights his way free and he eventually knocks Joe out of the ring with a boot to the face. Reigns goes out of the ring before nailing Joe with a Drive By, Reigns gets Joe in the ring before dropping him with some clotheslines. Reigns traps Joe in the corner before landing some clothesline smashes, Joe recovers to drop Reigns before landing a senton bomb for a near fall. Reigns recovers to catch a charging Joe with a spine buster for a near fall, Reigns goes for a superman punch and Joe locks him in a rear naked choke.

Reigns gets free and he clotheslines Joe on the top rope, Reigns goes for the Drive By and Joe catches him in a choke. Reigns gets free to catch Joe with a roll up followed by a superman punch, Reigns goes for a spear and Joe kicks him in the head. Reigns catches Joe with a second spear for a near fall, Reigns goes for another spear and Joe kicks him in the face before applying a rear naked choke. Reigns gets free and he almost rolls up Joe, Reigns goes for another roll up and Joe catches him in a rear naked choke. Reigns eventually escapes the choke by getting to the ropes, Joe gets Reigns on the top rope and he looks for the muscle buster. Reigns gets free and he nails Joe with another spear for the three count.

Winner: Roman Reigns

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