WWE Backlash results: Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe

Posted May 07, 2018

Ruby Riott got the win via the Riott Kick, but only after her fellow Riott Squad members caused a distraction.

Randy Orton won his title shot after emerging victorious in the number 1 contenders match. Brock Lesnar emerged as the winner after a brawl that hinted at future rivalries between the two.

It was not a close race for match of the night as The Architect and The A-Lister stole the show in the opener, never giving it back.

One, Bryan is brilliant in the ring and somehow has very little ring rust from his time away from wrestling.

Rollins retained, and he did so in incredible fashion. But, ultimately, Rollins prevailed after connecting with Curb Stomp to pick up the win. Nakamura brings it back into the ring and works to get a Dragon Sleeper applied in the middle of the ring. Braun Strowman's reception from the crowd and imposing figure make him a potential challenger to Reigns, too. Bliss followed this up with a DDT onto the stairs at ringside, which was a cool spot that looked great.

Tonight's match against The Miz was yet another defining performance for Rollins, because it showed that he can steal the show as the Intercontinental Champion on any given Pay Per View.

Both Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton were extremely aggressive tonight, which leads us to believe that this match isn't one and done. Pure booking alone caused an uproar that made up for a night with expected results across the board and no title changes.

Back in the ring, Alexa reverses another Super Samoan and kicks Nia's leg out. Bryan's return to the ring is a certifiable draw for WWE, and the possibilities with Bryan-including a longer feud with Cass-can carry the company.

Reigns won the match after hitting the spear.

Carmella pins Charlotte at 10:00. The two blew up at each other and Owens ended up losing to Lashley's vertical suplex (albeit he may not have been the legal man).

Reigns went for another Spear, Joe countered, Roman rolled through the submission for a two count. This match was going so well, but the finish completely ruined it.

The main card is rounded off by a huge tag-team match as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn team up to face Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley. Flair gets to the ropes to break the hold. The referee calls for the double count out as fans boo.

The action had everyone talking the moment it ended, singing the praises of a contest that should be in the conversation for match of the year throughout 2018. Once the match finally began, Joe had the upper hand and continued the assault. Carmella vs. Charlotte is a decent enough match, but the ending comes out of nowhere, and it's difficult to shake the surprise of it all.

WWE Backlash, unlike others, will be a 3-hour event, and it will be broadcasted live from Newark, New Jersey on Sunday 6th. Bayley begged Sasha Banks to put their past disagreements aside and support her during the match, but Banks refused and told Bayley she would have to go it alone.