AMIN'S WWE PPV REVIEWS

Amin’s WWE Backlash Review: Edge vs. Randy Orton

WWE Backlash PPVAMIN’S WWE BACKLASH REVIEW 
SUNDAY JUNE 14, 2020
WWE PERFORMANCE CENTER IN ORLANDO, FL

TRIPLE THREAT MATCH FOR THE WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: BAYLEY & SASHA BANKS vs. THE IICONICS (BILLIE KAY & PEYTON ROYCE) vs. ALEXA BLISS & NIKKI CROSS

The match began at a quick pace as Banks connected with a Springboard arm drag to Bliss for a two count. Banks and Bayley delivered a combo Wheelbarrow/Running Knee to Billie but Nikki broke the count. Nikki connected with a combo clothesline/running bulldog to Bayley and Bille. Bliss got a hot tag delivering a double crossbody to Bayley and Royce.

Royce connected with a tope to everyone on the floor. Bille and Royce delivered a Wheelbarrow/Knee combo to Bayley and then planted Banks with a modified Magic Killer. Bliss and Nikki delivered a Complete Shot/DDT combo to Royce. Bliss connected with Twisted Bliss to Royce. Banks appeared from behind, applied a reverse Victory Roll for the 1,2,3. 

WINNERS: SASHA BANKS & BAYLEY RETAINED THE WWE WOMEN TAG TEAM TITLES

(Amin’s Analysis: A solid opening match as they were lots of cool sequences leading to the finish as everyone worked hard. I liked the finish as Banks and Bayley find creative ways to win.)

JEFF HARDY vs. SHEAMUS

Jeff ran off the ring steps and delivered a flying clothesline to Sheamus on the floor. Sheamus took control showing off his new aggressive style by hitting rapid elbows. Sheamus hit a pair of Irish Curse Backbreakers for a two count. Jeff made his comeback hitting Whisper in the Wind for a two count.

 Jeff went for Twist of Fate but Sheamus countered into inside cradle for a two. Sheamus called for the Brogue Kick but Jeff countered with a modified Slingblade. Jeff went for a Swanton Bomb but Sheamus countered by hitting White Noise for a two count. Sheamus applied a Texas Cloverleaf but Jeff grabbed the ropes. 

Jeff moved as Sheamus ran into the ring post. Jeff hit the Twist of Fate and followed with a Swanton Bomb but Sheamus placed his foot on the ropes to stop the count. Jeff ran off the barricade but Sheamus caught him with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus delivered a second Brogue Kick for the 1,2,3.

WINNER: SHEAMUS

(Amin’s Analysis: The build for this program has been lame to outright bad from bringing up Jeff’s personal issues to the lame urine test on SmackDown. This wasn’t need as both Jeff and Sheamus are talented wrestlers as they had a solid match.) 

RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: ASUKA vs. NIA JAX

Asuka caught Jax with a Hook Kick and then applied an Octopus Hold. Jax broke free and delivered a Spinebuster for a two count. Asuka applied a guillotine but Jax countered into a modified Jackhammer for a two count. Asuka made a comeback nailing Jax with a pair of spinning back elbows and then hit a Shining Wizard for a two count.Asuka hit a missile dropkick and followed with a running hip attack for a two count. J

Jax avoided a roundhouse kick and delivered a Powerbomb but couldn’t keep Asuka away. Asuka applying an arm bar against the ropes pulling Jax to the floor. Asuka applied a flying armbar on the floor but Jax countered by ramming her into the barricade. They battled on the floor as Asuka nailed Jax with a Hook Kick. The referee counted both of them out. Asuka nailed Jax with a flying hip attack after the match.

WINNER: DOUBLE COUNTOUT 

(Amin’s Analysis: A count-out finish on a PPV is lame but it’s likely leading a rematch. We really don’t need to see as they are so many more talented wrestlers that Asuka could face. To be fair, Jax had a solid performance as she worked hard. That’s mostly due to Asuka who’s a tremendous wrestler and was the star of the match.)

TWO-ON-ONE HANDICAP MATCH FOR THE WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP: BRAUN STROWMAN vs. JOHN MORRISON & THE MIZ

Miz and Morrison delivered a double dropkick but Strowman no-solid it. Morrison caught Stowman with a Springboard Kick and followed with a Corkscrew Hilo to the floor. Miz and Morrison delivered a double DDT but Strowman kicked out.

Morrison nailed Strowman with a pair of Springboard Kicks. Miz and Morrison delivered a Flying Stomp/Skull Crushing Finale to Strowman. They had the match won but Miz pulled Morrison off Strowman. Strowman stormed back as planted Miz with a Chokeslam and then delivered a Running Powerslam to Morrison for the 1,2,3.

WINNER: BRAUN STROWMAN RETAINED THE WWE UNIVERSAL TITLE 

(Amin’s Analysis: Not a fan of seeing two-on-one championship match and the build for this program has been lame as well. (I sense a trend.) This was a fine match as everyone worked hard. The closing moments were good as this could possible lead to a breakup angle between Miz and Morrison.) 

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: DREW MCINTYRE vs. BOBBY LASHLEY (w/MVP) 

MVP caused a distraction as Bobby placed McIntyre in the Full Nelson before the match began. Lashley delivered an overhead suplex for a near fall. McIntyre hit a bridging Northern Lights Suplex for a near fall and then rammed Lashley into the barricade. Lashley stopped McIntyre’s momentum by hitting a rolling senton on the floor.

Lashley went for a spear but McIntyre countered with a modified suplex into the barricade. McIntyre connected with a flying clothesline for a double down. McIntyre hit a Spinebuster for a two count. Lashley delivered a Spinebuster and then a flatliner but McIntyre kept kicking out at one.

Lashley went for a Full Nelson but McIntyre countered with a reverse Alabama Slam for a two count. McIntyre leaped off the turnbuckle but Lashley countered into a Crossface. McIntyre broke free, called for a Tombstone but Lashley reversed into an ankle lock. McIntrye showed off his submission game by applying a Kimura but Lashley grabbed the ropes. They battled for position on the turnbuckle as McIntyre delivered a Superplex.

McIntyre called for the Claymore Kick but Lashley countered with a Spear for a close two count. This is where Lana came out as she climbed the ring steps. McIntyre delivered a Glasgow Kiss as Lana fell onto MVP. McIntyre nailed Lashley with a Claymore Kick for the 1,2,3.

WINNER: DREW MCINTYRE RETAINED THE WWE TITLE 

(Amin’s Analysis: The finish was anti-climatic but worked as it should lead to a breakup between Lana and Lashley. This was a terrific match as there were some great sequences leading to the finish. McIntyre is a great wrestler and has really shined as the top babyface on Raw. Lashley has really impressed showing great intensity and his pairing with MVP has clicked.) 

Tom Phillips was about to throw to a video package but got word that The Street Profit and Viking Raiders were brawling outside. This led to a long cinematic match/angle. Not going to give a full recap but just highlight some moments. Erik delivered a strike as a bowling ball went into Montez Ford’s nuts. Ninjas appeared. Angelo Dawkins spearing Ivar through a (hopefully gimmicked glass) door. There were some funny moments but this dragged and went way too long. 

EDGE vs. RANDY ORTON – GREATEST MATCH EVER 

They had Howard Finkle give the ring introductions for Edge and Orton. They had background sound with fans cheering. Charles Robinson wore an old school referee attire. Orton delivered a shoulder tackle but Edge respond with a pair of arm drags. They battled for position on the turnbuckle as Edge delivered a pair of head butts. Edge connected with a flying clothesline as he and Orton went to the floor. Orton was cut open.

Edge connected with a Russian Leg Sweep and then transitioned into a Crossface but Orton placed his foot on the ropes. Edge avoided a surprise RKO, applied a Head/Arm Choke but Orton reached the ropes. Orton stopped Edge’s momentum after hitting his signature neck breaker. Orton backdropped Edge onto the announcers table. Orton delivered his signature stomps. Orton went for the Three Amigos but Edge countered into the Three Amigos.

There was a fun spot as Edge and Orton exchanged strikes from their knees. They battled for position on the turnbuckle as Orton delivered a Superplex for a two count. Edge and Orton delivered stereo crossbody for a double down spot. Orton called for the Draping DDT but Edge countered with the Edge-Cution for a two count. Edge went for a Crossface but Orton countered into an Olympic Slam for a two count. Orton went for a standing dropkick but Edge countered into a Sit-Out Powerbomb for a close two count. Orton stopped Edge momentum connecting with his signature Draping DDT.

There was a great counter exchange with Edge countering an RKO into a Edge-O-Matic for a close two. There was a great sequence as Edge delivered an Unprettier but Orton kicked out. Orton brought out the Pedigree but couldn’t keep Edge down. Edge responded by catching Orton with a Rock Bottom for a close two count. Orton caught Edge with a surprise RKO for a close two count.

Orton teased the Punt Kick but Edge responded by delivering a pair of Spears for a close two count. Edge leaped off the turnbuckle but Orton caught him into an RKO for a great two count. Edge went for the Head/Arm Choke but Orton got him low. Orton delivered the Punt Kick for the 1,2,3.

WINNER: RANDY ORTON

(Amin’s Analysis: You can argue the use of “enhancements” liked piped in noise, and additional use of camera angles were a benefit or distraction to the match. Was this the “Greatest Match Ever?” I will leave that for people to debate. But having said that, this match did live up to the exceptions as there were some awesome sequences, callback moves and great near falls leading to the finish. I will say this about Orton, whenever he’s motivated or into a program, he’s one of the best ever in the business as he works the perfect style for his character and his facial reactions were great. The finish with the Punt Kick added to the match. Edge is one my all-time favourite wrestlers as he was just tremendous here as he worked really hard. Before judging everything that went into the match, people need to remember this is just Edge’s second match back since coming back from retirement in April 2011. This match ruled. Two thumbs up.)

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