WWE Backlash 2017: Reactions & Review

Watch the opening to WWE Backlash 2017See the opening to WWE Backlash 2017, streaming live from Chicago's Allstate Arena, on the award-winning WWE Network. 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/akf0J42017-05-22T00:34:36.000Z

Here’s our final thoughts on SmackDown Live’s WWE Backlash 2017!


Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English

Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English: WWE Backlash 2017 Kickoff MatchAiden English looks to bring the curtain down on Tye Dillinger's fairytale story in the WWE Backlash 2017 Kickoff Match. 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/akf0J42017-05-22T00:44:14.000Z

Reactions: This turned out to be on the same level as other solo Kickoff Matches. It went a lot longer than the last two matches these two men had before, which meant we got to see English actually get in a few minutes of offense. The extra action that transpired here was admirable at best, but it ended just like we knew it would. Dillinger wins once again and we’re happy to see his push continue. This was an average bout, but at least it had the right man winning.

Tye Dillinger looks into his future: WWE Talking Smack, May 21, 2017 (WWE Network Exclusive)After a successful Backlash Kickoff Match against Aiden English, Tye Dillinger breaks down his goals in WWE. 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/akf0J42017-05-22T03:54:09.000Z

Rating: 1 & a Half out of 5 Stars


Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan

Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan: WWE Backlash 2017 (WWE Network Exclusive)Luke Harper battles his former Wyatt Family "brother" Erick Rowan: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network. 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/akf0J42017-05-22T03:06:25.000Z

Reactions: These two hosses put on an okay match. Too bad the crowd didn’t care enough to stay focused for much of it. Rowan seemed like he had a chip on his shoulder as he looked to prove he wasn’t just some 3rd wheel member of The Wyatt Family. Harper’s one of the more underrated members of SD Live and he made sure to show just how good he is during this bout. While this match was far from terrible, it lost a few points due to having no true heat behind it. With more crowd interest and possibly a hardcore stipulation put on top of it, it could have turned out even better.

Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin

Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin: WWE Backlash 2017 (WWE Network Exclusive)The Underdog from the Underground clashes with the self-proclaimed "Lone Wolf": Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network. 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/akf0J42017-05-22T01:37:55.000Z

Reactions: This turned out to be less of a slog and more of a spirited encounter. Corbin is steadily improving and Zayn never has a bad match. While this match initially started out slow, it crescendoed the longer it went on. Zayn always plays the part of a wounded dog perfectly and Corbin was the right one to be in domination mode. Zayn’s comeback sequence was lively as always. This match went from decent to surprisingly good the more it went on. Zayn’s Sunset Powerbomb to Corbin off the top rope and Corbin’s devastating Deep Six Slam to Zayn were definitely highlights here. I predicted a Corbin win here, but to my surprise Zayn got the shocking victory. This match was a pleasant surprise thanks to how much better it turned out to be and due to who ended up actually winning.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler: WWE Backlash 2017 (WWE Network Exclusive)The King of Strong Style and The Showoff do battle for the first time ever: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network. 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/akf0J42017-05-22T01:16:18.000Z

Reactions: I’m glad WWE chose a great worker in the form of Ziggler to be Nakamura’s 1st main roster opponent. I figured this match would be amazing, but it actually turned out be good at best. That’s not a huge knock on the match, but we were expecting just a little bit more from these two charismatic individuals. Both men engaged in some pretty entertaining grappling exchanges, plus Ziggler turned things up a notch. Ziggler’s work when he had control over Nakamura wasn’t boring whatsoever, which helped keep this bout stay alive with the hype crowd. When Nakamura finally got some time to dominate Ziggler, it was impressive as expected. Both Superstars fought hard and provided Backlash 2017 with a fun opener. I enjoyed what I saw here, but it needed another 5-10 minutes of action to really make it worthy of Nakamura’s main roster greatness. I hope this is just the 1st of many matches between Ziggler and Nakamura.

Shinsuke Nakamura educates Dolph Ziggler: WWE Backlash Exclusive, May 21, 2017After defeating The Showoff at WWE Backlash 2017, Shinsuke Nakamura is brimming with confidence. 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/akf0J42017-05-22T01:40:46.000Z

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars