WWE Backlash 2018: AJ Styles Defeating Shinsuke Nakamura And 5 Bad Booking Decisions
May 3, 2018 - WWE
WWE Backlash 2018 is a start of a new epoch for both Raw and SmackDown as it outlines a lapse to dual-brand pay-per-views and a initial eventuality with a show’s new demeanour rosters.
The uncover is headlined by Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles for a WWE Championship and Seth Rollins vs. The Miz for a Intercontinental Championship, and during slightest so far, it appears that seductiveness in both a red and blue brands is dipping during a post-WrestleMania peace like it typically does. Indeed, TV viewership for both Raw and SmackDown has trended down in new weeks as has search seductiveness in both shows.
That means WWE has a work cut out over a subsequent few months, and it will have to emanate riveting storylines and matches to equivocate carrying viewership and seductiveness tumble off too many as its subsequent TV understanding approaches. Backlash has a hapless purpose of being a feeble timed pay-per-view that is function usually after a Greatest Royal Rumble, that WWE promoted utterly heavily, and a Superstar Shakeup, that has left a register in a state of motion and given comparatively small time to emanate intriguing feuds for a show.
Therefore, a engagement of this PPV will be unequivocally critical since it will have a engorgement of effects on many of a biggest stars on both shows, many particularly names like The Miz, Reigns and Styles. So, let’s wish WWE sets adult some enchanting angles during a PPV that set adult these new demeanour rosters for destiny success.
Here are 5 bad engagement decisions WWE contingency equivocate during Backlash.
No Match For Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey is not now scheduled for a compare during Backlash, that creates a preference to keep her on TV utterly a obscure one.
What done Rousey such a domicile name for so prolonged in UFC was that she was unbeatable until a finish of her run there, and it was that prevalence that eventually led her to WWE, where she’s generating some-more seductiveness than all of a women and many of a men. According to a Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Rousey was a fifth many searched star during WrestleMania week (behind usually Reigns, Brock Lesnar, John Cena and The Undertaker), proof that there is a lot of fad per her prospects in WWE.
With Rousey already proof to be a pull for a company, a engagement of her impression should be utterly simple: She should be a company’s many widespread star in track to a intensity compare against Charlotte Flair in a categorical eventuality of WrestleMania 35. That means that many of her matches adult to that indicate should be brief and sweet, with Rousey fast decimating her opponents in a approach that leaves small doubt about who manners WWE’s women’s division.
That trend should start with a wilful win opposite Mickie James during Backlash in a compare that should go, during a really most, about 5 minutes. Not usually would that strengthen Rousey, who’s never had a singles match, yet it would also settle her as a commander-in-chief of Raw’s women’s division. Yet, WWE doesn’t seem like it has skeleton to put Rousey in a compare during Backlash, that creates we consternation what a indicate of her being concerned with Natalya and James is anyway.
Even yet Jim Ross called Rousey’s implausible WrestleMania 34 opening “the many impactful” one in wrestling history, carrying a singles compare is a totally opposite story, and it’s needed that WWE set adult Rousey for success with a to-the-point compare that highlights her strengths and hides her weaknesses. Will she get that opposite James during Backlash?
Shinsuke Nakamura Losing Another WWE Title Match
Shinsuke Nakamura mislaid to AJ Styles during both WrestleMania 34 and a Greatest Royal Rumble, so a third time improved be a attract for SmackDown’s new proprietor No. 1 heel.
WWE is clearly doing all it can to get a fans to dislike Nakamura, and it appears to be working. The association remixed his epic “The Rising Sun” opening song, that had been arguably WWE’s many renouned opening strain after aggregation nearly 30 million views on YouTube, and has formed his heel impression heavily around a “low blow,” arguably a cheapest and many dishonourable pierce in all of pro wrestling. But that still doesn’t change a fact that Nakamura is 0-3 in WWE Championship matches and 0-2 opposite Styles
At some point, Nakamura has to win a WWE Championship, and given that he was WWE’s many renouned new star last year and still needs to still some of those cheers, a best engagement unfolding is for Nakamura to kick Styles for a pretension in unwashed conform in their No DQ match. Perhaps Styles avoids a low blow (many fans have suggested he does so by wearing a take crater a la a ancestral Road Dogg vs. Chyna feud), and Nakamura has to review to even dirtier strategy to better Styles to win gold.
Either way, a outcome is a same in that Nakamura needs to better Styles during Backlash to change gears in this feud. After all, any wrestling fan will tell we that a income is in a chase, that means a babyface should be chasing a heel to win a universe title, and given that Styles has already solidified himself as one of WWE’s best movers of business, a extensive follow of Nakamura could serve indurate him as one of WWE’s tip stars.
Meanwhile, it would accomplish a idea of finally giving Nakamura that large victory, creation him a initial strictly famous Japanese WWE Champion in story all while cementing him as one of WWE’s many hated heels.