WWE Backlash 2018: Roman Reigns Defeating Samoa Joe And 5 Smart Booking Decisions
May 6, 2018 - WWE
WWE Backlash 2018 is headlined by Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe, Seth Rollins vs. The Miz and Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass, and it outlines a start of a new epoch for both Raw and SmackDown.
Not usually is Backlash the initial normal pay-per-view given a Superstar Shakeup, though it will be a dual-branded PPV after WWE finished a preference to scrap single-branded shows progressing this year. There is a lot of vigour for WWE to broach a products during Backlash given a dual-branded uncover also translates to a some-more star-studded one, and it would be extremely unsatisfactory if a finish of brand-specific shows does not outcome in improved WWE Network viewership relocating forward.
The WWE Network strike a record 2.12 million subscribers during WrestleMania 34, though TV viewership for both Raw and SmackDown has already forsaken given then. That was to be approaching during a post-WrestleMania 34 season, when seductiveness in a product tends to diminution substantially, though with WWE’s new-look rosters and some-more star-studded PPVs, a wish is that a association can minimize a volume of fans who balance out going forward.
As always, it starts with a booking, and given of final week’s Greatest Royal Rumble eventuality and all of a changes finished during a Superstar Shakeup, WWE didn’t accurately puts a best bid into formulating riveting storylines streamer into Backlash, that seemed to be lost to an extent. WWE does, however, have an event to erase some of a artistic miscues by effectively engagement stars like Reigns, Joe, Bryan, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and others during Backlash, paving a approach for interesting new storylines in a process.
So, how should a PPV be booked? Let’s take a demeanour during 5 intelligent engagement decisions WWE contingency make during Backlash 2018.
Seth Rollins Retains The Intercontinental Championship
It doesn’t demeanour like Seth Rollins will figure in to a Universal Championship design anytime soon, though it’s needed that he WWE still books him strongly as a Intercontinental Champion.
Over a final integrate of years, WWE has finished a unequivocally good pursuit of restoring status to a Intercontinental title, that has been hold by a likes of The Miz, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler and Roman Reigns given 2016. That has authorised a pretension to turn one of a many sought after championships in all of WWE, and with Rollins holding that belt given WrestleMania 34, it’s a good thought to keep it around his waist given that he’s now one of WWE’s many renouned stars.
What’s finished Rollins’ recognition raze in 2018 is that WWE has given him large win after large win, like, for example, his record-setting (and 100% clean) gauntlet compare victories over Reigns and John Cena, TV wins over stars like Finn Balor and his vital feat during WrestleMania 34, that incited him into a grand impact champion. It’s no warn that Rollins’ new success has determined him both as a top sell mover and an apparently good draw because he has been pushed a approach a universe category in-ring performer is ostensible to be pushed.
Much like it’s finished with AJ Styles, WWE has put Rollins in a position to broach show-stealing opening after show-stealing opening while also engagement him to win those matches. That’s since fans are desiring in him now some-more than ever, and it’s since there is no reason since he should dump a IC pretension to The Miz during Backlash. We’ve been there, finished that with The Miz, who has hold a pretension a whopping 8 times and should now pierce on to opposite (perhaps bigger) things on SmackDown.
With The Miz positioned to have a intensity money-making argument with Daniel Bryan or enter a WWE pretension scene, a best pierce WWE could make is gripping a Intercontinental Championship on Rollins and vouchsafing him float that call of movement to see how distant it takes him.
Shinsuke Nakamura Becomes WWE Champion
The income is in a chase.
See: Daniel Bryan, whose lapse to a ring after a three-year deficiency resulted in SmackDown doing a best viewership in a year and a late swell in WrestleMania 34 sheet sales. That’s given fans waited roughly 3 full years (the chase) to see Bryan get his wish of being privileged to combat again (the payoff) and were intrigued to see what would occur when he got a possibility to truly strech a consummate of his tour (his win during WrestleMania 34)).
Things are no opposite when it comes to AJ Styles and a WWE Championship. Styles is clearly one of WWE’s tip babyfaces, and as evidenced by a fact that he’s WWE’s No. 2 sell mover, he doesn’t indispensably need to be pushed overly strongly to be well-liked. In fact, for most of a final year, Styles had taken a backseat to names like Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn on SmackDown, though his recognition remained clever and was maybe stronger than it would have been had he not had obstacles like Owens, Zayn and Jinder Mahal to overcome.
Now, to get even some-more out of Styles, WWE unequivocally needs to safeguard that he’s a one doing a chasing of Nakamura, that means that Nakamura should win a WWE Championship during Backlash to supplement a new fold to their feud. Having a heel champion generally tends to lead to improved storytelling, and if Nakamura can leave Backlash with a WWE Championship, he would have a good preference of babyfaces chasing him with a likes of Styles, Bryan, Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy all backing adult as probable destiny challengers.
With Styles’ likability doubtful to take a strike if he loses a WWE pretension and a win expected doing wonders for a newly heel Nakamura while also environment adult a engorgement of potentially good feuds for him as champion, this one is a no-brainer. Nakamura should be a WWE Champion once Backlash is in a books.