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  • Tarrian Rodgers

France energizes WWE’s global takeover for WWE Backlash

If I could describe WWE’s Backlash in one word it would be electric.  It was the first time in history that a major WWE event (PLE/PPV) has taken place in France. And after the results it certainly won't be the last. The crowd was so loud the decibel alarm sounded. In layman's terms it was so loud a person could go legally deaf. Not only was the crowd amazing but the match quality was quite historic in its own right. Four championships were on the line in the historic event, only one changed hands the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship as Jade Cargill and Bianca Belair defeated The Kabuki Warriors. Despite a relative lack of major changes, every match delivered at a high level.

The Bloodline def. Kevin Owens and Randy Orton- Perhaps the biggest surprise took place in this match. The night started off hot as the four men took their rivalry to a heated level as they threw hands before the bell rang. Security guards took stunners and RKO’s before Smackdown GM Nick Aldis announced a No Disqualification match which spilled out into the raucous France crowd. Kevin Owens landed a sick brain buster on top of six chairs in the ring. The shock of the match was when Toma Tonga brother Tanga Loa interfered. The Bloodline story now continues, going in a more violent direction that left even Paul Heyman concerned.

Bayley def. Naomi and Tiffany Stratton to retain the WWE Women's Championship- Bayley retained scoring a pin over Naomi despite not hitting her with a finisher. Stratton was impressive, proving to be a major star in the making. It was smart for her to not take the pin. This was a solid match that showcased the talents of all three women involved. Bayley's reign should continue and a singles program with Stratton. Stratton is also a potential Money in the Bank winner

Damian Priest def. Jey Uso to retain the World Heavyweight Championship- Priest put on a main event worthy match. The interference from the Judgment Day makes it seem as if the story between these two isn't over. Priest shoved each member of the Judgment Day for helping him the continued friction between Priest and the other members of the Judgment Day looks to be headed to a future story. In the interim there will be no shortage of challengers for Priest, but Uso should certainly remain in the mix.

Bianca Belair and Jade Cargill def. The Kabuki Warriors to win the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships- The only title changes of the night. Jade Cargill is a megastar. She received a massive pop from the crowd. Cargill and Belair are looked at as the front runners to revitalize the women’s tag division. The two should have a long dominant reign which will allow them to compete on all WWE shows. 

Cody Rhodes def. A.J. Styles to retain the WWE Undisputed Championship- Fans were fully behind both men at different times in the match. Styles and Rhodes told an excellent story, with the challenger showing a newfound aggression and the champion doing everything possible to stay on top. It was a great throwback wrestling match that solidified Cody as a fighting champion and a great week to week fighting champion.

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