WWE Backlash 2016 will be SmackDown’s first brand-exclusive pay-per-view since the brand extension. Here are all the things you need to know for the event this Sunday including previews, predictions, schedule and live stream links.
WWE Backlash 2016 Match Card
Dean Ambrose vs. A.J. Styles for the WWE World Championship
A.J. Styles is currently the favorite to win against Dean Ambrose at WWE Backlash 2016, per BetWrestling. The Phenomenal One has been on a roll ever since he arrived at the WWE in January and he gained more momentum when he defeated John Cena at SummerSlam.
The WWE needs to capitalize on Styles being SmackDown’s top heel and give him the championship. Ambrose and possibly Cena in the next several months are better off chasing the title against the bad guy champion.
Prediction: A.J. Styles wins via pinfall to become the WWE World Championship.
Nikki Bella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Carmella vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss in a Six-Pack Challenge for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
It has been rumored for the past several weeks that Nikki Bella will become the first ever SmackDown Women’s Championship. The WWE reportedly wants Nikki to legitimize the title since she is the longest reigning Divas champion in history.
However, Becky Lynch deserves to win the SmackDown Women’s championship. She has been treated badly by her friends ever since she made her debut on the main roster and winning the title is a great payoff. Becky also very over the crowd and she’s one of the best women’s wrestler in the world right now.
Prediction: Becky Lynch wins to become the SmackDown Women’s Champion.
The Usos vs. The Hype Bros
The Usos turning heel on American Alpha last week on SmackDown is the best story in the WWE. The company needs to capitalize on it which means The Hype Bros have no chance of winning this match and advancing to the SmackDown Tag Team Tournament Final.
Prediction: The Usos win via pinfall to advance to the Tournament Final.
The Usos/Hype Bros vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships
As mentioned above, The Usos have the momentum heading into WWE Backlash 2016 and they should win the SmackDown Tag Team championships. Despite the entertainment value of Heath Slater and Rhyno, the heels winning the titles would be the right choice.
Prediction: The Usos win via pinfall to become the SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship
The Miz has been Intercontinental champion since April and he continues to impress as a heel champion. The confrontation he had with Daniel Bryan was used to build him up for his feud against Dolph Ziggler so he is not going to lose his title at WWE Backlash 2016.
Prediction: The Miz wins via pinfall to retain the Intercontinental Championship
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
Both superstars need a win at WWE Backlash but Bray Wyatt needs it the most. He’s been unimportant for the past year and the WWE has to book him properly to become credible again. But with Randy Orton’s rematch with Brock Lesnar at a live event later this month, The Viper will get the win here.
Prediction: Randy Orton wins via pinfall.
WWE Backlash 2016 Schedule
- Venue: The Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia
- Date: 11, Sunday
- Time: 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT
WWE Backlash 2016 Live Stream
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