AJ Styles vs. John Cena vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE Championship
Everyone went after Cena at the bell, so he nailed AA after AA. He went for one on AJ, who landed on his feet and they faced off. They went back and forth with some great back and forth counters. Styles went for the Styles Clash but Cena turned it into an AA. AJ pulled himself to the turnbuckle as the others returned to the apron and surrounded Cena. The story was no one wanted Cena there and they all attacked him, five vs. one, then dumped him outside to the floor. Smackdown’s stars all looked at each other and began beating each other. Lots of big moves with everyone taking the other out. Styles nailed a neckbreaker on Ziggler. Zayn went for a Helluva Kick but Styles avoided and nailed an inverted DDT, but Owens broke up the pinfall. Owens and Styles back and forth.
They battled to the top. Owens headbutt him off to the floor. Corbin returned and nailed clotheslines, but Cena nailed him. Ziggler nailed Cena with a DDT but was attacked off the ropes by Owens with a frog splash for a two count. Styles made the save. He went for the Styles Clash but Owen backdropped him over the top to the floor.
Corbin nailed a backbreaker on Owens but Ziggler snapped him with the Zig Zag. Cena nailed Ziggler then hit the Blue Thunder Bomb on Zayn. Cena whipped out the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He looked to go for the AA on Ziggler but Ziggler leapt up into the Famouser for a near fall. Ziggler went for Sweet Chin Music but Cena ducked and locked in an STF. Styles charged all the way into the ring to break it up. Continue reading
Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler – United States Championship Match
The story of the match early on was Roode was at a disadvantage. Crowd was really into everyone early. Corbin accidentally nailed Zigger to eliminate him from the equation for a bit. Roode and Corbin battled. Ziggler jumped on Roode for the Zig Zag but it was avoided. Roode tried to come off the ropes but Ziggler avoided it and nailed the Famouser. Corbin broke it up at the last second. Corbin nailed each competitor with clotheslines but was nailed by Ziggler with a dropkick. Corbin nailed Deep Six on Roode, who got his shoulder up at the last second. Crowd chanted for Roode. Corbin placed Roode on the top but was fought off. Ziggler pounced and attempted the superplex but Corbin slipped under him to nail a powerbomb at the same time for a Tower of Doom spot. Good stuff so far with a lot of hard work.
Lots of back and forth big spots and near falls. Ziggler nearly scored the pin with a DDT out of a Glorious DDT attempt. The crowd is super into all the near falls. Corbin tossed Dolph over the top. He charged Roode, who ducked and Corbin went over the top. Roode nailed the Glorious DDT on Ziggler and tossed Corbin to the floor again, but Corbin pulled him out of the ring as he attempted to get the pin. Corbin nailed the chokeslam into the backbreaker on the floor. Corbin tossed Roode back into the ring and was going for End of Days but Ziggler caught him with the Zig Zag mid-move and scored the surprise pin.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler came out to no music or lights with the idea that he doesn’t need a fancy entrance. Or, maybe he’s doing the ECW Dudley Boyz. They went back and forth with solid action, but were in a position where the audience was just waiting for the main event. Ziggler was working over Roode’s arm for a long time. The work was fine. Ziggler cinched in a sleeper and scissored his legs around Roode’s body to try and prevent him from fighting his way out. Roode slipped out and tried to escape. He made his way to his feet and nailed a belly to back suplex.
Roode continued to work over Ziggler but was unable to put him away. Ziggler nailed a DDT for a two count. There was actually a chant cheering Ziggler. Ziggler caught the Famouser for a two count. Ziggler went for a superkick but missed. Roode caught him with a spinebuster. They went into a series of rollups, including Ziggler hooking the tights until Roode rolled through and hooked the tights and scored the pin.
Winner: Bobby Roode
After the match: Ziggler immediately attacked him with the Zig Zag and left him laying.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a Title Match for the WWE Championship: Baron Corbin vs Sami Zayn vs Dolph Ziggler vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens
Baron Corbin attacks Nakamura as he makes his way to the ring and he grabs a ladder. Corbin hits Nakamura in the ribs with the ladder. He hits Nakamura a second time. Corbin hits Nakamura a few times with a video camera. Medical staff checks on Nakamura and Corbin wants the match to start. Styles punches Ziggler while Owens and Corbin go after Zayn. Owens with forearms to Corbin and Corbin fires back. Zayn and Styles work over Ziggler. Styles punches Corbin while everyone else goes to the floor. Owens with a forearm to Zayn and then Ziggler. Owens sends Ziggler into a ladder on the floor. Owens and Zayn exchange forearms. Zayn hits Owens with a ladder and Corbin sends Zayn into the ringside barrier. We see Nakamura being sent to the back. Zayn sends Owens into the apron. Zayn looks around while Corbin and Ziggler work on Styles. Zayn with a flip dive onto Owens. Styles with punches and chops to Ziggler and Corbin but they stop Styles. Corbin and Ziggler grab a ladder and they hit Styles with it. Corbin punches Ziggler. Corbin drops a ladder on Styles’ ribs. Ziggler with a super kick to Corbin.
Ziggler is sent to the floor. Owens pulls the ladder out of teh ring. Zayn with a running clothesline to Owens. Zayn puts a ladder against the ropes so he can pull it in but Styles hits Zayn from behind. Styles sends Zayn to the floor. Styles grabs the ladder but Ziggler stops him. Ziggler tries to send the ladder into Styles’ face but he stop. Ziggler is pushed into the ring steps. Ziggler climbs the ladder on the apron and hits Styles when he goes for a springboard move to the floor. Corbin with Deep Six to Ziggler on the floor. Zayn with an Arabian Press onto Corbin but Zayn holds his knee. Styles pulls the ladder into the ring but Owens with a super kick and he punches Styles. Owens picks up the ladder and he hits Styles in the ribs with it. Corbin and Ziggler get on the apron and Owens knocks them off. Styles with a drop toe hold and Owens falls onto the ladder. Styles and Owens exchange punches. Styles sets for a Styles Clash but Owens blocks it and Owens back body drops Styles over the top rope to the floor. Zayn hits Owens before he can set up the ladder. Owens goes to the apron and he drops Zayn on the top rope. Owens looks around and he goes up top and sets for a swanton onto Ziggler, Corbin, and Styles but Zayn press slams Owens onto the ladder opened on its side and the ladder is bent. Zayn tries to set up the ladder but he knows it will not work so he throws it to the floor. Zayn sends a bigger ladder into the ring and something happens on the floor that the camera missed. Ziggler with a forearm to the back of the head to stop Zayn. Ziggler sets up a ladder in the corner and he sends Zayn into the ladder. Ziggler climbs the ladder and Zayn pulls him off. Ziggler pulls Zayn off and hits a drop kick. Ziggler has a super kick blocked and Zayn with a Blue Thunder Bomb. Zayn climbs the ladder and Corbin stops him. Zayn is sent into the ladder by Corbin and the ladder falls down. Continue reading
Dolph Ziggler vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The Artist Known as Shinsuke Nakamura completed the first stroke of his masterpiece at WWE Backlash, denying a defiant Dolph Ziggler in the Japanese icon’s much-hyped in-ring debut as a member of the SmackDown LIVE roster. Ever since he bowed on Team Blue two nights after WrestleMania, Nakamura has found himself in the crosshairs of The Showoff, who claimed The King of Strong Style was an overhyped unknown, and little more than a pretender to the throne Ziggler had been holding down for the entirety of his WWE career. Ziggler’s trash-talk reached its pinnacle during the Backlash Kickoff, when he promised to “put on a clinic” against Nakamura as his way of telling “told you so” to all the “fanboys” who came to Chicago in support of the two-time NXT Champion, and preemptively pitied anyone who had to follow him.
Ziggler did, indeed, put on the clinic he promised, employing tricks of both the professional and amateur trade to keep his opponent at bay. The Showoff subjected Nakamura to collegiate-style single-leg takedowns and cradles, as well as the high-style, high-velocity elbow drops that have come to define his sports-entertainment career. Nakamura refused to stay down, however; kicking out of both the Zig Zag and a particularly gnarly superkick to the back of the head, he responded to each of Ziggler’s taunts with something between bemusement and pride, though he never seemed like he wasn’t enjoying the competition on some level. That, of course, changed when some combination of frustration and arrogance led Ziggler to disrespect Nakamura even further and, at that point, The King of Strong Style stopped having fun and put on a clinic of his own. Nakamura draped Ziggler over the ropes, nailed him with a knee to the side of the head, then followed with an exploder suplex and a final Kinshasa knee that brought the curtain down on The Showoff.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura