Tonight’s WWE Backlash 2023 premium live event is airing LIVE from Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This is the the first WWE PPV in Puerto Rico since New Year’s Revolution in January 2005.
The event is sold out with 17,944 fans in attendance. Below is the match-card:
– Brock Lesnar vs. Cody Rhodes
– San Juan Street Fight: Bad Bunny vs. Damian Priest
– The Bloodline (Solo Sikoa & The Usos) vs. Matt Riddle and Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
– United States Championship Match: Austin Theory (c) vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Bronson Reed
– RAW Women’s Championship Match: Bianca Belair (c) vs. IYO SKY
– SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Zelina Vega
– Seth Rollins vs. Omos
The main show begins with the RAW Women’s Championship match. Bianca Belair makes her way out first, followed by Damage CTRL member IYO SKY.
Puerto Rico fans are chanting for IYO and want her to end Bianca’s year long title reign.
Bianca botched the Gorilla Press Slam with one arm, when she accidentally dropped IYO right on her face.
Belair went for her finishing move KOD at one point, but IYO countered and sent her out of the ring.
IYO went for a Hurricanrana on the top rope, but Bianca countered with a powerbomb.
Bayley & Dakota Kai came out and interfered. Dakota hit Bianca behind the referee’s back, but their plan still backfired, as Bianca hit the KOD for the win.
Bianca Belair (c) def. IYO SKY to retain the RAW Women’s Championship
Michael Cole noted on commentary that IYO would’ve won if it wasn’t for Bayley.
Belair will now become the longest reigning Women’s Champion of the modern era.
After this, we go to a backstage segment with Rey Mysterio and Bad Bunny. WWF Veteran Savio Vega then returned to WWE programming and gave Bunny a Puerto Rico styled Kendo Stick for his Street Fight tonight.
Up next is Seth Rollins vs. Omos. Rollins entered the ring and his music stopped, and he was just listening to the fans signing his theme song. Omos cut this off by laying out Rollins with a Big Boot.
After back & forth action, The Nigerian Giant suffered yet another premium live event loss.
Rollins hit a Super Stomp from the top rope to pin the 7-foot-3, 410 pound giant.
Seth Rollins def. Omos
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