• Why Roman Reigns Isn’t Defending The Undisputed Title At WrestleMania Backlash
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos & RAW Tag Team Champions RK-BRO had a Contract Signing for their Title Unification Match at WrestleMania Backlash on Friday’s episode of SmackDown.
Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns came out, tore the contract and beat down Randy Orton & Riddle. Drew McIntyre then came out and brawled with Roman.
In a backstage segment with Adam Pearce, Paul Heyman said he wants The Usos vs. RK-BRO match to be turned into a 6-Man Tag Team Match at WrestleMania Backlash.
This change was then made official. It’ll now be: The Bloodline (Roman Reigns & The Usos) vs. RK-BRO & Drew McIntyre.
The Title Unification Match is no longer taking place at WrestleMania Backlash.
According to the Wrestling Observer, WWE is saving Reigns’ title defense against McIntyre for the upcoming big Stadium shows:
“That’s really interesting. That really weakens the card, because I thought the unification was the strongest thing they had on the card. Really, now, that would put Charlotte and Ronda (in the main event).
Roman and Drew I guess would then be to set up for the stadium pay-per-views, then. Which made sense to me. Maybe the Cardiff or maybe Vegas or whatever.
So, they basically, are on this pay-per-view, basically throwing away this pay-per-view. That’s what it is to me.
If you do a single champion, then you’re doing the pay-per-view without a title match, you’re basically just saying, ‘We don’t see this pay-per-view as a big deal at all.’”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 30, 2006) – WWE Backlash 2006
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on April 30, 2006, World Wrestling Entertainment aired ‘Backlash 2006’ LIVE on PPV from the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
This was the 8th ever annual Backlash pay-per-view held by the WWF/WWE from 1999 till 2009 and again since 2016.
Here are the results:
Carlito defeated Chris Masters
Umaga defeated Ric Flair
WWE Women’s Championship: Trish Stratus defeated Mickie James (c) by DQ
WWE Intercontinental Championship & Money in the Bank contract: Rob Van Dam (MITB contract) defeated Shelton Benjamin (c)
Big Show wrestled Kane to a no contest
No Holds Barred: Mr. McMahon & Shane McMahon defeated Shawn Michaels & God
WWE Championship: John Cena (c) defeated Triple H and Edge