Don't Look Back: Time for Smackdown Live-Only PPV BackLash

by Brock Koller

When's a good time for a pay per view? How about every two weeks because that is what it will feel like as both Raw and Smackdown Live present their own pay per view events within the same month - every other month (or so). 

Tonight - it's Smackdown Live's turn.  Fun Fact: The first Smackdown only pay per view during the initial brand split was Vengeance 2003. The main event? Big Show vs. Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar.

WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION DEAN AMBROSE vs. AJ STYLES

It's AJ Styles' show. There is no question about it. He is the new face that runs the place! So it make sense for the WWE Championship to go to AJ. Dean chasing the title could create a more interesting storyline and a more tolerable character in the Lunatic Fringe. Maybe a little less goofy, more serious. Regardless, Ambrose would be better off without the title and Styles would be better off with it.

WINNER: AJ STYLES

SMACKDOWN WOMEN'S SIX-PACK CHALLENGE

Becky Lynch. Nikki Bella. Natalya. Naomi. Alexa Bliss. Carmella. Some new faces. Some veterans. A lot of opportunity. These 6 women get to the show that their division is just as strong as the women on Raw. This should NOT turn into a quick - everyone does their finishing move in the first two minutes - match. These women need to bring it! And the one who walks out the winner needs to make her mark as the face of the division.

WINNER: BECKY LYNCH

SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT FINALS

The new bad attitude Usos must first get passed the Hype Bros to make it the finals. They will. I mean, they didn't just turn heel to lose, right? But once they meet the tag team division darling duo, Heath Slater & Rhyno - what will happen? Again, the Usos didn't just turn heel to lose, right? Rhyno and Slater are a good comedy team, but in order for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships to be taken seriously, the inaugural champs need to be taken seriously. And that's the whole point of the Usos turning bad - to be taken seriously, right?

WINNERS: THE USOS

RANDY ORTON VS. BRAY WYATT

After Orton's bloody TKO loss to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, you would think Orton needs a win. You are right. BUT it seems - it always does - that Bray Wyatt needs to win. Bray Wyatt always seems to need to win because he rarely does in big time matches. But how can Wyatt lose? I imagine a double DQ of some sort. Then I would suggest that they would battle inside Hell In A Cell next month - but that's looking like a Raw only show! Confusing, isn't it. So maybe Smackdown will have one match inside the cell at No Mercy? Well, No Mercy is just days away, so we'll find out soon!

WINNER: DOUBLE DQ

INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION THE MIZ VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER

This match has happened numerous times in the past on numerous shows with numerous outcomes, but with the brand split, this match has become more important than any of the countless times Miz fought Ziggler. The Miz has taken the added attention he's able to garner to his advantage. He is stealing the show - and the spotlight - anytime he's in the ring since Smackdown went live. Ziggler is coming off being in the Smackdown main event at SummerSlam. He still has momentum behind him. While the Miz had a more viral moment, both created buzz during their Talking Smack appearances. But now the talking is over and it's time to see who will walk out the champ. My opinion...the tour continues.

WINNER: THE MIZ

Enjoy BackLash! See you in a few weeks for Clash of Champions!