WWE Backlash 2024 | Predictable but Thrilling

WWE Backlash 2024 aimed to deliver high-octane wrestling action from Lyon, France, with a card featuring rising and established stars. Dave, Ben, and Johnny North made predictions on the preview show, foreseeing The Bloodline’s victory and Bayley’s sneaky triumph. While some matches met the trio’s expectations, others, like Jade Cargill’s debut, showcased the challenges of blending new talent.

Ringside Report’s Wrestling Uncensored, which is broadcast live every Friday after WWE Smackdown on YouTube, Rumble, Twitch, Kick, and X (formerly Twitter), held a preview of this year’s WWE Backlash 2024 event in Lyon, France. Co-hosts Dave and Ben Simon provided their predictions in the preview show, which you can watch below.

Accuracy in our Predictions

The hosts again correctly predicted all match outcomes, although some of their reasoning was slightly off. Dave, Ben, and Johnny’s accurate forecasting showcased their deep understanding of WWE’s storytelling intricacies. However, their predictions didn’t capture the tension between Judgment Day members, the chaotic execution of the women’s tag team match, or the unexpected finish of the main event.

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WWE Backlash 2024 Predictions:

Dave Simon, Ben Simon, and Johnny North’s Predictions:

  1. The Bloodline vs. Kevin Owens & Randy Orton
    • Prediction: The Bloodline would win due to outside interference or cheating, helping Solo Sikoa and Tama Tonga secure the victory.
  2. Triple Threat Match: Bayley vs. Naomi vs. Tiffany Stratton
    • Prediction: Bayley would clinch the win, likely through trickery or an unexpected roll-up.
  3. Damian Priest vs. Jay Uso
    • Prediction: Damian Priest would retain his title, possibly with help from other members of the Judgment Day.
  4. Jade Cargill & Bianca Belair vs. Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane)
    • Prediction: Jade Cargill and Bianca Belair would win, though Jade might struggle.
  5. Main Event: Cody Rhodes vs. AJ Styles
    • Prediction: Cody Rhodes would likely win clean.
Wrestling Uncensored’s WWE Backlash 2024 Preview Show

WWE Backlash 2024 Results & Reactions

Post-Show Impressions:

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  1. The Bloodline vs. Kevin Owens & Randy Orton
    • The Bloodline secured victory with help from the debuting or returning Tanga Loa. Dave declared this his match of the night due to the high energy and storytelling.
  2. Triple Threat Match: Bayley vs. Naomi vs. Tiffany Stratton
    • Bayley won, fulfilling the prediction, but unexpectedly via a sneaky roll-up. Ben Simon found this the best night match due to its storytelling and balanced use of all three women.
  3. Damian Priest vs. Jay Uso
    • As expected, Damian Priest retained his title but was visibly upset with Judgment Day members’ interference. This friction hinted at internal discord within the faction.
  4. Jade Cargill & Bianca Belair vs. Kabuki Warriors
    • Jade Cargill and Bianca Belair won despite Jade’s struggles in the ring. The hosts noted Jade’s awkwardness and potential danger in her performance but also highlighted the chemistry between her and Bianca.
  5. Main Event: Cody Rhodes vs. AJ Styles
    • Cody Rhodes won cleanly with a single Crossroads, which left the hosts unsatisfied. They believed this abrupt finish did not justify a rematch.
Watch Dave, Ben Simon, and the Ringside Report Universe break down the event.

WWE Backlash 2024 Key Takeaways

  • The Bloodline vs. Kevin Owens & Randy Orton was thrilling due to Tanga Loa’s debut and Solo Sikoa’s rising dominance.
  • Bayley’s victory in the triple threat match fell short of expectations, with a rushed finish.
  • Jade Cargill’s awkward debut alongside Bianca Belair raised concerns about chemistry in the women’s tag team match.
Tama Tonga, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman In The Ring After Their Victory At Wwe Backlash 2024
Tama Tonga, Solo Sikoa, and Paul Heyman in the ring after the Bloodline was victorious.

The Bloodline’s Tag Team Tension

Dave, Ben, and Johnny predicted The Bloodline’s victory against Kevin Owens and Randy Orton, but they debated how this would affect Solo Sikoa’s evolving faction. Johnny argued that the inevitable interference from Tanga Loa would help The Bloodline secure the win and stir up excitement for a new faction.

Dave supported this theory but emphasized how Paul Heyman’s presence would manipulate the match unexpectedly. The trio agreed that this bout would open up possibilities for new rivalries involving the reunited Tanga Loa and Solo Sikoa.

Bayley In The Ring With The Women'S Championship Belt With One Of Her Defeated Opponents In The Background
Bayley after her win at WWE Backlash 2024.

Bayley’s Sneaky Victory in the Triple Threat Match

The triple-threat match between Bayley, Naomi, and Tiffany Stratton was another one that had potential, but the finish fell flat. Bayley’s victory via roll-up left the audience unsatisfied, although Ben appreciated the storytelling involving Naomi’s complicated alliances with Bayley. Ultimately, the hosts gave it an average rating, noting how the sequence lacked creative storytelling.

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All three hosts were sure that Bayley would come out on top against Naomi and Tiffany Stratton. They anticipated her winning with some trickery. Johnny emphasized Bayley’s experience and cunning, while Ben praised Tiffany’s athleticism but predicted that Bayley’s experience would carry her through.

They all agreed that Naomi would serve as a wild card. They didn’t expect Bayley to win via a simple roll-up, but their confidence in her was not misplaced.

Jade Cargill’s Tough Tag Team Test

Dave and Ben were curious about Jade Cargill‘s WWE pay-per-view debut alongside Bianca Belair. They expected the team to win against the Kabuki Warriors, but they worried Jade might struggle with chemistry. Johnny was optimistic about Jade’s star power but cautioned that her limited match experience could hinder her teamwork. Their expectations reflected a mix of excitement and skepticism, ultimately aligning with the outcome as Jade and Bianca captured the victory amid some awkward execution.

The Bloodline’s Victory and the New Faction’s Power

In the post-show, Dave and Ben praised the intense energy of the match between The Bloodline and Kevin Owens and Randy Orton, but the audience wasn’t universally impressed.

Dave considered this bout his match of the night, applauding Tanga Loa’s debut and Paul Heyman‘s involvement in expanding Solo Sikoa’s faction.

The audience agreed with the match’s high quality, emphasizing how Tanga Loa‘s interference cemented The Bloodline’s win in a thrilling opener. However, some viewers found the ending predictable. Overall, the match received an average rating of 8/10 from the audience.

Triple Threat Match Falls Short of Expectations

While Dave and Ben initially predicted Bayley would win through trickery, they weren’t entirely satisfied with the match. Ben found the storytelling lacking, especially compared to other Triple Threat matches he had seen, while Dave was concerned with how the finish felt rushed and unconvincing.

The live viewers from the Ringside Report Universe shared mixed reactions. Some praised Bayley’s sneaky roll-up victory, while others found the finish underwhelming. Despite the differing opinions, this match received a 7/10 from the audience for its high-energy sequences.

Jade Cargill and Bianca Belair: An Awkward Tag Team Triumph

Jade Cargill and Bianca Belair’s tag team win against the Kabuki Warriors didn’t escape criticism. Despite the victory, Dave and Ben pointed out Jade’s lack of chemistry with her opponents, often leaving the match disorganized and potentially dangerous.

Audience members echoed these sentiments, highlighting the chaotic exchanges and the lack of fluidity in Jade’s performance. The duo’s triumph, marred by miscommunication and awkward execution, resulted in an average audience rating 5/10.

WWE Backlash 2024 Overall Impressions

The post-show consensus was that while WWE Backlash 2024 had high points, it didn’t deliver a strong main event feel. Dave and Ben rated the overall event a 6.5/10, with audience scores averaging 6/10. While the Lyon crowd was enthusiastic, the matches were seen as predictable and lacked significant surprises or memorable moments.

Despite the lively Lyon crowd and high-profile names, WWE Backlash 2024 didn’t fully live up to its potential. While the opening match delivered on intensity, other bouts, like the triple threat match and the women’s tag team contest, lacked the unpredictability that keeps pro wrestling fans on their toes.

With an overall rating of 6/10 from the hosts and audience, WWE Backlash 2024 showed flashes of brilliance but left much to be desired in match quality and creativity.

Jon Simon from the Editorial Staff

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