Tag Team Championship Match for Backlash // Chad Gable injured

tagteamtitlesLast night, The WWE Universe witnessed the final matches for the Tag Team Tournament on Smackdown Live.  The winner of each match would move forward to Backlash to compete and possibly become the inaugural Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions!  Unfortunately, the night didn’t go in the direction the American Alphas had intended.

The American Alphas Jason Jordan and Chad Gable kickstarted the Tournament against 2x Tag Team Champions The Usos. The Usos played dirty right from the beginning as they immediately attacked The American Alphas as soon as the bell rang.  The American Alphas bounced back incredibly quickly as they were victorious with what felt like a minute into the match!  As The American Alphas continued their celebration, The Usos shook hands and showing sportsmanship as usual.  What happened next took everyone completely by surprise as one half of The Usos (no clue which one if I am being honest) superkicked Jason Jordan square in the face.  This allowed The Usos to gang up on Chad Gable and focus on injuring his leg, which they were successful.

It was undetermined at that time as to the status of Gable’s injury although Shane McMahon gave us an update on Talking Smack.  Shane reported that Chad Gable’s MCL was injured and is required 2-4 weeks out of action to allow his injury to heal.  Luckily, this injury does not require surgery but it will prevent Gable and Jordan to compete at Backlash this Sunday.  Daniel Bryan made a decision on the spot that The Usos and The Hype Bros will have a match at Backlash to see which team will qualify to the Tag Team Championship match that same night.  Shane agreed and the match has now been implemented into the Backlash pay-per-view.

If no one picked it up, I have the results for the second Tag Team Tournament match held later in the evening. The Hype Bros took of the team of Heath Slater and Rhyno, which they lost.  Heath Slater celebrated their victory as he hugged his wife and all seven of his redheaded children watching in the front row.  The Hype Bros, as already discussed, do have an opportunity to compete in the Tag Team Championship match at Backlash if they are able to defeat The Usos.


See who becomes Smackdown Live’s inaugural Tag Team Champions and tune into Backlash this Sunday, September 11th on the WWE Network!


The first matches announced for Backlash



Now that the Championship belts have debuted, it’s time to determine who will be the first ever Smackdown Live Women’s Champion and Tag Team Champions!  These Championship matches will occur at Smackdown Live’s first pay-per-view, Backlash.

The women will compete in a Six Pack Challenge to determine our first Women’s Champion.  These women consist of Becky Lynch, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Carmella, and the newly returned Nikki Bella.  Whoever successfully pins an opponent first will be declared our first Smackdown Live Women’s Champion.

In order to declare Smackdown Live’s first Tag Team Champions, a Tag Team Tournament will occur leading up to Backlash. Smackdown Live held their first round qualifying matches last night where The Usos defeated The Ascension and American Alphas defeated Breezango in order to advance to the Championship match.

Dean Ambrose will also have a Championship match at Backlash as he will put his title on the line against AJ Styles.  After pushing Dolph Ziggler’s buttons to the point where Dolph continuously lashed out, Daniel Bryan scheduled a #1 Contender match between the two.  If AJ Styles won, he would face Dean Ambrose at Backlash for the WWE Championship.  If Dolph Ziggler won, he would be added to that match and it would become a Triple Threat Match.  Sadly for Dolph, he was unsuccessful in obtaining the win leaving him behind as AJ Styles moves on.  It was one hell of a match and such a shame Dolph couldn’t advance as well.  It would have been an incredible Triple Threat Match!


Stay tuned for more upcoming matches for Backlash, airing on The WWE Network September 11th!