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Immediate WrestleMania Backlash Thoughts

Happy Mother's Day! Running a bit late tonight because of said Mother's Day activities, but still very much looking forward to this event.

Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins was far better than their WrestleMania match (which I really enjoyed). They got into another gear here and showed why they are the two of the best around right now. Tons of fun watching this one.

Bobby Lashley vs. Omos was.... a match, but I wonder how much better it would have been had MVP done the heel turn at WrestleMania and adding a bit more drama to this bout. Omos still has a long way to go, but he is showing signs of life here.

AJ Styles vs. Edge was telling an interesting, though not thrilling, story until the final few minutes when things really took off. I loved the surprise reveal of Rhea Ripley being added to the Edge and Damien Priest faction. We needed a reason to hate the group and it's slowly coming together. All three members of the group have turned heel in the last couple of months and you feel for Styles (and Finn Balor) fighting from underneath. Good match, great finish.

Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair was WAY better than their previous match at WrestleMania. Tons of drama, extremely physical and it told one hell of a story. Just amazing from beginning to end - kudos to both competitors for what's so far been my match of the night.

Do you ever see a match on paper and think it's going to stink on ice and then when you watch it, your opinion completely changes? Madcap Moss vs. Happy Corbin wasn't one of those matches. It went on far too long and with relatively no fan interest throughout the thing. This would have been an opportune time to rush to a quick finish, and no one would have minded. My seven year-old nephew predicted earlier tonight that Madcap would win... and that's about the only redeeming quality this match had.

Drew McIntyre & RK-Bro vs. The Bloodline had the feel of a house show main event... which probably doesn't translate quite as well to pay-per-view (sorry... "premium live event"). This was a really fun match and showed something from all six, but there weren't really any stakes here. Had this not headlined the show, I probably would have been fine with it, but there was no real "must see" moment. I will see, it does set up decent programs for Roman Reigns with McIntyre, Riddle and especially Randy Orton in the coming months.

Overall, this wasn't a bad event at all, but it did peter off near the end.



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