Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the May 8th, 2022 edition of WWE WrestleMania Backlash.
Start time for tonight’s show is 7:00 PM EST with the Kick-Off Show. Match-by-match highlights and results from the show will take place on this very page, so you should update frequently to get the latest happenings. Feel free to leave any reactions in the comment section below.
WrestleMania Backlash is a fitting name for this show because a lot of the matches are rematches from the big showcase last month. And that would be acceptable if so much of this card didn’t feel so underwhelming. One match that isn’t a rematch however, is our main event: The Bloodline Vs. RK-Bro and Drew McIntyre. This match will probably be great once the bell rings, but why no titles are on the line and why Reigns and McIntyre aren’t just having a singles match is anyone’s guess.
Other matches tonight will see Cody Rhodes Vs. Seth Rollins, Edge Vs. AJ Styles, Bobby Lashley Vs. Omos, and Happy Corbin Vs. Madcap Moss. The only title match scheduled for this year’s Backlash is an I Quit match between Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey. Kevin Owens main evented WrestleMania last month, and he’s not on the show tonight. Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch stole the show at WrestleMania and they aren’t booked either. Suffice to say this show feels pretty thrown together, but we’re going to watch it together anyway!
That’s the preview for tonight’s WrestleMania Backlash live event. Our live coverage will begin from 7PM right here. Let us know if you’re excited about any of it and remember to hit the refresh link below and enjoy the show!
The Kick-Off Show is hosted by Kayla Braxton, Booker T, Kevin Patrick, JBL, and Peter Rosenberg. They wish all the mothers a happy Mother’s Day and run down the card for tonight’s show.
We see a video package for Seth Rollins Vs. Cody Rhodes. Booker T says Seth Rollins is right to say Cody had the advantage at WrestleMania. He says Cody is fighting for a greater cause however. They wonder what Rollins will do if he loses tonight, having lost twice and after calling Cody out. JBL says we’ll find out tonight just how good Cody is and if he’s good enough to be Universal Champion.
We see the recent happenings between Omos, MVP and Bobby Lashley. MVP joins the panel and Booker T says Bobby Lashley abandoned MVP but the Patrick and Rosenberg disagree. MVP says he never let his emotions affect his business decisions, so he made a calculated decision to move on to bigger and better things. MVP says if he allowed his emotions to dictate his life he’d probably be Peter Rosenberg. Kayla says MVP was integral to Lashley’s success, so why did he choose Omos?
MVP says Lashley became All Mighty because of him, and Omos becomes the Nigerian Nightmare, the Colossal. JBL says screw all the woke feelings crap, he just wants to know how bad Omos will hurt Lashley tonight. MVP loves that and he says Omos is a student of the game and his gameplan tonight is to break Lashley in half. Patrick says Lashley told him that MVP is selfish. MVP says he didn’t come out at WrestleMania by himself, Lashley made it all about himself. Kayla asks for predictions and MVP says he is the x-factor.
AJ Styles Vs. Edge is up for discussion next. JBL says these two are going to steal the show tonight. Rosenberg says he’s concerned for AJ because Edge is dangerous and unpredictable. Booker T says Edge is a genius in the ring and now he’s brought back his dark side, the Ministry of Darkness version of himself. Rosenberg says when Michael Jordan was getting older he developed the fade-away jump shot, and Edge is in that same mode where he finds ways to keep going. JBL says he doesn’t know who’s going to win tonight but it’s going to be awesome regardless.
The panel reconvene to discuss Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair. JBL says Charlotte will do anything to win and he’s not sure Ronda has that in her. Rosenberg says this is really personal for Charlotte because she’s the most decorated women in WWE history, yet Ronda got the red carper rolled out for her. Booker says this business is all about passing the torch but Charlotte Flair is like Mae Young and hold on forever.
Madcap Moss joins the panel and they ask for a joke but he says not tonight. This is the biggest match of his career and he’s locked in. Kayla asks if he’s sad about losing a friend and Moss says they had some great times, but as soon as things got bad Corbin turned on him. Booker likens them to The Miz and Alex Riley and says it’s time for Moss to break out. Moss says he wasn’t thinking that at the time, he just stood up to a bully. Booker says his outfit is terrible but Moss says he’s ensuring his pants never get pulled down. Moss says Corbin is taking him lightly but he won’t let him win.
Paul Heyman and The Uso’s are interviewed backstage. Heyman wishes a happy Mother’s Day to Roman Reigns’s mother, as well as the mother of The Uso’s. Heyman says Drew McIntyre is in need of psychotherapy considering he thinks his mother is inside a sword, and he’ll get some tonight at the hands of Roman.
The panle talk our main event six-man tag between The Bloodline and RK-Bro and Drew McIntyre. JBL says Roman’s run is incredible and The Uso’s are one of the all-time great tag teams, so finding a team to face them is very unlikely but they’ve done it tonight. Rosenberg says Drew McIntyre might be the weak link because he’s he’s not family, like Roman is with his partners. JBL says Randy is a gift from God to wrestling and he might want to get back in the title picture soon. They make their predictions to end the Kick-Off Show.
This year’s WrestleMania Backlash is live in Rhode Island, and the show opens with a video package for the most anticipated match of the night.
Cody chants ring out through the arena as the match gets underway. They lock-up, Rollins looks for a back suplex, Cody lands on his feet and drops to his back for the Goldust uppercut but Seth catches the hand and laughs at him. Rollins backs Cody into the corner and kicks him, then hits a roll-up for a two-count.
Rollins takes a cheap shot and Rhodes punches him in response. Cody beats Rollins in the corner but Seth escapes from the ring and runs away. Rollins capitalises as Rhodes gets back in the ring and lands some punches and kicks. Seth sends Cody to the apron and knees him off. Rollins goes out but Cody slams his head into the steel steps.
Rhodes runs around the ring at Seth but gets caught with a big clothesline. Rollins gets Cody back inside and grabs a sleeper. Cody fights up and hits a stalling vertical suplex, then a Disaster Kick for a near-fall. Seth asks Cody to back up, then shoves him over the ropes as he attempts the Disaster Kick again. Rollins sends Cody into the barricade, then the announce desk.
Back in the ring they trade punches back-and-forth. Cody is whipped chest-first into the buckles, then Rollins chokes him against the middle rope. Rhodes starts firing back and hits a sunset flip for a two-count. Rollins goes up top but Rhodes hits him and climbs up alongside. Cody hits a stalling superplex and both men are down.
They trade chops and slaps again and it turns into a hockey fight. Rhodes ducks a clothesline and hits a snap powerslam, then clotheslines Rollins over the ropes to the floor and follows-up with a springboard dive but nobody’s home. Rollins wants a suicide dive but Rollins hits him, rolls in and ducks a clothesline, then catches him with the Cody Cutter for a near-fall.
Rollins elbows Cody and wants a Pedigree but Rhodes fights it. Seth hits a superkick, then Avada Kedavra for a near-fall. Rollins looks for The Stomp but Rhodes avoids it. Cody looks for a CrossRhodes but Rollins fights him off. They both attempt Pedigrees, then Seth hits a ripcord knee, elbow to the back, and a falcon arrow for a near-fall.
“This is awesome” chant from the fans. Rollins delivers some knees to the gut but Rhodes kicks him off and attempts a Disaster Kick, only to get caught and hit with a Buckle Bomb. Rollins goes up top and hits a frog splash but Cody kicks out. Rollins goes up top for a phoenix splash but nobody’s home, then Cody hits a superkick.
Rhodes goes up top but Rollins jumps up and hits a superplex and looks to roll into a falcon arrow but Cody counters with CrossRhodes! Cody pins Seth but legs land on the bottom rope. Cody is annoyed and chases Seth out of the ring, where he slams him into the announce desk a few times. Cody gets him back inside and wants a moonsault but Rollins avoids it.
Rollins quickly grabs Cody and hits a Pedigree and covers… but Rhodes kicks out! Rollins is angry and shouts that Cody can’t lace his boots. Rollins kicks Cody in the forehead a few times, then lifts him up and punches him like Dusty Rhodes. Cody avoids the last punch and hits a CrossRhodes. He looks for another but Rollins knees him off. Cody wants a Vertebreaker but Rollins rolls him up and holds the tights but Cody turns it over, pulls the tights, and wins!
The match gets underway and Lashley clubs at Omos but gets shoved away. Lashley continues trying to land blows and beats Omos back to the ropes. MVP gets on the apron and the distraction allows Omos to drop Lashley with a boot. Omos sends Lashley to the corner a delivers an elbow and a splash.
Omos twists Lashley’s head, then runs him over the ropes. Lashley slowly gets back in and Omos lifts him up and hits snake eyes followed by a big boot. Omos chokes Lashley against the ropes but Bobby starts firing back and jumps on him with a sleeper. Omos slings him off and looks for another splash but Lashley avoids it.
Lashley tackles Omos in the corner and shoulders him, then clotheslines him against the ropes. Lashley traps Omos’s arms inside the ropes and MVP is losing it. Lashley starts pummeling Omos with right hands and the Nigerian Nightmare can’t move. MVP swings his cane at Lashley to get him away, then Lashley jumps out of the ring and grabs MVP.
Omos grabs Lashley and drags him back into the ring. Lashley counters Omos and hits the Flatliner, then looks to apply the Hurt Lock. Lashley gets it in and Omos drops to a knee. Omos rallies and runs Lashley into the buckels but he doesn’t release the hold until the referee counts to four. Omos drills Lashley with elbows, then chops and clubs him.
Lashley kicks Omos way, then wants a suplex but can’t get him up. Omos knocks Lashley back, then runs at him but gets caught with a spinebuster! Lashley wants a spear but Omos knees him, then sends Lashley shoulder-first into the ring post. The referee talks to Omos, allowing MVP to hit Lashley with his cane. Omos grabs Lashley and hits the choke bomb for the win.
The bell rings and they run at each other and start trading blows. Styles beats Edge down in the corner, then whips him to the corner and connects with a dropkick. Edge rolls out and AJ goes after and sends him into the barricade. Styles slams Edge into the announce desk, then hits a dropkick through the ropes.
AJ gets on the apron and hits a springboard asai moonsault. Styles gets Edge back inside and wants a Phenomenal Forearm but Edge kicks the ropes and AJ collapses onto the mat. Edge starts targeting AJ’s shoulder which is taped from the attack a few weeks back. Edge sends AJ sliding into the post under the ropes.
Edge gets Styles outside and hits a catapult into the steps. Edge slams AJ’s hand into the steps before getting him back in the ring. Edge slams AJ down shoulder-first, then applies a shoulder lock. After a while, Styles fights up and both men hit stereo crossbodies and go down. They get up and AJ lands some clotheslines and a sliding forearm.
AJ ducks a clothesline and hits a wheelbarrow facebuster for a near-fall. AJ takes Edge to the top rope and hits a super Frankensteiner for a near-fall. Styles counters Edge and hits Ushigoroshi for another near-fall. Edge takes a cheap shot and hits a reverse DDT, then locks in a crossface. Styles reverses into the calf crusher but Edge grabs the ropes.
Styles grabs Edge from behind but Edge clings to the middle turnbuckle. Edge rips the buckle off and AJ hits him, then Edge looks for a Spear but Styles dodges and Edge hits the exposed ringpost. Styles covers for a two, then looks for a follow-up but Edge Spears him and scores a near-fall. Edge looks for another Spear but AJ knees him. Styles hits a suplex onto the top rope, then lifts Edge off and hits the Styles Clash… but Edge kicks out!
AJ goes to the apron but he can’t springboard with his bad shoulder, so he goes to the top rope. Damian Priest comes down to ringside, where he’s not supposed to be, but Finn Balor rushes down and they brawl around the ring. The referee is distracted and a hooded figure jumps on the apron and shoves AJ off. Edge locks in a crossface and Styles passes out!
After the match Edge’s hooded figure gets in the ring and they kneel to him. The person pulls their hoodie off and it’s Rhea Ripley with black hair! Ripley and Edge pose together.
The match gets underway and Flair looks for a boot but Ronda avoids it and delivers some knees to the gut. Ronda catches Flair with a knee to the jaw and grabs the back but Charlotte elbows her. Ronda hits a few Judo throws, then runs at Charlotte but eats a boot again. Charlotte hits a German suplex and kips-up.
Flair wants the Figure Eight but Ronda flings her off. Ronda with a step-up kick, then jumps on Flair and looks for a rolling armbar. Charlotte rolls out of the ring, taking Ronda with her and breaking the hold. Flair runs Ronda into the barricade, then chops her chest. The referee asks Ronda if she wants to quit and she says “you’ll have to chop better than that.”
Rousey sends Flair into the ring post, then tosses her over the barricade. Ronda goes to get Charlotte but gets caught with a boot to the face. Flair goes under the ring and pulls a Kendo stick out. She swings for Rousey but hits the announce desk. Ronda knock Charlotte back and takes the Kendo for herself. Flair high-tails it and runs up the ramp and backstage.
By the time Rousey reaches the stage, Flair has two Kendo sticks! THey run at each other and swing and Flair gets the better. Rousey blocks a shot and flips Flair over. Ronda gets the two Kendo sticks and batters Charlotte all the way down the ramp and back into the ring. Charlotte refuses to quit, even though the Kendo’s are splintered.
Charlotte grabs a camera from a cameraman and throws it at Ronda but it misses. Rousey then chases Flair over the barricade into the crowd. Flair throws a drink in Ronda’s face, then throws her into the hockey boards. Charlotte’s arms are cut from the Kendo shots. Flair drags Ronda up the steps, puts her between a metal railing and basically applies a camel clutch but Ronda will not quit.
They fight back down towards ringside and Rousey gets a steel chair but Charlotte kicks it out of her hands. Flair slams Rousey into the announce desk, then lifts her up and powerbombs her onto the barricade! The referee asks but Rousey says no again and Charlotte is getting distraught. Rousey lifts Charlotte and looks to run her into the ring post but Flair rakes the eyes and shoves Ronda into it.
Charlotte goes to the top rope and looks to hit a moonsault but Rousey drags her down into a tree of woe and applies a hanging armbar! Flair screams in agony but won’t quit. Eventually they both fall off onto the floor. Rousey gets hit with a steel chair and put back in the ring where Flair hits Natural Selection onto a chair! The refee asks and Ronda still won’t quit. Flair is in disbelief.
She grabs Ronda and applies a Figure Four before transitioning to a Figure Eight. The referee asks but Ronda shouts “never bitch” and uses the chair to hit Charlotte and get free from the hold. Flair gets a chair and says “happy Mother’s Day” to Ronda, who grabs Flair’s arm and drags it through the chair. Rousey applies an armbar through the chair but Charlotte won’t quit, so Ronda locks it in harder and Charlotte screams “I quit!”
They lock-up and Corbin forces Moss back to the corner. Moss lands some right hands and a shoulder tackle. Moss catches a kick and knocks Corbin back, then hits two leap-frogs and a hip toss. Moss is sent to the apron but he punches Corbin back, only to get kicked as he re-enters the ring. Corbin hits a chokeslam,
Corbin takes Moss outside and beats him against the barricade, then puts him back in the ring. Corbin connects with a back elbow, then punches him in the corner. Corbin Irish whips Moss hard into the buckles, then drills him with 12-6 elbows. Moss fights up but Corbin hits the out-and-in clothesline for a near-fall. Corbin hits a flip slam for another two-count.
Corbin gets sent outside and wehen he re-enters, Moss hits him with a big shoulder tackle. Corbin rolls out and Moss runs out and jumps on him with right hands. Moss sends Corbin into the ring post, then gets him back inside for a fallaway slam and a two-count. Corbin counters a neckbreaker and hits a back suplex for a two-count.
Corbin beats Moss into the corner but gets kicked away. Corbin avoids Moss jumping at him and hits Deep Six for a near-fall. Corbin splashes Moss in the corner and signals that it’s over. He looks for another splash but gets sent outside the ring. He rushes back in for a clotheslines but Moss avoids it and hits a sunet flip for the win!
A video package airs for Drew McIntyre, going all the way back to the start of his career, chronicling his struggles through to now. McIntyre was in Scotland for the package.
We see replays of Ronda Rousey Vs. Charlotte Flair, in which Ronad became the new SmackDown Women’s Champion. Kayla Braxton is backstage and she announces that Charlotte has a fractured bone in her forearm.
The main event eventually begins with Randy Orton and Jimmy Uso. Orton pretends to go for McIntyre’s sword before locking-up with Jimmy. Jimmy backs Orton into the corner and punches him but Randy sticks a thumb in the eye and hits a European uppercut. Riddle tags in and Orton flips him onto Jimmy.
Jimmy whips Riddle hard into the buckles, then whips him again but this time Riddle leaps over Jimmy and kicks him in the chest. Riddle hits a gutwrench suplex and tags McIntyre, who stares at Roman while chopping Jimmy. McIntyre cuts off Jimmy and hits a suplex, then tells Roman to tag in. The fans want it to and Reigns tags in against Heyman’s wishes.
Reigns and McIntyre circle the ring, then Roman tags Jey and the fans boo loud. McIntyre boots Jey, then hits a belly-to-belly. Riddle tags in but Jimmy and Jey team-up to take him down and they begin to isolate him from his partners. They beat Riddle down into their corner and the fans chant for Roman, so he tags in and this time he gets involved and slams Riddle down by the head.
Reigns taunts Orton and McIntyre as he toys with Riddle and drops with him with a clothesline. Reigns hits a powerful STO for a near-fall. Jimmy tags back in and attempts a splash but Riddle avoids it. Jey tags in to prevent Riddle making a tag, then tosses him shoulder-first into the post. Jey superkicks Orton off the apron and laughs at McIntyre.
Riddle clocks Jey with a Pele kick. Jey rolls outside but Roman grabs him and rolls him back in. Roman tags himself in but Riddle leaps to tag McIntyre and they stand opposite each other. They exchange blows and Roman hits Drew with a knee, then sends him into the buckles but McIntyre bounces out with a clothesline and follows-up with a belly-to-belly.
Drew hits a neckbreaker to Roman, then one on Jimmy as well. McIntyre readies for a Claymore but Jey distracts him and Reigns hits a Superman punch. McIntyre rolls out, so Roman goes and brings him back in. Reigns stomps McIntyre and slows the pace to taunt the fans. Roman clubs McIntyre with clotheslines in the corner, then hits a running clohtesline.
Reigns asks for his belts and poses with them in the ring. Roman uppercuts Riddle on the apron and Orton is furious. McIntyre capitalises and drops Roman with a boot. Both men are down and both Jimmy and Orton get the tags. Orton with clotheslines and a snap powerslam, then one to Jey as well. Orton drags Jimmy through the ropes and hits the draping DDT.
Randy wants the RKO but Jey rushes back in, only to get thrown straight back out. Reigns rushes in but gets caught with an RKO! The fans are going bananas. Jimmy superkicks Orton, who immediately responds with an RKO and covers but Jey breaks it up. McIntyre comes in and throws Jey across the ring, then wants a Claymore but eats a superkick from both Uso’s.
Jey and Riddle get the tags and Riddle runs over him with knees and forearms, then htis an exploder suplex and knocks Jimmy and Roman away. Riddle wants a moonsault, nobody’s home, and he follows-up with a senton. Riddle hits a fisherman brainbuster and goes up top for a floating bro and a near-fall.
Riddle wants an RKO but Jey counters with a pop-up neckbreaker. Orton and Jimmy brawl on the outside and Orton beats him down. Orton turns around and Reigns comes off the steel steps with a Superman punch! McIntyre grabs Roman from behind and shoves him into the steel steps. Drew clears the announce desk and grabs Roman but Jimmy hits Drew from behind.
Reigns grabs McIntyre and hits a Urinage through the table! Riddle comes off the top with a floating bro to Roman and Jimmy, but Jey then hits Riddle with a suicide dive. Riddle and Jey get back inside and trade back-and-forthm with Jey getting the better of the exchange. Jey goes up top and Roman tags himself in, then Riddle leaps up and hits an RKO off the top! Riddle gets up and Reigns hits a Spear and covers him.
That’s it for this year’s WrestleMania Backlash, let us know what you thought of the show and we’ll see you back here tomorrow night for WWE RAW. Until then, stay safe.