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Did the WWE Ruin Its Best Show of the Year with Zombies?

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WrestleMania Backlash SPOILERS ABOUND: WrestleMania Backlash has come and gone, with the WWE putting on what might be its best show of 2021. Nonetheless, the promotion’s ill-advised decision to have zombies serve as the enforcers for the Lumberjack Match between the Miz and John Morrison was one of the most childish and ridiculous moments in years.

While the zombies’ presence might not seem outlandish for a promotion with characters like the Fiend and the Undertaker, there was no use for the zombies other than to promote the film Army of the Dead. One of the things that fans enjoy about the WWE is that at its best, its programming offers a variety of things for people. Nevertheless, context is king and while zombies might be acceptable in a match involving a supernatural character like the Fiend, they have no business in a match between two (more or less) traditional wrestlers.

Perhaps the worst part of the match was the zombies swarming on a kayoed Miz after Priest won the match, apparently preparing to feast on the Miz. Knowing the WWE, the Miz will be back on RAW and seemingly no worse for wear.

Despite this awful moment of bad writing, Backlash was a spectacular show with good to great matches. from start to finish. The zombies didn’t ruin the show (at least in my opinion) but they served no purpose other than promoting an action film, and their presence detracted from the show. In case you want the results, here you are:

Pre-Show

U.S. champ Sheamus pinned Ricochet in a non-title “Open Challenge” Match.

Main Show

RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley pinned Asuka in a Triple Threat Match against Asuka and Charlotte.

Dominik and Rey Mysterio defeated SmackDown Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode (aka the Dirty Dawgs) to become the new tag team champions.

Lumberjack Match. Damien Priest pinned the Miz.

SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair retained against Bayley by pinfall.

WWE Champion Bobby Lashley retained In a Triple Threat Match against Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre after spearing Braun for the 1-2-3.

Universal Champion Roman Reigns retained against Cesaro by submission.

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Mike Rickard II

Retired bank robber and author of "Wrestling's Greatest Moments", "Laughing All the Way to the Bank Robbery, "Flunky: Pawns and Kings," and "Don't Call Me Bush Beans: The Legend of a Three-Legged Cat." Pro wrestling and hockey fan. Hired gun for several pro wrestling sites and a top 10 YouTube wrestling channel. Available in regular and extra-strength.

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