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The Real Winners and Losers from 2022 WWE WrestleMania Backlash

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    While it shared a name with The Most Stupendous Two-Night Event in WrestleMania History, WrestleMania Backlash did not feel as special as that show one month ago. With just six matches on this card, it was up to a small section of the roster to deliver.

    Cody Rhodes continues his hot streak in WWE since his return by defeating Seth Rollins again. Omos put on the best performance of his career to date against Bobby Lashley.

    Rhea Ripley got involved to help Edge, adding herself to one of Raw’s hottest angles. Many got a major boost from this show, but the short card left many forgotten on this night.

    WWE Backlash has always been a moment post-WrestleMania to set a new path, and this show gave many a chance to be true winners or losers going into the summer of WWE and beyond.

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    Cody Rhodes is right where he needs to be, and it shows in just how much he has delivered since returning to WWE. His style suits WWE’s fast-cutting style as well as the signature-move-focused in-ring action, and it is leading to showstoppers.

    He and Seth Rollins had the match of the night and one of the matches of the year in the opener. With more story behind the action, they outshined their WrestleMania clash and set the stage for a third match soon.

    WWE has very few stars that feel like true main eventers, and The American Nightmare is already there. He could believably defeat Roman Reigns, which is not true of almost anyone else in the company.

    This is thanks to presentation and booking. He has been unstoppable since returning, and every time he comes out, the whole crowd is behind him. He has been established as an uncrowned champion, the kind of star that will elevate the gold when he captures it.

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    Omos lost his first singles match at WrestleMania 38, but thanks to MVP, he avenged that loss at WWE Backlash. It was a much stronger contest that showed that The Nigerian Giant could compete at Bobby Lashley’s level.

    It was a messy match in moments that showed what Omos still has to learn before getting a serious push. However, gaining enough trust from WWE to defeat The All Mighty is a big first step.

    Lashley is a two-time WWE champion. He could compete with Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre tomorrow without anyone blinking an eye. Defeating him means something more than squashing jobbers as Omos has previously.

    He and MVP look to be a truly dangerous force together in WWE. This was just the first major win they will pick up together. Omos just has to keep learning.

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    Edge was not allowed to get help from Damian Priest in his back-and-forth clash with AJ Styles, but he had another trick up his sleeve. A hooded Rhea Ripley knocked The Phenomenal One off the top rope to set up the Judgment Day leader to win.

    The Nightmare has been slowly building a legacy in WWE, but she has not quite been able to stand tall in a major angle yet. That changed at Backlash.

    She will be standing alongside the two of the top heels on Raw. Stables rarely include women in WWE, but Ripley is the third member of a group that should be on television dominating every week.

    It is a shame that the first match between Ripley and Liv Morgan could not happen before this reveal, but that feud is certain to gain a welcome steam after this reveal.

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    On a night where most of the talent on the card shined, so many of WWE’s best stars were missing. Champions like Bianca Belair, Theory and Ricochet were left off the card while Omos, Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss got a spot.

    On Twitter, Becky Lynch called out The EST for not having a spot on the card, but this is hardly Belair’s fault. She built a story with Sonya Deville that played out on Monday Night Raw while missing this card entirely.

    Sasha Banks and Naomi have been traveling around with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, adding to the spotlight on the women’s titles. However, they are not defending the titles until Friday Night SmackDown.

    Kevin Owens main evented Night 1 of WrestleMania with Stone Cold Steve Austin, but his story with Ezekiel was left off this card entirely. Ricochet could not get on the WrestleMania card or the Backlash card while holding the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

    There is no real explanation for this. The main event was a six-man tag team match including four champions, yet no gold was on the line. At the very least, there was space on this card to highlight underused talent, but the six-match card did not accomplish that either.

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