May 6, 2018

Nia Jax and Carmella Retain at WWE Backlash (Photos, Videos)

Nia Jax and Carmella Retain at WWE Backlash
- Tonight at Backlash, Nia Jax successfully retained the Raw Women’s Championship against her former best friend Alexa Bliss.

Bliss started off by kicking Jax’s knee, attempting to get the champion to the ground. Bliss followed up by trying to use her quickness but Jax powered her down, squashing her at a corner and throwing Bliss across the mat.

Bliss slid to the outside to catch a breather and then approached the ring apron to land a kick to the head for a two count on Jax. Bliss stays control by using the ring ropes to choke Jax and stomping over her back finishing things off by driving Jax’s head to the ring apron.

Bliss runs the ropes and slaps Jax across the face where she then sets up for a DDT but Jax countered out. Jax goes for a rolling Senton but misses, allowing Bliss to capitalize and take back control, landing knee shots and forearms to Jax. Bliss runs the ropes but Jax catches her.

The champion maneuvers to a corner where Bliss tries to escape Jax’s clutches by wearing Jax down with a sleeper hold. Jax slings Bliss off the top corner and uses her power to throw Bliss across the ring. Jax goes up to the second turnbuckle but Bliss knocks her off, sending Jax to spill the outside. Bliss goes after Jax on the outside, where she manages to send Jax face first to the steel steps.

Bliss brings Jax back to the ring where she earns a two count. Bliss runs the ropes once again but like before Jax catches her. The Superstars battle for control at a corner that comes to an end with Bliss kicking Jax off the corner for another two count. Bliss goes for the Twisted Bliss but Jax catches her to counter with a Samoa Drop to retain.

In a post-match interview, Jax dedicated her win to anyone who has been or is being bullied. Jax continued by saying that bullies never win and encouraged fans to embrace what makes them unique.

- In the second title match of the night, Carmella successfully retained the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair.

The Superstars traded taunts to start things off until Flair kicked the action off with a big boot. Carmella recomposes herself on the outside where she retrieves her title and marches to the back. Flair stops her and brings her back to the ring for numerous pin attempts. Carmella stays evasive until she manages to lure Flair to the outside for a Super Kick.

The Superstars reenter the ring where Carmella locks in a grounded chin lock on Flair all while mocking her. Flair tosses Carmella off but the champion lands a kick to the face to reapply the chin lock. Flair breaks free again, this time with a stunner but Carmella stays control after countering out another attack from Flair.

Flair fights out of a surfboard hold with boots to the midsection and rebuilds momentum with chops to the chest and a backbreaker. Flair meets Carmella at the ring apron and goes for a big boot but the champion counters out.

Carmella gets in Flair’s face, slapping her and trash talks. Flair responds with a spear that takes Carmella down. Flair goes for a cover but Carmella reverses with a Code of Silence. Flair sticks around and gets to her feet but Carmella reverses with a roll-up for a two count.

Big boot from Flair takes Carmella down and she attempts a Figure Four but Carmella kicks Flair away. Flair climbs to the top rope for a moonsault but misses, landing badly on the mat instead. When Flair’s left knee gives out, Carmella takes advantage by kicking Flair’s left leg and covers for the three count to retain the SmackDown Women’s Title.


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