Here Are Your WWE Backlash 2016 Predictions & Analysis

WWE Backlash 2016, the first Smackdown-only pay-per-view since the brand extension, airs this Sunday, September 11, live on WWE Network. The show is headlined by a WWE Championship match between the champion, Dean Ambrose, and the challenger, AJ Styles. Also on the card, the first Smackdown Women’s and Smackdown Tag Team Champions will be crowned.

Here’s the complete WWE Backlash 2016 card as we know it.

WWE Backlash Card:

1. WWE Championship Match: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. AJ Styles

2. Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Nikki Bella

3. Smackdown Tag Team Championship Tournament Semi-Finals Match: The Usos vs. The Hype Bros

4. Smackdown Tag Team Championship Tournament Finals: Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. Winner of Usos/Hype Bros

5. Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt

6. Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

As always, here’s our analysis and our complete predictions for the show. Be sure to join us here on Sunday for all the live results, as well as the open discussion thread for all the relevant reactions and jokes.

Here’s what we think is going down at Backlash:

Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

What Should Happen: The Miz cut the promo of his life on Talking Smack — a promo so good it made me love The Miz and kinda hate my favorite wrestler — and everyone joked that it earned him another WWE Championship run. At Backlash, he’s defending the Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler, a guy who (1) got a shot at the championship at SummerSlam and couldn’t get it done, (2) has been pretty straight clowned ever since, and (3) won’t stop work-shooting about how much he deserves championships.