10 Things We Learned From WWE Backlash 2018

“What a great beginning – what a terrible remainder…”


I remember years back on the Internet Movie Database reading a user review for the movie Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. It was titled, “What a great beginning – what a terrible remainder.”

What a perfect summary for WWE Backlash 2018.

At the 8 PM eastern hour, Seth Rollins and The Miz battled in an Intercontinental title match that may well be hailed WWE’s best main roster match of 2018. Before the show, somebody had leaked a photo of the card’s ‘run sheet’ onto social media, and the listed producer for the Rollins/Miz match was one TJ Wilson (Tyson Kidd). Wilson was also credited for producing a Rollins/Finn Balor match on Raw some time back, so I’m thinking that Mr Wilson is due for a hefty raise.

After that match…oof. The remaining seven bouts ranged anywhere from ‘decent’ to ‘this is a rib, right?’ There have been events in WWE’s annals that have started out with an excellent match prior to going off the rails, and slamming into a crowd of people with regrettable fury. December to Dismember, TLC 2014, Battleground 2017, they all come to mind. It’s pretty safe to add Backlash 2018 to that collection.

Let’s look back at Backlash 2018 and see what we learned…

10. What Did You Do, Homer?!


Part of the reason that “Paige here!” became such a morbid meme goes beyond the awkwardness of the video. People also noted that Paige was wearing the sort of cosmetic job that could’ve only come from Homer Simpson’s double-barrel make-up gun. To say that it was excessive would be like saying that flood damage is slightly wet.

Paige hasn’t been the only victim of this need to overdo it with the facial glitz. Taking one look at Bayley and her garish eye job on the Kickoff Show, and my first thought was, “well, maybe she just has a really bad pollen allergy.” While it’s true that all TV personalities have to “put on a face” to some degree, the reaction of the viewer to said make-up application should never be, “What the hell did you *do*?”

Justin Henry

Written by Justin Henry

In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.

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