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Mahal Wins the Strap, Nakamura’s Debut – Five Takeaways from Sunday’s WWE Backlash

Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin – Jinder Mahal?

If you think one of those doesn’t belong, you’re not the only one, but based on Sunday’s results of WWE’s latest Pay-per-view offering – ‘Backlash,’ that’s the route the company is going in.

The WWE pulled off somewhat of a stunner on Sunday, handing it’s Smackdown Heavyweight Title – otherwise known as the WWE Title, to Mahal, a wrestler who has been nothing more of an afterthought leading up his winning a number one contender’s match on SmackDown about a month ago.

Mahal winning the belt wasn’t the only interesting note on the show, and here’s five takeaways from the show and what we might see from the WWE’s ‘blue brand’ on Tuesday nights.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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