RICHMOND, Va. — After mocking Apollo Crews backstage earlier in the evening, Baron Corbin backed up his words by beating the talented Superstar one-two-three in the middle of the ring on Backlash Kickoff.

The two New Era standouts both came out with something to prove and clearly wanting to establish themselves on the SmackDown LIVE depth chart. Crews’ athletic ability and explosive offensive proved to be a fascinating clash of styles against Corbin’s brute strength and ground-and-pound preferences.

WWE Network: Apollo Crews vs. Baron Corbin: Backlash 2016 Kickoff

Apollo Crews battles Baron Corbin in a hard-hitting showdown at Backlash 2016 Kickoff: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Crews withstood a ton of punishment from The Lone Wolf, including a huge clothesline that turned him inside out, but he fired back with several major maneuvers including a running knee strike and his patented standing moonsault.

Crews appeared to be in firm control after hitting a big Samoan Drop on the outside. But Corbin was able to recover and surged in the match’s final moments, first kneeing Crews in the face and then connecting flush with End of Days to secure the victory in an incredibly hard-fought contest.

RICHMOND, Va. — After mocking Apollo Crews backstage earlier in the evening, Baron Corbin backed up his words by beating the talented Superstar one-two-three in the middle of the ring on Backlash Kickoff.

The two New Era standouts both came out with something to prove and clearly wanting to establish themselves on the SmackDown LIVE depth chart. Crews’ athletic ability and explosive offensive proved to be a fascinating clash of styles against Corbin’s brute strength and ground-and-pound preferences.

WWE Network: Apollo Crews vs. Baron Corbin: Backlash 2016 Kickoff

Apollo Crews battles Baron Corbin in a hard-hitting showdown at Backlash 2016 Kickoff: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Crews withstood a ton of punishment from The Lone Wolf, including a huge clothesline that turned him inside out, but he fired back with several major maneuvers including a running knee strike and his patented standing moonsault.

Crews appeared to be in firm control after hitting a big Samoan Drop on the outside. But Corbin was able to recover and surged in the match’s final moments, first kneeing Crews in the face and then connecting flush with End of Days to secure the victory in an incredibly hard-fought contest.