WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose sat in on commentary as The Showoff and The Phenomenal One dazzled the WWE Universe in the main event.
The study in contrast between the two was evident during the contest – Styles, coming off the biggest win of his career – was confident and loose. Meanwhile, Ziggler, reeling from quite possibly the most critical defeat of his WWE tenure, was aggressive and possibly pressing a bit too hard.
The end result was not kind for Ziggler, with Styles surging to victory by connecting with the Styles Clash after using the middle rope to assist him with a low-blow when the referee was not looking in the contest’s closing moments. Ziggler would once again show, yet not win, eliminating him from the WWE World Championship picture at Backlash.
SmackDown Live went off the air with Ambrose and Styles locked into one another, knowing the stakes that they were now presented with at Backlash.