Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley Beat Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn at WWE Backlash

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2018

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The makeshift team of Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley continued to roll Sunday with a win over Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at WWE Backlash in Newark, New Jersey.

There was dissension between Owens and Zayn that led to their defeat. Eventually, Zayn slapped Owens, which led the former universal champion to enter the ring and confront his tag team partner.

However, Zayn quickly exited the ring, and Owens was left at a two-on-one disadvantage against Lashley and Strowman. Lashley hit a delayed vertical suplex on Owens for the victory:


The formidable duo of @BraunStrowman and @fightbobby stands tall with a victory over the dysfunctional team of @FightOwensFight and @SamiZayn! #WWEBacklash https://t.co/DXBexqEexp

SB Nation's Cageside Seats noted how Strowman is riding a hot streak at WWE pay-per-views:

Cageside Seats @cagesideseats

Not sure the next time Braun loses on a pay-per-view. Thinking 2020ish. #WWEBacklash

Lashley, meanwhile, picked up his first PPV win in over a decade. He last beat Vince McMahon at One Night Stand 2007.

Sunday's match marked the second time in two weeks that the teams had clashed in a two-on-two match.

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Strowman and Lashley beat the Yep Movement on the April 23 edition of Raw. That was followed by Strowman, Lashley and Roman Reigns beating Owens, Zayn and Jinder Mahal in a six-man tag team match on the April 30 episode of Raw.

On April 16, Strowman, Lashley, Bobby Roode, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins defeated Owens, Zayn, The Miz, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas in a 10-man tag as well.

Although Strowman and Lashley have singles aspirations and weren't technically dubbed a formal tag team at any point, they seemed like a natural fit together.

Strowman is among the biggest and strongest Superstars WWE has ever seen, while Lashley is a crossover MMA star who is among WWE's best pure athletes.

Lashley's first run in WWE lasted from 2005 until his departure in early 2008. He showed a great deal of promise during that time and held both the ECW and United States Championships.

It wasn't until his tenure with Impact Wrestling that Lashley truly hit his stride, however. The 41-year-old veteran is better than ever from an in-ring perspective, and he appears better prepared to be a top guy in WWE now than he was previously.

He made his WWE return on Raw the night after WrestleMania 34, and while he has yet to truly establish his character and purpose, he has shown himself to be a physically dominant force.

Owens and Zayn also have a new beginning on Raw to some degree, as they were signed by Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon after losing out on the opportunity to return to SmackDown Live.

They clashed with current SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon and former SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan, which resulted in a tag team match at WrestleMania.

While Owens and Zayn lost, they landed on their feet as a member of the red brand despite Raw general manager Kurt Angle being against signing them initially.

All four Superstars in Sunday's match have the potential to be main eventers and Universal Championship contenders on Raw, which is a big reason the bout was so significant.

Owens and Zayn shouldn't have much problem rebounding from the loss since they are such strong heels, while Strowman and Lashley could conceivably branch off into a feud with each other despite the success they have enjoyed as a team.


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