Any WWE pay-per-view is certain to have its fair share of winners and losers, Superstars who experienced creative highs and lows over the course of the ungodly long special presentations the company produces on its official streaming network, and the 2018 edition of Backlash was no different Sunday night.
The winners were those Superstars who seized the spotlight, delivering performances that stole the show and positioned them favorably to enjoy a red-hot summer in Vince McMahon's company.
They will enter the coming week of television prepared to shine even brighter, capitalizing on the roll they suddenly find themselves on.
The losers, on the other hand, suffered from questionable booking and lackluster performances that hurt their momentum and left their immediate futures in question.
They will face this week's television with one goal in mind: a quick recovery that puts them in the position to thrive as Money in the Bank approaches.
Where does intercontinental champion Seth Rollins find himself? How about his Shield teammate Roman Reigns? Was AJ Styles or Shinsuke Nakamura able to overcome relatively disappointing booking on the road to Backlash and emerge as "winners"?
The answers regarding those Superstars and more lie within.
Erik Beaston is a freelance pro wrestling writer who likes long walks in the park, dandelions and has not quite figured out that this introduction is not for Match.com. He resides in Parts Unknown, where he hosts weekly cookouts with Kane, The Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango and The Boogeyman. Be jealous.