WWE will be returning to Puerto Rico on Saturday May 6th to present the Backlash Premium Live Event. This will be the first time since 2005 that WWE have hosted a major event in the country.
Matt Riddle, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs. The Usos and Solo Sikoa:
With this being the final WWE show before the roster becomes brand exclusive, this rivalry will finally reach its conclusion at Backlash. With The Usos failing to win back the tag team championships, a victory for Owens, Zayn and Riddle will further the downfall of The Bloodline and Roman Reigns’ disappointment in the former champions.
Winners: Matt Riddle, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens
Seth Rollins vs. Omos:
With WWE announcing that a new World Heavyweight Champion will be crowned at Night of Champions, now is the time to build momentum for the prospective inaugural champion. With it also being announced that the new World Heavyweight Champion will be a member of the Raw roster, early draft pick Seth Rollins seems an odds on favourite to win the title. A win over Omos will further establish Rollins as a top contender for the championship, and if anyone can get a good match out of Omos, it will be The Visionary.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Austin Theory (c) vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Bronson Reed – Triple Threat match for the United States Championship:
With the mid-card titles switching brands in the draft, it is unlikely that Raw star Bronson Reed will be walking out with the United States Championship. The most likely scenario is multiple big moves between the two titans of Reed and Lashley, with Theory eventually sneaking in to grab a quick pinfall victory and escape with the championship. However, with a strong showing by Reed, this may set up the Raw star for a future match against Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship.
Winner: Austin Theory
Bianca Belair (c) vs. IYO SKY – Singles match for the Raw Women’s Championship:
If any championship is going to change hands at Backlash it will be this one. Belair has held the title for over a year now, and is running out of challengers. With the booking of Damage CTRL also not being as strong as many had hoped for, a title win for SKY will being back some major credibility to the faction while also refreshing the SmackDown Women’s Division [Belair and SKY have both been drafted to SmackDown while Belair holds the Raw Women’s Championship.
Winner: IYO SKY
Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Zelina Vega – Singles match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship:
Much like with Belair, Rhea Ripley will be defending the SmackDown Women’s Championship but has been drafted to Raw with the rest of The Judgment Day. This is Ripley’s first defence of the title, meaning that it is too early for The Nightmare to lose. While Vega will get a great reaction from the live crowd due to her Puerto Rican heritage, this will be a successful defence from Ripley.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
Damian Priest vs. Bad Bunny – San Juan Street Fight:
This is the match that will give the feelgood hometown win for the Puerto Rico crowd in attendance. Bad Bunny has proven that he can hold his own in the ring, with the Grammy award winning star being praised for his previous 2 matches in WWE. The Street Fight stipualtion allows both The Judgment Day and the LWO to provide interference throughout, but ultimately Bad Bunny will get the win.
Winner: Bad Bunny
Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar:
Despite coming up short at WrestleMania, Cody Rhodes is determined to be the man to dethrone Roman Reigns and to finish the story. Lesnar has done all there is to do in WWE, and does not need this win. In a similar story arc to Seth Rollins defeating Omos, Rhodes will likely slay The Beast to add credibility and to be the one to finally defeat The Tribal Chief in the future.
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