WWE Backlash will be returning to WWE’s PPV schedule this weekend, after being dropped in 2019. After receiving tremendous backlash in 2017 and 2018, the PPV makes its return, with the tag “Greatest Wrestling Match Ever”, referencing the Edge vs Randy Orton encounter.
The PPV is set to take place this Sunday but hasn’t had a lot of matches added to the card. WWE reportedly moved to a lighter PPV schedule after Money in the Bank aired for a duration shorter than an episode of RAW.
WWE will still be continuing in the Performance Center for this PPV, which now has a small group of trainees as the audience. With large gatherings banned for the foreseeable future, this format is bound to continue for the upcoming months.
We look at the updated WWE Backlash 2020 match card and give our thoughts and predictions on how it will go down this Sunday.
Event: WWE Backlash
Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020
Start Time: 7 ET/4 PT
Location: WWE Performance Center
How to watch?: WWE Network
Randy Orton vs Edge
This feud is nearing six months now, ever since Edge made his legendary comeback at the Royal Rumble. After a disappointing Last Man Standing match at WrestleMania, the duo will compete in a ‘wrestling’ match, which is being promoted as the tag of Greatest Wrestling Match ever.
Both are legendary superstars and have given some of the most iconic performances in WWE history, but it is hard to envision them giving the greatest match at their current age.
However, Edge and Orton have great chemistry and could churn out a quality match, which may not be the best wrestling, but could be a great watch.
Edge needs to win and finish this feud, once and for all.
Prediction: Edge wins.
RAW Women’s Championship: Asuka(c) vs Nia Jax
Asuka won the Money in the Bank match last month, and to her surprise, the briefcase contained the title itself instead of a contract. The then Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch relinquished her title due to her pregnancy, leading to Asuka becoming the new champion.
As per reports, Jax was scheduled to take on Lynch at MITB. She will now get her shot against the Empress, who has arguably been the MVP of WWE programming in the quarantine period.
WWE has tried it several times with Jax but it hasn’t worked at all, and Asuka should continue as the top star for a long time.
Prediction: Asuka retains.
WWE Universal Championship: Braun Strowman(c) vs The Miz and John Morrison
Braun Strowman is back to destroy the tag-team division, as he takes on former SmackDown Tag Team Champions in a handicap match.
Former WWE Champion Miz is a fine singles star himself, and WWE could’ve made this a singles encounter. However, WWE unnecessarily made this a handicap match, which will obviously end up with Strowman standing tall and destroying the credibility of a fine tag-team.
Strowman’s reign so far hasn’t hit the right notes, and a quality match against the narcissistic duo will help him solidify his first-ever World title reign in WWE.
Prediction: Braun Strowman retains.
WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre(c) vs Bobby Lashley
Two superstars from the Ruthless Aggression Era will collide for the WWE Championship. This is one of the freshest world title rivalries WWE has had in quite some time, with Lashley finally getting his chance at the gold.
McIntyre has consistently been the highlight of RAW since his win at the Rumble and has lived up to the lofty expectations of being the top guy on the red brand.
Lashley and McIntyre had exciting duels during their time together in IMPACT and will certainly have a physically imposing matchup this time around as well.
Recent rumors and Paul Heyman’s firing from the Raw creative have led to speculation that Lashley could be dethroning McIntyre soon, but it might not be until SummerSlam.
Prediction: Drew McIntyre retains.
Jeff Hardy vs Sheamus
Jeff Hardy returned to WWE programming after weeks of promos, which saw his career story revisited on the blue brand. The hype surrounding the return of the former WWE Champion was seen as a possible push, and both him and Sheamus are part of an integral story on Friday nights.
Hardy and Sheamus have done a great job with this whole feud but some feel that it has been distasteful, given Hardy’s prior troubles with alcohol and recreational drugs.
Despite the storyline issues, the match is bound to be great, as both the stars have great chemistry and have blood on their minds.
Prediction: Jeff Hardy wins.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship: Sasha Banks and Bayley(c) vs The IIconics vs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Many are wondering when will Banks and Bayley finally break up and start the eventual feud between the duo for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. With the tag-titles on their shoulders as well, they could go the Ambrose-Rollins route from 2018.
The other two teams in the matchup are former champions as well and will be itching to get their hands back on the title. The winners of this matchup will have two talented stars in Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox waiting for them next Wednesday on NXT.
Banks and Bayley will probably end up winning and delay the eventual breakup for a future date, as WWE will like to have it in front of a ruckus crowd.
Prediction: Banks and Bayley retain.
WWE United States Championship: Apollo Crews(c) vs Andrade
One of the best things to come out of these last few months is the rise of Apollo Crews. The highly talented star has given some fabulous performances and now has a US title to show for it.
Andrade had a long run with the title but it is Crews’ time to shine now. Crews and Andrade have wrestled in decent encounters in recent times, and this one should be no different.
Andrade has some tensions rising with his own stable mate, Angel Garza, and it could play into this matchup.
Prediction: Apollo Crews retains.