Championship bouts and personal acts of revenge dominate the card for WWE's playback pay-per-view Sunday night, live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey
The event with the superstars of Raw and SmackDown Live is the first after-superstar shake-up and an opportunity to compete against former brand-mates for the last time.
With the potential for multiple storyline developments, and perhaps even a title change or second, the show could prove to be the starting point for some high-profile superstars as the summer months approach.
- No Disqualification Match for the WWE Championship: AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
- Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe
- Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass
- Intercontinental Championship Game: Seth Rollins Vs. The Miz
- United States Championship Game: Jeff Hardy Vs. Randy Orton
- Raw Women's Championship Game: Nia Jax Vs. Alexa Bliss
- SmackDown Women's Championship Game: Charlotte Vs. Carmella [1
- WWE Kickoff Show: Bayley vs. Ruby Riott
News and Rumors
Roman Reigns has been the top dog in WWE for years, but as Backlash draws nearer, WrestleVotes reported on the fierce fight between Reigns and Samoa Joe is not scheduled to close the show. It will be the WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.
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Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles is scheduled for the main event tomorrow night at Backlash. Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns was considered, but plans originally discussed for this game have been dropped, so there's no point in concluding. I'm not sure what those plans were.
It makes sense given the background story and the stakes of the game.
The program saw Nakamura turn his heel at WrestleMania and become a more vicious villain with each passing stroke. There is a real possibility that he will leave Newark with the Grand Prize of the SmackDown brand, so it only makes sense that the game would be the main character.
Enter a no disqualification clause and you have a contest that is probably the best in the series.
According to Brad Shepard of Bodyslam.net, WWE boss Vince McMahon still sees Roman Reigns as a top guy, despite recent booking decisions (h / t Aditya Rangarajan of WrestleZone ) .
The idea The WWE management has put so much time and effort in the promotion of Reigns, then suddenly jump ship after he was selected, heading for the fourth year in a row WrestleMania is asinine.
The former enforcer of The Shield was at the head of big stories, was the face of WrestleMania for almost half a decade and has beaten every major star in the industry. Just because he lost two games in a row against Brock Lesnar, he should not show the fans that the company has lost confidence in him.
No matter how much these fans hope it will be.
Reigns is too good and too far to suddenly push down the map or question his status.
Could Braun Strowman be the guy dethroning Lesnar instead of Reigns? Sure, but no one asked if the Undertaker was a top dog, while guys like Sycho Sid won titles instead of him.
Reigns will be fine, starting with a win over Samoa Joe on Sunday night in Backlash.