Greatest Royal Rumble just happened in Saudi Arabia, and now, WWE fans have some time to chill and relax before the next big event. Just kidding. On Sunday, May 6, WWE is hosting Backlash, a dual-branded event featuring the stars of both Raw and Smackdown. The show will stream live over the WWE Network, and it takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Unlike Greatest Royal Rumble, Backlash will be on at a more familiar time at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT, with a Kickoff Show airing one hour prior, which you can watch on YouTube live. There should be at least one match on the Kickoff Show, but nothing has been announced as of this writing. Hopefully, WWE will put a cruiserweight match on the pre-show, as they’ve been a fantastic way to start these events.
Building on stories from both the Monday and Tuesday night shows, Backlash will feature some of WWE’s top stars battling it out in the ring. Most notably, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura will face each other for a third time–with the past two being Wrestlemania 34 and Greatest Royal Rumble. If I were a betting man, I’d place a large sum of money on someone getting punched in the crotch, as that’s happened the past two times these men have fought. Additionally, Miz will try once again to reclaim his Intercontinental Championship from Seth Rollins but in a one-on-one match. The same can be said for Alexa Bliss, who will taking on her former best friend, Nia Jax, in order to win back the Raw Women’s Championship.
It seems the main event for the evening will be Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe. Since his return from injury, Joe has been interrupting Reigns’ promos essentially telling him to stop whining. Although Joe recently made the jump to Smackdown–and Reigns is on Raw–this rivalry isn’t over, and Joe is looking to punish Reigns. The match card hasn’t been finalized yet, but here are the six confirmed matches for Backlash.
Backlash Match Card
- Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
- Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass
- Carmella (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (For the Smackdown Women’s Championship)
- Nia Jax (c) vs. Alexa Bliss (For the Raw Women’s Championship)
- Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Miz (For the Intercontinental Championship)
- AJ Styles (c) and Shinsuke Nakamura (For the WWE Championship)
- Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe
Come back to GameSpot on Sunday, May 6 for live coverage of the show.