Backlash Early Predictions
IWnerd.com made their predictions as to who will participate and win at WWE Backlash. Despite being so early, I manage to inside play Agree/Disagree:
Aleister Black vs. Seth Rollins
I agree. Black would have to win this match because he is on the hot streak. Rollins is out of control and it may backfire with the best-known secret of WWE, Buddy Murphy. He was interviewed last week and asked why he helped Rollins at the contract signing (Rollins and Drew McIntyre). He did mention in so many words that he is waiting for an opportunity. Rollins will be too vulnerable to realize that Murphy will stab him in the back and not the other way.
However, do not count Rey Mysterio out. He may return with a vengeance and match up with Seth Rollins.
Andrade vs. Austin Theory vs. Angel Garza (United States Championship, Triple Threat Match)
I disagree. There may be an ego issue inside Vega's crew, but you need that conflict to make each other better. Zelina Vega has a chance to be just as good as Bobby Heenan when he managed his crew. Andrade needs to challenge someone like Bobby Lashley.
Lashley has been advised by MVP to go after a title. If not and Black does not fight Rollins, Black would be a great opponent. He is ready to be a titleholder. My last choice would be AJ Styles. Whoever it is, I agree that Andrade needs to defend the United States Championship.
Bayley vs. Carmella
I disagree. Carmella has not placed herself as a contender. There is not a woman in Smackdown that is so deserving to be a number one contender other than Sasha Banks. However, Lacey Evans has been the most active superstar in the Smackdown roster. The storyline continues with Sasha and Bayley as best friends. Therefore, if Naomi does not make a return, I can see Evans getting one more shot at Bayley. The PPV is called Backlash for a reason. "The Time is Now" for Evans and Banks to make a huge move.
Asuka vs. Shayna Baszler
I agree. This match would be better off than Becky Lynch in the picture. After seeing WrestleMania, Baszler dominated the match, but the luck was on Lynch's side. Asuka is a better fighter and this match can steal the entire show. I would co-main event this one.
Edge vs. Randy Orton
I am not thrilled with this match. Orton offered the challenge and Edge will accept in the next episode of RAW. It makes sense for Orton to win and force a part 3 match for Summerslam.
The Fiend vs. Braun Strowman
I agree. The Fiend will become the new Universal Champion. It is either now or wait until Summerslam to see a newly crowned champion.
Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley
I disagree. King Corbin is seeking a championship opportunity. Corbin vs. McIntyre is happening in the next episode. Lashley needs more development with MVP and dismisses Lana to be able to chase the title. I would have liked him to go for the US title but, this match has Summerslam all over it.
On the other hand, Jinder Mahal is seeking for the title as well. Mahal and McIntyre were best friends as 3MB. So many variables for Drew's next opponent. I predict McIntyre, Lashley, AJ Styles, and Jinder Mahal in a Fatal Four-way match.
The last time there was a fatal four-way match at Backlash 2008 was John Cena, Randy Orton, Triple H and JBL for the WWE Championship Elimination Match.