2020 WWE Backlash matches, card, date, location, PPV predictions, start time, rumors

The WWE Backlash special returns to the WWE Network on Sunday, June 14. The annual event was on a one-year hiatus from the standard monthly event schedule in 2019 due to WWE’s Saudi Arabian obligations. The comeback for Backlash serves as the latest in a series of shows that have been emanating from an empty WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, during the coronavirus pandemic, but WWE has found interesting ways to navigate around the unique situation at WrestleMania and Money in the Bank.

One title match is already confirmed for the card with Drew McIntyre putting the WWE championship on the line against Bobby Lashley. Edge and Randy Orton are also set to battle once again after Edge won their WrestleMania 36 showdown. Many more matches will be confirmed in the coming weeks as WWE slowly approaches SummerSlam which is still currently slated to take place in August.

WWE Backlash will begin at 7 p.m. ET and stream live on the WWE Network, with the kickoff show leading us in one hour prior at 6 p.m. Let’s take a look at the matches we know — and the matches we think we know — are going to take place at Backlash.

WWE Backlash 2020 matches

WWE Championship — Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Bobby Lashley: Lashley has seemingly ditched Lana in favor of MVP, and the results have been impressive. On the May 18 edition of Raw, Lashley and MVP announced their sights were set on the champion. The next day, WWE made the match official for Backlash and fans are in for a bruising affair.

Universal Championship — Braun Strowman (c) vs. The Miz & John Morrison: Coming out of Money in the Bank, the assumption was that Strowman would be staring down a date with “The Fiend” at Backlash on the heels of defeating Bray Wyatt. Instead, Strowman found the former multi-time tag team champions getting into his business, and this has led to a handicap match with the universal title on the line at the next PPV. 

Raw Women’s Championship — Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax: After Asuka won Money in the Bank and it turned out she hadn’t won a future title shot but the title itself, Jax began to stalk. A triple threat No. 1 contender’s match was held on Raw featuring Jax, NXT women’s champion Charlotte Flair and Natalya, with Jax emerging victorious to earn the title shot at Backlash. 

Edge vs. Randy Orton: In the pandemic bizarro world of WWE, the gimmick match happened first between Edge and Orton, with Edge winning a Last Man Standing match at WrestleMania. In the fallout, Orton then challenged Edge to a match he was sure he could win: a straight-up wrestling match. The challenge shook Edge, but on the May 18 edition of Raw, he accepted and the two are now on a collision course for a basic, one-on-one singles bout.

Sheamus vs. Jeff Hardy: This feud took a wild turn with Sheamus setting up Jeff Hardy to make it look as if he was not only driving under the influence but took out Elias with the car as well. This heated rivalry will reach the next stage now with the two set to meet one-on-one at Backlash. 

WWE Backlash 2020 predictions

Raw Tag Team Championship — The Street Profits (c) vs. The Viking Raiders: This has become a comedy angle based around the Raiders’ claims that they can do anything better than the Profits. While the angle hasn’t exactly delivered the goods on weekly TV, a PPV showdown between the teams seems all but certain as the Profits continue to look for their first win over the Raiders.

Seth Rollins vs. Aleister Black: There are a lot of ways you can go with this feud. Black could face Rollins, or he could face Murphy, or he could face Austin Theory. Or, this could develop into some sort of tag match. Still, Black vs. Rollins feels like a big match to ramp things up for both men.

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