WWE Backlash 2017 airs live from Chicago, Illinois this Sunday, May 21st on the WWE Network. It’s the first Smackdown Live exclusive pay-per-view since WrestleMania and the Superstar shake-up. Depending on how you look at it, it’s either a very interesting card or a lackluster one. To me it looks like a show with the potential for a lot of great wrestling right up until the main event. Throw in one of WWE’s most famously vocal live crowds and we could be in for an interesting night.
Here’s your complete WWE Backlash 2017 card, but remember the card is subject to change. They could always add Mojo Rawley Vs. Konnor from The Ascension at the last minute.
WWE Backlash 2017:
- WWE Championship Match: Randy Orton (c) vs. Jinder Mahal
- WWE United States Championship Match: Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles
- Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos (c) vs. Breezango
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler
- Naomi, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch vs. The Welcoming Committee (Natalya, Carmella, and Tamina Snuka)
- Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
- Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan
- Kickoff Match: Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English
As always, we’ve put together the NWO of internet smarks to share our analysis and predictions for all eight matches. After you’ve read what we think, go down to our comments section and tell us how you see Sunday’s show playing out.
Here’s what we want to see happen and what we think will happen at WWE Backlash.
Kickoff Match: Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English
What Should Happen: Aiden somehow pulls this off. Maybe Tye slips on tears English cried earlier in the match allowing Aiden to take advantage and get the pin. Come on WWE, it’s the Backlash pre-show – you can give Aiden English a win. Dillinger can afford the lose. He has a chant people love doing so he’ll be fine. English is good. He has a proven track record of taking outside the box gimmicks farther then most people could. It’s only been a few weeks since he’s become the crying drama king and it’s already something I look forward to seeing on the show. Give him more screen time and see what he does with it. Aiden English could be more for Smackdown than just an overly emotional Curt Hawkins.
What Will Happen: They are going to have a longer and more competitive version of the same match we’ve seen them have on Smackdown. Tye is going to win the third of what will probably be ten straight victories over Aiden English stretched out over various pay-per-view pre-shows and Smackdown Live episodes for months to come. Dillinger will eventually have to beat someone on the main roster other than Aiden English but for now WWE seems to be in no rush.
Bill Hanstock — Aiden English is getting a PPV singles match! Kinda! Obviously this ends with Dillinger winning and making English cry again, but I’m fine with that. Let’s let these two semi-unsung (no pun intended) NXT heroes get their day in the sun. Wild stat: Depending on how you’re counting it, there are between 11 and 14 NXT alums on this PPV. THE SYSTEM WORKS.
Chris Trew — If you knew how many times I have played Tye Dillinger’s entrance theme first thing in the morning you would know the answer to this question. I am not reasonable.
Danielle Matheson — Tye Dillinger is a St. Kitt’s boy done good, and I think they’d take away my passport if I didn’t pick him.
Scott Heisel — Tye’s come out on top for their first two meetings, so it stands to reason that Aiden English should at least eke out one victory, right? Either way, I expect to hear English’s singing drowned out by 15,000 drunken Chicagoans chanting, “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!”
Brandon Stroud — Tye Dillinger’s character was made to lose, but he’s been winning. Aiden English has been losing, and brooding. To me, all signs point to English doing something shitty to pull out an unfair victory during the kickoff, and probably crying (but with joy this time) after the win. Honestly? I just want to see singles star Aiden English winning matches and being a thing on WWE TV for longer than a cycle so I can stop convincing myself I willed it into existence.