It’s time for WWE’s next PPV, Wrestlemania Backlash, which is currently is underway. During the Kickoff Show, Sheamus showed up to issue an open challenge, and Ricochet has answered the call, even though it wasn’t for the United States Championship. Throughout the evening, we’ll also see many feuds from Wrestlemania rehashed with some additional stipulations. Check out the live results below, as the happen.
The only way to watch Wrestlemania Backlash in the US is on NBC Universal’s streaming service Peacock. If you live outside of the US, you can still watch the show on the WWE Network. Wrestlemania Backlash takes place at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida, inside the Thunderdome, as there are no live audiences for this event. We should expect to see things get back to normal around Summerslam though.
There are plenty of matches from both the Raw and Smackdown brands for this PPV. Aside from the aforementioned Raw Women’s Championship bout, the main event will be a triple threat featuring Bobby Lashley defending his WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman. Additionally, Rey and Dominik Mysterio have a chance to become the first-ever father/son tag team champions, as long as they can defeat the team of Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. Check out the match card below.
WWE Wrestlemania Backlash Match Card:
- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman (WWE Championship)
- Bianca Belair (c) vs. Bayley (Smackdown Women’s Championship)
- Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair (Triple Threat Match for the Raw Women’s Championship)
- Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro (Universal Championship)
- Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode (c) vs. Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio (Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
- Damian Priest vs. The Miz (Lumberjack Match)
As mentioned, in order to watch the main card of the show, you’ll need to have a Peacock Premium ($5 a month) or Premium Plus ($10 a month) account in the US or a WWE Network account if you live outside the US. In addition to live streaming WWE events, Peacock offers a wide-array of original programming, along with TV shows and movies you love. There is also a whole section devoted to WWE, which showcases past episodes of Raw, Smackdown, NXT, along with old PPVs and episodes of WCW Nitro.
While you wait for the show to begin, check out the Wrestle Buddies Wrestlemania Backlash predictions episode below. What’s Wrestle Buddies? Well, it’s GameSpot’s professional wrestling podcast hosted by Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner as they discuss WWE, AEW, Impact, ROH, and more and occasionally, get very silly about it.
The preshow begins at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET. Once the show begins, you can find all the notes from the Kickoff Show below.
It doesn’t seem like there will be a match on the Kickoff Show, considering there are only six matches in total for the PPV.
Sheamus has issued an open challenge, but not for the United States Championship.
Sheamus vs. Ricochet
Sheamus wins by pin.
Solid Kickoff Show match between the two wrestlers. It’s helping cement Sheamus as a credible champion, and you love to hate him as he talks on the mic. This is also giving Ricochet a nice feud, as Ricochet attacked Sheamus after the match–and decided to wear Sheamus’s fancy–yet not so fancy–hat and jacket, which apparently means a lot to the Celtic Warrior.
Also, Ricochet dabbed while wearing Sheamus’s stuff, which made me laugh way too much. I’m pretty sure dabbing isn’t cool anymore–at least that’s what my 12-year-old niece tells me–so I’m all about people dabbing constantly now. I dabbed while writing this at least four times.
Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair
(Triple Threat Match for the Raw Women’s Championship)
Rhea Ripley wins by pin on Asuka.
This was a match that probably kept you on the edge of your seat. It was a nonstop bout traveling 200 mph. It was a great return PPV for Charlotte, but WWE made the right decision keeping the title on Ripley. It solidifies her as a champion, beating two of WWE’s best superstars, and it also will further Charlotte’s storyline of her being bitter for not being on the Mania card. No one came out of this looking weak. It built everyone up.
Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
& Dominik Mysterio
(Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
Dominick Mysterio was hurt before the match, after Ziggler and Roode turned over a light sofa on him, so Rey is going out alone.
Match in progress
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