The series opened at WrestleMania 34 with AJ Styles scoring a clean victory over Shinsuke Nakamura, who followed it up by turning heel with a low blow. It continued at Greatest Royal Rumble, where they went to a double countout because Nakamura’s latest low blow made the WWE champion snap.
It will reach its conclusion, maybe, possibly, at the upcoming Backlash pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for Sun., May 6, 2018, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Here’s why this is necessary, according to WWE:
It goes without saying that, by the time the two competitors reached Saudi Arabia, their mutual animosity proved to be so explosive their brutal rematch inevitably spill out to the ringside area, igniting a brawl that left neither Superstar willing to answer the referee’s 10-count. As a result, the contest was left with no clear winner. Unsatisfied, The Phenomenal One added fuel to the fire by unleashing a post-match assault of sheer frustration on his underhanded adversary, making a return match at WWE Backlash an absolute necessity.
Their second match was better than their first. Perhaps the third will be their best yet?
Here’s the updated Backlash match card:
- AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE championship)
- Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe
- Seth Rollins vs. The Miz (Intercontinental championship)
- Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss (Raw women’s championship)
- Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair (SmackDown women’s championship)
- Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass