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WrestleMania Backlash match card & rumors

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The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the WrestleMania Backlash show set to take place on Sun., May 16, 2021, at the ThunderDome inside the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida. This will mark the first time the Backlash event has been rebranded with the WrestleMania name tacked on.

We’re still a couple weeks out from showtime, so only two matches are official so far:

  • Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman (WWE championship)

McIntyre came up short in his quest to win the title back at WrestleMania 37 but on the episode of Monday Night Raw two evenings later, he won a triple threat match against Braun Strowman and Randy Orton to set up yet another shot at the WWE championship. However, he instantly started feuding with T-Bar and Mace and Strowman inserted himself into that, working his way to a match with McIntyre that would get him into this match if he won. He did, so here we are with a triple threat.

  • Bianca Belair (c) vs. Bayley (SmackDown women’s championship)

In the aftermath of Belair’s big win at WrestleMania 37, Bayley challenged her to a match on the grounds that her tears at the big show represented fear and that’s not how a champion should act. Belair accepted. Here we are.

That’s all we have official at the moment but multiple matches seem likely for the show. Roman Reigns defending the Universal championship against Cesaro is being pushed heavy, Tamina & Natalya are clearly next up to challenge Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the women’s tag team titles, and The Street Profits and the Mysterios are vying for top contender status to the SmackDown tag team titles.

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