During Friday Night SmackDown this week, Zelina Vega went straight to Adam Pearce and campaigned for a shot at Rhea Ripley and the SmackDown women’s championship at the upcoming Backlash event scheduled for Sat., May 6, 2023, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Here’s how she sold it:
"I want to challenge @RheaRipley_WWE for the #SmackDown Women's Championship at #WWEBacklash"@ZelinaVegaWWE pic.twitter.com/Q2c3xUb2SU— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) April 22, 2023
Well, they went for it, as they should have. Later in the evening, the match was made official.
They also announced a couple of other matches for the show:
ACTION PACKED #WWEBacklash!#SmackDown pic.twitter.com/TDGcklRcCz— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) April 22, 2023
Austin Theory defending the United States championship against both Bobby Lashley and Bronson Reed in a triple threat match makes sense, considering they’ve all been in each other’s business of late. But that other match, Seth Rollins vs. Omos, is genuinely baffling, considering there has been zero hint of anything between the two on TV recently.
An attraction match, I suppose.
Here’s the updated card:
- Brock Lesnar vs. Cody Rhodes
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley vs. Zelina Vega
- U.S. Championship: Austin Theory vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Bronson Reed
- The Bloodline vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn & Matt Riddle
- Seth Rollins vs. Omos