WWE Backlash 2020 Predictions
Backlash 2020 has been marketed as the culmination between two future WWE Hall of Famers. The two superstars, Edge and Randy Orton will not just have a regular match but The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever. The Pay-Per-View also includes WWE Champion Drew McIntyre taking on Bobby Lashley and Universal Champion Braun Strowman will battle both The Miz and John Morrison.
For the Women’s Division, Raw Women’s Champion Asuka takes on Nia Jax. Bayley and Sasha Banks will put their Women’s Tag Team Championships on the line against The IIconics and Alexis Bliss & Nikki Cross.
Jeff Hardy and Sheamus will go to blows after their long-lasting feud and Apollo Crews will defend his United States Championship against Andrade.
Here are my predictions.
Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus
This feud dates back to the Sheamus squash matches that occurred through Money in the Bank. Sheamus was angered by the lack of attention he was getting with it going towards the returning Jeff Hardy.
After Hardy returned and beat Sheamus in the first round of the Intercontinental Championship Tournament, Sheamus seemingly made Hardy’s life miserable. Hardy was found outside the performance center smelling of alcohol while his rental car was wrecked. Eye-witnesses say a man with red hair and a red beard was the assailant.
After costing Sheamus his second match in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament, the match was set for Backlash. The contract signing saw Jeff hardy take the largest piss in the history of mankind to prove his sobriety. Thusly, Hardy tossed the Urine in the face of Sheamus.
I find it very difficult to find a reason why Sheamus should come out on top. It would give him a big push bet than where does Hardy go from there. It would hurt Hardy more to come back, lose and start from the ground up then it would Sheamus to do the same.
Hardy should look for a victory here and collide in a feud with AJ Styles given Hardy never lost in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament. From there, the IC title should continue with Elias and Sami Zayn both getting shots at the title.
Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax - Raw Women's Championship
This feud started when Becky Lynch left the WWE on maternity leave. Lynch deservingly granted the title to Asuka she won the Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match the night before. Nia Jax didn’t take lightly to this as Asuka didn’t wouldn’t have won the belt if Lynch didn’t get pregnant. This disagreement led to multiple altercations backstage with Jax attacking both Asuka and Kabuki Warrior teammate Kairi Sane.
Speaking of Kairi Sane, the match between her and Jax saw Sane get legitimately injured while being tossed headfirst into the steel steps. Although Nia Jax has a track record off injuring talent in the past, it was reported that Sane was in control of the bump the whole time.
Jax has cost Asuka two matches against Charlotte Flair in the weeks leading up to Backlash.
Jax could very well win the title here but given Paul Heyman was relieved of his booking duties this week, anything can happen on the Red Brand. I think the company sticks with Asuka as the champion as she is extremely over with the crowd and could rise to be the face of the Women’s division in the absence of Becky Lynch.
Beating Nia Jax at Backlash would get Asuka over again as a dominant babyface as she would face either Charlotte Flair or Baszler at Extreme Rules. I’d put money on Baszler as I think management would want to save Flair vs Asuka for Summerslam.
Apollo Crews (c) vs. Andrade - United States Championship
Even though the two superstars aren’t feuding per se, Apollo Crews and Andrade go back to before Money in the Bank as Andrade was defending his United States Championship before the match was cut short because of a Crews leg injury. Crews was removed from the Money in the Bank ladder match and returned to face Andrade in a rematch.
Apollo Crews was the victor of their rematch and won the championship from Andrade. Crews then pinned Andrade a week later in a tag team match. This match is their rubber match for singles competition.
This is a scary moment for the WWE. Similar to the Asuka and Nia Jax situation, no one knows where this will go. It is also being reported that a redesigned United States Championship belt will be coming as soon as the belt can be made to be sold as replicas on the WWE Shop.
I can’t tell you without a doubt the winner, but I feel Andrade will regain his Championship belt. Apollo Crews and Andrade are both Paul Heyman guys that were pushed because of him. Andrade might get the benefit of the doubt because he was pushed first.
If this match goes the other way I can see the reasoning in that as WWE wants to build up a new star. At that point, Andrade and Angel Garza should become a competitive tag team unit.
Braun Strowman (c) vs. The Miz and John Morrison - WWE Universal Championship
As Strowman continued his dominance on Friday Night Smackdown, he just so happened to get tangled up in a feud with both The Miz and John Morrison. After eating both of them in singles matches and tag team matches. Morrison challenged Strowman to a handicap match at Backlash.
Miz and Morrison have tried to get in the head of Strowman to only be thwarted by the Monster Among Men.
Strowman wins, keeping this one short and sweet. I still don’t get the reasoning here. Bray Wyatt should’ve been Strowman's challenger for this Pay-Per-View as the name implies that this Pay-Per-View offers rematches. I have two guesses why Wyatt isn’t in this match. One, Wyatt is injured. He has been recently photographed walking with a cane. Two, he’s a father. He and WWE Announcer JoJo recently had their first child. Wyatt might have asked for time off to be with his family during such an amazing time in life.
Now thinking about it, we could get a distraction by Wyatt that leads to Miz and Morrison winning but I just don’t know what they will do with the titles from there. It’s a safer bet to have Strowman as the winner.
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Bobby Lashley - WWE Championship
MVP aligned himself with Bobby Lashley to rebuild the confidence of the lengthy veteran. MVP was able to convince Lashley to go after Drew McIntyre and WWE Championship. McIntyre has continued to be a fighting champion on Monday Night Raw, competing in matches almost every week since he won the title at Wrestlemania against Brock Lesnar.
Lashley has developed a new finishing move, the full-nelson. This submission move has tapped out many of Raw’s talent and he looks to lock it in against McIntyre this Sunday.
With Roman Reigns continuing to quarantine from the WWE, Drew McIntyre is the face of the company. I don't see McIntyre losing the WWE Championship anytime soon, simple as that. Lashley and MVP could continue as a tag team to help out the struggling Raw tag team division but MVP might be better suited as a manager/faction builder for the future.
Bayley and Sasha Banks (c) vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. The IIconics - Women's Tag Team Championship
Three out of the four women tag teams currently competing in the company are going at it for the championships at Backlash. Bayley and Sasha Banks won the belts after the IIconics disqualified themselves during their championship match on Raw. The three tag teams have been going at it through the past weeks and will reach a boiling point at Backlash.
First and foremost, I think the IIconics will not win the belts. With Raw up in the air as of now, it is better to keep the belts on Smackdown. That leaves Bayley & Banks and Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross. I think Bayley & Banks retain for now and hold the titles until outside fans are allowed in. Bayley and Banks will lose the titles, break up and fight for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Whether it is Summerslam, Survivor Series, or later, this will take time.
Edge vs. Randy Orton - Greatest Wrestling Match Ever
After Edge survived the 2nd longest Wrestlemania match in history, Randy Orton returned months later to challenge Edge to a plain old wrestling match. Although this match is generic as can be, it has been marketed as the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever. The two have exchanged words multiple times since their bout at Wrestlemania but neither has competed since.
Before I start, I know spoilers are out on the internet. I haven’t looked at any to keep my opinions genuine. To keep this match clean, this match was the only pre-recorded match on the Pay-Per-View.
Orton should win this match. Edge is under contract with the WWE for 3-years so they should have another match down the line. I know that's terrible to say given the way this match has been marketed but it's not fair to Orton to lose two matches in a row to Edge, a man who has been away from the company for 9 years. Although Edge will most likely stand tall when their feud is all said and done, Orton should be the victor at Backlash.
What could also be fun is seeing them reunite into Rated RKO. This would be a huge boost to Raw’s tag team division. I know I harp on the tag team division a lot but NXT and AEW are miles ahead of the WWE Main Roster when it comes to Tag Team wrestling, an art long forgotten by the WWE.