Tonight the Smackdown brand comes to the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL for the Backlash pay-per-view where Shinsuke Nakamura will make his highly anticipated in-ring WWE debut against Dolph Ziggler.
Also tonight, three championships are on the line. Randy Orton will defend the WWE Championship against Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens defends the US Championship against AJ Styles, and finally The Uso’s defend the Tag Team Championship against Breezango.
Here’s the full card for tonight’s Backlash event:
WWE Championship Match
Randy Orton (c) vs. Jinder Mahal
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
The Uso’s (c) vs. Breezango
WWE United States Championship Match
Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles
SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch vs. Tamina Snuka, Carmella and Natalya
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler
Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
Erick Rowan vs. Luke Harper
Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger
Backlash airs tonight at 7pm CT on WWE Network with the pre-show kicking off at 6pm.
Smith’s Sentiment: Certainly not the best looking card on paper. Smackdown has a tough act to follow as last night’s NXT TakeOver was phenomenal and featured likely the match of the year between Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne. Let’s hope the US Championship match can be even half as good as the UK Championship match was last night. Styles/Owens can definitely do it, it’s just a matter of if they’d be allowed to do it. For the record, I’ll be taking a break from Smackdown for a while if Jinder actually wins the WWE Championship. Nothing against the guy, but I’d prefer former jobbers to built up, not just instantly transformed from jobber to main event guy that I’m supposed to suddenly take seriously.