WWE WrestleMania Backlash 2021
WrestleMania Backlash is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. It is scheduled to take place on May 16, 2021 and will be broadcast from the WWE ThunderDome, hosted at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida.
WWE Championbship Triple Threat match: Bobby Lashley vs Braun Strowman vs Drew McIntyre
At WrestleMania Backlash, WWE Champion Bobby Lashley will look to carry The All Mighty Era forward but will have to overcome the presence of both Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman. The ongoing chase for the WWE Title did not end at WrestleMania but rather grew more intense one night after The Showcase of the Immortals when three of Raw’s top competitors stepped into the spotlight to stake their claim as Lashley’s next opponent for the most prestigious title in WWE. In addition to a challenge from McIntyre, who was distracted by MVP at The Show of Shows, Strowman emerged in pursuit of the gold two nights after conquering Shane McMahon inside a Steel Cage Match. After emerging from the darkness with a victory over The Fiend, Orton was also ready to refocus on the WWE Title. In a matchup established by WWE Official Adam Pearce, The Scottish Warrior overcame The Viper and The Monster Among Men in a Triple Threat Match to earn the right to once again go to war against The All Mighty in an epic WrestleMania WWE Championship Rematch. Two weeks later, Strowman continued his pursuit of a title opportunity and won his clash with McIntyre to add a whole new dimension to the WWE Championship encounter.
Universe Title match: Roman Reigns vs Cesaro
Cesaro will finally get an opportunity to swing Universal Champion Roman Reigns out of his spot at the head of the table when The Swiss Superman challenges The Big Dog at WrestleMania Backlash. The freakishly strong Cesaro has arguably never looked better. Not only has he scored several high-profile victories on SmackDown in recent months, including a huge win over Daniel Bryan, but he put the exclamation point on his ascension with a victory over Seth Rollins at WrestleMania. Despite Cesaro’s achievements, Universal Champion Roman Reigns hasn’t acknowledged him with any level of respect and flat out refused to give him a title match. Bryan saw the injustice in the titleholder’s actions and publicly championed for Cesaro, a move that led Reigns to defeat The Leader of the “Yes!” Movement in a title match to bar him from SmackDown forever. During a Throwback episode of the blue brand the following week, visiting General Manager Theodore Long made it clear that if Cesaro could defeat Seth Rollins again, he would finally earn his Universal Title Match at WrestleMania Backlash. After a returning Jimmy Uso hit Rollins with a Superkick, Cesaro hit the Neutralizer and made his title match official at the May 16 pay-per-view.
RAW women's championship triple threat match: Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair vs Asuka
At WrestleMania Backlash, new Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley must test her mettle with the odds stacked against her when she takes on former titleholders Asuka and Charlotte Flair in a Triple Threat Match. Ripley captured her first Raw Women’s Title from Asuka in a thrilling matchup on The Grandest Stage of Them All, and The Nightmare’s power and take-no-prisoners attitude makes her a true force of nature. Then again, The Empress boasts a skill set and ability to adapt that are matched by few. Nevertheless, the biggest threat may be The Queen. Driven by a newfound aggression that stems from being left out of The Showcase of the Immortals, Flair is operating on another level. She is further angered over her belief that Ripley stepped into her spot to challenge The Empress at The Show of Shows and will stop at nothing to reclaim her place on the top of the mountain.
SmackDown women's championship: Bianca Belair vs Bayley
In the main event of the first night of WrestleMania, Belair Belair realized her dream when she conquered Sasha Banks and captured the SmackDown Women’s Title in epic fashion. There is no rest at the top of the mountain, however, as the E-S-T of SmackDown will now put her coveted title on the line against Bayley at WrestleMania Backlash. The longest-reigning SmackDown Women's Champion is history is as dangerous as they come and already has an extremely turbulent history with Belair on the blue brand. After being embarrassed by WWE Hall of Famers Bella Twins on The Grandest Stage of Them All, The Role Model will surely be motivated to remind everyone of just how good she really is against the dynamic new titleholder.
Lumberjack match: Damian Priest vs The Miz
At WrestleMania Backlash, Damian Priest will take on The Miz in a Lumberjack Match. For months, Priest and Miz have found themselves at odds. The A-Lister’s rivalry with Grammy-award winning artist Bad Bunny came in direct correlation with The Archer of Infamy’s emergence on Monday Night Raw to get his friend’s back. After both sides unleashed everything from sneak attacks to pranks to a slew of humiliation, Priest and Bad Bunny ended up battling Miz and John Morrison at WrestleMania. The issues weren’t settled on The Grandest Stage of Them All, however. Although Bad Bunny moved on to undertake his sold-out tour, issues between Miz and Priest continued to intensify until a showdown at WrestleMania Backlash was announced, with Priest defeating Morrison for the second week in a row to earn the right to pick the stipulation for his matchup against the two-time former WWE Champion at the May 16 pay-per-view. To make sure he would finally get his hands on his adversary, Priest picked a Lumberjack Match.
SmackDOwn tagteam championship: Bobby Roode & Dolph Ziggler vs Rey Myserio & Dominik Mysterio
At WrestleMania Backlash, Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio will attempt to become the first father and son Tag Team Champions in WWE history when they challenge SmackDown Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode. Since coming together as a tandem, the natural chemistry and fast-paced athleticism of the Mysterios has helped them flourish as a tag team and slowly evolve into top contenders for the gold. You may not like Roode & Ziggler, but you have to respect their ability as champions. In addition to both Superstars having an exceptional arsenal of maneuvers to pull from respectfully, they have shown time and time again as a team that they will do whatever it takes to emerge victorious and keep the illustrious titles in their possession. Without question, conquering the Dirty Dawgs will be no easy task.
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