With a pre-show match added to Sunday’s lineup, there are now nine matches set for Backlash.
Bayley vs. Ruby Riott was announced for the pre-show today, bringing the number of women’s matches on the card up to three. Nia Jax will also defend her Raw Women’s Championship against Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair is challenging for Carmella’s SmackDown Women’s title.
The Riott Squad (Riott, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan) moved to Raw in the Superstar Shakeup and interrupted a match between Bayley and Sasha Banks. Riott also defeated Banks on Monday’s episode of Raw, with Bayley watching from backstage and not helping Banks even the odds against The Riott Squad.
Backlash is the first pay-per-view since the Superstar Shakeup and is the first show affected by WWE’s change to all dual-brand PPVs. Two Raw vs. SmackDown matches will take place — Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe and Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. The Miz — after they were set up prior to the roster changes.
Here’s the updated card for Sunday:
WWE Champion AJ Styles defending against Shinsuke Nakamura in a no DQ match
Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe
Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass
Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax defending against Alexa Bliss
SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella defending against Charlotte Flair
Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins defending against The Miz
United States Champion Jeff Hardy defending against Randy Orton
Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Bayley vs. Ruby Riott (kickoff show)