The first solo SmackDown pay-per-view of the WWE’s New Era is finally here – but there’s a huge star missing from the card. John Cena is not scheduled to appear Sunday night as he traveled with the Raw roster for the tour of Asia, and there are just six announced matches for tonight’s show (meaning there could be some surprise announcements in store). Backlash will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET on the WWE Network, while the kickoff show will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET.
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch is the favorite to emerge as the first-ever SmackDown Women’s Champion Sunday night, but you could make a compelling argument for most of the five other participants to win. Eva Marie’s 30-day suspension still isn’t over, so she shouldn’t be involved in any sort of interference.
The Usos vs. The Hype Bros
The Usos lost their tag title tournament match but knocked Chad Gable out of action with a leg injury last week, giving them a second chance to advance to the finals against The Hype Bros.
Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
Wyatt was noticeably absent at SummerSlam, and while there hasn’t been much time to build a storyline with Orton, it’s good to see him back in a major pay-per-view match. [UPDATE]: There are numerous reports that this match could be in jeopardy as Orton may not have been medically cleared after being busted open by Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.
AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship
Styles has been touting himself as the “face that runs the place” since beating John Cena at SummerSlam, which means he’ll have to win the title in order to maintain that persona. Styles is 0-for-2 in PPV title matches so far in WWE, but it might be time for him to finally go over.