Here I was expecting WWE to go the same special event route they did in 2020, yet they decided to go in a completely different direction instead.
But what makes this shocking change even more interesting is the fact that it’s bringing back a PPV schedule that Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Era fans know all too well. Backlash is once again taking the position of the first major WWE wrestling card to take place after WrestleMania this year. And the wildest part about that development is how both shows are getting mashed together to produce a “new” event altogether – WrestleMania Backlash. And as expected, fans will be treated to a bunch of ‘Mania 37 rematches (with some of them hopefully adopting new match types) and fresh matchups between the biggest winners from that same show.
So without further ado, let’s break down the announced matchups for the first-ever WrestleMania Backlash event.
Bobby Lashley (c) (with MVP) vs. Drew McIntyre (WWE Championship)
Predictions & Winner: We’re going back to this already? Okay, I guess. I figured Bobby Lashley would be pitted against someone entirely new here to freshen things up – him vs. Randy Orton, Damian Priest, or even a returning Keith Lee would have really piqued my interest. But watching yet another meeting between Bobby and Drew McIntyre doesn’t really get me all that excited. I was pretty disappointed by their ‘Mania 37 encounter, which is why I’m not really expecting anything that much better here. I’m sure both men have it in them to produce something along the lines of their quality drag-out brawls from their Impact Wrestling run, but the chances of that are seemingly low considering their most recent match output.
You know what’s gonna happen here, folks – Bobby’s going to overcome his most heated rival to date once again. WWE clearly wants him to be the Roman Reigns of Raw and reign as the red brand’s champion for a lengthy amount of time. I honestly can’t see him dropping the strap until maybe SummerSlam (in a dream match against a babyface Brock Lesnar, perhaps? One can only dream…). Drew’s gonna put up a good fight, but Bobby’s going to shake off all the damage done to him and vanquish him once more. After this major defeat, I get the feeling that Drew will be traded off to the Blue Brand during the next WWE Draft so he can start anew and take on some new blood.