- WWE Backlash 2020 will take place on Sunday, June 14th
- Edge vs. Randy Orton in the main event is being touted as the “greatest wrestling match ever”
- Who do early odds favor reigning supreme? Read below for our predictions
Even during this empty arena area of professional wrestling, WWE continues to produce compelling programming and entertaining events. That includes next Sunday’s Backlash pay-per-view, which is slated to feature a slew of marquee main events as well as the supposed “greatest wrestling match ever,” at least according to the company, between Randy Orton and Edge.
Also announced is Braun Strowman vs. The Miz and John Morrison in a 2-on-1 Handicap match for the Universal Championship and Drew McIntyre defending the WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley. Although more matches have been and will be added to the card, odds are only available for the event’s top four attractions as of now.
Let’s look at the early betting odds for the biggest bouts advertised to take place.
Opening 2020 Backlash Odds
|Braun Strowman (c)||-1000|
|The Miz & John Morrison||+550|
|Drew McIntyre (c)||-900|
Odds taken June 6th
Asuka vs Jax (Raw Women’s Championship)
The Raw women’s division received quite the shakeup last month when Becky Lynch announced she was pregnant and that Asuka was the new Raw Women’s champion as a result of her victory at Money in the Bank. Nia Jax eventually emerged as the number one contender after winning a Triple Threat against Charlotte Flair and Natalya on Raw.
Jax has been dominating Superstars left and right since returning from injury one night removed from WrestleMania. Despite the recent tear she’s been on, she has no business being the Raw Women’s champion, especially with Asuka being still so early on in her title reign.
Asuka leading in the odds at -500 to Jax’s +300 doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but that doesn’t mean WWE putting the belt on her is a far-fetched possibility. As the company makes more of an effort to establish her as a threat to the title heading into Backlash, expect the odds to fluctuate in her favor.
Strowman vs Miz & Morrison (Universal Championship)
It’s rare that Braun Strowman is ever portrayed as an underdog going into a title match, and although the deck will be stacked against him at Backlash, his upcoming outing with The Miz and John Morrison will be no exception. The odds clearly indicate that fans don’t see The Dirt Sheet duo as being on Strowman’s level at the moment and the booking has been to blame for that.
Miz and Morrison lost their SmackDown Tag Team Championship to The New Day two months ago and haven’t won anything of note since. They’ve been bullying Braun lately on SmackDown, but it hasn’t been enough to convince the masses that they have a shot of beating him for the Universal Championship.
The Monster Among Men is as heavily favored as he is for a reason and will undoubtedly remain a favorite in the odds as the event approaches.
McIntyre vs Lashley (WWE Championship)
In the two years he’s been back with WWE, Bobby Lashley has never felt like a truly top priority on Raw until now. To the company’s credit, they’ve done a decent job of building him back up as a championship contender alongside MVP and making him a main event player again.
For as much momentum as Lashley has currently, Drew McIntyre has been that much hotter. He’s steamrolled through the competition and hasn’t lost a single match in many months, so it doesn’t appear his WWE Championship reign is in jeopardy just yet.
That said, Lashley should hold gold eventually and it is entirely possible that WWE swerves the audience at Backlash by booking a title change here. Even though McIntyre retaining is the safe choice, the odds shouldn’t be too lopsided, as Lashley’s chances of victory are far from slim.
Edge vs Orton
Regardless of whether this lives up to the lofty hype of being “the greatest wrestling match ever,” it has surely been a hot topic of conversation among fans in the weeks preceding the pay-per-view. Better yet, it is the most unpredictable matchup on the entire show as far as the odds are concerned and for good reason, as this rivalry has featured some of WWE’s strongest storytelling all year.
Edge emerged victorious over Orton in their Last Man Standing war at WrestleMania, meaning Orton is likely in line for a win here. Early odds agree with that sentiment as Orton is favored at -160 to Edge’s +120, though that could change depending on what WWE has in store for them this coming Monday on Raw.
All things considered, it virtually doesn’t matter who wins in the end, as long as both men can move on to fresh feuds once it’s over. McIntyre needs more credible heels to step up to challenge him for his WWE Championship, so Orton winning might be a better bet than Edge scoring a second straight win against Orton.