- WWE Backlash 2020 will take place on Sunday, June 14th
- Edge is currently favored over Randy Orton in their heavily-touted main event match
- Who do betting odds favor emerging victorious in each bout? Find out below
For the first time in over two years, WWE is bringing back its Backlash pay-per-view this Sunday night with a loaded lineup featuring stars from the SmackDown and Raw rosters. Edge vs. Randy Orton in what WWE is touting as “the greatest wrestling match ever” is bound to be positioned as the main event, though the rest of the show should be worthwhile as well.
Among the additions to the event are Apollo Crews defending his United States Championship against Andrade and Jeff Hardy meeting Sheamus in a rematch from their SmackDown clash. Bayley and Sasha Banks will also put their newly-won WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship on the line in a Triple Threat tag team match while.
Along with these announcements, odds from for the night’s top four attractions have fluctuated slightly since our last look at the card, as seen blow.
WWE Backlash 2020 Odds
|Apollo Crews (c)||-550|
|Bayley & Sasha Banks (c)||-175|
|Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross||+200|
|Braun Strowman (c)||-1250|
|The Miz & John Morrison||+550|
|Drew McIntyre (c)||-950|
Odds taken June 12th
Crews vs Andrade (United States Championship)
Apollo Crews capturing the United States Championship from Andrade was the first step in his career resurgence. Now, he must maintain momentum by successfully retaining the title against the former champ at Backlash.
At -550, Crews is a firm favorite to walk out with his title reign intact, but how he does so is the question. Tension has been teased between Andrade and the duo of Zelina Vega and Angel Garza in recent weeks, so expect that to factor into the finish with Andrade potentially flying solo sooner rather than later.
Bayley & Banks vs Bliss & Cross vs The IIconics (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
WWE’s women’s tag team division has been on ice for the better part of the past year, but Bayley and Sasha Banks regaining the gold last Friday on SmackDown seemed to renew some much-needed interest from fans into the title picture. However, the fact they’re barely a week into their run as champions doesn’t necessarily mean they’re guaranteed to leave Backlash with the belts.
The IIconics have beaten Bayley and Banks for the tag titles before and Backlash may be no different, despite how the odds clearly favor the former Boss & Hug Connection retaining on Sunday. Don’t count out The IIconics stealing the victory and taking the belts back to Raw, but the money remains on Bayley and Banks given the story they’re telling at the moment.
Hardy vs Sheamus
Sheamus has been adamant about humiliating Jeff Hardy since their respective returns to SmackDown after WrestleMania 36, and Hardy eliminating him from the Intercontinental Championship Tournament infuriated The Celtic Warrior that much more.
After seemingly framing Hardy for a hit-and-run recently on SmackDown, he’ll have his chance to avenge that loss when they wage war at Backlash.
Hardy has been fairly well-protected over the last few months and rightfully so, but Sheamus needs a notable win to reestablish himself as a force to be reckoned with. That should happen at Sunday, and although the odds indicate that this one is far from predictable, Sheamus is the smartest choice, especially with Extreme Rules right around the corner.
There, they can blow off their feud in a hardcore rubber match of some sort.
Asuka vs Jax (Raw Women’s Championship)
Becky Lynch abruptly announcing her pregnancy last month left Raw’s women’s division in a lurch, but at least Asuka has been able to fill in for her quite well as Raw Women’s champion. Unfortunately, Nia Jax will be the first to contend for the championship, even though she hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire with her in-ring work since her return from injury.
Asuka and Jax have worked well with each other in the past, but whenever they’ve collided in singles competition, Asuka has always prevailed. That should once again be the case at Backlash, as it would be a crime for Asuka to lose the title so soon and to someone as dull as Jax.
While there is a small chance Jax takes the title, Asuka is the odds-on favorite for good reason.
Strowman vs Miz and Morrison (Universal Championship)
Almost no one in WWE has been as heavily favored as far as betting odds are concerned in recent memory as Braun Strowman, and unsurprisingly so.
He’ll technically have the odds stacked against him in this 2-on-1 Handicap match at Backlash, but The Miz and John Morrison have not felt like a legitimate threat to the title at any point during the build to the bout.
It also couldn’t be clearer that Strowman is headed for an eventual rematch with Bray Wyatt’s alter-ego The Fiend after what went down at Money in the Bank last month. If any outcome at this event is a guarantee, it’s Strowman squashing The Dirt Sheet duo.
McIntyre vs Lashley (WWE Championship)
Drew McIntyre is in a similar boat as Strowman as, based off the odds, fans apparently don’t think his opponent Bobby Lashley has a fighting chance of winning the WWE Championship at Backlash.
Of course, McIntyre is still early on in his reign as champ, but WWE has also been known to switch things up when the universe least expects it.
It’s interesting to note that McIntyre is even more favored now than he was a week ago (having gone from -900 to -950), yet Lashley beating him for the belt remains a strong possibility because of how aggressively he’s been pushed lately.
The money is on McIntyre because of how his reign doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy of ending at this point, but anyone who bets on Lashley could win big if he finds a way to reign supreme.
Edge vs Orton
The odds have held steady for Edge vs. Randy Orton in the last week, largely because it could very well go either way.
Their latest verbal exchange during The Peep Show on Monday’s Raw didn’t give any indication on who will win other than emphasize that the pressure will be at an all-time high with the match being advertised as being the best ever.
Regardless of who reigns supreme, it’s highly unlikely that these two will be able to live up to the lofty hype, especially with no formal audience in attendance. At the very least, however, this should be a strong main event given their in-ring chemistry.
It feels like there’s some more life left in this feud, hence why an Orton win would seem to be the best bet.
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