- WWE Backlash will emanate from San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday, May 6th, 2023
- Cody Rhodes and Brock Lesnar will collide one-on-one for the first time ever
- Who do betting odds favor emerging victorious in each bout? See odds, analysis, and our best bets below
In the wake of an incredibly successful WrestleMania 39 and an eventful WWE Draft, this year’s installment of Backlash, emanating live from San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday, May 6th, looks to keep the company’s momentum rolling as well as settle several scores.
Cody Rhodes and Brock Lesnar are set to collide one-on-one for the first time ever following The Beast’s brutal attack on Rhodes one night removed from WrestleMania.
Ahead of the anticipated event, let’s take a look at the favorites that are expected to emerge victorious at WWE Backlash 2023, according to our own betting odds and analysis.
WWE Backlash 2023 Odds
|SmackDown Women’s Championship Match||Odds|
|Rhea Ripley (c)||-600|
|United States Championship Match||Odds|
|Austin Theory (c)||-150|
|Raw Women’s Championship Match||Odds|
|Bianca Belair (c)||-300|
|San Juan Street Fight||Odds|
|Six-Man Tag Team Match||Odds|
|Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens & Matt Riddle||-150|
Odds as of May 4. Browse the top online sports betting sites.
Seth Rollins vs Omos Best Bet
Of every match on the advertised card, this match has had the worst buildup due to being announced out of nowhere. With nothing at stake and no established issue between them, it’s difficult to blame fans for not caring, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be a poor outing.
Rollins has been directionless since finishing his feud with Logan Paul at ‘Mania, and with his sights set on the new World Heavyweight Championship, victory is virtually guaranteed for him here at -1900 in the odds.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Pick
Rhea Ripley is fresh off becoming SmackDown Women’s champion by beating Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania, but a small chance of Vega upsetting Ripley to take the title at Backlash in Puerto Rico (where Vega has ties) certainly exists.
Vega remains on SmackDown coming out of the Draft and could bring the belt with her to the blue brand, but Ripley is too early in her reign for it to be interrupted. She’s a firm favorite at -600.
United States Championship Prediction
Despite having held the United States Championship for the last six months, Austin Theory feels like the ultimate afterthought at the moment. A win over Bronson Reed and Bobby Lashley at Backlash could give him the momentum boost he desperately needs.
It isn’t a slam dunk he retains, but he is the most likely victor at -150.
Raw Women’s Championship Best Bet
It remains to be seen what will happen with Bianca Belair as Raw Women’s champion now that she finds herself on SmackDown, but what’s fairly set in stone is that she will reign supreme over IYO SKY on Saturday. There’s no reason to switch the title here as Belair continues to steamroll through the competition.
Expect interference from SKY’s buddy Bayley to backfire and put another nail in the Damage CTRL coffin.
San Juan Street Fight Pick
Bad Bunny will be both hosting Backlash and wrestling in a featured match against Damian Priest in front of his hometown fans. These two have a history that has been explored in recent weeks and should make this quite the spectacle.
The crowd will be pulling for the megastar to score a win against Priest and all signs indicate he will, making him the best bet at -900.
Zayn, Owens and Riddle vs The Bloodline Prediction
The top two matches of the night are easily the most unpredictable, with The Bloodline closely trailing Zayn, Owens and Riddle in the odds at -150 to +150. The Bloodline has been the most dominant force in all of wrestling for years, but with The Usos no longer tag team champions, they are at a distinct disadvantage.
With The Bloodline continuing to tease tension, the opposing trio are the safe choice to go over.
Rhodes vs Lesnar Best Bet
This marquee match can go either way with both Cody Rhodes and Brock Lesnar hungry to establish themselves as Raw’s top dog. Rhodes is reeling from his high-profile loss to Reigns at ‘Mania, and although he could use a massive win on this show, it would be more logical for him to finally vanquish Lesnar when the rivalry is ready to culminate.
They aren’t at that point in the program quite yet and thus Lesnar is more likely to have his hand raised. However, since either outcome is possible and a non-finish of some sort is ideal, the fact they are tied in the odds shouldn’t be overly surprising.