Updated WWE WrestleMania Backlash 2021 Match Card and Predictions
On May 16, WWE presents WrestleMania Backlash, a pay-per-view that will continue some of the company's hottest storylines and rivalries while mixing in some new matches featuring the top stars of both Raw and SmackDown.
While the card is light at the moment, it does include two title clashes featuring men and women who made their presence felt in the greatest way imaginable at WrestleMania 37.
Who will wage war for championship gold and who should fans expect to emerge victorious as we enter the summer months in WWE?
Find out with these previews and predictions of the card's announced matches.
WWE Championship Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley
Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley are no strangers to each other, having fought in the opening match of this year's WrestleMania.
The Hurt Lock felled McIntyre at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, but the Scot will look to the Claymore to kick-start his third WWE Championship reign at WrestleMania Backlash.
It is the second year in a row that these two Superstars will compete against each other at Backlash. McIntyre won that contest, making the May 16 showdown a rubber match of sorts.
Lashley has been nothing short of phenomenal since capturing the WWE title in March and has carried himself as the main event champion Vince McMahon and others in management hoped he would when he debuted in 2005.
McIntyre, though, is very much the lead babyface on Raw, and no matter how great Lashley is in his role, the long-term goal will be to get the title back on The Scottish Warrior. The question is whether WWE will do that at WrestleMania Backlash.
With a lack of intriguing and available main event heels to challenge McIntyre, it feels like Raw would benefit from having Lashley run with the title for a bit longer. WWE will have to get creative with how McIntyre loses a second consecutive match to The All Mighty without being beaten into the ground as a credible challenger, but it is doable.
With momentum on his side and a lack of any heel competition to loosen his grip on the top of the card, Lashley makes the most sense to leave the PPV with his reign intact—at least as far as things stand.
SmackDown Women's Championship Match: Bianca Belair vs. Bayley
Bianca Belair began her journey to the top of the SmackDown women's division by way of a feud with Bayley, so it is only appropriate that she starts her reign by defending against The Role Model.
Bayley has been largely underserved since losing the title to Sasha Banks last October, wandering almost aimlessly around the women's division while others are more prominently featured. She helped save a number of little vignettes involving WrestleMania co-hosts Titus O'Neil and Hulk Hogan and was even involved in a spot with The Bella Twins.
As great as she has been in those small moments, though, Bayley is a superb wrestler who can help legitimize The EST of WWE right out of the gate.
Belair has been nothing short of fantastic since winning the SmackDown title in grand fashion at WrestleMania. She has been engaging, inspiring and hellishly fun to watch, but her first real test as champion comes May 16 against a woman who has been there, done that and made history.
We will get a feel for what Belair's title reign will look like when she squares off against one of the pillars of the Women's Revolution, and while the match will be tough and physical, she will retain her title against Bayley.
Whether The EST can be considered a true winner, or doubts start to creep in about her readiness for the position she's in, is the real question.