The live event will be hosted by three Grammy award-winning rapper Bad Bunny
WWE Backlash 2023 is said to occur this weekend in Puerto Rico, marking the first event in the country after 18 years and the second Backlash outside the United States, since 2004. The Grammy winning Bad Bunny is hosting this year’s Backlash and is also booked for a street fight. A total of seven matches has been planned for the premium live event with some of the major stars in the business. This is the first major pay-per-view after Endeavor’s acquisition and is expected to be a grand event. With such huge expectations among fans, here are the top five mistakes that WWE must not make at Backlash 2023.
5. Omos defeating Seth Rollins
After a huge win over Logan Paul at WrestleMania 39, Seth Rollins was booked in a random match with “The Nigerian Giant” Omos. Omos has been consistently competing in the live events with some of the former World Champions. This will be a good sign for him and the company to showcase his talent and build him as a giant threat for the superstars in the locker room.
However, Omos winning against Seth Rollins will not be a good sign for Seth Rollins. The Visionary is one of the favorites to win the New World Heavyweight Championship. Losing to Omos will be a major setback for him and could impact his championship opportunity. Omos defeating Seth Rollins will be a major upset and it won’t be a good sign for the Red brand.
4. Bayley causing IYO’s Title opportunity
It is almost predictable that Damage CTRL is moving towards a split in the near future. IYO’s first singles championship could be the start of the end for the Damage CTRL. Bianca Belair has been the dominant Women’s Champion in recent times and has held the championship for more than a year. Her match with IYO Sky could be another close contest. Bayley was the only person in Damage CTRL, who had competed for the championship match.
However, IYO negotiated with her to compete for the #1 contender match and earned her an opportunity for the Raw Women’s Championship. Bayley seems to be extremely unhappy with IYO’s opportunity and Bayley’s alter ego could interfere with the match to cause IYO’s championship win. This could end-up the Damage CTRL stable and could not be a good move. As Damage CTRL is the only women’s stable in WWE currently, splitting the Damage CTRL will not be best for the business.
3. Damien Priest destroying Bad Bunny
The two Puerto Ricans are set to collide in a San Juan Street Fight at WWE Backlash in their home country. Bad Bunny and Damien Priest had been best buddies and both had featured in a match against The Miz and John Morrison at WrestleMania 37. However, Damien Priest turned on Bad Bunny on Raw after WrestleMania 39 and choke slammed Bad Bunny over the announcement table.
Damien Priest has the upper hand in this match, as he is a powerhouse and a great heel in recent times. Since it is a Street Fight, involvement of The Judgement Day will guarantee a victory for him. However, Bad Bunny being the favourites of the native Puerto Ricans, himself losing to Damien Priest will not be a great move. Instead of making him lose the match, the involvement of LWO should make him secure a win.
2. The Bloodline back to winning track
The Bloodline has been on a constant losing track in recent times after Jimmy and Jey lost their titles to Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens at Day 1 of WrestleMania 39. Since then The Usos relationship with the rest of The Bloodline (Solo Sikoa, Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman) has not been so good. Solo Sikoa has not been on the ring side to support The Usos, The twins have not been seen around Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman not allowing The Usos to mingle with the group.
However, a win over Matt Riddle, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn has no point to the storyline. However a loss can create chaos and tension inside The Bloodline and can prompt The Tribal Chief to take action on the following SmackDown. Thus the WWE must not make The Bloodline win the 6-man Tag Team Match.
1. Brock Lesnar ending the story
Since making his return to the WWE at WrestleMania 38, Cody Rhodes has been the greatest baby face of the company. He had clearly made the statement that he returned to the company to end his father’s long term dream of being the World Champion. However was unsuccessful, as Roman Reigns defeated him at WrestleMania in a controversial way. He demanded for a rematch sooner but was then said to face a new obstacle in his path of reaching the gold.
Cody got destroyed by “The Beast” Brock Lesnar on the Raw after WrestleMania and thereby created a new feud. Brock Lesnar and Cody Rhodes never had a match together and if Rhodes loses to Brock Lesnar, it will create a setback for him and his championship dream would become a nightmare. If Brock loses to Cody, this will be a major upset and will make no sense for turning Brock a heel. Thus WWE creative should not take risk on planning a narrative as a loss could eventually impact both.