Everyone has so many questions heading into Backlash and only a few high-level WWE employees know the answers. We posed some of the questions plaguing our brains and came up with an answer. Of course, feel free to answer the questions WrestleNewz posed.
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In NXT, Shinsuke Nakamura was the man and arguably the most over wrestler on the roster once Finn Balor left. So far, the SmackDown fans have treated him with similar love but that could all change. If Nakamura’s first televised match bombs, especially if it closes the show, then WWE might have to think twice about thrusting the former NXT Champion into the main event. If the Tag Team Championships and WWE Championship change hands, then it’s the turning of the guard. Breezango have always been used for comic purposes, but have been scoring pinfalls the last few weeks. Then there’s Jinder Mahal who went from jobber to No. 1 contender within a match. All it takes is six seconds on Sunday for two of the biggest upsets to occur. NXT producing their own exclusive shows have really helped the brand grow. Takeover typically takes place the day before a pay per view and those young men and women really set the bar high. This isn’t the best Takeover card in recent memory and Backlash looks so-so. It’s never a good sign if the developmental league tops the main roster. Even if WWE skips any pre-show matches, which seems unlikely, the Backlash card still sits at five bouts. Look for WWE to add about three more matches since that’s the average number they produce on three-hour shows. Two bouts will be confirmed on SmackDown and one will be announced through social media later in the week. I can see Luke Harper vs. EricK Rowan, some pointless tag team match like American Alpha vs. The Colons, and Tye Dillinger vs. from scrub. The show is coming directly from Chicago, though it’s still out of Illinois. That means, there’s a decent chance of CM Punk chants. There’s no way he’s going to be at the pay per view and probably doesn’t even care about it. I figure we’ll get the chants to start the show and during any boring moments.