Bengaluru, Mar 16: WWE Backlash is scheduled for a premature return as announced by WWE. This was noted by the company that it will be hosted as a Smackdown-exclusive PPV.
The venue was disclosed as the All-State Arena in Chicago, Illinois. It will be the first PPV on behalf of the blue brand of the WWE during the post-Wrestlemania season.
Originally, Backlash was a WWE PPV which had the older gimmicks from the Attitude or Ruthless Aggression Era.
It used to emanate just after Wrestlemania to mark the fallouts from the show. The tradition continued from 1999 to 2009 after which the event was rejected from WWE’s PPV calendar.
Once the brand split happened last year, two older gimmick PPVs were brought back and both belonged to Smackdown, Apart from Backlash, No Mercy was the other one.
In fact, these two started the brand exclusive PPV trends, successfully. Both these PPVs took place after the Summerslam PPV but this year, Backlash is seemingly preponed.
Overall, Backlash would be the second PPV after Wrestlemania only next to WWE Payback in April. We are yet to see whether Smackdown announces yet another PPV under their brand for the post-Mania season prior to this one.
Check out the till-date announced PPVs of this year:
April 2nd – WrestleMania 33 (Dual-brand)
April 30th – WWE Payback (Raw-exclusive)
May 21st – WWE Backlash (Smackdown-exclusive)
June 4th – WWE Extreme Rules (Raw-exclusive)
June 18th – WWE Money In The Bank (Smackdown-exclusive)
August 20th – WWE Summerslam (Dual-brand)
November 19th – WWE Survivor Series (Dual-brand)
As you can see from the above list, there will be four PPV events in between Wrestlemania and the second biggest PPV, Summerslam with each brand getting two.
Raw has received the Payback & Extreme Rules events whereas Smackdown will host Backlash and Money in the Bank.
It will be interesting how the blue brand pulls off the last mentioned event which is purely a gimmick based PPV.