WWE Backlash 2018 Full Match Card Preview And Predictions

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WWE Backlash 2018 is happening this Sunday and it's both a Raw and Smackdown Live branded PPV. Despite having a decent card on paper, there are still quite a few names missing on this Sunday's PPV. 

The biggest star missing the show is of course the current Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. This is because Lesnar only works a part-time schedule now. Despite his absence, the card still promises to deliver an entertaining show. 

Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn: This is a random tag match pitting Raw's literal biggest stars vs the heel team of Owens and Zayn.

There's not much else I can say about this match because the conclusion seems very clear.

I highly doubt WWE wants to make Lashley and Strowman look weak so I'm predicting they will win this contest easily. I feel sorry for Owens and Zayn though because they haven't won many matches lately. 

Daniel Bryan vs Big Cass: It's great to see Daniel Bryan back in the WWE competing as a full time wrestler, although it's disappointing he has to face someone as inexperienced as Big Cass as his first big singles match on PPV in three years.

I have a feeling Vince McMahon prefers the bigger Big Cass so he might win this match. That said, he might win by cheating as I doubt WWE wants to fully disappoint fans with Bryan losing cleanly. 

Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe: This is my personal favorite match on the card as the two Samoans always put on great matches when they wrestle each other. The two wrestlers have great chemistry and their matches are always physical. 

As for who might win, I think Samoa Joe is winning this match to gain momentum as one of WWE's biggest heels. I feel WWE is making Roman Reigns lose a lot of matches recently in order to make him look like a sympathetic underdog babyface.

Don't worry Reigns fans, he's still going to get pushed heavily after this match ends.

Carmella (c) vs Charlotte Flair - Smackdown Women's Title: Carmella just won the Smackdown Women's title recently by finally cashing in her Money in the Bank briefcase.

It was a shocking moment since nobody expected Charlotte to drop the title so early.

That said, Carmella needs to keep the title as I think Charlotte needs to turn heel soon and do something fresh. It's kind of getting boring seeing Charlotte as a babyface being in all of the title matches. 

Nia Jax (c) vs Alexa Bliss - Raw Women's Title: Alexa Bliss is similar to Charlotte as she's always in the title picture and it's starting to get a little stale at this stage.

I don't hate Bliss, but I would like to see some new competitors.

Nia Jax is retaining here as I doubt WWE would make her drop the title so early. As for Bliss, I hope she can move on to feud with someone else like Ember Moon. 

Jeff Hardy (c) vs Randy Orton - United States Title: Wow, here we have a match that could have happened in 2008, but it still happening in 2018.

Both men always put on great matches so this could be one of the best matches of the night.

As for who’s going to win, Hardy will retain the title. I'm hoping Orton turns heel soon because his current babyface run is getting boring.

However, I could see Shelton Benjamin interfering in this match to make it a triple threat in the near future.

Seth Rollins (c) vs The Miz - Intercontinental Title: Seth Rollins is winning this match because WWE isn't going to allow Smackdown Live to have both the United States Title and Intercontinental Title on the same show.

Raw also needs a mid-card title.

I also think The Miz deserves to do something different because he's been in the Intercontinental Title for far too long now. A future feud with Daniel Bryan is what he should be doing in the coming weeks and months. 

AJ Styles (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura - WWE Title Match: I was assuming AJ Styles was going to win this match via disqualification, but this is now a no DQ match. Low blows are actually legal in this match!

I actually love the heel version of Nakamura as it's fresh and he suits playing a bad guy.

I'm hoping WWE pulls the trigger and makes Nakamura the champion as AJ Styles has already had a decent title reign since last December.

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