WWE Backlash returns after a short hiatus.
There has been a lot of speculation over what the card would look like while we were still in the months of April and May. Two of the first officially confirmed matches Edge vs. Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley. But now the card is getting fleshed out with more and more confirmed Backlash showdowns.
The Universal Championship
This is a rare handicap match between Braun Strowman (c) vs. The Miz & John Morrison. But why in this fashion? Well, the answer is simple. Nobody has shown the capability or brawn to beat Braun all alone. So, it’s the Greatest Tag-Team of the 21st Century that will challenge Stroman at Backlash.
You’ve gotta think that there’ll be a handful of dirty tricks up The Miz and John Morrison’s sleeves. This isn’t the first time that Braun Stroman has participated in a handicap match, and if he loses, it won’t be the first time that he’s lost. Remember, he lost his Intercontinental Championship (ICC) belt in a similar situation.
But this is exactly why I think The Monster Among Men will win at Backlash and keep his Universal Champion reign going. Of course, The Miz and Morrison are crafty and will employ plenty of nefarious tactics to batter the Monster but in the end, it won’t be enough. Braun will systematically tear them apart. He’ll eventually get ahold of one and put him out of the fight, then it will be one on one.
The boys in Vegas agree with my assessment, at least in general. Stroman is listed at -600 to win. He is a significant favorite when you consider he’s taking on two guys who know how to work together. The Miz and John Morrison are just +350 or 7 to 2. This implies they only have a 22.2 percent chance to win while Stroman’s probability is a massive 85.7 percent.
Raw Women’s Championship Match
For the ladies’ championship bout, it’s Asuka (c) VS. Nia Jax.
Right in the middle of an epic rivalry, Becky Lynch announced that she is pregnant thus won’t be able to wrestle for a while. Needless to say, Asuka is happy if she’s even capable of being happy.
Jax is here to remove the Empress from her seat of power. She called Asuka out and how legitimate her reign is and let’s be honest, Nia Jax earned her shot at the Raw Women’s championship. She smashed her way through a Triple-Threat match with Natalya and Charlotte Flair.
So, does Asuka’s reign end on January 14th?
The bookmakers put Nia Jax’s odds at +333, which is a sizable underdog to Asuka’s -500 betting line. So, Vegas seems to think that Asuka will reign on but I am not so sure about that. I happen to think that Nia Jax pulls off the win. Just when we think Nia is beaten, she’ll surge and gain the upper hand. Most likely taking advantage of a moment of mocking or showboating on the part of Asuka.
The books disagree, but hey, they are not always right.
We already knew about The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever but the odds are out and they are tight. Edge is listed at +125 and Randy Orton at -175. So, Orton is a slight favorite but in this world of WWE, this is a coin flip.
These two duked it out at Wrestle Mania 36 and eventually, Edge was the last man standing. But can he beat the Younger Randy Orton again? Furthermore, will this quelch their newfound rivalry or push it to the next level?
This is one that I can’t wait to watch because honestly, I have no idea who is going to win. The Viper himself stated that the better man won at WM36 but not the better wrestler.
This is going to be one for the ages.