WWE is back with Backlash on Sunday, June 14th. The show was originally set to take place in Kansas City, Missouri, but has been moved to the WWE Performance Center due to COVID-19. This will be the 15th edition of WWE Backlash which makes me feel extremely old.
The show is headlined by what WWE is calling THE GREATEST WRESTLING MATCH OF ALL TIME between Edge and Randy Orton. This follows up may be the worst match ever between the two of these wrestlers at WrestleMania so this should certainly be interesting. It’s really weird to think what the “greatest wrestling match ever” would be from a kayfabe standpoint. Like, shouldn’t the goal of wrestlers be to just win as fast as possible? I know that logic has no place in WWE storytelling, but come on.
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The show also features multiple titles being defended, but it’s hard to see any title changes on this show. Drew McIntyre defends the WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley here and McIntyre is a huge favorite at -900. He’s not even the biggest favorite on this show though as that honor belongs to Braun Strowman who is -1000 taking on The Miz & John Morrison. The last time that Braun Strowman wrestled in a handicap match on pay-per-view was back at Elimination Chamber when he lost the Intercontinental title in a 3-on-1 match. It’s hard to see something similar happening here.
Asuka will defend her Raw Women’s championship against Nia Jax here as well. Asuka is a decent sized favorite at -500 and it’s hard to see her losing it here with teases of an Asuka/Charlotte Flair feud happening on Raw this past week. The number one rule about WWE to remember is that whenever Charlotte’s not on screen, all the other characters should be asking “Where’s Charlotte”?
WWE Backlash 2020 Betting Odds:
- Asuka (-500) vs. Nia Jax (+300)
- Braun Strowman (-1000) vs. The Miz & John Morrison (+550)
- Drew McIntyre (-900) vs. Bobby Lashley (+500)
- Randy Orton (-160) vs. Edge (+120)
- Jeff Hardy (-155) vs. Sheamus (+110)
The best betting option for this show seems to be the GREATEST WRESTLING MATCH EVER between Randy Orton and Edge. At +120 Edge is a slight underdog here and I think he’s a great value. The reason that I think Orton is a favorite here is because of the 50/50 nature of much of WWE’s booking over the years, but I think Edge is a special case. Think of all that he has been through over the years and how we thought he might never make his return to wrestling after his neck injury. Do you really think it would be smart for him to lose his second match back? I think that Edge needs to be heavily protected and continue to win and continue to build momentum so when he finally does lose (probably to Roman) that it really means something.
Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus is a match with decent odds as well, but that is one that I am afraid to bet based on the storytelling leading up to this. Who knows if Jeff Hardy shows up fake drunk. It’s a dumb storyline and while I like Sheamus to win here, I just don’t like the feel of this.