WWE Backlash 2017: 10 Huge Predictions You Need To Know

Blue Sunday.


SmackDown Live! had little to worry about after the mess WWE made with Raw's shambolic first post-WrestleMania pay-per-view.

Ironically, it was a blue brand rivalry that destroyed April's Payback, when Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt contested what's sure to be the worst supercard match of the year (following another contender at the 'Show of Shows') and sucked the life out of a disinterested live crowd.

At long last free from the shackles of the meandering angle, Orton promptly moved on to shocking new contender Jinder Mahal, who remarkably rose beyond the chasing pack just a week removed from losing squash matches on both brands.

Still, swelling vascularity and an untapped market upwards of 1.3 billion people will do funny things to a promoters brain, and may even lead to the not unfamiliar step of going all the way with an unthinkable insta-push.

Elsewhere, the enigmatic Shinsuke Nakamura has been rechristened as an 'Artist', but has at least had his in-ring debut saved for the event. Preparing to take on (and probably take out) Dolph Ziggler, the 'King of Strong Style' hasn't exactly been protected in his early tête-à-tête's with the 'Show Off', but should almost certainly shine in front of possibly the most vociferous crowd in North America.

As a card full of new pairings and fresh directions, Backlash potentially promises the earth, but exactly what (and who) will go down on Sunday's massive show?


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