Although WWE had never formally announced Backlash 2019, a trail of evidence, including the company's touring schedule and listings for the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, more or less unofficially confirmed it.
Now, it appears to be unofficially unconfirmed.
According to a SoCal Uncensored source, the event, which was set for 16 June, has been called off as it would have clashed with WWE's next foray into Saudi Arabia, pencilled in for 7 June. Apparently, the promotion does not wish to host two major shows just nine days apart.
The source also suggested that WWE weren't comfortable promoting a show named 'Backlash' immediately after what promises to be another grim outing in the Middle Eastern Kingdom.
SmackDown house shows arranged for Denver, CO and Salt Lake City, UT on the weekend of the Saudi spectacle have also been pushed back to accommodate the itinerary intrusion.
WWE are yet to publicly announce the follow up to last October's dreadful Crown Jewel, though Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has reported that both The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar are listed for the card. 'Taker recently shot an angle opposite Raw crooner Elias, with suggestions the pair will clash in the desert.
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