On this past Tuesday's episode of #WWE "SmackDown Live," a WWE World Championship match was officially set for the upcoming WWE "Backlash" pay-per-view. The WWE event will be a "SmackDown" exclusive PPV taking place in the month of May. Current WWE World Champion Randy Orton is scheduled to compete in a match at this month's WWE "Payback" PPV, but now it looks like he'll be competing yet again next month. Not only that, he got a surprise No. 1 contender during Tuesday's episode from the "blue brand."
New No. 1 contender?
During Tuesday's installment of the "SmackDown Live" program, a Sixpack Challenge match took place.
The winner of the match would be granted a future WWE Championship match against Randy Orton at "Backlash." Competing in the bout were Sami Zayn, Mojo Rawley, Jinder Mahal, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan.
The match featured plenty of action from all of the competitors involved. It even drew the obligatory "This is Awesome" chant from the crowd at one point. Zayn and Ziggler both seemed poised to win the match at different spots, which fans may have expected. Some may have even though Luke Harper was going to get the big title shot.
It came down to Sami Zayn setting up for a Helluva Kick on Jinder Mahal. However, Zayn's legs were grabbed by two men from ringside referred to as the "Bollywood Boys." After the distraction, Jinder was able to put Zayn away with a finisher and get a surprising pinfall victory.
Post-match, Jinder went on to berate the audience for not viewing him like their "stereotypical American type" and vowed to win the World Championship. Randy Orton came to the ring to put him on notice that he can expect an RKO in the future rather than the title..
Other 'Backlash' matches?
AJ Styles already won a Fatal Fourway to determine who will fight for the United States title at the pay-per-view. He'll take on either the current champion Kevin Owens or Chris Jericho who is challenging Owens for the title at this month's "Payback." If Jericho wins he becomes champion and moves onto the "SmackDown' roster.
Besides that, there haven't been any other matches set up, but one has to wonder about some possible matches coming. For example, Charlotte is challenging Naomi for the WWE SmackDown Women's title next week. If Charlotte wins, it's possible a rematch takes place at the pay-per-view, or maybe a match involving multiple women from the roster such as Natalya, Carmella, and Tamina.
The New Day has been advertised as "coming soon" since they are new additions to the roster. They could very well challenge The Usos for the tag team titles at the pay-per-view. The only other teams really featured on the show lately have been American Alpha and The Colons.
Other WWE rumors and recent news have suggested that Shinsuke Nakamura could have a match on the pay-per-view.
He recently got in the ring with Dolph Ziggler on "SmackDown Live" but the two haven't competed. However, they have competed at WWE live events off television so a televised or WWE pay-per-view match between the two seems to be coming soon.
The WWE "Backlash" pay-per-view arrives on Sunday, May 21st from Rosemont, Illinois' Allstate Arena. #WWE SmackDown #Wwe Backlash