This year's WWE Backlash pay-per-view in May, which was originally scheduled to be a RAW pay-per-view, will now be a dual-branded show.
Charlotte Flair defeated Sarah Logan after beating Liv Morgan last week, leaving just Ruby Riott from the Riott Squad.
WWE holds next week's show in Phoenix, AZ at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. As of this writing, no other matches for SmackDown has been announced. And after Ziggler nailed Zayn with a picture-perfect super-kick, Styles will now defend his WWE title in a Fatal-5-Way match. The Flair vs. Riott matchup will not be coming to us next Tuesday as you might assume, however, because we're getting a six-woman tag match featuring all of these competitors instead. However, while it was an open challenge on this night, Roode made it pretty clear that he wanted Randy Orton to answer the call after eating an RKO outta nowhere last week. Jinder Mahal interrupted the segment, heading out to stir the pot by needling Orton about his No. 9 spot on the SmackDown Top 10 list while Roode, who has only been on the main roster for six months, is No. 6.
Ahhh, this was so bad. The New Day, and the team of Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin and two are of the most talented tag teams in the WWE, so what are they doing at the moment? Yeah, I get it, The New Day like pancakes, and it's Pancake Tuesday, so they're having a celebration, but these guys all deserve better than this. The team have not managed to sustain any momentum whatsoever since they were put together, and this was just another blow for them. His actions this week certainly seemed to point towards that.
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A user on Reddit also mentioned that Ticketmaster was sending out emails saying that it would have stars from both Raw and Smackdown. SmackDown needs some fresh storylines.