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United States Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton

WWE Backlash 2018 - Hardy vs Orton

Clive: For some unknown reason, a Singh will cost Randy the match. Pick: Jeff Hardy

Rich: These dudes feel old. Pick: Randy Orton

Tom: I don’t think this one has a clean finish, so I’ll say Orton wins it. I’d imagine Jeff gets a spot in the money in the bank match. Pick: Randy Orton

Jeremy: I have a feeling we’re in for last big Jeff Hardy push. I believe Brother Nero will outsmart Orton and retain. Pick: Jeff Hardy

Caleb: Hardy retains. Pick: Jeff Hardy

Ricky: Pick: Jeff Hardy

Robb: Even though Hardy worked a terrible botch filled sludge fest with Can’t Hinder Jinder, expect him to not be punished for it and eek out a win against Randy…which should hopefully prompt a heel turn. Pick: Jeff Hardy

Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss

WWE Backlash 2018 - Jax vs Bliss

Clive: Nia’s face run as champ is going well. It will continue. Pick: Nia Jax

Rich: Nia Jax can’t lose here. Alexa’s swan song to women’s title matches. Pick: Nia Jax

Tom: This is a tough one to call, and the winner of this match should actually give us a good indicator of how soon they want Ronda Rousey in the title picture. I think Nia wins this one and WWE holds off on women’s champ Rousey for a little bit. Pick: Nia Jax

Jeremy: The Nia Jax face turn has been good so far. No need to flip the belt back to the two-star savior. Pick: Nia Jax

Caleb: Alexa Bliss spent the better part of a year as champion on RAW. Nia Jax has only been champion for a month. Nia retains. Pick: Nia Jax

Ricky: I expect Nia to retain in dominant fashion and hold the title for a few more months. Pick: Nia Jax

Robb: Go home Alexa. Pick: Nia Jax

Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. The Miz

WWE Backlash 2018 - Rollins vs Miz

Clive: Will a great match with a clean finish, but Finn will attack Seth after the match for a full heel turn. Pick: Seth Rollins

Rich: Monday Night Rollins Gives Miz a proper send off to Smackdown. Pick: Seth Rollins

Tom: Rollins is on fire right now, and Miz should be in the Money in the Bank match in June. Rollins wins, and hopefully, we get Rollins vs Balor at Money in the Bank. Pick: Seth Rollins

Jeremy: I think it’s pretty obvious that Seth is retaining here. No need to have two mid-card titles on Raw. Plus Seth has been on fire (see what I did there) lately and shouldn’t be extinguished anytime soon. Pick: Seth Rollins

Caleb: Miz will have to wait another year to become 9-time intercontinental champion. Rollins retains. Pick: Seth Rollins

Ricky: The winner of this is quite obvious, both mid-card titles will not be on Smackdown, but the match itself should deliver. Post Backlash, Miz should be pushed into a big spot on Smackdown. Pick: Seth Rollins

Robb: The IC belt stays on Raw. Miz should be looking to get the MITB next month anyways so… Pick: Seth Rollins

Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

WWE Backlash 2018 - Lashley & Strowman vs Owens & Zayn

Clive: Sami & KO will be embarrassed as they become a comedy act more than a credible threat on the roster. #sadface Pick: Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley

Rich: Big dudes dominate. Pick: Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley

Tom: I really don’t know…we saw Braun rag doll KO on tv recently, we’ve seen Lashley just kinda doing stuff since he returned, I’d imagine Braun & Lashley go over here just because neither of them should be taking pins at this point. Pick: Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley

Jeremy: Braun and Lashley have been really dominant on TV. I having a feeling these two will be feuding next and a miscommunication will cost them the match. Pick: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Caleb: Strowman & Lashley have dominated this feud with The New Quebecers. However, I suspect the two big men are about to feud with each other, therefore I think the heels will win. Pick: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Ricky: I have no idea why this match is even happening but I don’t see Braun and Lashley losing. Pick: Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley

Robb: Giants win, tension builds. Pick: Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass

WWE Backlash 2018 - Bryan vs Cass

Clive: Giving Cass the W over a hot babyface will give him the heat that management want for him. Pick: Big Cass

Rich: WWE may squash Daniel Bryan, but I’m picking him anyway. Pick: Daniel Bryan

Tom: Cass winning this match is a decision that’s just stupid enough for WWE to make. Bryan has to take a singles pin at some point but I don’t see that point being here. Bryan wins. Pick: Daniel Bryan

Jeremy: Big Cass is going to win. Why? Because he’s tall. Pick: Big Cass

Caleb: Conventional wisdom says since Cass has been wholly strong in this feud, Bryan will win. Let’s take the shorter competitor. Pick: Daniel Bryan

Ricky: If WWE is going to treat Cass like a star he says he is then he must be booked to win. If Cass doesn’t get the win then what’s the plan with him? Pick: Big Cass

Robb: Daniel Bryan could lose every match from now till Thanos comes back and fans would love him more for it. Therefore, expect the human Empire State Tower to stiff his way through to nuclear heat. Pick: Big Cass

SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair

WWE Backlash 2018 - Carmella vs Flair

Clive: IIconics will continue their prominent spot on SD by costing Charlotte the match. Pick: Carmella

Rich: Carmella wins, and DIRTY. Pick: Carmella

Tom:  I think Carmella retains here after some heavy tomfoolery…she has a good amount of heat as champ rn, no need to derail that after 3 weeks with the title. Pick: Carmella

Jeremy: I’m expecting this match to turn into a cluster with the Iconics, Becky, and Asuka all interfering. In the end, Carmella will pull out the upset win. Pick: Carmella

Caleb: Carmella has only had the belt for 3 weeks. Carmella retains here by hook or by crook. Pick: Carmella

Ricky: Teaming Carmella with IIoncics has worked well and I expect IIconics to get involved helping Carmella retain. Pick: Carmella

Robb: This one is tough, but Charlotte has enough cemented in her resume. Let the heel run. Pick: Carmella

WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (No Disqualification Match)

WWE Backlash 2018 WWE Title Match

Clive: Can’t see where heel Naka would go if he doesn’t win on Sunday. Pick: Nakamura

Rich: If Nakamura loses he should go back to New Japan. Pick: Nakamura

Tom: I think this is the one Nakamura finally wins the belt, probably after a low blow, which is ironic given how Styles won his first WWE title. Pick: Nakamura

Jeremy: Nakamura should win, but WWE doesn’t always do the right thing. Pick: AJ Styles

Caleb: Styles will retain when Nakamura hurts his hand by hitting a metal cup. Pick: AJ Styles

Ricky: Nakamura’s heel turn has breathed some life into his character and has given this feud a different dimension than what it started. If they don’t pull the trigger on Nakamura then that most likely will not happen for a long time. Pick: Nakamura

Robb: With the No DQ stipulation in place, it’s hard-pressed for me to think AJ will overcome the odds. The story lends itself for Nak to finally get his first reign main roster. Pick: Nakamura

Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe

WWE Backlash 2018 - Reigns vs Joe

Clive: Joe might win with dirty tactics or in an unfair way, making Roman look more paranoid with management until we get Roman vs Vince at Summerslam!!! Pick: Samoa Joe

Rich: Reigns has been losing a bunch, look for him to recover here. Pick: Roman Reigns

Tom: I don’t see Reigns losing here. Would it make sense to give Joe a win to build him up for a monster run on Smackdown? Yeah, it really would…but when was the last time WWE did something involving Roman Reigns that made sense? Pick: Roman Reigns

Jeremy: Roman has suffered a lot of big losses and needs to rebound here. Pick: Roman Reigns

Caleb: Reigns/Joe has a weird build because the pairing got split up. This really is anyone’s game but I’m gonna take Samoa Joe here. Pick: Samoa Joe

Ricky: Kayfabe sense, Joe has to win after all the insults he’s been throwing at Roman and the declaration that he’s challenging the winner of AJ vs. Nakamura once he’s dealt with Roman. Pick: Samoa Joe

Robb: WWE has done a grand job of pissing on the four years of build for Roman Reigns in attempt to make him look vulnerable for babyface cheers. Expect for Samoa Joe to get both the pop and the one, though. Pick: Samoa Joe

 

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