Predicting the Winners and Losers from WWE WrestleMania Backlash 2021

Published 05/15/2021, 11:48 AM EDT


WrestleMania Backlash is less than two days away, and the WWE Universe is in for a wonderful evening. From Cesaro and Roman Reigns’ highly awaited battle, to two huge triple threat title matches – who will walk out of Backlash a winner, and who will be a loser?

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WWE Championship Triple Threat match

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Just like WrestleMania, WrestleMania Backlash should open with the WWE Championship match. Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre can set the tone for the rest of the PPV with a terrific opening battle.

All men do not look like losers, but two men have to walk out of the PPV empty-handed. Given his recent form and excellent title run, Bobby Lashley has to emerge victorious in this battle. Given his recent run, it should be McIntyre to take the pinfall and Strowman being the next challenger.

WWE SmackDown Women’s Title match

Bianca Belair reached the pinnacle of women’s wrestling by headlining WrestleMania and winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship. In Bayley, she’s received the perfect dance partner for her first title defence.

Unfortunately for Bayley, she has to walk out of the PPV empty-handed. Belair has the potential to be the best thing on SmackDown and beating Bayley should be the launchpad for her reign as SmackDown Women’s Champion.

SmackDown Tag Title match

Rey and Dominik Mysterio stand the chance to become the first father-son duo to become tag team champions. This piece of history is enough to warrant them the winners’ kitty for WrestleMania Backlash.

A moment like this deserves to take place at a Big Four PPV, but it’ll do perfectly for Backlash. As for the Dirty Dogs, they had a decent run and registered several successful defences against the Street Profits. It’s time for the Mysterios to run the SmackDown tag team division for a while.

Damian Priest vs The Miz: Lumberjack match

This is easy. Damian Priest’s WWE run has been a funny one. Bad Bunny overshadowed his debut completely, and his WrestleMania match saw the musician get more offence despite being half his size. The rivalry with Miz and Morrison continued, but Priest remained an afterthought.

Similar to Miz’s WWE Championship loss to Bobby Lashley, Priest should destroy the Miz and cement himself as a serious threat. By beating a former WWE Champion, Priest will surely rise higher in the ranks and may be a challenger for the WWE Title in the future.

Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat match

Rhea Ripley desperately needs to walk out of Backlash looking like a winner. She doesn’t need to look very dominant, and she needs to eek out a victory against two hugely talented superstars.

Asuka and Rhea Ripley’s chemistry will mask Rhea Ripley’s shortcomings, making this match one that you shouldn’t miss. This is one where all three women emerge as winners, Ripley for retaining and Flair and Asuka for making Ripley look like a million bucks.

WWE Universal Championship match

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This is a match three years in the making. Roman Reigns and Cesaro faced off multiple times in the past, and the Tribal Chief has emerged victorious all the time. The face Reigns vs heel Cesaro was a great dynamic, but the roles have been reversed this time.

The Tribal Chief has been in excellent heel form since returning to WWE, but he’s not faced a challenger like Cesaro. Unfortunately, he will continue being the Head of the Table.

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Ending his reign on a PPV like Backlash is a terrible decision. Reigns’ run deserves to end in front of a live audience, and it shouldn’t come at the hand of Cesaro this weekend.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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