Backlash is an event that has been around, in essence, since 1999. It initially began its pay per view journey as an In Your House event, although despite not being recognised as a stand alone event, it was still positioned as the follow-up WrestleMania show in late April which would eventually become its trademark.
Following a few years of existence, Backlash soon became a Raw-exclusive event following the brand extension, and SmackDown superstars were only part of the show in the year where it became dual-branded. Following the second brand split a few years back, however, SmackDown assumed control of the PPV name in 2016 and 2017.
In the 2020 edition, which will take place on June 14th, both WWE Raw and SmackDown Superstars will compete on the show, and will be the first Backlash event since the 2018 split, and fifteenth in total.
|1999||Providence, Rhode Island|
|2002||Kansas City, Missouri|
|2005||Manchester, New Hampshire|
|2009||Providence, Rhode Island|
|2018||Newark, New Jersey|
|2020||WWE Performance Center, Florida|
|2021||WWE Thunderdome Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida|
|Year||Main Event Match Card||Championship(s) on line|
|1999||Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock||WWF Championship|
|2000||Triple H vs. The Rock||WWF Championship|
|2001||Stone Cold & Triple H vs. Kane & The Undertaker||WWF, IC and Tag Team Championships|
|2002||Triple H vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan||WWF Undisputed Championship|
|2003||Goldberg vs. The Rock||Grudge Match|
|2004||Chris Benoit vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels||WWE World Heavyweight Championship|
|2005||Batista vs. Triple H – World Heavyweight||WWE World Heavyweight Championship|
|2006||John Cena vs. Edge vs. Triple H||WWE Championship|
|2007||John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge||WWE Championship|
|2008||Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. JBL vs. John Cena||WWE Championship|
|2009||John Cena vs. Edge||WWE Championship|
|2016||Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles||WWE Championship|
|2017||Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal||WWE Championship|
|2018||Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe||WWE Championship|
|1||Bobby Lashley (c) vs Drew McIntyre vs Braun Strowman||Triple Threat WWE Championship Match|
|2||Bianca Belair vs Bayley||SmackDown Women's Championship Match|
|3||Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair vs Asuka||Triple Threat Match for the RAW Women's Championship|
|4||Roman Reigns vs Cesaro||Universal Championship Match|
|5||The Mysterios vs The Dirty Dawgs||SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match|
|6||Damian Priest vs The Miz||Lumberjack Match|
Despite being put on the shelf for a few years prior to Raw and SmackDown receiving two separate rosters again, it seems as if Backlash is here to stay this time around. It’s a show that has a steep history in World Wrestling Entertainment, as it signifies the pay per view ‘season premiere’ of sorts in the wake of WrestleMania. Backlash will always have an illustrious history and intriguing future, and you can go back and watch every past edition of the show on the WWE Network.