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WWE News: Shane McMahon announces Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan for Backlash

Former brothers clash at Backlash.

Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan at Backlash

What’s the story?

In the most recent episode of Talking Smack, SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon announced a match between Luke Harper and Erick Rowan for Backlash. You can see the confirmation video below.

In case you didn’t know...

Erick Rowan and Luke Harper have been at each other's throats since the Wyatt family broke up. The two featured in various singles matches against each other across Europe during the WWE Live tour.

The heart of the matter

In this week’s episode of Talking Smack, Erick Rowan wandered onto the set and requested a match at Backlash against his former brother Luke Harper. Before making his enquiry he presented the talk show’s host Renee Young with a balloon, only to pop it later.

He then proceeded to confront SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon on the subject of Luke Harper's punishment. 

He stated that ‘Lucas’ deserved a harsher ‘punishment’ and requested a match at Backlash against him. Rowan continued, saying that the match was not only what he wanted, but was what Harper and “his friends in the sack” desired.

Shane decided to comply with Rowan’s request and granted him a match at Backlash, which ‘Big Red’ greatly appreciated.

What’s next?

As Shane McMahon announced, the WWE Universe can look forward to a one-on-one match between Erick Rowan and his former brethren Luke Harper. The two fought each other quite a bit during the European tour and while the match may not be something as spectacular as a main event title match, it will still be fun to watch.

Author’s take

The matches that the two had during the WWE Live European tour were hard-hitting and well-fought matches which had their own unique form of entertainment. Hopefully, the two former members of the Wyatt family can bring out that same excitement in their match at Backlash.


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