Backlash (2019) is an upcoming professional wrestling pay per view produced by War Hawks Entertainment Inc. for their SmackDown brand. It will take place Sunday, April 28, 2019 and will be the first event in the WHEI Backlash chronology. It will be the first SmackDown exclusive pay per view of season 4 and the third pay per view of season 4 overall.
The card will consist of matches resulting from scripted storylines that play out on WHEI's SmackDown brand. Storylines play out on the War Hawks' weekly show on Twitch Friday Night SmackDown Live. Wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters as they build tension that leads to a match or series of matches heading into the event.
Backlash, as the name implies, is meant to be SmackDown's WrestleMania revenge pay per view. As such the card will usual feature rematches from WrestleMania provided the some of them aren't drafted to other shows in the draft.
The primary feud heading into the event is between and with the two feuding over the WHEI Championship. At WrestleMania, champion Braun Strowman defeated Sami Zayn to retain the championship. However the day before Strowman was drafted to LWL in the 2019 draft, thus he was forced to vacate the championship. While Zayn went undrafted as of yet, Ironman promised he would address the situation on the next episode of SmackDown. The season premiere of SmackDown Ironman stated that due to having faced Strowman for the championship at WrestleMania, Zayn would get another chance at Backlash. And that there would be a triple threat match in two weeks to determine who would face him, with qualifying matches starting that night. The first qualifying match was Dolph Ziggler vs. Finn Balor which was won by Ziggler. The second was Scott Steiner vs. AJ Styles, which was won by Steiner. The final one was Kurt Angle '01 vs. Shawn Michaels '05 which was won by Michaels.
Another feud heading into the event is between Kenny Omega and with the two feuding over the WHEI United States Championship. At WrestleMania, Omega defeated Scott Hall to win the championship, while he was not drafted yet he did promise to defend the title at Backlash. Ironman promised he would find him a challenger for the title in the weeks leading up to Backlash. During the draft, Omega was drafted to SmackDown, securing himself and the title for the brand going forward. On the season premiere of SmackDown Ironman held two matches, with the winners facing off the next week to determine who would challenge Omega at the pay per view. The two matches were Adam Cole vs. Lex Luger and Ricochet vs. Batista '10. Luger defeated Cole to advance to the next week while Batista defeated Ricochet. The next week Luger defeated Batista to earn the right to face Omega for the title at Backlash.
Another feud heading into the event is between The War Hawks SmackDown Division (Will & Devin) and The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, & Xavier Woods) with the two teams feuding over the WHEI SmackDown Tag Team Championship. At WrestleMania, the War Hawks, represented by Ironman, Heath, and Stephen, defeated The New Day in a 2 Fall 6 Man Tag Team Match to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship for a second time. As Ironman was the General Manager of SmackDown he was immediately retained on SmackDown and said that the championship was merely a matter of which members of the group joined him on the brand. It was later announced that New Day, who were drafted to SmackDown during the 2019 Draft, would receive their rematch at Backlash once Ironman found himself a partner. During the draft, Ironman selected his previous partners along with Devin. It was announced on the April 5, 2019 episode of SmackDown that a series of matches between the two teams would take place that night. With the team that got the most victories over the other getting to choose the stipulation at the pay per view. The War Hawks won the series 2-1 as Will defeated Xavier, Kofi defeated Heath, and Devin defeated Big E. On the April 12, 2019 episode of SmackDown, Will and Devin defeated all 3 members of New Day in a 3 on 2 Handicap Match.
Another feud heading into the event is between Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey with the two feuding over the WHEI SmackDown Women's Championship. At the Royal Rumble in January, Lynch won a tri-branded Battle Royal to win the right to challenge a Women's Champion of her choice at WrestleMania. At Elimination Chamber Lynch lost her championship opportunity to AJ Lee, while Kaitlyn won an Elimination Chamber Match to win the championship. At WrestleMania, Kaitlyn defeated Lee in short order to retain the championship, only to immediately be challenged by Lynch who felt she had been screwed. Lynch defeated Kaitlyn at WrestleMania to win the championship, she was then drafted to SmackDown during the 2019 Draft and kept the championship. Ironman told her he would find her a challenger for Backlash. The first episode of Season 4 of SmackDown featured a Fatal 5 Way Elimination Tables Match to determine the #1 Contender to the championship between Nightingale, Alexa Bliss, Ronda Rousey, Lee, and Maria Kanellis. The match was won by Ronda setting her up for a match with the self proclaimed Man at Backlash. On the April 12, 2019 episode of SmackDown during a tag team match pitting Lynch and one of her fellow horsewomen against Rousey's fellow horsewomen Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke, Shafir made lynch tap out to a kneebar.
Another feud heading into the event is between Adam "Hangman" Page and with the two feuding over the WHEI Hardcore Championship. During the season 4 draft Page went undrafted, therefore leaving the future of the championship on the brand in jeopardy. Adding to this, European Champion Seth Rollins was drafted to SmackDown. To remedy this, a match was booked for the Raw exclusive pay per view Payback. With the stipulation being if Rollins won he would take the European Championship to SmackDown while the Hardcore Championship would be moved to Raw. At Payback.
|1||TBD vs. Sami Zayn||Singles Match for the vacant WHEI Championship|
|2||Kenny Omega (c) vs. Lex Luger||Singles Match for the WHEI United States Championship|
|3||The War Hawks SmackDown Division (Ironman, Will and/or Heath and/or Devin) (c) vs. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and/or Xavier Woods)||TBD Tag Team Match for the WHEI SmackDown Tag Team Championship|
|4||Becky Lynch (c) vs. Ronda Rousey||Singles Match for the WHEI SmackDown Women's Championship|
|5||Adam "Hangman" Page (c) vs. TBD||Hardcore Match for the WHEI Hardcore Championship|
(c) - refers to the champion(s) heading into the event
* - match card subject to change
|WHEI Season 4 Pay Per Views|
|Payback | Rain Of Blood | Backlash|