WWE Backlash is an annual pay-per-view event that has been a staple of WWE programming since 1999. Over the years, the event has played host to some of the biggest and most memorable matches in WWE history.
This year’s WWE Backlash, WWE will return to Puerto Rico with three-time Grammy-winner Bad Bunny hosting the show from his home country. The show will feature Cody Rhodes, Brock Lesnar, Sami Zayn and The Bloodline and will mark WWE’s first major event in Puerto Rico since the company traveled to the island for New Year’s Revolution event in 2005.
Let’s take a look at some of the best WWE Backlash PPV events of all time.
- WWE Backlash 2000
WWE Backlash 2000 is widely considered to be the best Backlash events in history. The PPV featured a WWE Championship between The Rock and Triple H. The match was a masterpiece of storytelling and featured some incredible action, with The Rock eventually emerging victorious.
2. WWE Backlash 2007
The main event of Backlash 2007 was a Fatal Four-Way match for the WWE Championship, which saw John Cena defend his title against Randy Orton, Edge, and Shawn Michaels. Another memorable match was a Last Man Standing match between The Undertaker and Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship. The match was a brutal affair, with both men using everything at their disposal to try and knock each other out for the ten count. In the end, The Undertaker emerged victorious, retaining his championship title and solidifying his place as one of the most dominant forces in WWE history.
3. WWE Backlash 2009
Randy Orton went into Backlash with the odds stacked in his favor, with numerous ways to take away the only part of Triple H’s life he had been thus far unable to touch: The Game’s WWE Title. Ultimately, however, all “The Viper” needed to seal the deal and walk away from Backlash as the new WWE Champion.
4. WWE Backlash 2005
One of the most anticipated matches of the night was the main event, which saw Batista defend the World Heavyweight Championship against Triple H in a singles match. The rivalry between Batista and Triple H had been brewing for months, with Batista finally breaking away from Triple H and Evolution to become his own man. The match was intense and hard-hitting, with both men pulling out all the stops. In the end, Batista emerged victorious, solidifying his place as one of the top stars in WWE.
5. WWE Backlash 2016
Backlash 2016 marked the first Backlash event following the WWE brand split, with the event being exclusive to the SmackDown Live brand. The event was a huge success, featuring Becky Lynch making history by surviving a Six-Pack Challenge to win the SmackDown Women’s Title.
6. WWE Backlash 2003
One of the most anticipated matches of Backlash 2003 was the main event, which saw The Rock defend the WWE Championship against Goldberg. The rivalry between the two had been brewing for weeks, with Goldberg making his WWE debut and immediately setting his sights on The Rock and his championship title. The match was intense and hard-hitting, with both men pulling out all the stops. In the end, The Rock emerged victorious, solidifying his place as one of the top stars in WWE.
7. WWE Backlash 2020
Backlash 2020 was a unique event, featuring “The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever” between Edge and Randy Orton. While the match didn’t quite live up to the hype, it was still an incredible match and showcased the incredible talent of both men.