Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
New Matches Announced for Backlash
With WrestleMania now in the history books, WWE has shifted its focus towards Backlash, which will be the first non-big 4 event to be dual branded in the new era. The company announced two matches for the show on last night’s Raw.
First, Samoa Joe returned to confront Roman Reigns and announced that the two men would meet at the event. Reigns is also set to compete with Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title before that event at The Greatest Rumble Ever show, which means this match could be for the Universal title.
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Second, The Miz stated during a segment with Seth Rollins that he would be using his rematch clause at the event to challenge for the Intercontinental title. Again, this could change as the title is being defended at the Greatest Rumble Ever event in a fatal 4-way match involving the two men, Samoa Joe, and Finn Balor.
WWE Announces Superstar Shakeup
— WWE (@WWE) April 10, 2018
As many fans expected, the WWE confirmed that next week they will hold their second annual Superstar Shakeup. The shakeup will take place over both Raw and Smackdown, using the same format as last year. WWE has spent the morning sharing videos on social media hyping the event.
SEE ALSO: Read our review of Raw here
Several Debuts and Returns on Monday Night Raw
As they do every year, the WWE used the Raw after WrestleMania to shake up the landscape in the WWE, bringing several superstars up from NXT, and also bringing several superstars back to our screens from injury.
NXT stars Ember Moon, No Way Jose and The Authors of Pain all made their main roster debuts in squash matches last night, while Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy announced their returns from injury by instantly establishing programs with current stars. Joe, as we’ve always discussed, entered into a feud with Roman Reigns, while Jeff Hardy entered himself into the Intercontinental picture by teaming with Balor and Rollins against The Miztourage.
The biggest moment of the night, though, was the return of Bobby Lashley to the WWE. Rumours had been swirling for months that Lashley, who left Impact at the end of last year, had resigned with the company, and the former US champion made his presence felt by destroying Elias during a segment.