WWE Backlash is on-the-air LIVE from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida with a show featuring "The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever" between Edge and Randy Orton.
Watch the complete WWE Backlash 2020 Kickoff Show at 6/5c via the YouTube video player embedded below, and then follow our WWE Backlash 2020 results coverage when the pay-per-view main show begins at 7/6c right here on this page.
Featured below are WWE Backlash results from Sunday, June 14, 2020.
WWE BACKLASH RESULTS (6/14/2020)
Scott Stanford and Peter Rosenberg welcome us to "The Greatest Kickoff Show Ever," as the official WWE Backlash 2020 pre-show is now underway on WWE's various social media channels, as well as on the WWE Network.
Scott Stanford & Peter Rosenberg Begin Backlash Breakdowns
The two immediately dig into the action scheduled for tonight's show, running down some of the matches on tap for the big PPV that gets underway at 7/6c LIVE via the WWE Network, including "The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever" between Edge and Randy Orton.
Renee Young, Booker T & JBL Talk Backlash
After kicking it to a pre-match video package to tell the story of tonight's RAW Women's Championship showdown between Asuka and Nia Jax, we head to the other half of the Kickoff Show panel, as the trio of Renee Young, Booker T and JBL appear live now via webcam. They elaborate on the Asuka-Jax title match scheduled for tonight's show.
Backlash Backstage: Kayla Braxton Interviews Ric Flair & Christian
Now we go to a live backstage interview, as Kayla Braxton is standing by with WWE Hall Of Fame legend "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair and fellow WWE legend Christian. Braxton talks first with Flair, who gives his take on tonight's "Greatest Wrestling Match Ever" between Edge and Randy Orton, with Flair seeming to make a stronger case for his former Evolution partner.
After that, "Captain Charisma" makes his case for his longtime friend and former E&C tag-team partner Edge. Braxton thanks the two for their time before we head to a brief 'Truth': Stop Smoking and Vaping advertisement. Now we head back to the Kickoff Show live studio where Stanford and Rosenberg delve deeper into the Edge vs. Randy Orton main event.
Kickoff Show Runs Down More WWE Backlash 2020 PPV Matches
Now the two kick it to the pre-match video package hyping tonight's WWE Universal Championship handicap match pitting "The Monster Among Men" Braun Strowman against the team of The Miz and John Morrison.
Following The Miz and John Morrison "Hey, Ho!" music video and some dancing that follows by Stanford, Rosenberg asks for him to be replaced by anyone else, saying WWE can even hire Sean Mooney if they want -- anyone but Stanford.
Then we move to a video package telling the history behind the newest addition to the WWE Backlash 2020 lineup for tonight -- The Street Profits vs. The Viking Raiders for the RAW World Tag-Team Championships.
After that video package wraps up, we re-join the trio of Renee Young, Booker T and JBL who run down their in-depth thoughts and analysis on the RAW Tag-Team Title showdown scheduled for the PPV card later this evening.
We move on to another video package that adds to the hype for tonight's main event -- "The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever" between Edge and Randy Orton.
WWE United States Championship
Andrade vs. Apollo Crews (c)
Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Samoa Joe welcome us inside the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL. after that, as it's time for the Kickoff Show match.
The WWE Backlash 2020 pre-show match will see Andrade challenge Apollo Crews for the WWE United States Championship. Andrade's theme hits and out he comes accompanied by Zelina Vega.
After they settle inside the squared circle, the music of the WWE U.S. Champion plays and out comes Apollo Crews, who heads down to the ring for our first of six title matches scheduled for tonight.
Before the bell sounds to start things off in this one, we hear the familiar theme of Kevin Owens. Owens comes out and makes his way down to ringside, where he joins Phillips, Saxton and Joe on commentary for this match.
Now the bell sounds and these two lock up. Owens takes over on play-by-play and asks his fellow commentators if he's gonna have to do their jobs tonight. Meanwhile, Apollo jumps off to an early offensive lead.
The action spills outside the ring where Andrade chokes Apollo before the U.S. champion hoists the challenger up and slams him down on the steel entrance ramp. He goes up to the apron and comes flying off, splashing onto Andrade on the floor in the process with a standing moonsault.
Apollo rolls Andrade back into the ring, suplexes him and covers him for a two-count. On their feet, Apollo misses as he charges into the corner looking to splash onto Andrade. Andrade smiles big and follows up with double knees on Apollo in the corner as we see Zelina Vega cheering him on from ringside.
Andrade climbs to the top and after chopping the hell out of each other up there, Andrade goes for a double-stomp on Apollo coming off, but misses. This leads to Apollo hitting a big belly-to-belly throw suplex on Andrade, with Andrade crashing into the turnbuckles in the corner in the process.
Apollo follows up by smashing his shoulder repeatedly into Andrade in the corner. He whips him into the opposing corner and hits him with a spinebuster as he comes off the ropes. Apollo tries covering Andrade by only gets two. A beautiful dropkick from Apollo levels Andrade as we get another camera shot of Kevin Owens watching on from the announce desk.
Owens keeps referencing Angel Garza over-and-over-and-over again throughout his commentary as Garza has been standing at ringside, by the way. Andrade and Apollo struggle over a suplex over the ropes spot with one man on the apron outside the ropes and the other inside the ring. Finally, Andrade slingshots himself over Apollo, bringing him down to the canvas with force on his way into the ring.
Apollo stops Andrade on the top-rope now with a military press. He slams him down and hits a moonsault. As Angel Garza hops on the apron after standing at ringside all match long, Owens drops his headset, leaves the announce desk and hits a Cutter on Garza, which distracts the stars in the ring, leading to Apollo's toss powerbomb finisher for the pinfall victory.
After the match, we see some highlights of the action and then Kevin Owens joins Apollo Crews as the two head to the back in victory while Andrade and Zelian Vega flip out in anger in the ring.
Winner and STILL WWE United States Champion: Apollo Crews
Final Check-In With WWE Backlash 2020 Kickoff Show Panel
After the lone pre-show match on the WWE Backlash Kickoff Show, we head back to the Kickoff Show live studio where Scott Stanford and Peter Rosenberg run down some more action scheduled for tonight's show, and throw to more pre-match video packages telling stories behind matches such as Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus and the Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley match for the WWE Championship.
WWE Backlash 2020 PPV Show Open
With the Kickoff Show in the rear-view mirror, we transition to the pay-per-view broadcast, as "The Show" theme song for WWE Backlash 2020 plays and we shoot live to the show-open video package that was released earlier today on the official WWE YouTube channel.
From there, we shoot inside the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, the site of tonight's show that will host "The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever."
Michael Cole and Corey Graves welcome us to the show on commentary as things are about to get underway with our first match of the evening here on the WWE Backlash 2020 PPV show.
WWE Women's Tag-Team Titles
Sasha Banks & Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs. Billie Kay & Peyton Royce
The three contender teams for our first title match of the evening, which will see the WWE Women's Tag-Team titles contested, make their way out to the ring for our Backlash opener.
After a quick backstage interview with Kayla Braxton, we shoot live inside the WWE PC again as the WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions Sasha Banks and Bayley make their way down to the ring.
The bell sounds and here we go with Bayley, Nikki Cross and Billie Kay kicking things off inside the ring. Nikki Cross takes it to Bayley early on, and Bayley isn't having it, so she tags out. Several tags later, we have Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks and Peyton Royce in the ring as the legal two.
Bliss takes Banks down, which only angers "The Boss," who takes over on offense soon thereafter. We keep having one of the three take a bump to the floor to leave the other two alone to duke it out. All six women end up in the ring at once, with pairs of two breaking off into striking exchanges.
When the smoke clears, Nikki Cross is tagged back in. She screams and begins running around -- right into a kick from Royce. Bayley breaks up a pin attempt that followed, even though she wasn't legal in the match. She is tagged in and now she is and she immediately goes to work on both ladies in the ring -- Kay and Cross.
Things build to a spot where Billie Kay and Peyton Royce are able to dominate with some double team action until finally, Banks comes in out of nowhere and capitalizes on things for the pinfall after Banks blasts Bliss after she hit her Beautiful Bliss finisher off the top-rope on Royce.
Winners and STILL WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions: Sasha Banks & Bayley
The WWE Universal Champion Arrives Ahead Of Handicap Match
After our first PPV match of the evening, we see an "earlier today" video that shows "The Monster Among Men" Braun Strowman arriving to the WWE Performance Center in his car, taking his bags out of the trunk and heading inside the building. Braun Strowman defends his Universal Championship against The Miz and John Morrison in a two-on-one Handicap Match later tonight.
Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus
The video package for our next match of the evening -- Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus -- is introduced by Michael Cole and Corey Graves. Hardy-Sheamus is up next.
Once the video package wraps up, Hardy's theme hits and The Charismatic Enigma begins making his way down to the ring as the bodies filling up space inside the WWE PC cheer and the lights flicker throughout the building.
The music stops and the familiar tune of "The Celtic Warrior" plays. After a loud "FELLAAA!!!" is audibly picked up on camera, Sheamus begins his walk to the ring for our second match of the evening here on the WWE Backlash PPV card.
The bell sounds and these two lock up. Sheamus pushes Hardy back into a corner. The two break and lock up again. Hardy yanks a side-lock onto Sheamus, who pushes him into a corner. Sheamus hits Hardy with a cheap shot and begins going to work on him with big shots in the corner of the ring, yelling loudly at him for trying to embarass him on Friday Night SmackDown recently.
Hardy starts fighting back now, chopping away and stomping at the leg of Sheamus in an attempt to hamper the mobility and agility of his larger, stronger foe. After having some success with that approach, Hardy finds himself on the receiving end of more onslaught from Sheamus moments later, as he manhandles his smaller opponent with punishing offense. Once again, Hardy stops the assault and buys himself some time by taking out the knee of Sheamus.
Now Hardy is using another big trait of his -- his quickness and innovative dare-devil style -- as he runs and leaps off the ring steps, splashing onto Sheamus on the way down. Hardy continues to go to work on Sheamus on the floor.
Back in the ring, "The Celtic Warrior" takes back over the offensive control in the bout, blasting Hardy with clubbing blows in the corner of the ring. Now Sheamus picks up Hardy and hits a backwards kind of suplex move, picking Hardy up in the suplex position but instead slamming him in front of him frontwards, with Hardy's legs crashing onto the ring post in a spot that can loudly be overheard on the broadcast.
Sheamus nails Hardy with another punishing spot seconds later and the announcers and Hardy himself are selling the hurt knee of Hardy. Sheamus takes a second away from dominating the action to yell at everyone in the building that is cheering Hardy on for all being enablers. He hits a brutal pair of English Curse back-breakers on Hardy for a near fall. He stops once more to yell, this time at the announcers -- insisting they do their jobs properly. This leads to Corey Graves of course informing the viewing audience at home that Sheamus was in fact talking only about Michael Cole when making that remark.
As things continue inside the ring, it's all-Sheamus at this point, as Hardy has been lifeless for the past few minutes while Sheamus has his way with a wide-open run of the ring. Finally, Hardy shows some signs of life, which leads to a "Hardy! Hardy!" chant spreading throughout the WWE PC as Hardy fires up on offense for the first time since the beginning of the match.
Hardy blasts Sheamus over and over again before flooring The Celtic Warrior, hitting a double leg-drop and trying to cover him for a count of two. The fans clap and yell in support of Hardy. Hardy mule-kicks Sheamus into the ropes. Sheamus comes off with a Brogue Kick attempt but Hardy ducks it and comes off the ropes with a spear. Hardy is slow to return to his feet now, dragging himself to the ropes and using them to return to a vertical base before beginning another slow-moving climb, this time up to the top-rope.
After taking too long, Sheamus manages to stop Hardy on the top, only for Hardy to pepper him with punches, knocking him off. Sheamus returns to his feet and stops Hardy, bringing him down with authority. He follows up with White Noise for a near fall. Sheamus is now frustrated and unsure what to do to finish off the never-say-die attitude and fighting spirit of Hardy.
The fans boo as Sheamus continues to dominate a once again seemingly lifeless Jeff Hardy. Michael Cole mentions how Hardy looks physically beaten on commentary now. Sheamus hits the ten beats across the chest forearm smashes over the ropes on the ring apron. He now drags Hardy across the ring like a rag doll. He hoists Hardy up in the corner but Hardy holds onto the ropes and stumbles back to his feet. Sheamus spears the ring post and turns around into a Twist of Fate from Hardy, who follows up with a Swanton Bomb. He covers Sheamus, however right before the referee's hand hits the mat for the third time, "The Celtic Warrior" gets his foot on the ropes.
Sheamus slides out to the floor and walks around. He sees Hardy charging at him and as Hardy runs and leaps off the ring steps, he comes down right into a Brogue Kick that was on its' way up from Sheamus. Back in the ring, Sheamus follows up for the 1-2-3 and the win.
Mandy Rose & Otis With A Warning For The Miz & John Morrison
Backstage, we see the duo of Otis and Mandy Rose bump into The Miz and John Morrison. Mandy jokes with the two that if either of them end up with the WWE Universal Championship after their two-on-one handicap match against current title-holder Braun Strowman later tonight not to get too excited, as Otis could very well end up choosing that as his moment to cash in his WWE Money In The Bank brief-case for a guaranteed title shot.
WWE RAW Women's Championship
Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax
The video package now airs for tonight's RAW Women's Championship match -- which features Asuka going one-on-one against Nia Jax.
After both ladies make their way down to the ring, our second title match of the PPV and third overall of the evening gets underway as the bell sounds to start this one off.
Nia's power early on is the story of the opening moments. Out of nowhere, Asuka with an Octopus attempt here in the early goings, but Nia escapes.
Asuka keeps using submission attempts and her speed and agility to develop an offensive run, but the brute strength and power of Jax makes that an unsuccessful strategy thus far. Nia is now in what appears to be a pretty easy comfortable lead in this one. She puts an exclamation point on her early offensive series with a big spinebuster, which earns her a two-count on a pin attempt.
Nia with the Jax Hammer for yet another two count. Nia mocks Asuka asking, "Where's Kairi?" Asuka with angry momentum goes after Nia as she picks up the pace, hitting a few good moves for a pin attempt of her own.Nia kicks out.
Asuka lands multiple kicks and strikes on Nia. Nia looking tired. Asuka lands the Hip Attack. Nia kicks out. Both women back to their feet. Nia then dominates Asuka with a Body Slam for the two count. Asuka back to her feet, Nia back to her feet and lands her right shoulder into the post!
Asuka out to the apron, Nia on her knees on the canvas, Asuka makes her way to the top turnbuckle, Asuka fell off the top, Nia caught her but Asuka locks in an Arm Bar.
Nia falls to ringside, Asuka locks in another Arm Bar. Nia breaks the submission attempt on the barricade. Asuka hits a massive Kick on Nia and attempts to roll back in, too late as the ref already counted to ten.
Asuka slams her fists against the mat at the count-out. Asuka is announced to still be the RAW Women's Champion at which time she flies out of the ring onto Nia before taking her belt and heading up the ramp.
STILL WWE RAW Women's Champion Asuka Due To Double Count-Out
Backstage: MVP Prepares Victory Celebration
MVP is on a phone call as Lana walks up to MVP and states that she doesn't approve of his rule that she stay away from ringside during husband Bobby Lashley's matches. MVP interrupts her as he tells Lana to talk to her own husband, adding he knows she isn't going to do that because she doesn't want to hear what he'll say. MVP then states he has to attend to the "NEW" heavyweight champion.
WWE Universal Championship Handicap Match
Braun Strowman (c) vs. The Miz & John Morrison
After the video package airs for our two-on-one handicap match for the WWE Universal Championship airs, we head back inside the WWE PC in Orlando where we get ready for our next title match of the evening here at WWE Backlash.
Out first is The Miz as his music sounds in the Performance Center, immediately followed by John Morrison as they pose for their slow-motion pose before making their way down the ramp and entering the ring as they await their opponent for this handicap match-up.
The Miz on the microphone in-ring states he feels he needs a little something to "pump him up". Morrison agrees, stating they need a music video. With that said, "HEY! Hey Hey" from WWE Music Group airs, the official music video by The Miz and John Morrison, after the two introduce it live in the ring as the official PPV debut of the hit song and hit music video.
The music video does not finish, however, as the music and subsequent ring entrance of "The Monster Among Men" Braun Strowman cuts it off. It's time for our handicap Universal title match here at WWE Backlash.
Strowman throws The Miz out of the ring, followed my John Morrison in the early goings. Both Miz and Morrison back in the ring as Strowman heads to the outside. Morrison with a Kick knocking Strowman off the apron.
Miz and Morrison double team Strowman as Morrison flies over the top rope taking down Strowman as he lands into the turnbuckle. Miz immediately re-enters the ring with Strowman, landing strikes and a Headlock. Strowman back to his feet, squashing Miz into the turnbuckle as Morrison gets the tag. Morrison with several kicks and strikes, keeping Strowman on the canvas inside the ring.
Morrison tags The Miz back in and the two hit a Double DDT. Strowman kicks out. The Miz back to his feet, circling Strowman, preparing for Strowman to get back to his feet. Miz lands several Kicks on Strowman, knocking Strowman back to the canvas again.
Things build to Miz hitting a Skull Crushing Finale out of nowhere on the big guy. He tries a pin but can't keep the big guy down. Moments later, Strowman hits Miz with a chokeslam before catching Morrison coming off the top rope and blasting him with a running power slam for the 1-2-3. With the win, Strowman retains the Universal Title.
Winner and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Braun Strowman
Kayla Braxton Interviews AJ Styles
Backstage, Kayla Braxton is with "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles. He announces a big segment for this coming week's episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown to celebrate his WWE Intercontinental Championship victory in the tournament finals on this past week's show. He references and puts down Daniel Bryan, the man he defeated in the finals of the tournament to crown the new WWE Intercontinental Champion. Styles walks off.
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Bobby Lashley
The video package for tonight's WWE Championship showdown between Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley airs now. Our WWE title match of the evening is up next here at WWE Backlash 2020.
As the video package comes to an end, we head back to the Performance Center where we hear the entrance music for Bobby Lashley sound. Lashley makes his way to the stage accompanied by MVP, the two make their way down the ramp and enter the ring.
Out next is the WWE Champion Drew McIntyre as his music sounds in the Performance Center. McIntyre makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring with awaiting opponent, Lashley. Lashley with a look of serious anger as McIntyre looks calm and ready for tonight's match-up.
MVP touches McIntyre's belt, McIntyre shoves MVP off. Lashley gets the Full Nelson locked in on McIntyre before the referee signals for the bell. The referee signals for help as several WWE officials enter the ring to assist. The two are broken up, McIntyre trying to catch his breath as he is asked if he can continue. McIntyre nods.
The referee signals for the bell, the bell rings and the match just now officially begins. Lashley rushes back in and powers McIntyre into the corner. Lashley tosses McIntyre to the canvas for a pin attempt. McIntyre kicks out. Lana is seen watching from a screen backstage with a smile. Back in the ring, Lashley shoving his foot into the throat of McIntyre in the corner. McIntyre lands a Knee to the midsection and multiple Chops on Lashley. Lashley levels McIntyre for another pin attempt. McIntyre kicks out at one.
Lashley attempts the cover once again, again McIntyre kicks out immediately. Back to their feet McIntyre gets the Standing Switch, hitting the Northern Light Suplex with a Standing Bridge Cover. Lashley kicks out, taking back control of the match-up. Lashley grabs McIntyre by the hair, shoving McIntyre throat first into the second rope followed by a boot to the chest of McIntyre.
McIntyre is hoisted up onto Lashley's shoulders, but McIntyre kicks back to the canvas and Clotheslines Lashley over the top rope. McIntyre shoves Lashley into the Plexiglas. Lashley goes for a lift on McIntyre, almost landing him head first on the outside of the ring!
We now see Lashley over the barricade. McIntyre slams Lashley outside of the ring. Both men make their way back into the ring. Back and forth action between the two monsters inside the ring. Spine Buster by McIntyre for the two count on Lashley. Lashley lands a Spine Buster on McIntyre for a pin attempt, but McIntyre kicks out at one.
Lashley looks to the ref for confirmation, holding up 1 finger. Lashley lands a Flatliner on McIntyre for another pin attempt. McIntyre kicks out at one, once again. Lashley attempts to lock in the Full Nelson on McIntyre once again, however McIntyre is struggling and keeping him from locking it in all the way.
Now, Lashley switches things up and starts throwing strikes. McIntyre picks Lashley up and the Reverse Alabama Slam by McIntyre for the two count.
McIntyre off the top, Lashley catches McIntyre for an Arm Bar switching into a Neck Breaker. McIntyre takes control, Lashley counters and reverses with an Ankle Lock. McIntyre with a Spear followed by the Kimora. Lashley grabs the bottom rope. The crowd hyping McIntyre. McIntyre slams Lashley into the top turnbuckle as both men head to the top, McIntyre hits a Superplex, both men laying flat on the apron.
McIntyre counts down for the Claymore, Lashley counters with a Spear, McIntyre kicks out at one! Lana comes out and causes a distraction after getting knocked off the apron, allowing "The Scottish Psychopath" to blast Lashley with the Claymore Kick for the 1-2-3.
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: Drew McIntyre
RAW Tag-Team Championships
The Street Profits (c) vs. Viking Raiders
It's now time for the next title match of the evening, as the RAW World Tag-Team Championships will be on-the-line next when The Street Profits and The Viking Raiders square off in the latest WWE pay-per-view cinematic experience.
In the parking lot, Street Profits are brawling with The Viking Raiders when they accidentally slam into Braun Strowman's car, re-smashing the windshield.
Backstage, the brawl continues as Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins are holding golf clubs, Ivar and Erik of the Viking Raiders begin hissing, Erik holds up a hatchet as Ivar holds up a bright green bowling ball. Montez decides they all put their weapons down at the same time and fight like men.
Everyone holds their hands up. Montez asks, "What did the five fingers say to the face?" Angelo states, "I know..." as the Street Profits lay the SMACK down on the Viking Raiders.
Ivar sits up and picks up the bowling ball, thinking back as we see a video clip/dream package of the four bowling. Ivar lands the ball right between Montez Ford's legs. Ivar pats Montez on the shoulder and states, "Sorry fam!" Ivar checks on Erik. Montez and Ivar enter through the broken glass as Angelo states "Anything you can do" Erik responds, "We can do better"
Ivar asks "Why did you put me through glass?" Erik tells Street Profits to take it outside. As the four are ready to fight, a motorcycle revs, then multiple motorcycles rev up in a line.
The ninja shakes and holds his hand up as all the ninjas draw closer. An all out spoof ninja brawl ensues with flying chicken legs, backflips and body bumps.
Erik and Ivar smash the back windshield of poor Braun Strowman's car with a ninja. Angelo and Erik stand back to back as they look for anymore ninjas. Erik, Ivar, Montez, and Angelo all fist bump freeze frame mid-air.
Suddenly, a massively tall black ninja appears as the original ninja smiles and nods. Erik signals for a chicken leg and it flies to him as he takes a bite. The black ninja pulls his sword out. Ivar state, "I got this you guys!" Street Profits and Erik state, "No you don't!" and pull him back as they climb a ladder and begin to run across some semi trucks.
The four then argue over who beat up the ninjas as Erik asks Ivar what the five fingers said to the face and they begin to brawl again. Erik and Angelo fall into the garbage dumpster, We're supposed to be the Viking Profits! Ivar pushes Montez and then flips in willingly. A referee asks them what they're doing stating their match is next.
When we return following an Undertaker: The Last Ride (Chapter 4) -- "The Battle Within" commercial to the announce team informing us that the RAW tag-team title match will no longer be taking place here inside the WWE Performance Center as part of the WWE Backlash 2020 PPV as a result of what we just witnessed in the previous dream sequence / cinematic experience involving The Street Profits, Viking Raiders, and a bunch of ninjas.
Winners and STILL RAW Tag-Team Champions via Who The Hell Knows: The Street Profits
The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever
Edge vs. Randy Orton
The video package airs to deliver the final hype and anticipation ahead of the WWE Backlash 2020 pay-per-view main event -- "The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever" between former tag-team partners turned bitter-rivals Edge and Randy Orton.
After the video wraps up, we hear the familiar theme music of "The Viper" Randy Orton. The bodies inside the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL. start to boo as the noise picks up in the building while Orton makes his way down to the ring, stopping to pose on the top turnbuckle in the corner.
"The Viper" paces back-and-forth a bit, the lights inside the WWE PC change and then we hear the familiar statement of, "You think you know me." After that, the kick-ass entrance tune of "The Rated-R Superstar" Adam 'Edge' Copeland plays as he makes his way down to the ring for tonight's "Greatest Wrestling Match Ever" showdown.
Now, with top-tier technology being utilized, we see a MSG logo on an old-school drop-down microphone that would be lowered from the ceiling in the old days, as we hear the old school pipes of WWE Hall Of Fame legend, the late, great Howard Finkel, as "The Fink" posthomously handles the pre-match ring introductions for tonight's WWE Backlash main event.
The referee Charles Robinson asks for the competitors to come to the center of the ring. They stare each other down and the bell sounds after his final official pre-match instructions. The bell sounds again and this time it signals the start of "The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever."
On the very first lock-up of the match, we see an epic under-head camera angle that has to be a first for a WWE PPV. The two break. They lock up again and this time it's Orton who gets the better of "The Rated-R Superstar." Now we see some deep arm-drags by Edge, however before he can follow-up, Orton, who has his opponent scouted, gets out of dodge leaving Edge to look bad momentarily.
Orton gloats a bit before the two lock up again. Edge slaps on a side-headlock and takes "The Viper" down to the mat where we see another really cool camera-angle, as the broadcast features a unique blimp-style shot that features the point of view of the rafters looking down at the ring, where Edge still has Orton locked up. They mat-wrestle briefly, before Orton scoots away and again makes Edge look foolish by being nowhere in sight when Edge goes after him with tenacity.
The announcers spotlight the moment of doubt that appears to be captured in the eyes of Edge as he gets back to his feet after that sequence. They each hit the ropes a few times and yet again, Orton shows he has Edge's number by moving and watching as Edge sails through the ropes and out of the ring, crashing out to the floor before standing up with an even bigger look of doubt / concern in his eyes. The announcers again do a great job of putting over all of this in their commentary.
Finally, as the action spills out to the floor, Edge gets the better of Orton, tripping him up and sending him into the ring post by out-smarting him for a change. The camera catches Edge start to slowly gain a look of confidence in his eyes as he starts to realize he still has the smarts and the skills needed to compete on the level of Randy Orton this late in his career and after this lengthy of an absence away from the squared circle.
The broadcast highlights some Twitter trends that are happening live right now on social media as The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever continues inside the ring ropes with Edge focusing his offensive attack on the arm of "The Viper."
Edge shoves Orton off the ropes and with another Arm Drag drops Orton to the canvas. Edge locks in a Shoulder Lock. Edge back to his feet, keeping the hold in until Orton lifts Edge, Edge twirks the shoulder of Orton causing him to drop Edge who has control once again. Orton reverses for a Waist Lock on Edge, Edge looking for the counter as he grabs the fingers of Orton. Edge flips Orton over his shoulder for another take-down. Edge up to one knee as Orton lands a shot to the ribs of Edge, then another.
Orton with a Stomp to the left foot of Edge in the corner of the ring. Orton throws Edge into the corner, Edge looking for the Head Scissors rolls and sends Orton to the outside. Edge heads to the top turnbuckle, Edge hits Straight Right slowing Edge down. Orton on the apron, climbs to the second rope, dragging Edge with him looking for a Suplex to the outside. Orton grabs Edge, Edge counters with a Headbutt, then another. Edge sits on the top turnbuckle then off the turnbuckle lands a blow to Orton busting Orton wide open!! The crowd begins chanting, "This is awesome!"
Edge slides back into the ring with a new sense of promise, Edge delivers multiple strikes to the split open face of Orton. Edge delivers a Knee Strike to the midsection of Orton, sending him to the ropes on the opposite side. Another Knee Strike followed by a Side Leg-Sweep and immediately locks in a Crossface. Orton gets his foot on the rope after struggling across the ring. RKO attempt, Edge dodges it. Edge looks for the Anti Venom, Orton slides out. Edge hits a few good strikes on Orton.
Orton hits a Modified Back Breaker (more of a Neck Breaker) on Edge. Edge rolls out of the ring looking stunned. Orton stalking his prey as he walks around ringside. Orton slams Edge neck-first into the Plexiglas, then the apron, then the barricade, then the Announcer's table before rolling in the ring to reset the count.
We see Orton slamming Edge into the steel stairs at ringside. The referee gets to six, Orton rolls in to reset the count once again before returning to Edge. Orton slams Edge into the Announce Desk, then on top of it before whispering something in his ear.
Orton rolls Edge back into the ring for a pin attempt, Edge kicks out at two! Orton back to his feet as he stomps the right hand of Edge. Orton then proceeds to Stomp the knee and hand of Edge over and over. Orton grabs Edge by his hairand hits a Boot to the face of Edge.
Edge lands a few good stomps of his own on Orton. Orton going for the Three Amigos a'la Eddie Guerrero, Edge attempts to block. Edge then counters hitting the three flips on Orton! Both superstars are laid out in the center of the ring. Edge and Orton light up each others chests before getting to their knees and continuing to deliver Chops back and forth.
Both men to their feet now, staggering as they continue to throw Chops! Edge shoves Orton into the corner lighting up Orton's chest with more Chops. A Dropkick by Orton causes Edge to exit the ring. The referee begins the count once again. Orton walks around the ring, looking for Edge once again. Edge laying his head on the apron, Orton drags Edge by his arm, slamming Edge into the ring post and turnbuckle from the outside.
"The Viper" returns to the ring, dragging Edge in. Orton attempts to drag Edge to the top turnbuckle from the apron. Orton delivers several blows to the back of Edge. Orton looking for a Suplex, Edge to his feet. Superplex by Orton!! Edge looks paralyzed on the canvas! Orton is clearly hurt. Orton goes for the cover, Edge kicks out at two!
Orton looks for the Draping DDT, Edge counters and hits the Edgecution, dropping Orton to the canvas, Edge tries to push Orton over, Edge gets the two count. The crowd begins to chant, "This is awesome! This is awesome!" Edge hits a Rising Knee Strike on Orton in the center of the ring. Another strike drops Orton back to the canvas. Edge with an Elbow and another pin attempt, once again Orton kicks out at two.
Edge heads to the top, finally successfully delivering a Crossbody on Orton for another pin attempt by Edge, Orton once again kicks out at two! Orton with a quick roll up of his own, Edge kicks out at two.
"The Rated-R Superstar" locks in a Crossface, then slides it under Orton's throat. Orton refusing to give up, turning purple, Orton counters, rolling Edge for a two count. Olympic Slam by Orton for the cover, but Edge kicks out.
Now as the two struggle back to their feet, Orton snatches Edge up and drapes him over the middle rope for his draping-DDT. Now we watch as Orton turns into Viper Mode. He slithers around the ring, sliding away and stalking his prey, pounding his fists on the canvas and calling for the R-K-O. As Edge gets up, Orton charges at him looking for an R-K-O, however Edge avoids it and counters, blasting "The Viper" with his Edge-o-Matic. He covers Orton, but he only gets two.
We see Edge sliding back into the corner of the ring with a unique look on his face as he now stalks his prey, waiting and watching on as Orton struggles to make it back to his feet. As Orton stands up, Edge charges at him but Orton jumps and Edge streaks past him. He turns around, as does Orton, right into an Unprettier by Edge. Edge covers Orton again, but again only manages to keep his shoulders pinned to the mat for a count of two. The fans break out into "This Is Awesome" chants as replays are shown of the aforementioned sequence.
Things build to Orton hooking Edge for a Pedigree. He hits it and covers The Rated-R Superstar, but only manages to get two-and-a-half on the pin attempt. We see Edge checking to see if any of his teeth were knocked out during that spot. As Edge gets up, he blasts Orton with a Rock Bottom. He covers him, but Orton again kicks out at two-and-a-half. The fans again break out into a loud "This Is Awesome" chant as Edge is looking to hook Orton in The Sharpshooter or maybe the Edge-u-cator, but Orton shoves him off with his legs.
Now we see Orton and Edge fighting to back-slide the other. Regardless, when both men get up, it is Orton who is back to his feet quicker, and he catches Edge with a vicious european uppercut as they close the gap towards each other. Orton looks for another draping-DDT over the ropes on Edge, however Edge fights out of this one and rolls up Orton. Orton kicks out at two. Edge rolls him up again. Again Orton kicks out at two. Inside cradle attempt by Edge, but Orton kicks out at two, jumps up and blasts Edge with an R-K-O out of nowhere. He immediately covers him, but somehow Edge again finds it in him to kick out before the referee can make it to the count of three.
We watch replays that show Edge's shoulder coming up just beat the referee Charles Robinson's hand coming down for the count of three by a tiny, tiny margin. Afterwards, we see Orton arguing that point with the referee. Now he seems to be tapping into "The Viper Mode" again. He gets a psychotic look in his eyes and backs up, licking the blood off his hands. As he waits for Edge to get up, he walks right into a big Spear from Edge. Now Edge taps into his inner-crazy, in a good way, and blasts Orton with a second Spear. He covers him, but somehow Orton again kicks out before the referee can make it to the count of three. Orton's shoulder getting up versus referee Charles Robinson's hand hitting the mat a third time is shown via instant replay once again.
Now we return live as the fans are chanting for Edge. Edge seems to be a bit defeated in terms of his facial expression. He grabs Orton with the announcers speculating that he isn't sure what else to do that he hasn't already done. As he goe to hit Orton with a move of some kind, Orton again blasts Edge with a flying R-K-O out of nowhere. Again he immediately covers Edge and again, Edge somehow kicks out at two-and-three-quarters. Now Orton is deliberate in his grabbing of Edge. He picks Edge up, and Edge slaps the anti-venom submission on him standing, however Orton uses cheap tactics, hitting Edge low to escape. He then blasts Edge with a running punt to the grill. He immediately covers him. 1-2-3. Randy Orton wins The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever.
Winner of The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever: Randy Orton
After The Match: Randy Orton Taunts Edge
As soon as he scores the pin, Orton slighters over to Edge's face like a Viper snake, and tells him he told him so. He tells Edge to go home. He repeats that over and over as Edge stares at the lights with his eyes wide open.
Finally, Orton stands up and stumbles back as the referee raises his hand in victory and we are run through some highlights of the match as replays of some of the action is shown and broken down by the announcers.
"The Viper" poses on the turnbuckles and then slowly makes his way to the back, stopping at the top of the ramp to watch as multiple WWE officials enter the ring to tend to Edge as the announcers put on their serious voices and question Edge's condition as they watch the scene unfold.
Edge eventually refuses help back to his feet and stumbles over to the ring ropes, where he leans and stares on at Orton who now lowers his head in a confident, arrogant fashion as The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever officially comes to a close and the WWE Backlash 2020 pay-per-view officially wraps up.
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