WWE Backlash Makes Historic Debut in France with Star-studded Card

Historic WWE event debuts in France with thrilling lineup.

by Noman Rasool
WWE Backlash Makes Historic Debut in France with Star-studded Card
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For the first time in its storied history, WWE will bring its high-octane spectacle to France with WWE Backlash, set to unfold at the LDLC Arena in Lyon-Decines. This event, occurring in the wake of WrestleMania 40, marks a significant milestone as it takes place approximately three hours southeast of Paris, the nation's most renowned city.

The card boasts five thrilling matches, including four crucial title defenses. In a headline clash, newly crowned Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes will make his first-ever televised world title defense against "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles.

This match follows Styles' triumph over LA Knight in the final round of an eliminator tournament on "WWE SmackDown." Styles, returning to the championship fray for the first time since the 2024 Royal Rumble, faces Rhodes, who seeks to cement his legacy after his historic win at WrestleMania 40.

Damian Priest's Title Defense

Another major title bout features Damian Priest, who will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against "Main Event" Jey Uso at Backlash. This event will also serve as Priest’s first televised defense of his title.

Uso, seizing his second attempt at the championship, aims to avenge his previous setback against Seth Rollins in December 2023. In the women’s division, WWE Women's Champion Bayley faces a unique challenge as she defends her title against both Naomi and Tiffany Stratton in a triple-threat match.

The match setup ensued after a no contest result due to Nia Jax's interference in a bout between Naomi and Stratton. “SmackDown” General Manager Nick Aldis subsequently declared that both would have a shot at Bayley's title.

Additionally, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships will be contested as Bianca Belair and Jade Cargill challenge current champions, the Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane). In men’s tag team action, the newly formed duo of Randy Orton and Kevin Owens will collide with The Bloodline’s Solo Sikoa and Tama Tonga, who recently debuted on "SmackDown." This premier event in France not only promises to be a pivotal post-WrestleMania spectacle but also a historic occasion that showcases WWE's global appeal and its commitment to delivering top-tier entertainment to fans worldwide.