In the Raw episode of February 24th, Randy Orton defeated Kevin Owens after a quick referee count. On March 26th, on the second evening of WrestleMania 36, Orton was defeated by Edge in a Last Man Standing match. In the episode of Raw on 11th May he made his return to the red show, challenging Edge for a match at Backlash ('The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever').
During a recent interview with CBS Sports, Randy Orton spoke about ‘The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever’ with Edge.
Randy Orton on ‘The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever’
“We stand out in our storytelling and the way we use our faces,” Randy Orton said.
“Edge, I think has done 100 episodes of television and maybe a couple of movies in the time he was gone. He was already good at registering and showing facial expressions. Now, I think there’s nobody better when it comes to those little things.
That body language that is so important to what we do, how a guy stands there before the bell rings, how a guy looks into the eyes of his opponents, how a guy gets up every time in the match at 10, 15, 20 minutes and how it’s different every time because he’s wearing himself down physically, mentally and emotionally.
Those are the little things you can’t see in a 4-minute match. I think me and Edge are definitely capable. Like I said, if anyone is capable of putting on a great match, it’s me and Edge. Will it be the greatest match? That’ll be subjective.
There are fans out there that like 3-minute squash matches. They ain’t gonna get that. No matter if it takes me 40 minutes, 5 minutes or an hour and a half. I’m going to go out there with Edge and we’re going to tell a story.
You ever read a book in 3 minutes? Watch a sitcom or a movie that lasts 3, 4, 5 minutes? No. It takes time. For the fans that want to sit down, grab a bowl of popcorn and get ready for some seriously good f—ing wrestling? I’ll see you at Backlash.
For the ones that want to go see a 3-minute match with five of the same moves back-to-back-to-back-to-back? Don’t tune in”. Backlash is a recurring pay-per-view (PPV) event that was established by WWE in 1999. The event continued annually until 2009, which was the final event until 2016.
It was brought back that year following the reintroduction of the brand extension, where WWE again split its roster between the Raw and SmackDown brands, represented by the shows of the same name. The event then continued annually until 2018 where it was replaced by Stomping Grounds the following year but was brought back for 2020.
The 2020 event will be the fifteenth event in the Backlash chronology and feature wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands.