WrestleMania Backlash will take place this Sunday at the ThunderDome of the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida. Six matches have so far been confirmed for the upcoming pay-per-view, five of which will be valid for the title.
In particular, Roman Reigns will defend his title of Universal champion against Cesaro, while Bobby Lashley will be engaged in a terrific match with Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre. A delicious menu also on the female side, given that Rhea Ripley will be called to face Charlotte Flair and Asuka, without forgetting the clash between Bianca Belair and Bayley.
In the latest edition of his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T said the WWE Universe should expect to see a belt change at Backlash. In the opinion of the former US champion, the Stamford federation should crown Cesaro as the new Universal champion to seal his rise to the top.
"I think it is the perfect time to crown Cesaro as the new world champion. Roman Reigns could win him back in a month and would have no disadvantage in that regard. I have to admit that I'd like to see Cesaro triumph, the fans love him, while Reigns has plenty of time to regain his position.
For Cesaro the crucial point has arrived, WrestleMania Backlash could really be one of the best memories of his entire career. It would be great news also on a media level, imagine Cesaro snatching the title from Roman Reigns.
If, on the other hand, Roman were to prevail, he will be remembered only as one of his many victories. That's why I hope WWE opts for a twist," explained Booker T. Meanwhile, Drew McIntyre has praised Reigns' fantastic work over the past few months.
"I have always been a huge fan of him, but I must point out that he has made a further qualitative leap recently. He knows exactly where his character is and manages to make him evolve constantly. I congratulate him on what he is doing."
Will Brock Lesnar return to SummerSlam?
We haven't seen the legend of this business Brock Lesnar in WWE and in any wrestling ring for over a year now. The last time we saw The Beast Incarnate in the ring is even dated Wrestlemania 36 when Brock Lesnar was defeated quite sharply by The Scottish Psychopath Drew McIntyre.
Since that day Brock Lesnar has not set foot on the ring of the Stamford company anymore, the contract has expired and despite several rumors about a sensational return (especially rumors about Wrestlemania 37, then never realized) Brock Lesnar is still absent from the McMahon family shows.
During the last episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, the well-known colleague Dave Meltzer took stock of Brock Lesnar's future: one of the best known insiders in this field spoke about the possible return of Brock Lesnar to the ring in Pay per View of SummerSlam seen the latest rumors regarding The Beast.
Here are his words: "I haven't heard anything in particular about SummerSlam, maybe I would have thought more about his return to Wrestlemania but at the moment we have to remember that he is not under contract.
I suppose that's quite plausible but I have no whispers in that direction. AEW? Absolutely not, to my knowledge it's not something he's really interested in." For Brock Lesnar's return to the wrestling world, however, it seems very important that there is definitely an agreement to always see the public in the stands, which certainly helps the return of the former WWE Champion.
Recently also WWE Mad Genius Paul Heyman (former manager of Brock Lesnar) was unbalanced on a possible return of Brock Lesnar in the company, perhaps to challenge Roman Reigns, WWE Tribal Chief. Here are his words about it: "Brock Lesnar only does what he wants, even if we talk about this possibility I don't think it's real because at the moment I don't think he wants to face Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Champion."