Randy Orton will put his WWE World Championship on the line Sunday night in Chicago against Jinder Mahal, who has vaulted himself out of obscurity and into a pay-per-view main event in a flash.
WWE Backlash will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET on the WWE Network. You can check out a full list of matches here.
Here are our picks for every match on the card:
Kickoff show: Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger
This match will be considered a win for Aiden English simply if he can get his full singing routine completed before The Perfect 10 takes the stage, and continue to showcase his new character in a post-Vaudevillains era. It's hard to envision English stopping Dillinger's momentum, though.
Pick: Tye Dillinger
Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn
There's always the chance the ultimate underdog Sami Zayn pulls out a rollup finish to take down Corbin - but the Lone Wolf just main evented the final SmackDown leading into Backlash against the WWE World Champion, and looked stellar even in a loss. Corbin continues to get better and better
Pick: Baron Corbin
Erick Rowan vs. Luke Harper
This match is the biggest toss-up of the night. Rowan has the edge in momentum after defeating Harper two weeks ago on SmackDown, but that likely won't play a part in Sunday night's match.
It felt like Harper was on the verge of breaking into a title picture in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, only to miss out on a singles match and only feature in the Battle Royal. He's since debuted a new look, and the former Wyatt family member is in great shape. It may not lead anywhere in the short-term, but Harper should be winning matches like these.
Pick: Luke Harper
The Usos vs. Breezango for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Much like Jinder Mahal, Breezango have forced themselves into the limelight on SmackDown Live after months of relatively little airtime, and as a result it may be a bit too soon for them to take the titles away from the Usos (who delivered an excellent promo setting up the Backlash match on Tuesday). Still, the Fashion Files have arguably been the best part of the show the past few weeks, and SmackDown is the "land of opportunity," after all.
Naomi, Charlotte and Becky Lynch vs. Natalya, Carmella and Tamina in a six-woman tag team match
On paper, this looks like a squash match. You have the current SmackDown Women's Champion, the inaugural champ, and the most decorated female performer in WWE history (already) forming a dream team against a relatively unproven group.
The Welcoming Committee scored the surprise victory last Tuesday leading into Backlash, but it will take some dastardly heel tactics to overcome Naomi, Lynch and Charlotte on Sunday.
Pick: Naomi, Charlotte and Becky Lynch
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler
Shinsuke Nakamura will finally show what he can do in the ring Sunday, and while his introductory feud with Dolph Ziggler has lacked stakes and felt a bit underwhelming at times, his main roster pay-per-view debut will be about the pageantry. Expect at least one live violin on the ramp for Nakamura's grand entrance.
Pick: Shinsuke Nakamura
Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles for the United States Championship
Kevin Owens has gone all-in on his rebirth as the new "Face of America," so he's clearly got the most to lose Sunday night as he defends his title against AJ Styles.
This is likely going to be the best match of the night, and it's really more about the performance than the result. This hopefully won't be the last time we see Owens-Styles in a pay-per-view in the coming months.
Pick: Kevin Owens
Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal for the WWE World Championship
Could Jinder Mahal really become the new WWE World Champion and join a list of names that includes Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Bret Hart and John Cena?
It seems preposterous given the trajectory of Mahal's long WWE career - during which he's never held a title - yet in many ways it makes more sense than extending an Orton reign that no one really asked for (and that he doesn't really need to remain relevant). WWE has the chance to try something completely off-the-wall Sunday, and SmackDown is the show where a Jinder Mahal title reign feels possible.