WWE has confirmed the return of Backlash pay-per-view following the two-night event of WrestleMania 37 that just went down from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. Before the company closed the show of shows, it was officially announced that the next PPV outing for WWE will be taking place on May 16th which was a bit surprising.
In the previous reports, it was noted that Money In The Bank was set to be the first post WrestleMania pay-per-view event. But now Backlash will take that spot on May 16. It was also noted that the PPV will be called it will be titled WrestleMania Backlash, featuring fallout from WrestleMania 37 PPV. There’s no update on where this event will emanate from but we can guess that WWE will conduct it from their next ThunderDome setup which is being constructed in the Tampa area.
From this Monday onward, WWE will conduct their tapings at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida and we assume the upcoming PPVs until August including Backlash 2021 will go down at this venue. No official update was given by the company in this regard. There will be a lot to sort out for the company as they wrap up the WrestleMania season.
Backlash 2021 is preponed by a month
For the past couple of years, Money in the Bank served as the post-Mania PPV which is likely to be pushed back by a month, it appears. Since the comeback of Backlash in 2016, it was dropped off the chart in 2019 but it was back, last year in June. It had a headlining match between Randy Orton and WWE Hall of Famer Edge with the billing of The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever.
Apart from the Backlash PPV announcement, WWE has also noted a sold-out crowd of 25,675 fans for Night Two of WrestleMania 37 from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. They previously also announced a sold-out crowd of 25,675 fans for the Night One of WrestleMania 37 affirming that they had more than half a million crowd, combined on both nights.
Previous reports claimed that WWE expected 25,000 fans each night while they originally planned to sell 75,000 tickets. But then with the COVID-19 safety protocols, they were forced to reduce the capacity to 25K-plus. There’s no word yet on how they got the extra 675 fans from for each night of WrestleMania 37.