2017 WWE Backlash matches, card, start time, date, kickoff show, schedule

WWE's second SmackDown Live-branded pay-per-view following WrestleMania 33 includes plenty of intrigue as Backlash will go down on Sunday, May 21.

Backlash will air live from Chicago beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The kickoff show will start an hour earlier at 7 p.m. ET and all action can be watched live nationally on WWE Network.

The card will feature all but one SmackDown title being defended as WWE continues its post-WrestleMania storylines. Here's where we stand.

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WWE Backlash matches

WWE Championship -- Randy Orton (c) vs. Jinder Mahal: While Orton was completing his feud with Bray Wyatt, Mahal was becoming his chief challenger for the strap on SmackDown after winning a six-man No. 1 contender's match. A Mahal victory would be even more shocking than him being the No. 1 contender.

United States Championship -- Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles: After Owens took the title back from Chris Jericho on SmackDown, he slid into the open slot in this match as Styles had already captured the No. 1 contendership. It would be strange to see Owens drop the strap so quickly as he can thrive in this role for some time.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler: WWE has announced that Nakamura will make his main roster in-ring debut nearly six weeks after joining SmackDown at Backlash. It will be against Ziggler due to their ongoing feud, and a win for Shinsuke is obvious.

Tag Team Championship -- The Usos (c) vs. Breezango: Picking up the No. 1 contendership by winning a two-match beat the clock challenge on SmackDown, Breezango is penciled in here. Though their skits have been entertaining, The Usos retaining is what should be expected.

Naomi, Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Natalya, Carmella and Tamina Snuka: This was announced after SmackDown in London, but WWE has been building to this for a while. Flair's face turn is not going to last and the "face" team doesn't need the victory here.

Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn: Corbin is currently out of both title pictures, and Zayn came to AJ Styles' rescue while Corbin was beating him down on a recent SmackDown. Corbin and Zayn have also attacked each other multiple times since. A Corbin victory would make the most sense.

Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan: Not added to the card until the go-home edition of Talking Smack, Harper is looking to get some revenge on Rowan, who recently earned a clean win against him.

Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English (Kickoff Show): Dillinger will look to improve to 3-0 against English in each man's first singles feud in WWE. Dillinger joined the main roster after WrestleMania, while English was originally part of The Vaudevillains.

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