It’s a big weekend for WWE with two major shows at Rosemont, Illinois’ Allstate Arena. The action starts Saturday night with NXT TakeOver: Chicago, followed by Backlash 2017 Sunday night with members of the “SmackDown Live” roster.
In total, 13 matches are scheduled for the two cards, both of which have 8 p.m. EDT start times. NXT TakeOver: Chicago can only be seen on WWE Network, which costs $9.99 per month. Fans can watch Backlash on the network or by ordering the pay-per-view for $54.99. New subscribers to the network can watch both shows with a free live stream, given that they won’t be charged for the first month.
Seven titles will be defended this weekend, though few, if any, will change hands. That’s especially true for the main event of both shows, in which the current champions will probably retain their belts.
Bobby Roode defends his NXT Championship against Hideo Itami Saturday night, and he might not lose his belt until SummerSlam weekend. WWE has done a good job of building up Itami as a legitimate contender, having him hit Roode with the GTS twice over the last few weeks, but that ultimately means that the champ will likely stand tall Saturday night.
Randy Orton isn’t expected to drop the WWE Championship when he faces Jinder Mahal. Mahal hasn’t had a singles match on a WWE PPV all year, but he was thrust into the title picture shortly after WrestleMania 33.
Asuka is the longest-reigning champion that will be in action this weekend. She won the NXT Women’s Championship from Bayley on SummerSlam weekend in 2015, and she still hasn’t lost a match since signing with WWE. Asuka will likely win her triple threat title match since her feud with the injured Ember Moon has yet to come to a conclusion.
The SmackDown Women’s Championship won’t be on the line Sunday night. Naomi, who won the belt from Alexa Bliss at WrestleMania 33, will team up with Charlotte and Becky Lynch in a six women tag team match.
Two former NXT stars will make their debuts in WWE PPV singles matches at Backlash. Tye Dillinger, who was the No.10 entrant in the 2017 Royal Rumble, will face Aiden English on the Backlash pre-show. Shinsuke Nakamura has never appeared on a WWE main roster PPV, and he’ll have a match with Dolph Ziggler.
Nakamura lost the NXT Championship to Roode on Royal Rumble weekend. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, who both held the NXT Championship in 2015, will also have matches on the Backlash card.
NXT TakeOver: Chicago Matches
NXT Champion Bobby Roode vs. Hideo Itami
NXT Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Ruby Riot vs. Nikki Cross
NXT Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain vs. #DIY (Ladder Match)
WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne
Roderick Strong vs. Eric Young
WWE Backlash Matches
WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal
United States Champion Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. Breezango
SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi, Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Natalya, Carmella & Tamina
Shunsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler
Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan
Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English (Kickoff Match)