It's time for the WWE Backlash live stream, which has the vibe of one of the biggest shows of the year. This is Puerto Rico's first WWE PPV/PLE since 2005's New Year's Revolution, and the crowds were wildly hot at SmackDown last night.
• Date: Today (Saturday, May 6)
• Start time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT / 1 a.m. BST / 11 a.m. AEDT
• Kickoff show time: 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT / 12 a.m. BST / 10 a.m. AEDT (both days)
• Watch in the U.S.: Peacock
• Watch everywhere else: WWE Network
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And one of this card's biggest matches sees Bad Bunny return to the squared circle for another one-on-one match. San Benito is facing his former ally Damian Priest, who's broken bad since they tagged together at WrestleMania 37. Bunny returned at WrestleMania to help Rey Mysterio beat Priest's Judgement Day ally Dominik Mysterio, and that basically set it all up.
The other biggest match on the card finds Cody Rhodes trying to come back from his WrestleMania loss against Roman Reigns. The American Nightmare faces Brock Lesnar, whose recent heel turn has gone unexplained.
Bianca Belair defends her Raw Women's Championship against IYO SKY, while Rhea Ripley defends the SmackDown Women's Championship against Zelina Vena. Except, well, we expect something to change.
No news broke at WWE's pre-event press conference, at least as it pertains to the card on Saturday. We're curious if Triple H re-brands the women's championships, since Belair was drafted to SmackDown and Ripley was drafted to Raw.
The Game did announce, however, that the upcoming WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament will take place across both SmackDown and Raw. Two triple threat matches on both next Monday's Raw and next week's SmackDown will lead to matches that same night. The winners of those matches face each other at Night of Champions for the new championship.
Here's everything you need to watch the Backlash 2023 live stream:
How to watch Backlash from anywhere
How to watch Backlash live streams from anywhere on Earth
While Peacock is available all across the U.S. and the WWE Network is still the standard around the world (though that's changing), Backlash live streams can get a bit confusing. You might want to check out a VPN if you can't watch with the service you normally use.
International audiences will be pretty jealous of U.S. audiences, which will save up to 50% by switching to Peacock (unless you get the no-ads tier at $9.99 per month).
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Backlash live streams in the U.S. are cheaper
The only place to watch Backlash live streams in the U.S. is with Peacock. WWE Premium Live Events are in the $4.99 Peacock Premium tier; the $9.99 Peacock Premium Plus tier doesn't get you anything extra for this show. Peacock is now available on most of the best streaming devices.
There's no need to pay for the ad-free tier for WWE live events, as there are always ads in the live editions of Peacock programming.
In addition to the WWE live streams, Peacock also has huge library of licensed content drawn from various brands. That includes shows like 30 Rock, The Voice, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us.
Backlash live streams in U.K.
Our friends in the United Kingdom will grab Backlash live streams on the WWE Network, for a higher price — closer to the $9.99 that Americans used to pay.
It's also available from BT Sport Box Office for £19.95 — which covers both nights.
Americans abroad, though, can use ExpressVPN to watch on Peacock (U.K. Peacock doesn't have WWE).
Backlash live streams in Australia
Backlash live streams begin at 11 a.m. AEDT.
It's all on Binge, the new official home for WWE premium live events in Australia.
Binge has three tiers for its pricing, starting at $10 AUD per month:
- Basic - $10 a month with 1 screen, SD
- Standard - $16 a month with 2 screens, HD
- Premium - $18 a month with 4 screens, HD
Backlash card and predictions
Our predictions are noted below
Backlash card and predictions
- Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar
Prediction: Cody Rhodes wins
- Bad Bunny vs. Damian Priest in a San Juan Street Fight
Prediction: Bad Bunny wins
- Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Zelina Vega for the SmackDown Women's Championship
Prediction: Rhea Ripley wins
- Matt Riddle and Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs. The Bloodline's Jimmy & Jey Uso and Solo Sikoa
Prediction: Owens, Zayn and Riddle win
- Bianca Belair (c) vs. IYO SKY for the Raw Women's Championship
Prediction: Bianca Belair retains
- Austin Theory (c) vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Bronson Reed for the United States Championship
Prediction: Austin Theory
- Seth "Freakin" Rollins vs. Omos
Prediction: Seth "Freakin" Rollins wins