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United States title match to take place on WWE Backlash pre-show


WWE has announced which match will be part of tonight's Backlash pre-show.

It was revealed ahead of tonight's pay-per-view that Apollo Crews vs. Andrade for the United States Championship will take place on the pre-show. Andrade became the number one contender to Crews' title by defeating Kevin Owens and Angel Garza in a triple threat match on Raw last Monday.

Stablemates Andrade and Garza worked together against Owens in that number one contender's match until Andrade went for a pin after they hit a double-team move. After Owens hit a stunner on Garza near the end of the match, Andrade hit a dropkick to break up the cover. Andrade then pinned Garza to get the win.

Zelina Vega accidentally got knocked down while she tried to break up Andrade and Garza fighting outside of the ring during the number one contender's match. Andrade and Garza argued backstage after the match until an angry Vega came up to them and gestured for them to walk with her.

Crews won the US title from Andrade on the May 25 episode of Raw.

The Backlash pre-show will begin at 6 p.m. Eastern time tonight, with the main card starting an hour later. Here's the updated lineup for the show:

  • Edge vs. Randy Orton
  • WWE Champion Drew McIntyre defending against Bobby Lashley
  • Raw Women's Champion Asuka defending against Nia Jax
  • Universal Champion Braun Strowman defending against The Miz & John Morrison in a handicap match
  • Women's Tag Team Champions Bayley & Sasha Banks defending against Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross and The IIconics in a triple threat match
  • Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits defending against The Viking Raiders
  • Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus
  • United States Champion Apollo Crews defending against Andrade (pre-show)