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WWE Championship match set for WrestleMania Backlash


Drew McIntyre is getting another shot at Bobby Lashley's WWE Championship.

WWE has announced that Lashley will defend his WWE Championship against McIntyre at WrestleMania Backlash on Sunday, May 16. McIntyre getting the title shot was confirmed when he defeated Randy Orton and Braun Strowman in a triple threat number one contender's match in the main event of tonight's post-WrestleMania 37 episode of Raw.

Orton hit an RKO on Strowman near the end of tonight's triple threat match, but McIntyre flew in and hit a Claymore on Orton as he was going for the pin. McIntyre then pinned Orton to get the win.

MVP came out to the stage after McIntyre won the triple threat match. While McIntyre's attention was turned to MVP, former RETRIBUTION members T-Bar and Mace ambushed McIntyre and laid him out with a double chokeslam. The commentary team questioned why T-Bar and Mace attacked McIntyre and if MVP had anything to do with it.

Lashley retained the WWE Championship by defeating McIntyre in the opening match at WrestleMania 37 night one on Saturday. The finish of the match was McIntyre passing out in the Hurt Lock.

On tonight's Raw, McIntyre interrupted a promo by MVP. McIntyre said he knew his match against Lashley was going to come down to the Claymore, the Hurt Lock, and whoever made the first mistake. McIntyre admitted that he made that first mistake when he allowed MVP to distract him. McIntyre vowed that he was going to get another title shot and defeat Lashley.

MVP told McIntyre that he would have to earn another title match. Strowman and Orton then appeared and also wanted the next WWE Championship shot. That led to their triple threat match being announced for tonight's main event.

Lashley defeated Riddle in a non-title match on Raw tonight.

WrestleMania Backlash will air live on Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network everywhere else on May 16. Lashley vs. McIntyre is the first match that's been announced for the pay-per-view.