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Braun Strowman added to WWE title match at WrestleMania Backlash

The WWE Championship match at WrestleMania Backlash is now a triple threat.

WWE Champion Bobby Lashley will defend his title against Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman in a triple threat match at WrestleMania Backlash. The title match had originally been announced as Lashley vs. McIntyre, but Strowman was added to the match after defeating McIntyre on tonight's episode of Raw.

Lashley, MVP, T-Bar, and Mace all got involved in McIntyre and Strowman's match tonight. Lashley and MVP wanted McIntyre to win so that Strowman wouldn't be added to the WrestleMania Backlash title match, but Strowman won with a powerslam after McIntyre was distracted by T-Bar and Mace.

It was mentioned on tonight's show that it was a triple threat match that Lashley lost the United States Championship in this February. Lashley lost the title without being involved in the fall.

McIntyre & Strowman were set to face T-Bar & Mace in a rematch from last week on Raw tonight. But before the match got started, Strowman approached McIntyre and asked why he hasn't thanked Strowman for saving him from T-Bar and Mace last week. After Strowman and McIntyre argued, Strowman said he was going to defeat T-Bar & Mace on his own and do what McIntyre couldn't do last Monday.

Strowman vs. T-Bar & Mace ended in a disqualification after T-Bar and Mace wouldn't stop attacking Strowman in the corner. McIntyre then came out to the ring and tried to fight off T-Bar and Mace. After McIntyre and Strowman sent T-Bar and Mace out of the ring, McIntyre asked Strowman if he was going to thank him.

McIntyre & Strowman then faced T-Bar & Mace in a tag match. T-Bar & Mace won by countout after McIntyre accidentally gave Strowman a clothesline on the outside. Strowman laid out McIntyre with a powerslam following the match and told McIntyre to never hit him again.

McIntyre went to WWE authority figure Adam Pearce after the tag match and said he wanted to face Strowman tonight. Later in the show, Strowman also met with Pearce. Strowman said he was fine with facing McIntyre but pointed out that he wasn't pinned in the triple threat match where McIntyre became the number one contender to Lashley's WWE Championship. Pearce agreed to add Strowman to the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania Backlash if he defeated McIntyre. 

Lashley has been WWE Champion since winning the title from The Miz this March. Lashley retained the title against McIntyre at WrestleMania 37 night one.

WrestleMania Backlash is taking place on Sunday, May 16. Here's the updated card for the pay-per-view:

  • WWE Champion Bobby Lashley defends against Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman in a triple threat match
  • SmackDown Women's Champion Bianca Belair defends against Bayley