– It’s worth noting that JBL did not work this week’s Talking Smack episode. The SmackDown announcer was introduced as Renee Young’s new co-host last week but he did not return for this week’s show. SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon worked the show with Renee tonight. Blue brand General Manager Daniel Bryan has been away as he and Brie Bella prepare to welcome their daughter.
– Earlier we posted the backstage video of new WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens ripping Chris Jericho’s name plate off the title after SmackDown went off the air. WWE posted this video showing that the name plate for Owens has already been added back to the belt:
– AJ Styles vs. new WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens is now official for the May 21st WWE Backlash pay-per-view from the Allstate Arena near Chicago.
Below is the updated Backlash card coming out of SmackDown:
WWE Title Match
Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton
SmackDown Tag Team Title Match
Tyler Breeze and Fandango vs. The Usos
WWE United States Title Match
AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens
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