WWE Backslash Facing Strong Boxing/UFC Competition

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WWE Backslash Facing Strong Boxing/UFC Competition – We noted how WWE announced they will hold their Backlash PLE on Saturday, May 6, from Puerto Rico, and Bad Bunny will host it.

WWE will be facing tough competition on this night as the UFC will hold its UFC 288 PPV event in Newark, NJ while Canelo Alvarez, one of boxing’s top draws, is expected to fight John Ryder on DAZN in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In recent years, WWE has switched from holding their premium live events on Sunday nights to Saturday nights, an idea credited to WWE CEO Nick Khan, who comes from the sports world while being an agent.

While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that the feeling with not only this show, but WWE also holding other PLEs against tough competition such as boxing and UFC events is that there is not enough crossover with fans that would impact WWE’s shows. Also, if fans don’t watch the shows live it’s not a big deal because they already have guaranteed money from Peacock.

“WWE will be gigantic there (Puerto Rico). Every time they go there they draw well. Pay-per-view is going to sell out instantly and a hot crowd and its Cinco de Mayo and it’s in Puerto Rico. This also sounds like a Nick Khan thing because Cinco de Mayo, a big event, and the feeling even though boxing is most likely going to run with Canelo that night, UFC is going to run, and their mentality is the crossover is not as big as it used to be so we can run. Plus, we’re not pay-per-view. It’s free on Peacock so even if people want to watch the UFC that night they can watch us later. Everything’s changed because of the fact that it’s Peacock. They would’ve never done these European shows earlier in the day because of the idea if it’s a pay-per-view it’s got to be in that timeslot or it’s not going to sell because people are used to that time slot and buys go way down if we move out of that time slot,” Meltzer stated.

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