Edge and Randy Orton are about to have the “Greatest Wrestling Match Ever” at WWE Backlash, but their WrestleMania rematch was not supposed to take place so soon.
According to a new report from Gary Cassidy of Sportskeeda, the rematch between the two ruthless aggression era standouts was originally supposed to take place at SummerSlam but was moved up due to a lack of overall star power in WWE right now.
Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept Roman Reigns in quarantine, Becky Lynch has begun a new chapter in her personal life, motherhood, Brock Lesnar has not been seen since WrestleMania 36, Bray Wyatt has taken the most recent month off due to the birth of his daughter, and even Sami Zayn’s absence has forced an Intercontinental Championship tournament to take place on SmackDown.
Cassidy reports, via Twitter, that once they made the decision to move the match to Backlash, they came up with the “greatest” marketing strategy to elevate the feel of the match.
As Edge and Randy Orton have expressed in recent interviews, when they heard the tagline, they assumed it was a playful rib on them and would never make it onto television.
Regarding the tagline, once the talent agreed to compete at Backlash rather than SummerSlam, Vince McMahon decided to call it The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever.— Gary Cassidy (@WrestlingGary) June 14, 2020
Edge and Orton apparently thought it was a “rib” when Vince and Paul Heyman told them.
Fightful will have live coverage of Backlash 2020 and the “Greatest Wrestling Match Ever,” beginning Sunday, June 14 at 6 P.M. ET