– United States Championship Match: Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles
“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles looks to add another Title to his resume at Backlash 2017, when he faces Kevin Owens for the United States Championship. Below is what WWE posted about the US Title picture:
“Both Kevin Owens and AJ Styles seem to be driven by the profound belief that SmackDown LIVE centers around them. Now, at WWE Backlash, the new United States Champion will go head-to-head against The Phenomenal One in a showdown that could very well settle that debate.
Since journeying to Team Blue in last summer’s Brand Extension Draft, AJ Styles has arguably built Tuesday night’s hottest show into the powerhouse brand it has become. And after overcoming Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn in an explosive Triple Threat No. 1 Contender’s Match on April 11, the elite Superstar has been counting down the days until he can get the illustrious United States Title around his waist. However, before he could find out who he would face for the title, two former friends turned bitter enemies would have to settle an epic dispute, born on Monday Night Raw.
The immensely bitter rivalry between Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho has seen the U.S. Title change hands several times. First, Owens took it from his adversary at WrestleMania and brought the illustrious prize to Team Blue in the Superstar Shake-up. Then, Jericho recaptured the title at WWE Payback, a win that brought him to SmackDown LIVE as well. Finally, in the rubber match on the May 2 edition of the blue brand, “The New Face of America” reclaimed the red, white and blue title and the stage was set for his WWE Backlash showdown against Styles.
Though now in Owens’ grasp, one thing is for certain: The United States Champion will be in immediate danger. As one of the best Superstars in the squared circle today, Styles is no doubt looking to add the U.S. Title to his incredible list of accolades.”
According to betting odds, Styles is currently the favorite to win this match. However, this doesn’t guarantee that Styles is going to capture the United States Title, as Styles might pick up the win via DQ or Count-Out.
Winner: AJ Styles