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WWE Sets Another Record, Multiple Champions Retain, KOTR Matches and More From Today’s WWE Backlash

WWE sets yet another record.

The company ran its Backlash event from the LDLC Arena in Décines-Charpieu, Lyon Metropolis, France earlier this morning, an event that set the record for largest gate of any WW arena show in history. This comes one day after WWE had its highest grossing SmackDown from the very same building.

That’s not all. There were three sets of champions who retained their titles on Backlash. Bayley managed to defeat Tiffany Stratton and Naomi to mark her first successful defense of the women’s championship.

Then, Damian Priest defeated Jey uso to retain the WWE Heavyweight Championship. This came after a ton of interference by the Judgment Day.

Finally, Cody Rhodes kept to his winning ways by defeating AJ Styles in the show’s main event.

WWE also announced the first round matches of the King of the Ring tournament. These are just matches that are happening on the Raw side, as the SmackDown bracket will be revealed next week.

Zoey Stark vs. Ivy Nile
Shayna Baszler vs. Zelina Vega
Lyra Valkyria vs. Asuka
IYO SKY vs. Natalya

Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Balor
Kofi Kingston vs. Rey Mysterio
Ricochet vs. Ilja Dragunov
GUNTHER vs. Sheamus

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