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Backlash is a WWE pay-per-view event that was created in 1999. The event is held at every April (2005 and 2016 being the exception). Started as an In Your House event (and the 28th and final event of the In Your House PPV series), Backlash was rebranded as an annual PPV event for WWE in 2000. During the brand-extension, the event was made exclusive to Raw in 2004 through 2006. In 2007, the brand-exclusive events ended, and Backlash became tri-branded. Extreme Rules replaced Backlash in its late-April slot in 2010. It returned as a SmackDown-exclusive event in September 2016. The scheduled 2019 event was canceled and replaced by Stomping Grounds, but Backlash was reinstated in 2020. In 2021, Backlash was scheduled for the May PPV slot, returning it to its original position of being the post-WrestleMania PPV in which the 2021 edition will be titled WrestleMania Backlash.

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Backlash has often featured rematches from WrestleMania, or matches based on events that took place at WrestleMania, hence the name. This is also the possible reason for the PPV's aforementioned name change.

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