WWE’s Backlash and the go-home episode of SmackDown on Saturday took place at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The events were highly praised for the booking decisions, in-ring action, and crowd reactions, and both shows were sold out.
The event was headlined by Cody Rhodes beating Brock Lesnar. WWE also brought in Bad Bunny to work a street fight with Damian Priest. This marked the second pay-per-view/live event in WWE history to be held in Puerto Rico, with the last one being New Year’s Resolution in 2005.
According to PWInsider Elite, WWE was paid to hold the events in Puerto Rico. The company has been running house shows in the country for years, but fans may be waiting a while for another PLE as WWE will likely only run house shows until they receive payment from the tourism board to run another PLE in Puerto Rico.
The talk backstage at Backlash among wrestlers was that they hope San Juan, Puerto Rico, becomes the permanent home for the PLE, as the crowd reactions for both SmackDown and Backlash were at the level of WrestleMania. They also felt that the post-WrestleMania PLE was the most important event it had been in years.
WWE has been branching out to different locations in recent years, such as Saudi Arabia, but it seems that the wrestlers hope to continue bringing WWE events to Puerto Rico due to the overwhelming support and reception they received.
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