After a slightly disappointing Wrestlemania, the WWE needed to deliver with Backlash. It is fair to say that they did, with this being the first tri-branded Backlash in history. This event had the excitement, the shocks, and most disappointingly, the predictability (I'm looking at the main event...). Anyway, here are the results from this years Backlash:
Match 1:World Tag Team Championship Match: The Hardyz vs. Cade and Murdoch. Not a bad opener here, with Matt and Jeff defending tag titles for the first time in six years. Anyway, Cade and Murdoch were in control for around 90% of the match, with Matt and Jeff hitting the occasional high flying moves. The match ended with Jeff hitting the swanton bomb on Murdoch, with Matt making the decisive cover to retain. Winners and still champs: The Hardyz.
Match 2:Women's Championship Match: Melina vs. Mickie James. Again, much like the first match, this wasn't bad. I was pleasantly surprised at the start of this one, with both Mickie and Melina performing ground holds and counters. Were we going to have a proper wrestling match from these two? No. However, the match didn't go down hill because of this. This one ended with Melina hitting the reverse ddt on Mickie for the win. Winner and still champ: Melina.
Match 3:United States Championship Match: Chris Benoit vs. MVP. A rematch of their classic battle at Wrestlemania. This was a brilliant match, with MVP keeping up with the veteran Benoit. I like MVP and I believe that from what I've seen from the two matches between himself and Benoit, that he has a very bright future. However, much like at Wrestlemania, MVP lost out on championship gold. Benoit was looking for the crossface, with MVP blocking it. Benoit then rolled the rookie into an inside cradle for the win. Great stuff. Winner and still champ: Benoit.
Match 4:3 on 1 Handicap Match for the ECW World Championship: Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga, Mr. McMahon and Shane McMahon. I am not a big fan of Lashley, I think there are better performers in the new shambolic ECW. What Vince has done to the ECW name in itself is a disgrace. Anyway Lashley dominated Shane-O-Mac and the Samoan bulldozer for a good deal of the match, with the boss cowering in the corner, only tagging in when a pin on Lashley was possible. The big man from Colorado had the match won when he hit the dominator on Shane, however Vince broke up the pin. Behind the referees back, Shane hit Lashley in the face with the title belt. Umaga then went to the top rope, and hit two huge splashes on the champ. The boss then tagged in, and shockingly, got the win. Watching Vince celebrate with the title around his waist made me sick to the stomach. Talk about insulting the legend that was ECW. A shocking, but horrible ending to this one. Winner and new ECW champ: Mr. McMahon.
Match 5:Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: The Undertaker vs. Batista. I had a feeling that this one would be brutal, and I wasn't disappointed. Taker and Dave beat the hell out of each other, but neither man could be kept down for the 10 count. Taker busted Dave open with a sick steel steps shot to the face, and then laid his broken and bloody body on the SmackDown announce table. Taker stood on the barricade and hit a big legdrop onto Dave, through the table. However, the challenger did not stay down. Dave got back into it, with a sick chair shot and three spine busters. But Taker kept getting right back up. They both fought each other up to the stage, where Taker looked for a Tombstone on Dave. Dave had other ideas, and countered the Tombstone. He then speared the Deadman, and himself, off the stage. Neither man could get up for the 10 count, so this one (like the Royal Rumble LMS match in 04) ended in a draw. Very good match. Winner: Draw. Taker retains.
Match 6:Fatal Fourway Match for the WWE Championship: John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge. This match may have been exciting for some, but for me, I always knew who the winner would be. Unfortunately, I was right. Cena was never going to lose this match, but how much bloody longer can the boss let him keep the belt? He has held the damn thing since September, at Unforgiven. Cena was once again booed by everyone, except from the ladies and the little kids. The ending to the match was quite exciting, however unfortunately for everyone, Cena won in very lucky circumstances. Edge hit Orton with a spear, Cena hit Edge with an FU, then HBK hit Cena with Sweet Chin Music. Cena landed on Orton, and the ref made the count. I was furious to say the least. Winner and still champ John Cena.
This was a very good ppv offering by the WWE, with some brilliant matches. Unfortunately though, the champ is still here, and Mr. McMahon has once again pis*ed over the ECW legacy. Bring on Judgment Day, when these wrongs may very well be righted!
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