WWE Backlash PPV
May 3rd 2009
WWE Backlash opened up with a promo, showing all the events that had occurred in the last four weeks on WWE television on RAW, Smackdown and ECW. Every main feud was covered, from Randy Orton and Triple H, to Jeff Hardy and Undertaker, to JBL's bounty on Shawn Michaels. The promo swiftly finished with JBL promising an announcement that would rock the foundations of the WWE and that nothing would ever be the same again...
The first match of the evening was for the World Tag Team Championship! Ted DiBiase Jr and Cody Rhodes
had the clear advantage going into this one, as defending champions and also with the newest addition to the Legacy group, 'Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase
at ringside! Evan Bourne and Rey Mysterio
recieved a huge pop on their way down to the ring, and the action began hot and heavy, with Mysterio and Bourne hitting numerous high flying moves to confuse and attack the champions! However, Ted and Cody soon got things going their way, grounding Bourne and going to work with various double team tactics, all the while the referee being distracted by DiBiase at ringside. However, Bourne managed to fight his way back, dropping both men with a double dropkick and managing to make the hot tag to Rey Mysterio! Rey came in like a house on fire, sending Cody to the outside with a missile dropkick then hitting a crossbody on DiBiase Jr, but only managed a two-count. Bourne and Mysterio continued to pick up steam, but all went sour when Bourne jumped over the top rope to attack Cody, and instead was nailed with the tag team title belt by the 'Million Dollar Man'. Bourne was seemingly knocked out, as Cody then entered the ring, and as the referee was distracted, hit a low blow on Mysterio! Ted then attacked with Dream Street finishing move to pick up the win!
As Ted and Cody made their way up the ramp and backstage, they bumped into John Morrison and The Miz
! No words were exchanged, instead menacing looks were. Miz and Morrison then made their way to the ring for the WWE Tag Team Championship Match! Primo and Carlito
, much like Bourne and Mysterio, were over with the crowd and came out fighting. Primo, being the inexperienced of the two brothers, was soon grounded by Miz and Morrison, who hit many high impact moves for maximum effect. Miz hit his clothesline in the corner, while Morrison hit a devastating elbow drop from the top rope, which nearly secured victory for the team. Primo willed his way back however, and soon made the tag to Carlito! Carlito attacked with fury, going after legal man Miz and sending Morrison off the ring apron! Carlito delivered a flurry of clotheslines and dropkicks, sending The Miz into a daze! Primo scaled to the top rope to hit a missile dropkick, but The Miz managed to duck and instead Primo hit his own brother! Primo made it to his feet, only to be clotheslined over the top rope by Miz. Miz then went for the Reality Check, but Carlito countered into the Backstabber! The fans popped, but suddenly, Morrison nailed Carlito with the Nitro Blast superkick, taking Carlitos head off! Morrison dumped Miz on top of Carlito, and just like that, we had WWE Tag Team Champions! Miz and Morrison celebrated, as all Primo could do was apologize to his brother.
It was time for the battle of the giants as Kane
went one-on-one with Batista
! These two big men did not hold back, with weeks of frustration and attacks boiled down to this one-on-one encounter! The action was back and forth, neither man gaining a clear advantage. Kane hit a top rope clothesline and a big boot to seemingly put down 'The Animal'. But Batista fought back, drilling Kane with a spear, but only getting a two-count. Visibly frustrated, Batista began to 'Batista Up', shaking the ring ropes in anger! Both men then introduced steel chairs and the ring bell into the contest, with it being No DQ, anything went! Kane was rocked by a vicious chair shot by 'The Animal' but Kane retaliated by scoop pressing Batista over the top rope! Kane whipped Batista into the ring steps, and then nailed him with a chokeslam through the Spanish announcers table! Kane dragged Batista back into the ring, but took some much time, he only got a two count! Kane went to lift Batista to his feet, but Batista got in a few desperation shots to the stomach, and then grabbed the ring bell that was on the floor and cracked Kane in the face with it! The fans popped huge, as Batista went for a Batista Bomb, only to be backdropped by the 'Big Red Machine'. Kane hit a chokeslam, but only got a two count, much to the glee of the fans in attendance! Kane signaled for the end with a Tombstone Piledriver, but suddenly, Ric Flair
appeared from out of nowhere! The crowd went nuts as 'The Nature Boy' hopped onto the ring apron to get Kane's attention and come to the aid of his friend! Kane swung for the legend, but Flair jumped down off the apron to avoid contact. This distraction was all that was needed, as Kane turned around and Batista kicked the monster in the mid-section and hit a devastating Batista Bomb for the win! Batista went to celebrate with his mentor afterwards; Ric Flair is back in the WWE!
We'd heard that due to Matt Hardy
not being able to compete in the Triple Threat Match tonight, that the Intercontinental Championship match had been canceled until the following evening on Monday Night RAW. While William Regal
was relieved, the same could not be said for CM Punk
! Punk went on a rampage backstage, shouting and cursing that it was his time and his championship match, and that the 'Powers That Be' were not going to screw him over again. He promised that vengeance would be his tomorrow night...
had plenty to prove at Backlash; MVP
had gotten the upper hand in every one of their previous encounters, and so tonight was payback time. Benjamin wasted no time, attacking MVP with seemingly ever move in his arsenal! However, Benjamin took one chance too many, and when going for a dropkick off the top rope, MVP countered into a bodyslam! MVP quickly went on the offensive, drilling Benjamin with elbow drops and his signature Ballin' elbow drop! However, it was MVP's cockiness that led to his downfall, as he went for one signature move too many! When going for the kick in corner, Benjamin quickly moved, geared himself up for the Pay Dirt... But failed! MVP held on tight to the top rope, and instead, Benjamin crashed and burned, smacking his head against the canvas! Benjamin made it to his knees, and MVP took the opportunity, hitting the Drive-By-Kick and picking up the win, becoming the new United States Champion for the second time in his career! MVP smugly held the title high when walking backstage, but the look on Shelton Benjamin's face told the fans that this rivalry was far from over...
It was then time for the match between Shawn Michaels
and Chris Jericho
accompanied his newest client to his cause down to the ring, while HBK's bodyguard and one of his best friends, Kevin Nash
was there for support at ringside. Michaels and Jericho contested a superb wrestling match for the first fifteen minutes, going through hold-for-hold and getting many near falls. However, it soon degenerated into a bar fight, with the two attacking one another with punches, chops, kicks and anything they could get their hands on at ringside. Jericho's temper seemed to boil over, as he soon resorted to drilling Michaels with a steel chair to the head. The referee went to call for the bell, but JBL soon announced that the match had been changed to a No Disqualification Match! Fans wondered how JBL could get away with that ruling, and remembered his close friendship with the McMahon family! Soon, Jericho was using the steel chair to wear out HBK, attacking the back with a backbreaker on the chair! This seemed to spell the end, but Michaels willed his way back into the match, fighting back with a flying forearm and hitting the elbow drop from the top rope, all 'vintage Shawn Michaels' as Michael Cole would say! JBL tried to interfere, but was met with a big boot by Kevin Nash, as the fans roared their aproval! Jericho resorted to a low blow, and went for the Codebreaker, but Michaels shoved Jericho off, and locked in a version of the Walls of Jericho! JBL entered the ring, causing HBK to break the hold and send the loud-mouth billionaire flying to the outside with a backdrop! Jericho got to his feet, missed a clothesline and was met with Sweet Chin Music! The referee counted to three and Shawn Michaels once again overcame the bounty of John Bradshaw Layfield and left Backlash victorious!
The Number One Contendership Match for the WWE Championship was still a Fatal-Four-Way, with the psychotic Edge
being officially named as R-Truth's replacement. Christian, John Cena and Big Show
, along with Edge, put forth an outstanding contest, where the outcome was never certain! All four men hit their respective finishers, with each pinfall attempt that followed only getting a two-count! The fans were on the edge of their seats, as John Cena drilled Big Show with an F-U! The crowd roared in approval (much to the joy of WWE officials!), but soon, the Ultimate Oppourtunist struck; Edge first turned his back on his own brother Christian, laying him out with a chair shot! Edge then nailed John Cena with a spear from out of nowhere through a table that had been propped up in the corner, and got the three-count! Edge had struck again, and now the wild-eyed madman was now the Number One Contender!
and Triple H
tore the house down in their first one-on-one encounter in quite some time. With the World Heavyweight Championship at stake, both men wanted to win in the worst way. Orton started off the aggressor, proving to 'The Game' that this was a different Randy Orton to the man who he was in Evolution with; this Randy Orton was vicious, unforgiving and above all else, did anything to win. Orton attacked with malice, hitting the DDT from the second rope, drilling 'The Game' with his specialized backbreaker and working away at HHH's legs, locking in an Indian Deathlock, longtime a favourite move of Triple H! However, Triple H managed to fight back, even with Legacy being at ringside! 'The Game' sent Ted DiBiase Jr, Cody Rhodes and 'Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase packing with sledgehammer shots, before continuing on Orton. Triple H hit a spinebuster and even executed a picture-perfect piledriver on his nemesis, but Orton managed to get a shoulder up at the last second! Triple H was slow to pick Orton up, and out of nowhere, Orton hit an RKO! Fans gasped, as Orton hooked the leg, but someway, somehow, Triple H kicked out! Orton then primed himself to hit 'The Game' with The Punt Kick, but Stephanie McMahon made her way down to the ringside area! She jumped on the apron to stop Orton, and then, 'The Viper' set his sights on her! Triple H ran to attack Orton, but he sidestepped, and Triple H instead drilled his wife with a right-hand! The crowd were in shock, as 'The Game' looked devastated! He soon turned around and Orton hit a second RKO for the win! Legacy came to celebrate with their leader, as Randy Orton stood trihumphant over Triple H; at last, Orton had defeated Triple H!
It was then time for the Main Event of the evening, as Jeff Hardy
defended his WWE Championship against The Undertaker!
Jeff attacked and took the fight to 'The Deadman' from the opening bell, revenge for the 'sacrifice' of his brother was all that was on his mind! However, Jeff's blind rage was soon his downfall, as The Undertaker struck back, attacking Jeff with a big boot and a snake eyes, before hitting a side-slam! The Undertaker continued the assault, even applying a Dragon Sleeper, attempting to choke Jeff out! Somehow, Jeff broke free, twisting 'Taker's arms and hitting a Twist of Fate! Jeff hooked the leg but only managed a two count! Undertaker was right back on top of things, even nailing Jeff with a Chokeslam! Not content, Undertaker went for Old School, but Jeff dragged The Undertaker off the ropes and slammed him hard down to the canvas! Jeff scaled to the top rope, and went for a Swanton Bomb... But 'The Deadman' moved! Hardy crashed and burned, as The Undertaker sat up, and signaled for a Last Ride that would surely end the match! 'Taker lifted Hardy up, but Jeff rolled out and got the roll up for the 1...2...3! The fans went crazy, as Jeff Hardy had done it, he had retained his championship against The Undertaker! Jeff soon left the ring, celebrating on the entrance ramp, as The Undertaker looked irate!
Just as The Undertaker made it backstage, JBL
made his way out to the ring. He asked for every superstar, on RAW, Smackdown and even the 'wasteland that is ECW' to come to the entrance ramp. All the superstars did so and waited to hear JBL's announcement. JBL said the reason he hadn't been seen in matches recently or heard of was because he had been meeting with lawyers and team of his top men to secure a deal that would change the face of WWE. He quickly reminded the world that back in 2000, the WWE became a public company, with stock and shareholders. With the absence of a McMahon present in recent weeks, the WWE had degenerated into chaos, and the Board of Directors were looking for a suitable, permanent replacement to the McMahons; after many years, the McMahon family had been deemed unsuitable to run the billion dollar company. This is where JBL came in; effective and immedietly, John Bradshaw Layfield runs World Wrestling Entertainment!
The crowd and superstars alike were in complete shock, as JBL promised that starting on RAW, it will be a new era in the WWE! JBL celebrated with fireworks, pyro and balloons as Backlash faded to black...