Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire
"Rockin" Robin Drodge
Date: May 1, 2005
Report Date: May 1, 2005
number one - Intercontinental
Champion, Shelton Benjamin Vs Chris Jericho.
This match was the opener for Backlash™.
It was very good. Shelton
was placed in the Walls of Jericho; it appeared that he would tap
out, however this did not happen.
Later, Jericho applied the Walls of Jericho for a second
time, at which time Benjamin rolled out of the move three times
before rolling up Jericho to score the pin-fall victory and to
retain his Championship. After
the match ended, Todd Grisham attempted to interview Chris Jericho,
but it appeared that Jericho was really frustrated and had nothing
to say to Todd. After
this Jonathan the "Coach" Coachman interviewed Edge about
his match with Chris Benoit. He
said that he was "Mr. Money in the Bank" and that tonight
he would be the last man standing in his match with Benoit.
number two -
Tag Team Turmoil for the World Tag Team Championship.
Tag Team Champions, William Regal and Tajiri Vs The Heart Throbs, Vs
La Resistance Vs Simon Dean and Maven Vs Hurricane and Rosey.
The rules were that two teams would start off the match, once
a team was eliminated; another team would enter the ring until there
was only one team left, that team would become the World Tag Team
Champions. The first
two teams to start the match were The Heart Throbs and the World Tag
Team Champions, William Regal and Tajiri. It seemed that the fans weren't too much interested in this.
The Heart Throbs were eliminated first when William Regal
rolled up Romeo. The
next team to enter and get eliminated were Simon Dean and Maven.
Then La Resistance entered the ring next where they
eliminated Regal and Tajiri. Last
into the ring were Rosey and the Hurricane.
In the end, it saw Rosey place the Hurricane on his shoulder
so he could jump off the top rope to splash Robere Conway, to score
the pin-fall victory and to become the new World Tag Team Champions.
number three - Last Man Standing.
Edge Vs Chris Benoit.
rule for this match is that the first wrestler that can't answer the
10 count would lose the match.
I thought that this was a very good match and the fans were
really into this. However
for Edge, while he was wrestling, the fans were screaming, "you
screwed Matt and we want Matt".
Benoit hit five German Suplexes but that did not knock Edge
out. Then Benoit hit a
diving head butt from the top of a ladder that was brought into the
ring. This still didn't work.
Then Edge brought in his brief case that he uses to carry
around his Contract for a World Heavyweight Championship opportunity
whenever he wishes to use it. He
hit Benoit with a DDT on the brief case, however this didn't work.
Then he delivered the spear and it didn't work.
He tried it a second time but still Benoit got up.
Then finally Edge used a brick that was in the brief case and
hit Benoit in the head, resulting in Benoit being knocked down and
could not get back up before the count of ten.
Edge was the winner and the last man standing.
Jerry the "King" Lawler got in the ring and brought the
Divas out to show the fans in the arena, and people who were
watching the pay-per-view, a preview of the Diva 2005 magazine.
The Divas that came to the ring were:
Christy Hemme, Maria, Candice Michelle, Lillian Garcia,
Victoria and Stacy Keibler. After
going through some of the pictures in the magazine, such as the best
photo of themselves, the King wanted to ask the Divas some personal
questions; but before he could do so, the "Master Piece" -
Chris Masters made his way to the ring and the King and the Divas
Masters came out to issue a challenge to anyone who could break his
finisher known as the Masterlock.
He offered $3,000 to anyone who could try to break his
Masterlock. So what he
did is that he picked someone out of the crowd to come into the ring
to see if they could break his finisher and to collect his money
offer. The person whom
he selected was a female, her name was Melissa Coates.
All he wanted to know from her was her name and where she was
from. She told him she
was from Manchester, New Hampshire.
Chris Masters put Melissa Coates in the Masterlock, which
didn't last long because the Referee, who was in the ring, called
for the bell, resulting in Masters keeping his money.
number four - Kane (with Lita in
his corner) Vs Viscera (with Trish Stratus in his corner).
This match was not the best.
However, just like Edge, during the match the fans were
screaming at Lita, "you are a slut and we want Matt".
Later in the match, Viscera was distracted by Lita, and when
he turned around he received a big boot from Kane and then he
followed it up with a choke slam to pick up the pin-fall victory.
After the match was over Trish got on the mike and told
Viscera that he had failed her and that if he had any plans of
spending the night with her that it was over.
She said that she would not lower herself to sleep with him
and then followed it up with a few other discouraging comments.
After this Viscera picked up Trish and put her into a bear
hug and then threw her down on the mat in the ring.
As he started to leave, he decided to come back and deliver a
big splash to Trish before he left.
Trish was down in the ring and needed medical attention.
Some EMTs came out and took her out of the ring on a
number five - Hulk Hogan and Shawn
Michaels Vs Mohammed
Hassan and Daivari. The
fans were waiting to see Hulk Hogan wrestle in one more match.
They got their wish when he teamed up with Shawn Michaels to
wrestle Mohammed Hassan and Daivari.
When Hogan made his way out for the match, the fans in the
arena went wild for Hogan. The
match was all right, in that it saw Hogan hulk up and hit the big
boot on Daivari, then it was followed up with the sweet chin music
by Shawn Michaels for Hogan to pick up the pin-fall victory for his
team. Afterwards, the
fans in the arena were still going wild for Hogan and I think they
really enjoyed this match.
Before it was time for the
main event, Tyson Tomko and Christian came out to do a promo.
Christian said that there would be some Backlash™ if he
weren't on the pay-per-view. He
said that this could be the last time that he is on a RAW™
pay-per-view because next month it will be the draft lottery.
He said he was a main eventer and wanted to deliver a message
to the rest of the main eventers, so he attempted a wrap, however it
was not the best. He said whether he is on RAW™ or SmackDown™ he will be a
Champion, and then left the ring.
Then Ric Flair came out to introduce Triple H for his match
with Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Match number six
- World Heavyweight Championship.
World Heavyweight Champion,
Batista Vs Triple H. This
match was all right. Triple
H tried everything to hit the pedigree on Batista, but for the most
part he failed. Then finally when he did hit it, the referee Mike Chioda, was
knocked down and he appeared to be out.
Ric Flair and Triple H tried to get him up to count the
pin-fall but they had no success.
Then another referee, Jack Doan, came in to replace Chioda
and counted the pin-fall, but Batista kicked out of the pedigree.
Towards the end of the match, Batista slinged shot Triple H,
when out of nowhere Triple H hit a low blow, then Batista hit the
sit-down power bomb from there to pick up the pin-fall victory to
retain his Championship.
After the match was over,
Triple H was very angry, and in fact, he pushed Ric Flair down and
then pedigreed referee Mike Chioda.
As the pay-per-view was going off the air you could hear
Triple H screaming "No, No".
Some additional comments about
Jim (JR) Ross announced that
the pay-per-view was sold out, however the number of fans in
attendance was not announced, so I can only assume it wasn't a sell
out given the fact the numbers weren't revealed.
I was very impressed with
Shelton Benjamin in his match with Chris Jericho for the
It seemed as though the fans didn't know who to cheer for and
who to boo in the match, but the fans were mostly behind Jericho.
I can assume from some of the things that Jericho was doing
in the ring against Benjamin that he is going to turn
"heel", given the fact he didn't do the interview after he
lost another opportunity to become the Intercontinental Champion.
I believe Jericho is going to be really frustrated and
possibly take his anger out on the fans, resulting in him turning
I don't understand the point
of the WWE™ having a Tag Team turmoil because it wasn't even
announced on TV, and the fans in the arena didn't seem to be
interested that much in this match.
However, I was a little surprised in Rosey and the Hurricane
winning the World Tag Team Championship.
I was not expecting this, so that was the only good thing
that came out of the Tag Team turmoil.
I don't understand what the WWE™
is trying to do with Chris Masters.
No one really cares about him, and to me it was a waste of
time for him to pick someone out of the crowd to see if they could
break his Masterlock.
Chris Benoit and Edge put on a
very good performance in the Last Man Standing match.
However, I would rather have seen Benoit be the last man
standing instead of Edge. I
think the WWE™ is going to have a problem whenever Edge or Lita is
wrestling in the ring or in someone's corner or whatever they do.
It seems the fans are going to continue to chant either
"You screwed Matt or we want Matt" or the final chant,
"You are a slut". These
are now being chanted at Lita and Edge for the situation between
them and Matt Hardy.
I am not surprised what
happened after the Kane and Viscera encounter.
The reason is that Trish Stratus has a herniated or bulging
disc in her back right now so this will be a way to explain her
absence from the WWE™ over the next few weeks or months.
At least now, she will have some time off to rest her back
and hopefully get back to being 100 percent healthy very soon.
I think with Hulk Hogan
wrestling one more match was just what helped the WWE™.
The fans at the arena seemed to have enjoyed Hogan's
performance. In my
opinion, I think the WWE™ should consider having Hogan wrestle a
few more times to make their loyal fans happy.
I thought the main event
should have been the Tag Team match.
My reasoning for this is because I think Triple H and Batista
had a very huge task getting the fans interested in their match.
It may have been because the fans were tired.
In any event, I think the two matches could have been
I am glad Batista did not lose
the World Heavyweight title right away.
He deserves to be the Champion for some time yet.
However, if you thought that this is the end of the feud
between Batista and Triple H, well you are wrong because it is
rumoured to be a third encounter between Batista and Triple H at
Vengeance in a "hell in the cell" match for the World
Heavyweight Championship. I
only wish that Batista could be wrestling someone else but I guess
that this won't happen right away.
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