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WWE Backlash - RAW Only Pay-Per-View

Location:  Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky

by "Rockin" Robin Drodge

Event Date:  April 30, 2006

Match number one - Carlito vs. The “Masterpiece” Chris Masters. This was the opening match for Backlash and it was good.  The ending saw Carlito hit a back breaker to pick up the pin-fall victory.

Match number two - Umaga (with Armando Alejandro Estra in his corner) vs. Ric Flair. This match was all right.  The ending saw Umaga put his thumb into Ric Flair’s throat to pick up the pin-fall victory.

Match number three - WWE Women’s Championship.  WWE Women’s Champion, Mickie James, vs. Trish Stratus. This match was all right.  It could have been better but this match was cut short when Mickie threw Trish to the outside of the ring injuring her shoulder.  As a result, the ending saw Mickie James choked Trish out, which led to a disqualification.  Trish won the match as a result of a disqualification, but due to a Championship not being able to change hands on a disqualification, this means Mickie James is still the WWE Women’s Champion.

Match number four - Winner Takes All.  Intercontinental Championship vs. Money in the Bank Contract. Intercontinental Champion, Shelton Benjamin, vs. Rob Van Dam.  This was a very good match.  The ending saw Shelton Benjamin pick up the Money in the Bank briefcase and attempted to hit Rob Van Dam.  However, RVD reversed it and Benjamin received the Van Daminator on the briefcase, this was followed up with the Five Star Frog Splash; which was the second one in the match to pick up the pin-fall victory for RVD.  Therefore, RVD remains with the Money in the Bank contract and he is also the new Intercontinental Champion.

Match number five - Kane vs. The Big Show. This match was all right.  During this match Kane was hearing voices in his head, it appeared that the voices he was hearing was pre-recorded earlier in the night, and it was his own voice. Once Kane heard his own voice, the match just stopped.  I assume this match was a no contest.

Match number six - Vince and Shane McMahon vs. Shawn Michaels and God. At the beginning Vince announced that the match would be a "No Holds Barred" match, so this was really a handicap match between Vince and Shane against Shawn Michaels.  This match was very good.  The ending saw Shane hit Vince with a steel chair by accident, which resulted in an elbow from off the top rope from Shawn.  This was followed up with the sweet chin music on both the McMahons.   Then Michaels went and got two tables from underneath the ring and put both Vince and Shane on the tables.  Michaels then got a ladder and climbed to the top rope, and instead of jumping onto both the McMahons, he jumped to the outside of the ring where the Spirit Squad was.  All five members of the Spirit Squad got into the ring and picked up Shawn and put him through a table.  Vince then pinned Shawn, resulting in Vince and Shane winning the match.

Match number seven - The Main Event.  WWE Championship Triple Threat Match.  WWE Champion, John Cena, vs. Triple H and Edge (with Lita in his corner). The ending saw Triple H get a sledgehammer from underneath the ring, and while the Referee was still down, he tried to use it on Edge.  However, Edge took it from Triple H’s hands and as he tried to use it, John Cena attempted the FU on Edge.  However, Triple H had hit a low blow in that he tried to hit the pedigree on John Cena, but Cena reversed it and rolled up Triple H to pick up the pin-fall victory to retain his Championship.  After the match ended, Triple H used the sledgehammer to hit the Referee, Cena and Edge. 

Some additional comments about Backlash™.

There was no announcement of how many fans were in attendance for this Pay-Per-View, so I can only assume that this Pay-Per-View was not sold out.

The Color Commentators for Backlash were Jim Ross and Jerry the “King” Lawler.  This to me was surprising because I was under the impression that Joey Styles would be calling the Pay-Per-View along with Lawler and Jonathan the “Coach” Coachman.  However, this was not the case.  I really enjoyed the commentating for the night.  I don’t know if this will continue with Jim Ross returning to RAW or if he will just be calling all of the RAW Pay-Per-Views in the future.

I thought the Chris Masters/Carlito match was good, however I expect this will not be the last match between both these superstars.  I anticipate this feud will continue over the next little while.

I was looking forward to the rematch between Mickie James and Trish Stratus for the Women’s Championship, however it was not much of a match due to the fact that Trish got injured in the match and it was later confirmed on that Trish had dislocated her right shoulder.  I sure hope her injury is not serious and can be treated without surgery.   I really thought tonight this match would end their feud, however it really wasn't much of a match.  I feel their feud should end and Trish Stratus be given the opportunity to wrestle one more match with Mickie James for the WWE Women’s Championship.  I have no idea of what to expect next from Mickie James and Trish Stratus because there is really not much of a Women’s Division.  I am not sure if there are any challengers for them to wrestle.  There are a lot of unanswered questions of where these two Divas go from here.

I really enjoyed the Rob Van Dam/Shelton Benjamin match.

I don’t know what is going on with Kane.  Right now he is hearing strange voices in his head.  I think it's probably all related to his movie called "See No Evil", scheduled for release on May 19.   I am not sure, but it appears that Kane is focused on the transformation of his own character in the movie.  I found it very strange.

I was not happy that John Cena retained the WWE Championship.  I think right now it is time for a change and a new Champion.   The fans, for the most part, don’t like Cena.  I am assuming the WWE is only keeping the WWE Championship on him to backlash against the fans.  I don’t expect Cena’s reign will last long, because at the ECW Pay-Per-View upcoming in June, it is rumored that Rob Van Dam will cash in his Money in the Bank contract and wrestle Cena for the Championship.  If that happens, I expect RVD will win the WWE Championship.

 This has been the "Backlash™" report written for The Canadian Connection by your author, "Rockin" Robin Drodge here at The Canadian Connection.

© 2004 Robin Drodge, All Rights Reserved

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