|Date: April 26, 2009
|Venue: Dunkin’ Donuts Center |City: Providence, Rhode Island
|Attendance: 8,357 |Buys: 182,000
|Brands: Raw, Smackdown & ECW
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The Backlash from Wrestlemania is upon us and with this show following a brand draft it means the landscape is about to change. The WWE Championship will be defended tonight in an unconventional six man tag team match. Triple H, Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon have been feuding with Randy Orton and his Legacy group Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr since before Wrestlemania when Orton punted Vince and Shane McMahon, putting them out of action. Vince and Shane returned after Wrestlemania and Vince let Orton know that Triple H, Vince and Shane would battle Orton, Rhodes and DiBiase in a six man tag match and if Ortons team won then Randy Orton would become the new WWE Champion but if Triple H’s team won then Triple H would remain champion. Vince would later take himself out of the match and replace himself with Batista. Tensions have been running high between Triple H, Batista and Shane McMahon, can they work as a unit to keep the title on Triple H?
Edge will be getting his rematch against John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship in a rivalry that has spanned over three years. Vickie Guerrero, the now permanent Raw General Manager also announced that the two would meet in a Last Man Standing match. Edge has taken every opportunity to attack Cena in the build to this match. The ECW Championship is also set to be defended. There was an Elimination Chase between Finlay, Tommy Dreamer, Christian and Mark Henry with one man being eliminated every week and the winner to face Jack Swagger at Backlash. Mark Henry was eliminated first, then Tommy Dreamer and finally Finlay which means Christian gets a shot at Jack Swagger tonight. Swagger powerbombed Christian through a table last week on ECW, does he have the edge?
The only Wrestlemania rematch tonight will be between brothers Matt and Jeff Hardy. New Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long announced that the two would meet at Judgment Day in an I Quit match. Also tonight, Chris Jericho goes one on one with the man that impressed at Wrestlemania, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Mr Money In The Bank CM Punk takes on the man that he knocked off the ladder to win the briefcase, Kane.
In a dark match prior to the event Kofi Kingston defeated Dolph Ziggler.
A video package kicks us off with some cool music. It focuses on the likes of Edge and John Cena, Triple H and Randy Orton and Matt and Jeff Hardy. Jim Ross then welcomes us to Rhode Island for Backlash 2009. He’s joined by Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole tonight.
Jack Swagger (c) vs. Christian – ECW Championship match
This is a first PPV match between these two men. Jack Swagger goes into this one undefeated on pay per view having defeated Matt Hardy at the Royal Rumble and Finlay at No Way Out. Christian is 1-3 at Backlash events. Swagger takes down Christian early and uses some mat-based wrestling. Christian fires back with a spinning heel kick and an uppercut for a one count. Christian applies a headlock but Jack gets out of it and knocks his challenger down with a shoulder charge. Swagger looking to match Max Mini as the only two men to have wrestled three PPV matches and won them all. He throws Christian out of the ring and then rolls him back in the ring for a two count. Swagger hits some knees and then applies a body scissors. Swagger is making his Backlash debut tonight. Swagger counters a pendulum kick for a near fall.
I’d like to see Swagger get a lengthy ECW Championship run because like those before him (John Morrison/Mark Henry) the heels don’t tend to do much for a while after losing the title. Swagger applies a bear hug which Christian gets out of but the ECW hits Christian with a gutbuster for a near fall. Christian hits a pendulum kick but then runs into the knee of Swagger who then attempts a Vader bomb but Christian counters it by getting his knees up. Christian hits some right hands, an elbow and then a sunset flip for a two count. Christian has been tag team champion multiple times as well as Intercontinental Champion and European Champion but this might be the biggest title win of his career tonight should he win. Christian hits a tornado DDT for a near fall. Swagger hits a belly to belly suplex but Christian then hits an arm drag sending Swagger out of the ring. Jack then tries a German suplex off the apron but Christian fights him off and back into the ring.
Christian heads to the top but Swagger meets him up there with a headbutt and then back body drops him off the top. Swagger then hits a top rope Vader bomb for a near fall. Kane left Backlash as ECW Champion last year and Vince McMahon left Backlash 2007 as champion. Swagger looks to hit a running powerslam but Christian counters it with a roll-up for a near fall. Swagger hits the running powerslam on the second time of trying. Swagger then takes off one of the turnbuckle pads which gets the referees attention. Christian takes off the opposite turnbuckle pad off and sends Swagger into it before hitting him with the killswitch for the three! Christian wins the match and the ECW Championship! A good match to kick things off with tonight.
Christian is backstage celebrating with Tommy dreamer, Finlay and Evan Bourne when he notices Edge. Edge says that he will have a title in couple of hours too. Christian says that Edge used to be fun and Edge blames John Cena for what he has become. Edge says that he will be fun by the end of the night when he is World Heavyweight Champion again and rids John Cena of his life forever.
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. Chris Jericho
Well this is a first. It’s a Backlash debut for Steamboat whilst Jericho has a 2-3 record. Steamboat has dyed his hair for the occasion. It has taken years off him to be fair. Ricky takes down Jericho in the early going and then slides out of the ring before flying out at Jericho. Back in the ring and Steamboat hits a couple of trademark arm drags Jericho knocks Steamboat down with a shoulder charge but Steamboat goes right back to work with an arm drag. Jericho attempts to clothesline Steamboat out of the ring but Ricky skins the cat before Jericho successfully clotheslines The Dragon out of the ring. Jericho hits his trademark springboard dropkick to Ricky on the apron and then hits a side suplex in the ring. Jericho then applies a chinlock but Ricky gets out of it and hits an arm drag before Jericho knocks him down with a clothesline for a two count. Jericho then goes back to the chinlock.
Steamboat has a good PPV record, he’s won 8 of his 11 previous WWE PPV matches, a win tonight would give him a 75% win record. Steamboat hits a side suplex but Jericho keeps the headlock applied whilst screaming “ask him” at the referee which is such a great touch from Jericho. This is Jericho’s 9th PPV in a row that he’s wrestled on, only Triple H has wrestled on more consecutive PPV’s currently. Jericho looks to hit a bulldog but Steamboat sends him into the corner. Steamboat looks to hit a side suplex off the top rope and nails it for a near fall. Steamboat hits some right hands for a two count and then hits a powerslam for another near fall. Jericho hits an enzeguri for a two count and then hits a bulldog and then looks to hit a lionsault but Steamboat counters it. Jericho rolls through and locks on the walls of Jericho but Steamboat counters it with a figure four!
Jericho gets to the ropes and Ricky heads to the top and hits a cross body for a near fall. Steamboats laces have come undone. You don’t see the laces very often on boots these days because they’re covered with kickpads. Steamboat goes up to the middle rope but Jericho catches him with a codebreaker! Jericho is slow to make the cover and Ricky gets his foot on the bottom rope! Jericho can’t believe it and argues with the referee. He scoops Steamboat up but Ricky rolls him up for a two count. Jericho then takes Steamboat down and locks on the walls of Jericho! Steamboat taps out and it’s Jericho who wins this one! A good match between these two. Such a performance from Ricky Steamboat who gets a standing ovation after the match.
Santino is pacing backstage when Beth Phoenix and Rosa Mendes show up. Santino pretends to be on the phone to his “twin sister” Santina but Beth isn’t buying it. Santino says that Santina will defend her Miss Wrestlemania title whenever. Santino says that Beth should kiss The Great Khali but Beth says that she won’t kiss Khali and she won’t kiss Santino anymore either.
CM Punk vs. Kane
This is a first time meeting between these two men on PPV. They have teamed a couple of times but never faced each other one on one. Both men have been drafted to Smackdown as of two weeks ago. Kane has a 3-2-1 record at Backlash events, CM Punk actually makes his Backlash debut tonight. Kane becomes the first man to have wrestled at last years Backlash event and this years. CM Punk uses his speed to hit some kicks in the early going. Nobody has lost as many PPV matches in WWE history as Kane to this point. Punk applies a cross arm breaker over the top rope so has to break that one. Punk then comes off the top with a knee and lays in more kicks before dropkicking Kane out of the ring. Punk then dives out at Kane but Kane catches him and looks to chokeslam Punk but Punk grabs on to the ropes before diving off the apron with a clothesline. Back in the ring and CM Punk applies a top wristlock but Kane throws him into the ringpost before baseball sliding Punk out of the ring.
Back in the ring and Kane gets a near fall before applying a body scissors. Kane retained the ECW Championship against Chavo Guerrero at last years Backlash event. Both Kane and CM Punk were part of the ECW roster then. Since then both have moved to Raw and now Smackdown. Kane hits a big clothesline for a near fall and then a backbreaker. CM Punk is Mr Money In The Bank and could cash it in at any time. Kane looks to hit a chokeslam but Punk counters it with a DDT. Punk hits kicks and then a modified tarantula before dropping Kane with a springboard clothesline. Kane hits a big boot and then heads to the top but CM Punk hits him with an enzeguri and then sets up for the go to sleep but Kane fights out of it. Punk hits a running knee in the corner and then a bulldog for a two count. Punk attempts a springboard clothesline again but Kane hits him with an uppercut for a two count.
Kane looks for a sidewalk slam but CM Punk counters it with a cross arm breaker. Kane gets out of it and motions for a chokeslam but Punk kicks him in the face a couple of times. Kane then hits a chokeslam from nowhere which is enough for the three. Kane wins the match! A surprising result if you ask me!
There’s a video package next showing the recent history between Matt and Jeff Hardy.
Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy – I Quit Match
This is the third PPV singles match between these two men and so far they are tied at one win a piece. Matt Hardy is 3-1 at Backlash events, Jeff is 1-2. Jeff starts the better of the two, hammering Matt down to the canvas and then smashing him into a top turnbuckle. Jeff hits a legdrop to the lower regions and then a basement dropkick before Matt scarpers to the outside. Jeff hits a plancha to the outside and then throws Matt into the barricade. This is the only rematch from Wrestlemania that we’re getting tonight. Jeff hits poetry in motion off the ring steps and then rolls Matt back into the ring before dropping him on the top rope. Jeff hits a couple of clothesline in the corner and then a pendulum dropkick before hitting a legdrop off the middle rope. Jeff is the most recent man to be added to the list of WWE Champions for the first ever time. He applies a sleeper to Matt but Matt drops Jeff on the top turnbuckle.
Jeff goes up for whisper in the wind but Matt pushes him to the outside. Matt smashes Jeff’s left leg into the ringpost a couple of times before applying a weak looking leglock around the post. Matt then hits a chopblock and locks a figure four on in the middle of the ring. Matt changes it to a single leg crab as the referee asks Jeff if he quits and Jeff refuses. Matt hits a legdrop and then ties Jeff up in a tree of woe before pulling back on his head. Matt looks to hit a side suplex off the top but Jeff elbows him off and then hits Matt with a whisper in the wind. The two men get to their feet and slug it out until Jeff hits a mule kick. Jeff locks on a Texas cloverleaf and Matt taps out but wont say “I Quit”. Jeff hits twist of fate and then heads to the top where he hits a swanton bomb! Matt still won’t quit. Jeff hits another swanton bomb! Matt has been drafted to Raw so you’d fancy this to be the end of their rivalry.
Jeff leaves the ring and pulls a table out from under the ring, sliding it in and setting it up. Matt rolls out of the ring but Jeff goes out with him and hits his older brother with twist of fate. Jeff rolls Matt back into the ring and places him on the table before grabbing some duct tape and taping Matt’s legs together! He then tapes Matts hands together before grabbing some rope and tying Matt to the table! I’ve never seen anything like this before! Matt still won’t quit. Jeff grabs a ladder out from under the ring and sets it up next to the table before climbing to the top. Matt apologises to Jeff and tells him that he loves him. He tells Jeff that their parents don’t want this and as Jeff is about to dive off, Matt says “I Quit”. The bell rings, Jeff wins the match but Jeff dives off anyway with a legdrop! This match was ok, a bit slow paced but not terrible.
Todd Grisham is backstage with Randy Orton who has nothing to say to Triple H and Shane McMahon but he does have something for Batista. He tells Batista that after all these years he’s still doing Triple H’s dirty work. He then questions whether he wants to be responsible for Triple H losing his title.
The Great Khali is out next with Ranjin Singh. It’s time for Khali’s kiss cam with Santina. Ranjin Singh calls out Santina and out “she comes” to Rico’s old “you look so good to me” music. Santina says that she has been trying to pass for something that she isn’t….a single woman! She’s taken. Ranjin wants to know who the man is and she reveals that it’s…JR! Jim Ross does not know how to react, I don’t think he saw this coming. Singh says that he doesn’t have to kiss Khali….as long as Santina can prove his love for Jim Ross by kissing him! Jim Ross is starting to look pretty angry by all of this. Santina says that she is feeling weak and about to faint. Beth Phoenix’s music then hits and out come Beth and Rosa Mendes. Beth challenges Santina to a match for her Miss Wrestlemania crown. Ranjin Singh isn’t happy that the kiss-cam has been interrupted. Beth tries to tell Khali that Santina is Santino. Beth starts taking a few personal shots at Khali, calling him an idiot and Khali lands a fist on her head and pushes her over. Santina calls for the bell!
Beth Phoenix vs. Santina
Santina pins Beth Phoenix and gets the 3! Santina wins the match and successfully defends her Miss Wrestlemania crown against Beth Phoenix! Khali rips Santina’s top off after the match and Santina runs off to the back.
There’s a video package up next for the 6 man tag team match for the WWE Championship.
Triple H (c), Batista & Shane McMahon vs. Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase Jr – 6 man tag team match for the WWE Championship
The rules are simple, if Triple H’s team win then Triple H retains the WWE Championship, if Randy Ortons team win then Randy Orton wins the WWE Championship. And the title can change hands by disqualification. Triple H is 4-5 at Backlash, Batista has fought at Backlash three times before, he’s won one, lost one and drawn one, Shane McMahon is 3-0 at the event, Randy Orton is 1-2 whilst Rhodes and DiBiase make their Backlash debuts. Triple H goes right for Randy Orton before the bell has even rang and he lays into Orton all the way up the entrance ramp as Batista and Shane guard off Rhodes and DiBiase. Triple H comes back and it’s looking like a 3 on 2 match. The referee calls for the bell and Randy has gone! Batista starts the match and pulls Rhodes into the match. Batista forces Rhodes into the corner and hits him with shoulder charges.
Batista hits a snapmare and a running boot before tagging in Shane. Shane comes in off the middle rope with an elbow drop before dropping another few elbows. Shane tags in Triple H who lays into Cody with right hands and stomps. Triple H hits a couple of hard Irish whips and then a crotch chop and a boot. Cody gets a kick in and tags out to Ted DiBiase who runs right into a clothesline. Triple H tags in Shane and the two men hit the Hart attack for a near fall. Shane kicks away at Ted and then tags Batista who gets caught with a kick. Dibiase tags Rhodes but Batista hits him with a stalling brainbuster. Rhodes rakes the eyes and tags in DiBiase who hits some kicks. DiBiase tags Rhodes and there’s plenty of double teaming going on now as they keep Batista in their corner. Batista takes both men down with a shoulder charge and then disposes of Rhodes. He then hits Dibiase with a spinebuster and looks to hit a Batista bomb but Dibiase retreats to the outside.
Batista exits the ring and lays into DiBiase but out comes Randy Orton who pushes Batista into the ringpost and then officially tags in. Orton lays into Batista with right hands and then tags in Rhodes who kicks Batista to the outside. DiBiase gets a cheap shot in and Rhodes rolls him back into the ring. Rhodes tags in Orton who hits his trademark hangman DDT for a near fall. Orton tags DiBiase who hits a drop toe hold and a chinlock. Batista gets out of it with a side suplex, DiBiase tags Orton who stops Batista from tagging out. Either Batista or Randy Orton will become the first man to have lost at both last years Backlash event and this years. That honour will be shared by either Edge or John Cena later. Orton applies a chinlock to Batista but Batista gets out of it and drops Randy with a spear. Orton tags in Rhodes and Batista tags Shane. Shane lays into Rhodes at a hundred miles an hour, he hits a neckbreaker for a near fall and then throws Cody out of the ring.
Cody gets back into the ring and Shane goes up top and hits an elbow drop and hooks the leg but DiBiase pulls McMahon out of the ring. Orton then throws Shane right into and over the ring steps. Rhodes tags Orton who suplexes Shane back into the ring for a near fall. Orton tags DiBiase who kicks Shane out of the ring, rams him into the ring apron and then rolls the boy wonder back into the ring for a near fall. DiBiase tags Rhodes who stomps away at Shane. Orton tags in and hits a nice dropkick for a two count. Orton tags DiBiase who drops elbows and then a stomp off the middle rope for a one count. DiBiase applies a chinlock which Shane gets out of but DiBiase hits a nice takedown and boots Shane in the head before tagging out to Cody. Cody hits a kneedrop for a two count. This match is losing a bit of steam at the moment. Cody applies a front facelock which Shane eventually gets out of but he still can’t make the tag. Rhodes tags DiBiase who hits a fistdrop similar to the one his dad used to hit.
Rhodes looks to hit dream street but Shane counters it with a DDT. DiBiase tags in Orton and Shane tags Triple H! Triple H nails Orton with right hands, a clothesline and a facebuster. Triple H then disposes of Dibiase and Rhodes who try to interfere. Helmsley hits a spinebuster on Orton for a near fall and all hell breaks loose. Triple H sets Orton up for a pedigree but Rhodes saved Orton, hitting Triple H with a DDT. Shane McMahon disposes of Rhodes and Rhodes nails Shane with a chair on the outside. Cody then nails Batista with a chair! In the ring Orton goes for the RKO but Triple H counters. Triple H spots Batista with the chair and takes it out of his hand which distracts Triple H long enough for Orton to hit him with an RKO! Orton hooks the leg and gets the closest three count possible and the bell rings! But the referee says it was only a two! Orton hits Triple H with a punt to the face and pins him, this time getting the three! Randy Orton wins the match and the WWE Championship! Triple H will blame Batista.
There’s a video package next for John Cena and Edge.
John Cena (c) vs. Edge – Last Man Standing match for the World Heavyweight Championship
This is the 5th PPV match between these two men and in their previous 5 singles matches they are tied at two wins a piece. John Cena is 2-2 at Backlash PPV’s, Edge is 3-5. It’s a cagey start to the match as both men jockey for position. Edge leaves the ring and Cena chases him around it before getting back into the ring where Edge attempts a spear but Cena sidesteps it and looks to try for an attitude adjustment but Edge backs off. Edge gets the first knock-down in and then hits Cena with right hands. I’m a big Edge mark. Cena hits a fishermans suplex but Edge hits the Edge-o-cution. There are lots of”CM Punk” chants since Edge came out for this match, the crowd want the cash-in. Edge hits a clothesline and then right hands and the referee makes the first count of the match but Cena is up at 6. Edge hits a spinning heel kick and again the referee counts Cena down but Cena is up at 6 again.
The two men slug it out as “let’s go Cena” “let’s go Edge” chants break out. Edge applies a sleeper and eventually breaks the hold. The referee counts Cena to 7 and he gets to his feet, hits a shoulder charge on Edge and a side suplex before motioning for the five knuckle shuffle but Edge kicks him in the head and locks on a sharpshooter! Again, Edge breaks the hold and the referee counts Cena down but the World Heavyweight Champion is up at 8. On the outside and Edge smashes Cena into the ring steps and then looks to spear Cena who moves and Edge hits the ring steps! Cena attempts an Irish whip but Edge reverses it and sends Cena into the steps. Cena then whips Edge into the steps and for the first time in this match the referee counts Edge who gets up at 7. Cena rolls Edge into the ring and then looks to throw the ring steps into the ring but struggles. He does eventually get them in but he’s met with a boot to the face from the referee. Just kidding, it was Edge. I wonder if anyone actually reads this? Edge smashes the steps into Cena and then dropkicks them into his shoulder.
John Cena back body drops Edge out of the ring and then throws the ring steps at him! And that looked brutal. Edge is counted down for a count of 8. The two men get back into the ring and exchange right hands until both men go down. Both men get up at the count of 8 and Cena tries for an attitude adjustment but Edge counters it three before taking Cena down with a side suplex. Cena hits a drop toe hold and then locks on the STF and Edge taps but it doesn’t mean anything. Edge beats the count and hits Cena with a spear and both men are down. Both men beat the count and Edge heads to the top where Cena meets him up there and hits Edge with an attitude adjustment from the middle rope! Cena gets to his feet at 6 and Edge is up at 9. Cena heads to the top again but Edge catches him on the way down with a spear. Cena gets up at 8 and then falls out of the ring. Both men look exhausted now.
Edge takes apart the announce desk and then looks to DDT Cena on to it but Cena gets Edge up on his shoulders and hits him with the attitude adjustment into the crowd! Judging by the stupid look on one of the fans faces, they must’ve been actors. Edge gets up at 9. Edge runs away through the crowd and up the stairs and Cena is in pursuit as they head off to the concessions! Edge continues to run back into the arena, down the stairs over by the entrance stage. Cena bulldogs Edge down into some equipment. Edge beats the count and the two men slug it out on the stage until Edge drops Cena with a DDT. Cena is up at 8 and Edge heads to the back until returning with a chair and smashing Cena with it. Cena gets up at the count of 9 and sets up Edge for an attitude adjustment but The Big Show comes out and picks Cena up for a chokeslam before chokeslamming him into huge set light! Big Show leaves and the referee counts to 10! Edge wins the match and the World Heavyweight Championship!
That was Backlash 2009. This felt like a solid pay per view with nothing really bad on it. Jack Swagger and Christian put on a good match to kick things off. I’m slightly surprised that Christian won the match and they didn’t continue this feud longer because it’s a good feud and does a lot for Swagger. Christian wins with a little cheating which is fine, I like Christian since he’s returned but I preferred the 2005 Christian! I’m not sure where this leaves both men, I would continue the feud but there won’t be much interest in Swagger chasing. Steamboat and Jericho were up next and fair play to Steamboat, he put on such a good show for a guy of his age. He can still go, that’s for sure. Jericho also did a great job of making Ricky look like a threat. The result was the right one, it’s a win for Jericho and he can move onwards and upwards. I’d actually like to see Steamboat go with the “legend killer” Randy Orton. Jericho has been drafted to Smackdown now so there’ll be new feuds for him over there.
CM Punk and Kane were up next in the filler match of the night. Kane won this one which really surprised me. Surely they should be building CM Punk up as a viable contender to a world title? It was a strange result and a slightly above average match. I’m guessing it was only on the card to give CM Punk something to do whilst he carries the briefcase. The Hardy Boys didn’t click for me. I loved the finish but the match itself was a big stop/start. Jeff gets the win which had to happen after Matt beat him at Wrestlemania. Matt has been drafted to Raw so this’ll put an end to this feud. Beth Phoenix and Santino. Jesus. This was pretty bad. It’ll go down as a win for Santino/Santina and it continues the storyline. I love Santino, he’s great and he’s good in this role but I just don’t like it.
The six man tag was decent. Randy Orton becoming WWE Champion is the big story to come out of it but they also seem to be sewing the seeds for a Triple H/Batista rivalry. Batista cost Triple H the match and you know Triple H won’t forget that. Orton is the title holder now and with the draft it means there’ll be new feuds for Orton which I look forward to. Rhodes and DiBiase are doing a great job as Orton’s lackey’s too. Then in the main event Edge beat John Cena to win the World Heavyweight Championship. I thought Edge might win as he was the only guy involved in both main events that is a Smackdown guy. But I didn’t see the finish coming. Big Show chokeslamming Cena into a light was very impressive and not a moment you’re likely to forget. It took match of the night for me, two very talented wrestlers with a lot of chemistry. Did I mention how much of an Edge mark I am? Good show overall, go check it out!
Overall Rating: 60/100 (ranked joint 85th out of 237)
Match Of The Night: John Cena vs. Edge
Worst Match Of The Night: Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy
Surprise Of The Night: Randy Orton wins the WWE Championship
Worst Booking Of The Night: Kane beats CM Punk
Superstar Of The Night: Edge
Backlash 2009 Will Be Remembered For: Big Show chokeslamming John Cena through a searchlight