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Backlash (2007)

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Backlash (2007)
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Promotional poster featuring Edge, parodying the movie The Shining
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand(s) Raw
SmackDown!
ECW
Date April 29, 2007
City Atlanta, Georgia
Venue Philips Arena
Attendance 14,500[1]
Theme
song
(s)
"There and Back Again" by Daughtry feat. Brent Smith[2]
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Backlash (2007) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which took place on April 29, 2007, at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Following WrestleMania, all pay-per-views became tri-branded. It was the ninth annual event under the Backlash name and starred talent from Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW.[3][4]

The main match on the Raw brand was a fatal four-way match for the WWE Championship involving champion John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge, and Shawn Michaels. Cena won the match and retained the championship after pinning Orton.[5] The primary match on the SmackDown! brand was a Last Man Standing match for the World Heavyweight Championship between The Undertaker and Batista, which ended in a no-contest after both men failed get to their feet before the referee counted to ten.[6] The featured match on the ECW brand was Bobby Lashley versus Team McMahon (Umaga, Vince and Shane McMahon) in a handicap match for the ECW World Championship. Vince won the title and the match for his team after pinning Lashley.[7]

Background

The main event scripted into Backlash on the Raw brand was a fatal four-way match for the WWE Championship, a standard match involving four wrestlers between John Cena, Edge, Shawn Michaels and Randy Orton. At the Royal Rumble in January, Michaels was one of the final two participants in the Royal Rumble match before being eliminated by The Undertaker.[8][9] On the February 5, 2007 episode of Raw, Michaels earned the right to become the number-one contender for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania after defeating Orton and Edge in a triple threat match.[10] At WrestleMania, Cena defeated Michaels to retain the WWE Championship after forcing Michaels to submit to the STFU.[11] On the April 9 episode of Raw, a number one contender's match between Michaels and Orton for the WWE Championship ended in a no contest after both men's shoulders were on the mat while they were pinning one another. Later that night, during Edge's talk show, "The Cutting Edge", Edge claimed that General Manager Jonathan Coachman had named him the number-one contender to the WWE title. Honorary General Manager Michael Pena, from the Make-a-Wish Foundation, however, announced that Michaels, Orton, and Edge would face Cena for the title at Backlash in a fatal four-way match.[12]

Bobby Lashley during his first reign as ECW Champion

Another rivalry leading up to the event was between The Undertaker and Batista over the World Heavyweight Championship. At the Royal Rumble in January, The Undertaker won the 2007 Royal Rumble match. As a result, he was given the right to a world title match at WrestleMania for any of WWE's three major championships (ECW World, World Heavyweight, or WWE).[8] On the February 5 episode of Raw, Undertaker teased all three World Champions (Bobby Lashley, Batista, and John Cena) before choosing World Heavyweight Champion Batista as his opponent to face at WrestleMania 23.[10] At WrestleMania, The Undertaker defeated Batista to win the World Heavyweight Championship to extend his WrestleMania undefeated streak to 15-0.[13][14][15] Their rivalry, however, did not end, as General Manager Theodore Long booked a Last Man Standing match between The Undertaker and Batista at Backlash.[16]

The main rivalry on the ECW brand was between Bobby Lashley and Team McMahon (Umaga, Vince and Shane McMahon), in which Lashley and Vince were feuding over the ECW World Championship. The rivalry started on the February 26 episode of Raw, when Lashley was selected by Donald Trump to compete at WrestleMania 23. Lashley was selected to compete against Vince's representative, Umaga, in Hair vs. Hair match, a match in which the loser or the loser's representative would have to get his head shaved bald.[17] At WrestleMania, Lashley defeated Umaga, and after the match, Trump and Lashley shaved Vince's head bald.[18] On the April 9 episode of Raw, Shane challenged Lashley to a Hair vs. Title match for the ECW World Championship. Shane got himself intentionally disqualified, but did not get his head shaved. After the match, Umaga and Vince and Shane attacked Lashley. After the beating, Vince announced that Lashley would have to defend the ECW World Championship against Team McMahon at Backlash in a three-on-one handicap match.[12]

Event

Preliminary matches

Other on-screen personnel[19]
Role: Name:
Commentator Jim Ross (Raw)
Jerry Lawler (Raw)
Michael Cole (SmackDown!)
John "Bradshaw" Layfield (SmackDown!)
Joey Styles (ECW)
Tazz (ECW)
Interviewer Todd Grisham
Maria Kanellis
Ring announcer Justin Roberts (Raw/ECW)
Tony Chimel (SmackDown!)
Referee Chad Patton (Raw)
Jim Korderas (SmackDown!)
Mickie Henson (SmackDown!)
Marty Elias (Raw)
Jack Doan (Raw)
Mike Chioda (Raw)
Scott Armstrong (ECW)

Before the event aired live on pay-per-view, Carlito defeated Johnny Nitro in a dark match.[20] The first match of the event was The Hardys (Matt and Jeff) versus Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch for the World Tag Team Championship. Cade and Murdoch controlled a majority of the match; however, The Hardys won the bout when Matt pinned Murdoch after a Twist Of Fate, which was followed by Jeff Hardy's Swanton Bomb.[21]

The match that followed was Melina versus Mickie James for the WWE Women's Championship. The match was short lived, as Melina performed an Inverted DDT upon Mickie James and pinned her to retain the WWE Women's Championship.[22] The third match was between Chris Benoit and Montel Vontavious Porter for the WWE United States Championship. Benoit and MVP struggled throughout the match, attempting to gain the upper hand. In the end, Benoit pinned MVP after a series of counters from both superstars, culminating in a small package to win the match and retain the WWE United States Championship.[23]

Main event matches

Shane McMahon in the ring before his match at Backlash

The three-on-one Handicap ECW World Championship match between champion Bobby Lashley and Team McMahon (Umaga, Vince and Shane McMahon) was next. Near the end of the match, Shane hit Lashley with the title belt, which was followed by Umaga landing a top rope splash to Lashley. Umaga then tagged in Vince, who attempted to pin Lashley. Lashley, however, kicked out. Vince then tagged in Umaga, who once again executed a diving splash on Lashley. After being tagged in again, Vince pinned Lashley to win the ECW World Championship and the match for his team.[7][24]

The next match was The Undertaker against Batista in a Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship. At one spot, Undertaker leg dropped Batista through an announce table. Towards the end, the two fought up the entrance ramp, where Batista speared to The Undertaker off the stage. Neither man could get to their feet before the referee's count of ten; in result, the match ended in a draw. Due to WWE regulations, titles can't change hands in a Last Man Standing match by a draw, so The Undertaker remained champion.[6]

The main event was John Cena against Edge, Randy Orton, and Shawn Michaels in a fatal four-way match for the WWE Championship. During the opening minutes of the match, Michaels performed a moonsault from the top turnbuckle onto Cena, Edge, and Orton outside the ring. Near the end, Orton attempted an RKO on Cena, but was pushed into Edge, making Edge spear Orton. Cena then performed an FU to Edge. When Cena turned around, Michaels superkicked Cena, who landed on Orton for the pinfall victory, retaining the title.[5]

Aftermath

Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch continued their rivalry with The Hardys until the two teams had a rematch at Judgment Day for the World Tag Team Championship, which The Hardys won.[25] Chris Benoit and Montel Vontavious Porter also continued their rivalry for the WWE United States Championship, which led to a best 2 out of 3 falls match at Judgment Day, which Porter won.[26][27]

On the May 11 episode of SmackDown!, The Undertaker defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Batista in a Steel cage match, a match fought within a cage formed by placing four sheets of mesh metal around, in, or against the edges of a wrestling ring. Both men escaped the steel cage at the same time, and The Undertaker was therefore declared still the champion. After the match, Mark Henry returned and attacked The Undertaker. Edge, who was scripted to beat Mr. Kennedy on the May 7 episode of Raw to win the Money in the Bank contract,[28] cashed in his opportunity and defeated The Undertaker to win the World Heavyweight Championship.[29][30]

Team McMahon's feud with Bobby Lashley continued as Mr. McMahon gave Lashley a rematch at Judgment Day, which was another three-on-one Handicap match for the ECW World Championship.[28] At Judgment Day, Lashley won the match, but Vince said that Lashley had not beaten him, as Lashley had pinned Shane instead, so Lashley was not awarded the belt.[31] The rivalry continued until One Night Stand, where Lashley challenged Vince to a match where there is no disqualifications or countouts, dubbed a Street Fight. Lashley won the match and the ECW World Championship, and their rivalry ended.[32]

Results

No. Results[20] Stipulations Times[1]
1D Carlito defeated Johnny Nitro Singles match Unknown
2 The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) (c) defeated Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch[21] Tag team match for the World Tag Team Championship 14:18
3 Melina (c) defeated Mickie James[22] Singles match for the WWE Women's Championship 09:02
4 Chris Benoit (c) defeated Montel Vontavious Porter[23] Singles match for the WWE United States Championship 13:10
5 Mr. McMahon, Shane McMahon and Umaga defeated Bobby Lashley (c)[7] Handicap match for the ECW World Championship 15:45
6 The Undertaker (c) vs. Batista ended in a draw[6] Last Man Standing match for the World Heavyweight Championship 20:23
7 John Cena (c) defeated Randy Orton, Edge and Shawn Michaels[5] Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE Championship 19:21
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

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External links

  • Backlash 2007 official website
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