Ruthless Aggression #17. Backlash (April 29, 2007) Part 3

Previously on On the Card: Bad Benoit match followed by a bad ECW match. One is a surprise.

Cut to Cunt JBL and Maggle Cole. They shill the next PPV, Judgment Day.

Cut to a promo for the next match: Undertaker vs. Batista. Taker was the winner there, after a hard-fought match in which Batista almost looked like he could win. But Taker did, obviously. Batista wasn’t too happy about that and demanded his rematch. Teddy Long put it as a Last Man Standing match. This promo really makes both men look awesome… until Taker asks for Batista’s soul. Then it becomes silly. Tony Chimel reminds us of the rules to this match.

Batista’s music hits and the pop is… subdued. He hits his farty machine gun pyro anyways. He is wearing a bandage on his right leg – the victim of many a shillelagh attack by our boy Finlay over the last wee while. Cunt JBL says that the Last Man Standing match requires only a pair of fists and a bucket of guts to survive. I dispute that.

Undertaker’s theme hits and the smoke fills the arena. Taker arrives, holding the belt in his hand, letting it dangle by his side. What a guy. Cunt JBL is desperate to see these two lads beat each other up because he’s the worst.

Taker slowly removes his hat. Batista coughs.

Last Man Standing match for the World Heavyweight Championship: The Undertaker (c) vs. Batista.

Big boot to Batista to start off and Taker hits a number of elbows before throwing Batista into the corner and takes over. Undertaker is wearing a bandage on his right elbow. Both men are injured in this match. Chekov’s bandage. Taker starts to hit Old School and gets it fine, fine, just fine. Couple of headbutts from the Deadman and Batista hits a bodyslam but stumbles. Is it a botch or is it psychology? We may never know, though the announcers are very clear about it. Batista batters Taker’s head off things and gets thrown into the ring steps himself. Ref begins a count but only gets to four. Taker starts kicking on the injured leg of Batista and the announcers still sell their injuries. The pair share kicks. Batista is lying on the apron and Taker gives him a wee boot followed by a great big leg drop. Ref begins another count but Batista is up and throwing Taker into the steel ring steps before he gets to ten.

In the ring, Batista goes to the top rope but Taker delivers a punch to knock him down before he can jump. Taker goes up top and attempts the big ole superplex – and actually gets it! The ref starts his double count and gets to eight. Batista is wobbling. Great job all together. They trade some punches. Batista finally ducks a punch and gets a clothesline. This is a match where, due to the stipulation, the pair of them work at a slower pace. Every punch is heavy. Every knock down is concussive. Another clothesline, another count and Batista hits the bodyslam and leg drop. Maggle tells us that we can feel a shift in the arena… aye, a wee shift, yeah, the crowd are dead. Then Taker throws Batista out and takers the top of the Smackdown announcer’s table off. The crowd pops for that. Batista counters an Irish whip and Taker goes into the barricade. Batista lifts Taker up but the Deadman counters into some attempt of a backbreaker. Announcers sell it but it looks shite. Taker hits Batista with the steel ring steps and has a wee sit. Batista blades and is bust open.

Batista swipes away at Taker ineffectively and Batista is placed on the table. Taker steps on the barricade and hits a lovely leg drop on Batista, destroying the table. Great. Batista is bust wide open and a fan gives him a wee pat on the bum when he gets to his feet for the ten count. In the ring, Taker is running at Batista, hits Snake Eyes and gets a spear for his effort. That would normally be good for maybe a few seconds, but we are led to believe that it will knock him down for ten? Madness. A spinebuster, another count, two more spinebusters and another count. Taker gets to nine and Batista attempts the Batista Bomb but the Phenom escapes, hits the big chokeslam and a double count starts. Once again, both men are up at nine. Undertaker goes to give the ten punch and Batista lifts Undertaker up for a thunderous Batista Bomb. Taker can’t get to his feet… but does before ten. Batista goes out and gets a chair. He’s had enough of this shite. Big chair shot to Undertaker’s head and he attempts another bomb but Taker hits the back body drop on him. Batista is to his feet and gets a Tombstone. Undertaker is amazed that Batista gets to his feet. Both men brawl to the outside.

The two men fight their way up the ramp – a compulsory part of any Last Man Standing match. Taker is ready to throw Batista off the Titantron but Batista fights back. Attempt a Batista Bomb on the steel stage. Taker goes to the edge to check to that there’s a safe spot for Batista to fall upon and carries him over. Batista escapes, hits the spear and both men rock off the Titantron, releasing farty pyro and McMahon-Millions-style set being dropped on them. Ref hits the fastest ten count ever and ends the match.

Neither men answer the count of ten and so Undertaker retains World Heavyweight Championship in 20:23.

2017 comments:

Very long, but it needs to be for this style of match. Inconsistent booking and selling – punches got five counts and finishers got the same. Ending was cheap and guff.

2007 comments:

That last angle looked awesome, actually.

Grade: B.

Cole says: “There is no last man standing tonight,” as both men stand up pretty much instantly.

Cut to Jim Ross and Jerry selling the match. They set up the mmmmmmmain event between our boys Edgy, HBKy, Ceny and Ortony. There was a poll done and Cena won with 50% of the vote, followed by HBK at 34%, Orton at 10% and the Rated-R Superstar trailing with a measly 6%. That’s what happens when you fuck over Fat Matt Hardy, my boy.

Cut to a Green-Day-Longview-inspired promo for this Fatal 4-Way. It doesn’t seem to have the gravitas that it should have. Cut to recaps of matches over the last wee while. So these boys have fought each other a bit and Cena has usually won. This is a horrible promo.

Finally, Shawn enters to his Sexy Boy music! How long have we been waiting for this? Months! He gets a barely-there pop for it and sets off lovely big pyro behind him. JR has to recap the last match because the promo package did such a bad job of doing it!

Edge’s awesome music hits and the WWE Championship graphic hits for some unknown reason. Edge is springing about the ring.

Hey! It’s Randy Orrrrrrton! He hits the legend-killer pose and jogs to the ring like the jobber he is. All four of these men were tag-teams and fought at the last PPV. Why isn’t this a bigger thing?

The crowd pop for our man Cena as he rocks down to the ring, shouting and yelling. He slips into the ring and hits the ropes before throwing up his fists for the crowd.

Fatal 4-way match for the WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Edge vs. Randy Orton.

All four men stand in their corners and look at each other for a while. Everyone waits to make the first move. Shawn moves towards Cena and the two have a wee chat. Orton and Edge come over, both slap the other two and soon all four men are looking at each other. Shawn and Cena give tandem punches to the Rated-RKO team before Shawn gives some lovely chops to Cena’s chest, giving some fantastic “Woo”s from the crowd. Fisherman’s suplex and both men are down. Edge and Randy are in and toss Shawn and Cena out. Both men square off. King says, “behove.”

Lovely punches and a standing dropkick. Edge rolls out and Cena rolls him back in. Shawn drags out Randy and punches him before Cena knocks them both down and Edge knocks him down. Very nice. Edge tosses Randy into a very safe ring step spot before body slamming Cena, attempting to do the same to Michaels but it is reversed. Shawn goes top rope and moonsaults outside, hitting Edge and Randy pretty badly. Shawn rolls Edge into the ring and gives him some lovely chops. Double clothesline and both men are down.

Cena is top rope and hits a lovely leg drop that knocks down both men. Cena pins Michaels but gets nothing. Orton hits Cena with a lovely clothesline and tosses out Michaels and Edge. Both Orton and Cena go at one another and Orton hits a lovely backbreaker followed by a stompy womp and big jumping knee. The frosted-tip ref hits a thunderous pin-count but Cena kicks out. Randy is thrown into the corner but Cena misses his shoulder barge. Michaels rocks in and chops away on Orton, getting big “woo!”s, followed by a shoulder barge and kip up but Edge boots him in the face and goes for a pin attempt that Orton breaks up. Both men have a wee chat and join together to beat on Michaels. Rated-RKO hit the legend killer pose and Edge knocks Cena off the apron and into the ECW announcers, who have something exciting happen to them for a wee change.

Michaels hits his inside-out spot in the corner and the team give him a double back-body drop followed by double Boston crab. Michaels can’t seem to reach the ropes. The announcers wonder that if Shawn taps out, who would be the winner? Fatal four-way rules mean that the person hitting the submission would win. Ah well, it don’t matter none because Cena pops in and hits a double sunset-neckbreaker and cleans out. Spin-out powerbomb on Edge and a Five-Knuckle Shuffle on the Rated-R Superstar. Both Orton and Michaels pull Cena out and throw him into the ringpost. Then Orton is pushed in by Michaels.

Orton is thrown onto the announce table and as Michaels is ready to piledrive Orton, Edge hits him with a chair and bops Randy on the head with the chair. Edge goes mid-ring and attempts to hit Cena but Cena applies the STFU instead. Good man, Cena. Edge has lovely facials. Edge gets to the rope and Cena breaks the hold… but it’s no DQ, right? STFU to Orton and Michaels is in to break it up. Pin attempt and Cena gets the big chops. Michaels hits the shoulder-barge, kip-up, atomic drops to all three men. Orton and Edge are tossed out and Cena gets a bodyslam. Michaels goes to the top rope and hits the big elbow drop on Cena. He strikes up the band, tuning it up for Sweet Chin Music but Edge intervenes. Lovely body slam and another elbow drop on Edge and JR incorrectly calls it, “Air Canada,” despite the fact that Michaels is American. Edge is Canuck though.

Orton comes in and Michaels body slams him, attempts another elbow drop but Cena goes up to hit the Super FU but Rated-RKO lift Cena’s legs up and all four men hit the mat, hard. Lots of lying down. Cena attempts to FU Edge, but there are a number of counters before Michaels jumps on Edge as he is getting an FU, stopping Cena from hitting it. Orton comes in, RKOs Michaels – and shows off a horrible-looking bloody blotch on his inner thighs – and Edge hits a lovely DDT on Cena, getting only a two-count. Edge looks pretty intense and gets ready to spear Cena, who jumps over him, delivering Edge into an almost-RKO. A couple of false finishes and finally Michaels Sweet Chin Music’s Cena, who falls onto Orton and accidentally gets the pin.

John Cena has accidentally pinned Randy Orton and retains the WWE Championship in 19:21.

2017 comments:

Wow. What a fantastic match with great spots, pin attempts, close calls, lovely choreography and ruined by a horrible ending. I don’t think either Orton or Cena knew it was the finish.

2007 comments:

Whut.

Grade: B.

Cena’s music hits and although he was probably supposed to win, not one man looks like they knew it. JR says that Cena was in the right place at the right time and this is probably true. Shawn is pissed off at Cena and is roaring at him. Michaels takes a seat in the corner and leaves the ring, still ticked off. Both men make it look like they genuinely have heat.

Straight-up Shoot Fact: Apparently, after the WrestleMania match last month, Shawn had genuine heat with Cena and was unhappy about how the match went due to Cena not selling his leg.

The PPV ends with a pop and fizzle.

The Go Home Stats.

Man of the Matches: No real matches were outstanding but I must say that the choreography in that final match was fantastic. So, I nominate John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge and Shawn Michaels.

Woman of the Matches: That was a fantastic match. I’m going to nominate Mickie James.

Montel Vontavious Porter Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence: Mickie James!

Best Spot: Edge spearing Randy, getting FU’d by Cena who gets Sweet Chin Music’d by Shawn Michaels and accidentally gets the pin.

Hatches: We saw Shane McMahon for the first time since Unforgiven, but other than there, there are no other hatches.

Matches: The Hardy Boys retain their World Tag Team Championships; Melina retains her WWE Women’s Championship; [REDACTED] Benoit retains his WWE United States Championship; The Undertaker retains his World Heavyweight Championship; John Cena retains his WWE Championship; Vince McMahon wins the ECW Championship for his first reign.

Dispatches: Sadly, this is the final time that we will see Mickie James and The Undertaker in the Ruthless Aggression portion of this blog. Mickie has an absence due to Melina transitioning into a feud with… Candice Michelle. The Undertaker would leave after the May 11 Smackdown to rehab injuries and would not return until Unforgiven in September.

Closing Statements: It was an okay card and there were flashes of brilliance throughout, but ultimately the endings of the matches were what let this PPV down, sadly.

On the Card will return on May 20 2017 with Judgment Day 2007.

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Ruthless Aggression #17. Backlash (April 29, 2007) Part 2

Previously on On the Card: Brilliant women’s match. Fair play to the pair of them.

Backstage, another lovely-but-dopey woman (Maria) is introducing Edge. He makes fun of her chipper attitude. Edge is happy that he is the least-tired of the four competitors tonight. He mimes it. It’s great. Maria pulls paper from between her tits. Upon it is the immortal question: How did Edge win his first WWE title? He tells her that everyone knows the answer. He became Mr. Money in the Bank. He had John Cena beaten. Edge cashed in, speared Cena and won. Edge wonders aloud who would ask such a question. Maria points behind Edge. It’s Miiisssstaaaaaaaaah Kennnnneedy. Kennedy. He repeats what Edge says back to him and pats his briefcase. Thinly veiled threat there.

Back in the arena, it’s motherfucking Montel Vontavious Porter! Big fan now. I hated him but then I liked him again. It’s the WWE US Championship match and for the first time this night, the champ is entering last. About damn time.

[REDACTED] Benoit rocks out. Big pop for him, but very little charisma from the man himself. Roidy Magoo barrel-chest on him.

WWE United States Championship match: [REDACTED] Benoit (c) vs. Montel Vontavious Porter.

MVP has had nothing but good matches this past while and Benoit is Benoit. Interesting to note that all matches this evening are title matches, but that isn’t advertised by any of the announcers. You’d think they’d love to point that out.

Cunt JBL says, “You’d better call the Atlanta PD… because these two men are going to steal the show.” Great line, but both men do little in the opening minutes to show that. They grapple, push each other around, flirt with tests of strength and finally some quick takedowns before a drop-toe-hold moves into Crippler Crossface. Announcers reference that MVP walked away from a match with Benoit earlier that month. Lots of rest holds, sadly, and both men can do better. Lovely flip into a pin and Benoit hits the bridge before getting a backdrop. Benoit gets MVP into the sharpshooter and drags himself to the corner before Benoit finally releases him. Benoit hits the turnbuckle chest first and MVP floor him with a kick to the back of the head. More rest holds. Very boring match from these two men.

During this long, long, long rest hold, Cole mentions Benoit’s surgically repaired neck. MVP misses the big boot but hits a lovely overhead suplex and MVP gives off that the ref didn’t count quickly enough. More rest holds and this is getting very, very old. MVP batters Benoit down when he gets to his feet and the Canuck fights back with chops to the chest before ducking a punch and getting tin triple German suplexes. He runs the thumb over his throat and goes to jump… but is caught by MVP. MVP gets the feet on the rope during a pin. Two pins and MVP still can’t score a win. Lovely neckbreaker but still no pin. MVP sets up the suplex but Benoit retaliates and gets the crossface. MVP gets to the ropes and boots back on our boy Benoit. Lovely snapmare and another rest hold. Benoit is bleeding from his mouth.

MVP cheekily gets some leverage on the ropes and the ref sees him. Still in control, MVP attempts another pin after a big boot. Benoit ducks the boot and hits the quintuple Germans, heads to the top rope and dopey MVP is in the wrong position to get his knees up so has to move quickly so that Benoit can miss. MVP gets Benoit in a one-legged Boston Crab and the crowd are on their feet. Benoit gets the rope. MVP hits a lovely delayed vertical suplex but Benoit kicks out, attempts the corssface, is countered and Benoit gets the roll-up for the win.

[REDACTED] Benoit has pinned MVP to retain the United States title in 9:02.

2017 comments:

Good match, but not the best from these two men.

2007 comments:

Big Botchy Magoo there at the end.

Grade: B.

Sadly, JBL calls Benoit a Hall-of-Famer. Ouch.

Backstage, Todd chats to Jaaaaaahn Cena! But then Randy Orton appears. Both men are due to be in the ring later on this evening for their millionth or so match. Orton says that he and Cena have a lot of similarities: they are young, handsome and talented. HBK and Edge are not. How about they gang up on the old-timers and then see who the real men are. John asks if Orton really thinks Cena is handsome and if he wants to “get together” and “take it lying down”. Cena says it’s not his thing. Randy replies with, “You’ll be in the ring, tonight, with me on top!” Then Ron Simmons appears and says “Damn.”

Back in the arena, Tazz and Joey chat as a weird cover of Green Day’s “Longview” plays. Promo for the lead-up to the next match. Bobby Lashley beat Umaga and Cunt President, Bobbo Lasher and Stone Cold shaved his head. Shane decides to beat the Lasher and apparently it is a close match until the heels arrive and beat on Lashley, hitting him with big old chair shots. Vince makes the match: Vince and Shane and Umaga versus Bobby Lashley for the ECW World Championship.

Here comes the money! Old Shane O-Mac comes out, happy as Larry. What a guy.

Umaga comes out next without Armando Alejandro Estrada, who was thrown to the floor on ECW the past week. Umaga hits the steel ring steps before walking up them. Good man.

No Chance! Old Do-Ragged Vince comes out. A crowd member asks Vince to take off the hat. Another asks, “Got hair?” Vince seems to be wearing black jeans. Both McMahons use the “break” motion.

Big silence before Bobbo Lasher’s music hit. He gets a substantial pop, but this might be piped in. Farty pyro goes off, spraying Bobby in golden sparks. He does his Brock jump and the ring pyro hits. Lovely image of all three of Team McMahon against Team Bobbo. Vince and Umaga actually leave the ring to stand by the side! Fair play.

ECW World Championship match: Bobby Lashely (c) vs. Umaga, Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon.

Bobby instantly lifts up Shane, slams him down and batters him in the corner. Shane is ragdolling and pantomiming. Bobby has a wee chat with him, Irish whips him and hits the spinebuster before throwing him out. Vince threatens to come in and when Shane rocks into the ring, he tags in Umaga. Boos from the crowd. Umaga is thrown into the corner and battered by our boy Bobbo. Umaga batters on Bobby and the announcers tell us that Umaga only has two blemishes on his record – both caused by Bobby, once at WrassleMania and another in Italy. Bobby throws Umaga out, tosses Shane over the rope and leaves only Vince on the apron. Slowly, Vince attempts to go in, but gives just enough time for Umaga to be thrown off the apron and Shane to have a lovely delayed suplex. Umaga rocks in and Bobby hits a drop-toe-hold, dropping Umaga into Shane. Bobby runs the ropes and Shane pulls the top one down, throwing Lashley outside.

Umaga throws Bobby into the ring steps. Umaga hits the big leg drop and rakes Bobby’s back loads. Shane is tagged in and lays the boots onto Bobby before hitting the armbar. Lovely armbar-headscissors. Bobby powers through and tries to lift Shane up but falls back down. Lasher finally lifts Shane up, slams him down and attempts the pin but it is broken by Umaga. Umaga tags in and gives a big headbutt to Lasher. Lashley fights back after a looooong rest hold and he gets a knee to the back from Shane and a Samoan Drop from Umaga. Shane is once again tagged in – Vince hasn’t been in yet. Shane goes back to the elbows and knees to a prone Bobby before hitting what appears to be a Camel Clutch, break back, make humble.

Shane fights back from Bobby’s attempt to escape by dropping the old arse on him and hitting the Camel Clutch again. Bobby fights back again and Bobby rams him into the turnbuckle before hitting a T-bone suplex followed by clotheslines and shoulder barges and a back-body drop. He gives Shane the torture rack backbreaker and goes for the pin. As Umaga pops in, Lasher hits the spear and the Dominator before Vince comes in to break the pin. The crowd pop as the two men square off in the middle of the ring. Bobby lifts Vince for the Dominator but Shane grabs his leg and Umaga throws him down. The ref shouts at the illegal men and Shane hits Bobby with the ECW belt. Vince goes to pin Bobby and only gets a two! Bobby does the roll-up and Shane jumps in to break the pin! Umaga is tagged in, hits the flying headbutt and Vince tags in for another pin. Bobby kicks out and Vince, furious, tags Umaga in. A second splash and once again, Vince pops in, gets the pin and wins this time.

Mr. McMahon has pinned Bobby Lashley to win the ECW World Championship in 15:45.

2017 comments:

A better match at half the time. Otherwise, a great big “fuck you” to ECW fans.

2007 comments:

Jesus, that went on forever.

Grade: C.

A real shame. Vince can’t seem to tag people in either. Umaga, Vince and Shane all shake hands. Shane attempts to hug Umaga and gets pushed back. Announcers feign shock. The real shock is how this match was so damned long. Who booked this and thought that a fifteen minute match would be a good idea? There were no spots here, there were no exciting parts, no big pops. The whole thing was just a giant, “fuck away off with your ECW” to everyone.

On the Card will return on May 13 2017 with the third and final part of Backlash 2007.

Ruthless Aggression #17. Backlash (April 29, 2007) Part 1

On the Card: Ruthless Aggression #17 Backlash – April 29, 2007

The Ruthless Aggression Era was a time when the WWE roster was so huge and so varied that they had no way of continuing storylines each week on their two main shows – RAW and Smackdown – and so they created the draft where wrestlers and announcers would be drafted onto either one of the two shows. Smackdown wrestlers would not (usually) be able to appear on Raw or interact with Raw wrestlers and vice versa.

Ten years ago, on April 29, 2007, Backlash 2007 aired. It was a WWE PPV, as WWE had dropped Brand-named PPVs after No Way Out in February. Personally, the PPV came at a time where I had grown weary with professional wrestling, confused by the sheer number of wrestlers and unwilling to spend so much time per week watching hours of footage and trawling through shows, replays, promos and matches. I simply watched the PPVs. Over the next few weeks, I will review this PPV from the perspectives of a fan looking back at it after a decade as well as my original thoughts as a younger man watching it at the time.

WWE Backlash 2007

No tagline this time, but the posted is a brilliant parody of The Shining, with Edge looking through a smashed door with an evil grin on his face.

The PPV starts off with a video package showing us what happened at WrestleMania: Undertaker won, Vince got his head shaved and Cena beat Michaels. Vince gets his revenge against Bobby by putting his title on the line after beating him down.

Batista threatens Undertaker and Taker replies by wanting to steal Batista’s soul. Shawn and Cena fought, Cena won and Edge and Randy want a title as well. Three championships are on the line tonight… but also the women’s championship.

Raw, Smackdown and ECW present WWE Backlash! Big pyro hits as we are welcomed to the soled out Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia where 14,500 people are crammed in to see the ninth annual Backlash. 194,000 bought it at home, a pathetic drop from the 220,000 the year previous and the worst ratings in a PPV so far this year. Only ECW One Night Stand in June would have lower PPV buys. Our announce team are Jumpin’ Jim Ross, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Joey Styles, Tazz, Maggle Cole and Cunt JBL.

Jerking the curtain for the fifth PPV in a row are the Hardys.

 (Note: Before the PPV began, there was a dark match that featured Carlito and Johnny Nitro. What? Why? Put… actually, there’s no one really you can put on the preshow because the rest of the matches are money.!)

Team Extreme rock down to the ring, tag team belts around their waists after winning it from Cena and Michaels the day after WrestleMania. Obviously their amazing match caused… dissention!

Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch rock down, looking like a pair of hillbillies. Great. Remind me of the gosh-darned Godwinns.

World Tag Team Championship match: The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) (c) vs. Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch.

I’ve changed up the titles of the matches. Putting champion first or in order of appearance.

Wait, why did the challengers appear second? This doesn’t make any sense!

Fat Matt starts off and our boy Lance Cade is ready in his red pants. Lance shoves Matt into the corner. Both men are put over by the announcers. Headlock into a pin and Lance tips Matt over for a pin attempt of his own. Irish whip, elbow to the face and the heel Cade hits Matt with a clenched fist, the bastard. Murdoch pops in and gets punched in the face. Matt has Lance in a headlock but the big man powers through and shoves Matt into the corner to tag in Murdoch. Lovely body slam and Jeff comes in to a big pop, but he tags out quickly.

Lovely double team on Murdoch and Jeff hits a Whispers in the Wind pin, causing Cade to pop in and Matt to throw him out. Matt gets on all fours and we see a lovely Poetry in Motion over the top rope and out of the ring. Very safe catch from the challengers. Matt goes to Bret’s rope and hits the axe-handle nothing, bulldog attempt from the corner and Lance comes back in. Big “Let’s go, Hardys!” chant rises. Matt is in the beat down portion of the match, but escapes after a Russian Leg Sweep and Jeff comes in to clear house. Good man, Jeff. Lance attempts a baseball slide but Lance drags him out. Cade attempts the pin but finds nothing. Lovely spinebuster-powerbomb and Matt helps out the pin. Lance does a lovely atomic-drop-leg-drop Murdoch holds Jeff while Lance hits him. Lovely clothesline and pin attempt.

Murdoch is in, attempts a suplex, rolls it up into a pin, Murdoch gives the big boot and Lance is back in. I just realised that the hard cam is in the wrong position, with the entrance to the right of the screen. I wonder why. Snapmare, lovely headlock and the crowd is building to the hot tag after Jeff hits the jawbreaker. Murdoch is in, though, hitting Jeff with a backdrop and there’s a revolving door of beating up Jeff until the hot tag builds. Jeff hits a reverse enziguri, Matt is knocked off the apron to big boos and Murdoch attempts a lovely axe-handle smash. Jeff counters it, goes for the hot tag and Matt is in, clearing house. Bulldog to Murdoch and pin attempt. A Poetry in Motion attempt but Lance pulls Murdoch to safety. Matt goes to hit the Twist of Fate, fails, hits a Side Effect and in the pin, Lance dives out of nowhere. Murdoch attempts a pin but Matt kicks out and JR says, “A damaged Matt Hardy,” a good decade before it’s popular.

Murdoch hits a lovely sunset flip pin and then has a tantrum when Matt kicks out. Jeff and Land are getting ready. Matt escapes a suplex, hits the Twist of Fate and as Lance pulls Matt out to hit him, Jeff hits the Swanton. Matt escapes Lance’s clutches and gets the pin.

Matt Hardy has pinned Trevor Murdoch to retain the World Tag Team titles in 14:18

2017 comments:

Good opener, once again. I didn’t expect much from Trevor Murdoch or Lance Cade, but they did a good job. Match was slower paced and leading towards a huge spot that never really came. Enjoyable but forgettable.

2007 comments:

I wish Matt and Jeff could go back to just hitting lads with tables and ladders and chairs.

Grade: B.

Matt and Jeff celebrate. A sign in the crowd says, “Jeff, please Swonton [sic] Bomb me.” Replay of the ending. Almost a heelish move by the faces. Very cheeky. We actually get to hear the ending riff of the Hardy’s theme. The announcers put over the “huge rock concert” crowd for the Hardys.

Backstage, Umaga breathes heavily. Shane bigs him up. Shane does tell him, however, to listen to both Shane and Vince. Vince has a do-rag on to cover his bald head. Shane says, “Cool.” Vince is telling Shane that one of the two of them could be ECW champion. Vince says it should be Shane and then looks a bit annoyed. Shane returns and says that Vince deserves to be Champ considering Bobby shaved his head bald. Vince accepts this and Shane looks a bit miffed.

Back in the arena, Melina’s music hits. Jerry says, “Let me put my phone down… and grab my binoculars!” Once again, the champ is coming out first. What is with that? Melina is wearing a weird leopard print affair. She leg drops the apron.

Mickie James’ music hits and out she comes, waving to the crowd and getting little response.

WWE Women’s Championship match: Melina (c) vs. Mickie James.

Normally, the women’s match would be the piss-break match – and has been until quite recently when talented young women have been brought up – and here we have Mickie, who is quite good and passionate against Melina, who is a Diva and has not impressed in the ring recently.

Nice fireman’s carry from Mickie. JR says that this match might get out of order quickly due to their tempers and King says that we might see an actual wrestling match. JR says that he loves a wrestling match but also loves him a good catfight. The crowd chant for Mickie and she locks Melina up in a head scissors. Side headlock. Mickie checks her tits as Melina checks her eyes. She actually takes her contact out and then sucker punches Mickie. Great stuff. Mickie has Melina in the corner, lovely monkey flip, pin and nothing. Mickie goes top rope and Melina tosses her out. Ref starts the ten count and rolls in before the ref can count her out. Ref is very nice about making sure that the shoulders are down. Melina hits a tarantula on the ropes and JR says that it doesn’t matter if there’s a DQ – Melina keeps the championship either way. Melina goes top-rope and basically hangs Mickie from the turnbuckle. God damn.

Mickie fights back and the crowd pops. Melina sentons Mickie and JR quips: “That’s that you call ‘using all your assets’.” Mickie gives Melina a kick and both women get they gets kicked out to make a lovely double-split spot. Mickie dropkicks Melina twice. Long two-count. Mickie hits a great clothesline followed by another followed by a hair-pull and a fantastic sit-out neckbreaker. Close three count. Crowd are into this match now. Mickie hits a lovely crossbody and Melina replies with a reverse DDT for the pin.

Melina has pinned Mickie James to retain the Women’s title in 9:02.

2017 comments:

Great women’s match. Great match regardless of gender.

2007 comments:

Women can wrassle?!

Grade: A.

On the Card will return on May 6 2017 with the second part of Backlash 2007.