Learning to break kayfabe
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April 26th 2009
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United States Championship
MVP(c) vs. Ted DiBiase
MVP and Ted DiBiase have been just two players in what has been a mass war amongst the members of the WWE roster. The Legacy, along with World Heavyweight Champion Edge, have sought to enforce their dominance over both Raw and Smackdown since Wrestlemania. However, superstars such as John Cena, Batista, Rey Mysterio and MVP haven’t taken too kindly to their efforts.
Just one night after Wrestlemania, MVP was victorious in a tag match with CM Punk against Legacy. The next week on Raw, DiBiase, with the help of Cody Rhodes defeated MVP in a non-title bout. Later that same night, the Legacy boys looked to pull off another victory in Rhodes match against Rey Mysterio but it wasn’t to be as MVP came to the Intercontinental Champion’s aid. This marked the beginning of both Champion’s stand against the second generation superstars. MVP got his win back on the next edition of Smackdown. However, after Mysterio’s match with Randy Orton, both men took a beating at the hands of the vicious Viper and his henchmen. This led to a huge six man tag team match on the next edition of Monday Night Raw that saw The Legacy square off against MVP, Rey Mysterio and Batista. Unfortunately for the latter trio, victory was not to be as once again Legacy managed to pull out the win. However, it was MVP along with his partners that night and also John Cena who got the last laugh when a huge brawl erupted at the end of the show that saw all four men standing tall. On the go home show heading into the PPV, an even bigger tag team match was set pitting all 8 individuals involved in the brawl against each other. But once again it was The Legacy who pulled out the victory.
Will Mr. 305 be able to get back on track and retain his United States Championship against the Priceless One? Or will DiBiase, through his own volition or otherwise add another title to his own and his group’s Legacy?
Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Cody Rhodes
As outlined above, both men have been integral players in the roster war that has erupted after Wrestlemania. Cody, the arrogant and gifted young second generation superstar from Randy Orton’s powerful Legacy will have his chance to shine as he takes on the Ultimate Underdog for the IC title. Just like his tag team partner, Rhodes will have the opportunity to bring fortune and gold to his stable. But he will have to go through the man who always overcomes the odds in Rey Mysterio. However, it must be noted that Mysterio lost to Rhodes’ leader in one on one competition on Smackdown. Can Cody follow the lead of The Viper and take the championship for himself? Backlash could see the dawning of a truly new era in the WWE as Legacy has the possibility of walking out with 3 major titles. Rey Mysterio stands in the way of that happening.
Who will walk out as the Intercontinental Champion?
Unified Tag Team Championship
The Miz & John Morrison (c) vs. Cryme Tyme
Ever since winning the Unified Tag Team Championships at Wrestlemania, The Miz and John Morrison have been nothing short of arrogant, self-centered and bigheaded. They defeated the Colon’s twice in a row before embarking on their self-proclaimed ‘Quest for Competition.’ This Quest began with the currently feuding Hardy Boyz. This fact seemed to be lost on the Tag Champions who set up a match between the two teams and eventually won due to Matt Hardy not-so-surprisingly turning on his brother, Jeff. Despite this, Miz and Morrison racked it up as a win for themselves and thus, the first name on their list got marked off.
Naturally, they would move on to their next targets who just so happened to be those ‘boys from the hood,’ Cryme Tyme. However, much to the champions’ dismay, Cryme Tyme came out victorious in their match and as a result the brand spanking new General Manager of Smackdown, Ric Flair, granted them a title match at Backlash.
Can Miz and Morrison live up to their own hype and put away their popular opponents? Or will they crumble at the first sight of real competition and thus end their Quest?
Melina (c) vs. Michelle McCool
Michelle McCool, with some help from the Canadian bombshell Maryse, beat Mickie James to become the number one contender for Melina’s WWE Women’s Championship. The following week on Smackdown, McCool was once again victorious in her match against Maria Kanellis. Can the athletic diva keep her momentum rolling and take the title from Melina?
Steel Cage Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy
The Hardy brother’s tumultuous relationship has only gotten worse since Wrestlemania. Even though he beat his younger brother on the grandest stage of them all, Matt still found it prudent to continue his attacks and ambushes. But his enigmatic brother lived up to his no fear lifestyle and fought back each week, eventually making the challenge for a Steel Cage Match at Backlash. After weeks of ambushes, brawls, interference and more, there will be nowhere to run as this issue finally gets settled inside the confines of a 15ft high Steel Cage!
As a tag team, The Hardy Boyz thrilled WWE fans for years with their daring antics off ladders and inside cages. But the question remains, when given the choice, will these brothers choose to win the match? Or will they choose to end it once and for all by taking a leap of faith from the heavens?
CM Punk vs. The Big Show
CM Punk has seen his stock sky rocket since winning the Money in the Bank briefcase at Wrestlemania. He has a guaranteed shot at whatever title he wants whenever he wants. As a result, it is expected that he would be a marked man. However, that isn’t anywhere close to being the reason why he has found himself in the sights of the World’s Largest Athlete these past few weeks.
It all began with a tag team victory on Smackdown as Punk, along with John Cena, scored the victory over Show and his partner Edge. But it was the following week on Raw where this heated rivalry really picked up. Just moments before Punk’s main event tag team match, Show put down a vicious beating on the Straight Edge Superstar rendering him unable to compete and seemingly unable to make it to Smackdown. But Punk did make it to the blue brand Friday night and made an instant impact by clobbering the big man with his briefcase right after he lost to Batista in the main event. Was this the mark of a wise or foolish man? Naturally, Big Show was enraged and after getting called out the next week on Raw, stormed to the ring and the brawl was on. Once again Show found himself on the receiving end of Punk’s most prized possession. This past Friday night however, it was Show who got the last laugh. In a tag team match with Matt Hardy against Jeff Hardy and Punk, Show’s deadly right hand secured the victory for his team.
This Sunday, these men will face off in what is sure to be a heated confrontation. Will Big Show seek the redemption he is after or will he face the backlash of his actions?
Who is the Raw GM?
Chris Jericho has gone on a one man mission after defeating the WWE Legends at Wrestlemania to bring back authority and normality to both Raw and Smackdown. The ‘Best in the World’ walked out on a tag match and then the next week informed us all that he was going on strike until order was restored to the WWE. After revealing Ric Flair as the General Manager of Smackdown this past Friday Night, Jericho claims that he will also reveal the identity of flagship show’s GM too. Can Jericho produce the goods once again?
‘One More Time’
No Holds Barred
Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, two living WWE legends put on an absolute classic match at Wrestlemania 25 that fans and superstars alike are still buzzing over. It was The Undertaker who extended his legendary streak to 17-0 at the expense of The Heartbreak Kid. The next night on Raw, HBK made the challenge for a rematch and Undertaker gladly accepted a few days later on Smackdown.
With the match now set the mind games began. Undertaker, who referred to HBK simply as Number Seventeen, was as callous as ever in his attempts to undermine The Showstopper. It quickly became apparent that The Deadman had succeeded in getting inside his opponents head as Shawn lost to JBL, Taker’s ominous gongs the true marker of that defeat. When Shawn tried to retaliate with the same tactic the next week on Raw, it blew up in his face and Taker simply laughed it off, chokeslamming JBL for the victory and staring at HBK as he retreated to the back. Had The Heartbreak Kid once again lost his smile?
It seemed so until this past Friday night when an invigorated and determined Shawn Michaels vowed that he would get inside The Undertaker’s head before the night was through. And he did exactly that by kicking the Phenom’s teeth right down his throat and costing him a victory against the young Jack Swagger.
The Heartbreak Kid is back and the WWE is now set for a second epic clash between these two future Hall of Famers. It’s The Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels for ‘One Last Time’ with no Holds Barred. No matter the victor, the WWE and it’s fans will ultimately come out as the true winners in part two of this amazing rivalry.
WWE and World Heavyweight Championships on the Line
Randy Orton (c) & Edge (c) vs. John Cena & Batista
In an unprecedented move, in his first act as Smackdown General Manager, Ric Flair made this monumental tag team main event where both WWE World Titles are up for grabs. Randy Orton, Edge, John Cena and Batista have been all mixed up from the second Wrestlemania ended to Batista’s surprise return the next week right through to this past Friday night where all four men once again found themselves in the same ring together.
These past few weeks have seen an effective war break out amongst Edge and The Legacy and other prominent members of the roster including Cena and Batista. In addition, all four men have an immense history with each other. In 2004, Orton and Batista were apart of Triple H and Ric Flair’s legendary Evolution. It was just 4 years later that Batista was put on the injured list by a punt to the skull courtesy of one Randy Orton. Similarly, in 2006, Edge and John Cena were embroiled in a bitter rivalry that crossed the line into personal territory as Edge attacked John Cena’s father. Orton and Cena are no strangers to each other either, Orton having attacked Cena’s father also in his pursuit of WWE gold. Finally, Batista and Cena have faced off just once before in a match that saw Batista come out on top. The tension between the two has remained to this day and one has to wonder whether these two men can work together come Sunday.
Given their extensive back stories and their involvement in both Raw and Smackdown every week, Flair obviously felt it best to combine all 4 men in one match where both championships would be on the line. Now relying on oneself to get the job done isn’t enough because they must depend on each other if they want any chance of walking out champion. Will Edge and Orton be able to rekindle the chemistry they created as Rated-RKO back in 2006 and retain their titles in this epic clash? They face very stiff competition in the massive roadblock tag team of John Cena and Batista. With such high stakes on the line and emotions running high, anything could happen. The WWE is either going to end up with two new champions or two retaining champions that will be as dominant as ever. Only Backlash holds the answers.
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