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Thanks for the reviews, everyone They really help me a lot, and it’s great reading what guys who have never reviewed my stuff before (BKB) think. Excellent stuff. Couple of things though…

~ The ‘SmackDown Election’. ANYONE employed by the WWE is eligible. All they need are nominations from two other WWE employees and they will be entered into the candidacy race beginning at The Great American Bash.

Hope that cleared that up. Anyway, on to the preview and predictions for Backlash, which is written IN FULL (sad, I know $)) and will be posted on Saturday. I’m using the ‘Wolfy Special’ method with this preview and these predictions, so the winner will earn a whopping 1,000,000 credits. Have fun.

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Official Preview for WWE Backlash:


Date:
April 30th, 2006

Location:

Rupp Arena; Lexington, Kentucky

Event Music:

Danko Jones; Baby Hates Me



Steel Cage Match:
‘Mr. Monday Night’ Rob Van Dam vs. ‘The World’s Largest Athlete’ Big Show
(The only way to win is via escaping the cage; if Rob Van Dam loses, he is banished from World Wrestling Entertainment forever)

What a year it has been for Rob Van Dam. Since returning from injury back at the Royal Rumble, ‘Mr. Monday Night’ has found himself at odds with some of the biggest, baddest, and most powerful men in the entire WWE. As the only man gutsy enough to officiate a WWE Championship match between Kurt Angle and Triple H, Van Dam entered the crosshairs of ‘The Game’ and, as a result, Hunter’s then ally, Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff. Hounded by these two individuals, RVD went to the extreme, venting his frustrations on the GM, driving Bischoff through a table. So, even when he was able to defeat Triple H in an epic Street Fight at WrestleMania XXII, ‘The Whole Dam Show’ would still have the machinations of a vengeful GM to deal with. Cue ‘Plan B’. Or, to be more accurate, ‘Plan Big’.

Since turning on his tag team partner Kane, hurling ‘The Big Red Machine’ off the Raw stage, and aligning himself with the pungent Paul Bearer in the process, The Big Show had been a one man path of destruction, and, after the humiliation of missing WrestleMania for the first time in seven years, the World’s Largest Athlete jumped at the chance to please Raw GM Eric Bischoff when he and Bearer were tasked with “dealing” with Rob Van Dam. However, not even Eric Bischoff could have imagined what happened next, the sheer lows that Big Show and his grotesque accomplice sunk to, all to drive RVD out of this business forever. On the April 10th edition of Monday Night Raw we were forced to bear witness to one of the most horrific sights in not just WWE, but entertainment history, as Big Show and Paul Bearer unveiled their master plan and articulated their ultimatum to Van Dam.

Having heinously kidnapped, beaten, and bloodied poor, helpless Eugene - adorned mockingly in the attire of Mr. Pay-Per-View - the gruesome twosome told RVD that if he did not leave the WWE, more attacks on more superstars would follow, and be on his head. The following week, as if in some warped sense of misplaced honour, the 7ft, 500lb giant challenged Van Dam to a match at Backlash, where the ECW Original’s WWE career would be on the line. Big Show’s chivalry was extended no further though, as the stipulation of the match was revealed: a fifteen-foot high Steel Cage. Quick to accept the challenge, RVD made the mistake of showing up on Raw the very same week, a mistake that did not go undetected by his ghoulish foes, who carried out their previous threat in the most sadistic way imaginable. On April 24th, Big Show and Bearer abducted both Dustin Rhodes and Maria Kanellis, forcing Van Dam to choose between the two. When RVD - rightly - chose Maria, the sinister fiends broke their word and left us going off the air with the lingering sight of a helpless girl in peril. This Sunday Rob Van Dam has the chance to put these two vicious attack dogs down for good, to rid the WWE of their pungent presence forever, but, at the same time, his own career will hang in the balance, just one might right hand or monstrous Chokeslam away from obliteration. Will either of these two men leave the ‘Rage in the Cage’ the same?



Money in the Bank Contract on the Line:
‘The Bad Apple’ Carlito w/Chris Masters ‘defends against’ Gregory Helms

Of the six men who competed in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania XXII no one would have predicted that the one to walk out of The Allstate Arena with the briefcase guaranteeing him a World Championship match anytime he chooses over the next 365 days would ‘Caribbean Cool’ himself, the 26 year-old ‘Bad Apple’, Carlito. But should we have been so surprised? After all, this is the man who made it into the Final Four of the 2006 Royal Rumble, and the man who defeated ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair in a bloody No Holds Barred Match at the start of the year. There can be no question; Carlito has what it takes.

However, there are certain members of the Raw roster who would disagree with that sentiment. Two individuals in particular: Chavo Guerrero and Gregory Helms. Both men were part of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania XXII, both had that opportunity to break through the glass ceiling once and for all, but were both forced to watch as Carlito unhooked the briefcase and stood tall atop the ladder, a title shot good for one full year safe in his back pocket. Whilst Chavo experienced the heartache of having his hands on the briefcase mere seconds before Carlito appeared, Helms had to leave Chicago with ten-stitches in his had, a testament to how much he wanted that contract.

Both Guerrero and Helms made their feelings perfectly clear to Carlito when they interrupted his celebratory edition of Carlito’s Cabana on April 10th. Helms got right in the Caribbean superstars face and told him plain and clear that he did not deserve that contract that he was carrying around with him everywhere he went; he had stolen it from the five other men in that match. Gregory Helms has never been one to pander to the audience, but his straight-shootin’, brash, confident mannerisms have earned him much adoration over the course of the year and the crowd took exception to Carlito’s - along with his good buddy ‘The Masterpiece’ Chris Masters - subsequent attack on him. Chavo made the save, but the message was clear, there were three men out there who wanted what Carlito had: the Money in the Bank Contract: the two men who had competed in the match at WrestleMania XXII with Carlito. Chavo Guerrero and Gregory Helms, and Carlito’s own ‘friend’, the man he had promised a shot at the case to should he help him qualify, The Masterpiece. Quite a conundrum.

Eric Bischoff’s solution was quite simply; he announced on wwe.com that there would be a Triple Threat Match on the following Monday Night Raw, featuring the aforementioned Guerrero, Helms, and Masters, with the winner going on to Backlash to challenge Carlito for his Money in the Bank Contract. This did not sit too well with Caribbean Cool, who bartered with the GM, eventually persuading him to change the match into a 2-on-2 tag team match, with whoever scored the deciding fall getting the shot, unless Carlito himself managed that, which would mean no shot for anyone. On the April 17th edition of Monday Night Raw, Chavo Guerrero and Gregory Helms did indeed team up to take on Chris Masters and Mr. Money in the Bank Carlito, with Helms managing to earn a shot at CCC, pinning The Masterpiece following a Shining Wizard. So the title shot that Carlito thought was so safe, suddenly appeared very much in danger.

What this match comes down to is a battle between two hungry, young superstars, both desperate to make that last final lunge over the line, crash through the glass ceiling and enter the main event scene. For Carlito, he thought he was there. At WrestleMania XXII, he thought he had arrived. Unfortunately for Caribbean Cool he learnt the hard way that whenever you place yourself on a pedestal there is always someone waiting to knock you right back off. At Backlash, Gregory Helms hopes to be that person. He has been so close at so many different times this year to capturing first the Intercontinental Championship, and now the Money in the Bank Contract hangs before his eyes. Will he be able to reach up and grab the brass ring, or will the devilish ways of the egomaniacal Mr. Money in the Bank slam the door shut in the face of Helms’ main event dreams once … and for all?



World Tag Team Championship; Five-On-Two Handicap Match:
World’s Greatest Tag Team defend against The Spirit Squad
(All members of the Spirit Squad are eligible; if any one of them pins either Haas or Benjamin, he will win the World Tag Team Titles for his entire team)

The odds are well and truly stacked against the World Tag Team Champions come this Sunday. Setting aside, for the moment, their Intercontinental Championship bout AGAINST EACH OTHER, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas must overcome not simply two members of the obnoxious Spirit Squad like they did at WrestleMania XXII, BUT ALL FIVE! For the first time ever the World Tag Team Titles will be on the line in a Five-On-Two Handicap Match, all thanks to The Spirit Squad’s good buddy, Raw GM Eric Bischoff. The self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Tag Team have incurred the wrath of the GM too, and have paid the price as much as anyone since April 2nd.

From Benjamin’s title defence against the 7ft, 500lb Big Show on the April 10th edition of Monday Night Raw to Charlie Haas’ Five-On-One mugging on April 17th, and the most recent outing from the tandem against the WWE Champion Kurt Angle and Number One Contender John Cena, the going has only gotten rougher. Factor the enigmatic Cuban Armando Alejandro Estrada and the increasing tension between the two best friends into the equation and the odds look nigh on insurmountable for the former Team Angle stablemates. But, as they have proved to us all week in and week out this year, if anyone can overcome such arduous trials, it’s the World’s Greatest Tag Team.



Intercontinental Championship Match; World Tag Team Champions Collide:
Shelton Benjamin defends against Charlie Haas

And so the plot thickens. You read it right. Not only will Shelton Benjamin be tackling the combined might of the hideous Spirit Squad and putting their World Tag Team Championship on the line at Backlash, but they will also be pulling double duty as they clash over Benjamin’s Intercontinental Championship. Thanks to Eric Bischoff, no doubt under the influence of the mysterious Armando Alejandro Estrada, we will see the match that every fan of wrestling has been waiting for since these two blue chippers debuted in the WWE almost four years ago. We will see the best friends, the tag team partners; the tag team champions collide in what should be an absolute wrestling clinic from two of the most athletically gifted individuals in this company’s history.

Technically this won’t be the first time these two men have gone one-on-one. Back in January, fresh of Haas’ return, they clashed in a relatively short match, with neither man experiencing the kind of form they are now. Benjamin picked up the win, but since then their stock has only increased, with Shelton capturing the Intercontinental Championship from the legendary ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, lasting almost an hour in the 2006 Royal Rumble Match, and, of course, joining forces with Charlie Haas once more to capture the tag team titles at WrestleMania XXII.

With Benjamin leading the way, Kurt Angle’s former protégés have been on the roll of their respective lives, which makes their match this Sunday such a mouth-watering prospect. Never before have these men been as good as they are now, and we are privileged to see them battle at such a time. This has, undoubtedly, resulted in a great deal of tension between the two friends over the past couple of weeks, with the likes of The Spirit Squad, Eric Bischoff, and Armando Alejandro Estrada of course on hand to help stir the pot. But whether or not their efforts have penetrated the icy exteriors of the friends … no one knows.

What we all do know is what these two men have accomplished already in 2006. From Shelton Benjamin holding the Intercontinental Championship for almost five months, beating back challenges from the likes of Ric Flair, Carlito, Chavo Guerrero, Gregory Helms, Ken Doane, Big Show and more, to their efforts as a unit, where they have successfully defended the World Tag Team Championships against not only The Spirit Squad, but also John “Bradshaw” Layfield’s freelance tandem, The Basham Brothers. There isn’t a hotter tag team in professional wrestling today.

It happens this Sunday. In what many are already tipping to be a Match Of The Year candidate, the World Tag Team Champions will collide for the Intercontinental Championship for the first time in the history of that prestigious title. Who will emerge victorious? Will it be the fast, athletic, suave, dominating defending champion? Or, will it be the aggressive, technical, ruthless, hungry challenger? Sunday holds all the answers, but what questions are waiting to be written?



Women’s Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Trish Stratus defends against Mickie James and Victoria

WrestleMania XXII was a night of mixed emotions for Trish Stratus. She was indeed able to overcome the Amazonian power of her challenger, Victoria, and take her mammoth reign into its sixteenth month, but it came at a price. After the match was over, after all the smoke had settled, and the dust had cleared, the woman who had been assigned to the bout as the Special Guest Referee, a woman who had once been Trish Stratus’ protégé, her friend, Mickie James, turned her back on her mentor and viciously kicked the Women’s Champion’s head off. Not only did she do that, but Ms. James laid out Victoria also and stole the Women’s Championship belt, leaving Chicago, Illinois as though she had just won the title herself. What was seemingly guaranteed upon Mickie James’ next appearance on Monday Night Raw was a swift and serious bout of repercussions. Or was it…?

It seemed as though young Mickie had found the perfect answer to all of those questions. What would happen to her upon coming to Raw? Her answer: she didn’t return to Raw at all. For the past month since WrestleMania XXII, the most we have seen of the bizarre Diva is a brief appearance on the titantron to taunt her two veteran pursuers. However, that plan would backfire immensely with the announcement on wwe.com that at Backlash the Women’s Championship would be defended … in a Triple Threat Match … with Trish Stratus defending against both her WrestleMania opponent, ‘The Vicious Vixen’ Victoria … and Mickie James.

The consequences should Mickie James fail to appear this Sunday are unthinkable. Trish Stratus has been a wreck since that fateful night one month ago, even ignoring her fans somewhat in her obsession with getting her hands on her former student. Some, such as Jonathan Coachman, have dubbed Trish a “whiner”, and it is hard to argue with that sentiment given her rather self-absorbed comments of the past month. However, Backlash brings, hopefully, not only her title belt, but also redemption for the Women’s Champion, as she seeks to close this chapter of her life, and her two dangerous challengers, forever.



THE NATURE BOY’S SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

After all the speculation, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair has promised us some answers


One month ago at WrestleMania XXII, Ric Flair was seemingly on top of the world. After months upon months of verbal, physical and emotional attacks at the hands of the self-proclaimed ‘Wrestling God’ John “Bradshaw” Layfield, ‘The Nature Boy’ finally laid those demons to rest, forcing the multi-millionaire and longest reigning WWE Champion in SmackDown! history to submit to the famous Figure Four Leg Lock on the Grandest Stage Of ‘Em all. Was it ecstasy or agony though upon the face of the Dirtiest Player in the Game on April 2nd? Since that fateful night, Flair hasn’t been seen on Raw.

It became clear very soon that his lengthy war with JBL had had a far greater and much deeper psychological effect on The Nature Boy than any of us could have imagined. Not only was the 16x World Champion absent from all WWE programming, but a strange video began circulating, obviously from the Flair Camp, cryptically promising us all the answers we have been searching for in relation to the Greatest Of All Time come Backlash. Not only has this strange, perplexing video aired on Raw on a weekly basis since WrestleMania, but it has also circulated wildly on wwe.com, where it still, to this second, has WWE fans scratching their heads as to what it could mean. Does Ric Flair have one final ace left up his lengthy sleeve?

No one dares even whisper what many have been thinking ever since Flair went AWOL. Could it be that after a career spanning almost thirty-five years, after sixteen World – not to mention every other in existence – Championships, after making his name as, to quote former Worlds Champion Harley Race, “the greatest professional wrestler of all time”, after leading the likes of ‘The Legend Killer’ Randy Orton, ‘The Animal’ Batista, and ‘The Game’ Triple H to greatness in Evolution, is it really time … to hang up the boots? The wrestling world waits with baited breath, but be that as it may, this Sunday could very well see the end of ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.



WWE Championship; Do or Die Match:
‘The Wrestling Machine’ Kurt Angle
defends against
‘The Doctor of Thuganomics’ John Cena
(All parties are banned from ringside; whoever is the loser, he will never again receive an opportunity at the WWE Championship so long as Eric Bischoff is General Manager)

And, finally, we come to the main event. The Showdown. The Collision. The Epic Encounter. Give it any moniker you want and the result will always be the same: a match of both titanic proportions … and titanic egos. Kurt Angle and John Cena are arguably the two biggest stars in our industry today, and they have, over the past few years, developed a rivalry for the ages. From Cena’s debut against Angle in 2002 to just five months ago when the Olympic Gold Medallist literally bled the WWE Championship away from the youngster in a barbaric First Blood Match, these two gladiators have never been on the same page, have never seen eyes to eye, with their different walks of life making them that thing rarely seen in this world … Natural. Born. Enemies.

At WrestleMania XXII, John Cena thought he had achieved his redemption. As the winner of the 2006 Royal Rumble Match he booked his spot in the main event against the man who took the WWE Title from him in the first place, Kurt Angle, only have the erratic and egocentric Shawn Michaels hijack the match, forcing a Triple Threat in Chi-Town. Angle prevailed, forcing ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ to submit to the Ankle Lock - for the second straight year incidentally - thus granting him that which he had never before achieved: victory in a WrestleMania main event.

But for John Cena, with his arch-nemesis Shawn Michaels sidelined for the time being, the matter was far from resolved. The Doctor Of Thuganomics wanted his one on one title shot and he wanted it at Backlash. Angle, goaded by the fact that he has never defeated Cena by pin fall or submission, the very traits a great amateur wrestler like himself prides himself on, instantly accepted. And so, after a brief delay, we finally get the WrestleMania XXII main event that never was.

Thanks to Raw GM Eric Bischoff ‘Do Or Die’ stipulation, this will truly be the end of an era, for whoever loses this match will NEVER receive another shot at the WWE Championship so long as Eric Bischoff runs the show. So, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, strap yourselves in for a match on par with such battles as Hogan-Warrior, Savage-Flair, Bret-Shawn, Rock-Austin, or even Angle-Lesnar, as WWE Backlash brings to you, this Sunday. From the sold-out Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, Kurt Angle versus John Cena for the WWE Championship … for the last time … ever.


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Final Card for WWE Backlash:
Date: April 30th, 2006
Location: Rupp Arena; Lexington, Kentucky
Event Music: Danko Jones; Baby Hates Me


WWE Championship; Do or Die Match:
‘The Wrestling Machine’ Kurt Angle © vs. ‘The Doctor of Thuganomics’ John Cena
(All parties are banned from ringside; whoever is the loser, he will never again receive an opportunity at the WWE Championship so long as Eric Bischoff is General Manager)

Steel Cage Match:
‘Mr. Monday Night’ Rob Van Dam vs.‘The World’s Largest Athlete’ Big Show
(The only way to win is via escaping the cage; if Rob Van Dam loses, he is banished from World Wrestling Entertainment forever)

THE NATURE BOY’S SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
After all the speculation, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair has promised us some answers


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Intercontinental Championship Match; World Tag Team Champions Collide:
Shelton Benjamin © vs. Charlie Haas

Money in the Bank Contract on the Line:
‘The Bad Apple’ Carlito (m) w/Chris Masters vs.Gregory Helms

Women’s Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Trish Stratus © vs. Mickie James vs. Victoria

World Tag Team Championship; Five-On-Two Handicap Match:
World’s Greatest Tag Team © vs. The Spirit Squad
(All members of the Spirit Squad are eligible; if any one of them pins either Haas or Benjamin, he will win the World Tag Team titles for his entire team)


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PREDICTIONS ARE WELCOME!!!!!

1 point for each winner correctly predicted.

Bonus Questions:

1) Predict the match order (*Including Flair’s speech* 1 point for each match correctly placed)

2) What will be the longest match?? (1 point)

3) What will be the shortest match?? (1 point)

4) Will there be any special appearances/returns?? (Predict one) (3 points for correctly predicting any correct appearance)

5) What will Ric Flair’s ‘Special Announcement’ be?? (2 points)

*Maximum of 20 points*

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