Raw: April 24th; Little Rock:
Jim Ross: The Alltel Arena is packed to the rafters, in anticipation for a dose of live, Monday night Raw, just six days away from Backlash, and tonight, Eric Bischoff has set up a huge preview for Backlash, with a phenomenal main event, which will see Brock Lesnar, Christian and the World Champion, John Cena, all find a tag team partner, as they face off in a triple threat tag team match, less than a week away from the triple threat main event at Backlash.
And as if that wasnít enough baby boy, weíve got a huge six man tag team match, pitting Nick Dinsmore of the Horsemen, Edge and the Intercontinental Champion Carlito against their opponents this Sunday, in the shape of Garrison Cade, who teams with Shawn Michaels at Backlash to face The Horsemen, Rey Mysterio, and Shelton Benjamin!!! I cant wait for that hotbed of talent to blow the roof off this joint.
Those two matches, plus much more, including a fatal four away, as a preview towards crowning new tag team champions at Backlash, with Rico, Booker T, Orlando Jordan and Rene Dupree facing off.
**Man Beast** Rhyno explodes onto the stage, looking ready for battle tonight.
And weíre kicking things off tonight, with the man who goes one on one with the Big Red Machine this Sunday. Rhyno takes on Kane at Backlash, in Kanes first match in a full calendar year.
Rhyno has shown some major intestinal fortitude, taking out Kane last week, and issuing a challenge to him at Backlash.
Rhyno has refused to be bullied by Kane, who has been making a major mark on Raw recently since his return from injury, and those two powerhouses are gonna explode, this Sunday.
Rhyno vs. Simon Dean
Intense performance from Rhyno, making the contest a total squash. Dean throws a few listless shots early on, trying to fend off The Man Beast, but Rhyno is far too strong, and far too determined to even be troubled by Simon. Rhyno makes quick work of Dean, in what turns out to be little more than a showcase for Rhyno ,heading into his Backlash clash with Kane, picking up a dominating win with the Gore.
Winner: Rhyno @ 02:13
The Man Beast just stands over Dean for a moment as his hand is raised, before Rhyno beats his chest, and leans over the ropes, holding his arm in the air, to a mixed response from the fans, as he looks set for a war at Backlash.
Backstage, Todd Grisham is standing byÖ
Ladies and Gentlemen, my guests at this time Ö Captain Charisma, Christian, and Tyson Tomko.
The two men step into the picture to a generous pop.
Tonight, Christian you must choose a partner for your triple threat tag team match, where youíll be facing your two opponents this Sunday, who will also have a tag team partner of their choosing. My question though Christian, is, have you found a partner yet??
Christian stares at Todd for a moment, before shaking his head.
Congratulations Todd. Youíve just asked the question with the worlds most obvious answer. Let me think about it. I pick my own tag team partner tonight, from the entire Raw roster.
Takes a glance at Tomko.
Christian looks at Todd, now expecting Grisham to work it out.
Ö Ö is it Ö Tomko??
Christian puts his arm around Grisham.
You see, you really arent a stupid as you look, are ya kid?? You got anymore hard hitting, to the point questions there Letterman??
Grisham stutters a little, before Christian interrupts.
How about Ö do I think Iíll win tonights match??
Grisham stutters a little again, before getting his words out.
Do Ö do you think, youíll be victorious in tonights main event??
Christian moves away from Todd, and glances at Tomko, before speaking.
Of course not Todd. Tomko and I, weíre strategizing how to get our asses kicked all over Arkansas, aint that right big guy??
No. No, itís wrong. Tonight Ö in front of all my peeps in Little Rock ... (Cheap Pop)
Captain Charisma, and The Problem Solver are gonna take the Vanilla Gorilla, and Vanilla Ice, and whoever they find to be their partner, whether itĎs Chocolate Chip, or Raspberry Ripple, and give them all just a small taster of whatĎs to come at Backlash this Sunday.
Christian pounds his chest.
You cant stop fate Todd. And my fate is to become World Heavyweight Champion Ö this Sunday. And that Todd Ö thatís how I roll.
Christian walks off, with Tomko in tow.
Back to ringsideÖ
2nd Match: Fatal Four Way Match:
Rico vs. Booker T vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Rene Dupree
None of the competitors tag team partners join them at ringside, with all four going it alone as a preview for this Sundays Fatal Four Way tag match for the vacant titles. The match is of average length for TV, especially with all the competitors being mid card at best, with the action being fairly average too, with little to mention, as the finish comes with Rico and Jordan in the ring, whilst Booker and Dupree fight outside. Rico looks to score with a karate like kick, but OJ is too quick for him, and ducks under, rolling Rico up from behind, and grabbing the tights, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Orlando Jordan @ 05:48
Jordan scarpers immediately, whilst Rico jumps up, instantly making a beeline for the referee, indicating his tights were pulled in his usual over the top fashion. Meanwhile, Dupree escapes from Booker, wanting to keep himself healthy for Sundays tag title match, which will feature the four mens partners. OJ is met at the top of the ramp by the rest of The Brotherhood, with the group congratulating him on his victory, signalling it is a sign of things to come.
We then shift backstage, and see John Cena walking through the backstage area, with J.R speculating weíll find out who his partner will be very soon.
**BREAK IT DOWN** DX enter the stage, to a nice, but still unsure reaction, with Cade still playing up his heel persona, and Michaels now seemingly reverting back to being face. The two men make their way to the ring, sliding in, with Cade taking the mic, and not Michaels.
This Sunday, Shawn and I, the final two remnants of D-Generation X, are joining forces, one more time, to take on The New Wave of Horsemen.
Heat for Horsemen.
That new wave of course, consists of fifty something Ric Flair leading the cause.
Cade looks to Michaels, and shrugs, thinking he cracked a decent joke.
Whilst DX on the other hand, are looking to the future. And that future sees HB-Cade leading the charge.
Heat from the fans, as Michaels looks on in the background. Cade acknowledges the reaction, and nods.
That is why Shawn and I have come out here now. After lengthy discussions recently, Shawn and I have come to an agreement, that WE feel is best for both our futures, and the future of DX. I understand many of you wont be happy about HBK taking a back seat now, but you can trust me, Shawn Michaels legend will not be tarnished. With my guidance, HBK can still be a household name on Raw.
ĎH-B-Kí chant starts. We see Michaels smile a little, before Cade butts in.
Absolutely, absolutely, absolutely. Shawn, you are a certified legend, no doubt, and I thank you for everything youíve done for me this past year, and on Sunday, I will repay you with a show stopping performance.
Little support for Cade.
This Sunday, is my breakout night. This Sunday, I will show the world that DX can live on through me, and that DX STILL rules the wrestling world!!!
Again, little support for Garrison.
So Horsemen, it goes a little something like this Ö Ö
Cade holds the mic out to Michaels, who leans in, and speaks, rather sheepishly.
Are ya ready??
Fans pop. Cade then charges around the ring, before stepping onto the middle ropeÖ
HE SAID Ö ARE, YOU, REAAAADY!!!!???
Heat for CadeÖ
**WILD HORSES** The attention of Cade and HBK switches to the stage, as we see Flair and Dinsmore step out. Flair has a mic in his hand, and a smug grin, as the music dies down, with The Horsemen keeping their distance, staying on the stage.
Am I hearing this correctly?? Shawn WOOOO, Shawn Michaels, multiple world champion, greatest in ring performer of his generation, an Icon, The Showstopper, and future hall of famer, taking a back seat, to a wet behind the ears punk kid??
Cade looks irate.
That doesnít sound like the Shawn Michaels weíve come to know over the years. That isnít the selfish, self obsessed, attention seeking Shawn Michaels, is it??
HBK bites his top lip, listening on.
The same Shawn Michaels that cares about number one, and no one else, the Shawn Michaels who dazzles under the bright lights, because he wants every body to talk about him, and him only. The creator of D-Generation X, the man who ki-
Cade butts in.
SHUT UP!!! Flair, Iíve heard enough of your mind games. I know what youíre trying to do. Shawn has accepted the fact that he isnít the Showstopper anymore. Shawn has accepted that itís my time now, and for DX to remain on top, he has to step down.
Dinsmore now speaks up.
Thatís all well and good Garrison Ö but why are you saying this Ö and not Shawn.
Cade stops, and looks at Michaels, who looks to be in an awkward position.
Go on Shawn. Take the mic. I almost forget what you sound like.
Cade thinks about holding the mic out for Michaels, then turns away, and talks again himself.
Like I said already, I see what youíre trying to do, and it isnít gonna work. DX is a unit, and I lead that unit now. If you have something to say to DX, you say it to me.
ĎHBKí chant kicks up, with Cade looking a little indifferent to it, not sure how to react, as Dinsmore smirks.
It sounds to me Ö maybe Iím wrong of course Ö but it sounds to me that the fans Ö your fans remember, would like to hear from Michaels. Now, (chuckles)
you wouldnít want to upset all the fans of DX would you.
Cade thinks about it, and looks around, before shaking his head, and stands his ground.
Shawn has nothing to say. So, Iíd like if the f-
HBK comes from behind, and rips the mic away to a massive response. Cade looks furious, as Michaels stands by the ropes, looking to the fans, as his emotions begin to take over. The fans get behind Shawn, as he turns back around, and gets set to talk.
Iíve heard enough.
Iíve listened for too long. Iíve listened to you, Ric Flair, and you, Nick Dinsmore, yak and yak about ME, Shawn Michaels, as if Iím not here, or as if Iím deaf.
Michaels then takes a look at Cade.
And Garrison, I can appreciate you wanting to step up a level, and run with the ball Ö but yíknow Ö
HBK puts his head down for a moment, as another ĎHBKí chant sparks.
Thing is, Iím not prepared to give the ball away.
I respect the fact that you donít want to be my puppet anymore Ö I really do Ö but you better not be expecting me to be your lackey.
Cade raises his eyebrows, not sure what to think.
So, if DX is still going to exist Ö we need to start working as a team. You got it??
Cade slowly nods, accepting the truce, as Michaels turns his attention back to Flair and Dinsmore.
Now, as for you two, I guess you got your answers. Shawn Michaels is back to being the Shawn Michaels you know all too well, which means you two boys are in big, big trouble.
HBK steps up to both men now, with a smile on his face.
This Sunday, D-Generation X is taking the Horsemen to the glue factory. And if you aint down with that?? Ha, well, Little Rock might have two little words for yaÖ
With that, Michaels immediately drops the mic, and takes a shot at Dinsmore, whilst Cade goes to Flair, and the four men brawl in the ring, with DX working in tandem, whipping the two Horsemen into each other, before Michaels now goes at it with Flair, knocking him to the outside, leaving Cade and Dinsmore to brawl in the ring, with DX on top still, whenÖ
**IíM BACK** Eric Bischoff briskly steps out onto the stage, and signals for his music to be cut, as the attention of the four men is turned to the stage.
THATíS ENOUGH!!! Dammit, Iíve given you four everything youíve wanted. Youíve had singles matches the last three weeks, youíve got your tag match at Backlash, and two of you are in action tonight too. Yet, you cant contain yourselves for five minutes?? Iím not running an asylum here. Iím trying to run a worldwide television show, on Americas biggest network, and you four fools are making me look bad.
Eric walks around the stage, taking a moment to think.
So, if you guys cant get along, youíre gonna get it on. The six man tag match, with Shelton Benjamin, Rey Mysterio and Garrison Cade set to face Carlito, Edge and Dinsmore later?? Think of that of being brought forward Ö RIGHT NOW!!!
We then see a referee run past Bischoff, to the ring, as Michaels chases after Flair over the barrier, whilst Dinsmore and Cade brawl in the ring, kick starting the match, as Ö
**I SPIT IN THE FACE OF PEOPLE, WHO DONíT WANT TO BE COOL**
Carlito enters the stage, unstrapping his title, handing it to Kiebler, and runs down the aisle.
We have an impromptu six man tag team match here folks, and when we come back, the drama will unfold. Donít dare go away.
We return now with the match now in progress with all six men at the ring.
3rd Match: 6 Man Tag Match:
Garrison Cade, Rey Mysterio & Shelton Benjamin vs. Nick Dinsmore, Edge & Carlito
Long match, with all six men set for feature bouts at Backlash this Sunday. From the break, itís Edge and Benjamin legal in the ring. They trade blows, with Benjamin once again, wowing the fans with his athletic display. Both men eventually tag out, Benjamin first, to Cade, before Edge turns it around, and makes a tag to Carlito, before Mysterio and Dinsmore eventually become the legal men. As Mysterio starts to pick up some momentum, Edge trips him on the apron, and allows Dinsmore to nail a swinging neck breaker, which sets in motion the long beat down, leaving Rey as the face in peril.
Despite his and his partners best efforts, the face sides attempts to help Mysterio regain control prove futile, with the heel side playing up perfectly, keeping the referee busy to allow illegal assaults, keeping Rey down. They also use multiple tags in and out, keeping their team fresh whilst Mysterio gets worn down. However, as time progresses, the heel tactics begin to really infuriate the faces, and their patience is tested and broken, as Rey looks set to tag out to Cade, when Dinsmore pulls him off the apron, whilst Edge pulls Shelton off, making sure Mysterio doesnít tag out. Carlito takes Rey back down, but now, Benjamin and Cade have had enough, and fight back on the outside, with all control being lost by the official, and as he takes a look to the outside to try and restore order, Mysterio ducks a dropkick from Carlito, who connects with the referee instead, sending him out of the ring!!!!!
Now, Mysterio makes a comeback on Carlito, hitting a head scissors which sends CCC into the ropes. Rey then gets set to hit the 619, BUT EDGE CUTS HIM OFF WITH THE SPEAR!!! Edge rolls out of the ring, and picks up the briefcase, sliding back inside, and looks set to use it as a one man con-chair-to, BUT CADE STOPS HIM!!! Cade pulls the case away, but as he swings back, Dinsmore nails him from behind, knocking him down!!! Shelton Benjamin then leaps from the ropes to try and take both Dinsmore and Edge down, but both see him coming and duck, with Shelton crashing and burning. Carlito is now back to his feet, and the three heels now look set to take advantage of the referee being down. Dinsmore stands over Cade with the case, and begins to lean back Ö BUT SHAWN MICHAELS RETURNS!!!
HBK slides in through the back of the ring, and grabs Edge by the head, throwing him out of the ring, before ducking the briefcase from Dinsmore Ö AND CONNECTS WITH SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!! The Prodigy goes down!!! Carlito runs at Michaels Ö SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!! HBK runs around the ring, feeding off the fans, as we now spot RIC FLAIR trying to creep into the ring, but as he steps inside, Michaels spins around, spotting Flair instantly. The Nature Boy freezes, momentarily, before comedically jumping right back out of the ring. HBK goes after him, as we see Mysterio back on his feet, baseball sliding Edge, who is on the outside, as Benjamin gets the referee back up, and into the ring, whilst Rey drops the dime on Carlito, hooking the leg, allowing the referee to count slowly, 1.Ö..2.Ö..3!!!
Winners: Rey Mysterio, Garrison Cade & Shelton Benjamin @ 16:21
Mr. MITB is victorious, just six days ahead of defending his briefcase against Edge at Backlash in an I Quit Match. But Carlito suffers his fourth consecutive defeat since WrestleMania, as he heads into an Intercontinental Title defence against the hungry Shelton Benjamin. Edge backs up the ramp, pointing at Rey, and making a snapping gesture, as if to say heíll break Mysterio at Backlash, whilst Rey and Benjamin high five each other in the ring.
Meanwhile, Garrison Cade looks up into the crowd, as he looks for Michaels, who went after Flair, but doesnít appear too pleased that HBK saved the day moments ago, stealing the limelight once again.
Video Package, building up Kanes much hyped return between Royal Rumble, and eventually WrestleMania. The video then shows Kanes dominance since his return, before Rhyno took him down last week, leading to Kanes first match in one year, this Sunday at Backlash.
We then head backstage, and see the new Raw backstage reporter, Kelly KellyÖ
Hi everyone, Iím Kelly, and right now, Iím with the World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena!!!
A smiling Cena steps into the picture, looking impressed with what he sees.
John, tonight you and a partner that you get to choose face Brock Lesnar and his partner, and you also face Christian and Tyson Tomko. So, whose youíre partner??
Cena smiles again, and looks Kelly up and down.
Kelly Kelly. So fine, they named you twice. Hey, does Little Rock think Kelly Kelly is HAWT??
And hey, thatís the Chain Gang out there, they donít lie. But as for your question Ö I have found a partner. But Iím not gonna build the suspense, Iím not gonna give this guy a big long build up, Iím just gonna be up front, and spit it out. In actual fact Kelly Ö Kelly. This guy is also so good he named himself twice. Aint that rightÖ Mister??Ö
Kennedy steps into the picture, with Cena smiling.
Cena pats Kennedy on the back, as Kennedy takes a nice long look at Kelly, and smiles.
Yíknow you have beautiful eyes Kelly.
Kelly looks confused, and speaks.
But Ö my eyes are up HEREÖ
Oh Ö thatís right. My mistake.
Kennedy smiles, and winks at Kelly, before nodding, and giving Cena a thumbs up before leaving.
Yeah, Iíll see you out there man. Kelly, can you give me a moment please??
Cena takes the mic, and stares into the camera as Kelly leaves the picture.
Christian, Tomko, Lesnar, and whoever the hell you can find to team with you, lets make something clear. Tonight is a warm up for Backlash, right?? Then Gentlemen, you better expect me to treat this match as if my title is at stake. You better expect that Iím ready to go through hell, because thatís exactly where I plan on taking all of you.
Christian, you said earlier on, in jest that you and Tomko had been strategizing on how to get your asses kicked tonight. Well, I suggest you use whatever time you have left to make good on that Ďjokeí, and hell, discuss it with Lesnar too. Tonight, the Backlash comes early, and you all get the very best of John Cena. Gentlemen, the champ is here Ö and you all better realise it.
Cena spins his logo on his title belt, as we fade out.
Video Package plays, hyping the debut of FINLAY Ö Ö NEXT WEEK ON RAW!!!!
4th Match: NON TITLE MATCH:
Trish Stratus vs. Jillian Hall
Short contest, with Trish set to defend her title in a Fatal Four Way at Backlash, but she is shocked in this match, with Hall not only holding her own, but eventually getting the best of the champion, as she survives a Chick Kick, putting her feet on the ropes, and then counters the Stratusfaction, as Trish prepares to run to the ropes, with Hall switching her position, and dropping Trish, throat first onto the top rope, choking Trish and follows up with a devastating STO, giving her a clean three count, and victory over the champion!!!
Winner: Jillian Hall @ 04:02
Hall almost looks shocked herself that she was able to defeat the champion cleanly, as do the fans in attendance. Jillian has her hand raised, then motions around her waist that she wants the title belt, following this win.
A shock win for the rookie here. Jillian Hall has defeated Trish Stratus, clean as a whistle!!!
Major upset J.R. Nobody expected that result here tonight by the looks of things, not even Jillian Hall!!!
But now, youíve gotta question that womens title match this Sunday. Both Alexis Laree and Jillian Hall have huge reasons as to why they should at least be added to the title match at Backlash.
Weíll have to leave that decision up to the General Manager J.R.
Backstage, we see Brock Lesnar, alone, doing chin ups in a darkened area of the arena. As he works out, we hear a voice, and see a shadow appear.
Oh man, this light doesnít work for me at all.
Lesnar stops, and drops down, trying to figure out who is down here.
Who the hell is there??
Lesnar strains his eyes to see the body walking towards him.
Relax buddy, I come in peace.
Brock sighs as he realises who it is Ö and we see Rob Conway walk into the picture.
What the hell do you want??
Conway, wearing his shades even in the dark, smiles, and speaks softly.
I want to offer you a solution.
Lesnar looks unimpressed, and moves back towards the bar to do his chin ups.
What type of solution??
Conway smiles again.
You got yourself a partner!!!
Brock stops, and looks at Conway, waiting for him to say who.
Iím talking about myself.
Lesnar scoffs at the idea.
I donít need a partner, least of all you.
Conway scratches his head, before whimpering and speaking.
Well Ö I already told Bischoff you agreed.
Lesnar slaps the bar, and gets in Conways face.
And why would you do that??
Conway backs up a little.
Because I want a piece of Kennedy before Backlash. Heís made a fool of me two weeks straight. I want to give the bleached buffoon a taste of his own medicine.
Brock shakes his head, and sighs.
Fine. But you follow my lead.
Conway smiles, then speaks up again.
Erm Ö suggestion??
Lesnar looks around.
How about instead of just doing it your way Ö we do things the Con-W-
Iíll see you out there Rob.
Conway nods, before speaking up one last time.
Iím gonna bring you some oil, and tan, we cant have you going out looking as pale as a Ghost, not next to a bronze warrior lik-
DAMMIT ROB GET OUTTA HERE!!!
Conway scrams, as we watch Lesnar continue his work out, before fading out.
We then see Marc Lloyd walking through the backstage area, talking to the camera as he moves along.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Iíve been asked to Mr. Bischoffs office immediately, and have been instructed to bring a camera crew with me, as he is planning to make an announcement to the fans.
Lloyd knocks the door, and hears a ĎCOME INí from Bischoff, before entering the room.
You wanted to see me sir??
Thatís correct. Marc, Iíd like to announce a change to the line up at Backlash. Now, before anyone becomes worried, please donít. This announcement is actually of benefit to this Sundays Pay Per View. Up until now, we have advertised a Fatal Four Way match up for the Womens title, featuring Trish Stratus defending her title against Jazz, Lita and Molly Holly. Well, as of now, scrap that, because at Backlash this Sunday, Trish Stratus defends her title in a six lady gauntlet match. Trish will defend against Jazz, Lita, Molly, and after her win last week against Miss Holly, Alexis Laree, and after Jillian Hall defeated Trish tonight, she completes the line up. That is all.
Eric goes back to his desk, as we go to a commercial.
We return, with Todd Grisham standing by with Edge.
Edge, in just six days, you have the opportunity to take what you-
Edge rips the mic from Todd, and grips him by the jacket.
IíVE HEARD ENOUGH TODD!!! Iíve heard ENOUGH!!! At BACKLASH, Rey Mysterios life is in my hands. He has the one thing I need, and on Sunday night, You, Coach, J.R, Mysterio, and every single eye that watches will see just what Iím prepared to do to get it. You see Todd, to me itís more than just a briefcase Ö itís more than that. Itís my ticket to the very top. Iíve been screwed over too many times to count on getting a rightful shot at the title, so Iím taking matters into my own hands Todd. And like I said, Iím willing to do anything Ö ANYTHING to get it. Thatís bad for Mysterio Ö VERY bad.
Edge lets go, before speaking again, but more calmly.
I may aswell be deaf until Sunday, because all Iíll be hearing in my head is two little words. And I will make sure that the entire world hears Mysterio yell those words louder than you could ever imagine. Iím going to break his bones, Iím going to make him suffer, Iím gonna make him bleed, and if necessary Ö Iíll make sure heíll never wrestle again, but most importantly?? Ö Iím gonna make him quit Ö or Iíll die trying.
Edge stares deeply, almost trance like, as we fade to ringside.
We see J.R and Coach looking worriedly at each other, with even The Coach looking concerned for the fan favourite, Rey Mysterio.
I sincerely hope that Edge does not go as far as he claims he will this Sunday in order to take the Money in the bank contract from Rey Mysterio. For Mysterios own safety, I hope Edge is wrong.
But the scary thing J.R Ö I think heís committed to doing whatever it takes this Sunday in the I Quit Match.
It is one of eight matches set for this Sunday night, a Raw production, WWE Backlash. The I Quit Match between Edge and the Money in the bank holder, Rey Mysterio, for that very briefcase, and a title shot, good for an entire year. But, as per orders of Mr. Bischoff, the match doesnít end until one man utters the words Ö I Quit.
Perhaps the most dangerous setting for a match. Itís hard to imagine either mans pride to allow them to utter those two little words, that can mean so much.
Weíll find out though this Sunday just how far both men are willing to go for the win, but lets not forget though, that the currently vacant tag team titles will also be decided, with four teams gunning for the ultimate tag team prize. Booker T and Goldust have the opportunity to climb back to the top of the tag team mountain, whilst Raw veterans, The Brotherhood and Kenzo Suzuki and Rene Dupree have a chance to wear the gold, whilst the draft picks from Smackdown, The AFA, arguably the most popular team in this decade, could win tag gold for the first time.
Fingers crossed J.R. Fingers crossed that itís time for The Brotherhood to reach the top of the tag team mountain. Iíve got a good feeling.
The Intercontinental Title will be decided too, with Carlito defending against the hungry Shelton Benjamin, in what promises to be a potential show stealer, but can Carlito overcome an ever growing losing streak, against the up and coming Benjamin, who has been an absolute star in the making since going solo??
Carlito is suffering at the moment J.R, but great champions are born when they have their backs up against the wall, and if you ask me, I think Carlito will prove himself as a great champion this Sunday, and remain the holder of the Intercontinental title.
Itís been one whole year since Kane last wrestled a match, it was at Backlash 2005 when he tore his quadriceps, and itíll be April 30th, Backlash 2006, that the monster makes his official return, but itíll be no walk in the park for Kane, as he will face a determined Man Beast, Rhyno!!!
Power vs. brute force. The entire world has been waiting to see Kane back in the ring, and they get their wish this Sunday. But the question has to be, will Kane still be the force he once was??
In just a moment, weíll see both Ken Kennedy and Rob Conway in tag team action, but on Sunday, these two ego maniacs battle it out, not in a pose off, as first proposed by Conway, but in a straight up wrestling match.
A lot of smack talk has been going on between those two men in recent weeks, but which of these men can back it up too??
Six delectable divas are set to go to war for the ultimate womens prize in wrestling, currently held by Trish Stratus. Trish defends her title once again, with five challengers, Lita, the two rookies Alexis Laree and Jillian Hall, Molly Holly and Jazz gunning for what the Toronto native currently possesses.
Pulling for the Brotherhood again J.R. Jazz is the toughest female in the business today, and she will go through anyone that stands in her way. Double Brotherhood gold, I cant wait!!
Arguably the two biggest factions ever to be assembled in wrestling history, The Horsemen, and DX, finally cross paths, this Sunday. The original, founder members of both groups, Ric Flair, and Shawn Michaels, with todays new additions to team with them, Nick Dinsmore, and Garrison Cade in a major tag team war, which has escalated in recent weeks, right before our very eyes.
The Nature Boy has that old fire back, HBK has rediscovered himself, Dinsmore and Cade both have something to prove. Itís gonna be one hell of a tag team war this Sunday.
I cannot wait for it Coach.
But then, itís main event time. Triple threat baby.
Indeed, John Cena defends his coveted title in a match that he doesnít need to be pinned, and he doesnít have to submit to lose the belt, with two challengers, in the form of Brock Lesnar, and Christian. Are Cenas days as World Champion numbered at Backlash??
Weíll find out soon enough, as the Backlash preview match is coming up in just a moment, but the odds arent good in Cenas favour.
The odds certainly donít look good Coach, but as you said earlier, the real mark of a champion is when he can prevail with his back against the wall, and I get the feeling that Cena could well be that type of champion.
**HERE COMES THE PAIN**
Brock Lesnar storms out onto the stage, with Rob Conway sauntering out behind, a few paces backwards.
Join us, for when we come back for our main event is coming up!!!
John Cena & Ken Kennedy vs. Christian & Tyson Tomko vs. Brock Lesnar & Rob Conway
All three men involved in the title match at Backlash all want to start the match, but only two can, with one team to be on the outside at all times. This leads to an argument, and a brawl, before the match can even begin, and all six men get involved, before the referee manages to restore order, thanks to two other officials, and itís Kennedy and Conway to kick the match off. Kennedy dominates Conway, but the sneaky ĎCon Maní kicks Kennedy in the gut, and escapes to Lesnar, tagging him in, and tries to order Brock to rough Kennedy up, with Lesnar pie facing Conway, letting him know who is in charge.
Brock and Kennedy go at it, with Kennedy holding his own with the former WWE Champion, and as he gains an upper hand, tags out to his fresh partner, John Cena, as we see Christian begin to get agitated on the outside, wanting a piece of the action as soon as possible. Cena and Lesnar duke it out In a knock down drag out brawl, spilling to the outside, and back in again, which is when Christian takes his chance, and makes a blind tag on Cena, making himself legal to take on Brock. Cena is furious, but leaves the ring anyway. Now, Christian and Lesnar go at it, with an assist from Conway allowing Brock to take charge, but not for long, as when he tags out to Conway, Christian immediately turns it around, and puts Rob down with a terrific dropkick. Captain Charisma scores a near fall, before tagging out to Tomko, who uses his power and size to dominate the feeble opponent, but Conway manages to escape Tyson, and tags in an unaware Ken Kennedy.
Kennedy comes right at Tomko, and as he gets the better of the Problem Solver, the crafty Con Man trips Kennedy, which allows Tomko to almost take his head off with a big boot to the head. Conway celebrates this mini win, as Kennedy is now in trouble, just surviving a cover from Tomko. From here, Kennedy is singled out, and beaten down by the other two teams. He battles and battles to survive a beat down, kicking out of everything thrown at him, and escaping attempted F5 and Unprettiers, before they are delivered, showing his toughness.
As times goes on, and through a commercial break, Christian begins to get a little agitated again, wanting a piece of Cena, and at one point as the legal man, tells Kennedy to tag out, and as he reaches out to tag The Champ, Lesnar makes a blind tag on Captain Charisma, quickly bounds in, and knocks Cena off the apron. This leads to an argument between Christian and Lesnar, which degenerates into an all out brawl between the two, and eventually between Conway and Tomko, which allows Kennedy a chance to officially tag in Cena.
The match breaks down into a six man fight, with the action all taking place on the outside. Lesnar delivers the F5 to Tomko, whilst Kennedy and Conway disappear up the ramp, and as Christian runs at Cena, Cena hoists him up, and delivers the FU Ö THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!! This leaves just Lesnar and Cena - the two legal men, and they fight into the ring, with the fans firmly behind Cena. He manages to lock in the STFU, but as Lesnar taps out, the referee is still busy on the outside with Tomko and especially Christian. Cena releases, and gets the referees attention, which he manages to do, but as he turns back around, Brock jumps up, scoops Cena into the air, and delivers the F5!!! Lesnar covers, and the referee gets back inside, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Brock Lesnar & Rob Conway @ 14:22
Lesnar has his arm raised in victory, with a glint in his eye, as he hovers over a fallen Cena, just six days before Backlash. On the outside, Christian is helped up, as he tries to shake off the devastating FU through the table, as Lesnar holds the World title for a moment, staring at the gold spinner belt, before setting it beside the beaten champion, and leaves the ring.
Slowly, Cena starts to recover, whilst Christian is still being held up, as Lesnar reaches the top of the ramp, smiling broadly, raising his arms, as the show goes off the air, with Lesnar looking in total control ahead of Backlash.
End of Show
Official Final Card for WWE Backlash
Date: 30th April 2006
Location: Key Arena; Seattle, Washington
Event Music: Adreyu; Shameful
World Heavyweight Championship; Triple Threat Match:
John Cena vs. Christian vs. Brock Lesnar
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
Carlito vs. Shelton Benjamin
World Tag Team Championships Match: Fatal Four Way Match:
The A.F.A vs. Brotherhood vs. Booker T & Goldust vs. United Nations
WWE Womens Championship; 6 Diva Gauntlet Match:
Trish Stratus vs. Lita vs. Alexis Laree vs. Jazz vs. Jillian Hall vs. Molly Holly
I Quit Match for the Money in the Bank Contract:
Rey Mysterio vs. Edge
Shawn Michaels & Garrison Cade vs. Ric Flair & Nick Dinsmore
One on One:
Mr. Kennedy vs. Rob Conway
In ring return of a Monster:
Kane vs. Rhyno
Any predictions would be welcome. Backlash will be in recap form.