ORRY'S Late......Late Backlash Review
This was a very good way to set the tone for the night with a very solid opening video. The language used was effective, and the continual reference to the term 'backlash' and what it means to the superstars was gold. Top start!
Carlito vs. Shelton Benjamin:
The obvious choice for an opener IMO, with both guys talented athletes who are more than capable of getting the crowd involved. The match itself, despite being a relatively short recap for a PPV match, was entertaining throughout, with the back and forth action towards the end being the highlight. The finish was good, if not a little cliché, with Benjamin continuing CCC's losing streak and in the process taking his gold.
The two little segments involving Christian/Tomko and Rico/Simmons were a nice touch and a great way to add some separation between matches.
Mr Kennedy vs. Rob Conway:
This was nothing more than a glorified squash match, as expected, with Kennedy picking up his 'easy to predict' first singles victory on PPV. The start was good, with Conway trying to back away at every point possible, which pretty much set the tone for the entire recap, with Conway trying to escape Kennedy's clutches. Kenton Bomb to finish things off was fine with me; good stuff!
Carlito segment would have been an effective way to get over the fact Carlito doesn't seem to know where he stands after his recent run of losses.
AFA vs. United Nations vs. Brotherhood vs. Booker T/Goldust:
A 'cluster fuck' of sorts, with the action getting out of hand as all 8 men do everything in their power to attempt to win the World Tag Team Championships. A pretty typical Fatal 4way Tag throughout, with the finish being the highlight, with Simmons nailing a devastating Spinebuster, allowing Ric to make the cover. Decent recapped match, with a nice, unexpected result.
The two little segments inolving Rey Mysterio and Edge respectively were a good way to build the upcoming match.
I Quit Match:
This has so far been MOTN by a long, long way, which is probally due to the fact it was written out in full
. The action between both men was great, in my opinion you were really able to establish chemistry betwen the two guys, which in turn resulted in a highly entertaining, emotional contest. The finish was the highlight and was very original, with Edge threatening Rey with Dominic, as Mysterio was forced to relinquish the briefcase in order to save his son. Great stuff here mate.
Great to see Finlay will be debuting tomorrow night on Raw *Note, at the time I typed this, Finlay hadn't debuted yet. I guess this shows how long I took to actually get this up right
Just some quick comments here, as Women's macthes, expecially those recapped, don't really interest me, despite the fact they are an integril part of Raw. The recap was decent for the most part, and most of the eliminations were as expected, with the real shock coming when Jillian eliminated Trish to take the strap. That was a nice, unexpected touch.
Little segmenst involving Cena and the Horsemen in between the matches was again an intelligent way to build the upcoming matches later on the show.
Kane vs. Rhyno:
This was a pretty quick recap, as is to be expected from a match that is nothing more than a glorified squash match, in which the result was always going one way. And, low and behold, Kane to the win to continue his dominant streak as of late.
Great to see the King of the Ring segment will be returning. I like the concept.
DX vs. Horsemen:
I was hoping this would be written in full, but alas I'll have to be content with a recap (allbeit a pretty darn long one). The macth itself was as good as it possibly could be, with HBK gaining a much needed win after his string of losses since WrestleMania. The real talking point came after the match however, when Cade made the long time in the making turn on HBK, siding with the Horsemen. Again, awesome work bro.
Little segment with the new Mr Money in the Bank was ideal to seperate the previous match from the main event.
A nice long match here, as is to be expected despite the fact the PPV is in recap form. The action between the three men flowed nicely for the most part and sold the story well, as the Champion struggled to fight off all comers. In the end Cena's biggest rival of them all, Randy Orton showed up to cost John the match, resulting in the man who you have pushed to the moon as of late, Christian, finally winning the big win. A great result, and an awesome end to a very solid PPV! Now I'm extremely excited to see how Christian's reign as Champ goes!
Desoite the fact it was in recap, this PPV had almost everything, and with the big Title change to end the night, it definately deserved the high mark it's recieving from me. Good job Wolf man. 9/10!
Again bro, sorry it took me so long to get it up.
EDIT: And here are my Judgement Day predictions.
WWE Championship: Steel Cage Match:
vs. Kurt Angle
Beniot will retain and have a lengthy run with the belt.
WWE United States Championship Match:
vs. Charlie Haas
Hardy is the future of SD!, and having just won the Title from JBL, I don't see him losing it anytime soon (Nor should he!)
WWE Tag Team Championship Match:
America’s Most Wanted
vs. Spirit Squad
Hah! Too easy!
The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho
Y2J needs to rebound from his Mania loss, although I wouldn't be suprised to see Taker go over again which would anger Jericho even more.
vs. Paul London
I just can't see the veteran putting over the 'Golden Boy', despite the fact tht it probally should happen.
Un Sanctioned Challenge:
Sabu vs. Rob Van Dam
RVD is a certainty here, to get some retribution for Sabu's actions.
One on One:
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield
vs. The Rock
JBL will get a huge win for his career, which will in turn continue this feud to at least Summerslam I expect, where I wouldn't be suprised to see JBL go over in the blow off.
6 Man Tag Match:
Kid Kash, Brian Kendrick & Tajiri vs. Mexicools
Chavo will screw the Cruiser's over, giving the heels the win to extend this feud.