Brand Pay Per View; WWE Backlash:
Opening Video plays
Castrol GTX presents a Raw brand production, WWE Backlash.
J.R and The King welcome us to Phoenix for WWE Backlash, where tonight five titles will be decided, including the return of the Hardcore Championship, and the six man Hell in a Cell in tonight’s main event for the World Heavyweight Championship. The picture cuts to the HIAC above the ring as J.R and King speculate the type of carnage we could witness. They are cut off by the Dudley Boyz music and we are ready for the opening bout for the Tag team titles.
1st Match: World Tag Team Championships match:
Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak (champions) vs. Dudley Boyz
In an evenly fought contest, the challengers took the fight to the champions and quickly began to dominate, however, eventually Cade and Jindrak got back into the match via a concealed low blow. They began to isolate D’Von for a couple of minutes, until D’Von countered a suplex from Cade into a DDT. As he looked set to tag Bubba, Jindrak distracted the referee so he didn’t see a tag made. This only infuriated Bubba more as he was ordered back to the corner. While the referee was busy admonishing Bubba, Jindrak hit D’Von with the Tag title belt. Once Bubba was sent back, Cade crawled over to pin D’ Von, but count was broken at two by Bubba. The referee again had to force Bubba back to the corner, while this was happening, Cade held D’Von while Jindrak looked to score with the title again this time D’Von ducked and Cade was hit instead. D’Von then hit a spine buster on Jindrak and made a cover on Cade, 1...2...Jindrak somehow brakes the count. Bubba again enters and takes Jindrak to the outside. D’Von grabs the title belt and looks to nail Cade buts Cade ducks and D’Von hit’s the referee instead. Cade goes for a power bomb, but is reversed into a cradle, but with no referee no count happens. Eventually he lets go and throws Cade to the outside. Jindrak runs back in trying to get away from Bubba but walks right into a 3D. Bubba tells D’Von to get the tables. When D’Von goes for the tables Cade sneaks up from behind and nails a low blow. He then whips D’Von into the post. As he is playing to the crowd, Bubba doesn’t realise whats going on, when he does he attempts to get Cade. He is raked in the eyes by Cade and holds his face around the ring selling the injury. He then walks into a 3D courtesy of Cade and Jindrak. The referee comes together and makes the three count for victory. The champions retain. J.R and King talk about how cheap the victory was etc. etc.
Evolution are seen arriving. They are met by Batista who is already here. He tells them he will be back soon, right after winning the Hardcore Title.
A video plays showing the history of the Hardcore Championship.
Mick Foley interview, holds the Hardcore Championship, and then gives it to match referee, Mike Chioda. He then says he hopes everyone has a great night, right here in Phoenix!!!
2nd Match: Return of the Hardcore Championship.
15 man, 15 minute, Iron Man Match.
Al Snow, Batista, Brooklyn Brawler, Chuck Palumbo, Doink the Clown, Kamala, Matt Morgan, Maven, Orlando Jordan, Rhyno, Rodney Mack, Sean O’Haire, Spike Dudley, Tommy Dreamer, Val Venis.
Last 60 seconds:
At this stage, only Matt Morgan, Batista, Tommy Dreamer, Al Snow, Rhyno and Maven have a chance of winning. They are mostly all tied on seven pin falls each, with Rhyno and Maven on six. They pair off, Morgan-Snow, Batista-Dreamer and Rhyno-Maven. Both Batista and Morgan get another fall, Morgan with a twirling power bomb on a trash can and Batista with a chair shot, with thirty seconds remaining. They both realise that it will come down to them now and Batista has the idea of taking Doink to beat up to score a quick pinfall. He hits him with a trashcan but Morgan stops the referees from noticing. Batita is irate and goes for Morgan. Morgan hits him with the ring bell and proceeds to cover Doink and goes into the lead with countdown reaching ten. Batista struggles to get to his feet as Morgan celebrates with the time running out. Matt Morgan is declared the NEW Hardcore Champion. J.R and King talk about this monster and say he could be an unstoppable Hardcore Champion.
We cut to a preview of WWE Judgment Day which is a Smackdown only show.
“Hell in a Cell moment”- Undertaker throws mankind off the cell, and through the cell.
RVD interview. Says that he has been nervous about HIAC. He then says its nothing to be ashamed of because with a match this big, even the most laid back people get scared.
HHH, Orton and Flair are seen preparing themselves.
Booker T and Goldust vs. Test and Scott Steiner
The match starts off with all four men brawling on the outside for approx. 2 minutes. Eventually, Test and Goldust start the match officially. The match is participated at a quick pace with a number of tags being made with each team. The match begins to settle down with Booker T taking control over Test but a sneaky knee to the back by Steiner to Booker swings the advantage back to Test. They begin to take control over Booker with some sneaky tactics. (Holding Book against the ropes, illegal 2 on 1 attacks, blind tags etc.). On two occasions Book comes close to tagging Goldust. The first was stopped by Test pulling Book back, and the second where Steiner pulled Goldust off the apron leaving to tag for Booker. Test then tags Steiner back in and they proceed to double team Booker. They whip him off the ropes buts he comes back with a double dropkick and makes the hot tag to Goldust who cleans house. The match breaks into a brawl between all four men. Eventually, Goldust hit’s a jawbreaker on Steiner and clotheslines him over the top leaving a 2 on 1 advantage. Test tries to beg out of a beating but to no avail. Eventually, Goldust hit’s the kick to the nuts and Booker hit’s the Scissors kick for the three count. They celebrate after with a double spin-a-roonie.
We cut back to an interview with the World Heavyweight Champion, Shawn Michaels. He says the sight of HIAC brings back horrible memories, but they make him more determined not be the human rag doll tonight.
Sting is seen preparing for his match later.
Christian and Trish arrive. Terri asks for their thoughts on tonight’s match after what happened last week. Trish talks about how bad she has been suffering this week after being tabled last Monday. Christian then goes on to say Y2J should be institutionalised for his actions, but tonight he will be hospitalised thanks to their fool proof plan. They walk off laughing.
We are shown quick clips of the recent history leading us to the Women’s title match tonight.
4th Match: Women’s Championship Match:
Lita(champion) w/Matt vs. Victoria w/Richards vs. Jazz w/T. Long
The match starts off with Jazz exiting the ring and talking to Long. Victoria and Lita go one on one as Jazz watches from the outside. This continues for around seven minutes, then Jazz re-enters and takes control of the two weakened women. She chucks Lita to the outside and concentrates on Victoria. She looks to have the match won until Richards puts Victoria’s foot on the ropes. This infuriates Long who has a war of words with Richards. Lita re enters and takes Jazz by surprise with a twist of fate. She suplexes Victoria to the outside and then hit’s the moonsault on Jazz. Long throws his shoe at the referee stopping the count. Matt races over and knocks down Long. Meanwhile Richards has entered the ring and has Steviekicked Lita. However instead of Victoria getting the cover, Jazz does so he has to break the count himself. Jazz chases Richards around ringside. (The crowd are in hysterics over Richards facial expressions). In the ring, Victoria attempts to bring Lita to her feet buts is reversed by a small package and Lita picks up the victory. Matt and Lita celebrate and Kiss emotionally to the approval of the crowd. :sex
Backstage, HHH sits down Orton and talks to him about how this match will change his life forever. He then sets out instructions for what Orton is to do.
Interview with Ric Flair. He talks to Lillian Garcia about his storied history with Sting, but promises that is exactly what Sing will become tonight- history.
A video package plays of the Ric Flair - Sting history.
5th Match: Clash of the Legends; No Disqualification:
Ric Flair vs. Sting
The match starts at quite a good pace with the two going blow for blow on the outside with Sting taking the early advantage and brings the match inside to officially begin. Sting goes to work on Flair for a few minutes, but the dirtiest player in the game turns the tables with a wicked rake to the eyes. He backs Sing into the corner and dominates him with trademark chops. Sting fights back and puts Flair into the corner to deliver his own chops. The match then gets scientific, with momentum going back and forth. Flair then nails a low blow. He then goes to the outside and jams Stings legs into the post. He takes a steel chair into the ring and goes to work on Stings legs. He then sets the chair on Stings ankle and goes to the second rope in an attempt to break his ankle. Sting gets a foot up and hits Flair square in the face. He takes the chair and plants a dazed Flair on the head. Flair is now busted wide open. Sting proceeds to take control and hit’s a number of Stinger splashes. He looks set for a victory when Batista runs through the crowd and nails a chair shot of his own to Sting. Sting is now busted open too as Batista is told to leave. Flair crawls on top but Sing kicks out at two. Both men get to their feet, but Flair takes control with a chop block. He works on the legs of Sting and eventually locks in a figure four. Sting looks down and out until he manages to reverse the move on Flair. The nature boy makes the ropes to break the hold. The two warriors go at it again, but the match ends when Flair mis directs a chair shot which bounces off the ropes and hits himself. Sting locks in the Deathlock and Flair is forced to tap. Sting celebrates as Flair crawls out. J.R and King talk about Evolution being 0/2 tonight and say if that may be a sign of things to come.
Kane is seen preparing backstage.
We are then shown the Undertakers Hell in a Cell moments.
We cut to a dark eerie room where Taker can be barely seen. He talks about the end being near, and for them all to rest in peace.
Jericho interview. He is asked if he regrets letting the Dudleyz put Trish through a table on RAW. He replies with, “Well Terri…no. No I don’t regret Trish being put through a table, because quite frankly she’s used to it. Trish has been tabled more times than a village whore. You see Trish loves to taste some hard wood, I mean can you blame her. She has to look at Christian every day. Hell even when I was friends with Christian I couldn’t look at him, he couldn’t satisfy me as a good looking friend, so only god knows what Trish goes through as his bitch sorry, I mean girlfriend. But tonight just like in bed, Christian is going to come up a little short!
Christian - Jericho video package of the history leading to Backlash.
6th Match: Intercontinental Championship Match:
Christian (Champion) w/Trish vs. Chris Jericho
The two go head to head and begin mind games. Trish gets on the apron and Jericho knocks her off. This gives Christian the chance to capitalize on Jericho. Christian beats on Y2J to try and end the match early, but an inspired Jericho fights back into the match and sways the momentum into his favour. He becomes the aggressor for a good 5 minute spell, until Trish pulls Jericho’s leg to distract him. Christian again takes advantage and nails a clothesline. His control on the match doesn’t last long as again the spirited Jericho fights back. He locks in the walls of Jericho but Trish helps Christian make it to the ropes. Jericho chases Trish, who leads him into the path of a waiting Christian. Christian works on Jericho’s legs and locks in his own Walls of Christian as king calls it. Trish tries to help Christian gain more leverage and Jericho find it hard to get out of the move. Eventually his will helps him fight out of it and then nails a flying forearm. He bounces off the ropes and hit’s the bulldog, followed by a lionsault. Trish pulls the referee out of the ring. And Jericho goes mad. He grabs a steel chair and swings for Trish buts she ducks and he hit’s the ref. She then runs but is caught. He chucks her into the ring. And nails Christian with the chair. He grabs Trish and attempts to put the walls on her, but as he turns her over he is met by a thunderous spear from….EDGE. Edge celebrates for a moment before placing Christian on top of Jericho. He helps Trish out of the ring, and throws the referee back in. The groggy ref makes the three as Edge grabs the belt and helps Christian out of the ring. A battered Christian raises his hands in victory and rejoices with Trish and Edge as the commentators talk of their shock at what just happened.
“Hell in a Cell moment” airs - Triple H defeats Kevin Nash in a bloody epic.
Edge helps Christian and Trish into a Limo as the three ride off into the night.
The camera cuts to all six participants of HIAC making their way backstage.
Video package showing the lead up toward the Main Event.
Main Event: World Heavyweight Championship; 6 man Hell in a Cell Match:
Shawn Michaels (Champion) vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Triple H vs. Undertaker
All 6 men staredown in the middle of the ring. They then pair off; HBK-HHH, RVD-Orton, Taker-Kane. Very soon only RVD and Orton remain in the ring, with the other four fighting on the outside. After a minute or so, Taker re enters and takes down both, he is followed soon by Kane who then takes control over Taker, and puts both Orton and RVD on the outside. HBK and HHH find their way back into the ring, while Taker and Kane brawl to the outside. HHH takes control with a Harley Race like high knee, and follows with a clothesline. This is enough only to get a 2 count. He then pounds on HBK in the corner. HBK soon fights back, but HHH ducks an attempted clothesline and retaliates on HBK with a backbreaker. Another two count. Taker gets back in after putting Kane down. HHH quickly scrambles out of the ring, leaving HBK to take on Undertaker. On the outside, RVD and Randy have so far traded blows banging each others bodies off the cell walls. RVD begins to take control when HHH helps Orton. They double team RVD. Meanwhile, Taker has began to decimate HBK in the ring. Kane gets in with a steel chair. He hits Taker square in the face, sending him out of the ring. He then busts HBK open with a hard shot to the skull. HHH and Orton continue to dominate RVD and bust him open with the steel steps. The Undertaker gets back to his feet and hit’s the two members of Evolution with a double clothesline. He then singles out Orton and begins to lay a beating on him. A groggy HHH slowly crawls back into the ring, but is immediately stopped by Kane who nails a big elbow on the game. Kane then attempts to annihilate HHH, but HHH nails a low blow. HHH hit’s a face buster on the big red machine before planting HBK with a DDT. He then quickly goes outside and searches under the ring for a sledgehammer. Once he finds it, he gets back into the ring he lines up to hit Kane, however behind him, HBK nips up and proceeds to turn HHH around, then he hit’s a jawbreaker and HHH drops the Hammer. HBK flies off the ropes and hit’s a flying forearm on Kane. Then HHH gets back on his feet and throws HBK out of the ring, HHH turns away, not noticing that Michaels has held on to the ropes. He skins the cat and surprises HHH with a clothesline. By this stage, Kane is on his feet. He plants a big boot into the face of HBK. Out of nowhere, RVD appears on the top rope and hits Kane with a kick to the face. HHH runs at RVD but is taken down with a sweep followed by a rolling thunder, and a spinning leg drop. We then see Kane sit up. He pulls RVD by the hair from behind. Out of desperation, RVD hit’s a low blow. He bounces off the ropes but is caught by Kane. Kane goes for a choke slam, but HBK intervenes. HBK and RVD begin to double team Kane. Meanwhile, whilst all this has taken place, Undertaker has beaten Orton like a rag doll around the outside. He has busted open Randy badly after numerous shots into the cell. At this stage he has been hoisted on Takers shoulder and has had his slammed into the cell again. HHH takes the Hammer to the outside and attempts to help Orton, he drives the weapon into Takers midsection. He takes on taker alone, as a bloody Orton staggers around ringside to recover. In the ring HBK and RVD have came to blows after laying out Kane. Orton attempts to get back into the ring, and is immediately met by Sweet Chin Music. RVD then catches HBK with a Spin Kick and proceeds to hit the 5 Star. The count is broken at 2 by Kane who takes on RVD. He gets the better and nails a power slam, but can only manage a two. He grabs Orton by the throat and goes for a choke slam. Orton reverses into an RKO. HHH immediately sees this and before Randy can make a cover he is pulled out. He then gets the cover, but HBK breaks it a 2. Taker then pulls out HBK. Orton and HHH then double team Kane. Orton takes out RVD with the chair. They bust open Kane also with the chair. They then attempt a double suplex from the top rope, but Kane pushes them off and hits his top rope clothesline. He choke slams RVD and body presses Orton from the ring to the Cell. HBK gets back in after busting open the Undertaker. He and Kane go at it. Eventually, HBK goes for Sweet Chin Music. Kane ducks, and HBK accidentally hit’s the referee instead. He turns around and straight into a Chokeslam. Kane takes the key from the refs pocket. He stands in the ring, looking at the key and laughs. Then he opens the cell door and takes HBK to the outside. HBK fights back as they move to the timekeepers position. HBK grabs the ring bell and put down Kane. HHH and Orton crawl to the outside and Taker follows dragging RVD with him. HHH and Orton attack HBK and Taker begins to dominate Kane. RVD helps HBK and then HBK finds a 2x4 wrapped in Barbed wire. HHH and Orton try to escape by climbing the cell. RVD and HBK follow as do Taker and Kane soon after.
On top of the cell, the six men begin to battle again. HBK hits HHH with the 2x4 and attempts to throw HHH to the floor, but Orton saves him by hitting HBK at the last moment. HHH and Orton quickly climb back down as does Kane. Taker beats up RVD and then after HBK tries to interfere, Taker tombstones Michaels on the cell roof. RVD attempts to throw Taker off, but Taker reverses and RVD flies into the Spanish announce table. In the ring HHH and Orton decimate Kane. HHH then has the plan to lock the door again. Orton hits another RKO, but again is pulled off by HHH. They argue and then begin to fight. HHH hit’s the pedigree on Orton. He then revives the referee but by this time Kane is up. They get into a fist fight, with Kane taking the upper hand. Undertaker then pulls off the cell door and hit both men with the barbed wire. He hit’s the Old school on HHH and then a Chokeslam on Kane. He gets the cover, and the groggy referee makes a slow count, 1.…..2.…then Orton stops the count. An enraged Taker tombstones Orton. Meanwhile HBK has crawled back down to the ring and stops Taker from making the cover. HBK then fights out of a Chokeslam attempt and hits Sweet Chin Music. HHH breaks the count at two. He and HBK slug it out in the middle of the ring and HHH takes the upper hand. HHH bounces off the ropes looking to hit a clothesline, but HBK also goes for one. They both hit the clothesline knocking each other out. Orton rolls onto HBK for the cover, 1.….2.….3!!! Randy Orton wins!!!
We end the night with Earl Hebner placing the title beside the body of Randy Orton who cant even move. The picture cuts as JR and King say this is one of the biggest shockers ever.
END OF SHOW