WARNING:We have detected your browser is out of date. For both performance, security and a better web experience you should keep up to date to avoid viruses, malware, hijacking and stay on top of compatibility features.
Column: Top 5 Greatest Matches in Backlash History
Posted By: Jeffrey Crosby on Apr 29, 2018
Alright, with the Greatest Royal Rumble out of the way we can focus on the next upcoming PPV, Backlash. The best way to look forward is to look back. With that flawed logic I will be breaking down the best matches in the history of WWE’s Backlash Pay-Per-View. The typical after Mania PPV has put on some great matches.
Let’s start off with some Honorable Mentions.
Chris Benoit vs Edge ’05 Last Man Standing Match; Undertaker vs Batista ’07 Last Man Standing Match; Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles ’16; Dean Malenko vs Scotty 2 Hotty ’00; Edge vs Kurt Angle; ’02; Cena vs Edge vs Triple H ’06.
Alright with those great matches out of the way let’s get to my Top 5 Greatest Matches in Backlash History.
Stone Cold vs The Rock Backlash ’99 Special Guest Referee: Shane McMahon
A great match during a great feud with two great WWE Superstars in the prime of their careers. The match had great story telling, suspense, and of course McMahon on McMahon betrayal. This was on the inaugural Backlash Show and helped this show get a name for itself. I remember watching and thinking that Stone Cold could never win because every time he had the match won Shane would just give Stone Cold the Bird instead of counting the pinfall. It is still a great match to go back and watch.
Randy Orton vs Cactus Jack ’04 Falls Count Anywhere Match
This match could be moved higher, but it is overshadowed by another match on the card. We’ll get to that later. This match helped establish Randy Orton as the Legend Killer. Randy Orton did spots that he did not have to do in order to insure this was a great match. It’s weird to think of Mick Foley fighting for the IC Title in 2004, but it happened. This was a great year in wrestling that put on a great show with two future Hall of Famers. Randy Orton ended up beating Mick Foley at his own game and moved one step closer to greatness in the process.
John Cena vs Edge vs Randy Orton vs Shawn Michaels ’07 Fatal Four Way Match
You can just look at the names in this match and understand why this made the top 5. There was a great storyline coming into this match. John Cena and Shawn Michaels had a great match at WrestleMania. They had a championship run as a tag team and their opponents would join them for a shot at the WWE Championship in this match. This is my least favorite match on this list. I am, admittingly, not a fan of fatal four way matches. With that said this match was very well done. The finish was funny in this match and may have brought the match down, but at least it was creative. This was a great match and one of the best for the year.
Edge vs Cena ’09 Last Man Standing Match
Spoiler Alert: Edge wins. He got a championship win over Cena in a time that this was considered a rarity. These two had a hot rivalry in 2006, that left a bitter taste in both their mouths. Edge hated Cena and the two collided. Of Course, Cena didn’t win “clean.” In a match without rules the Big Show gave the assist to Edge. The three had a triple threat match at WrestleMania in which Cena pinned the Big Show. These two put it all on the line and delivered a classic Last Man Standing Match, which is pretty much synonymous with Backlash.
At this time, I usually do honorable mentions. I hit that earlier, I will say that this match can be difficult to go back and watch.
Chris Benoit vs Triple H vs Shawn Michaels ’04 Triple Threat Match
This is the second match from the 2004 Backlash card. This is a rematch from WrestleMania. The match took place in Canada which gave Michaels a bit of heel heat, and of course Triple H was a heel. Benoit was over as a face, and he got more over by making Michaels tap to the sharpshooter in Canada. The action in the match was good and this match is only fraction behind being as great as their WrestleMania match. I did love the finish, and of course I loved the heat on Michaels and even on Earl Hebner. Even he wouldn’t have bet on Benoit retaining, but he did. He helped put on a great match in the process.
Alright well, let me know what Backlash matches I may have missed and which ones you agree with. Thanks
Feb 25 - WWE is almost ready for the Super ShowDown pay-per-view event on Thursday, February 27, 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the Mohammed Abdou Arena. A leaked video below shows the construction of the se[...]
Feb 25 - The 2020 WWE Hall Of Fame is shaping up with recent names confirmed including, The Bella Twins. In addition to this, "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith, JBL, and Jushin Liger are also slated for W[...]
Feb 25 - The Undertaker is set to wrestle at WrestleMania 36, with speculation suggesting that AJ Styles is his opponent. As such, Taker will be part of the WrestleMania build and will be appearing on some we[...]
Update On John Cena's Return To WWE SmackDown John Cena's upcoming return to WWE SmackDown in Boston looks like it will be a big one. On the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio Dave Meltzer revealed WWE has something planned for Cen[...]
Feb 25 - John Cena's upcoming return to WWE SmackDown in Boston looks like it will be a big one. On the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio Dave Meltzer revealed WWE has something planned for Cen[...]
Feb 25 - The Undertaker was reportedly spotting in Winnipeg last night, this of course was the location of Monday's WWE Raw. According to John Pollock of PostWrestling.com, it is believed he got on the compan[...]
Feb 25 - During Monday's WWE Raw it was announced that Rey Mysterio will be part of the Tuwaiq Trophy Gautlet Match at WWE Super Showdown on Thursday. It looks like Rusev will not be part of the match with PW[...]
Feb 25 - Tonight, AEW return with another edition of their supplementary show AEW Dark, which is set to air at 7pm ET on the official AEW YouTube channel. Below is what is set to air on tonight's show: Joey [...]
Feb 24 - It's been announced that WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix is scheduled to appear live on next week's episode of Monday Night Raw to give a medical update on her husband Edge after the attack t[...]
Feb 24 - It's been announced that 2020 WWE Hall of Famers The Bella Twins will be the special guests on tomorrow night's episode of WWE Backstage on FS1 with Renee Young and Booker T. Catch the ne[...]
Feb 24 - It's been announced that next week's Raw will feature a Singles Match between Aleister Black and "The Phenomenal" A.J. Styles. Also, Rey Mysterio will team with Humberto Carrillo to face the[...]
Feb 24 - It's been announced that later on tonight on Raw, Kevin Owens will square off against "The Viper" Randy Orton. .@FightOwensFight wants ANSWERS from @RandyOrton...and a FIGHT!#RAW pic.twitter.c[...]
Feb 24 - In a recent interview on Total Slam podcast, Bill Goldberg discussed his match against The Undertaker at last year’s Super Showdown event in which he suffered a concussion early in the matc[...]
Feb 24 - WWE has recently been airing broadcast glitches during recent episodes of SmackDown on FOX. There has been much speculation as to why and who is behind the glitches, with rumors swirling it is Mustaf[...]
Feb 24 - Suspended WWE Superstar Andrade has reportedly been spotted at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada today. The location for tonight's WWE Raw. Andrade is currently serving a 30-day suspen[...]
Feb 24 - After the Interview Segment last week their Tag Team Match kicked off Episode 456. Ray Rosas made Ice Williams his tag partner while Watts chose Jordan Clearwater Clearwater & Rosas will face eac[...]
Feb 24 - WWE Hall of Famer Sunny (Tammy Sytch) is set for release from prison next month, according to a police report seen by Pro Wrestling Sheet. Sytch will be released March 25, 2020 on parole. The [...]
Feb 24 - In a recent interview with Wrestling Epicenter, Stevie Ray discussed Harlem Heat going into the WWE Hall of Fame and how he doesn’t care about those critics who don't think they should have been[...]
Feb 24 - Samoa Joe recently suffered an injury to his head while filming a WWE commercial. He reportedly was shooting a table breaking spot and landed wrong. There has yet to be confirmation that Samoa Joe su[...]