April 25, 2008 – Recap by Sassy
I read a report that Umaga’s mother recently passed
away after a long battle with cancer. This site would like to extend its deepest
condolences to Umaga and his family.
For those of you who have not heard, Michael Hayes,
formerly of The Freebirds, presently employed by WWE, has been suspended for
sixty days due to a racial remark Hayes made to The World’s Strongest Man Mark
Henry. Hayes should consider himself lucky that Henry didn’t take him apart
physically. Instead, he did what he
should have done and that was report the incident. It is my understanding that this was not the first time that
Hayes has behaved in this manner.
The audience sees a video of The Rated R Superstar Edge
losing his WWE World Heavyweight Championship to The Undertaker and the matches
Undertaker has had to endure due to Edge’s loss.
is broadcast on the CW Network
Ringside announcers: Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman
Ring announcer: Justin Roberts
Edge, Theodore Long, Vickie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, Bam
Neely, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder are in the ring. Edge and Vickie are
greeted with chants of “you suck” and I agree with the live audience. Vickie
Guerrero informs the audience that the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
scheduled for tonight with The Undertaker defending his title against The Animal
Batista is now a No Disqualification Match. Edge then informs everyone that this
Sunday at Backlash, Edge will win the title no matter who wins the match tonight
and that Chavo Guerrero will win the WWE ECW Championship. CM Punk Mr. MITB, who
appears at the top of the entrance ramp, briefcase and mic in hand, interrupts
Edge’s speech. Edge tells Punk he got a tough break at King of the Ring match
when he lost to William Regal. Punk says that he has a briefcase and they can
call him Money in the Bank. Edge asks Punk if he thinks that briefcase is his
ticket to the top and Punk says that he thought that was a much better way than,
say, sleeping with the boss. Edge says he doesn’t understand that Punk says
that that’s gross and he doesn’t even want to understand. Punk says he is
there to let everyone know that he has the MITB match to turn in and it could be
anytime, either this Sunday at Backlash or it could even be tonight. Edge tells
Punk that he’d better think twice before he turns the briefcase in for a match
against Edge but Punk says he wasn’t thinking about Edge, he was thinking
about Batista and The Undertaker because both of them can beat Edge. Punk says
that he could be Edge, too. Edge threatens Punk with a match tonight and Punk
says that’s a good idea. Vickie Guerrero takes the mic and says that Punk will
face Edge in a match tonight.
The Miz from Cleveland, OH, weighing 231 lbs.
One half of the WWE Tag Team Champions
Accompanied by John Morrison, the other half of the WWE
Tag Team Champions
Shannon Moore from NC, weighing 204 lbs.
Accompanied by Jimmy Wang Yang
Audience favorite: Shannon Moore
My favorite: Shannon Moore
Morrison seats himself at the announcer’s table to do color
commentary which usually means the audience at home will miss a lot of the in
ring action because the camera will keep going back to Morrison seated at the
announcer’s table. The bell rings and Miz takes a moment to show off for the
audience before taking Moore down in a side headlock. Moore back to his feet but
Miz delivers a kick. Moore takes Miz down with an arm drag, Miz back to his feet
and he has Moore against the ropes. Moore takes Miz down with two arm drags and
then flips him over to the mat and goes for the cover. Moore gets a two count.
Miz runs into Moore’s boots but manages to grab Moore by the hair and pull him
off the second rope. Miz goes for the cover but doesn’t get the three count.
Miz tries for a submission hold and outside the ring, Yang is pounding on the
mat to get the fans involved. Moore goes for a small package and gets a two
count. Miz delivers a clothesline then delivers a series of fists to Moore’s
head before the referee makes him stop. Miz takes Moore down to the mat and
again goes for the pin. Miz gets a two count. Moore takes Miz down with a back
body drop. Miz charges with a boot, Moore gets out of the way and Miz gets
caught on the ropes. Miz body slams Moore to the canvas and goes for the cover
but only gets a two count. Miz comes off the ropes, Moore catches him with a
backslide and gets the win.
Moore with a backslide
After the match, Morrison leaves the announcer’s table and
is in the ring yelling at Miz because of his loss while Moore and Yang celebrate
on the entrance ramp. In my
opinion, Moore is a greater talent than Miz in the ring. Moore and Yang deserve
to hold the WWE tag team titles.
Cole introduces a video of the Presidential candidates that
made announcements on Monday Night Raw. While
I have no objection to the candidates speaking on WWE but I was a little unhappy
that it seemed to push the King of the Ring tournament into the back seat.
Cherry from the Other Side of the Tracks
With Michelle McCool
Natalya Neidhart from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: I’m not sure
I have to admit that Cherry has the build to be a good
wrestler, however, what I have seen thus far has not impressed me.
I do hope that at some point Natalya will be able to show WWE fans how
much wrestling talent she has but when it comes to WWE’s “divas”, I never
get overly excited about any of their matches.
Natalya begins the match with wrestling moves and even though Cherry is
working as a scared newbie, Natalya’s moves are impressive. Natalya goes for a
cover but only gets a one count. Natalya certainly works with some mean
expressions in the ring. Natalya
switches to slaps to the face but Cherry comes back with a blow that drops
Natalya. The referee has to get in the middle to back Cherry off of Natalya.
Natalya goes after Cherry’s left leg and uses the ropes to continue to work on
the legs. Victoria works her way around the side of the ring to help out if she
gets a chance. Cherry goes for a roll up and goes for the pin but she can’t
get the three count. Again Cherry goes for a cover and gets a two count. Natalya
goes for a sharpshooter and Cherry taps out.
Neidhart with a sharpshooter
Natalya does know wrestling moves. Between Natalya and Victoria perhaps WWE will follow a
concept of women’s wrestling versus Playboy divas.
The audience sees a video of the feud between Big Show and
The Great Khali. They will face each other in a one on one match at Backlash.
The audience sees a video of the feud between Heartbreak Kid
Shawn Michaels and The Animal Batista. They will face each other one on one at
Backlash with Special Guest Referee Y2J Chris Jericho who seems to have issues
with both Michaels and Batista. Cole is in the ring and he informs the audience
that this Sunday at Backlash, M.V.P defends his WWE United States Championship
against Matt Hardy, who Cole invites to the ring as his guest. Hardy enters the
arena to a very loud pop from the live audience. The audience delivers a few “Hardy” chants. Cole
introduces a video of the injury that Hardy suffered at the hands of MVP. (In
reality, the four months that Matt Hardy was out was due to an attack of
appendicitis, which put Hardy in the hospital.) Cole says everybody wants to
know if the Hardy’s knee is one hundred percent. Hardy says that he is a
hundred percent and that Hardy is the biggest threat MVP has ever had. MVP’s
entrance music begins and MVP appears at the top of the ramp and heads to the
ring. MVP walks around Hardy and take Cole’s mic and tells Cole to leave the
ring. MVP asks Hardy why he has to distort the truth. Hardy says that he isn’t
distorting the truth. The two men have an argument about who is wrong and who is
right and MVP keeps bringing up the fact that it is because of MVP that Hardy
was an 8 time WWE tag team champion. MVP tells Hardy that he is jealous of MVP.
The fans begin to chant “Hardy” while MVP is talking. MVP says he sees
jealousy in Hardy’s eyes but Hardy says that it isn’t jealousy in his eyes,
it is confidence and at Backlash Hardy will prove once and for all that he is
better than MVP. MVP says that he was hoping that they could become friends and
get past this. MVP takes off his title belt and tells Hardy that this Sunday at
Backlash Hardy will have his opportunity to become United States Champion and
then MVP kicks Hardy in his bad knee and then attacks Hardy with the title belt.
Hardy is down on the mat and MVP exits the ring.
CM Punk is backstage heading toward the ring.
Rated R Superstar Edge from Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
weighing 250 lbs.
CM Punk from Chicago, IL
Audience favorite: CM Punk
My favorite: CM Punk
Shall we guess how many ways Edge or his cronies will cheat
during the match? Edge came to the
ring alone, minus Hawkins & Ryder, which makes me wonder what Edge has up
his sleeve. The bell rings and the two wrestlers lock up in the center of the
ring. Punk backs Edge up in to the corner and the ref gets in the middle and
makes him break clean. Edge comes out with a shove to Punk and Punk shoves back,
sending Edge to them mat. Edge back to his feet and he applies a wristlock to
Punk who reverses it. Edge takes Punk down to the mat but again Punk reverses it
and has Edge’s shoulders down. Punk gets a one count before Edge gets a
shoulder off the mat. Punk goes to work on Edge’s left arm and shoulder, using
knee drops to add extra pressure. Edge is back to his feet but Punk again goes
to work on Edge’s shoulder. Edge backs Punk up into the corner and delivers an
elbow before moving. Punk comes off the ropes and receives a knee to the
midsection. Edge delivers a kick to the side and a knee to the back. Edge has
Punk in the corner and the ref has to make him break. Punk comes off the ropes
and delivers a roll up. Punk gets a two count. Punk goes back to work on
Edge’s shoulder with Edge down on the mat. Punk releases his hold and delivers
kicks and boots to the shoulder before going for a cover. Punk gets a two count.
Again Punk goes to work on the shoulder and arm of Edge but Edge gets back to
his feet, picks up Punk and drops him to the mat. Punk doesn’t release his
hold on Edge’s arm. Punk comes off the ropes and delivers a kick to Edge’s
midsection and goes up to the top rope but Edge is back to his feet and he
climbs up to the second rope. Punk fights back, Edge falls off the top
turnbuckle and back into the ring but Punk falls off the top turnbuckle out on
the floor and we go to COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH! Back in the
ring, Edge goes for a cover and gets a two count. Edge has Punk in a leg
scissors. During the commercial break, Edge delivered a baseball side to Punk
out on the floor. Punk’s shoulders are down and the ref counts but Punk gets a
shoulder up before the two count. Punk is trying to get to the ropes but he is
in the center of the ring. Punk gets turned around and he catapults Edge into
the top turnbuckle. As Punk goes for the high knee, Edge gets out of the way and
Punk nails the ring post. Edge goes for a cover and gets a two count. Punk comes
off the ropes and the two men meet with a double cross
body block in the center of the ring. Both men are down but they both
come back up swinging. Punk nails Edge with several kicks and sends Edge into
the ropes, delivering a high kick. He goes for a cover but cant’ get three
count. Punk goes for the GTS but Edge counters with a roll up, Punk kicks out.
Punk delivers a high knee in the corner, nails Edge with the bulldog, goes for
the cover and gets an almost three count. Punk
goes for another kick but Edge manages to slam Punk down back first to the mat.
Edge goes for the cover and Punk kicks out. This is one heck of a match. Edge
charges at Punk, Punk moves out of the way and Edge nails the corner post. Punk
comes off the top rope and goes for the cover. Punk gets a two count. Punk tries
for the GTS but Edge counters and goes for the cover. Punk kicks out at the
count of two. Edge backs up and waits for Punk to get back to his feet. Edge
goes for the spear but Punk delivers the GTS and Edge rolls out of the ring.
Punk goes out of the ring to get Edge back in the ring. Punk rolls Edge back in
and as he comes up on the apron, Edge is on his feet. Ryder comes running up
being Punk, Punk stops to back Ryder up and goes back into the ring. Edge
delivers a spear, goes for the cover and gets the three count.
Time: 6 minutes before commercial, 7 minutes after commercial,
with a spear
You may not have liked the way this match ended but both of
these wrestlers put on a great show for their fans. I have liked CM Punk in the ring since he showed up but Edge
had been iffy lately. Even winning
the match with a little help from one of his pals didn’t take away what Edge
accomplished in the ring.
Raw Rebound – King of the Ring Tournament and the win by
Raw General Manger William Regal over his opponent, CM Punk.
Vladimir Kozlov from Russia, weighing 300 lbs.
Marty Garner, from Greensboro, NC, weighing 192 lbs. (already
in the ring)
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: I’m not sure
Kozlov has been repeating squash matches for weeks on
Smackdown. I was hoping that perhaps WWE had decided to allow him to have a
match against one of the Smackdown wrestlers but not only is that not going to
happen, Kozlov again is in the ring with someone much smaller than he is. The
bell rings and Kozlov immediately sends Garner to the mat, picks him up and
again takes him down with a side headlock. Garner gets back to his feet but
Kozlov backs Garner into the ropes. Garner comes off the ropes but Kozlov nails
him with a head butt to the abdomen. Kozlov delivers a boot and than slams
Garner to the mat, a kick to the chest. Kozlov picks up Garner, takes him down
with an inverted neck breaker, goes for the cover and gets the win.
Kozlov with an inverted neck breaker
Coach and Cole introduce a video of The Undertaker and the
new submission hold he has been using.
The official theme song for Backlash is “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock. Cole and Coach recap the matches that will be held at this Sunday’s Backlash:
DEBUTING SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2008 ON PAY PER VIEW
Four Way Elimination Match for the WWE Championship
Orton, Champion, will face John Bradshaw Layfield, The Game Triple H and John
United States Championship Match
Champion, will face Matt Hardy, Challenger
Big Show will face The Great Khali in one on one action
ECW Championship Match
Big Red Machine Kane, Champion, will face Chavo Guerrero, former champion
Animal Batista will face Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels with Special Guest
Referee Y2J Chris Jericho
World Heavyweight Championship Match
winner of tonight’s title match, current champion The Undertaker, or The
Animal Batista, will defend their title against Edge.
Coach reminds the audience that if Batista wins tonight, he
will not be facing Michaels at Backlash, he will be facing Edge to defend the
Batista is backstage with Vickie to thank her for giving him
the opportunity to win back his title belt tonight from The Undertaker. Batista
says that he is on to her and knows that she is hoping Batista and Undertaker
will tear each other apart before Backlash on Sunday but that he will then beat
the hell out of Edge at Backlash.
The audience sees a recap of the farce match of Hillary
Clinton with Bill Clinton versus Barack Obama from Monday night Raw. Umaga was
kind enough to come out and clear the ring for the fans.
World Heavyweight Championship Title Match
The Animal Batista from Washington, DC, weighing 290 lbs.
The Undertaker from Death Valley, weighing 299 lbs.
Audience favorite: The Undertaker
My favorite: The Undertaker
The Undertaker has been very active in the ring since his
title win at Wrestlemania XXIV. I’m
not complaining by any means. I
enjoy seeing Undertaker in the ring although they could shorten that entrance
thing. I’m sure that diehard
Undertaker fans would complain about the removal of the long entrance that The
Undertaker has made famous.
The bell rings and Undertaker begins with a side headlock.
Undertaker comes off the ropes to take Batista down with a shoulder block.
Batista has Undertaker in a headlock. Batista comes off the ropes and takes
Undertaker down with a shoulder block. Batista goes for a leg but Undertaker
gets out of the way. Undertaker applies a wristlock. Batista backs Undertaker
into the corner. Batista doesn’t break clean instead going after Undertaker
with fists. Undertaker retaliates and again has Batista in a wristlock.
Undertaker goes for a cover but only gets a one count. Undertaker goes to work
on Batista’s left arm and shoulder, Batista comes out of the corner and nails
Undertaker with a spear and goes for a cover, but Undertaker switches around and
goes for his submission move, Batista makes a hasty retreat and rolls out of the
ring and onto the floor and we go to COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MAIN
Back to the action, Undertaker sends Batista into the steel
steps, shoulder first. Undertaker has Batista up on the ring apron and delivers
a kick to Batista’s head. Undertaker delivers a leg drop and Batista goes down
to the floor. Undertaker rolls Batista back in the ring, goes for a pin and gets
a two count before Batista kicks out. Undertaker goes old school but Batista
trips Undertaker on the top turnbuckle and then climbs up to the second rope.
Undertaker fights back and sends Batista back to the mat. Undertaker, still
sitting on the top turnbuckle, delivers a boot to Batista’s face when Batista
charges and then Undertaker goes old school. Undertaker comes off the ropes and
Batista delivers a Batista bomb, goes for the cover and gets the two count
before Undertaker kicks out. Batista goes for a Batista bomb again but
Undertaker delivers a back body drop and Batista is down on the canvas.
Undertaker tries for a choke slam but Batista counters it. Batista delivers a
power slam and goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Batista charges
Undertaker and Undertaker delivers a boot then nails Batista with a choke slam.
Undertaker goes for the cover and gets a two count before Batista gets a
shoulder off the mat. Undertaker gives his it’s finished sign but Batista
delivers a spear and goes for the cover. Batista gets a two count. Batista goes
after Undertaker with fists to the skull and the audience counts along with
Batista. Undertaker picks Batista up and delivers the last ride, goes for the
cover and again undertaker gets a two count. Undertaker goes out of the ring and
grabs the steel steps, sliding them into the ring, then climbs back in.
Undertaker picks up Batista and picks him up, Batista counters and delivers a
spine buster to Undertaker on the steel steps. Both men are now down on the mat.
Batista gets to Undertaker and picks him up to set him up for the Batista bomb
but Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels enters the ring and delivers a super kick that
drops Batista. Michaels leaves the ring as Undertaker is trying to get back to
his feet. Michaels goes over the guardrail and through the audience as
Undertaker picks up Batista to deliver the Tombstone pile driver. Undertaker
pins and gets the three count.
3 minutes before commercial, 7 minutes after, 10 minutes total.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Undertaker with a Tombstone pile driver
I was surprised Michaels was the one who showed up to put a
stop to Batista winning the WWE title, otherwise it was a decent match for the
time allotted. The look of surprise on the ref’s face when Michaels nailed
Batista was priceless.
I won’t be ordering the Backlash pay per view but will have
results on the Monday Night Raw Report next week.