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4/27 WWE Backlash Live Coverage: Shawn Michaels vs. Batista with Chris Jericho as special referee, Mick Foley debuts as the Smackdown color commentator
Apr 27, 2008 - 10:00 PM


By Jason Powell

Aired live on pay-per-view
Baltimore, Md.


A video recapped the top storylines... A graphic noted that WWE was presenting the 10th Annual Backlash... Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler introduced the show. Lawler caught a case of Adamleitis by referring saying the atmosphere was "erect" before quickly correcting himself. Speaking of Adamle, he welcomed viewers to "Blacklash" and then corrected himself.

Adamle turned things over to Michael Cole, who introduced Mick Foley as the new Smackdown color commentator. Mick told a lame joke about Jonathan Coachman... After Matt Hardy and MVP were introduced, the ring announcer did the new title match introduction with both men in the ring...

Powell's POV: I like the in-ring introductions for title matches, but TNA does it better. The ring announcer should take center stage for those intros, not stand in the background. They're clearly going for the same vibe that UFC and boxing creates and their ring announcers always stand in the middle of the ring.

1. Matt Hardy defeated MVP to win the U.S. Title 11:20.. Foley pointed out quickly that MVP was targeting Hardy's surgically repaired knee. Good match with great back and forth action. MVP went for the high kick in the corner, but Hardy ducked it and used the Twist of Fate for the win. Very good match. Another five minutes would have been great, but it was very entertaining.

Powell's POV: Foley did a good job of pointing out that MVP was targeting Hardy's various injuries. He's not hamming it up or putting the focus on himself. I don't miss Jonathan Coachman's cliches. I'm very impressed with Foley's work thus far and I like the way he sold the importance of the U.S. Title. Who knows what he was being fed through the headsets, but he seemed to be up on the product.

Ross and Lawler hyped the mobile poll that asked which wrestler would win the main event...

Backstage, Eve interviewed Hardy, who looked at the title belt and said his win over MVP was the biggest win of his career. He said it was so meaningful because he had to overcome so much. He said he had one thing to say to MVP. He stared into the camera with a creepy look on his face, paused for 10 seconds, and said, "I'm better than you"...

Powell's POV: Hardy did a nice job of selling the win, but that silence was awkward. I think he was trying to build up suspense, but he took so long that I was wondering if he forgot his line.

At ringside, Adamle hyped "The Big Red Monster's" title match against Chavo. You'd think he could at least learn the name of the ECW Champion...

2. Kane defeated Chavo Guerrero (w/Bam Neely) to retain the ECW Title in 8:45. Adamle got the referee's name wrong and Tazz quickly corrected him. During the match, Tazz mistakenly referred to punches as kicks. Adamle showed a sense of humor by saying, "You can't blame that one on me." Funny. Adamle said Chavo weighs 175 lbs. at one point during the match. I'll guarantee you that one wasn't fed to him.

Late in the match, Chavo hit the Frogsplash, but Kane grabbed by the throat on Impact. Kane stood up, chokeslammed Chavo, and scored the pin...

Powell's POV: Chavo got in a lot of offense in this match. Kane sold quite a bit, although he didn't sell the knee injury from Tuesday's show as much as I expected. I didn't care for the finish because Kane took the Frogsplash even though he caught Chavo by the throat.

Backstage, Todd Grisham interviewed Randy Orton, who vowed t retain the WWE Title...

At ringside, Cole and and Foley ran through the tale of the tape for Big Show vs. Great Khali. Cole flipped out over the shoe sizes and said they're "a ruler and a half." He told Foley that he wears size nine shoes. He's like a woman or something...

3. Big Show pinned Great Khali in 8:00. The bell rang and Khali and Show stared at one another from a distance. Khali talked trash (I think) and then Show moved in nose-to-nose. Khali shoved Show and then Show shoved him back. Punches and chops. Show took the first bump when Khali caught him with a short-arm clothesline.

Foley said the match was something out of Greek mythology. Then he said something about Zeus. Show took another bump when Khali clotheslined him over the top rope to ringside. Khali left his feet for the first time at 3:30 when he dropped an elbow on Show's back. He locked in a chinlock from behind and Cole labeled it an STF. Foley said he wasn't familiar with the look of panic in Show's eyes. Nice call.

Show went for a bodyslam, but he buckled under Khali's weight. Khali locked Show in the dreaded nerve hold to the back of the neck. Show took another bump for Khali's chop. The crowd chanted "Boring" loudly. A short time later, Show bodyslammed Khali for a nearfall. Less than a minute later, Khali went for the Khali Bomb, but Show blocked the move and chokeslammed Khali for the win. After the match, Show held his right arm to sell how difficult it was to chokeslam Khali...

Powell's POV: Honestly, the match was better than I thought it was going to be. Show tried hard. Khali took a couple of bumps and took the chokeslam well. Having said all of that, the crowd had ever right to chant boring.

Backstage, John Cena ran through the list of country music performers he knows for Jimmy Wang Yang. Randy Orton walked up behind him and they briefly exchanged words...

A video recapped the Batista, Shawn Michaels, and Chris Jericho saga...

4. Shawn Michaels defeated Batista with Chris Jericho as the special referee in 15:00. Ross and Lawler called the match and stressed that the match was being seen worldwide on pay-per-view. Jericho didn't favor either man early. Unlike most wrestlers, he wore a traditional referee shirt (sleeves and all) and pretty much faded into the background early on.

HBK worked over Batista's left arm with variations of a leg lock for a few minutes. They did a nice spot where Batista stood up and Michaels hung onto the hold and they tumbled over the top rope to the floor. Batista came with a power move and then creamed Michaels with a clothesline that HBK sold with a spinning bump.

Batista picked up Michaels for the Batista Bomb, but HBK slipped out and countered with the Crossface. Batista reached the ropes. HBK didn't break the hold right away so Jericho pulled him off and verbally scolded him at 12:00. A short time later, Michaels nipped up and Batista speared him.

Batista went for his finisher, but Michaels slipped out and landed on his feet. He immediately fell to the ground and clutched his left knee in pain. Jericho stepped in between Batista and Michaels. HBK sold the injury in the corner, then stood up and hit a perfect Sweet Chin Music for the win. After the match, Michaels continued to limp. Jericho raised his hand and then helped him get out of the ring. Two other refs walked out and helped Michaels to the back.

Powell's POV: Ross was questioning how hurt the knee was since HBK hit a perfect Sweet Chin Music. He planted on the injured knee and didn't appear to have any problems, so my hunch based on those two factors (and I could definitely be wrong) is that this was a worked injury. As for the match, the live crowd wasn't as passionate as I expected them to be. There were some boos for Batista and the bulk of the crowd rallied behind Michaels, but they didn't add much to the atmosphere.

Backstage, Orton approached Triple H and cut a promo while not looking him in the eye. Hunter told Orton that pride comes before the fall...

5. Beth Phoenix, Victoria, Melina, Jillian Hall, Natalya Neidhart, and Layla defeated Mickie James, Michelle McCool, Maria, Kelly Kelly, Cherry, and Ashley in 6:30. They did the big spot where all the women took turns hitting their finishers. It concluded with Ashley somehow botching a spear. Seriously, it looked awful. Beth picked her up and hit the fisherwoman's suplex (Ross's call) for the win...

Cole and Foley previewed Taker vs. Edge. A video package recapped their feud...

Powell's POV: The Michaels injury was definitely the planned finish. He did a great job of selling it, but Ross pointing out that he was able to hit the superkick without any problem was the giveaway. I like the finish and what it sets up. I'm especially impressed that they didn't deliver a cheap finish with Jericho. That being said, I'm not sure why Jericho was added because he really didn't do anything during the match.

6. Undertaker defeated Edge to retain the World Hvt. Title at 18:20. Foley talked about how Taker's in-ring style has changed since he last fought him. He also came up with a name for Taker's finishing hold by saying it was like a death sentence. That sounds a lot better than the gogoplata.

Taker controlled most of the offense, yet gave up enough to let Edge look strong. While the referee was tying a loose turnbuckle back in the corner, Curt Hawkins ran out and struck Taker with the belt. Edge scored a nearfall. A short time later, Ryder ran out to help Edge, but was knocked off the ring apron immediately. Taker went for the Last Ride, but Edge slipped out and tried to roll up Taker, who caught Edge in his finishing hold. Foley said there was no escape. Edge eventually tapped.

Taker didn't release the hold until Teddy Long rolled Vickie Guerrero to ringside. Edge bled from the mouth and a panicked Vickie checked on him in the ring along with Ryder. Paramedics placed Edge on a stretcher while Vickie stood in the ring and expressed her concern. After the match, they replayed a shot of Taker mouthing, "I'm going to hurt you," to Edge before the match.

Powell's POV: Good match. Not as good as their WrestleMania match, but still really good. Look for Vickie to make a huge fuss out of Taker vowing to injure Edge before the match and then refusing to release the hold.

Backstage, Orton knocked on JBL's dressing room door. C.M. Punk walked up behind him, patted him on the back, and showed him the Money in the Bank briefcase. Nice tease...

Cena won the fan voting with 48 percent of the vote. Triple H came in second with 36 percent of the vote. Orton had 12 percent. JBL had only four percent... A video set to Mark Collie's "In Time" recapped the WrestleMania three-way title match...

7. Triple H defeated Randy Orton and John Cena and JBL in a four-way elimination match to win the WWE Title at 28:15. They did the title match intro. They're trying to do the classy style intro, but it doesn't really work when Lillian Garcia is dressed like she's 10 seconds away from swinging on a pole.

Orton ran at JBL with the title belt the moment the bell rang, but JBL saw him coming and kicked him. Orton bailed to ringside. It took less than two minutes for JBL and Orton to team up on Triple H while Cena was selling an injury at ringside.

John Cena is dumb. Triple H had JBL locked in the Crossface. Orton was mocking JBL and telling him to tap, but Cena came up from behind and pushed Orton onto JBL and Hunter to break up the hold.

Cena hit the FU on JBL and then locked him in the STFU a short time later and JBL tapped around 10:30. As JBL was taping, Orton ran in and kicked Cena in the head and pinned him, leaving Orton and Hunter as the last two standing.

Orton dominated the next several minutes with Hunter selling a stomach or rib injury. The crowd completely died when Orton used his standard chinlock for a few minutes. Eventually, Hunter fired back, but Randy caught him with a powerslam. Orton set up for the RKO, but Hunter threw him off into the corner.

Later, Orton set up Hunter for a piledriver on a piece of the ring steps at ringside. Triple H recovered and pulled Orton's legs out from under him. Back in the ring, Hunter hit the spinebuster and went for the Pedigree, but Orton backdropped him off. Orton went for the RKO, but Hunter shoved him off into the referee.

Orton came back with the RKO, but he was beat up and Hunter was able to kick out by the time Orton was able to cover him. Later, Orton tried to kick the fallen Hunter, who managed to dodge the move. They took turns going for their finishers, and Hunter eventually hit the Pedigree and scored the clean pin to win the WWE Title. Fireworks exploded on the stage while Hunter posed on the ropes with the title...

Powell's POV: There were definitely some dull moments (Orton's chin lock), but the overall match was entertaining and the live crowd was happy with the title change. I would have waited one more month and booked them in a singles match at the next pay-per-view, but that's just me. Overall, this was a good show, but there was nothing spectacular that you have to go out of your way to see if you're thinking about ordering the replay. The big matches all lived up to my expectations, but nothing really blew me away. Even so, a very solid pay-per-view.
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