Carlito def. Chris Masters (9:55)
The two partners that got squashed to open Wrestlemania 22 put on a good match to start Backlash. This would have been a great match had it not been for Chris Masters messing a simple kick-out spot. I guess he lost count and kicked out at 3 and a half, but anyway, the match its share of good wrestling and comical spots and despite the controversial finish, was very well executed.
Umaga def. Ric Flair (3:30)
This match started off in typical Nature Boy beat-em-up fashion and ended in a lame-ass Umaga way. Match was too short and took some life out of the crowd after the opening match.
WWE Women's Championship:
Trish Stratus def. Mickie James (Champion) by DQ (4:10); James retains title
I was actually looking forward to this one after the two worked very well against each other at Wrestlemania. The match was very good, but the spot where Trish fell out of the ring and onto the floor resulted in a dislocated shoulder for Trish. The two quickly moved to the finish which saw James get a DQ when she refused to acknowledge a 5-count.
WWE Intercontinental Championship vs. Money in the Bank
Rob Van Dam (Money in the Bank) def. Shelton Benjamin (Champion) (18:34)
Easily this was the match of the night that simply has to be seen to be believed. These two worked so very well together in this match that it is a wonder that WWE doesn't make this a major feud. I know a lot of fans would love to see many matches in the future between these two. This is a match you simply cannot miss. Despite the finish, both wrestlers come out of it looking very good.
Big Show vs. Kane fight to no contest (8:17)
Worst match of the night. It was ok...typical big guy vs. big guy match. Then the whole "May 19th" thing hit and Big Show hit Kane with a chair to put him out of his misery. Bathroom break match.
No Holds Barred Match
Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon def. Shawn Michaels and God (19:50)
The whole inclusion of God thing was kinda dumb, but Vince McMahon made it into a humorous part of the match. Obviously, this was a handicap match, and once again, Shawn Michaels' DX persona re-surfaced. Only interference by the Spirit Squad prevented the Heartbreak Kid from winning. Overall, it was a great match.
Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
John Cena (Champion) def. HHH and Edge (17:35)
Had it not been for Shelton Benjamin vs. RVD, this would have been the match of the night. All three participants worked great in the ring together and really kept the crowd in this one the entire time. Many of the great spots involved John Cena and HHH, but Edge still contributed nonetheless. The finish was great and this was a great main event.
Overall: I can honestly say that I have yet to see a bad Backlash PPV. This event always produces some great match-ups being that it follows Wrestlemania. Despite a couple of hiccups match-wise, this was a good event and is definitely worth seeing.
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