WWE Backlash

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Backlash 2005's Promotional Poster features Triple H

WWE Backlash is an annual WWE event, which started in 1999. As of 2004, Backlash is a RAW exclusive pay-per-view event. Backlash will often feature a rematch from WrestleMania, or a match based on events that took place at WrestleMania.



1999 was the first installment of Backlash; the event took place in Providence, Rhode Island. In the event the Ministry (Bradshaw, Faarooq, and Mideon) took on the Brood (Edge, Christian & Gangrel) in a 6-man tag team match, the ministry came out of the match victorious. Also, Al Snow defeated "Hardcore" Bob Holly to win the WWE Hardcore Title. The Intercontinental Champion, the Godfather, successfully defended his title against Goldust. The tag team of the New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) defeated the team of Jeff Jarrett and the late Owen Hart. In a "Boiler Room Brawl" Mankind defeated The Big Show. Also, Triple H defeated longtime friend X-Pac in a grudge match. The Undertaker defeated Ken Shamrock, and in the night's main event, WWE Champion, Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Rock to successfully defend his title.


The 2000 edition of Backlash took place in Washington, DC. The tag team champions, Edge & Christian, successfully defended their tag team titles against D-Generation X member Road Dogg & X-Pac. The Light-Heavyweight Champion, Dean Malenko, defeated Scotty 2 Hotty to successfully defend his title. The tag team of the Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan defeated the Acolytes (Faarooq & Bradshaw). In a Hardcore Battle Royal, involving Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Hardcore Holly, Perry Saturn, Tazz, and Hardcore Champion Crash Holly, Crash came out victorious when he pinned Tazz. The Big Show defeated Kurt Angle. The tag team of Test & Albert defeated the Dudley Boyz. European Champion, Eddie Guerrero defeated Essa Rios to successfully defend his title. Chris Jericho was disqualified in his match against Chris Benoit, enabling Benoit to keep his Intercontinental Title. And in the night's main event, The Rock, with Stone Cold Steve Austin in his corner, defeated Triple H, with Vince McMahon in his corner, for the WWE Championship. Shane McMahon was the guest referee for this contest.


The 2001 edition of Backlash was live from Chicago, Illinois. To open the night X-Factor (X-Pac, Justin Credible & Albert) defeated the Dudley Boyz (Bubba, D-Von & Spike) in a 6-Man Tag Match. Rhyno defeated Raven to successfully defend the WWE Hardcore Championship. William Regal defeated Chris Jericho in a Dutchess of Queensbury Match. In a 30-Minute Ultimate Submission Match, Chris Benoit defeated Kurt Angle 4-3 in overtime. Shane McMahon defeated The Big Show in a Last Man Standing Match. European Champion, Matt Hardy defeated Christian & Eddie Guerrero in a triple threat match to successfully defend his title. In a tag team match with the WWE Championship, Intercontinental Championship, and Tag Team Championships on the line, WWE Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Intercontinental Champion, Triple H, defeated Tag Team Champions, The Undertaker & Kane to win the Tag Team Titles.


In 2002 the WWE brought Backlash to Kansas City, Missouri. T his was the first edition of Backlash since the roster split which had occurred just weeks before. To open the night, Tajiri defeated Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman to win the title. Next, nWo member Scott Hall defeated Bradshaw. Women's Champion Jazz defeated Trish Stratus to successfully defend her title. Brock Lesnar defeated Jeff Hardy when the referee called for the match to be stopped. Kurt Angle defeated Edge in a grudge match. Eddie Guerrero defeated Rob Van Dam to become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion. The Undertaker defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin to become the Number 1 Contender for the WWE Championship. Tag Team Champions, Billy (Gunn) & Chuck (Palumbo) defeated Maven & Al Snow to successfully defend the WWE Tag Team Titles. Hulk Hogan defeated Triple H for the WWE Undisputed Championship.


Worcester, Massachusetts played host to the 2003 edition of Backlash on April 27


The next edition of Backlash was held on April 18, 2004 in Edmonton, Alberta. It was the first RAW-exclusive edition of Backlash. Results were:

In the final encounter, in the champ's childhood hometown, Chris Benoit retained the World Heavyweight Championship, forcing Shawn Michaels to tap out to Bret Hart's Sharpshooter submission hold to win a Triple Threat Match. Triple H also participated in this WrestleMania XX rematch.


The 2005 edition of Backlash took place on May 1, 2005 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Results:


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