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Backlash (2009)

200px-30623_Backlash_300x450.jpg Promotional poster featuring Kevin McAlmond

Theme song(s) "Seasons" by The Veer Union
Information
Promotion International Wrestling Entertainment
Date April 26, 2009
Attendance 8,357
Venue Dunkin' Donuts Center
City Providence, Rhode Island
Pay-per-view chronology
WrestleMania XXV Backlash (2009) Judgment Day (2009)
Backlash chronology
Backlash (2008) Backlash (2009) Final

Backlash (2009)Edit

Backlash (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). It took place on April 26, 2009 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The 11th and final event under the Backlash banner, it featured talent from all three IWE brands: Meltdown, Fusion and XCW. Tge event's card featured seven matches.

BackgroundEdit

Backlash featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on Meltdown, Friday Night Fusion, ECW on Sci Fi, and IWE SuperstarsInternational Wrestling Entertainment's (IWE) primary television programs. Wrestlers portrayed either a villain or a hero as they followed a series of events that built tension, and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.

Add ImageThe Legacy: Kevin McAlmond (center), Kyle Johnson (right) and Mark Semmler (left), competitors in the six-man tag-team match for the IWE Championship

The main rivalry heading into Backlash 2009 pitted Triple K against Kevin McAlmond over the IWE Championship. The feud had started on the February 16 edition of Meltdown, when Kevin McAlmond punted Triple K's brother-in-law, James Mayer and then performed the RKO on his wife Brittany Mayer. As a result, Triple K convinced Kevin McAlmond to challenge him for the IWE title at WrestleMania XXV. At WrestleMania on April 5, 2009, Triple K defeated Kevin McAlmond to retain the championship. The following night on Meltdown, IWE chairman Grant Mayer announced that a six-man tag team match would take place at Backlash between Triple K, James Mayer and himself against The Legacy (Kevin McAlmond, Mark Semmler and Kyle Johnson) which was later turned into a IWE Championship match by new General Manager of Meltdown, Lynn Lehr. That same night, James and Triple K were attacked by The Legacy, but were saved by a returning Jesse Dern. Grant announced that Jesse Dern would be taking his place at Backlash. On the following week's edition of Meltdown, after returning to IWE the week before, Jesse Dern arrived on the night of the IWE Draft lottery. Jesse Dern made clear his desire to face Kevin McAlmond on Meltdown and take revenge for the punt that kept him from the ring for four months. He was later joined in the ring by both James Mayer and IWE Champion Triple K, who both wanted to get their hands on Kevin McAlmond for his attacks on Brittany Mayer and IWE Chairman himself, Mr. Mayer. As the three argued over who would get first dibs on Kevin McAlmond, thwy were interrupted by Lynn Lehr, who announced that only one of them would get the opportunity to face Kevin McAlmond before Backlash, and that they would have to earn it. Lehr then placed Triple K, Jesse Dern and James Mayer in a 3-on-2 Handicap match against The Legacy for later in the night. Whichever one of them would score the pinfall on either Mark Semmler or Kyle Johnson will have earned themselves a match against Kevin McAlmond on the next Meltdown, but if The Legacy prevailed, then none of the three would be able to get their hands on him. Triple K pinned Kyle Johnson. On the last edition of Meltdown, Kevin McAlmond defeated Triple K in a No disqualification match despite of their teammates interfering during the match. Then a few days later on Fusion, Jesse Dern and James Mayer defeated Kyle Johnson and Mark Semmler in a tag team match.

Another rivalry heading into Backlash brought together Dustin Simpson and Edge over the World Heavyweight Championship. At IWE's February pay-per-view event, No Way Out on February 15, 2009, Edge attacked Jose Serrano, who was due to compete in an Elimination Chamber match for Simpson's World Heavyweight Championship. As a result, Edge took his spot in the match and won the title by last eliminating Scott Wright. At WrestleMania XXV, Simpson defeated the defending champion Edge and The Big Marc in a Triple Threat match to win the championship back. On the April 6 episode of Meltdown, Lynn Lehr announced that Simpson would defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Edge in a Last Man Standing match at Backlash.

Add ImageKhristian, challenger for the XCW Championship at Backlash

Interim General manager Tiffany Bachmire announced on the April 7 episode of XCW on Sci Fi that Charlie Wilson would defend his [{XCW Championship]] against the winner of the "elimination chase", which commenced on that night and featured Khristian, Tommy Brown, Danlay, and Steven Larson; the participants in the chase would have a four-way that night. Larson got pinned the same night and was eliminated from contention. The remaining three wrestlers competed in a Triple Threat match on the April 14 episode of XCW on Sci Fi with the person being pinned or forced to submit being eliminated from contention; Brown was pinned in this contest, leading to a singles match between Danlay and Khristian on the April 16 episode of IWE Superstars, which saw Khristian get the victory, thus allowing him to face Wilson for the title at Backlash.

After Matt Hooper betrayed his brother, Josh, at Royal Rumble — costing the latter the IWE Championship against Edge —the two embarked on a feud that saw Josh initially reluctant to fight his brother; after much goading, they had a match at WrestleMania XXV, which saw Matt win; however, with Josh not fully incapacitated after Matt had vowed to "erase Josh from the IWE", a stretcher match took place between the two, which Matt also won. As a result of their feud, the Fusion general manager, Theodore Long, announced an "I Quit" match between the two at Backlash.

After the release of the film, The Wrestler, and the film's actor Mickey Rourke backing out of a challenge that he had earlier issued to Kris McGowan to a match at WrestleMania XXV, McGowan started targeting IWE's legends and Hall of Famers by insulting and beating them over many weeks on Meltdown. (These legends included the likes of Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka and Ricky Steamboat.) At WrestleMania XXV, McGOwan defeated Piper, Snuka and Steamboat in a Handicap Elimination match. After winning, McGowan called Rourke out in the ring. During the confrontation between the two, Rourke knocked McGowan down with a punch. Then, on the April 20 episode of Meltdown, it was announced that McGowan would face Ricky Steamboat in a singles match at Backlash.

EventEdit

Other on-screen talent
Role: Name:
Commentator Michael Cole
Jerry Lawler
Jim Ross
Interviewer Todd Grisham
Ring announcer Tony Chimel
Lilian Garcia
Justin Roberts
Referees Scott Armstrong
Mike Chioda
Jack Doan
Marty Elias
Chad Patton
Charles Robinson

Before the event began and aired live on pay-per-view, dark match took place in which Jose Serrano defeated Nick Kessler in a singles match.

Preliminary MatchesEdit

The show commenced with XCW Champion, Charlie Wilson defending his title against Khristian. Wilson dominated his opponent early in the match, succeeding in grounding him with takedowns, suplexes, and some heavy slams. Khristian managed to capitalize after dodging some of Wilson's attacks before the two both went down; leading to both men staggering into opposite corners, removing the padding on the top turnbuckle closest to their respective positions. As Wilson ran to attack his opponent, Khristian dodged one last tackle, letting Wilson's head collide with the exposed steel. Khristian then grabbed Wilson by the arms and connected with his finishing move, the killswitch, driving his head into the mat and pinning him to win the XCW Championship and his first world title in IWE.

Add ImageRicky "The Dragon" Steamboat jumping toward Kris McGown

The following contest involved Kris McGowan and Ricky Steamboat — the latter competing in his first singles match since 1994. The match centered around the idea of McGowan viciously attacking his adversary only to have Steamboat retaliate and compete with his younger opponent, executing his signature moves: armdrags, chops and a diving crossbody, only to have Jericho counter the latter with a knee to the face called the Codebreaker. Following the attack, McGowan grabbed Steamboat's legs, and applied his signature submission hold the Walls of McGowan, with Steamboat ultimately submitting. Following his loss, Steamboat was given a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance.

Justin Eldridge wrestled Chris LeGreca next, with Eldridge mainly attacking Chris LeGreca's arm with kicks and arm bars to prevent him from performing his finishing maneuver, the chokeslam, which requires Chris LeGreca to lift his opponent with one arm. After Eldridge tried to incapacitate his opponent, Chris LeGreca managed to get a hold of Eldridge's leg to execute a leg-trap chokeslam before pinning him.

The fourth match on the show, the "I Quit" match, featured Matt and Josh Hooper. The two brothers brutally assaulted each other throughout the match, hitting each other with a number of heavy shots and submission holds, with neither man yielding to the other. After Josh had gained an advantage with Matt incapacitated, he placed him onto a table, then taped his arms and legs together before strapping him onto the table. Josh then went under the ring, and withdrew a ladder, and set it up in the corner of the ring closest to his prone opponent. When the referee asked Matt if he wanted to quit, he took the opportunity to talk down Josh, bringing up the case of what his father and late mother would think of this before uttering the phrase, "I quit". Despite Josh winning the match and coming down from the ladder onto the top turnbuckle, he still vaulted over the ladder, and performed a leg drop on his brother, going through the table.


Justina Black — (really Justin Black in drag posing as his fictitious twin sister) came down to the ring after the match, and proclaimed her prowess before Reg Hageman entered in the hopes of kissing Black, only to have Black refuse, claiming to love another man, Fusion commentator, Jim Ross, who sat at ringside with Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole. This led to Chandra Denney to come to the ring outraged by what is transpiring with Hageman's obliviousness; she challenged Black for her title of Miss WrestleMania. Before the match started, Hageman hit Denney, leading to Black pinning a capsized Denney to retain her title.

Main Event MatchesEdit

Add ImageEdge won the World Heavyweight Championship for a record-tying fifth time

The first of two main event matches on the show involved the six-man tag-team match for the WWE Championship pitting Triple K (the champion), Jesse Dern and James Mayer against The Legacy (Kevin McAlmond, Mark Semmler and Kyle Johnson). The match started out with Triple K and Kevin McAlmond brawling out of the ring to the backstage area while Jesse Dern and James Mayer would continue to wrestle The Legacy. Once the two contenders fought their way back into the ring, the match centered around Legacy isolating every member of their opponents, preventing any way for them to make a tag. The tides turned once Jesse Dern managed to get into the match, and sent the action onto the outside, and Triple K managing to make the tag. Shortly thereafter, the legal man, Kevin McAlmond, applied his signature move, the RKO, and drove him to the mat on his face. He went for the pin, but his opponent kicked out of it; this led to Kevin McAlmond standing up, and running into his downed opponent with his signature punt. This time, Kevin McAlmond pinned him, winning the title for the third time. Following the match, Triple K was taken out on a stretcher.

The main event saw World Heavyweight Champion, Dustin Simpson, defending his title against Edge in a Last Man Standing Match. The match started as a heavy brawl between the two, each trying to beat the other down to reach the ten-count fast, only to have each of them get to their feet in time. The match degenerated to the outside with Edge and Dustin Simpson using the detachable steel steps connected to the ring as a weapon, as they threw each other into it, threw it at each other, and even have Edge tackle Dustin Simpson with his finishing move, the Spear. The match continued with both men being only able to incapacitate their opponent for a nine-count until they both ended up on the announcers' table, leading to Dustin Simpson hoisting Edge up onto his shoulders, and throwing him into the crowd with his finishing maneuver, the Attitude Adjustment. After the wrestlers reached to their feet, they fought around the arena, going into the surrounding lobby until they made their way to the stage, leading to an eventual interruption from their other WrestleMania triple threat match opponent, The Big Marc, which had him lift up Simpson, and chokeslam him through a nearby spotlight that exploded; Simpson was unable to make the ten-count, thus having Edge win the title for the fifth time. In a case similar to Triple K, Simpson was taken out of the arena on a stretcher, as the event came to a close.

AftermathEdit

Backlash (2009) ResultsEdit

# Matches Stipulations
Dark Jose Serrano defeated Nick Kessler Singles match
1 Khristian defeated Charlie Wilson (c) Singles match for the XCW Championship
2 Kris McGowan defeated Ricky Steamboat Singles match
3 Chris LeGreca defeated Justin Eldridge Singles match
4 Josh Hooper defeated Matt Hooper "I Quit" match
5 Justina Black (c) defeated Chandra Denney Singles match for the title of "Miss WrestleMania"
6 The Legacy (Kevin McAlmond, Mark Semmler and Kyle Johnson) defeated Triple K (c), Jesse Dern and Shane Bayer Six-Man Tag Team Match for the IWE Championship
7 Chris Gomez defeated Dustin Simpson (c) Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship

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