Welcome to PWInsider.com's coverage of WWE Backlash. We will be updating this page throughout the evening with results from the show, so check back often.
WWE Backlash opened with a flashback to Wrestlemania with clips of John Cena vs. Triple H, John Cena vs. Edge vs. Big Show and Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy, followed by clips of the events leading to this show. Jim Ross welcomed us to the show and they went right to the entrances for the first match. Ross, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are calling the entire show.
ECW Champion Jack Swagger vs. Christian.
Swagger took Christian down at the bell and rolled him across the mat with a front chancery. Christian made the ropes for a break, and Swagger shoved him. Christian slapped Swagger and hit some punches, then ducked under him and hit a spinkick. Christian delivered a second rope back elbow for a two count and applied a headlock. Swagger shoved him into the ropes and hit a shoulderblock, then a second. Swagger pressed Christian over his head and tossed him over the top rope and to the floor. Christian followed him to the floor and choked him, then rolled him back into the ring for a two count. Swagger hit a knee to the gut, then a second. Swagger applied a waistlock and tossed Christian to the mat, then rolled him into a bridge for a two count. Swagger kept the waistlock applied, while the fans chanted for Christian.
Christian got to his feet and elbowed out of the waistlock, then dodged a charge by Swagger in the corner. Christian went for a pendulum kick, but Swagger caught it and stomped Christian into the mat. Swagger applied a bearhug, then lowered Christian to try and pin him with the hold. Christian kept his shoulders off the mat, then forearmed his way out of the hold. Swagger went for a press slam, but Christian floated over it. Swagger grabbed Christian and hit a gut buster. Swagger went back to the waistlock, and when Christian got to his feet, hit a knee to the gut. Swagger missed a charge in the corner, and Christian hit the pendulum kick. Swagger came right back with a knee to the gut, then went for a V Bomb off the middle rope, but Christian got his knees up.
Christian was favoring his ribs, and threw some punches at Swagger, then a running forearm. Christian hit a back elbow, then went for a tornado DDT, but Swagger tossed it away. Christian ducked a Swagger clothesline and hit a sunset flip off the middle rope for a two count. Swagger grabbed Christian and backdropped him. Swagger went for the powerbomb, but Christian blocked it twice. Swagger rammed Christian into the corner, and set up for a superplex, but Christian kicked him away. Christian then hit the tornado DDT for a near fall. As they got to their feet, Swagger hit a belly to belly suplex, then went for a fireman's carry, but Christian armdragged out of it, sending Swagger to the floor.
Christian went outside after Swagger, but Swagger decked him. Swagger then went for a German suplex off the apron to the floor, but Christian blocked it and flipped Swagger back into the ring. Christian went to climb the ropes, but Swagger headbutted him in the gut. They fought on the ropes, and Swagger backdropped Christian to the mat. Swagger then hit a V Bomb from the top rope for a two count. Swagger pulled Christian up, trash talking, but Christian slugged him. Christian went for a Killswitch, but Swagger shoved it off and picked up Christian for a slam. Christian floated over and rolled up Swagger for a two count. Swagger kicked out, picked up Christian and gave him an Oklahoma Stampede for a two count. Swagger, frustrated, went to pull the pad off a turnbuckle, but the referee was stopping him. Meanwhile, in the other corner, Christian pulled off a turnbuckle pad. Swagger charged, Christian moved, and Swagger went headfirst into the exposed steel. Christian then hit the Killswitch for the pin at the eleven minute mark.
Winner and New ECW Champion: Christian.
Backstage, Evan Bourne, Finlay and Tommy Dreamer congratulated Christian. Christian then walked up to Edge. Edge accused Christian of thinking he was better than him because he had a championship. Christian asked what happened to Edge, saying he used to be "fun" and now he was a "bitter, raving lunatic." Edge said he was a lot of fun, but John Cena turned him into a lunatic. They argued, then Edge said he was going to be fun again after he got rid of John Cena tonight, and walked off.
Ricky Steamboat vs. Chris Jericho.
Jim Ross pointed that Steamboat's last singles PPV match was 15 years ago, against Steve Austin at Bash At The Beach. Jericho stalled at the start, then Steamboat took him down with a waistlock and Jericho went for the ropes. Jericho shoved Steamboat, who returned it. Steamboat slid under Jericho and out of the ring. Jericho went to follow him to the floor, Steamboat got back in and then kicked Jericho between the ropes. Steamboat hit a pescado, then tossed Jericho back in the ring. Steamboat armdragged Jericho, and there was a "You still got it" chant. There were some chants for Jericho too. Steamboat applied an armbar, but Jericho punched out of it and hit a shoulderblock.
Steamboat ducked under a charging Jericho and hit another armdrag. Jericho punched out of it, but Steamboat fired off a chop and hit a shoulderblock. Jericho tossed Steamboat out of the ring, but Steamboat skinned the cat back in. Jericho then clotheslined Steamboat over the top, sending him to the floor. Steamboat got on the apron and Jericho hit a springboard dropkick from the middle rope. Jericho hit a back suplex and kicked Steamboat in the back. Jericho called him "washed up" and told him to give up while slapping his head. Jericho applied a half nelson and crossface, telling the referee to ask for a submission. Steamboat battled out of it, and as Jericho charged, he armdragged him again. Jericho responded with a clothesline for two and applied a chinlock.
Steamboat tried to shove off the headlock, then tried to back suplex out of it, but Jericho kept the headlock applied, screaming that Steamboat was "finished." Steamboat battled out of it, but Jericho hit a headbutt. Jericho went to throw Steamboat in a corner, but Steamboat reversed it and threw Jericho onto the ropes. Steamboat hit some shots and went for a back superplex. They battled for position, and Steamboat hit a top rope back superplex. Steamboat crawled onto Jericho for a two count. They traded shots, with Steamboat getting the better of it. Steamboat ran into an elbow, but then Jericho ran into a powerslam for a two count. Steamboat went for a backdrop, but Jericho kicked it away and hit an enzugiri for a two count.
Jericho hit a bulldog and went for a Lionsault, but Steamboat got behind Jericho and went for an electric chair. Jericho rolled forward into a Victory Roll, but then rolled all the way through and applied the Walls Of Jericho. Steamboat reversed it and broke out, and it looked like Jericho was going for a catapult, but Steamboat dropped on him, then had difficulty getting a figure four leglock on Jericho. Jericho made the ropes and they rolled to the apron. Steamboat backdropped Jericho into the ring. Steamboat went to climb the ropes, but Jericho charged, so Steamboat jumped back and Jericho ran into the buckles. Steamboat then hit a flying bodypress, but Jericho kicked out at two. Steamboat went to the middle rope for a chop, but got hit with a Codebreaker. Jericho covered Steamboat, but Steamboat got his hand on the rope for a break. Jericho argued with the referee. Jericho went to pick up Steamboat, but Steamboat rolled him into a small package for a two count. Jericho kicked out and held onto Steamboat's leg. Jericho put Steamboat in the Walls Of Jericho and got the submission at the eight minute mark.
Winner: Chris Jericho.
Jericho left, and the fans gave Steamboat an ovation.
Backstage, Beth Phoenix and Rosa approached Santino, who pretended to be on the phone with Santina. Beth tried to get Santino to give him his charade, but he wouldn't do it, saying Beth was just jealous. He then tried to get Beth to kiss the Great Khali tonight. Beth said she wasn't kissing Khali, and she wasn't kissing Santino anymore either. Phoenix walked off, and Santino said he faked "you know what" in bed with her.
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