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FULL WWE BACKLASH COVERAGE

By Buck Woodward on 2007-04-29 22:44:00

Backstage, Maria interviewed Edge.  Edge talked about how he wasn't tried tonight, while John Cena and Shawn Michaels had to battle for an hour last week.  Edge said he would win his third WWE Title tonight.  From her cleavage, Maria pulled out a question she was told to ask Edge, which was how he won his first WWE Title.  Edge pointed out how he used his Money In The Bank match to win it, then wanted to know who told Maria to ask that question. She pointed behind Edge, where Ken Kennedy was standing.  Kennedy said he hoped Edge wins tonight, and mentioned how brutal the bout will probably be, before patting his briefcase and walking away. 

A long video package on The Condemned was shown.  

United States Champion Chris Benoit vs. MVP.

Michael Cole and JBL call out third title match of the night.  They locked up, and MVP broke clean on the ropes, then tried to grab a leg, but was stopped by the referee as they were in the ropes.  They circled each other, and MVP threw some leg kicks.  MVP went for a leg dive, but Benoit stuffed it.  MVP went for a front facelock instead, but Benoit armdragged out of it, hit a second armdrag, then took him down with a drop toe hold.  Benoit went for a Crippler Crossface, but MVP made the ropes and went to the floor to regroup. 

MVP took Benoit down to the mat with a side headlock takedown, but Benoit grabbed a headscissors.  MVP floated over and into a pinning position, but Benoit bridged up and grabbed a backslide for two, then hit a back suplex and applied the Sharpshooter.  MVP crawled to the ropes to break the hold.  Benoit hit a knee to the gut, then a knee to the head.  Benoit went to chop MVP in the corner, but MVP covered up.  MVP reversed a whip and sent Benoit chest first into the corner, then hit a boot to the back of the head for a two count.  MVP hit some forearms on the mat, then applied a trapped arm cravate.  Benoit elbowed out of it, but MVP hit a knee to the gut.  MVP went for a boot to the face, but Benoit hit him with an elbow.  Benoit then ran into a belly to belly suplex by MVP for a two count. 

MVP hit a kick to Benoit's back, then applied a trapped arm chinlock.  MVP hit an elbow to the back of Benoit's head, but Benoit responded with chops.  MVP missed with a clothesline, and Benoit hit three consecutive German suplexes.  Benoit called for the diving headbutt, but MVP latched onto Benoit's foot.  Benoit lifted MVP up and hit a Northern Lights suplex, but MVP's feet were in the ropes.  Benoit charged MVP, but MVP hit a Hot Shot for a two count.  MVP hit a neckbreaker for a two count.  MVP lifted up Benoit, but Benoit took him down with the Crippler Crossface.  MVP made the ropes, then scurried to his feet so he could kick Benoit before he could get up.  MVP snap mared Benoit and applied a reverse jujigatame armbar.  MVP grabbed the ropes for leverage, but the referee caught him and made him break the hold.  MVP hit Benoit with a running kick to the head for a two count.  

MVP went for another boot, but Benoit ducked it and gave MVP five consecutive German suplexes.  Benoit went to the top rope and dove off, but MVP got his knees up and caught Benoit in the gut with them.  MVP applied a single leg crab, and Benoit struggled, with the crowd chanting his name.  Benoit made the ropes to break the hold.  MVP hit Benoit in the back and went for a vertical suplex.  He lifted Benoit up, but Benoit hit him with knees to the head while being suspended upside down.  MVP lost the suplex and Benoit was taking MVP to the mat for the Crossface, but MVP rolled out of it and looked to be going for the single leg crab again, only for Benoit to roll MVP over into a small package for a three count at the fourteen minute mark. 

Winner: Chris Benoit. 

Todd Grisham was going to interview John Cena, but Randy Orton interrupted him.  Orton said that he and Cena had some things in common.  Orton said he and Cena were young and handsome.  He said they should get together tonight, take out Edge and Michaels, and then see who the better man is.  Cena noted Orton's comments (handsome, get together, see who the better man is) and implied that Orton was homosexual.  Orton said Cena had him all wrong, but Cena said he doesn't judge people, remarked about Orton's pose, and walked off.  Orton said the only pose there would be tonight would be Cena lying down in the ring with Orton on top of him.  Ron Simmons entered, looked at Orton (who realized what he had just said), and Simmons delivered the "Damn". 

The events leading to Lashley vs. The McMahons & Umaga were recapped. 

ECW World Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga, Vince McMahon & Shane McMahon.

It was announced that the winner of the pinfall gets the ECW World Title.  Joey Styles & Tazz are calling this match.  No Armando Alejandro Estrada with Umaga, due to Lashley beating him up last week. Shane, Umaga and Vince all had their own entrance before Lashley came out. 

Shane McMahon started the match with Lashley.  Lashley hit a takedown and delivered some right hands, then hit a clothesline in the corner and stomped Shane down.  Lashley hit a spinebuster, then pointed at Vince while Shane crawled to the floor.  Shane got back in the ring and tagged Umaga.  Umaga missed a charge and Lashley hit some punches, kicks and elbows. Umaga caught Lashley with a kick, then decked him.  Umaga elbowed Lashley down and hit some punches.  Lashley fought back, leapfrogged Umaga off the second rope, then hit a clothesline in the corner.  Lashley went for a belly to belly suplex, but Umaga headbutted out.  Lashley came back with a clothesline, sending Umaga to the floor.  Shane ran in and Lashley hiptossed him over the top rope.  Lashley dared Vince to come in.  Umaga got on the apron, and Lashley knocked him down.  Shane came in and Lashley suplexed him.  Umaga ran in and charged Lashley, but Lashley moved and Umaga ran into Shane.  Lashley hit Umaga with some punches.  He went to rebound off the ropes, but Shane pulled down the top rope and Lashley fell to the floor.

On the outside, Umaga threw Lashley into the steps, then back into the ring.  Umaga hit a legdrop, then whipped Lashley hard into a corner.  Shane McMahon tagged in and put Lashley in a Fujiwara armbar, then switched to a hammerlock.  Shane elbowdropped Lashley's arm, then applied an armbar with a headscissors.  Lashley struggled in the hold for a while, then stood up, lifted Shane in the hold and slammed him down to the mat.  Lashley covered, but Umaga broke it up. Umaga tagged in and hit a diving headbutt on Lashley.  Umaga kicked Lashley, then stood on his throat.  Umaga applied a bearhug, and Lashley struggled in that for a while.  Lashley fought out, but Shane kicked him from the apron and Umaga planted him with a Samoan Drop.  Shane tagged in and hit an elbowdrop, then drove some knees into Lashley's back.  Shane hit a pair of elbows to the back, then drove in some forearms. 

Shane applied a camel clutch on Lashley, and Lashley struggled in that hold for a while.  Lashley eventually stood up and rammed Shane in a corner, then hit an exploder suplex, a shoulderblock and a clothesline.  Lashley knocked Umaga off the apron, then backdropped Shane.  Lashley put Shane in a Torture Rack, then dropped to his knees.  Lashley went to cover Shane, but Umaga ran in and Lashley jumped up and speared Umaga.  Lashley gave Shane a running powerslam, but Vince ran in and broke up the cover.  Lashley and Vince went face to face.  Lashley lifted Vince for a slam, but Shane hooked Lashley's leg and Umaga chopped Lashley to break it up. 

The referee was getting Vince and Umaga out of the ring, and Shane hit Lashley with the title belt.  Vince yelled for the tag, and Shane gave it to him.  Vince covered, but Lashley kicked out.  Vince got up angry, and Lashley cradled him from behind, but Shane broke it up.  Vince tagged Umaga, who gave Lashley a top rope splash.  Vince called for the tag again, and covered Lashley, but Lashley kicked out.  Vince tagged in Umaga, who hit Lashley with another top rope splash.  Vince tagged back in (actually, Umaga didn't even realize it at first, as Vince reached in and tagged him as he was standing near the corner), got the cover and won the match at the sixteen minute mark.

Winners: Umaga, Vince McMahon & Shane McMahon.  Your new ECW World Champion is Vince McMahon.

Shane and Vince celebrated, then carefully shook hands with Umaga.  Vince had the ring announcer reiterate that he is the new ECW World Champion.  Vince paraded around ringside with the belt.  Joey Styles and Tazz talked about the history of ECW, and how it has led to Vince McMahon being the ECW World Champion.

Coverage continued on next page.


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