Wrestling / Backlash

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Backlash is a WWE pay-per-view event that was created in 1999. The event is held at every April (2005 and 2016 being the exception). Started as an In Your House event (and the 28th and final event of the In Your House PPV series), Backlash was rebranded as an annual PPV event for WWE in 2000. During the brand-extension, the event was made exclusive to Raw in 2004 through 2006. In 2007, the brand-exclusive events ended, and Backlash became tri-branded. Extreme Rules replaced Backlash in its late-April slot in 2010. It returned as a SmackDown-exclusive event in September 2016.

Backlash has often featured rematches from WrestleMania, or matches based on events that took place at WrestleMania, hence the name.

This event contains examples of:

  • The Bad Guy Wins:
  • Big Damn Heroes: In 2000, Stone Cold ran in to help The Rock finally take the WWF Championship from Triple H.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak:
  • The Bus Came Back: The event was discontinued at the beginning of The New '10s, but returned in 2016.
  • Call-Back: In Backlash '04, which took place in Canada, Chris Benoit locks Shawn Michaels in the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring, which is what Shawn did to Bret Hart in Survivor Series '97 regarding the Montreal Screwjob.
  • Calvinball: In 2001, then-commissioner William Regal faced off Chris Jericho in a "Duchess of Queensbury Rules" match. Jericho tries to pin Regal? The match is divided into two rounds, and round one just ended. Jericho gets a submission? No, submissions aren't allowed. Regal won the match.
  • Dawn of an Era:
    • The 2007 event was the first PPV to be tri-branded, as wrestlers from Raw, Smackdown, and ECW competed at the show.
    • The 2016 event was the first Smackdown PPV since the second Brand Splitnote  and features AJ Styles and Becky Lynch respectively winning the WWE World and Smackdown Women's Titles, their first championship golds in WWE. Speaking of Lynch, she was the inaugural champion.
  • Double Knockout: The Last Man Standing match between Batista and The Undertaker in the 2007 event ended this way after Batista speared The Undertaker off of the stage.
  • End of an Age: The 2002 event is the last PPV featured by the company under the WWF name.
  • Face/Heel Double-Turn: In 2000, The Dudley Boys, who were heels, and the team of Test and Albert (T&A) along with their manager Trish Stratus, who were faces, reversed their roles during their feud, with fans being very supportive of Trish getting powerbombed through a table.
  • History Repeats:
    • Triple H has lost a World Title match at Backlash a total of six times (2000, 2002, 2004-2006, and 2009), half of those times (2000, 2002, and 2009) he was the defending Champion. He has also competed in this event in a six-man tag team match twice (2003 and 2009) as well as for a singles title in a tag team match twice (2001 and 2009).
    • John Cena was in the main event from 2006-2009. In those four years, he entered the event as a defending champion thrice (2006, 2007, 2009) and successfully retained his title during the first two times. Also, two of those appearances were in Fatal-Four Way matches (2007 and 2008).
    • The 2016 event featured Becky Lynch being crowned as an inaugural Women's Champion for the second time in her career. The first was in 2005, when she became the first ever SuperGirls Champion (now ECCW Women's Champion).
    • The Rock came to this event as the No. 1 contender for the World Title twice, first in 1999 then the following year. He successfully captured the gold in the latter.
    • The event took place at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island twice (1999 and 2009). Also, in 2017, the event will take place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois for the second time, the first being in 2001.
  • Kiss of Distraction: Trish Stratus had been doing this to Bubba Ray Dudley in April 2000. Then at the PPV, she did it again, but it probably wasn't very wise of her to flip her hair and smirk, making it obvious she had been trying to manipulate him...
  • Loser Leaves Town: More along the lines of "Loser Goes To Other Brand". From Backlash '02, if Triple H loses to Hulk Hogan, he will be drafted to Smackdown.
  • Mle Trois: There are only a few main event matches in this event which feature more than two wrestlers competing for the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship.
    • 2001: Stone Cold and Triple H vs The Undertaker and Kane in an All or Nothing match for the WWF (held by Austin), IC held by HHH) and Tag Titles (held by the Brothers of Destruction).
    • 2004: Chris Benoit vs Triple H vs Shawn Michaels in the rematch from WM20.
    • 2006: John Cena vs Triple H vs Edge.
    • 2007: John Cena vs Shawn Michaels vs Edge vs Randy Orton
    • 2008: John Cena vs Triple H vs Randy Orton vs JBL.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The Big Show gives one to Rey Mysterio in 2003. After No Selling three 619s in a row and defeating him handily, Rey was taken out on a stretcher board. Big Show, however, came back down, picked up Rey still strapped to the board and swung the board like a baseball bat against the ring post (which would be sick in itself, but the immobile Rey also splatted face-first to the mat).
  • Series Mascot: Triple H has served as the face of this PPV the most, being the featured superstar in the posters for the 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2006 events.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura Is About to Kinshasa You: The poster for the 2017 event.
  • Sinister Scythe: The Undertaker is holding one in the 2008 poster.
  • Slasher Smile: Edge in the 2007 poster.
  • Sudden Death: In 2001, this happens in the 30-minute Ultimate Submission match between Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle, in which Benoit wins at 4-3.

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