The Week That Was (And Will Be) in Pro Wrestling
The week is over. Despite being battered, sore, and bruised from work and wrestling training, I am back to bring back some old favorites.
For starters, we dug up some footage from this past week in professional wrestling.
And with Backlash this Sunday, it's hard for anyone to really enjoy the thought of the pay per view.
The fallout from WrestleMania is still being felt by the WWE Universe and the B/R Wrestling Nation, but they are all focused on what could be the biggest monumental shift in WWE to date.
Which is why we need to take a look at the events from this past week...and try not to laugh at the anarchy, because I think it's just getting started.
Here now is the recap of this week's wrestling programming.
WWE RAW Mini-Wind: God Save The Legacy
RAW was full of everything in regards to one-upmanship. From Jericho to Edge to Orton, it turned out to be a night where the heels looked unstoppable.
Chris Jericho started the night by making it clear that he would make his final appearance on RAW a memorable one. And he didn't disappoint when he challenged Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat to a match at Backlash.
Steamboat made it clear on Monday night that he wanted to thank Jericho for giving him one last chance to shine at WrestleMania.
But after the challenge, Steamboat and Jericho had some company in the ring: World Heavyweight Champion John Cena.
Jericho got his match at Backlash...but not before finding out that he would face Cena tonight in his final match on RAW. And despite both men battling it out in an epic encounter, it was Edge who went from The Ultimate Opportunist to Ultimate Equalizer as he dropped Cena with a Spear followed by a Conchairto!
Later in the evening, Randy Orton guaranteed victory over Triple H in their No-DQ match tonight on RAW. The two brought everything to the fight, but it was their Backlash partners that proved to be the X-Factor as Randy Orton managed to deliver one hell of an RKO to get the victory over the WWE Champion.
If he does that this Sunday, he will fulfill his climb back to the top of the mountain by regaining the WWE Championship.
ECW Extreme Mini-Hang: Christian Gets Swagger-ed
Tiffany couldn't have picked a better time to become the General Manager of ECW. After the last few weeks on ECW, the Chase is officially over, and it's time for ECW to focus on the future.
And it starts at Backlash.
But before they could get there, a lot of comedy and anarchy happened during ECW's time in London. Hornswoggle shocked Natalya with a victory in his final match in The Land of Extreme.
But after the match, Kidd and Natalya demanded satisfaction from the embarassment, so Tiffany put them in a tag match for WWE Superstars.
Following Vladimir Kozlov mutilating his opponent and raping the English language, Evan Bourne continued his winning ways with a victory over England's own Paul Burchill.
But it was clear that the fan favorite in London wasn't one of their own countrymen; but the high flyer from St. Louis, Mizzou.
But the biggest shocker of the night was yet to come.
As Tiffany watched on, ECW Champion Jack Swagger began taunting and goading Christian into a fight. After laying claim to the New Leader of the Land of Extreme, Swagger sat back as Christian promised to leave Backlash the ECW Champion.
But as Christian prepared to leave the ring, Swagger struck hard and fast as he dropped his Backlash opponent with the Swagger Bomb through the table before raising his arm in the air to celebrate his dominating finish as ECW goes off the air.
WWE Superstars: Rated 'R' for Resurrection?
After an explosive debut, WWE Superstars returned with a bang to feature several hard hitting matches on the Road to Backlash.
After Kane got a measure of revenge on CM Punk in their tag match, and while Rey Mysterio will continue to have nightmares about the huge right hand of the Big Show, the best party of the night was the final tag team appearance of Finlay and his son Hornswoggle.
Finlay watched as his son juggled tennis balls and chucked them towards Tyson Kidd. After delivering a spear to Natalya, and after Finlay played a melody on the skull of Kidd, Hornswoggle delivered a Tadpole Splash to get the victory.
Following the match, Finlay left his son in the ring and sang "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" along with the fans at the Q2 Arena to honor his son one last time. After a tearful goodbye, Hornswoggle embraced his father and took one final bow before heading to RAW.
As for the Rated R Superstar, Edge was already thinking about Backlash, even though he had Kofi Kingston in a match that night.
After John Cena promised that there would be hell to pay for Edge's actions on Monday night, he sat back and watched as Edge nearly broke the Jamaican Sensation in half with a devastating Spear.
Is this the fate of John Cena's reign as World Heavyweight Champion at Backlash? Or will Edge return to Friday nights without the gold?
TNA IMPACT Mini-Slam: TNA Revs Up For Lashley
After the bloodbath known as Lockdown, everything changed. The Mafia wasn't as strong as expected. Team 3D stood alone as the 22-Time World Tag Team Champions. And the biggest shocker of them all: Mick Foley was now the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
So when TNA went live on Thursday night, there were plenty of questions that needed answers. Foley was informed that he would defend the gold at Sacrifice...against three other people. So Foley showed his appreciation...by putting an injured Jeff Jarrett (who is the TNA Founder) in an Extreme Rules Fight with Scott Steiner.
Team 3D announced that they were holding a Tag Team Tournament, where the prize was $100,000 and a shot at the TNA Tag Team Championships. Eric Young and "Outlaw" Jethro Holliday (formerly Trevor Murdoch of WWE) won the first match in the tournament, while Beer Money outlasted Lethal Consequences.
Next week, Suicide and Amazing Red team up to face the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions Motor City Machineguns in the next match of the tournament.
The King of the Mountain, injured and all, defeated Scott Steiner, only to get attacked by Kurt Angle and Mick Foley in the end.
Jarrett made it clear that Foley has hell to pay, but before he could get up and go after the new TNA World Champion, MMA star and wrestling champion Bobby Lashley made yet another appearance on TNA.
Angle and Steiner celebrated the arrival of Lashley, while Jarrett, Christopher Daniels and Legends Champion AJ Styles hung their heads at the appearance of "The Dominator."
What are Lashley's intentions in TNA? And where does his allegiance lie in regards to the Main Event Mafia and the TNA Frontline?
Next week, we look to find out some news and hear from Lashley himself.
WWE SmackDown Mini-Bound: London Bridged
SmackDown was the final stretch before every WWE Superstar would completely focus on Backlash. But if this is not the most personal pay per view in WWE history, I don't know what was or is for that matter.
Matt Hardy and Kane continued their recent success with a tag team victory over Jeff Hardy and CM Punk. At Backlash, all four men will battle once again with the most dangerous matches on the horizon. Which Hardy will mutter the two most hated words in the English language: "I Quit?" And will Punk get another upset victory over the man who isn't happy with him being Mr. Money in the Bank?
In their final appearances on SmackDown, both Big Show and Divas Champion Maryse picked up victories. Big Show pummeled Undertaker so badly that the official stopped the match. But after the bell, Taker bounced back and sent Show out of the ring and on to his new home on RAW. As for Maryse, she got a measure of revenge over the returning Gail Kim and retained her Divas Championship.
Edge came out and confirmed that he is indeed a desparate man and showed that with his actions on Monday night. He went on to say that he indeed will be the last man standing after Backlash...and he will be the World Heavyweight Champion.
As for the WWE Championship tag match, Batista and Shane McMahon teamed up and even looked to have settled their differences from Monday night with an impressive victory over Priceless on SmackDown. With the duo back on the same page, will we see Triple H remain WWE Champion? Or will Priceless step up when it matters to bring the WWE Championship to The Legacy?
With SmackDown left without a championship heading into Backlash, will it be Christian, Edge, John Cena, Randy Orton, Triple H or Jack Swagger that stand tall as champion heading into the first real night after Backlash on RAW?
Backlash: Revenge is a Dish Best Served...Well, Served
Backlash is this Sunday on Pay Per View. All three major world championships are on the line in interesting fashion as Edge and Cena battle in a Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship, Jack Swagger battles Christian for the ECW Championship and Team McMahon (Triple H, Shane McMahon and Batista) battles The Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase) where whichever team wins, the leader becomes WWE Champion.
Matt Hardy battles Jeff Hardy in what could be their final match as it will be an "I Quit" Match. CM Punk battles Kane in a finale to their war over the Money in the Bank Briefcase. MVP battles Dolph Ziggler for the United States Championship, and Chris Jericho will have one last battle with WWE Hall of Famer, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.
But the best is yet to come as Santina has confirmed that she will answer the challenge of Khali and appear on the Khali Kiss Cam this Sunday at Backlash. But what will Santino think of this situation? And what will Beth Phoenix do to crash the party this Sunday?