It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness covered the land until the ninth hour.
Your NBA games tonight are Portland (2) at Oklahoma (0), Toronto (1) at Orlando (1), and Boston (2) at Indiana (o).
“Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?”
Your NHL games tonight are Toronto (2) at Boston (2) and Colorado (3) at Calgary (1).
“It is finished.” And bowing His head, He handed over His Spirit.
May God keep you safe on this most holy weekend. Now talk, my brothers. I’ll see you after Good Friday services.
–Gordon Solie, Larry Zbyszko, and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary and they are taped from an undisclosed location. Zybszko congratulates Solie and Rhodes for getting into the WCW Hall of Fame before comparing today’s Brad Armstrong-Sergeant Craig Pittman main event to an electromagnetic field.
–Gene Okerlund narrates pictures that recap the events that transpired on Slamboree and the pre-show that aired on Main Event. Attention is brought to the big man who was interested in the main event but was not identified during the broadcast.
This was the go-home episode of Raw heading into Judgment Day 2000. The main event of Judgment Day 2000 was The Rock defending the WWF Title against Triple H in a 60-Minute Iron Man Match.
The synopsis for this episode on WWE Network is: “Commissioner Shawn Michaels drops a bombshell about his career and the upcoming Iron Man match between The Rock and Triple H.”
With Brock Lesnar jerking the curtain at Mania and basically being squashed by Seth Rollins, do you think we’ll ever see him again in a meaningful capacity? I could see him still doing the $audi shows, but even Vince by now has to realize that nobody else wants to see Brock get millions to have the same five-minute match anymore, right?
August 28, 1993
From the Utica War Memorial in Utica, NY
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler
I’m a huge fan of the comics genre – love all the Marvel movies and Netflix shows, some of the TV shows, all of the old cartoons, even most of the DC movies. I read a lot of trivia/history of Marvel/DC stuff so feel like I have a solid base of knowledge. That said, I’ve never really gotten into reading actual comic books.
Do you have an opinion on the Marvel Unlimited online subscription library? Is it a good place to go for someone in my position?
Continuing with the April Pay Per View theme, today we look at an event that ran every year from 1999 to 2009, with a lot of the events taking place in the month of April (There were some that didn’t). WWE revived the name in 2016, but as it currently stands it doesn’t look like a Backlash event is scheduled for 2019. I’m not really sure why they decided to shelve the name as it’s a good one, but WWE is going to WWE so I usually find its best just not to think about these sorts of things.
This was actually a difficult list to put together, as there were generally some really great matches on these events historically. The huge list of honourable mentions at the bottom will no doubt highlight how stacked a shortlist this was, especially for a B Show. I’m almost certain that I will have missed off at least one match that you will think should have been included, and that’s ultimately because there were so many great matches to choose from. It sometimes felt like WWE would load Backlash up to try and retain any new fans acquired over Mania Season, which isn’t a bad idea if you think about it.
As always, these are just my own personal picks. This isn’t supposed to be some sort of objective list or anything. If I leave out a match that you think warrants inclusion, then please feel free to put it down in the comments section below. As with previous lists, I’ll be listing the matches in chronological order.
So without further to do, let’s take a look at Six of the Best for Backlash!
The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Leroy’s Lasting Legacy
OK, so here’s your crazy content drop of the day: A lost episode of Leroy McGuirk’s NWA Championship Wrestling show from 08.12.78, which was the precursor to Mid-South Wrestling before the relationship between Bill Watts and Leroy went horribly, horribly bad for Leroy.
SI.com This Week in Wrestling
Mahabali Shera Signs with Impact Wrestling
RoH Throwback Match of the Week
You can watch The Briscoes vs. Adam Cole & Matt Hardy vs. Chris Hero & Michael Elgin
Fun fact: I was considering renaming this the Independent Insanity Experience, but Scott talked me out of it.
(There you go, Scott; the joke has jumped the shark because I used it. You’re welcome.)
Today’s Playoff Games: in the NBA, we have Warriors(1)/Clippers(1), Nuggets(1)/Spurs(1), and Sixers(1)/Nets(1). In the NHL, we have Capitals(2)/Hurricanes(1), Blues(2)/Jets(2), and Knights(3)/Sharks(1). Also, I hear Steven Stamkos finally scored 1 during the NHL offseason, but it was on the 8th hole. HEYO!
Okay, let’s do the indie report before everyone demands I lose posting privileges. Again.
One Night Only: Clash In The Bluegrass
Date: March 2, 2019
Location: Davis Arena, Louisville, Kentucky
Commentators: Gilbert Corsey, Don Callis, Josh Matthews
I don’t usually do these shows but since I was in the audience, it might be appropriate this time around. The Davis Arena is the longtime home of Ohio Valley Wrestling and I’ve always wanted to go there for a show so it was a great surprise when it was announced that Impact was coming around for a One Night Only. Sami Callihan and OVE had been around for the last few weeks and even stole the OVW Title. This is a bunch of promotion vs. promotion matches so let’s get to it.
August 22, 1993
From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. This show was actually filmed at the 8/16 RAW taping and the RAW banner is in clear view of the hard cam.
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon.
Tonight, we have Yokozuna vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Money Inc. vs. Steiner Brothers in a Steel Cage Match for the Tag Team Titles, and an interview with Lex Luger.
Tito Santana, former tag/IC champ is rechristened El Matador
Ricky Steamboat, former IC and NWA Champ is dressed as a lizard and christened The Dragon
War Raiders (Hanson & Rowe), the defending NXT Tag Champs who defended 10-days ago over Mania weekend are now literal Vikings in a team named for an Epcot excursion.
Better yet, explain why their NXT opponents are still Ricochet and Aleister Black instead of Colonel McFlip, and Crimson Moody?
Anything else historically where the only thing they changed was the name that was this unnecessary? Aside from the recent “one name only trend”? Has to be something from the 2000s I’m forgetting about.
I’m pretty sure mine is Kairi Sane. Her selling, her pure babyface mannerisms, that Insane Elbow… a buddy of mine called her Ricky Steamboat. That’s an apt comparison.
Also up there for me are Molly Holly, heel NXT Sasha Banks and, of course, Trish Stratus.
The SmarK Rant for Worlds Collide – When Cruiserweights Collide! (04.17.19)
Anyone else have a Simpsons flashback when reading that title?
So this is part two of the series of shows taped in Brooklyn for Fan Axxess. This show’s theme is pretty easy to figure out, I’m pretty sure!
Brought to you by…
Taped from Dallas, TX
Airdate: April 2, 1983 (taped 03/18)
Hosted by Bill Mercer
Will Kabuki be victorious in his comeback match against Parsons? Can David defeat Roberts and continue the heated struggle between the Freebirds and Von Erichs? Also, who will shine some light with me today?
Shakeup Happening in RoH Offices?
Shane Strickland & Garza Jr. Join the Performance Center
Highspots Free Match
You can watch Dragon Lee vs. Cavernario from the 2019 WrestleCon Supershow
Date: April 17, 2019
Location: Brooklyn Pier 12, New York City, New York
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness
We’re back stateside again with a batch of shows taped from Axxess. That means things could be all over the place as there is usually something big on the episodes for the sake of making it feel special. I’m not sure what to expect from things here though and that can make things a little more interesting. Let’s get to it.