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A Look Back At The Previous 13 WWE Backlashes


2008 Triple H defeated Randy Orton (c), John Cena, and John “Bradshaw” Layfield in a Fatal-4-Way elimination match for the WWE Championship.

The traditional thinking was that either John Cena or HHH would come back from injury to beat the man who injured them, Randy Orton for the WWE title at WrestleMania XIV.  That didn’t happen as shockingly Orton retained the belt.  HHH would make up for it this time around and take home the strap.

In other action, it was The Undertaker (c) defeating Edge by submission for the World Heavyweight Championship.  Their feud would continue to heat up over the summer, with Edge eventually winning an TLC match that sent The Undertaker in banishment, until a loophole brought him back in time for them to headline SummerSlam with a Hell In The Cell match.

2009 Double Main event saw Edge defeating World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in a Last Man Standing match to win the title and Randy Orton winning the WWE Championship in a Six-Man Tag Team match pitting champion Triple H, Batista and Shane McMahon against The Legacy (Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase).

It was a solid double main event that controlled most of the card.  Edge used a villainous attack by the Big Show to distract Cena long enough to capture the gold.  Legacy helped Orton defeat HHH to secure the title.  It would be the last time HHH would hold the gold for a very long time, as shortly after this, he became a part time performer, and a brief reformation of DX.

Elsewhere on the card it was Jeff Hardy defeating Matt Hardy in an excellent “I Quit Match”.  Shortly after that, Hardy would use the momentum to capture the World Heavyweight Championship title from Edge and then begin a feud with CM Punk.  Hardy would then leave the WWE later on that summer.

After this event, Backlash went away until returning in 2016.

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