OSR: WWE Backlash 2004 Review
In the next edition of the OSR, we shall be going back to 2004 when for the first time Backlash was a brand-only exclusive event. Unlike 2016, 2004 saw this event exclusive to the RAW Brand. This event marked the first World Championship defense from Chris Benoit in front of a hometown crowd, but also the culmination of a year long feud between Randy Orton and Mick Foley. Hot on the heels of the momentum stemming from WrestleMania XX, the stars of RAW headed north of the border to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Not seen in many years, here we go with the latest OSR with the WWE Backlash 2004 Review…
The opening promo looks at the closing moments of WrestleMania XX, where Chris Benoit captured the World Heavyweight Championship. This is quite a dramatic promo that looks at the rise of Chris Benoit throughout his career whilst maintaining that lightning will strike. Very simple but effective promo which shows off the competitors for the main event. We then go inside the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta with our commentary team for the evening Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler who welcome us to the show in front of a hometown crowd for Benoit. We then quickly go to the ring for the first match of the evening…
1. Shelton Benjamin vs. Ric Flair
Both of the competitors make their way to the ring, as the video clips shows the success of Shelton since being drafted to RAW. This includes two victories over Triple H leading to this match, which Flair demanded. The match gets off with Benjamin almost toying with Flair, easily using his speed advantage to gain the momentum in the early moments. Flair is able to use his tactical approach to regain the momentum for a few minutes, grounding down Shelton as he works the leg but he ultimately falls victim to a flying clothesline which allows Benjamin to pick up the win. This was an average match, where Flair looked very out of place due to the pace from Shelton throughout.
Winner: Shelton Benjamin
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
2. Jonathan Coachman vs. Tajiri
As The Coach and Tajiri make their way to the ring, the video clips look at Tajiri spraying the green mist in Coach’s face. The match gets underway, where much to everyone’s surprise Coach is able to hold a wrestling contest with Tajiri. Whilst it may only be basic, it is still a surprise. Ultimately, though Tajiri is able to gain the upper hand over Coach as he uses his experience to out-wrestle him. However, Tajiri still falls short when he is attacked from behind by Garrison Cade. This allows Coach to roll him up to pick up the win in a horrible match which should have never happened.
Winner: Jonathan Coachman
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars