Judge Franck Tabouring once participated in a backyard wrestling match. He's still recovering from the backlash.
Beware the Backlash!
The wrestling stars of Raw, Smackdown, and ECW get together again to face each other at WWE: Backlash 2008, just weeks after WrestleMania XXIV.
Facts of the Case
This WWE pay-per-view from Baltimore, Maryland, features some of wrestling's biggest athletes competing in seven exciting matches. Some fight for honor or revenge, and others fight for a championship; no matter what their intentions, they all face the backlash. Before I launch into a more detailed look at what goes down during this show, here's a brief overview of the night's matchup: MVP fights Matt Hardy, Kane takes on Chavo Guerrero, the Big Show faces the Great Khali, and the Undertaker tries to defeat Edge. Additionally, Shawn Michaels challenges Batista, twelve divas face each other in a tag team match, and Randy Orton puts his WWE championship title on the line against Triple H, JBL, and John Cena. Let's wrestle.
Clocking in at 170 minutes, here's the complete lineup of this WWE PPV:
• MVP vs. Matt Hardy in a United States Championship Match
• Kane vs. Chavo Guerrero in a ECW Championship Match
• Big Show vs. Great Khali
• Shawn Michaels vs. Batista with special guest referee Chris
• 12-Diva Tag Team match
• Undertaker vs. Edge in a World Heavyweight Championship
• Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. JBL vs. John Cena in a Fatal
Four-way Elimination Match for the WWE Championship
Besides the seven matches, Backlash 2008 also features the usual PPV stuff, including a couple of backstage interviews, comments on matches and some funny taunts. Although these are pretty much awfully scripted, most of them serve as an entertaining break between the matches. The recaps, however, are quite solid this time, going back as far as Wrestlemania XXIV, when Shawn Michaels ended Ric Flair's career.
There is not that much to say about the technical aspects of the DVD. This being a WWE PPV, there's obviously plenty of screaming, cheering, and booing, and the commentaries, the screams of the fans, and the sounds of agony of the wrestlers are all well-balanced. As for the video transfer, the quality of the image is decent throughout. By the way, the disc also includes a Spanish track for the main program.
Besides a brief and mediocre interview with Triple H by Todd Grisham, the bonus material also includes a five-minute clip from the aftermath of the WWE Championship match on Raw the following night. It's a pretty lame extra because it's so short, leaving me wondering why they just didn't include the entire episode.
All in all, this is a decent PPV. The elimination match between JBL, Triple H, Cena, and Orton is definitely my favorite battle, although the Undertaker's battle against Edge delivers the goods as well. It's not solid wrestling at its best, but it's not a disastrous event, either. It's worth the investment if you're a little more than just the occasional wrestling viewer.
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