(1) Christian (w/ Trish Stratus) pinned Chris Jericho. Some good back-and-forth action started this match, with Jericho and Christian exchanging pinning combinations. Trish interfered to break up a Walls of Jericho attempt, so Chris put her over his knee in the obligatory spanking sequence. Christian pulled her to safety, but Jericho soon leveled both of them with a crossbody from the top turnbuckle to ringside. Later, Jericho nailed Christian with a butterfly superplex, but only got a two count. The high-impact moves continued with Christian's unprettier followed by another two-count. Trish's attempt at interference backfired, however, and she mistakenly slapped Christian. With Jericho trying to lock Christian in a Walls of Jericho, a mysterious bald man entered the ring and drilled Jericho with a bicycle kick. The ref was distracted by Trish and turned around in time to count the pinfall. This was a very good opening match. Backstage, Christian introduced Trish to the new "problem solver", Tyson Tomko. Loyd reminded us that Backlash took place in Edmonton, and Edmonton honored Chris Benoit with his own day. It was appropriately called, "Chris Benoit Day". A video package aired looking at Chris Benoit's return to Edmonton. It was an emotional video as Benoit gave us a walking tour of his old hometown, including his high school and the place where he had his first wrestling match. They interviewed family and friends as they talked about his lifelong dream. The mayor proclaimed April 18 as "Chris Benoit Day" and talked about how important it is for him to have his first major title defense in his hometown. This was an excellent segment which gave a lot of meaning to Benoit's title win. No mention was made about the fact that he now lives in Atlanta. Loyd talked about Benoit's title defense and his return to Raw last Monday as the World Champion. Benoit's entrance was shown on Raw, as Jim Ross talked about his title victory over "two of the best in the game". In the ring in Calgary, Benoit paid out compliments to the Dungeon and Stu Hart. He said that they made him what he is today. He then talked about how he wasn't given a chance, but now, "Chris Benoit is for real!" On cue, Shawn Michaels' music hit and he danced his way out to the ring. Michaels told Benoit that he has never beaten him one-on-one. He then showed footage from two months ago of his pinfall victory over Benoit. Shawn then challenged him to a match right then and there. After Benoit accepted, they were interrupted by Eric Bischoff and Johnny Nitro. Bischoff told them that a match of this magnitude needs two weeks to promote. Nitro then told him that they would be in Phoenix, Arizona, so Bischoff booked the match for Phoenix in two weeks. Benoit and Michaels gave each other a tense handshake and staredown to close the segment. Benoit has truly come into his own in the promo department. This was one of his best, and the two weeks given to promote this match should set up another great promo next week. Loyd plugged the Michaels-Benoit match a week from Monday on May 3. Loyd said it was a humiliating time for Molly, but a funny time for everyone else. He then said that Molly had a chance to regain her title last Monday on Raw. (2) Victoria beat Molly Holly by disqualification to retain the WWE Women's Championship. Victoria dominated in this match, with a series of impressive moves. After nailing Holly with a clothesline off the ring apron and a standing moonsault, she attempted a snap mare. Unfortunately, she pulled off Molly's wig. Molly snapped and attacked Victoria, locking her in a chokehold. After refusing to break it, the ref called for the disqualification. After the match, it took two referees to pull Molly off of an unconscious Victoria. The women's division is heating up. Loyd talked about a Bottom Line contest during May to win a trip to Summerslam. He then recapped the previous angle and wondered if Edge and Benoit could capture the World Tag Team Championship. (3) Edge & Chris Benoit beat Ric Flair & Batista to win the World Tag Team Titles. This match started off strong with each team getting in it's share of offense. Batista was being double-teamed by Edge and Benoit until he made the tag to Flair. Together they worked over Edge, including pounding on Edge's broken arm. Flair was in control on Edge as we went to a rare mid-match commercial. Loyd recapped what has occurred in the match, as well as the previous angle. He then introduced us to the conclusion of the match. The match picked up with Benoit controlling against Flair. He managed to knock down an interfering Batista before locking Flair in the Crossface. With Flair down, Triple H ran to ringside and jumped on the ring apron. Benoit released the hold and knocked Triple H to the floor. After Benoit drilled Flair with rolling German suplexes, Flair surprised him with a lowblow. Benoit rolled over and tagged out to Edge who erupted with offense on both Flair and Batista. Batista soon picked him up with a powerbomb attempt, but Edge hit him with his cast to drop him. Benoit then dumped Flair out of the ring and nailed Batista with a flying headbutt. Triple H pulled Benoit to the floor and started beating him against the stairs until Shawn Michaels came to ringside and drilled him with a superkick. Meanwhile, in the ring, Edge nailed Batista with a spear for the pinfall. This was an excellent match, which should make most people forget about Edge's disapointing match at Backlash. The idea of spreading it into two segments was a great idea, adding to the importance of the title change. Loyd plugged Raw for Monday in Topeka, and then plugged the huge Raw the following week, featuring Benoit vs. Michaels.moreless
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