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What's happening at Backlash
What's happening at Backlash
April 29, 2007
The countdown is over, and Backlash is finally here. WWE.com is on the scene everywhere in the vicinity of the Philips Arena in Atlanta, observing the madness just hours before the WWE Superstars take the stage live on pay-per-view.
Prior to Backlash going live on pay-per-view nationwide, things started to heat up in the Philips Arena as Raw Superstars Carlito and Johnny Nitro met in one-on-one action. Carlito picked up the win, sending "Hotlanta" into an uproar and getting them ready for a night full of Backlash action.
Longtime friends, drinking buddies and former tag partners JBL and Ron Simmons reminisced at ringside prior to Backlash. The SmackDown commentator had Simmons keeled over in laughter for a majority of the conversation while JBL recounted everything from beer to good times on the road.
Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch peered on at Matt Hardy while he meditated in the stands earlier in the day. Hours later, the challengers to The Hardys' gold were seen conspiring in a narrow staircase in the locker room area. Seemingly discussing the solitary -- and potentially vulnerable -- Hardy sitting by himself in the arena, Cade & Murdoch got hostile when WWE.com approached.
Another Fatal Four Way combatant, Randy Orton, made his way into the arena today. Focused and cool, Orton exchanged very few words with the Superstars and Divas in the locker room area. He found some quiet space for himself and laced up his usual black boots with a grip much tighter than usual. This isn't just a usual night. It's Backlash, and Orton has the opportunity to become the new WWE Champion.
One production crew member named Jimmy is treading carefully high above the Philips Arena floor. The cautious craftsman is working on some last minute set and lighting detail, making Backlash that much brighter.
For the first time since Survivor Series 2001, Matt & Jeff Hardy defend tag team gold in front of a pay-per-view audience tonight at Backlash. In between the World Tag Team Champions' strategy sessions, Matt separated from his brother to find some pre-match refuge in the empty stands. The Hardys' first championship defense on pay-per-view since Jeff's return to WWE is clearly weighing heavily on the mind of the SmackDown fan-favorite.
Above an empty ring in the center of the Philips Arena, a vibrant screen is raised just below the rafters. The glow of the sign will illuminate the faces of several thousand WWE fans in just a matter of hours.
The preparations for tonight's event are still underway -- from the WWE Superstars' standpoint as well as a technical standpoint. Hard-hatted WWE crew members are constructing and adding the final touches to the monstrous Backlash set for 2007.
One of the four competitors in this evening's Fatal Four Way contest for the WWE Championship has arrived at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Shawn Michaels, the man who pinned champion John Cena just days ago on Raw, arrived at the arena sharply dressed and focused. Despite the title match that awaits him in just hours, HBK spent time greeting a crowd of early arriving WWE fans.