Chris Jericho def. WWE Hall of Famer Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat

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April 26, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- After Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat thanked Chris Jericho six days earlier on Raw, the first-ever Undisputed Champion returned the appreciation in his own way at Backlash by making the WWE Hall of Famer tap out in the middle of the ring with the Walls of Jericho. (PHOTOS)

As Jericho was bidding adieu to Raw and all the WWE Universe members in attendance a week after being drafted to SmackDown, Steamboat interrupted the tongue of the nefarious Superstar to thank him for letting him know he still has what it takes to step in the ring. However, Jericho did not see this as a sincere gesture and thought Steamboat was there to steal his spotlight once again, which prompted the new SmackDown Superstar to challenge the WWE Hall of Famer to the Backlash match.

In recent months, Jericho has made himself an adversary of WWE's Legends and thought that he had ended his crusade at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania. But Steamboat also proved that night that he still had the legendary ring warrior prowess that made him a Hall of Famer. "The Dragon" further displayed those skills the following night in a 10-Man WrestleMania All-Star Tag Team Match in which Steamboat's team was victorious and Jericho was the victim of the pin.

Once again at Backlash, and perhaps infuriating Jericho even further, Steamboat proved that he has the chops to stand toe-to-toe with any of WWE's best Superstars in one-on-one action as he did against the nefarious Superstar. Unfortunately, in the end, "The Dragon" may have showcased his in-ring abilities that are still as crisp as they were in his prime, but just like at WrestleMania, proved not to be crisp enough to outshine the first-ever Undisputed Champion. Though he wasn't victorious in his efforts, the WWE Universe still showed him the respect that he deserves as he left the ring in Providence to a standing ovation following the match.

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