7. John Cena vs. Triple H vs. Edge – Backlash 2006
John Cena had yet to come into his own as a wrestler in 2006. He could be carried to a great match but he was still a work-in-progress. That being said, he brought it at Backlash 2006. He was tasked with defending the WWE Championship against Triple H and Edge in a Triple Threat match.
Triple H was on the verge of turning babyface, the hardcore fans hated Cena, and Edge was the designated heel. This all made for an interesting fan dynamic for this match but they had a great match nevertheless. Edge was the conniving heel trying to avoid fighting, which obviously resulted in him being used as a pinball by the other two. Triple H got juiced and finally, Cena was able to reverse a Pedigree into a roll-up and get the pin.
6. Kurt Angle vs. Edge – Backlash 2002
Many times has this been pointed to as the perfect example of how to do a mid-carder vs. main eventer match properly. Edge was a plucky up-and-coming babyface and Kurt Angle was the established main event heel. Nowadays if Edge were to lose this match people would complain he was being buried but in reality it was quite the opposite.
Edge was able to push Angle to his limit and put on a barnburner of a match. Sometimes the main eventer is just better than the young guy and that is okay. This was an example of that but being put in a position to be competitive with a guy like Angle was enough to elevate him in the eyes of the fans. The next month he was able to defeat Angle, completing his transition.
5. Steve Austin vs. The Rock – Backlash 1999
Steve Austin has talked about how he was disappointed with his match with The Rock at WrestleMania XV. He also mentioned being much more satisfied with their rematch at Backlash. This was a No-DQ match with both Shane McMahon and Vince McMahon getting involved.
Overall, this was a much better match than their clash at WrestleMania. It is unfortunate because you would want the best match to be on the biggest show but I don’t think anyone in Providence was upset to see this match that night. This match had an intensity that the ‘Mania match lacked. They beat on each other and just had a fight more in tune with what you would expect from these two hated rivals.
If you want to see the Attitude Era at its best, watch this match.
4. Chris Benoit vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels – Backlash 2004
Chris Benoit, Shawn Michaels, and Triple H had one of the best main events in WrestleMania history at WrestleMania XX. At Backlash one month later, we got the same match one more time. While it was just barely not as good as their ‘Mania classic, they did still deliver one of the best matches in Backlash’s history.
These were three of the best wrestlers in WWE at the time and it should come as no shock that they managed to tear the house down. Triple H and Shawn Michaels still had heat with one another but now Benoit had the title. So the dynamic was different from WrestleMania but the quality of the match remained top-notch. This is another match that is hard to find but if you are interested you should seek it out.