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On the final RAW before Backlash, Shawn Michaels displayed just how quickly he can end a match. During the chaos that ensued when every member of the 8 Man Tag Team Match between Evolution and Michaels, Chris Benoit, Mick Foley and Shelton Benjamin were involved at one time, Michaels suddenly landed Sweet Chin Music on Randy Orton and won the match for his team. Michaels seemed to have the momentum heading into Backlash when the biggest prize in the company would be on the line.
The upcoming pay-per-view event was a hot topic on RAW as several matches were added, and many of the existing matches saw new developments. Shelton Benjamin got a new opportunity to prove just how far he had come. At Backlash, on the heels of his two consecutive victories over Triple H, Benjamin got the opportunity to go against one of the greatest to ever enter the ring, Ric Flair. And on RAW, Benjamin showed that he was not afraid of Flair when he attacked the Nature Boy just seconds after the match was set.
RAW also saw an escalation of hostilities between Chris Jericho and his Backlash opponents, Christian and Trish Stratus. While Stratus faced Lita in singles action, both Jericho and Christian entered the fray and Jericho suddenly found himself on the receiving end of a vicious assault from both Stratus and Christian. Stratus showed that she had everything it takes to injure Jericho – offering several kicks and slaps as proof that she is not afraid to get in the mix at Backlash.
Just when it seemed that the tension between Mick Foley and Randy Orton could not be escalated any further, Foley took to the ring to announce that it will in fact be Cactus Jack to meet Randy Orton at Backlash. The Hardcore Legend said that Mick Foley may be too caring about the welfare of an individual such as Orton, but Cactus Jack certainly does not care and will inflict the devastating punishment on Orton that Foley seeks. Therefore, Cactus Jack will get the call at Backlash.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Kane defeated Grand Master Sexay (2:00)
- Tajiri defeated The Masked Ninja (w/ Jonathan Coachman) (3:46)
- Lita (w/ Chris Jericho) vs. Trish Stratus (w/ Christian) ended in a no contest (5:00)
- The Hurricane (w/ Rosey) defeated Sylvain Grenier (w/ Rob Conway) (4:15)
- Chris Benoit, Mick Foley, Shawn Michaels & Shelton Benjamin defeated Evolution (Batista, Randy Orton, Ric Flair & Triple H) (19:09)