Backlash 2003

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James Dixon: While this event might appear to be a generic B-show on the surface, it is actually fairly significant. Not only is it Bill Goldberg’s WWE pay-per-view debut, it is also The Rock’s last singles match with the company until 2012. In addition, the show also marks the dawning of a new era, with heel rapper John Cena receiving his first crack at the WWE Championship on PPV, opposite a man he would tangle with a number of times in the future, Brock Lesnar. As this is a RAW and SmackDown! joint production, we have two announce teams. The horrendous sounding duo of Jerry Lawler and Coach are on the red side, with the usual pairing of Michael Cole and Tazz covering the blue show bouts.

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