Today in History: Melina vs. Mickie at Backlash 2007

On this day in history:

April 29th, 2007 | At 2007′s Backlash, Melina defended her Women’s Championship against Mickie James in a rematch to the bout that brought the title to Melina’s waist. Clearly, there was no love lost between these two: both competitors played dirty, using a lot of choking, hair pulling, eye-raking and forced splits to gain an advantage. In the end, it was Melina with a well-timed eye-rake that set her up for her finisher, and she defeated Mickie, retaining her title.

What are your memories of this moment? Tell us in the comments!

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  • FlawlessLaylaElFan

    That was a awsome match! Back then The Divas Got the same response from the crowd as the guys did.Since when was Melina’s finisher a reverse DDT?

    • MNM4ever

      she had no finisher back then :P she often won by using her cheating tactics lol she was truly the best!!! But shortly after the primal scream (split leg drop thing) became her finisher

      • hueyian

        debutting the primal scream that night would have been EPIC!

        • MNM4ever

          would have made it even more epic!

        • http://www.facebook.com/BrandonTyler95www.twitter.com/Brandon_Tyler14 BTylerHenderson

          I think the reverse DDT was the predecessor of the Primal Scream….I think she debuted either the next night on RAW the following weeks.

  • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

    Loved their matches.

  • FameHooker18

    I have sooooo much respect for Mickie and Melina, When Trish & Lita left in 2006, loads of people lost faith in the divas division. But Mickie and Melina stepped up and restored hope in the division. They had some insane matches, captivating tension, passion for the business and HEART. In my opinion, they were the New Trish and Lita. Obviously Trish and Lita top them though.

    • MNM4ever

      SO TRUEEE!!! they truly did carry the division with dignity even though they weren’t pushed as much by wwe as lita and trish were.
      this is probably my favourite match of all time and is a true showcase of womens wrestling!!! It shows just how capable melina and mickie are at putting on great wrestling matches. So excited for june when they wrestle each other again,,, hope it gets on youtube! :D

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

      This!^ I’ve always wondered what would it been like if these two were pushed to the lita/trish extreme. Would it be up there with trish/lita or better ? The question, sadly , will remain unanswered.

    • LadyGoDiva

      I still believe that people still lost hope in the divas division when Lita and Trish left because they think they can’t go better anymore and its sad how this division has come to. Seeing this match is a classic with the double split.

      • Choko

        No, Mickie and Melina along with Candice, Beth Phoenix and Victoria carried the division after Trish and Lita.

        The division slowly died after the introduction of the divas title. I think that was a bad move.

        • Jhonmarco

          Actually after the divas title was brought in we got Nattie debuting. Nattie vs. Michelle, Michelle vs. Maryse, etc. IMO the division died when LayCool got TOO much spotlight.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

          No. The division died because management decided to stop putting effort into the divas, that clearly sweat potential. Im so tired of people blaming the divas title. That title could have all the prestige in the world if wwe wanted it too. They just dont put their effort into them. Which is sad.

        • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

          I have to agree w/ JhonMarco, Laycool destroyed the division. They had all of the promo time, all of the good in ring time, Nattie was the only Diva who got to shine & even when she wasn’t champ, they found ways to make Michelle the star.

          WWE is trying to give the girls unique personalities again, which is a good first step. This will really help the Divas flesh out characters & bring that into their move sets. Stronger in ring performances will lead to more time & better things.

  • DIVAsupporter

    Great match.. Just wishes Melina won not using that reverse DDT looked weak.. Still a great wrestling match

  • jen07201

    That double split was fun but it looked painful.

  • jen07201

    I’m so happy the two are facing off against each other again.

  • Jhonmarco

    Fantastic match. One of my favorite matches from the post-golden era. I felt the split legged leg drop should’ve debuted here rather than randomly being done on Raw, but whatever. And I LOVE how King actually said we are gonna get a great wrestling match. That we did.

    • AdrianRay

      What happened to your forum? I got on the other day to help set it up and it was gone. I felt bad! If I would have remembered sooner I would have fixed it up! Sorry!

      • Jhonmarco

        I’m closed it! I just wasn’t feeling the website/forum it was on at all. Thanks for the help though!

        • Jhonmarco

          *I closed it*

  • Liam ‘

    I loved this match. Everything about it was just entertaining. I love this Mickie attire shame its never seen anymore.

  • redsandman99

    Love this match. Mickie and Melina always seemed like natural rivals to me. I think from a technical standpoint this was their best match though I enjoyed their other ones because it really did come off like they were trying to rip each other apart.

  • AdrianRay

    Lovely match! :D Makes me smile!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

    Everytime I watch any match with these two facing each other, I think of how professional they were. I loved how they were able to put their problems aside to entertain us.

    I love this match, and all of the other they had. As a tag team & as rivals. They just had that special chemistry that every rival & friend should have. They were definetly each others best oponents. They brought out the best in each other.

    I was pretty pissed at the fact that this could’ve been in wrestlemania & that this rivalry could’ve been way bigger. But fair enough, thats the past & they still had an awesome feud that transitioned to them being the best of friends. In character & out of character.

  • Choko

    I am almost sure these two could be better than Trish and Lita if they had a chance.

    • MNM4ever

      Agreed!! oh the possibilies :)

  • Mickie-DT

    They were basically Trish and Lita in that era but they made everything into their own. Their matches were never boring, I was always excited when they went up against each other. Which leads me to this match, great technically and agility here. Can’t wait for them to clash at WWC in June. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrandonTyler95www.twitter.com/Brandon_Tyler14 BTylerHenderson

    The Divas Championship matches need to be like how the Women’s Championship matches used to be….but you know the one thing I’m happy about even though this has nothing to do with this match?

    The fact that while the WWE Women’s Championship and Divas Championship were separate, Santina Marella NEVER got a chance to win it. I love that they try and do a “Hervina” move with him. Just throwing that out there lol