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The Great American Bash

A SmackDown Pay-Per-View

Location:  The HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York

by "Rockin" Robin Drodge

Event Date:  July 24, 2005
Report Date:  July 24, 2005

Match number one -  WWE Tag Team Championship:  WWE Tag Team Champions MNM vs Heidenreich and Road Warrior Animal.  This was the opening match for the Great American Bash.  The fans seem to be into this match a little with chants of LOD, LOD.  The ending saw Animal and Heidenreich hit the Doomsday Device on MNM to pick up the pin-fall victory to win the match and become the new WWE Tag Team Champions.

Match number two - Christian vs Booker T.  This match was all right.  The ending saw Booker T hit the Scissors kick off the second rope to pick up the pin-fall victory.

Match number three - United States Championship:  United States Champion, Orlando Jordan vs Chris Benoit.  This match was all right.  The ending saw Jordan expose the turn buckle pad and when Benoit went for a german suplex, Benoit did not hit the suplex; instead hitting his head on the expose turn buckle pad, resulting in Orlando picking up the pin-fall victory to retain his Championship.

Match number four - Number One Contenders match for the World Heavyweight Championship.  The Undertaker vs Muhammad Hassan.  This match was all right.  The ending saw the Undertaker hit the choke slam on Hassan to pick up the pin-fall victory to become the Number One Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Match number five -  Six Man Tag Team Match.  The Mexicools vs The Blue World Order (BWO).  This match was all right.  The Mexicools picked up the pin-fall victory in this match.

Match number six - Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero.  This was a good match.  Rey Mysterio's son Dominic was at ringside for this match.  Eddie guerrero was holding a secret over Rey Mysterio's head, and in this match if Eddie won he would be able to reveal the secret; but if Rey won he would have to keep the secret locked up forever.  The ending to this match saw Eddie hit a brain buster on Rey and then hit the frog splash off the top rope and then went for the cover.  However, Eddie only got a one count and then Rey rolled up Eddie to pick up the pin-fall victory.  So the secret will be locked up forever it appears.

Match number seven - Bra and Panties Match.  Torrie Wilson vs Melina, with Candice Michelle as the special guest referee for this match.  The rule for this match was the first person that got stripped down to their bra and panties would lose the match.  This was rather short and did not last long.  Torrie got stripped down to her bra and panties; therefore this resulted in Melina winning the match.  After the Bra and Panties Match was over, Candice Michelle stripped Melina of her bra and panties and then Candice also stripped, so all three Divas were stripped of their bra and panties.

Match number eight - The Main Event.  World Heavyweight Championship.  World Heavyweight Champion, Batista vs John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL).  This match was all right but nothing great.  Orlando Jordan brought a steel chair into the ring and it was later used by Batista to hit both Jordan and JBL.  Once Batista hit JBL with the steel chair, the referee saw it and disqualified Batista, resulting in John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL) to win the match by disqualification. 

Some additional comments regarding The Great American Bash.

I must say that there was no announcement of how many fans were in attendance for this Pay-Per-View but I had heard that it was far from sold out and this was not that long ago.

The fans did not seem to be into this Pay-Per-View for the most part.  I was a little surprised that Road Warrior Animal and Heidenreich won the Tag team Championship because really they are not a Team and MNM had the belts and it did not appear that they would lose the belts to the team of what some are calling LOD 2005, so this was a little surprising.  I don't think that they will hold onto the belts for that long and will lose them back to MNM at some time.

I don't exactly know what to say about this Pay-Per-View because for the most part it was really bad, and quite frankly, SmackDown for whatever reason can't seem to be able to deliver a good Pay-Per-View.  I don't know if it had to do with the fact that SmackDown is a taped show or not, but this Pay-Per-View was very bad tonight.  I think that the Muhammad Hassan character for now is done but will return after a few months.  This has to do with the recent controversy of being labelled as a terrorist, so UPN, the network that SmackDown airs on in the United States asked the WWE not to air the Muhammad Hassan character anymore.  While tonight may have been his last night on Smackdown for some time, I don't think that the character is done just quite yet.

I did not like the way that the World Heavyweight Championship match ended between Batista and JBL. I think to have a disqualification was a bad way to end the match.  So I think that in future matches for the World Heavyweight Championship, there should be no count out or disqualification.

This has been the Great American Bash Report written by your author:  "Rockin" Robin Drodge here at The Canadian Connection.

(This page was last updated on 2007-01-01 )

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