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COMPLETE GREAT AMERICAN BASH COVERAGE: NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS; NEW US CHAMPION; NEW DIVAS CHAMPION; TWO BLOODY BRAWLS

By Richard Trionfo on 2008-07-20 21:52:45
Welcome to tonight’s live coverage of the WWE’s Great American Bash pay per view from Uniondale, Long Island, New York. Make sure to check out all of the coverage on the site, including the Great American Bash Post Pay Per View Hotline.

We begin the pay per view with a look back at the greatest moment for Vickie Guerrero and Edge, only to be ruined by Triple H’s special footage of Edge with the wedding planner. Wedded bliss is not the only thing that has been destroyed. The JBLimo was ruined by Cryme Tyme and John Cena. Then Bradshaw tried to destroy John Cena only to see Cena escape. CM Punk cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase, but he will have to deal with the man who helped him win the title tonight, Batista.

Your announcers are Jim Ross and Mick Foley from the Smackdown brand; Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler for the Raw brand; and The Tazz and Mike Adamle for the ECW brand.

Match Number One: John Morrison and The Miz versus Finlay and Hornswoggle versus Jesse and Festus versus Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder in a Fatal Four Way for the WWE Tag Team Titles

The bell rings and Festus goes after anyone in the ring but Jesse calms him down and everyone else is on the floor. Miz and Morrison throw Hornswoggle into the ring. Hornswoggle rolls up his sleeves and wants a piece of Festus. Miz and Morrison hit Festus from behind and then Hornswoggle with a tope onto Miz and Morrison. Miz is sent into the ring and Festus with a leg drop to Miz followed by a head butt to the back. Festus throws Miz into the corner and he punches Miz until the referee pulls him away. Jesse tags in and he hits a monkey flip followed by a neckbreaker. Jesse tags Festus back in and he Irish whips Miz into a punch from Festus. Festus with a boot to Miz and then one to Finlay who made a blind tag. Morrison tags in and he chokes Finlay. Morrison kicks Finlay and has him in a front face lock followed by a European uppercut. Miz and Morrison double team Finlay and Miz with elbows to Finlay followed by an arm bar and cross face combination. Miz with knees to Finlay followed by a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Morrison tags in and Morrison with a forearm and slingshot elbow while Finlay is on Miz’s knees.

Morrison with a side head lock on Finlay. Finlay gets to his feet but Morrison with a swinging neck breaker and he tags in Miz. Finlay punches Miz but Miz with a knee. Morrison is tagged back in and Finlay with a double leg take down. Finlay with a forearm to Morrison’s head and both men go down. Ryder tags in and he goes after Finlay. Ryder with a suplex to Finlay for a near fall and then he works on the neck. Hawkins tags in and he connects with a knee and punch in the corner but Finlay fights off Hawkins and Ryder and he takes Hawkins down but Hawkins regains control and punches Finlay. Hawkins with an arm bar and cross face and then he sends Finlay into Ryder’s knee Ryder tags in and he Irish whips Finlay. Finlay with a rolling fireman’s carry slam. Hornswoggle hits Ryder with the shillelagh but he cannot get the three count. Hornswoggle makes the save for Finlay when Ryder had a rollup.

Hawkins tags back in and he has Finlay in a reverse chin lock. Finlay with a kick to Hawkins and Hornswoggle tags in and he hits a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Jesse makes the blind tag and he hits a clothesline and Lou Thesz Press. Jesse with a snap suplex for a near fall. Hawkins knocks Hornswoggle off the apron. Festus is tagged in and he punches Hawkins followed by a flap jack. Festus knocks Ryder off the apron and hits a flying shoulder tackle followed by a splash onto Hawkins. Festus throws Miz and Morrison out of the ring and Festus is tripped by Ryder as he sets for a Rocket Launcher. Hawkins pulls Jesse off the turnbuckle and gets the three count.

Winners: Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder

Match Number Two: Matt Hardy versus Shelton Benjamin for the United States Title
Benjamin with a waist lock and he gets a near fall. Benjamin with a front face lock into a side head lock. Benjamin with a shoulder tackle. Hardy with an inside cradle for a near fall. Benjamin with a side head lock that takes Hardy to his knees. Hardy with a hip toss and an arm drag into an arm bar. Benjamin backs Hardy into the corner and after a brief break, he kicks Hardy. Benjamin floats over on an Irish whip. Hardy with a forearm to the head. Hardy with a back elbow and he connects with a forearm. Benjamin throws Hardy over the top rope and Hardy tries to skin the cat, but Benjamin with a drop kick that sends Hardy to the floor. Hardy with a shoulder to Benjamin but Benjamin with a boot and then he sends Hardy into the ring post. Benjamin goes out after Hardy and he rolls him back into the ring to get a near fall.

Benjamin with a belly-to-back suplex for a two count. Benjamin with a back breaker and then he applies pressure to Hardy’s neck. Benjamin with a key lock and he works on Hardy’s neck some more. Benjamin with another back breaker. Benjamin with a seated abdominal stretch but Hardy gets to his feet and he hits a version of a Samoan drop. Hardy with a punch to Benjamin’s head and then he charges into a boot. Hardy tries for a Side Effect but Benjamin take Hardy down for a near fall. Benjamin continues to work on the back and neck as he has Hardy in an inverted suplex position. Benjamin with the dragon whip that sends Hardy into the corner. Benjamin with a Stinger Splash into the corner but he tries again and he leaps into Hardy’s boots. Hardy with forearms and a clothesline to Benjamin. Hardy with an Irish whip followed by a running clothesline and bulldog for a near fall. Hardy with a slam and then he goes to the turnbuckles for the screaming leg drop that connects but Hardy can only get a two count. Hardy returns to the turnbuckles for an elbow but Benjamin catches him and throws Hardy into the turnbuckles and Hardy goes down hard.

Benjamin tries for a power bomb but Hardy rolls through into a sunset flip. Benjamin with another near fall. Hardy with a Side Effect for a two count. Hardy sets for the Twist of Fate and Benjamin sends Hardy into the turnbuckles. Benjamin with a forearm to the kidneys and then he puts Hardy on the turnbuckles. Hardy with an elbow to knock Benjamin off. Hardy with a moonsault but it appears that Hardy overshot Benjamin. Benjamin hits Paydirt for the three count.

Winner: Shelton Benjamin

Michael Cole wonders if CM Punk will lose his title in the same way that Matt Hardy just did.

We go to comments from CM Punk after Raw last week in a WWE Mobile Exclusive. Todd Grisham asked Punk about the people who don’t think that he will win the title. Punk talks about how Batista came to help him against Kane. Batista thinks that he will win. People did not think that he was supposed to make it into the WWE but he made it and won the ECW Title. People said he would never make it to the flagship show, but he made it there and he won the title. He tells Batista that you don’t have to be six foot six and be chiseled to win the title. He is not a fluke. Punk says that he is in the business of proving everybody wrong. He plans to be the champion next week. He says that he is not Batista, John Cena, Shawn Michaels, or Bret Hart. He is CM Punk, the World Champion.

Mick Foley says that he has seen Punk too many times to doubt him.

We take a look back at Smackdown from Friday night when Triple H unveiled the video that led to Vickie Guerrero attacking her husband Edge. The WWE Mobile poll asks who do you sympathize with more.

Match Number Three: Tommy Dreamer with Colin Delaney versus Mark Henry with Tony Atlas for the ECW Title

Henry has some words for Dreamer before the bell rings and he pushes Dreamer. They lock up and Henry tosses Dreamer to the mat. Dreamer tries to take Henry down by going for the leg but Henry tosses Dreamer away again. Dreamer with punches but Henry with a body block that knocks Dreamer down. Henry with a kick to the ribs and then he steps on Dreamer’s head. Henry chokes Dreamer in the ropes. Henry with a head butt to Dreamer and then he works on Dreamer’s neck. Dreamer tries to escape the hold but Henry sends Dreamer back to the mat. Henry with a wrist lock on Dreamer and he tries to break the wrist. Dreamer punches Henry but Henry with another body block. Atlas talks trash to Dreamer while he is down. Henry returns to the wrist and then he sends Dreamer to the mat again by the hair. Henry misses a splash but Dreamer hits a drop kick. Dreamer punches Henry and then Henry charges into an elbow. Dreamer tries to take Henry down but he cannot get it done. Henry misses a charge into the corner and Dreamer hits a neck breaker for a two count.

Dreamer with a DDT but Atlas gets on the apron to distract him. Dreamer goes to the turnbuckle and Delaney gets on the apron and instead of helping Dreamer, he pulls Dreamer into the ropes and Dreamer catches Henry and hits a power slam for the three count.

Winner: Mark Henry

Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler talk about the feud between Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels. We go to the video package.

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