Location: Sacramento, CA
(1) Scramble match for the ECW championship: Tommy Dreamer vs. Jack Swagger vs. Christian vs. Mark Henry (with Tony Atlas) vs. Finlay. Josh Matthews and Matt Striker call the action.
Match starts with Christian Cage vs. Jack Swagger. Marty Elias is the referee. After 3 minutes, Finlay entered the match for three way action. Swagger pinned Finlay at 4:41, so he is the current ECW champion. The medical team checked Finlay’s eye. At the 6:05 mark, Tommy Dreamer entered the contest. Finlay returned and pinned Swagger at 8:10, so he is the current ECW champion. At the 9:25, Henry entered the match. The five minute countered started. Henry pinned Dreamer at 10:25 with the world’s strongest slam. Swagger pinned Mark Henry at 12:18. Dreamer pinned Cage at 13:24 with a DDT. Under a minute left. Series of near pin fall attempts in the final minute, but Dreamer was declared the winner at 14:46 to retain his ECW title.
– We see the John Cena/Vince McMahon Fusion commercial. What? On PPV? I guess we didn’t get any commercials on Raw.
– Edge storms into Teddy Long’s office, and wants Long to change the world title match to a triple threat match involving himself. Long said we already saw that, and suggested that Edge shouldn’t have dumped Vickie, since she could have made that match a reality. Edge threatens Long’s job, and storms out.
(2) IC title vs. Mask: Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho.
Jim Ross and Todd Grisham call the action. Charles Robinson is the referee.
On the outside, Jericho rams Mysterio’s shoulder into the guard rail. A “Y2J” chant is started by the fans. From the top rope, Mysterio jumped off onto Jericho on the outside. Two springboards by Mysterio, from one set of ropes to another, and a near pin fall attempt by Rey. Jericho locked on the walls of Jericho at 9:38 in the middle of the ring, but Rey was able to grab the bottom rope for the break. Code breaker by Jericho, but Rey kicked out at 13:23. 619 by Mysterio, but Jericho caught Rey from the ropes and put on the walls of jericho in the middle of the ring. Rey gets out, and a series of near falls. Jericho pulls off Rey’s mask, but he has another one on under it. Mysterio pinned Jericho at 15:42 to capture the IC title. Rey used the 619 and a big splash to win the match.
– We see a promo for the 8/23 Summerslam PPV.
– Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler join the broadcast. They show us highlights of the commercial free Raw.
– Backstage, we see Triple H getting taped up.
– Backstage, Jericho is upset and yelling at Long. He wants his rematch tonight. Long says no. Long said he has made it five years because he don’t give in to everyone’s wishes. Jericho said he might not make it to five years.
– We see highlights of Ziggler vs. Khali
(3) The Great Khali (with Ranjin Singh) vs. Dolph Ziggler. This one is no DQs or countouts.
At the 3:50 mark, Kane made his way down to the ring side area, and entered the ring. Kane chases away Ziggler and nails Khali with the chair. Kane leaves, and Ziggler pins Khali at 4:59 to win the match.
– Long is in his office, and Vince McMahon walks in. Vince said he was going to apologize for putting him on probation. Vince talks about Long making it to five years as general manager, a WWE record. Vince says Long has accomplished absolutely nothing. Vince said Long is still on probation.
– We see a plug for Cena’s “12 Rounds” coming out on DVD on Tuesday.
(4) Unified Tag Team title match: Carlito and Primo vs. Legacy – Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase.
Before the match, Long comes out and makes it a triple threat match. He adds the awesome make shift tag team of Edge and Jericho to the match! We now have The Colons vs. DiBiase and Rhodes vs. Edge and Chris Jericho for the tag team straps. In the opening minutes of the match, no one will tag in either Edge or Jericho until Edge basically tags himself in. Edge speared Carlito and pinned him at 9:37, so Edge and Chris Jericho are the new Unified Tag Team Champions!
– We see a promo for the 7/26 Night of Champions PPV.
– Cole and King talk about the Night of Champions, the night every title will be defended.
– Backstage, Orton tells Rhodes and DiBiase to forget what just happened and focus on him retaining the WWE title. DiBiase isn’t happy that he’s just a piece of meat, and walks away. Cody said he’ll talk to Ted.
(5) Women’s title match: Melina vs. Michelle McCool (with Alicia Fox).
Fans aren’t digging this one. I heard a chant of “boring.” Fox helped McCool when Melina had Michelle pinned by putting her foot on the rope. McCool pinned Melina at 6:34 to win the Women’s championship.
– We see a “don’t try this at home” promo.
– JR and Grisham talk about tonight’s World Heavyweight title match.
– We see a Punk-Hardy video package.
(6) World Heavyweight title match: CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy. Hardy came out with no face paint tonight.
Punk went for a GTS in the opening minutes, but Hardy countered it into a pin fall attempt. On the outside, Hardy went to do a running flip on Punk, but the champion got out of the way, and Hardy hit the guard rail and nearly got counted out. Physical match. Fans are cheerly pulling for Hardy. Bulldog by Punk, but Hardy kicked out at 10:30. Twist of fate, but Hardy missed the senton bomb. Hardy nearly pinned Punk at 12:03 with an inside cradle. Twist of fate by Hardy, and this time hit the senton bomb. Referee counts to three at 12:46, fans celebrate, but referee Armstrong said Punk’s leg was outside the bottom rope. Referee restarts the match, Punk quickly goes for the GTS, but Hardy is ready for it. Punk plays up that his eye is injured, and “accidently” kicks the referee. Jeff Hardy wins via DQ at 13:28. Hardy goes after Punk, and brings him back into the ring and assualts him until the referees pulls him off Punk. Hardy frees himself and goes after Punk again.
– Backstage, The Colons walk into Long’s office. Long said he shook things up and McMahon told him to do. Long tells them to leave.
– Orton is in his dressing room. He calls Cody, but gets his voice mail. He says to call him back.
– We see the state’s capitol.
– They showed a concert that happened before the show.
– Cole and Lawler talk about Cena-Miz. We see a video package for Cena v. Miz.
(7) John Cena vs. The Miz.
The bell rang, and the fans started a “Cena, Cena” chant.
Five knuckle shuffle at 5:12. Attitude adjustment by Cena. STFU, and Miz taps out at 5:39. Cena goes over via submission.
– We see a Triple H vs. Randy Orton video highlight package, the saga that will never end.
(8) Three Stages of Hell Match for the WWE Championship: Randy Orton vs. Triple H.
FALL #1: traditional wrestling match
Orton won the first fall via DQ when Hunter used a chair. After the DQ, Hunter continued to nail Orton with the chair.
Fall #2: Falls Count Anywhere
Triple H hits a pedigree on the floor, and pinned Orton at 6:12.
Fall #3: Stretcher match
Hunter wheeled Orton up, but Orton stopped him just in time to save his championship. Orton and Hunter brawled into the crowd. Orton rammed Hunter into the ring steps. Orton brought the ring steps into the ring, but Hunter tripped Orton and hit the steps face first. Hunter hit Orton with the ring steps, and placed him on the stretcher. Hunter wheeled the stretcher up the ramp, but Orton came up and stopped Trips. Orton DDT-ed Hunter on the floor. Orton went to kick Hunter, but Trips moved out of the way. Hunter went for the pedigree, but Orton reversed it, landing Hunter on the stretcher. Orton tried to wheel the stretcher up the ramp and moved it close to the yellow line, but Hunter fell of the stretcher. On the ramp, Orton went for the RKO, but Hunter through Orton into the stage. Hunter pedigreed Orton on the floor. Hunter put Orton on the stretcher, but Cody blocked him inches away. Hunter beat down Cody, and went to try it again, but this time DiBiase blocks Hunter. Cody and Ted beat down Hunter, and help up Orton. Triple H bring out the sledgehammer and nail Cody and Ted. Orton kicks Hunter in the groin and hits Hunter with a piece of the stage. Orton puts Hunter on the stretcher and pushes him over the yellow line to win the third fall, and win the series 2 to 1 at 21:22 to remain WWE champion. Orton holds up the title belt, and Hunter comes up behind Orton and nails him with the sledgehammer to lay him out. Hunter celebrates, throws down the sledgehammer, and walks away limping. Hunter walked back and gave Orton the crotch chop. Legacy is laid out, but Orton makes it back to his feet as the PPV comes to an end.
|What did you think of the The Bash?
thumbs up – 30%
in the middle – 20%
thumbs down – 23%
didn’t see it – 27%
Miz-Cena – 2%
Tag title match – 10%
Hardy-Punk – 11%
Khali-Ziggler – 3%
Mysterio-Y2J – 47%
ECW Scramble – 4%
McCool-Melina – 6%
Orton-HHH – 16%