The Great American Bash (2006)

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The Great American Bash (2006)
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Promotional poster featuring Batista
Theme
song
(s)
"Lonely Train" by Black Stone Cherry
Information
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand(s) SmackDown!
Date July 23, 2006
Attendance 9,750[1]
Venue Conseco Fieldhouse
City Indianapolis, Indiana
Pay-per-view chronology
Vengeance (2006) The Great American Bash (2006) SummerSlam (2006)
The Great American Bash chronology
The Great American Bash (2005) The Great American Bash (2006) The Great American Bash (2007)

The Great American Bash (2006) was the third annual Great American Bash professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on July 23, 2006, at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana and was a SmackDown! brand-exclusive event.

The main event was Rey Mysterio versus King Booker for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Booker won by pinfall after Chavo Guerrero interfered. One of the predominant matches on the card was The Undertaker versus Big Show in the first Punjabi Prison match, which Undertaker won by escaping the structure. Another primary match on the undercard was Batista versus Mr. Kennedy, which Kennedy won after Batista was disqualified.

Background[edit]

The main feud heading into The Great American Bash was between Rey Mysterio and King Booker over the World Heavyweight Championship. On the July 7 episode of SmackDown!, Booker became the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship by last eliminating William Regal and Matt Hardy in a Battle Royal.[2] Later that night, Booker and Queen Sharmell, Booker's wife, attacked Mysterio backstage, and executed a low blow.[3]

I will beat this peasant (Mysterio), and take the World Championship at the Great American Bash. I want it all. I want my entire kingdom to rejoice in my royal splendor. King Booker will soon be King of the world.

— King Booker commenting on his future World Heavyweight Championship match against Rey Mysterio.[4]

The following week, on SmackDown!, Mysterio faced off against William Regal, a member of Booker's Court. Booker, who was providing commentary for the match, attempted to interfere and attack Mysterio. Mysterio, however, attacked Booker and pinned Regal for the win.[5] After the match, Mysterio executed a 619 and a seated senton on Booker.[5] On the edition of July 21 of SmackDown!, Mysterio defeated Booker in a non-title match. Mysterio pinned Booker after a 619 following interference from Chavo Guerrero.[6]

Another primary feud heading into the event was between The Great Khali and The Undertaker. At the previous SmackDown! brand pay-per-view event, Judgment Day, Khali defeated The Undertaker.[7][8] One month later, on the edition of June 30 of SmackDown!, Khali challenged Undertaker to a Punjabi Prison match at The Great American Bash.[9][10] The following week, Undertaker accepted Khali's challenge.[2][4]

Great Khali, you dare challenge me. There's an old saying that says you should quit while you're ahead. At The Great American Bash, I will face you in your Punjabi Prison match, and you will, Rest in Peace.

— Undertaker accepting The Great Khali's challenge to a Punjabi Prison match at The Great American Bash.[4]

A promoted match on the card saw the returning Batista face Ken Kennedy. Mark Henry and Batista were both involved in a feud between the World Heavweight Champion Batista and Mysterio against MNM, Johnny Nitro, Joey Mercury and Melina over the WWE Tag Team Championship with Henry assisting in MNM's defense. Soon after Batista suffered an injury. Upon his return, the two began a feud and were booked in a match at The Great American Bash until Henry suffered an injury in a six-man tag team match with Finlay and King Booker against Batista, Mysterio and Bobby Lashley on the July 15 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event. Henry's replacement was his ally Ken Kennedy.

Event[edit]

Before the live broadcast of the event began, Funaki defeated Simon Dean in a dark match.

The first match of the event was Paul London and Brian Kendrick facing The Pit Bulls (Jamie Noble and Kid Kash) for the WWE Tag Team Championship. London and Kendrick controlled most of the match, as they performed a variety of double-team maneuvers. Kendrick pinned Noble with a sunset flip to win the match and retain the WWE Tag Team Championship.

The next match saw Finlay defend the WWE United States Championship against William Regal. Prior to the match, General Manager Theodore Long announced that Bobby Lashley, who was previously scheduled to be in the match, could not compete due to elevated enzymes in his liver. Finlay had the advantage throughout the match, as The Little Bastard attacked Regal numerous times. Finlay pinned Regal after hitting him with Regal's boot, which had been taken off by the Little Bastard, to win the match.

The third match was Gregory Helms versus Matt Hardy, who was substituting for Super Crazy, who was also suffering from elevated enzymes in his liver. The match went back and forth, as each man was able to gain the advantage. In the end, Helms pinned Hardy while holding onto his tights to win.

The match that followed was ECW Champion The Big Show versus The Undertaker in the first-ever Punjabi Prison match. In order to win the match, one must escape both the inner and outer bamboo structures. On-screen, General Manager Theodore Long put Big Show in the match instead of Khali for attacking Undertaker backstage. In reality, Khali was not medically cleared to compete due to elevated levels of enzymes in his liver. Both Big Show and Undertaker managed to escape the inner structure. While fighting in the space between the two structures, Big Show threw Undertaker through the outer. Undertaker's feet hit the floor first, therefore being declared the winner.

The following match was a Fatal Four-Way Bra and Panties match between Ashley Massaro, Kristal Marshall, Jillian Hall, and Michelle McCool. The objective of the match was to strip each of the other competitors down to their undergarments. Massaro won the match after last stripping Kristal of her top.

The sixth match was between Batista and Mr. Kennedy. During the match, Batista slammed Kennedy's head into the steel ring steps, which cut Kennedy and exposed his cranium. Kennedy won the match after Batista was disqualified for failing to release a choke he had applied on Kennedy. After the match, Kennedy had to get twenty stitches to close the cuts he received during the match.

Next was the main event, which saw Rey Mysterio defend the World Heavyweight Championship against King Booker. Towards the end of the match, Chavo Guerrero came out to supposedly help Mysterio. As Guerrero looked to hit Booker with a steel chair, he turned on Mysterio and hit him instead. Booker pinned Mysterio afterwards to win the match and begin his first reign as World Heavyweight Champion.

Aftermath[edit]

Following the Great American Bash, a rematch between King Booker and Rey Mysterio for the World Heavyweight Championship took place. The match saw King Booker retain the World Heavyweight Championship, after interference from Chavo Guerrero.[11] On the August 4 episode of SmackDown, in a scheduled match, Batista defeated Mr. Kennedy. SmackDown commentator Michael Cole congratulated Batista on his win. Batista informed Cole to save his congratulations until after he won back the World Heavyweight Championship.[12] The following week, Batista thanked King Booker for holding onto "his" World Heavyweight title and told him he would be needing it back at SummerSlam.[13][14] At SummerSlam, Batista defeated King Booker by disqualification.[15]

Chavo Guerrero, who began a storyline with Rey Mysterio following the event.

Following Chavo Guerrero's interference in Rey Mysterio's World Heavyweight Championship match with King Booker, Guerrero and Mysterio began a storyline with one another, which would last for three months. The following week, Guerrero explained why he attacked Mysterio at The Great American Bash. He claimed Mysterio was a leech living of the Guerrero family name, and that he was using that to elevate his career.[16]

Rey Mysterio betrayed me. Rey Mysterio is a thief. Let me tell you what he stole. He tried to steal the spotlight, my spotlight. He did everything he could to tie himself to Eddie Guerrero because Rey couldn't stand on his own two feet. I saved you from losing your title over and over. He used the Guerrero name... I'm the Guerrero Rey, not you. Rey, you didn't just steal Eddie from me, you didn't just steal him from the Guerrero family, you stole the memory of Eddie from each and every one of those people out there. You're nothing but a leech living off the blood of the Guerrero name.

— Chavo Guerrero explaining why he attacked Rey Mysterio at The Great American Bash.[17]

Two weeks later, on the August 18 episode of SmackDown!, General Manager Theodore Long announced that Mysterio and Guerrero would face off against one another at SummerSlam.[18] Guerrero won the match by pinfall after executing a frog splash following interference from Vickie Guerrero.[19]

A rivalry between Matt Hardy and Gregory Helms began after facing off at the Great American Bash. On August 25, on SmackDown, Helms interfered in a match between Mr. Kennedy and Hardy, in which Kennedy won.[20][21] The following week, Hardy and Helms met in a non-title match, in which Hardy won.[22][23] The two continued their feud over the following months, including a match No Mercy in their hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, won by Hardy.[24]

The Undertaker and The Great Khali would continue to feud until the August 18 edition of SmackDown!, where Undertaker defeated Khali in a Last Man Standing match.

Results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1D Funaki defeated Simon Dean Singles match Unknown
2 Paul London and Brian Kendrick (c) defeated The Pit Bulls (Jamie Noble and Kid Kash) Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship 13:28
3 Finlay (c) defeated William Regal Singles match for the WWE United States Championship 13:49
4 Gregory Helms defeated Matt Hardy Singles match 11:43
5 The Undertaker defeated Big Show Punjabi Prison match 21:35
6 Ashley Massaro defeated Kristal Marshall, Jillian Hall, and Michelle McCool Fatal-4-Way bra and panties match 05:17
7 Mr. Kennedy defeated Batista by disqualification Singles match 08:38
8 King Booker (with Queen Sharmell) defeated Rey Mysterio (c) Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship 16:46
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

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