The Great American Bash (2007)
|The Great American Bash (2007)|
Promotional poster featuring Rey Mysterio
|"The Church of Hot Addiction" by Cobra Starship|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||July 22, 2007|
|Venue||HP Pavilion at San Jose|
|City||San Jose, California|
|The Great American Bash chronology|
The Great American Bash (2007) was the fourth annual Great American Bash professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was presented by Ziddio and took place on July 22, 2007 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and featured talent from the Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW brands.
The main match on the Raw brand was John Cena versus Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship, which Cena won by pinfall after executing an FU on Lashley from the second rope. The predominant match on the SmackDown! brand was a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship between The Great Khali, Batista and Kane. Khali won the match and retained the title after pinning Kane. The primary match on the ECW brand was John Morrison versus CM Punk for the ECW Championship, which Morrison won by pinfall after hitting Punk with both of his knees. The featured matches on the undercard included Montel Vontavious Porter versus Matt Hardy for the WWE United States Championship and Randy Orton versus Dusty Rhodes in a Texas Bullrope match. This was Dusty Rhodes final match. 
The main feud heading into The Great American Bash on the Raw brand was between John Cena and Bobby Lashley over the WWE Championship. The feud began on the June 11, 2007 edition of Raw, when Lashley was drafted to the Raw brand and stripped of his ECW Championship. Three weeks later, on the July 2 edition of Raw, a "Beat the Clock" tournament was held to determine Cena's opponent for the WWE Championship at The Great American Bash. The tournament matches included: Randy Orton versus Jeff Hardy, King Booker versus Val Venis, Mr. Kennedy versus Super Crazy, and Lashley versus Shelton Benjamin. Lashley ended up winning the tournament by defeating Benjamin in less than 5 minutes and therefore becoming the number one contender to the WWE Championship.
The main feud on the SmackDown! brand was between The Great Khali, Batista, and Kane, with the three battling over the World Heavyweight Championship. At the previous pay-per-view, Vengeance, then-World Heavyweight Champion Edge defeated Batista in a "Last Chance" match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. On the July 6 edition of SmackDown!, SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long announced that Edge would be defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Kane at The Great American Bash. The next week on SmackDown!, The Great Khali issued an open challenge for a match at The Great American Bash, which was accepted by Batista. Later that night, Edge legitimately injured his left pectoral muscle after Kane, who was disguised as a character, attacked Edge during his Mardi Gras celebration. On the July 20 edition of SmackDown!, Edge was forced to vacate the World Heavyweight Championship due to his legit injury. Theodore Long then announced that there would be a 20-man Battle Royal later that night to determine a new World Heavyweight Champion. Khali ended up winning the Battle Royal by last eliminating Kane and Batista. That same night, Kane faced off against Batista to determine Khali's opponent for The Great American Bash, which ended in a no-contest after Khali interfered. Long finalized that both Kane and Batista would end up facing Khali for the championship at The Great American Bash.
The main feud on the ECW brand was between John Morrison and CM Punk with the two battling over the ECW Championship. At Vengeance, Morrison (then known as Johnny Nitro) defeated Punk to win the ECW Championship, which was vacant since then-champion Lashley had been drafted to the Raw brand. Nitro was a replacement for Chris Benoit, who was absent due to "personal reasons." On the June 26 edition of ECW, CM Punk defeated Elijah Burke in a two out of three falls match to once again become the number one contender to the ECW Championship.
The first match of the event was between Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) and Matt Hardy for the WWE United States Championship. Hardy was in control early in the match but later MVP took control of the match and focused his attacks on Hardy's head. MVP delivered a Playmaker to Hardy and pinned him to win the match and retain the United States Championship.
The second match was a Cruiserweight Open match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Chavo Guerrero defended the title against Funaki, Jimmy Wang Yang, Shannon Moore and Jamie Noble. Hornswoggle, who wasn't booked to be in the match, became a part of the match when he entered the ring as the bell rang. All the cruiserweights were out of the ring except Noble. Hornswoggle, who was under the ring for the match, entered- surprisingly and delivered a Tadpole Splash on Noble. Hornswoggle went on to pin Noble to get the victory and win the Cruiserweight Championship.
The third match was a Singapore Cane on a Pole match between Carlito and Sandman. The rules of the match were that the one who retrieved the cane from the pole was allowed to use the cane. Sandman retrieved the cane, but before he could use it, Carlito delivered a Backstabber and pinned him to win the match.
The fourth match was a Divas match between Candice Michelle and Melina for the WWE Women's Championship. After a back and forth match, Candice executed a Candy Wrapper on Melina, and pinned her after to retain the title.
The fifth match was between Umaga and Jeff Hardy for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Hardy started the match attacking Umaga with moves such as dropkicks, inverted mule kicks and a Whisper in the Wind. Hardy had a chance to make the cover, but instead attempted to perform a Swanton Bomb. Umaga avoided the move and charged Hardy in the corner. Umaga then executed a Samoan Spike and pinned Hardy after to win the match.
The sixth match was between John Morrison and CM Punk for the ECW World Championship. Punk was on the verge of winning the match until Morrison left the ring and took the belt. Morrison left the match, but Punk chased, tackled, and pushed him to the ring. Before Punk could attempt a slingshot maneuver, Morrison hit him with both of his knees. Morrison pinned Punk after to win the match and retain the ECW Championship.
Main event matches
The seventh match was a Texas Bullrope match between Randy Orton and Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes started the match by hitting Orton with a series of elbows on Orton's head. Orton, however, took the advantage after hitting Rhodes' head several times with the cowbell, which was in the middle of the rope connecting the two men. After a final hit to the head, Orton pinned Rhodes to win the match. After the match, Orton attempted to punt Rhodes in the head, but Rhodes' son, Cody, made the save.
The eighth match was a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship between then World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali, Batista, and Kane. In the beginning, Khali dominated most of the match, applying a nerve hold on Kane and beating down Batista. Khali also gave both of them separate Chokelslams, which led to both of them leaving the ring. In the outside they both tried to give Khali their separate finishers, Kane tried for the Chokeslam and Batista for the Batista Bomb, but Khali countered them both. Batista and Kane double-teamed Khali after trying to put him down. Kane and Batista sent Khali crashing through an announce table following a double-team spinebuster and chokeslam. While Khali was on the floor, Batista and Kane fought inside the ring, and after dominating for some time after different moves like flying clotheslines from the top rope, Kane delivered his dreaded Chokeslam to Batista, but Batista kicked out at two and a half. Kane then went out to bring in a steel chair to put Batista away, but Batista countered the chair shot headed his way with a swift and strong Spinebuster, and then Batista gave Kane a massive Batista Bomb. As Batista went for the pinfall, Khali pulled Batista outside the ring and smashed his head into the steel ring steps with a strong Irish Whip on the outside, keeping him down as Khali then went inside the ring and executed a Khali Bomb, or also called the Punjabi Plunge to Kane, who was already down after Batista's massive Spinebuster and devastating Batista Bomb. Following the Punjabi Plunge, Khali pinned the fallen Kane, who didn't have enough left in him to kick out, to win the match and retain his World Title.
The main event was between John Cena and Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship. In the beginning, Lashley performed a series of powerslams and spears to Cena. Cena also applied his STF, however, was unable to win through that. The match also saw Cena give Lashley a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena also performed the FU but couldn't reach Lashley in time. Lashley also delivered a devastating Spear but Cena kicked out. After a back and forth match, Cena performed an FU from the second rope and pinned Lashley to retain his WWE Championship and after the match Cena and Lashley shook hands, this was Bobby Lashley's final match in WWE.
Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) and Matt Hardy continued their feud over the WWE United States Championship. Hardy defeated MVP in an arm wrestling contest on August 3 edition of SmackDown!. On August 18 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, Evander Holyfield replaced MVP against Matt Hardy in a boxing match, which Holyfield won. On August 24 edition of SmackDown!, the two had a basketball challenge which was no contest because they were attacked by Deuce 'n Domino. At SummerSlam, Stone Cold Steve Austin replaced Matt Hardy in a Beer Drinking Contest against MVP which was a no contest because Austin delivered a Stone Cold Stunner to MVP.
John Morrison and CM Punk continued to feud over the ECW Championship. On the July 31 edition of ECW, CM Punk defeated Elijah Burke and Tommy Dreamer in a Triple Threat match to earn a 15 Minutes of Fame match with Morrison the next week. On ECW the following week, Punk defeated Morrison in the 15 Minutes of Fame match he earned the previous week. As a result of winning, Punk became the number one contender to the ECW Championship at SummerSlam. At SummerSlam, Morrison defeated Punk to retain the ECW Championship.
On the July 27 edition of SmackDown!, Khali had his Championship Celebration which was interrupted by Batista. After Khali fled from the ring, Batista announced that he had challenged Khali to a match for the World Heavyweight Championship match. At SummerSlam, the two faced each other for the World Heavyweight Championship in a match which Batista won by disqualification after Khali hit him with a chair. Since a championship cannot change hands via countout or disqualification, Khali retained the title.
On the July 23 edition of Raw, John Cena teamed with Candice Michelle in a 3-on-2 handicap match against Umaga, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch. Cena and Candice went on to win the match. After the match, Randy Orton delivered an RKO to Cena. Orton was then made the number one contender to the WWE Championship. The two had a match at SummerSlam for the WWE Championship, which Cena won.
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