second WWE version of "the Great American Bash" took place on July 23, 2006 at
the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. This PPV was more significant
for its last minute behind the scenes maneuvering, such as being forced to
replace two wrestlers for a potential violation of the WWE's newly minted
"wellness" program. Otherwise, it was business as usual.
Here's the card:
WWE Tag Team
Championship Match [Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. the Pit Bulls] -
So, Jamie Noble is back and wearing a dog collar and leash? Ok. Brian
Kendrick is back? Right. Still have no idea who Paul London is (or why I
should care) and i've only seen Kid Kash one time before, but it was a
positive impression. Anyways, once the fellas hit the ring (so nice of the
Pit Bulls to walk themselves), there were some pretty good moves and the
match was slightly entertaining. Ultimately, I wouldn't bother me if I never
saw it again.
United States Championship
Match [Finlay vs. William Regal] -
Immediately before this match began, SmackDown! GM Theodore Long came out
and made an announcement that Bobby Lashley would not be able to wrestle due
to "elevated enzymes" found during his yearly physical. A little past the
halfway point, the crowd starts chanting "boring!" I'm surprised that
wasn't edited out. Particularly since both Regal and Finlay delivered an
entertainingly technical match with an appearance by a midget under the
ring[!?] As ridiculous as it may sound, it works.
Rey Mysterio and Chavo
Guerrero In the Locker Room
Gregory Helms vs. Matt
The only thing I could think of while watching this match was "When is Matt
going to get bounced over to Raw to reform the Hardy Boyz?" But then I
thought "Knowing Vince, he'll send Matt over there to start a feud with Jeff
since it took Jeff about three matches after coming back to win a belt." In
other words, though there were some high-flying spots in the match (and a
funny spot where Matt mocks Helms' previous alter-ego, the Hurricane), I was
the Great Khali and Daivari
In the Hallway -
As Daivari and Khali go back and forth, Undertaker attacks.
Big Show shows up for the save, but since Khali was suffering from the same
"elevated enzyme" issue, Teddy decides that Show will take his place.
Punjabi Prison Match
[Undertaker vs. Big Show] - What would you get if
"Hell In A Cell" and "the Elimination Chamber" had a
Chinese baby? Why, the "Punjabi Prison" of course! See, in this match, the ring is surrounded by a "cell"
(16ft high) that's surrounded by an octagon (20ft high). Both structures are made
entirely of bamboo and lined with spikes at the top, and there are four exits
on each side of the ring that, once a wrestler requests it be opened, will
be closed "forever" after 60 seconds. After exiting the inner ring,
they must scale the 20ft outer wall to win the match. Imagine that for a
second. Close to one ton of weight scaling a 20ft wall of thin bamboo reeds.
Thankfully, Undertaker finds a way around that.
Queen Sharmell and King
Booker In the Locker Room
Four-Way Bra & Panties
Match [Ashley vs. Jillian
vs. Kristal vs. Michelle McCool] - I love
women. I really, really do. I'm sure Vince employs scantily clad females to
take the edge off of the slightly homoerotic sights of two, oily, sweaty men
in close physical proximity, throwing each other around a ring. However,
when you spend ten minutes watching four women with no wrestling skills
whatsoever try to wrestle, it's terribly painful - or a four-way bra &
panties match on a SmackDown! PPV.
the Miz Interviews
Batista vs. Mr. Kennedy
- This was a pretty brutal match that Batista dominated from the get-go. I'm
guessing Kennedy must've pissed Vince off to deserve such a beating. In
fact, it was so brutal that Kennedy needed 20 stitches in his head after the
World Heavyweight Championship Match
[Rey Mysterio vs. King Booker] -
Watching this match, I realized that Rey seems to have put on some weight.
Other than that, I thought JBL's commentary was humorous as Booker was
entering the ring and I wasn't too surprised by the "surprise" heel turn.
In addition to the matches above, the following extras
are also included:
- King Booker Speech And Match From
- Paul Heyman And Big Show In the Locker
This was probably the best picture quality i've seen on a SmackDown! PPV. There
were slight compression issues, standard on a WWE DVD due to pyrotechics, but it
wasn't too annoying. Regardless, it's presented in a full frame 1.33:1 ratio.
Audio: As usual, the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound was crystal clear and enveloped my
living room while I was watching it. Viewers are also given the option of watching
the disc in Spanish.
Conclusion: It's amazing what a difference a year makes. At the last Great
American Bash, Christian was wrestling for the WWE, Eddie Guerrero was
still alive and Muhammad Hassan was causing controversy. Perhaps this one
will look better in a year. For right now, i'll have to recommend you Rent It.