WWE - Great American Bash 2005
World Wrestling Entertainment // Unrated // $24.95 // August 23, 2005
Review by John Crichton | posted October 17, 2005
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Premiering way back in 1985, the Great American Bash was originally held by the National Wrestling Alliance before being presented by WCW. After a four year absence, the WWE resumed the Bash, making it a SmackDown! presentation. Taking place on July 24th, 2005 in Buffalo, New York, this event is significant due in part to the "burying" of a controversial Arabic character.

Here's the card:

  • WWE Tag Team Championship Match [Road Warrior Animal & Heidenreich vs. MNM] - So, MNM go from wrestling Charlie Haas & "Hardcore" Holly to wrestling Heidenreich and Animal. I have nothing against Animal, hell, he's one half of the most dominant tag teams in wrestling. What he's doing wrestling with Heidenreich, i'll never be able to figure out. MNM continue to display some skill in the ring, but I can't help but think they they were wrestling one person in the ring that didn't belong there, and the other that looked like he was pregnant.

  • Josh Matthews Interviews Eddie Guerrero

  • Booker T vs. Christian - I like both wrestlers, and they put on a hell of a show, but Sharmell (former Nitro girl and Booker's wife) is terribly annoying. It's a shame Christian didn't get the chance to give her an "un-prettier". Actually, it's a shame Christian and his "Peep Show" still hasn't been moved back to Raw.

  • Steve Romero Interviews Melina - Even though i'm not that big a fan of silicone assets, I like watching Melina for some reason. However, the only thing I could think during this match was "Damn, she needs to wax her upper lip".

  • United States Championship Match [Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan] - Benoit continues to impress. Jordan continues to amuse. Jordan displays some slight skill during this match, but I wouldn't consider adding it to his highlight reel.

  • #1 Contender's Match For the World Heavyweight Championship [Undertaker vs. Muhammad Hassan] - From Nikolai Volkoff to the Iron Sheik, Vince has always had one character that would go for the cheap "USA" chants. In 2003, La Résistance was introduced as an afterthought to America's obsession with changing anything that used the word "French" to "freedom" and the lack of support for the USA's "liberation" of Iraq. Unfortunately, they really didn't catch on as well as they should've. At the end of 2004, Muhammad Hassan and his manager Daivari made their debut at Raw. They'd come into the ring and berate Americans for being racist against Arab-Americans since 9/11 and after Hassan's diatribes, Davari would punctuate the appearance by shouting things in Arabic. For the next five months, against people like Chris Jericho and Sgt. Slaughter, Hassan was undefeated. Whether it was bad timing or bad taste, once Hassan and Daivari were "traded" to SmackDown!, Vince took things further than he should've. An episode of SmackDown! that aired on July 7th saw Hassan defeat Undertaker and then kneel down to pray as five masked men ran in and beat Undertaker into submission (again). Immediately afterward, the masked men lifted Daivari above their heads and carried him away (similar to the way Muslims treat their martyrs). Unfortunately for Vince, earlier during the day that SmackDown! aired, there were four bombings in London which al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for. UPN aired the show uncut and had an advisory warning scroll across the screen at various times throughout the show. It didn't matter that SmackDown! was recorded three days earlier; there was an immediate backlash, and UPN banned Hassan's character from SmackDown! even though he was scheduled to win here at the "Bash" and then take on Batista for the Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam. These things didn't happen, and this is the last time we'll see Hassan in the WWE ring. And after watching this match (and his others on Raw), I find Vince's comments in an interview that the character's failure was the wrestler's fault to be totally ridiculous.

  • Josh Mathews Interviews Torrie Wilson - This "interview" illustrates how Torrie survived the last mass firings.

  • 6-Man Tag Team Match [BWO vs. Mexicools] - Take three Mexican wrestlers from the WCW and ECW, add three more guys from the WCW (two of whom already have existing characters on the WWE) and you have this highly entertaining match. I enjoy watching the high-flying Mexicools (even though I can't understand a word they say), and it's great seeing Steven Richards do something other than job to other wrestlers. Even though this match seemed as if it was part of an apology for JBL busting open Blue Meanie at the EWC One Night Stand, all six guys put on a great show (which is something Nova rarely does as "Simon Dean"). Hopefully Vince will get these guys together again for another match.

  • If Eddie Wins, He Will Reveal Rey's Secret [Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero] - Yes, they're STILL running with this "storyline". During this match, you'll hear some Oscar-caliber color commentary by Tazz & Cole that rivals DeNiro or Brando at their finest. In this short 30 minute match, they alternate from disgust to outrage and back to disgust again with very little effort. But the impressive acting doesn't stop there! Rey's "son" Dominick bats his big, brown doe eyes in an effort to secure himself a Kids' Choice award at next year's Nickelodeon event. Wait, you mean amongst all this drama there's some wrasslin' going on? It's true. However, you might miss it as your eyes roll in the back of your head.

  • Josh Mathews Interviews JBL

  • Bra & Panties Match [Torrie Wilson vs. Melina] - I find it hard to believe that this is the penultimate match to end the Great American Bash. Yet, here were are. Do I really need to go into detail about this? Needless to say, the girls (including "Special Guest Referee" Candice Michelle) end up stripped down by the end of the match.

  • World Heavyweight Championship Match [Batista vs. JBL] - The longest match of the night, and it shows. I liked Batista on Raw, and he continues to improve here, but this match seemed to go on forever and ever. Batista delivers some powerful shots with a "steel chair" at the end of the match, but taking the intensity of both wrestlers into account, I was very disappointed (and surprised) that no one bled during the match. It was an alright ending to the event, but nothing to write home about.

In addition to the matches above, the following extras are also included:

  • Exclusive Extra

    • BWO-Blue County Choppers



  • SmackDown! 7/28/05

    • Eddie Exposes Rey's Secret - So, get this - Eddie tells the crowd that Rey is actually a member of the Lollypop Guild. It's true. It's damn true. Actually, it isn't. The truth is that this was an extremely painful segment capped off with Eddie reading a ridiculous "Bedtime Story". Ugh. The sad thing about it? I LIKE Eddie and Rey, but this is just too painful for words.


  • Great American Bash 7/7/90

    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match [Ric Flair vs. Sting] - Other than the fact that Ric is with the WWE and Vince ran the WCW out of business, I have to admit I was surprised to find this match on the disc. However, compared with the rest of the content on this disc, it was a pleasant surprise.

    Video: Continuing the WWE's slide into disappointing picture transfers, this one exhibited the same compression issues that plagued "Judgement Day". Perhaps it's a SmackDown! thing? Regardless, it's presented in a full frame 1.33:1 ratio.

    Audio: 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: Would I pay for this when it was broadcast live? Nope. Would I buy the DVD sight unseen? No. Even though it features wrestlers I like watching in the ring - Christian, Batista, Eddie, Benoit and Hassan - and some wrestlers that I was unfamiliar with (bWo and Mexicools), based on my enjoyment of the matches they took part in, I would not feel comfortable recommending spending your hard earned money to buy it. Not only that, but compared to past WWE releases, it's pretty damn skimpy where the extras are concerned. Sure, there's a pretty good Flair/Sting match, but not much else. If you're a WWE fan (or fan of SmackDown!), i'm sure you've already made up your mind. Rent It.



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