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COMPLETE GREAT AMERICAN BASH COVERAGE: NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS; NEW US CHAMPION; NEW DIVAS CHAMPION; TWO BLOODY BRAWLS

By Richard Trionfo on 2008-07-20 21:52:45
Match Number Four: Chris Jericho versus Shawn Michaels

Michaels and Jericho stare each other down before the bell rings. The bell rings and they stay a few inches apart for a few seconds before they lock up and Jericho with knees followed by punches. Jericho with more knees to Michaels. Michaels with a chop to Jericho and then he sends Jericho into the corner and punches him. Jericho with an Irish whip but Jericho charges into a boot and then he clips Jericho. Michaels tries for the figure four and he locks it in. Jericho gets to the ropes and Michaels continues to work on the leg and knee. Michaels with a punch to Jericho and then he puts the leg in the rope. Jericho holds the referee in front of him so Michaels cannot continue his assault. Jericho with an Irish whip and Michaels does the Michaels flip into the corner and he goes to the apron. Jericho with the springboard drop kick and Michaels goes to the floor, but Jericho feels it as he favors his knee. Jericho goes to the floor and hits an elbow from the apron. Jericho rolls Michaels back in and Jericho with a kick to the ribs. Jericho with a belly-to-back suplex and then he slaps Michaels. Jericho with shoulders in the corner but Michaels with a forearm. Jericho with a snap mare and he works on the back. Michaels with forearms but Jericho with an enzuigiri and Michaels goes down but Jericho can only get a two count. Jericho slams Michaels and then he goes to the turnbuckles and wants Michaels to get up. Michaels catches Jericho with a reverse atomic drop. Michaels with a chop to Jericho followed by forearms.

Michaels with a flying forearm and he kips up but he favors his ribs. Jericho with a rollup and then he puts Michaels in a Boston Crab. Michaels is able to make it to the ropes before he has to tap. Jericho wants to know if Michaels tapped. Jericho kicks Michaels in the back. Jericho kicks Michaels in the corner and then he punches him. Jericho with an Irish whip and Jericho tries for the bulldog but Michaels anticipates it and hits a clothesline for a two count. Michaels goes up top but Jericho gets to the ropes and crotches Michaels. Jericho with a forearm to the head but Michaels pushes Jericho off the turnbuckles when Jericho tries to climb up top. Jericho tries for a superplex but Michaels holds on to the top turnbuckle. Michaels punches Jericho and kicks him off. Michaels goes up top and hits the elbow drop. Michaels sets for Sweet Chin Music. Lance Cade comes out and that distracts Michaels. Michaels with a baseball slide to Cade. Jericho tries for the Codebreaker but Michaels is close enough to the ropes to counter it. Michaels with a two count. Jericho with a rollup on Michaels for a two count. Michaels with forearms and chops. Jericho charges at Michaels and Michaels hip tosses Jericho over the top rope onto Cade.

Michaels goes up top and hits a moonsault to the floor and he hits Cade and Jericho. Jericho with an elbow to Michaels and Jericho rolls into the ring. Michaels makes his way back in. Michaels gets up and his eye is busted open. Michaels punches Jericho. Jericho with a kick to the head and he punches Michaels in the injured eye. Michaels pops back up and goes into the corner. The referee checks on Michaels and he allows them to continue. Jericho with another punch to the eye. Michaels tries to fight back but Jericho is able to avoid the punches while Jericho continues to connect to the eye. Jericho with a boot to the head. Cade with a boot to the head while the referee deals with Jericho. Jericho with more punches to the head. Jericho with head butts to Michaels. Michaels puts Jericho in the Crippler Crossface but Jericho gets to his feet and he sends Michaels into the ropes. Jericho punches Michaels in the head and the referee tells Jericho to wait to allow him to check Michaels. Michaels does not want to stop and Jericho returns to the assault on the head.

Jericho is pulled off the referee one more time and is told to stay in the corner. The referee asks Michaels if he wants to stop the match and Michaels refuses. Jericho finds out that Michaels wants to continue so he kicks him in the head. Jericho returns to the head and connects with punches. Michaels tries to pull himself up while he continues to bleed from the earlier injury. Jericho with forearms to the eye as he ties up the other arm. The referee pulls Jericho off Michaels and then he stops the match.

Winner: Chris Jericho by referee stoppage

After the match, the medical staff checks on Michaels while Jericho and Cade celebrate in the ring. The medical staff helps Michaels out of the ring. Michaels is helped to the back.

Jim Ross comments on Shawn Michaels and hopes that he is okay. Mick talks about the comeback match that Shawn had and hopes that he is okay.

Edge is in the locker room and Jim Ross asks him how he feels. Edge asks Jim to think how he feels. Triple H crossed lines and boundaries and he did it because he can. What kind of pervert puts a camera in another man’s hotel room. Triple H took away his personal life. He still has his professional life and Triple H has made him desperate. When he is desperate, he is dangerous. Edge says that he knows how to ruin Hunter’s life and that is by taking the WWE Championship.

Match Number Five: Michelle McCool versus Natalya Neidhart for the Divas Title

They lock up and Michelle with a waist lock take down. Natalya with a standing switch. Michelle with a drop kick for a near fall and then she works on the arm. Michelle with a series of European uppercuts. Michelle with a kick to Natalya. Michelle tries for a wheelbarrow move but Natalya turns it into a hot shot. Natalya with a near fall and then she slams Michelle’s head into the mat. Natalya works on the knee and then she tries for a surfboard move. Michelle powers out of the move and turns it into a heel hook but Natalya gets to the ropes and apron. Natalya wraps Michelle around the ring post. Natalya with a kick to the head and then she starts to work on the hamstring before getting another near fall.

Natalya with forearms and then she sets for the Sharpshooter and she locks it in. Michelle makes it to the ropes to get Natalya to release the hold. Natalya slams Michelle’s head into the mat. Natalya tries for the Sharpshooter again, but Michelle with the heel hook again. Natalya rolls to the ropes but she cannot reach them and she taps out.

Winner: Michelle McCool

After the match, Cherry and Eve celebrate with Michelle.

Chris Jericho comes out and he tells everyone to save their ticket stubs because they are from the night that Shawn Michaels had his last match. Jericho says that Michaels has a detached retina and Shawn’s career is over. This shows that some times the good guys win and the wicked are punished. Shawn can take comfort in one thing, the worst has finally come.

We see CM Punk and Batista getting ready for their match and it is time for the video package.

Match Number Six: CM Punk versus Batista for the World Title

They lock up and Batista backs Punk into the corner but gives a clean break. They lock up again and Punk with a side head lock but Batista gets Punk into the ropes for another break. Punk with a hammer lock but Batista with an elbow to the jaw. Punk with kicks to the legs and midsection followed by forearm. Punk gets out of a power slam attempt but Batista with a back elbow when Punk misses a rollup. Batista with a snap mare and boot to the head for a near fall. Batista with an Irish whip but he misses a charge. Punk tries for a rollup but Batista blocks it. Punk with an enzuigiri that sends Batista out of the ring to the floor. Punk with a baseball slide that sends Batista into the ringside barrier. Punk sets for a tope and he hits it.

They return to the ring and Punk gets a number of near falls. Punk with a kick to the back followed by one to the midsection. Batista with a hard Irish whip. Batista with another hard Irish whip followed by a suplex for a two count. Batista tries to humble Punk with a camel clutch. Batista works on Punk’s back to impact on the Go To Sleep. Batista with a forearm to the back and then he does it again. Batista tries it a third time and Punk turns around and hits a clothesline. Punk with a leg lariat that sends Batista out of the ring. Batista tries to get back into the ring and Punk kicks Batista and the challenger falls back into the ring. Punk with kicks to the leg but Batista with a knee. Punk with a boot to a charging Batista. Punk with a cross body for a two count. Punk with a kick to Batista but Punk tries for the knee in the corner but Punk is caught by Batista and he tries for the Batista Bomb. Punk runs into a spinebuster and Punk tries for the Batista Bomb but Punk grabs the ropes. Punk with a kick from the apron and then he comes back in and he hits the knee into the corner and he gets pushed out of the corner on the bulldog attempt. Punk with a round house kick to the head and Punk with a two count.

Punk tries for the Go To Sleep but Batista gets out of the hold and he hits Punk in the back. Batista with a running clothesline into the corner. Batista with an Irish whip and another running clothesline. Batista puts Punk on the top turnbuckle but Punk has Batista in a cross arm breaker in the ropes. Punk with the springboard clothesline for a two count. Punk works on the arm but Batista rolls Punk over to get a near fall. Batista grabs the leg but Punk with a series of slaps. Batista responds with a clothesline that takes Punk down. Batista runs Punk into the corner and hits a series of shoulders. The referee gets in the way and Punk moves when Batista charges again and Batista runs his shoulder into the ring post. Punk tries for a move from the apron but Batista catches him and hits a spinebuster on the floor.

Batista rolls Punk into the ring and while the referee is not looking Kane comes down and attacks Batista. The referee calls for the bell.

Winner: No Contest Double Disqualification

After the match, Kane choke slams Punk and then he leaves the ring with his bag of magic beans. Kane asks if he is dead and then he turns around and gives a camera man a big boot. I hope he wasn’t asking about the camera man because I think we know the answer to that question.

Punk holds the title belt up and Batista kicks Punk and hits the Batista Bomb. Batista leaves the ring and walks to the back.

Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler talk about the past between John Cena and Bradshaw. Time for the video package for the parking lot brawl.

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