Brian Kendrick & Paul London Vs The Pit Bulls - WWE Tag Team Titles - Great American Bash July 23rd 2006
Oh man does this one start off sloppy as fuck
. London just doesn't seem to be able to land anything right at all. Thankfully Kendrick gets tagged in before it all goes to hell.
Londrick are the fast paced high flying team, and the Pit Bulls, while Cruiserweight wrestlers themselves, are more of a ground and pound team, so its an interesting contrast of styles.
Using their high flying offence, Londrick control the match early on, but their high risk style catches up to them along with the dirty tactics of the challengers, and soon The Pit Bulls are dominating.
Fucking loved Noble dropkicking London when he was skinning the cat to get back into the ring. London landed hard and Noble got some good heat from it too. Plus it was a great way to cut off London during a hope spot
Great heel tag work during the STF by the Bulls. Kash lets London crawl his way to his corner, but just when he thinks he can make the tag, Kash drags him back and clubs him in the face instead. Then to add more insult to injury, Kash drags London to the heel corner and makes a tag, showing London what he is missing out on.
Just when you think London is finally going to make a tag, the Bulls do something to prevent it. There were at least 2 times in the match I thought London was going to make the hot tag, but nope. And I love when that happens
Sweet finishing stretch, and a nice finish too. Really good stuff from both teams, even if it started off badly.
Finlay Vs William Regal - US Title - Great American Bash July 23rd 2006
at Finlay and Regal trying to be hip with Teddy Long before the match, doing some cool handshake crap
. Looked more out of place than Chavo in a PPV main event.
Regal looks like he is not going to have any part of fighting his friend, so he is about to leave the ring, when Finlay runs up from behind and rolls him up! Regal doesn't like that, so he gets up and slaps Finlay in the face. Now its on!
After a long tie up (which goes to the outside, then up the steps and back into the ring lol), Regal slaps Finlay again, to show him that its REALLY on, and the first slap wasn't JUST payback for the roll up attempt. Regal dominates early on, and its great to see. He takes Finlay down and then Finlay counters by standing on his head and essentially break dancing
. Awesome looking sequence tbh, but also a little funny
Speaking of funny; watching Regal running away from a midget with a Shillelagh might be the funniest thing I have seen all week.
Awesome European uppercut exchanges from the two, needs to happen more often dammit!
Poor Regal gets attacked by Hornswoggle again, who ends up biting his hand. Why can't Hornswoggle be good again like this?
All the way through the match, we get some tremendous back and forth action, great offence from both men, and plenty of stiffness. Shame the fans in attendance are chanting boring. I knew this match should have had more tables and ladders!
Nice old school finish to the match, with Finlay hitting Regal in the head with his own boot (which Hornswoggle stole earlier lol) and then using the ropes to get the 3 count.
Gotta say, as good as these two guys are in the ring together, I always remembered this match being pretty, well, shit. Not any more though! Great match, and probably one of their best together from this year!
Gregory Helms Vs Matt Hardy - Great American Bash July 23rd 2006
As the CW champ for 6 months now, Helms has an attitude. He believes he is the best, and doesn't like being embarrassed. So when Hardy makes him look like a fool in the early going, getting the better of Helms in a couple of exchanges and posing in the old Hurricane pose, Helms gets pissed off and makes too many mistakes to do anything about it.
When Helms manages to calm down though, he is able to focus his ability and turns the match around. He believes he is the best, and when he gets the chance to prove it, only a handful people on the SD roster would be above him imo. I like how he mocks Hardy and returns the favour so to speak by doing the V1 pose when HE is in control. I like call back spots in matches, especially when its something small like a taunt/pose that most people wouldn't even think about doing.
One thing I love about this match, and hell, all of their matches (watching this after their other ones lol), is the finishing stretches. They both start hitting high impact moves and countering stuff, but the moves they hit aren't their finishers. A lot of matches these days, when they do into a big bomb throwing finishing stretch, tend to go into overkill mode with finishing moves. Hardy and Helms on the other hand, still bring out some big moves that look like they very well could win the match, but stay away from hitting their finishers unless that's the finish, for the most part anyway.
Helms cheats to win, which furthers their feud which would last most of the summer on SD
. Another great match from these two, and atm I think it might be their best.
The Undertaker Vs The Big Show - Punjabi Prison Match - Great American Bash July 23rd 2006
Its the first of only 2 (I think) Punjabi Prison matches. The Great Khali was supposed to be in this match, but like Lashley (who was meant to be in the US title match), Khali had some elevated enzymes or some shit and was unable to compete. So before the match began, Show and Khali jumped the Dead Man backstage, and Teddy Long decided that Big Show should take on The Undertaker rather than Khali (Lashley was the only guy they actually announced as having elevated enzymes lol).
The match doesn't sound great on paper, but if there is anyone in WWE that is perfect for testing out a new match, its The Undertaker. Along with HBK, Undertaker had been in most of the "firsts" in WWF/E, so this is just another to add to his list.
Big Show looks like he is about to cry. I guess being inside a prison awaiting The Undertaker makes Show think he is gonna get raped
Some great exchanges of punches at the beginning, something I, along with a lot of people, really adored during their 2008/2009 feud. There is just something about 2 monsters trading blows that I love (that's what she said
Unfortunately the match slows down to the point where even I am bored, and those parts are when they are trying to escape/battling on the cage. Whenever they get back to beating the shit out of each other in the ring, things pick up, but now both guys are selling a beating and exhaustion, so things stay slow, but thankfully not too dull.
The slowness continues, which really prevents the match from going beyond "decent" at best. Which is a real shame because there IS a lot of good sequences/spots etc between the two, like Show headbutting the fuck out of 'Taker, 'Taker superplexing Show from the top rope, and some more punching exchanges. If the pace was quicker and we didn't get so many "rest periods" between everything, this would be a pretty good match imo.
So, after a while, Undertaker finally makes it out of the first structure, leaving Show alone in the ring. Show goes out of the 4th door, then smartly attacks The Undertaker and throws him back into the ring as the 4th door is closing! With no more doors left to open, Undertaker must climb over the cage to get to the second structure, which will use up a lot of energy. Plus, while Undertaker is doing that, Show can start to climb the second structure and win!
Nothing is going to stop the Dead Man though, as he quickly climbs the first cage, and reaches over to the second cage to prevent Show from leaving. Great running legdrop to put Show through a table too! Odd that NOW of all times, the pace is quickening up lol. Why the hell couldn't they do the entire match like this?!?!
Undertaker wins in pretty cool fashion; he climbs the first structure, and hits a cross body on Big Show, which sends them crashing through the second structure, and Undertaker is the first to get his entire body out!
Decent match with a lot of good points, but is WAY too slow for the most part, which brings about boredom during anything good they do.
Mr Kennedy Vs Batista - Great American Bash July 23rd 2006
What a disaster this PPV was for people not being able to compete
. Mark Henry was supposed to wrestle Batista in a huge grudge match, but he got injured at SNME so Kennedy replaced him.
Batista is pissed. He was injured by Henry, and taken out for 6 months or something. He returns, and a match is signed between the two... and then Henry gets injured. So all the frustration Batista has is going to be taken out on Kennedy... and holy fuck at the whole thing.
Despite being a FACE, Batista jumps Kennedy before the bell rings, and beats the fuck out of him. He even manages to bust Kennedy open pretty bad too, which causes Kennedy to get out of the ring and leave.
He was faking it of course, and runs back into the ring to jump the Animal... but runs into a spear instead.
Mr Kennedy impresses me once again with how he creates an opening to gain control. He and Batista are fighting on the outside, so Kennedy gets into the ring, and when Batista is coming back in through the ropes, he shoves the ref into him. Batista grabs the ref and stops either of them getting hurt, but he is distracted enough for Kennedy to capitalise with a running kick to the face. He hits another running kick a little later and both of them had to make Benoit, Finlay and Regal proud at how stiff they looked lol.
Not one to waste an opportunity, Kennedy targets a body part (the arm this time) while he still has Batista reeling.
Some nice little spots in the match that I really enjoyed too. One of them is Kennedy deciding against a cover in order to punch Batista in the face repeatedly, no doubt as payback for being busted open. Then the other is Batista throwing Kennedy into the steel ring post shoulder first after enduring a period of arm work.
Finish is one of those DQ finishes that I actually like, because it felt right for the match. Batista mauls Kennedy and refuses to remove his foot from his throat in the corner, so the ref calls for the bell. Then Batista continues to beat the shit out of a bloodied Kennedy and hits his finisher. The whole match was about Batista being pissed off, and I would have even accepted the same ending had Henry been in the match.
More good stuff from this PPV! A great fight with a great performance from both men. Batista did great at playing the pissed of Animal, and Kennedy was great at being the opportunistic arsehole who wanted to make a statement against Batista.