Great American Bash 2004 Logo

June 27, 2004 - Norfolk, Virginia
Scope Arena

The Advertisement

Sunday Night Heat Match
Spike Dudley def. Jamie Noble via Pinfall (4:14)
Notes: The crowd was into this match, and Spike picked up the win after the Dudley Dog.

IN RING: Torrie Wilson, on behalf of the SmackDown Superstars, and in honor of the members of the Armed Forces, welcomed everyone to the event. Too bad the Bash wasn't so great.

Match #1 - WWE United States Championship - Fatal Four-Way Elimination Match
John Cena
Champion
def. Booker T
Rene Dupree
Rob Van Dam

Challengers
via Pinfall (15:52)
Notes: Cena cut a weak freestyle and then went on to successfully defend his title. RVD landed the 5-Star on Booker, but injured himself. Cena rolled him up for the pin at 8:18. The Frenchman was the next to go; Booker T pinned him at 11:16 after Cena gave Dupree the FU. Booker T overcame the Five Knuckle Shuffle and went for his scissors-kick, but Cena ducked and landed the FU for the win.

Match #2
Luther Reigns
w/Kurt Angle
def. Charlie Haas
w/Miss Jackie
via Pinfall (7:12)
Notes: Kurt Angle was upset that his former protege was backstage hitting on Miss Jackie instead of being more like Kurt's new assistant, Luther. Kurt then ordered a match on the spot between the two. Call me crazy, but the night of a PPV shouldn't be a time to make matches. The matches should be finalized at least a week in advance, and properly promoted. This was the beginning of a trend. Anyway, at least Luther won via his awesome neckbreaker. I think Haas phoned this one in just so he could be consoled by Miss Jackie.

Match #3 - WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Rey Mysterio
Champion
def. Chavo Guerrero
Challenger
via Pinfall (19:40)
Notes: Aren't there any more cruiserweights in the company? Where the hell is Kidman? I'd even take Funaki or, this is extreme, Spike Dudley. Rey is getting old, and Chavo even more so.

Match #4
Kenzo Suzuki
w/Hiroko
def. Billy Gunn via Pinfall (8:06)
Notes: Suzuki's geisha girl threw salt in Billy's face on Thursday?! This long-standing, heated rivalry can only be settled on pay-per-view. Not only will fans see the match no one has been clamoring for, but it will help eat up some time.

Match #5
Sable def. Torrie Wilson via Pinfall (6:07)
Notes: What a sloppy match. Sable pretended to be knocked out and rolled up an unsuspecting Torrie. Even though only one of Torrie's shoulders was on the mat, Robinson counted the fall. He probably just wanted to be done with it. Match went about six minutes longer than it should have.

Match #6
Mordecai def. Hardcore Holly via Pinfall (6:31)
Notes: Mordecai attacked Holly on the last SmackDown. So they automatically get a pay-per-view match. I like Hardcore, but this was rushed and not built up at all. But I'll say this--at least they are filling the event with wrestling. I hate PPVs that have too many vignettes or too much backstage footage. Mordecai here reversed Holly's Alabama Slam into a crucifix.

Match #7 - WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Texas Bull Rope Match
John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Challenger
def. Eddie Guerrero
Champion
via 4 Corners (21:04)
Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- Decent match, nothing too spectacular save for three moments: 1) JBL pulling the rope sending Eddie flying off the apron onto the announce table. 2) JBL powerbombing Eddie through the announce table when it didn't break. 3) JBL being crowned the new WWE Champion!! Both men had three corners touched when Eddie attempted to leap over JBL and touch the final turnbuckle. It looked as if he did just that, and Eddie's music hit as he paraded around the ring with the belt. But GM Kurt Angle came out and had everyone look at an instant replay. In his leap to the corner, Eddie actually pushed JBL into the turnbuckle first. Due to this evidence, Kurt reversed the decision and announced that JBL had indeed won the match. Each corner had two lights on it that would light up when their assigned wrestler touched the corner (JBL-Green, Eddie-Red). A nice idea. It would have been a better idea had they made sure the lights would work properly.

Match #8 - Handicap Match
The Undertaker def. "The Dudley Boyz"
(D-Von & Bubba Ray Dudley)
w/Paul Heyman
via Pinfall (14:42)
Notes: Undertaker pinned D-Von after the Tombstone. Regular handicap match, not really main-event worthy stuff. The "hook" of this match was that if Undertaker did not "do the right thing," Paul Bearer would be buried in cement. Paul was tied to a chair inside a glass "crypt" with a cement truck poised to dump the versatile building material at the flip of a lever. During the match, Paul built up the anticipation by turning the lever at several points during the match, until Paul was up to his lowest chin. Undertaker had finished off the Dudleyz, and Heyman was about to finish the cement job when a lightning bolt knocked Heyman away from the truck. Undertaker walked over to the crypt, went down on one knee in salute to Bearer, but then said "Sorry, Paul. Rest. In. Peace!" Undertaker then pulled the lever and Bearer disappeared in the swirling mass. On the next SmackDown, it was announced that Bearer was severly injured and unlikely never to return to TV. So much for the rumors claiming that he was going to be killed off. Murder on pay-per-view (snicker). How did the rumor mills think WWE would explain that one? Either way, farewell to Paul Bearer.

Commentary:Michael Cole and Tazz (SMDN)
w/Torrie Wilson, Sable, Dawn Marie
Spanish: Carolos Cabrera, Hugo Savinovich
Ring Announcer:Tony Chimel
Referees/Officials:Brian Hebner, Charles Robinson, Jimmy Korderas, Nick Patrick, GM Kurt Angle, etc.

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