Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Bash! The Review!

The Bash looked pretty good on paper, but how was the execution?

I think the ECW Championship Scramble was a great opener, lots going on to get the crowd going and it definitely succeeded in that regard. I thought there were a couple points where it devolved into a giant clusterfudge (I'm so edgy), but I think that's kind of the point when it comes to this kind of match.
Some rough spots in here too including the Superplex/Powerbomb/Kick Tommy Dreamer in the face combo. Glad Tommy Dreamer retained, he deserves to at least make it out of the month of June!
Predictions: 0-1

Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho did the impossible, they topped all the other Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho matches we've seen in the last few months. In my estimation, this match was nothing short of perfection: fast-paced action, edge of your seat near falls (seriously, Jericho is the master of kicking out at the last possible moment), both men going deep into their catalogs and pulling out some crazy moves and a great story. Jericho's been saying for months that the mask would be Rey's downfall, yet tonight it was his savior thanks to the second mask, that is brilliant storytelling. Also loved Mysterio's double springboard moonsault and as I mentioned on Twitter, the best... Codebreaker... EVER. Back at WrestleMania, I didn't think it was possible for anyone to even come close to Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, but Rey-Rey and Jericho did it here. I'm not sure if this match was superior, but it's the first legitimate competition in terms of Match of the Year candidate. Undoubtedly Match of the Night.
Predictions: 1-2

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Great Khali isn't going to be winning any awards, but hat's off to Ziggler for showcasing some innovative offense and not looking like a guy who just got lucky with interference. That said, the interference certainly helped, Kane made his return tonight and destroyed Khali with a steel chair. So Kane vs. Khali is on deck, eh? I guess someone finally said, "you know what? Smackdown is too good right now."
Predictions: 2-3

Oh great, here comes the Tag Title Match, might as well just hand the belts over to the lackey boys... wait a minute, Teddy Long? For a Raw match? Hey, the Tag Titles are property of all WWE, not just Raw so he makes the match into a Triple Threat featuring EDGE & JERICHO?! My Canadian heroes save me from mediocrity and capture the belts! Oh that Edge, always finding a way to get his hands on gold. I feel bad for Carlito & Primo, they've had a great run and have really got people paying attention to the Tag Titles again, but I'm sorry, how can I not cheer for Rated-Y2J?
Predictions: 2-4 (but c'mon, who saw that coming?!)

And the crowd goes mild for Michelle McCool becoming the first woman to win both the Women's Title and the Diva's Title. Lame! That honor should've gone to Mickie James or The Glamazon, not McDreamy. McDreamy? Yeah, because when she's on screen, I'm asleep.
Predictions: 3-5

Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk was not the match I was hoping for, but obviously they're letting this one go on a bit longer. Can't say that I blame them, even a match full of shenanigans between these two is still pretty damn good. Once again, I have to play devil's advocate on this one and ask, why is Jeff Hardy the good guy in this situation? CM Punk's foot was under the rope, you can't pin someone when their foot is under the rope. So the match restarts, Jeff Hardy attacks Punk's eye (which is typically illegal) and then won't let the official do his job and tend to an injured competitor. A blinded CM Punk, clearly trying to defend himself from the onslaught of a crazy person, accidentally strikes an official, which is grounds for a disqualification. Then what does Jeff Hardy do? He attacks a blinded, injured man after the match and will not stop when instructed to do so by the officials! Very unsportsmanlike conduct and I believe Mr. Hardy should be heavily fined.
Predictions: 3-6

John Cena vs. The Miz... agh, what do I say about this one? Miz did get in way more offense than perhaps he should have, but still, Cena did destroy him. But maybe Cena should have destroyed him, he destroys most guys and The Miz isn't exactly a main eventer (yet), but he's also AWESOME! Sucks for Miz, I think he also may have suffered due to the PPV running long, but I honestly hope we have not seen the last of these two, the in-ring chemistry is definitely there.
Predictions: 4-7

I thought Triple H vs. Randy Orton was really good. I saw people complaining on Twitter that the second fall was only a couple seconds long... uh yeah, that was kind of the point. Triple H got himself DQed in the first fall so he could get a quick win in the second and possibly even win the third fall in quick fashion. We saw this a few years back when Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle had an Iron Man Match and Brock took a DQ so he could score some easy falls. It's smart, it's different, the real meat and potatoes of the match was supposed to be the Stretcher portion and that's where these two delivered. I didn't like Legacy getting involved because I just plain don't like Legacy, but Triple H hiding sledgehammers in the stage is just plain cool and made for a dramatic ending sequence. I thought he had it won, but then Orton had to go and steal it. I guess the only thing I didn't like about this match is that we definitely haven't seen the end of this feud. C'mon WWE, you got lucky and got two good matches out of them in the span of one week, at least let it cool off for a bit. I still can't see this ending any other way than Hell in a Cell, and with the No Mercy PPV being renamed "Hell in a Cell," I assume that's where it will happen. If that's the case, they have to put it on the backburner for a couple months, there's no way these two are going to be going at from now until October.
Predictions: 5-8 (but really more like 5 out of 7.333 when you count the tag match)

Overall, I thought The Bash was a good PPV that lived up to expectations and exceeded them in a few cases. Solid opener from ECW, an instant classic between Rey and Jericho (seriously, if you didn't see it, you missed something special), Dolph Ziggler continuing to look like a Superstar, Edge & Jericho shocking the world, more brilliant character development between Hardy & Punk, and a very good WWE Title match. The Women's match was lame and I wish we would've got more out of Cena/Miz, but the good far outweighs the bad here and I give The Bash my seal of approval. I'll have more on the PPV on this week's episode of Kick-Out!! Radio and in the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts as well, your feedback is always welcome and appreciated whether you agree or disagree... especially if you disagree.


  1. Shouldn't it be McSnoozy in that case?

    Jericho and Rey Mysterio were, by far, the highlight of the night.

  2. I don't know if all the pieces made a classic show, in fact they didn't, but Jericho/Mysterio was so good that honestly, the rest doesn't matter. Raw doesn't elevate their guys. Smackdown has to take the tag title belts to save them from being total props. Other expected sentiments. Not too bad, not a waste of time, I'd say. Pretty decent.

  3. I am really upset that I missed that Mysterio/Jericho match. I hate my cable system.

  4. Oh damn, of all the matches to miss. You should definitely demand a refund or a free viewing of the replay. You have to see this match.

  5. second mask? bwah?