SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
   Fri, July 22, 2005



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

House of Hardcore VII


Signmania VIII


Beulah McGillicutty


Big Event 7 fan fest


Raw in Buffalo


SHIMMER tapings


Alexia Nicole







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT





Countdown to the Great American Bash




The Great American Bash was one of the most anticipated pay-per-views in the days of the NWA and WCW.

Now, under WWE's command, the July spectacular has lost some of its lustre. Last year's event was considered by many to be the worst PPV of 2004.

Going into GAB '05, there is a lot of potential for a much stronger effort, one that could even possibly live up to the show's past glory. Let's take a closer look..


WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH


Batista vs. JBL



SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur

    Is it just me, or does it seem like Batista is floundering on Smackdown? On Raw, he seemed like a dominant monster - but now, it just seems like he's an afterthought on the show. Hopefully, he'll be booked strong here, and regain some of his shine.

  • Jon Waldman

    Batista's title run thus far hasn't lit the world on fire, nor has it been a bust. He needs to go over strong here, but not too strong to set up a re-match at Summerslam. That, of course, is when Brock Lesnar come back. The count down begins tonight.

  • Jason Clevett

    This is Batista's first big title defense on his new brand, and I expect this won't be the last match between the two. This could be a trainwreck or watchable. While GAB may have been lucky for JBL last year, it's not this year.


    UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH


    Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan



    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur

    Orlando might have a bright future ahead of him - though I haven't been impressed thus far. Giving him the belt reeked of booking on the fly, and allowing him to hold it for so long is just plain wrong. Putting the belt on Benoit should help elevate the title back to something of importance. Pick: Benoit

  • Jon Waldman

    There's a US Title? Oh, I'm sorry, I completely forgot about it. You see, Jordan is quite possibly the most boring wrestler on Smackdown... ah screw it, any wrestling television show. Jordan, IMO, only avoided the roster cut because he had the belt, so it will be interesting to see if he's still around after Benoit beats him Sunday.

  • Jason Clevett

    Time to end the Orlando Jordan experiment and try and make the belt more then just a prop again. Plus if Benoit is the champion he can feud with Christian, since it looks like the "Peepmaster" won't be getting the big gold belt anytime soon.


    GRUDGE MATCH


    Muhammad Hassan vs. Undertaker



    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur

    It will be interesting to see what WWE does with Hassan after the recent heat they got for the character. The company is known for pushing the envelope, but with their recent spanking from UPN, this might be the one that goes too far. But, that said, I picked two faces to win the title matches, so I have to pick the heel here,
    just to even things up a bit.

  • Jon Waldman

    Well, we knew 'Taker was going to win, even before the WWE announcement regarding Hassan's character. 'Taker hasn't put over a younger wrestler since Lesnar, and methinks Mr. Calloway will not be doing that again any time soon. It's a shame that Hassan's character is being dumped, because it was probably the most interesting persona on WWE TV.

  • Jason Clevett

    I originally would have said Hassan thanks to Ortonference, but with the likely end of the character (which means what for the super talent Davari?) I think Hassan will be buried in cement by his manager... oh wait that was last year's stupid angle. Regardless, something puts Hassan to rest.


    SECRET'S OUT MATCH


    Eddy Guererro vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.



    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur

    Feud of the year? Even though I'm not a particular fan of Rey, I do like the feud that has been burning between these two. The story-writing here has been well-paced, compelling, and has provided the perfect background for their matches. I think Eddie wins this one, but doesn't reveal the secret in order to screw with Rey's head even longer. Winner: Eddie

  • Jon Waldman

    You know they're building to a hot Summerslam match, likely with Mysterio's mask on the line. Evil Eddie rocks, and the build up here has been wicked. Rey wins here, but Guererro, the liar, cheater and...stealer?...lets the cat out of the bag anyways.

  • Jason Clevett

    There is no way they won't reveal "the secret" which will probably be something stupid, a shame considering how masterfully Guerrero and Mysterio have carried this. I expect a phenomenal match, but the question is, will Guerrero win, or will he reveal the secret anyway in anger? I'm picking Latino Heat to finally beat the masked man.


    UNDERCARD




    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur

    Melina vs. Torrie Wilson - Torrie Wilson
    MNM vs. LOD 2005 - MNM
    Christian vs. Booker T - Christian
    bWo vs. Mexicools - Double DQ

  • Jon Waldman

    Melina vs. Torrie Wilson - Torrie obviously learned how to keep her spot from 'Taker. She holds down the hot new talent here. Damn her.
    MNM vs. LOD 2005 - Anyone else see a Heridenreich turn here? MNM walks away with the titles.
    Christian vs. Booker T - All hail the Captain! Christian walks away with the W.
    bWo vs. Mexicools - bWo or JOB? Mexicools take this battle of ECW alumni.

  • Jason Clevett

    Melina vs. Torrie Wilson - Melina, hopefully to push the hot new girl.
    MNM vs. LOD 2005 - MNM... please...
    Christian vs. Booker T - Christian continues his high profile position
    bWo vs. Mexicools - Whoever doesn't get hurt by Juvi will be the winner.

    -- compiled by Jon Waldman