The Great American Bash (2008)
The Bash 2008
Promotional poster featuring Edge
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Theme(s) "Move to the Music" by American Bang
Promotion WWE for Extreme
Date July 20, 2008
Venue Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
City Uniondale, New York
Attendance 12,454
Pay-per-view chronology
Night of Champions (2008) The Great American Bash (2008) SummerSlam (2008)
The Bash chronology
The Great American Bash (2007) The Great American Bash (2008) The Bash (2009)
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{{{lastevent3}}} The Great American Bash (2008) {{{nextevent3}}}

The Bash (2008) was the fifth annual Great American Bash professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE for Extreme (WWEFE or just WWE), and the first to be referred to as The Bash. It took place on July 20, 2008 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York and featured talent from the RAW, SmackDown!, and ECW brands.

The main match on the SmackDown brand was a Triple Threat match between Kelly Oliver, Reaper and Edge for the WWE Championship. Kelly Oliver won the match and retained the WWE Championship after pinning Reaper following a Knockout Suplex. The primary match on the RAW brand was between Ashley Massaro and Slade Mathens for the World Heavyweight Championship. Slade Mathens won the match to win the World Heavyweight Championship after countering an ASHtroid into a Slade Cutter. The predominant match on the ECW brand was a Steel Cage Fatal Four Way match between Jasper Merrick, Refugee Mike, Rodeo Rick and Bull Buchanan for the ECW Championship, which Merrick won by pinfall after performing a leg drop on Mike. The featured matches on the undercard included Eve Torres versus Andy Brookes in the finals of the King of the Ring tournament and Andy Brookes versus Sold1er.


The Great American Bash 2008 Stage

The stage setup for The Bash

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The event was met with mixed to positive reception from critics. The Sun rated the event as 8 out of 10. The reviewer praised the Sold1er/Brookes match, with particular praise going to Sold1er. Similar praise was given to the emphasis on storylines and good quality wrestling, such as the Brookes/Eve storyline and the Triple Threat match.


# Matches Stipulations Time
Dark Yoshi Tatsu defeated Chris Masters Singles match 3:06
Dark Umaga defeated The Miz Singles match 1:10
1 Jesse James defeated Blaze (c) Hardcore match for the Hardcore Championship 08:19
2 Amazing Red (c) defeated Gerard O'Reilly Singles match for the X-Division Championship 11:23
3 Leon Lonewolf defeated Jerry Static Barbed wire ropes match 00:57
4 The Kutter Regime (c) defeated the Straight Edge Society Tag team match for the Unified Tag Team Championship 60:30
5 Eve Torres defeated Andy Brookes Singles match to determine the 2008 King of the Ring 59:33
6 Jasper Merrick (c) defeated Refugee Mike, Rodeo Rick and Bull Buchanan Fatal four way steel cage match for the ECW Championship 57:07
7 Slade Mathens defeated Ashley Massaro (c) Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship 55:08
8 Sold1er defeated Andy Brookes Singles match 49:46
9 Kelly Oliver (c) defeated Reaper (with Andy) and Edge Singles match for the WWE Championship 57:22