Orton Defeats Triple H, CM Punk Goes Heel at the Bash

Nick TraderCorrespondent IJune 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 07:  Wrestler CM Punk arrives at the 1st Annual Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards at the Club Nokia on April 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Well, this year's Bash was definitely a better turn out than last year's edition.

With outstanding matches and good storyline starters/enders, it was a PPV I would watch over and over again.

My man Randy Orton retained the title after defeating The Game in a 3 Stages of Hell Match.  Being one of the more exciting matchups of the night, it was sure to be a good one.

The two battled back and forth, waging a miniature war in the squared circle.  But few could have doubted that Orton would have lost the title this early in his reign.

In their defense though, Orton did win his first title and then lose it the next night.  So, I guess the cynics do have that to back up their argument.

With this win, I think that this little rivalry is over, Orton being the victor.

The Bash had another interesting result up its sleeve.  With CM Punk being on the brink of going heel, a PPV was the best place to prove or disprove these predictions.

He and Jeff Hardy had an outstanding match in which Hardy thought he won, but CM Punk actually had his foot outside the ring when the ref was counting. 

For all of you that don't know what that means, it means that he wasn't completely inside the ring.

The ref admitted his mistake and made the match resume in a scare for Punk.

A little while after the match was restarted, CM Punk kicked the referee in the head.  Whether it was intentional or not, well, that was not determined.

When the ref came to, Punk faked like his eye was hurt, so it couldn't possibly have been him.  Hardy was left to take the blame for what Punk did, and so he was disqualified, allowing CM Punk to retain the title.

This was one of the best PPVs I have ever seen.  It sets up other things to come, rather than just ending them, like a lot of PPVs do.

Tune in to Raw tonight to see the aftermath of The Bash, I know I will.