Women's Champion Michelle McCool def. Melina

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July 26, 2009

PHILADELPHIA -- For a while, the WWE Universe may have thought Michelle McCool was all talk -- boasting that she was the greatest Diva in the history of WWE -- without backing up her claims. But in the City of Brotherly Love, the former schoolteacher pulled out the hard-fought victory over a formidable foe in Melina, retaining her gold.

Before the bell even rang, the reigning Women's Champion took a cheap shot at Melina during her entrance to the ring - and then the action exploded.

McCool hit Melina with a vicious DDT on the outside retaining wall, showing no remorse as the action heated up both inside and outside the ring. But Melina, a fierce competitor in her own right, would not give in. Even with her acrobatic moves, McCool eked out a victory, reversing Melina's move for the roll up and the win.

Since carrying the coveted Women's Championship to SmackDown as part of the 2009 WWE Draft, Melina had been on an absolute tear, using her lethal skills to combat much of the Women's division on the Friday night brand. But even so, McCool took the title at The Bash.

Michelle McCool's arrogant style didn't just end in the squared circle. She took her case to WWE.com in an exclusive interview.

"Being the first to win both the WWE Women's Title and WWE Divas Championship is just the latest reason why I am better than all of the so-called 'Divas' who preceded me," McCool said.

What's next for the dangerous and brash gold-bearer? Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown at 8/7 CT on MyNetworkTV.

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