Hungry to unleash six months of rage from the injury he suffered at the hands of Mark Henry, Batista finally had the chance to liberate his fury at The Great American Bash—but it wasn't against the World's Strongest Man like he originally thought. Instead, it was against Mr. Kennedy; the brash, young, rising SmackDown star that took Henry's place after he tore his patella tendon completely off the bone, and also split his patella (kneecap) completely in two.

Mr. Kennedy found out that it's unwise to challenge an Animal coming straight out of hibernation, and although he may have been awarded the victory after Batista was disqualified for the second straight year at The Bash, his condition at the end of the match left many believing Kennedy was the loser. 

Kennedy had a lot riding on the match; a win over Batista would solidify his spot among the upper echelon of SmackDown Superstars, and it's not that he wasn't up to the challenge. At one point he had Batista winded and in a maneuver that looked like he could snap the triceps he'd spent a half-year rehabbing, but the Animal's intensity in his first pay-per-view match since the injury allowed Batista to push through the pain.

After a flurry of punches on Batista, Kennedy made a huge mistake, trying to humiliate the Animal with a slap to the face. After the slap, something inside the Animal was jarred awake, and he wasn't the same person.

Batista had clearly lost control and his roar got louder and his bite became more lethal. His power game became too overwhelming, and once he got Kennedy into the corner and jammed his boot into his throat, the bewildered look in the Animal's eyes and the iron grip he had on the rope to force the boot deeper, demonstrated that he had no plans to let the hold go.

The referee tried to get Batista to release the hold, but nothing could break him from his trance. Something inside the Animal had snapped, which became the reason Kennedy got the win. After the referee called for the DQ, the assault on Kennedy didn't let up—in fact, it escalated. After finally being able to release what's been gathering since he was forced to relinquish his World Heavyweight Championship nine months ago, the devastation he left was jaw-dropping.

After Batista put an exclamation point on the beating with a Batista Bomb that nearly put a hole in the mat, Kennedy was left lying covered in blood in the middle of the ring. When he was through driving his point home, the Animal climbed the ring post as if it were a perch, and glared at the prey he had just dismantled.

After the match, WWE.com reported that Mr. Kennedy suffered from deep cuts to the scalp—one of which exposed his cranium. At The Great American Bash, Batista proved that not only is he back, but the Superstars of SmackDown had better take notice—or take cover.

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Hungry to unleash six months of rage from the injury he suffered at the hands of Mark Henry, Batista finally had the chance to liberate his fury at The Great American Bash—but it wasn't against the World's Strongest Man like he originally thought. Instead, it was against Mr. Kennedy; the brash, young, rising SmackDown star that took Henry's place after he tore his patella tendon completely off the bone, and also split his patella (kneecap) completely in two.

Mr. Kennedy found out that it's unwise to challenge an Animal coming straight out of hibernation, and although he may have been awarded the victory after Batista was disqualified for the second straight year at The Bash, his condition at the end of the match left many believing Kennedy was the loser. 

Kennedy had a lot riding on the match; a win over Batista would solidify his spot among the upper echelon of SmackDown Superstars, and it's not that he wasn't up to the challenge. At one point he had Batista winded and in a maneuver that looked like he could snap the triceps he'd spent a half-year rehabbing, but the Animal's intensity in his first pay-per-view match since the injury allowed Batista to push through the pain.

After a flurry of punches on Batista, Kennedy made a huge mistake, trying to humiliate the Animal with a slap to the face. After the slap, something inside the Animal was jarred awake, and he wasn't the same person.

Batista had clearly lost control and his roar got louder and his bite became more lethal. His power game became too overwhelming, and once he got Kennedy into the corner and jammed his boot into his throat, the bewildered look in the Animal's eyes and the iron grip he had on the rope to force the boot deeper, demonstrated that he had no plans to let the hold go.

The referee tried to get Batista to release the hold, but nothing could break him from his trance. Something inside the Animal had snapped, which became the reason Kennedy got the win. After the referee called for the DQ, the assault on Kennedy didn't let up—in fact, it escalated. After finally being able to release what's been gathering since he was forced to relinquish his World Heavyweight Championship nine months ago, the devastation he left was jaw-dropping.

After Batista put an exclamation point on the beating with a Batista Bomb that nearly put a hole in the mat, Kennedy was left lying covered in blood in the middle of the ring. When he was through driving his point home, the Animal climbed the ring post as if it were a perch, and glared at the prey he had just dismantled.

After the match, WWE.com reported that Mr. Kennedy suffered from deep cuts to the scalp—one of which exposed his cranium. At The Great American Bash, Batista proved that not only is he back, but the Superstars of SmackDown had better take notice—or take cover.

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