The Great American Bash

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This article is about the former NWA and WCW professional wrestling event. For the WWE event, see WWE The Great American Bash.
The Great American Bash
Information
Created by Dusty Rhodes
Promotion(s) Jim Crockett Promotions
National Wrestling Alliance
World Championship Wrestling,
World Wrestling Entertainment
First event The Great American Bash (1985)
Last event The Great American Bash (2009)

The Great American Bash was an annual summer professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the National Wrestling Alliance's (NWA) Jim Crockett Promotions, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and then by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). According to Ric Flair in his autobiography, To Be the Man, Dusty Rhodes invented the concept of The Great American Bash.

After the final Great American Bash was held by WCW on June 11, 2000, the event would not be held again due to the acquisition of WCW by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). After a four year hiatus, however, the event was revived by WWE in 2004 until 2009 (the name of the final event being abbreviated to "The Bash"), and was also used as the title for a special live edition of SmackDown in July 2012. WWE's production of The Great American Bash was the only former WCW pay-per-view event to be revived by WWE.

Dates and venues[edit]

Event Date City Venue
National Wrestling Alliance
The Great American Bash (1985) July 6, 1985 Charlotte, North Carolina American Legion Memorial Stadium
The Great American Bash (1986) July–August 1986 A tour of 13 shows around the south and eastern parts of the country
The Great American Bash (1987) July 1987 A tour of several shows around the south and eastern parts of the country
The Great American Bash (1988) July 10, 1988 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena
The Great American Bash (1989) July 23, 1989 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena
The Great American Bash (1990) July 7, 1990 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena
World Championship Wrestling
The Great American Bash (1991) July 14, 1991 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena
The Great American Bash (1992) July 12, 1992 Albany, Georgia Albany Civic Center
The Great American Bash (1995) June 18, 1995 Dayton, Ohio Hara Arena
The Great American Bash (1996) June 16, 1996 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena
The Great American Bash (1997) June 15, 1997 Moline, Illinois The MARK of the Quad Cities
The Great American Bash (1998) June 14, 1998 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena
The Great American Bash (1999) June 13, 1999 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena
The Great American Bash (2000) June 11, 2000 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena

Results[edit]

National Wrestling Alliance (Jim Crockett Promotions)[edit]

1985[edit]

The Great American Bash 1985
Tagline(s) Ringmasters
Information
Promotion Jim Crockett Promotions
Date July 16, 1985
Attendance 27,000
Venue American Legion Memorial Stadium
City Charlotte, North Carolina
The Great American Bash chronology
N/A The Great American Bash 1985 The Great American Bash 1986

The Great American Bash (1985) took place on July 6, 1985 at the American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.


1986[edit]

Jim Crockett Promotions used "The Great American Bash" as the name for a tour that had several PPV caliber shows around the country. In 1986, there were 13 Great American Bashes and NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair defended his title at each one against Ricky Morton, Road Warrior Hawk, Ron Garvin, Nikita Koloff, Robert Gibson, Road Warrior Animal, Magnum T.A., Wahoo McDaniel and Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes defeated him for the title at the July 26 Bash. Flair challenged for it on the last Bash on August 2. Nikita Koloff and Magnum T.A. were involved in a best of seven title match series throughout the Bash for the U.S. Title. The cities toured in 1986 were in order as follows: July 1 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 3 in Washington, D.C., July 4 in Memphis, Tennessee, July 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina, July 9 in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 10 in Roanoke, Virginia, July 12 in Jacksonville, Florida, July 18 in Richmond, Virginia, July 21 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, July 23 in Johnson City, Tennessee, July 25 in Norfolk, Virginia, July 26 in Greensboro, North Carolina and August 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.

July 5, 1986 in Charlotte, NC (Memorial Stadium)

July 26, 1986 in Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum)


1987[edit]

The Great American Bash 1987
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Promotion Jim Crockett Promotions
Date 1987
Venue The Omni
Memorial Stadium
Orange Bowl
City Atlanta, Georgia
Charlotte, North Carolina
Miami, Florida

This was the first use of the WarGames: The Match Beyond match conceived by Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes was on the winning side in both events along with the Road Warriors, Nikita Koloff and Paul Ellering. Koloff, Rhodes and J.J. Dillon sustained serious injuries in the first encounter. The Bash series took place in numerous venues all July long, starting in Landover, Maryland at the Capital Centre on July 2.

July 4, 1987 in Atlanta, GA (The Omni)

July 18, 1987 in Charlotte, NC (Memorial Stadium)

July 31, 1987 in Miami, Florida (Orange Bowl)

1988[edit]

National Wrestling Alliance (World Championship Wrestling)[edit]

1989[edit]

1990[edit]

The Great American Bash 1990
Tagline(s) The New Revolution
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Promotion National Wrestling Alliance
Date July 7, 1990
Attendance 10,000
Venue Baltimore Arena
City Baltimore, Maryland
Pay-per-view chronology
Capital Combat The Great American Bash 1990 Halloween Havoc 1990
The Great American Bash chronology
The Great American Bash 1989 The Great American Bash 1990 The Great American Bash 1991

The Great American Bash (1990) took place on July 7, 1990 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


World Championship Wrestling[edit]

1991[edit]

The Great American Bash 1991
Tagline(s) Legend vs Legacy
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date July 14, 1991
Attendance 7,000
Venue Baltimore Arena
City Baltimore, Maryland
Pay-per-view chronology
SuperBrawl I The Great American Bash 1991 Halloween Havoc 1991
The Great American Bash chronology
The Great American Bash 1990 The Great American Bash 1991 The Great American Bash 1992

The Great American Bash (1991) took place on July 14, 1991 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

The card was originally to be highlighted by a Steel cage match between Ric Flair and Lex Luger for the WCW World Championship, and this match was heavily promoted on WCW TV. However, two weeks before the show, then-WCW Executive Vice President Jim Herd fired Flair over a contract dispute, stripping him of the title in the process. At the time, champions left a $25,000 security deposit that would be refunded to them (along with any accumulated interest on the deposit) once they lost the title and Flair was expecting to get his back as he was no longer employed by WCW. The company did not give Flair back his deposit, and he took possession of the belt and later brought it to the World Wrestling Federation with him and appeared with it on television.

Meanwhile, WCW had to commission a new world championship belt. However, the new belt could not be readied in time for the event, so the company was forced to improvise. A Championship Wrestling from Florida title belt that was in the possession of Dusty Rhodes was used and a metal plate with "WCW World Heavyweight Champion" was attached to the front.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.

1992[edit]

The Great American Bash 1992
Tagline(s) The Battle Beyond The Belt!
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date July 12, 1992
Attendance 8,000
Venue Albany Civic Center
City Albany, Georgia
Pay-per-view chronology
Beach Blast 1992 The Great American Bash 1992 Halloween Havoc 1992
The Great American Bash chronology
The Great American Bash 1991 The Great American Bash 1992 The Great American Bash 1995

The Great American Bash (1992) took place on July 12, 1992 at the Albany Civic Center in Albany, Georgia.[1]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


1995[edit]

The Great American Bash 1995
Tagline(s)

Back By Popular Demand!

Celebrate With Some Red, White, Black and Blue!
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date June 18, 1995
Attendance 6,000
Venue Hara Arena
City Dayton, Ohio
Pay-per-view chronology
Slamboree 1995 The Great American Bash 1995 Bash at the Beach 1995
The Great American Bash chronology
The Great American Bash 1992 The Great American Bash 1995 The Great American Bash 1996

The Great American Bash (1995) took place on June 18, 1995 at the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


1996[edit]

The Great American Bash 1996
Tagline(s)

Watch Football Stars Kevin Greene and Steve Mcmichael Tackle The Ring

World Championship Wrestling Turns Up The Heat!
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date June 16, 1996
Attendance 9,000
Venue Baltimore Arena
City Baltimore, Maryland
Pay-per-view chronology
Slamboree 1996 The Great American Bash 1996 Bash at the Beach 1996
The Great American Bash chronology
The Great American Bash 1995 The Great American Bash 1996 The Great American Bash 1997

The Great American Bash (1996) took place on June 16, 1996 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


1997[edit]

The Great American Bash 1997
Tagline(s) Give Him A Nice Warm Hug On Father's Day
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date June 15, 1997
Attendance 9,613
Venue The MARK of the Quad Cities
City Moline, Illinois
Pay-per-view chronology
Slamboree 1997 The Great American Bash 1997 Bash at the Beach 1997
The Great American Bash chronology
The Great American Bash 1996 The Great American Bash 1997 The Great American Bash 1998

The Great American Bash (1997) took place on June 15, 1997 at The MARK of the Quad Cities in Moline, Illinois.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


1998[edit]

The Great American Bash 1998
GreatAmericanBash98.jpg
Tagline(s) Baseball, Hot Dogs & Apple Pie. Tradition Bites! The New American Pastime!
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date June 14, 1998
Attendance 12,810
Venue Baltimore Arena
City Baltimore, Maryland
Pay-per-view chronology
Slamboree 1998 The Great American Bash 1998 L.A. Melee
The Great American Bash chronology
The Great American Bash 1997 The Great American Bash 1998 The Great American Bash 1999

The Great American Bash (1998) took place on June 14, 1998 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.[3]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.

1999[edit]

The Great American Bash 1999
The Great American Bash 1999 poster.jpg
Tagline(s) The Real Fireworks Start June 13th!
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date June 13, 1999
Attendance 11,672
Venue Baltimore Arena
City Baltimore, Maryland
Pay-per-view chronology
Slamboree 1999 The Great American Bash 1999 Bash at the Beach 1999
The Great American Bash chronology
The Great American Bash 1998 The Great American Bash 1999 The Great American Bash 2000

The Great American Bash (1999) took place on June 13, 1999 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.

2000[edit]

The Great American Bash 2000
Tagline(s) A Battle Of Heroic Proportions!
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date June 11, 2000
Attendance 7,031
Venue Baltimore Arena
City Baltimore, Maryland
Pay-per-view chronology
Slamboree 2000 The Great American Bash 2000 Bash at the Beach 2000
The Great American Bash chronology
The Great American Bash 1999 The Great American Bash 2000 The Great American Bash 2004

The Great American Bash (2000) took place on June 11, 2000 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. It was the final Great American Bash produced by World Championship Wrestling due to the acquisition of the WCW by the World Wrestling Federation the following March.

Some of the matches from this event was used as a green screen stock footage for a 'Newsflash' segment on Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3emlv_wcw-great-american-bash-1992-intro_sport
  2. ^ a b "WCW Main Event". WCW Main Event. 1995-06-18. TBS (TV channel).
  3. ^ Martin, Finn (1998-07-21). "Power Slam Magazine, issue 49". Down and Out (Great American Bash 1998) (SW Publishing). pp. 19–21. 

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