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This article is about the professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by WWE. For the original event produced by Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling, see The Great American Bash.
The Great American Bash
The WWE Great American Bash logo used until 2007.
Information
Other name(s) The Bash
Created by Dusty Rhodes
Promotion(s) WWE
Brand(s) Raw
SmackDown
ECW
First event The Great American Bash (2004)
Last event The Bash (2009)
The logo used for the 2008 Great American Bash.
The logo for SuperSmackDown LIVE: The Great American Bash in 2012.

The Great American Bash was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced in the summer in either the month of June or July by professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The 2009 edition was known as The Bash. The event was originally-produced in 1985 under National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions, and then by its successor, World Championship Wrestling (WCW). According to Ric Flair in his autobiography, To Be the Man, Dusty Rhodes invented the concept.[1] The last event was held on June 11, 2000, not to be held again due to the acquisition of WCW by World Wrestling Federation (WWF).[2] After a four-year hiatus, the event was revived by the rechristened WWE in June 2004 and would be exclusive to the SmackDown! brand from 2004 to 2006.[3][4][5] In 2007, to follow the format of WrestleMania, WWE made all its pay per view events promotionwide, featuring matches with competitors from its three brands, Raw, SmackDown, and ECW.[6] The 2009 event was rebranded as The Bash, as a way to distance the show from its past as part of WCW.[7] The event was replaced in 2010 by Fatal 4-Way and WWE Money in the Bank.

In July 2012, the event name was used for a live SuperSmackDown show featuring the Great American Bash Battle Royal.[8]

History[edit]

Further information: The Great American Bash

The Great American Bash was a pay-per-view (PPV) event consisting of a main event and undercard that feature championship matches and other various matches. The Great American Bash was originally known as The Great American Bash until 2009; this was the original name when produced under the professional wrestling promotions World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Jim Crockett Promotions. The first The Great American Bash event was produced under the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions and took place on July 6, 1985 at the American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.[9] The Great American Bash (1986) and The Great American Bash (1987) were featured as part of a tour during the July month.[9] The Great American Bash (1988) was the first The Great American Bash event that was produced as a pay-per-view. The show continued to run for an additional two years before being produced under World Championship Wrestling. The first Great American Bash event produced under the WCW banner was The Great American Bash 1991, which has been considered the worst show under the event chronology.[9] After the purchase of WCW by the World Wrestling Federation in 2001, none of their pay-per-view event names were seen again until The Great American Bash returned under World Wrestling Entertainment in 2004.[9] The event was made exclusive to the SmackDown! brand and took place on June 27, 2004 at the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia. After three years of being produced as a brand-exclusive event, The Great American Bash (2006) was the final Great American Bash event that was brand exclusive, as WWE announced that PPV events from then on would feature all three brands of WWE.[10] The event continued to promote under The Great American Bash name before being rebranded "The Bash" in 2009.

Dates and venues[edit]

# Event Date City Venue Main event
1
The Great American Bash (2004)
June 27, 2004
Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. John Bradshaw Layfield in a Texas Bullrope match for the WWE Championship
The Undertaker vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) in a "Concrete Crypt" Handicap match[11][12][13]
2
The Great American Bash (2005)
July 24, 2005
Batista (c) vs. John Bradshaw Layfield for the World Heavyweight Championship[14][15][16]
3
The Great American Bash (2006)
July 23, 2006
Rey Mysterio (c) vs. King Booker (with Queen Sharmell) for the World Heavyweight Championship[17][18][19]
4
The Great American Bash (2007)
July 22, 2007
John Cena (c) vs. Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship[20][21][22]
5
The Great American Bash (2008)
July 20, 2008
Triple H (c) vs. Edge for the WWE Championship[23][24][25]
6
The Bash (2009)
June 28, 2009
Randy Orton (c) vs. Triple H in a Three Stages of Hell match for the WWE Championship[26][27][28]

2012 SmackDown television episode[edit]

SuperSmackDown LIVE: The Great American Bash was the seventh Great American Bash professional wrestling event produced by WWE.[8] It took place on July 3, 2012 from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Unlike previous editions of The Great American Bash, the 2012 event was a special live airing of a regular television program (SmackDown) as opposed to a pay-per-view event. The show aired on Syfy.

No. Matches Stipulations Time
1 The Great Khali and Layla defeated Antonio Cesaro and Aksana[29] Mixed tag team match 01:56
2 Cody Rhodes defeated Christian[30] World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank qualifying match 08:50
3 Dolph Ziggler defeated Alex Riley[31] World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank qualifying match 02:26
4 Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Santino Marella and Sgt. Slaughter defeated Camacho, Drew McIntyre and Hunico[32] Six-man tag team match 02:25
5 Ryback defeated Curt Hawkins (with Tyler Reks)[33] Singles match 01:10
6 Zack Ryder won by last eliminating Kane[Note 1][34] The Great American Bash 20-Man Battle Royal to determine the guest General Manager for next week's SmackDown 13:08

Battle Royal[edit]

Elimination Wrestler Eliminated by Time[35]
1 Justin Gabriel Big Show 0:16
2 Brodus Clay Big Show 0:33
3 Ezekiel Jackson Tensai 1:03
4 The Great Khali Del Rio, Swagger & Tensai 1:49
5 Damien Sandow Ryder 2:38
6 Santino Marella Rhodes 3:15
7 Cody Rhodes Big Show 4:01
8 Kofi Kingston Big Show 4:03
9 Heath Slater Eliminated by Big Show During commercial break 5:33
10 Jack Swagger Eliminated by Cena During commercial break 6:00
11 CM Punk Himself 8:59
12 Daniel Bryan Punk 8:59
13 Alberto Del Rio Cena 10:22
14 Tensai Cena 10:48
15 John Cena Big Show 11:04
16 Christian Big Show 11:34
17 Dolph Ziggler Kane 11:56
18 Big Show Kane 11:56
19 Kane Ryder 13:08
Winner: Zack Ryder

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The other participants were: Alberto Del Rio, Big Show, Brodus Clay, Christian, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Ezekiel Jackson, The Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jack Swagger, John Cena, Justin Gabriel, Kofi Kingston, Santino Marella and Tensai.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Great American Bash 2000 results". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Great American Bash 2004". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Great American Bash 2005". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Great American Bash 2006". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  6. ^ Keller, Wade (2007-05-20). "Keller's PPV Blog: Ongoing thoughts on WWE Judgment Day PPV". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  7. ^ Brown, Tim (2009-06-19). "'The Bash' Name Change Update, Trump, & More News". Wrestling Inc. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  8. ^ a b "WWE.com: SuperSmackDown LIVE: The Great American Bash Five-Point Preview - July 03, 2012". WWE. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  9. ^ a b c d Cohen, Eric. "The History of The Bash". About.com. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  10. ^ "WWE Pay-Per-Views To Follow WrestleMania Formula". World Wrestling Entertainment Corporate. 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
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  12. ^ "The Great American Bash 2004 Main Event Synopsis". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
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  16. ^ Kapur, Bob (2005-07-25). "JBL reigns at a dull Bash". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
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  22. ^ Plummer, Dale (2007-07-23). "Cena still champ after busy Bash". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
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  28. ^ Elliott, Brian (2009-06-29). "Mysterio & Jericho save The Bash from wash-out". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  29. ^ Michael Burdick. "The Great Khali & Divas Champion Layla def. Antonio Cesaro & Aksana in a Mixed Tag Team Match". WWE. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  30. ^ Michael Burdick. "Cody Rhodes def. Intercontinental Champion Christian to qualify for Money in the Bank". WWE. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  31. ^ Michael Burdick. "Dolph Ziggler def. Alex Riley to qualify for Money in the Bank". WWE. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  32. ^ Michael Burdick. "United States Champion Santino Marella, Sgt. Slaughter & "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan def. Drew McIntyre, Hunico & Camacho". WWE. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  33. ^ Michael Burdick. "Ryback def. Curt Hawkins". WWE. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  34. ^ Michael Burdick. "Zack Ryder won The Great American Bash 20-Man Battle Royal". WWE. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  35. ^ Parks, Greg. "PARKS' WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 7/3: Complete "virtual time" coverage of the live Great American Bash special, including 20-man Battle Royal; winner acts as GM for Smackdown next week". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 

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