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The Great American Bash
Information
Other name(s) The Bash
Created by Dusty Rhodes
Promotion(s) Jim Crockett Promotions
National Wrestling Alliance
World Championship Wrestling,
World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand(s) Raw
SmackDown
ECW
First event The Great American Bash (1985)
Last event The 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
World Wrestling Entertainment
The Great American Bash (2004) June 27, 2004 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope
The Great American Bash (2005) July 24, 2005 Buffalo, New York HSBC Arena
The Great American Bash (2006) July 23, 2006 Indianapolis, Indiana Conseco Fieldhouse
The Great American Bash (2007) July 22, 2007 San Jose, California HP Pavilion
The Great American Bash (2008) July 20, 2008 Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
The Bash (2009) June 28, 2009 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena

National Wrestling Alliance (Jim Crockett Promotions)[edit]

1985[edit]

The Great American Bash 1985
Tagline(s) Ringmasters
Information
Promotion Jim Crockett Promotions
Date July 6, 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. As a result of Dusty Rhodes winning the match, Tully Blanchard's valet, Baby Doll was forced to be Dusty Rhodes' valet for 30 days which sparked her face turn as she became a full-time valet for Rhodes and his then partner, Magnum T.A.

No. Results[1][2][3] Stipulations
1 Jimmy Valiant defeated Paul Jones Dog Collar match
2 Manny Fernandez, Sam Houston and Buzz Tyler defeated Superstar Billy Graham, Konga the Barbarian and Abdullah the Butcher (with Paul Jones) Six-man tag team match
3 Ron Bass (with James J. Dillon) fought Buddy Landel to a draw Singles match
4 The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Ole and Arn Anderson) (c) defeated Buzz Sawyer and Dick Slater Tag team match for the NWA National Tag Team Championship
5 The Russian Team (Krusher Khruschev and Ivan Koloff) (c - NWA) fought The Road Warriors (c - AWA) (Hawk and Animal) (with Paul Ellering) to a double disqualification Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship and the AWA World Tag Team Championship
6 Magnum T.A. (c) defeated Kamala (with Skandor Akbar) by disqualification Singles match for the NWA United States Championship
7 Ric Flair (c) defeated Nikita Koloff (with Ivan Koloff) Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, David Crockett as special referee
8 Dusty Rhodes defeated Tully Blanchard (with Baby Doll) Steel cage match to win the NWA World Television Championship
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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)

No. Results[1][4] Stipulations
1 Denny Brown (c) fought Steve Regal to a draw Singles match for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
2 Robert Gibson defeated Black Bart Singles match
3 The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Ole and Arn Anderson) defeated Sam Houston and Nelson Royal Tag team match
4 Manny Fernandez defeated Baron von Raschke (with Paul Jones) Bunkhouse match
5 Wahoo McDaniel defeated Jimmy Garvin (with Precious) Indian Strap match
6 Ron Garvin defeated Tully Blanchard (with James J. Dillon) Taped Fist match
7 The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk; with Paul Ellering) defeated The Russian Team (Ivan and Nikita Koloff) Russian Chain match
8 Jimmy Valiant defeated Shaska Whatley (with Paul Jones) Hair vs. Hair match
9 Dusty Rhodes, Magnum T.A. and Baby Doll defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) and Jim Cornette Steel cage match
10 Ric Flair (c) defeated Ricky Morton Steel Cage match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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

No. Results[1][4][5] Stipulations
1 Steve Regal defeated Sam Houston Singles match
2 Black Bart and Konga the Barbarian defeated Denny Brown and Italian Stallion Tag team match
3 Manny Fernandez defeated Baron von Raschke (with Paul Jones) Loaded Glove on a Pole match
4 Wahoo McDaniel defeated Jimmy Garvin (with Precious) Indian Strap match
5 Tully Blanchard (with James J. Dillon) defeated Ron Garvin Taped Fist match
6 The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) fought The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Ole and Arn Anderson) to a draw Tag team match
7 Paul Jones (with Shaska Whatley) defeated Jimmy Valiant Hair vs. Hair match
8 Magnum T.A. defeated Nikita Koloff (with Ivan Koloff) Best of 7 series for the NWA United States Championship (3-1)
9 The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) and Baby Doll (with Paul Ellering) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) and Jim Cornette Steel Cage match
10 Dusty Rhodes defeated Ric Flair (c) Steel Cage match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

1987[edit]

The Great American Bash 1987
Information
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)

No. Results[1][6][7] Stipulations
1 Kendall Windham defeated Gladiator #1 Singles match
2 Sting defeated Thunderfoot #1 Singles match
3 LazerTron defeated MOD Squad Spike Singles match
4 Jimmy Valiant defeated MOD Squad Basher Singles match
5 Barry Windham (c) defeated Rick Steiner Singles match for the NWA Western States Heritage Championship
6 Ron Garvin and Jimmy Garvin (with Precious) defeated Vladimir Petrov and The Barbarian (with Paul Jones) Tag team match
7 The Lightning Express (c) (Tim Horner and Brad Armstrong) defeated The Angel of Death and Big Bubba Rogers (with Skandor Akbar) Tag team match for the UWF World Tag Team Championship
8 Chris Adams defeated Black Bart (with Skandor Akbar) by disqualification Singles match
9 The Fabulous Freebirds (Buddy Roberts, Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy) defeated Ivan Koloff, Manny Fernandez and Paul Jones Six-man tag team match
10 The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane; with Jim Cornette) by disqualification Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship
11 Steve Williams (with Magnum T.A.) defeated Dick Murdoch (with Eddie Gilbert) Texas Death Match
12 The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk), Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes and Paul Ellering defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger, Tully Blanchard and J.J. Dillon; with Dark Journey) WarGames match
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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

No. Results[1][6] Stipulations
1 Kendall Windham, Jimmy Valiant and LazerTron defeated Sean Royal, Gladiator #1 and Gladiator #2 Six-man tag team match
2 Chris Adams defeated Black Bart (with Skandor Akbar) Singles match
3 Barry Windham (c) defeated Big Bubba Rogers (with Skandor Akbar) Singles match for the NWA Western States Heritage Championship
4 Steve Williams and Terry Gordy defeated Eddie Gilbert and Dick Murdoch Bunkhouse match
5 The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Buddy Roberts) defeated The Midnight Express (c) (with Jim Cornette) by disqualification. Tag team match for the NWA United States Tag Team Champions
6 The Rock 'n' Roll Express (c) (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The MOD Squad (Spike and Basher) Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship
7 Road Warrior Animal (with Paul Ellering) defeated Arn Anderson (with James J. Dillon) Taped Fist match
8 Lex Luger (c) (with James J. Dillon) defeated Nikita Koloff Singles match for the NWA United States Championship
9 Ric Flair (c) (with James J. Dillon) defeated Road Warrior Hawk (with Paul Ellering) by disqualification Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
10 Dusty Rhodes (with Barry Windham) defeated Tully Blanchard (with James J. Dillon and Dark Journey) "Lights-out" Barbed Wire Ladder match for $100,000.
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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

No. Results[1][6] Stipulations
1 Manny Fernandez and The Barbarian (with Paul Jones) defeated The Mulkey Brothers (Randy and Bill) Tag team match
2 Barry Windham (c) defeated Incubus Singles match for the NWA Western States Heritage Championship
3 The Sheepherders (c) (Luke Williams and Butch Miller) fought Jimmy Garvin and Ron Garvin (with Precious) to a double disqualification Tag team match for the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship
4 Mike Rotunda (c) defeated Ivan Koloff Singles match for the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship
5 Kevin Sullivan defeated Dory Funk Jr. Texas Death Match
6 The Rock 'n' Roll Express (c) (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane; with Jim Cornette) Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship
7 The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk), Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff and Paul Ellering defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger and Tully Blanchard) and The War Machine (with J.J. Dillon and Dark Journey) WarGames match
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

1988[edit]

National Wrestling Alliance (World Championship Wrestling)[edit]

1989[edit]

1990[edit]

The Great American Bash 1990
Tagline(s) The New Revolution
Information
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. The show featured Big Van Vader's WCW debut. In the main event Sting pinned Ric Flair after countering his Figure-Four Leglock attempt into a small package. During the match, The Steiner Brothers, Paul Orndorff and The Junkyard Dog (the "Dudes with Attitudes") surrounded the ring to prevent outside interference by the Four Horsemen Also during the entirety of the match, Ole Anderson was handcuffed to El Gigante.

No. Results[8][9][10] Stipulations Times
1D David Sierra defeated Mr. X Singles match 10:06
2 Brian Pillman defeated Buddy Landel Singles match 09:29
3 Mike Rotunda defeated The Iron Sheik Singles match 06:46
4 Doug Furnas defeated Dutch Mantel Singles match 11:18
5 Harley Race defeated Tommy Rich Singles match 06:32
6 The Midnight Express (c) (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) defeated The Southern Boys (Tracy Smothers and Steve Armstrong) Tag team match for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship 18:14
7 Big Van Vader defeated Tom Zenk Singles match 02:16
8 The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) Tag team match 13:45
9 "The Dudes with Attitude" (Paul Orndorff, Junkyard Dog and El Gigante) defeated The Four Horsemen (Sid Vicious, Arn Anderson and Barry Windham) by disqualification Six-man tag team match 08:53
10 Lex Luger (c) defeated Mark Callous (with Paul E. Dangerously) Singles match for the NWA United States Championship 12:10
11 Doom (c) (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) (with Teddy Long) defeated The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship 15:40
12 Sting (with The Dudes with Attitudes) defeated Ric Flair (c) (with Ole Anderson) Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 16:06
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark 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. As company did not give Flair back his deposit, he retained possession of the belt and later brought it to the World Wrestling Federation, where it appeared with it on television. 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. In the match, Lex Luger pinned Barry Windham, who replaced Flair, after a piledriver on orders from Harley Race. After the match, Luger turned heel and took on Race as his manager and Mr. Hughes as his bodyguard.

P.N. News and Bobby Eaton were scheduled to face Steve Austin and Terrance Taylor in a traditional scaffold match but on the day of the shaw, a "capture the flag" stipulation was added as the wrestlers were unwilling to perform a risky fall from the scaffold.

Dustin Rhodes and The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers and Steve Armstrong) faced The Fabulous Freebirds is a six-man elimatination match. The order of elimination was:

  1. Hayes pinned Armstrong after he and Badstreet hit a double DDT on Armstrong (13:49)
  2. Hayes was disqualified after backdropping Smothers over the top rope (14:04)
  3. Garvin pinned Smothers after he and Badstreet hit a double DDT on Smothers (15:16)
  4. Rhodes pinned Garvin after a lariat (15:24)
  5. Rhodes pinned Badstreet after a bulldog to win the match (17:10)

The masked The Yellow Dog defeated Johnny B. Badd by disqualification when Badd's manager Teddy Long interfered to try to unmask Yellow Dog; had he done so, Brian Pillman (who was wrestling under the mask) would not be allowed to wrestle in WCW again.

The final match was originally supposed to pit The Steiner Brothers and Missy Hyatt against Arn Anderson, Barry Windham and Paul E. Dangerously. After Windham was moved to the title match following Flair's departure from WCW and Scott Steiner sustained an injury, the match was changed into a standard tag team match pitting Rick Steiner and Missy Hyast against Arn Anderson and Paul E. Dangerously. Before the match Dick Murdoch and Dick Slater forcibly took Hyatt backstage, turning the match into a handicap match, which Rick Steiner won.

No. Results[8][11][12] Stipulations Times
1D Junkyard Dog defeated Black Bart Singles match 12:45
2 P.N. News and Bobby Eaton defeated Steve Austin and Terrance Taylor (with Lady Blossom) Capture-The-Flag Scaffold match 06:19
3 The Diamond Studd (with Diamond Dallas Page) defeated Tom Zenk Singles match 09:00
4 Ron Simmons defeated Oz (with Merlin the Wizard) Singles match 07:55
5 Richard Morton (with Alexandra York) defeated Robert Gibson Singles match 17:03
6 Dustin Rhodes and The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers and Steve Armstrong) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Badstreet, Jimmy Garvin, Michael Hayes) (with Big Daddy Dink) Elimination match 17:10
7 The Yellow Dog defeated Johnny B. Badd (with Theodore Long) by disqualification Singles match 06:00
8 Big Josh defeated Black Blood (with Kevin Sullivan) Lumberjack match 05:39
9 El Gigante defeated One Man Gang (with Kevin Sullivan) Singles match 06:13
10 Nikita Koloff defeated Sting Russian Chain match 11:38
11 Lex Luger defeated Barry Windham Steel Cage match for the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship 12:25
12 Rick Steiner defeated Arn Anderson and Paul E. Dangerously Handicap steel cage match 02:08
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark 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. Shinya Hashimoto was substituting for the injured Akira Nogami. After the tournament the WCW and NWA World Tag Team Championships were considered to be unified and were defended together by Gordy and Williams and subsequent champions until WCW withdrew from the NWA in 1993. Before the final match, The Steiner Brothers came out to confront "Dr. Death" Steve Williams and Terry Gordy but were sent to the dressing room by security.

No. Results[8][13][14] Stipulations Times
1D The Super Invader (with Harley Race) defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell Singles match N/A
2 Nikita Koloff and Ricky Steamboat defeated Jushin Thunder Liger and Flyin' Brian Tag team match, NWA World Tag Team Championship tournament quarter-final match 19:26
3 Hiroshi Hase and Shinya Hashimoto defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) Tag team match, NWA World Tag Team Championship tournament quarter-final match 09:16
4 Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham defeated Steve Austin and Rick Rude (with Madusa) Tag team match, NWA World Tag Team Championship tournament quarter-final match 19:15
5 Terry Gordy and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams defeated Nikita Koloff and Ricky Steamboat Tag team match, NWA World Tag Team Championship tournament semi-final match 21:39
6 Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham defeated Hiroshi Hase and Shinya Hashimoto Tag team match, NWA World Tag Team Championship tournament semi-final match 14:55
7 Big Van Vader (with Harley Race) defeated Sting (c) Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 17:17
8 Terry Gordy and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams defeated Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham Tag team match, NWA World Tag Team Championship tournament final match 21:10
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark 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. This was also the first The Great American Bash in nearly three years. The Pre-PPV matches were all shown on WCW Main Event. The Fantastics were substitutes for the Rock 'n Roll Express, who failed to show. Scott D'Amore was mistakenly billed as Chris Kanyon in this match.[15] After the Main Event match After the match, Harlem Heat and Sister Sherri came out to confront Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck; Sherri punched Col .Robert Parker and challenged Slater and Buck to a match later that night. Dave Sullivan Sullivan won a date with the Diamond Doll by defeating Diamond Dallas Page; had Page won he would've taken possession of Ralph, Sulivan's pet rabit. Referee Nick Patrick disqualified Sgt. Craig Pittman when he refused to let go of the Code Red while Jim Duggan was holding onto the ropes. Pittman was originally supposed to face Marcus Alexander Bagwell, but Bagwell suffered an injury and Duggan was announced as his replacement. The match between Sting and Meng was originally scheduled as a semifinal match in the United States Championship Tournament started after Vader was stripped of the title. However, the other semifinal between Ric Flair and Randy Savage ended in a no-contest and both men were eliminated from the tournament.

No. Results[16][17][18] Stipulations Times
1P Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) defeated The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) Tag team match 06:46
2P Sgt. Craig Pittman defeated Scott D'Amore[15] Singles match 02:16
3P Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck defeated Frankie Lancaster and Barry Houston Tag team match 03:52
4 Alex Wright defeated Brian Pillman Singles match 15:42
5 Dave Sullivan (with his pet rabbit Ralph) defeated Diamond Dallas Page (with the Diamond Doll and Max Muscle) Arm Wrestling contest N/A
6 Jim Duggan defeated Sgt. Craig Pittman by disqualification Singles match 08:13
7 Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) (with Sister Sherri) defeated Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck (with Col. Robert Parker and Meng) Tag team match 08:39
8 The Renegade defeated Arn Anderson (c) Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship 09:07
9 The Nasty Boys (c) (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags) defeated The Blue Bloods (Earl Robert Eaton and Lord Steven Regal) Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 15:03
10 Sting defeated Meng (with Col. Robert Parker) WCW United States Championship tournament final 13:34
11 Ric Flair defeated Randy Savage (with Angelo Poffo) Singles match 14:42
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match took place on the pre-show

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. After John Tenta defeated Big Bubba Rogers Tenta cut Rogers' goatee off with a pair of scissors. After the match between Chris Benoit and Kevin Sullivan Arn Anderson came to the ring and helped Benoit attack Sullivan. In the six-man tag team match Ric Flair pinned Kevin Greene after Steve McMichael turned on Greene and hit him with a steel briefcase. Debra McMichael had chased Woman and Elizabeth to the back, only to return with the briefcase containing money and a Four Horsemen T-shirt. McMichael's accepting of the case gave him Brian Pillman's spot in the Horsemen. After the match, Chris Benoit came out and the Horsemen attacked Greene and Savage.

No. Results[16][19][20] Stipulations Times
1D Rocco Rock defeated Jerry Sags Singles match 01:46
2D V.K. Wallstreet defeated Jim Powers Singles match 03:07
3D Jim Duggan defeated Disco Inferno Singles match 02:09
4 The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) defeated Fire and Ice (Scott Norton and Ice Train) Tag team match to determine number one contenders for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 10:29
5 Konnan (c) defeated El Gato Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 06:03
6 Diamond Dallas Page defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell Singles match 09:39
7 Dean Malenko (c) defeated Rey Misterio Jr. Singles match for the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship 17:50
8 John Tenta defeated Big Bubba Rogers (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match 05:24
9 Chris Benoit defeated Kevin Sullivan (with Jimmy Hart) Falls Count Anywhere match 09:58
10 Sting defeated Lord Steven Regal (with Jeeves) Singles match 16:30
11 Ric Flair and Arn Anderson (with Woman, Miss Elizabeth and Bobby Heenan) defeated Kevin Greene and Steve McMichael (with Randy Savage, Debra McMichael and Tara Greene) Tag team match 20:51
12 The Giant (c) (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Lex Luger Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 09:21
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark 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. During the match between Glacier and Wrath, Mortis was handcuffed to the ring post. After the match, Mortis and Wrath handcuffed Glacier to the ring ropes and attacked him. Due to her loss to Akira Hokuto, Madusa had to retire. Kevin Greene pinned Steve McMichael after Jeff Jarrett accidentally hit McMichael with a steel briefcase.

No. Results[16][21][22] Stipulations Times
1 Ultimate Dragon defeated Psychosis (with Sonny Onoo) Singles match 14:20
2 Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) (with Sister Sherri) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) by disqualification Tag team match 12:02
3 Konnan defeated Hugh Morrus Singles match 10:34
4 Glacier defeated Wrath (with James Vandenberg and Mortis) Singles match 12:02
5 Akira Hokuto (with Sonny Onoo) defeated Madusa Title vs. Career match to retain the WCW Women's Championship 11:41
6 Chris Benoit defeated Meng Death match 14:59
7 Kevin Greene defeated Steve McMichael (with Debra McMichael) Singles match 09:21
8 The Outsiders (c) (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash) defeated Ric Flair and Roddy Piper Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 10:02
9 Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Diamond Dallas Page (with Kimberly Page) Falls Count Anywhere match 16:56
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into 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 Bash at the Beach 1998
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.[23] Booker T and Chris Benoit had been facing each other for several weeks to determine the #1 contender to the WCW World Television Championship that Booker had lost to Fit Finlay on the May 4, 1998 edition of Nitro due to a distraction from Benoit. Dean Malenko was disqualified after hitting Chris Jericho with a steel chair. This match was made after Malenko was stripped of the Cruiserweight Championship due to his actions at Slamboree the month before. After Konnan's loss to Bill Goldberg, Curt Hennig and Rick Rude turned on Konnan and attacked him, joining nWo Hollywood. As per the stipulation of the main event, the winner was able to keep his half of the tag team championship and pick a new partner. Sting chose his nWo Wolfpac teammate Kevin Nash. The Giant was to pick The Disciple if had he won the match.

No. Results[16][24][25] Stipulations Times
1 Booker T defeated Chris Benoit Singles match, final match of a Best-of-Seven series to earn a WCW World Television Championship match later in the show 16:20
2 Kanyon defeated Saturn Singles match 14:46
3 Chris Jericho defeated Dean Malenko by disqualification Singles match for the vacant WCW World Cruiserweight Championship 13:52
4 Juventud Guerrera defeated Reese (with Lodi) Singles match 08:45
5 Chavo Guerrero Jr. defeated Eddie Guerrero Singles match 14:46
6 Booker T defeated Fit Finlay (c) Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship 13:13
7 Goldberg (c) defeated Konnan (with Rick Rude and Curt Hennig) Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 01:57
8 Hollywood Hogan and Bret Hart (with The Disciple) defeated Roddy Piper and Randy Savage Tag team match 11:40
9 Roddy Piper defeated Randy Savage Singles match 01:37
10 Sting defeated The Giant Singles match for control of the WCW World Tag Team Championships 06:40
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into 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. Hak pinned Brian Knobs after Jimmy Hart accidentally hit Knobs with a steel chair. Knobs was then hit with a kendo stick by Hak. After the match, Hugh Morrus came out and attacked Hak. Roddy Piper was disqualified when Buff Bagwell came out and attacked Ric Flair; as per a prematch stipulation Flair regained the presidency of WCW that he had lost to Piper at Slamboree the previous month. After the match, Piper helped Flair and Arn Anderson to attack Bagwell. Rick Steiner won the match after Sting was attacked backstage by dogs and Rick forced the referee to declare him the winner. Randy Savage was disqualified after Sid Vicious interfered and hit Kevin Nash with a big boot, then powerbombed the champion.

No. Results[16][26][27] Stipulations Times
1 Hak (with Chastity) defeated Brian Knobs (with Jimmy Hart) Hardcore match 05:41
2 Van Hammer defeated Mikey Whipwreck Singles match 08:35
3 Buff Bagwell defeated Disco Inferno Singles match 10:33
4 The No Limit Soldiers (Konnan and Rey Misterio Jr.) defeated The West Texas Rednecks (Curt Hennig and Bobby Duncum Jr.) Tag team match 10:44
5 Ernest Miller (with Sonny Onoo) defeated Horace Hogan Singe match 05:10
6 Ric Flair (with Arn Anderson and The Head Nurse) defeated Roddy Piper by disqualification Singles match 08:16
7 Rick Steiner defeated Sting Falls Count Anywhere Match 10:35
8 The Jersey Triad (Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Kanyon) (with Bam Bam Bigelow) defeated Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn (c) Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 19:13
9 Kevin Nash (c) defeated Randy Savage (with Gorgeous George, Madusa, and Miss Madness) by disqualification Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 07:29
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into 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. Shane Douglas put the Wall through three tables at the same time to win. The first wrestler to put their opponent through three tables would win the match. Hulk Hogan pinned Billy Kidman after hitting him with brass knuckles to become number one contender to the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. If Hogan had lost, he would have had to retire. If Ric Flair had lost his match, he would have had to retire. Vampiro set Sting on fire to win the match. Jeff Jarrett pinned Kevin Nash after a Spear from Goldberg. Konnan was guest bellringer, Rey Misterio Jr. was guest timekeeper, Disqo was guest beltkeeper, Juventud Guerrera was guest ring announcer. After the match, Goldberg joined the New Blood.

No. Results[16][28][29] Stipulations Times
1 Lt. Loco (c) (with General Rection, Major Gunns, Corporal Cajun) defeated Disqo (with Konnan, Tygress, Rey Misterio Jr., Juventud Guerrera) Singles match for the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship 04:57
2 KroniK (Brian Adams and Bryan Clark) defeated The Mamalukes (Big Vito and Johnny the Bull) Tag team match to determine number one contenders to the WCW World Tag Team Championship 09:20
3 Mike Awesome defeated Diamond Dallas Page (with Chris Kanyon) Ambulance match 09:41
4 GI Bro defeated Shawn Stasiak Boot Camp match 13:58
5 Shane Douglas defeated The Wall Best of five Tables match 08:12
6 Scott Steiner (with Midajah and Shakira) defeated Rick Steiner and Tank Abbott Handicap Asylum match 03:46
7 Hollywood Hogan defeated Billy Kidman Singles match with Horace Hogan as special guest referee 11:39
8 Ric Flair defeated David Flair (with Vince Russo) Singles match 10:16
9 Vampiro defeated Sting Human Torch match 07:23
10 Jeff Jarrett defeated Kevin Nash Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship with Ernest Miller as special guest enforcer 17:22
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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2005[edit]

2006[edit]

2007[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

Main article: The Bash (2009)

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