WCW Bash at the Beach
|WCW Bash at the Beach|
Bash at the Beach logo used in 1997
|Created by||Dusty Rhodes|
|Promotion(s)||World Championship Wrestling|
WCW Bash at the Beach was a yearly professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It was the company's PPV for the month of July, held from 1994 to 2000.
The show centered on a beach theme, with the set around the entrance area for the wrestlers decorated with such things as surfboards and sand. The theme for the show seemed appropriate for an event scheduled during the hot summer month of July. The beach/"fun in the sun" theme was also reflected in the places where WCW chose to hold the event; all of the shows emanated from cities in either Florida or California, two United States states renowned for their warm weather. It was WCW's response to WWF's SummerSlam.
In 1992 and 1993, WCW held a beach-themed pay-per-view show known as Beach Blast, which was the forerunner to Bash at the Beach. The 1992 show was held in June, however, as the company elected instead to reserve July for its flagship summertime extravaganza, The Great American Bash. Along with Slamboree, Starrcade, SuperBrawl, The Great American Bash, and Halloween Havoc, Bash at the Beach was booked to be one of WCW's flagship events.
Bash at the Beach marked three major turning points during Hulk Hogan's career. During 1994 Hogan made his WCW in-ring debut defeating Ric Flair to win his first WCW World Heavyweight Championship. During the 1996 event, Hogan turned heel, as he was revealed to be the third member for the New World Order, leading to WCW overtaking the World Wrestling Federation for nearly two years as the top professional wrestling company in the world. The 2000 event was Hogan's final appearance for the company, wherein he defeated Jeff Jarrett for the WCW Title but was soon thereafter stripped of the championship and was fired on-air by Vince Russo in events which led to litigation between Hogan and WCW, and a series of events whose authenticity are to this day under question.
WWE no longer owns the rights to the 'Bash at the Beach' trademark as it was left to expire in 2004/2005 after their purchase of WCW. Cody Rhodes, executive vice president for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), trademarked the name in early 2019 for use in the company as it was created by his father, Dusty Rhodes. AEW Bash at the Beach took place on January 15, 2020 and continued with Chris Jericho's Rock 'N' Wrestling Rager at Sea on January 22, 2020.
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