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The Great American Bash was an annual summer professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions and then by World Championship Wrestling. It is now produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. 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 World Championship Wrestling on June 11, 2000, the event would not be held again due to the acquisition of the WCW by World Wrestling Entertainment. After a four year hiatus, however, the event was revived by WWE in June 2004. The Great American Bash is the only former WCW pay-per-view event now held by WWE.

The Great American Bash dates and venues

Event Date City Venue
National Wrestling Alliance
The Great American Bash July 6, 1985 Charlotte, North Carolinamarker American Legion Memorial Stadiummarker
The Great American Bash July 1986 A tour of 14 shows around the south and eastern parts of the country
The Great American Bash July 1987 A tour of several shows around the south and eastern parts of the country
The Great American Bash July 10, 1988 Baltimore, Marylandmarker Baltimore Arenamarker
The Great American Bash July 23, 1989 Baltimore, Marylandmarker Baltimore Arenamarker
The Great American Bash July 7, 1990 Baltimore, Marylandmarker Baltimore Arenamarker
World Championship Wrestling
The Great American Bash July 14, 1991 Baltimore, Marylandmarker Baltimore Arenamarker
The Great American Bash July 12, 1992 Albany, Georgiamarker Gray Civic Centermarker
The Great American Bash June 18, 1995 Dayton, Ohiomarker Hara Arenamarker
The Great American Bash June 16, 1996 Baltimore, Marylandmarker Baltimore Arenamarker
The Great American Bash June 15, 1997 Moline, Illinoismarker The MARK of the Quad Citiesmarker
The Great American Bash June 14, 1998 Baltimore, Marylandmarker Baltimore Arenamarker
The Great American Bash June 13, 1999 Baltimore, Marylandmarker Baltimore Arenamarker
The Great American Bash June 11, 2000 Baltimore, Marylandmarker Baltimore Arenamarker


Results

National Wrestling Alliance (Jim Crockett Promotions)

1985

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



1986

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, Pennsylvaniamarker, July 3 in Washington, D.C.marker, July 4 in Memphis, Tennesseemarker, July 5 in Charlotte, North Carolinamarker, July 9 in Cincinnati, Ohiomarker, July 10 in Charleston, West Virginiamarker, July 12 in Jacksonville, Floridamarker, July 18 in Richmond, Virginiamarker, July 21 in Fayetteville, North Carolinamarker, July 23 in Johnson City, Tennesseemarker, July 25 in Norfolk, Virginiamarker, July 26 in Greensboro, North Carolinamarker and August 2 in Atlanta, Georgiamarker.

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

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

1987

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 Omnimarker)

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

July 31, 1987 in Miami, Floridamarker (Orange Bowlmarker)

1988

The Great American Bash (1988) took place on July 10, 1988 at the Baltimore Arenamarker in Baltimore, Marylandmarker. It was the first Great American Bash to be shown on pay-per-view.



National Wrestling Alliance (World Championship Wrestling)

1989

The Great American Bash (1989) took place on July 23, 1989 at the Baltimore Arenamarker in Baltimore, Marylandmarker.



1990

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



World Championship Wrestling

1991

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

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, just a few days before the show, then-WCW Executive Vice President Jim Herd fired Flair over a contract dispute, stripping him of the title in the process. Flair took the the physical title belt with him to the World Wrestling Federation, so WCW had to make a new WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt; however, the new belt could not be readied in time for the event, so an older belt (the Florida Heavyweight Championship from Dusty Rhodes's short-lived Professional Wrestling Federation) was used as a temporary replacement, with a makeshift "WCW World Heavyweight Championship" plate affixed to the front.



1992

The Great American Bash (1992) took place on July 12, 1992 at the Gray Civic Centermarker in Albany, Georgiamarker.



1995

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



1996

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



1997

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



1998

The Great American Bash (1998) took place on June 14, 1998 at the Baltimore Arenamarker in Baltimore, Marylandmarker.



1999

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



2000

The Great American Bash (2000) took place on June 11, 2000 at the Baltimore Arenamarker in Baltimore, Marylandmarker. 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.



References

  1. http://wcwrules4lyf.wordpress.com/2008/01/26/great-american-bash-1989/


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