The Great American Bash was the only WWE PPV that used the name of a former WCW event. The first Great American Bash took place in 1985 and was promoted by Jim Crockett of the NWA. The next two years featured the event as part of a tour and some of the shows even featured country music concerts as part of the festivities. In 1988, the show went to PPV and was also the first non-WWE PPV event that was not messed up by Vince McMahon’s cut throat business tactics. The 1989 show is generally regarded as the best non-WWE PPV event ever and the 1991 show is considered one of the worst wrestling shows ever. The event took a hiatus in 1993 and 1994 and returned in 1995. When it returned, the show lost it’s sense of importance when the company’s number 1 star, Hulk Hogan, did not appear on it until 1998. After WCW went out of business in 2001, none of their PPV event names were ever seen again until The Great American Bash returned in 2004. In 2009, the WWE renamed the event The Bash before taking it off of their pay-per-view calendar. The name returned in 2012 as part of a specially themed live-episode of SmackDown.
Three Best Great American Bash Events
1 – The 1989 Bash is generally considered one of the greatest events ever. The show featured an incredible card from top to bottom with a mix of established veterans and the wrestlers who were to be the future of the sport.
2 – The 1986 Bash was a unique series of events that all featured parts of the general storylines continue. Ric Flair was scheduled to defend his title at all the events against all of the top contenders but lost the next to last match against Dusty Rhodes. Many of the events were held at outdoor stadiums and featured country music concerts before the wrestling started.
3 – The 1987 Bash was similar in style to the 86 Bash but featured the first and second ever Wargames match. Most of the events were main evented with some form of the feud between The Four Horsemen and the faction of Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, and The Road Warriors.
The Worst Great American Bash
1 – The 1991 Bash is generally considered one of the worst events ever. This show is most famous for the “We Want Flair” chants the crowd was screaming because of Ric Flair’s recent firing.
85 - Cage Match for TV Title & the Services of Baby Doll: Dusty Rhodes beat Tully Blanchard
86 - US Title: Nikita Koloff won the best of 7 series against Magnum T.A. 4-3
86 - Cage Match for the NWA Title: Dusty Rhodes beat Ric Flair
87 - UWF Title: Steve Williams beat Bubba Rogers
87 - Cage Match for US Title: Lex Luger beat Nikita Koloff
88 - US Tag Team Titles: The Midnight Express beat The Fantastics
89 - TV Title: Champ Sting & The Great Muta fought to a no decision. The title was later declared vacant.
90 - NWA Title: Sting beat Ric Flair
91 - Cage Match for Vacant WCW World Title: Lex Luger beat Barry Windham
92 - WCW Title: Big Van Vader beat Sting
92 - NWA Tag Team Tournament Finals: Terry Gordy & Steve Williams beat Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham
95 - TV Title: The Renegade beat Arn Anderson
95 - US Title Tournament Finals: Sting beat Meng
98 - Cruiserweight Title: Chris Jericho beat Dean Malenko by DQ to win the vacant title
98 - TV Title: Booker T beat Fit Finlay
99 - WCW Tag Titles: Kanyon & Dallas Page beat Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn
04 - Bullrope Match for WWE Title: JBL beat Eddie Guerrero
06 - World Heavyweight Title: King Booker beat Rey Mysterio
07 - Cruiserweight Title: Hornswoggle beat Champion Chavo Guerrero, Funaki, Jamie Noble, Shannon Moore, and Jimmy Wang Yang
08 - WWE Tag Team Title: Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder beat Champs The Miz & John Morrison, Finlay & Hornswoggle, and Jesse & Festus
08 - U.S. Title: Shelton Benjamin beat Matt Hardy to win the title
08 - Divas Championship: Michelle McCool beat Natalya Neidhart to become the first Divas Champion
09 - Intercontinental Title: Rey Mysterio beat Chris Jericho
09 - Unified Tag Team Championship: Edge & Chris Jericho beat Champions Carlito & Primo Colon and Legacy
09 - Women's Championship: Michelle McCool beat Melina
The Great American Bash – Charlotte Memorial Coliseum; Charlotte, NC 7/6/85
- Buddy Landell & Ron Bass wrestled to a draw
- National Tag Titles: Champs Ole & Arn Anderson beat Buzz Sawyer & Dick Slater
- Manny Fernandez, Buzz Tyler & Sam Houston beat Billy Graham, Abdullah the Butcher & Konga the Barbarian
- Dog Collar Match: Jimmy Valiant beat Paul Jones
- NWA vs AWA Tag Titles: NWA Tag Champs Ivan Koloff & Kruscher Kruschev fought AWA Tag Champs The Road Warriors to a double DQ
- US Title: Champ Magnum TA beat Kamala by DQ
- NWA World Title: Champ Ric Flair beat Nikita Koloff
- Cage Match for TV Title & the Services of Baby Doll: Dusty Rhodes beat Tully Blanchard to win the title