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TEN YEARS AFTER: WWE The Great American Bash 2006

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WWE: The Great American Bash
July 23, 2006
Indianapolis, IN
Conseco Fieldhouse

The current Smackdown champions are as follows:
World Heavyweight Champion: Rey Mysterio (4/2/2006)
WWE United States Champion: Finlay (7/14/2006)
WWE Tag Team Champions: Paul London & Brian Kendrick (5/21/2006)
WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Gregory Helms (1/29/2006)


WEIRD NIGHT FOR WRESTLING: So FOUR matches on this PPV have been forced to be changed by no fault in WWE’s booking. First, we’ll talk about the US title rematch between the new champ Finlay and the man he beat for the title Bobby Lashley who happens to be the up and coming guy that Vince has gotten behind and wants to push all the way over the moon. At least that’s how it appeared in 2006. It was announced the day before the PPV that Bobby Lashley was being taken off the PPV because a test revealed he had “elevated liver enzymes” showing up in his blood. This can be caused by a variety of different things namely medications like antibiotics, it can come about through drinking too much alcohol, scary things like hepatitis, even by just taking something innocuous like herbal supplements. Oh, I almost forgot, you can have elevated liver enzymes from STEROID USE as well. Now of course since he’s being pushed over the moon and well into outer space, Lashley has never failed a test for steroids in WWE. Too bad I can’t find any images of how Bobby Lashley looked before he signed a WWE contract.

If that wasn’t bad for the Smackdown brand, Mark Henry was injured with a torn patella tendon on Saturday Night’s Main Event just a week before the Bash. He was scheduled to wrestle a returning Batista tonight in a big revenge match since Henry was the man who put Batista out of action in the first place six months earlier.

The Great Khali was set to debut his own gimmick match on this show – the Punjabi Prison match – with the Undertaker after pinning him WITH ONE FOOT ON HIS CHEST two months ago at Judgment Day when it was announced that Khali was being pulled from the show for having a liver problem.

And to top it all off, Super Crazy was originally planned to face Gregory Helms over the Cruiserweight title in a rematch from Judgment Day and gets pulled from the show for also having “elevated liver enzymes”. I didn’t know elevated liver enzymes was contagious.

Let’s see how this puppy turns out though with all these last minute changes.

Your hosts are Michael Cole & JBL. They still talk like the Great Khali is going to wrestle tonight. They stress that the Undertaker has no idea what the Punjabi Prison match is all about and neither do we at this point.
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WCW: Great American Bash 1997

WCW Great American Bash
June 15, 1997
Moline, IL
The Mark of the Quad Cities

The current WCW champs were as follows:
WCW World Champion: Hollywood Hogan (8/10/1996)
WCW U.S. Champion: Jeff Jarrett (6/9/1997)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Outsiders (10/27/1996)
WCW World Television Champion: Steven Regal (5/18/1997)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Syxx (2/23/1997)
WCW Women’s Champion: Akira Hokuto (12/29/1996)

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, and Dusty Rhodes. Read the rest of this entry

Great American Bash 1996

WCW Great American Bash
June 16, 1996
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Arena

The current WCW champs were as follows:
WCW World Champion: The Giant (4/29/1996)
WCW U.S. Champion: Konnan (1/29/1996)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Sting & Lex Luger (1/22/1996)
WCW World Television Champion: Lex Luger (3/6/1996)
WCW World Cruiserweight Champion: Dean Malenko (5/18/1996)

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes. Tony mentions the death of Dusty’s old tag team partner and friend, Dick Murdoch.

Sgt. Craig Pittman brings out the U.S. flag for the national anthem. Read the rest of this entry

Great American Bash 1995

WCW The Great American Bash
June 18, 1995
Dayton, OH
Hara Arena

The current WCW champs were as follows:
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan (7/17/1994)
WCW U.S. Champion: vacant (3/25/1995)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Nasty Boys (5/21/1995)
WCW World Television Champion: Arn Anderson (1/8/1995)

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Bobby Heenan.
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Great American Bash 1992

WCW The Great American Bash
July 12, 1992
Albany, GA
Albany Civic Center

The current WCW & NWA Champs were as follows:
WCW World Champion: Sting (2/29/1992)
WCW U.S. Champion: Rick Rude (11/19/1991)
WCW World Television Champion: Steve Austin (5/23/1992)
WCW World Light Heavyweight Champion: Brad Armstrong (7/5/1992)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Dr. Death & Terry Gordy (7/5/1992)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: vacant
WCW U.S. Tag Team Champions: Dick Slater & The Barbarian (6/25/1992)

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jesse Ventura. Read the rest of this entry

Great American Bash 1991

WCW Great American Bash
July 14, 1991
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Arena

The current WCW Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Vacant (7/1/1991)
U.S. Champion: Lex Luger (12/16/1990)
World Television Champion: Steve Austin (6/3/1991)
World Tag Team Champions: Rick & Scott Steiner (3/9/1991)
U.S. Tag Team Champions: Freebirds (5/19/1991)
World Six-Man Tag Team Champions: Michael Hayes, Jimmy Garvin and Badstreet (6/3/1991)

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone! Read the rest of this entry

Great American Bash 1990

NWA Great American Bash 1990: The New Revolution
July 7, 1990
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Arena

The current NWA Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Ric Flair (5/7/1989)
U.S. Champion: Lex Luger (5/22/1989)
World Tag Team Champions: Doom (5/19/1990)
U.S. Tag Team Champions: Midnight Express (5/19/1990)
World Television Champion: Arn Anderson (1/2/1990)

Your hosts are Good ol’ JR & Grandpa Bob Caudle! This would be Caudle’s last NWA PPV. Read the rest of this entry

Great American Bash 1989

NWA Great American Bash ’89: The Glory Days
July 23, 1989
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Arena

Your hosts are JR & Bob Caudle! Read the rest of this entry

The Great American Bash Tour ’86 Highlights

NWA The Great American Bash Tour 1986
July 5, 1986 & July 26, 1986
Charlotte, NC
Memorial Stadium

This is just a 2-hour tour highlights tape. I believe the only match in full is the Flair/Rhodes world title match from 7/26.

Your hosts are David Crockett and Tony Schiavone. Read the rest of this entry

The Great American Bash 1988

NWA Great American Bash ’88: The Price for Freedom
July 10, 1988
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Arena

After being a part of the NWA’s calendar for three years, they finally narrowed down the concept to one show and one city; Baltimore. Baltimore would be home to eight of the next twelve “Bashes”, which is more than any one city has ever held for one particular wrestling show in North America.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross! Read the rest of this entry

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