|The Great American Bash (1991)|
|Promotion||World Championship Wrestling|
|Date||July 14, 1991|
|The Great American Bash chronology|
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 and Flair was expecting to get his back as he was no longer employed by WCW. The company did not give Flair back his deposit, and he took possession of the belt and later brought it to the World Wrestling Federation with him and appeared with it on television.
Meanwhile, 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.
- Dark match: The Junkyard Dog defeated Black Bart (12:45)
- JYD pinned Bart.
- P.N. News and Bobby Eaton defeated Steve Austin and Terrance Taylor (with Lady Blossom) in a Capture-The-Flag Scaffold match (6:19)
- Eaton grabbed Austin/Taylor's flag to win.
- This stipulation was added the day of the show, as the match was intended to be a traditional scaffold match.
- The Diamond Studd (with Diamond Dallas Page) defeated Tom Zenk (9:00)
- Studd pinned Zenk after a bridging belly-to-back suplex.
- Ron Simmons defeated Oz (with Merlin the Wizard) (7:55)
- Simmons pinned Oz after a shoulderblock.
- Richard Morton (with Alexandra York) defeated Robert Gibson (17:03)
- Morton pinned Gibson after hitting him with York's laptop computer while referee Bill Alfonso had his back turned.
- The Yellow Dog defeated Johnny B. Badd (with Teddy Long) by disqualification (6:00)
- Badd was disqualified when Long interfered to try to unmask the Dog; had he done so, Brian Pillman (who was wrestling under the mask) would not be allowed to wrestle in WCW again.
- Big Josh defeated Black Blood (with Kevin Sullivan) in a Lumberjack match (5:39)
- Josh pinned Black Blood after Dustin Rhodes hit Blood with an axe.
- Dustin Rhodes and The Southern Boys (Tracy Smothers and Steve Armstrong) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Badstreet, Jimmy Garvin, Michael Hayes) (with Big Daddy Dink) in an Elimination match (17:10)
- Hayes pinned Armstrong after he and Badstreet hit a double DDT on Armstrong (13:49)
- Hayes was disqualified after backdropping Smothers over the top rope (14:04)
- Garvin pinned Smothers after he and Badstreet hit a double DDT on Smothers (15:16)
- Rhodes pinned Garvin after a lariat (15:24)
- Rhodes pinned Badstreet after a bulldog to win the match (17:10)
- El Gigante (with a bunch of midgets) defeated One Man Gang (with Kevin Sullivan) (6:13)
- Gigante pinned One Man Gang with a clothesline to the back of the head.
- Nikita Koloff defeated Sting in a Russian Chain match (11:38)
- Koloff won by touching the final turnbuckle before Sting could.
- WCW United States Champion Lex Luger defeated Barry Windham in a Steel Cage match to win the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship (12:25)
- Luger pinned Windham after a piledriver on orders from Harley Race.
- The match was originally supposed to pit Luger against Ric Flair prior to Flair's firing.
- After the match, Luger turned heel and took on Race and Mr. Hughes as his managers.
- Rick Steiner defeated Arn Anderson and Paul E. Dangerously in a handicap steel cage match (2:08)
- Steiner pinned Dangerously after a Steiner Line.
- The match was originally supposed to pit The Steiner Brothers and Missy Hyatt against Anderson, Dangerously, and Barry Windham, but plans changed after Flair's firing and Scott Steiner suffering an injury; Windham was moved to the title match against Luger and the match became a standard tag match.
- Before the match Dick Murdoch and Dick Slater forcibly took Hyatt backstage, turning the match into a handicap match.
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