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By Mike Johnson & Steven Fernandes on 2018-05-03 09:21:00

On 4/27, WWE applied to trademark 'The Great American Bash.'

Jim Crockett Promotions utilized the name, created by the late Dusty Rhodes, to brand their big summer tours in the late 1980s.  The name was also used as the title of the first ever Crockett PPV that was carried nationally, the 1988 Great American Bash in Baltimore, headlined by Lex Luger challenging Ric Flair for the NWA World title in an exellent show that also featured the first and only appearance of the Tower of Doom match.

When Turner broadcasting purchased Jim Crockett Promotions and turned it into WCW, they retained the Bash as one of their signature PPVs, holding it in Baltimore with the final one taking place in 2000.  The 1989 Great American Bash event, headlined by Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk for the NWA World Championship is considered one of the all-time best PPVs ever still to this day.

In 2004, WWE resurrected the name as a PPV, using it for several years before shortening the name to just "The Bash" in 2009 before dropping the event.  The company would later brand an episode of Smackdown as "The Great American Bash" in 2012.  WWE released a compilation DVD of Great American Bash bouts in 2014 titled United We Slam - The Best of the Great American Bash.

All of the Bash PPV events are available on their streaming Network.


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