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 Posted: Tue Jul 10th, 2018 02:07 pm
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1988 - The first ever NWA Great American Bash Pay-per-view (previous Bash shows were not shown via PPV) was held in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Arena. Interesting to note, every match on the show went over 15 minutes. The PPV was Jim Crockett Promotion's second attempt at a PPV broadcast and their first to be broadcast via the complete PPV universe.  Here are the results:

 - In a dark match, Rick Steiner & Dick Murdoch defeated Tim Horner & Kendall Windham.

- NWA World Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Sting & Nikita Koloff went to a 20-minute draw.

- The Midnight Express (Stan Lane & Bobby Eaton) defeated The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) to win the United States Tag Team Title.

- Jimmy Garvin, Ronnie Garvin, Steve Williams & The Road Warriors defeated Kevin Sullivan, Mike Rotunda, Al Perez, Russian Assassin & Ivan Koloff in a "Tower Of Doom" match. Three cages were stacked, with wrestlers entering through the top cage at intervals and battling down the levels. The first team to completely exit the cage first were the winners. Previous, Garvin's valet/wife who was being pursued by Kevin Sullivan, was given control of the cage door, and opened it for the wrestlers to exit. After the match, Sullivan locked himself in the bottom cage with Previous, until Jimmy Garvin and Road Warrior Hawk battled back down the tower so Garvin could take Precious to safety while Hawk beat up Sullivan.

- NWA United States Champion Barry Windham defeated Dusty Rhodes when Ronnie Garvin, Rhodes' friend, took a payoff to knock out Rhodes.

- NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair defeated Lex Luger when the match was stopped by the Maryland State Athletic Commission due to Luger bleeding. Luger had Flair in the Torture Rack at the time of the stoppage, and appeared to be on the verge of winning the title.

Last edited on Tue Jul 10th, 2018 02:08 pm by bpickering

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 Posted: Tue Jul 10th, 2018 03:20 pm
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The tower of doom was originally going to be Powers of Pain vs Road Warriors on a scaffold, I think... before they bolted to WWF.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 10th, 2018 03:32 pm
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My cousin taped this for me on satellite when it aired, and it remains a personal fave.
I absolutely LOVED the sequence of Anderson having the armbar forever on Nikita, with Nikita slowly powering up, crowd building with optimism, and then when Nikita finally throws anderson off the ropes for a move, Anderson DDT's him out of nowhere. Crowd reaction was fantastic!
The Midnights/Fantastics match was excellent.
Loved Windham winning the title, and the shot Garvin gave Rhodes.
The main event was extremely predictable as they kept talking about the Maryland State Commission in attendance, so you knew something would come up.

Still watch this PPV every few years. Good memories.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 10th, 2018 04:41 pm
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The Big Kahuna

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LOVED the show

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 Posted: Tue Jul 10th, 2018 05:16 pm
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To this day, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this show. One of the few big PPVs I never saw. We got cable two months before this. I watched Clash II on TBS, but the cable company wasn’t carrying the NWA PPVs. Totally bummed. Didn’t see a Crockett ppv until I believed ChiTown Rumble 89.

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