[PPV Recap] ‘THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH 1991’ – A Baffling Display of Nonsense

DATE: July 14, 1991
VENUE: Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)
COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

The Great American Bash ‘91 features the crowning of a new World Heavyweight Champion as Lex Luger meets Barry Windham inside a Steel Cage to decide who will stand atop the mountain. Also on the show Sting takes on Nikita Koloff in a Russian Chain Match, Rick Steiner & Missy Hyatt are SCHEDULED to face Arn Anderson & Paul E. Dangerously, and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express COLLIDE as Robert Gibson faces former best friend Richard Morton.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • SCAFFOLD MATCH: PN News & Bobby Eaton vs. Steve Austin & Terrence Taylor (DUD)
  • Tom Zenk vs. Diamond Studd (*3/4)
  • Ron Simmons vs. Oz (1/4*)
  • Robert Gibson vs. Richard Morton (*3/4)
  • ELIMINATION MATCH: Dustin Rhodes & The Young Pistols vs. Badstreet & The Fabulous Freebirds (*3/4)
  • BOUNTY FOR THE MASK: The Yellow Dog vs. Johnny B. Badd (**)
  • LUMBERJACK MATCH: Big Josh vs. Black Blood (**1/4)
  • El Gigante vs. One Man Gang (1/4*)
  • RUSSIAN CHAIN MATCH: Sting vs. Nikita Koloff (*1/2)
  • STEEL CAGE MATCH: Lex Luger vs. Barry Windham for the vacant WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • STEEL CAGE MATCH: Rick Steiner vs. Arn Anderson & Paul E. Dangerously (NR)

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[TV Rundown] ‘MAIN EVENT’ 07.14.1991 – Austin vs. News, Final GAB Hype-ish

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

With The Great American Bash an hour away this week’s Main Event…doesn’t super focus on it but they talk about it a little. More importantly is that there’s CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD on the line as “Stunning” Steve Austin defends the Television Title against PN News

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • The York Foundation vs. Larry Santo, Jim Boss, & Greg Sawyer
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Diamond Studd vs. Scotty Williams
  • THE DANGER ZONE w/ Paul E. Dangerously, One Man Gang, & Kevin Sullivan
  • Big Josh & Tom Zenk vs. Mark Kyle & Tim Frye
  • Steve Austin [c] vs. PN News for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (*3/4)

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[TV Rundown] ‘POWER HOUR’ 07.13.1991 – Luger, Windham, Others in Action

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Great American Bash weekend starts off with Power Hour as a host of folks are in action, plus the final Great American Bash Control Center, some Luger/Windham hype, and…not much more honestly but it’s a fun watch if you’re into the Ross/Dangerously banter.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

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[TV Rundown] ‘Worldwide Wrestling’ 07.06.1991 – Squashes Galore, Solie Announces Departure

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schaivone & Gordon Solie

A host of folks are in action this week on Worldwide, including Steve Austin, Big Josh, and The Hardliners. Also on the show we get an announcement about the future of Solie’s broadcasting stint on the show and ABSOLUTELY NO MENTION OF RIC FLAIR VACATING THE WORLD TITLE. 

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Steve Austin vs. Ian Weston
  • PN News vs. Tommy Starr (Power Hour – 07.06.1991)
  • GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Big Josh vs. Tim Frye
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Tony Schiavone w/ The Z-Man
  • The York Foundation vs. Johnny Rich & Tommy Angel
  • VIDEO: A look at “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • Nikita Koloff vs. Johnny Meadows
  • Barry Windham vs. Kerry Booth
  • The Hardliners vs. Rob Morgan & Scotty Meadows
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Tony Schiavone w/ The Yellow Dog

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[TV Rundown] ‘Pro Chicago’ 07.06.1991 – MAJOR WCW SHAKE-UP, Also Squash Matches I Guess

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko

This week’s Pro features Steve Austin, The Diamond Studd, and others in action plus a Larry Z’s Legends with Johnny B. Badd and oh yeah AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT RIC FLAIR IS GONE FROM WCW AND THE WORLD TITLE HAS BEEN VACATED. Maybe I should’ve led with that.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Steve Austin vs. Kerry Booth
  • WCW SPECIAL BULLETIN: RIC FLAIR NO LONGER WITH WCW; WORLD TITLE VACATED
  • The York Foundation vs. Larry Santo, Jim Boss, & Greg Sawyer
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • The Hardliners vs. Pat Rose & Eddie Desmond
  • BRICKHOUSE BONUS w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • One Man Gang vs. John Peterson
  • VIDEO: A special look at Lex Luger
  • Big Josh & Tom Zenk vs. Mark Kyle & Tim Frye
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS w/ Larry Zbyszko, Johnny B. Badd, & Theodore R. Long
  • The Diamond Studd vs. Scotty Williams
  • INTERVIEW: Schiavone w/ Missy Hyatt
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Allen Martin (?)

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[TV Rundown] ‘Main Event’ 06.23.1991 – Rhodes/Josh vs. Freebirds

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

This week’s Main Event is mostly a 6.22.91 Pro reskin save for the featured match where The Fabulous Freebirds defend the United States Tag Team Championship against Dustin Rhodes & Big Josh

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Bobby Eaton vs. Hacksaw Higgins (Pro – 6.22.91)
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Lex Luger vs. Carl Nelson (Pro – 6.22.91)
  • THE DANGER ZONE w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Nikita Koloff
  • Black Blood vs. Johnny Meadows (Pro – 6.22.91)
  • VIDEO: The Desperados Part 3
  • The Fabulous Freebirds [c] vs. Dustin Rhodes & Big Josh for the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/2)

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[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 06.22.1991 – Steiner vs. Slater, DDP & TDS Want Some Z-Man

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week’s World Championship Wrestling features Rick Steiner taking on Dick Slater, a surprisingly competitive match between Steve Austin and Sam Houston, and the beginnings of a feud that’s very much my sh*t as Diamond Dallas Page & The Diamond Studd make an enemy of the returning Z-Man.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Sam Houston vs. Steve Austin (**)
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Mr. Hughes vs. Joey Maggs
  • IN-RING INTERVIEW: Jim Ross w/ The Z-Man
  • Sting vs. Bob Cook
  • VIGNETTE: The Desperados Part 3
  • Rick Steiner vs. Dick Slater (**1/4)
  • El Gigante vs. J.D. Wolf

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[TV Rundown] ‘Pro’ 06.08.1991 – Eight Man Tag, Big Ol’ Brawls, White Sox Sass

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko

We’ve got us a star-studded eight man tag this week on Pro as Sting teams with El Gigante, Brian Pillman, & Tommy Rich to take on Ric Flair, Nikita Koloff, Barry Windham, and One Man Gang. Also on the show Bobby Eaton and Rip Rogers have a surprisingly spirited squash match, Zbyszko visibly annoys White Sox GM Jerry Reinsdorf, and much more.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • PN News vs. Tim Frye
  • Stan Hansen vs. Joey Maggs
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS w/ Larry Zbyszko & Stan Hansen
  • Big Josh vs. Greg Sawyer
  • BRICKHOUSE BONUS w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • VIDEO: The Desperados
  • Dan Spivey & Angel of Death vs. Keith Hart & Larry Santo
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Rip Rogers (**1/2)
  • CLIPS: Mascots vs. Barry Windham
  • Brian Pillman, Tommy Rich, El Gigante, & ??? vs. One Man Gang, Barry Windham, Ric Flair, & Nikita Koloff (NR)
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Bob Cook

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[TV Rundown] ‘Power Hour’ 06.08.1991 – Two Weeks Ago Pro

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

And we’re back to reusing old footage this week on Power Hour, this time the 5.25.91 episode of Pro getting the new commentary/story framing treatment.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • One Man Gang & Angel of Death vs. Phillip Parrish & Larry Santo (Pro – 5.25.91)
  • Ron Simmons & Junkyard Dog vs. Jeff Sword & Jim Corbett (Pro – 5.25.91)
  • CLIP: Great Muta vs. Eddie Gilbert (Power Hour – 10.20.89)
  • CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS REPORT w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. The State Patrol (Pro – 5.25.91)
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS w/ Larry Zbyszko & Sting (Pro – 5.25.91)
  • Nikita Koloff vs. Scott Allen (Pro – 5.25.91)
  • Bobby Eaton & Big Josh vs. Ric Flair & Arn Anderson (Pro – 5.25.91)

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[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 06.01.1991 – Lotsa Debuts, Big Josh & Terrence Taylor Stink the Joint Out

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

World Championship Wrestling is back to two hours this week, bringing the in-ring debuts of“Stunning” Steve Austin, Johnny B. Badd, and Black Blood as well as the most boring match I have watched since starting this project.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Mr. Hughes vs. Phillip Parrish
  • Barry Windham vs. Tim McGuire
  • CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS REPORT w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • PN News vs. Al Steele
  • GREEN SCREEN INTERVIEW: Missy Hyatt w/ The York Foundation
  • Johnny B. Badd vs. Kip Abee
  • POST-MATCH INTERVIEW: Jim Ross w/ Johnny B. Badd & Teddy Long
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Jeff Stone
  • Nikita Koloff vs. Rick Hardrock
  • VIGNETTE: The Desperados are coming
  • Diamond Studd vs. Ricky Nelson
  • Steve Austin vs. Chuck Coats
  • THE BULL DROP INN w/ Dustin Rhodes, Jason Hervey, One Man Gang, & Kevin Sullivan
  • Big Josh vs. Terrence Taylor (DUD)
  • Black Blood vs. Tommy Angel
  • Lex Luger vs. Jack Dillon
  • Sting vs. Ringlord #1

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