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25th, 1986 Norfolk, Virginia
Nature Boy" Ric Flair defeated Magnum T.A. to retain the NWA
16th, 1986 Charlotte Coliseum
Koloff defeats Magnum TA in the seventh match of their series to
determine a new U.S. Champion.
best-of-7 series produced some great matches.
Koloff won the first three, and then Magnum wins three in a
row. Great finish match)
4th, 1987 The Omni in Atlanta
WARGAMES - The Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff & Paul Ellering defeated The Four Horsemen (Flair, Arn, Tully, Luger, Dillon) when James J. Dillon submitted to the Road Warriors when they used a spike on him.(What can I say about this match? I think wrestling was changed forever by this bout. If not my all-time favorite, it’s in the top 3)
Death" Steve Williams defeated "Captain Redneck" Dick
Murdoch in a Texas Death match. (Can
you imagine these two brutes in a TDM?
11th, 1987 Greensboro Coliseum
deranged fan attempts to scale the cage and attack Flair after he beat
Jim Garvin in Greensboro, NC. Due to a pre-match stipulation Flair won a
dream date with Garvin's valet (and wife) Precious. (This
fan took things way too seriously!
Still, a good match.)
10th, 1988 Baltimore, Maryland
Windham defeated "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes by pinfall
to retain the NWA U.S. Title after Ronnie Garvin sucker-punches Rhodes.
great, and totally unexpected, heel turn by Garvin.
If I remember, they showed footage of Garvin in the back getting
a briefcase full of money from Gary Hart.)
there you have it. Ten of
my personal favorites from the Great American Bash
circa 1985-88. I know that
the 1988 GAB was really just a PPV event, but the Windham/Rhodes match
with the Garvin interference made extend the period by one year.
From 1988 on, the GAB became a single night’s PPV event rather
than the actual tour that had graced many arenas for the previous three
years. That, my friends,
was how we spent our summers here in JCP country!
Happy Birthday, America!
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