Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Larry Stoy
the epitome of summer. During
this hot, sweltering time we have such sports endeavors as Wimbledon
and Major League Baseball’s All Star game.
During these events, the best of the best in tennis and
baseball gather to test their supremacy.
Unfortunately, the MLB game is only one night.
Wimbledon lasts about two weeks.
How would you feel if you could watch all these stars for the
entire month of July? Or,
in some cases, into August!
in the mid 1980’s, Jim Crockett gave the fans this opportunity.
And, for the next three years the Mid Atlantic Championship
Wrestling faithful were treated to a veritable World Series of
Wrestling throughout the entire southeast region!
On July 6th, 1985 in Charlotte’s Memorial Stadium,
the one and only GREAT AMERICAN BASH was born.
From there, the tour only got bigger and better!
names like Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, Magnum TA, The Road
Warriors, Ole and Arn Anderson, and Tully Blanchard on the marquee,
how could this road show be anything but exciting?
JCP made sure that all the bash events were filled with top
stars from the opening bell until the main event.
Some fans that lived close to a couple of major venues could
actually see the GAB more than once…but the level of competition is
each and every GAB stop was always top notch.
will now share my picks for ten of my favorite matches from the GAB
1985-88. Although these
may not be considered the “best” matches of this time, they are my
favorites for various reasons. With
all the wonderful cards that took place in this three-year period, it
is difficult to narrow it down to ten bouts.
But, I’m an ambitious son-of-a-gun, so…here goes!
I’ll list them in chronological order, as it would be too
difficult to rate them 1 through 10.
6th, 1985 Charlotte Memorial Stadium
& Ole Anderson defeated "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer &
"Dirty" Dick Slater by pinfall to retain the National Tag
Nature Boy" Ric Flair (arriving by helicopter) defeated "The
Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff by pinfall to retain the NWA
World Title (guest referee was David Crockett).
4th, 1986 Memphis, Tennessee
Road Warriors defeated Ivan Koloff & Krusher Krushchev in a double
Russian Chain match.
(Basically a rematch from last year, but it was the firs time I’d ever seen a double chain match! Brutal match none the less). More...