Retro: Great American Bash 1988

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After a few weeks spent covering WWF shows, we’re ready to head back down south as we take on Great American Bash 1988 on STRAIGHT SHOOT RETRO, this Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

As always, myself and co-host Jeff Schiller will bring the historical background, the who’s who and copious amounts of jokes, so all you need to do is watch Great American Bash 1988 on the WWE Network before Wednesday, then RSVP and start submitting questions on the official event page.

Ways to watch/listen are below. Scroll down for more information on Great American Bash 1988.

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After getting absolutely trounced while trying to run shows in the traditionally WWE-held Northeast, Jim Crockett Promotions picked a more reasonable location for their 1988 Great American Bash event: Baltimore, Maryland. While still further north than JCP’s traditional Carolina and Atlanta base, it was a far cry from running shows in WWE’s backyard of Long Island.

While this was the fourth annual Great American Bash event, it was the the first to be shown as a pay-per-view, as the two previous GABs were actually month-long tours, not just one specific event. JCP and the NWA loaded the event up with all their best talent, for a summer pay-per-view event that took place a full month and a half before the first-ever SummerSlam. But alas, it was too little too late, as the promotion was already in dire straits, and Great American Bash 1988 became the final PPV event under the JCP banner.

Still, the card wasn’t hurting for quality wrestlers, and despite what sounds like an absolutely terrible gimmick match, looks pretty solid…

  • NWA World Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Sting & Nikita Koloff
  • NWA United States Tag Team ChampionsThe Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) vs. The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane)
  • Road Warriors, Steve Williams, Jimmy Garvin & Ron Garvin vs. Kevin Sullivan, Mike Rotunda, Al Perez, Russian Assassin & Ivan Koloff in a Tower of Doom Match. Three story cage, middle one split into two rooms. Wrestlers in all of them. You want to get from the top to the bottom, where you can win by pinfall and submission. Awful sounding. Same as a Triple Decker Cage Match in WCW.
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Barry Windham vs. Dusty Rhodes
  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger

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