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The Great American Bash was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced in the summer in either the month of June or July by professional wrestling promotion International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). The 2009 edition was known as The Bash. The event was originally-produced in 1985 under National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions, and then by its successor, World Championship Wrestling (WCW). According to Ric Flair in his autobiography, To Be the Man, Dusty Rhodes invented the concept. The last event was held on June 11, 2000, not to be held again due to the acquisition of WCW by International Wrestling Federation (IWF). After a four-year hiatus, the event was revived by the rechristened IWE in June 2004 and would be exclusive to the SmackDown! brand from 2004 to 2006. In 2007, to follow the format of WrestleMania, IWE made all its pay per view events promotionwide, featuring matches with competitors from its three brands, Meltdown, Fusion! and XCW The 2009 event was rebranded as The Bash, as a way to distance the show from its past as part of WCW. The event was replaced in 2010 by Fatal 4-Way.


The Great American Bash was a pay-per-view (PPV) event consisting of a main event and undercard that feature championship matches and other various matches. The Great American Bash was originally known as The Great American Bash until 2009; this was the original name when produced under the professional wrestling promotions World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Jim Thorton Promotions. The first The Great American Bash event was produced under the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Thorton Promotions and took place on July 6, 1985 at the American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Great American Bash (1986) and The Great American Bash (1987) were featured as part of a tour during the July month. The Great American Bash (1988) was the first The Great American Bash event that was produced as a pay-per-view. The show continued to run for an extra two years before being produced under World Championship Wrestling. The first The Great American Bash event produced under WCW was The Great American Bash (1991); which has been considered the worst show under the event chronology. After the purchase of WCW by the IWE in 2001, none of their pay-per-view event names were seen again until The Great American Bash returned under the International Wrestling Entertainment in 2004. The event was made exclusive to the SmackDown! brand and took place on June 27, 2004 at the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia. After three years of being produced as a brand exclusive event, The Great American Bash (2006) was the final The Great American Bash event that was brand exclusive, as IWE announced that PPV events from then on would feature all three brands of IWE. The event continued to promote under The Great American Bash name before rebranding itself to The Bash in 2009.


# Event Date City Venue Main Event
1 The Great American Bash (2004) July, 27 2004 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope Martin McAlmond vs. Scott and Harlan in a "Concrete Crypt" Handicap Match
2 The Great American Bash (2005) July 24, 2005 Buffalo, New York HSBC Arena Jesse Dern (c) vs. John Goff for the World Heavyweight Championship
3 The Great American Bash (2006) July 23, 2006 Indianapolis, Indiana Conseco, Feildhouse Scott Wright (c) vs. Steve Britz for the World Heavyweight Championship
4 The Great American Bash (2007) July 22, 2007 San Jose, California HP Pavilion Dustin Simpson (c) vs. Russel Dalton for the IWE Championship
5 The Great American Bash (2008) July 20, 2008 Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Colisieum Triple K (c) vs. Chris Gomez for the IWE Championship
6 The Bash (2009) June 28, 2009 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena Kevin McAlmond (c) vs. Triple K in a 3 Stages of Hell Match for the IWE Championship
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