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WCW The Great American Bash (1996)



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Credited cast:
Arn Anderson ...
Arn Anderson
Scotty Antol ...
Scotty Riggs
Marcus Bagwell ...
Marcus Alexander Bagwell
Chris Benoit
Eric Bischoff
John Czawlytko ...
Tonga Fifita ...
Ric Flair
Kevin Greene ...
Tara Greene ...
Jimmy Hart ...
Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan


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Release Date:

16 June 1996 (USA)  »

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Great American Bash  »

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Follows WCW Uncensored (1995) See more »

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Took them long enough
11 October 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1st Match: Fire and Ice vs The Steiners. This match has a stipulation that there much be a winner, it's not a No DQ match though, so it's not that important. A solid start here, mostly power moves, but it flows well and both teams get good offense. The ending's a little sloppy, but it still works well. Rating: 3.5/5

2nd Match: El Gato vs Konnan, WCW US Heavyweight Championship. This is probably the best Konnan match I've seen so far. Nothing mind blowing, but it works for a short title match. Rating: 3/5

3rd Match: DDP vs Buff Bagwell. Part of DDP's return push, it goes longer than I thought it would, but it was entertaining. Rating: 3/5

4th Match: Dean Malenko vs Rey Mysterio, WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Thank god Mysterio was here to save this division. This is the match of the night, a fantastic blend of technical wrestling and high-flying. Both guys do a great job at showing what the cruiserweight division is capable of, please tell me there are more great matches like this in the future. Rating: 4.5/5

5th Match: John Tenta vs Big Bossman. Tenta was Shark and Avalanche if anyone cares, I don't, because this match is just a 5 minute borefest. A below "meh" cooldown match, but also a good match to go to the bathroom. Boring, but the show's been better than almost every WCW PPV over the past year so far. Rating: 1.5/5

6th Match: Chris Benoit vs Kevin Sullivan, Falls Count Anywhere match. A great brawl, though not as crazy as stuff that would follow it in the Attitude Era, it's still entertaining. This is the best Sullivan match I've seen in like 2 years, good thing Benoit was able to squeeze a good match out of him. Rating: 4/5

7th Match: Sting vs Lord Steven Regal. Billed as a grudge match, because Sting promised to "straighten Regal out", despite the awkward backstory, the match is alright. I don't know if they ever did anything with Regal main event-wise, but he holds his own here pretty well against a top guy. Rating: 3.5/5

8th Match: Ric Flair and Arn Anderson vs Steve McMichael and Kevin Greene. An OK attempt to copy what the WWF did with Lawrence Taylor, but not as good. At least Taylor's match was entertaining, this just kind of goes through the motions until McMichael joins The Four Horsemen and screws his partner over. Rating: 3/5

9th Match: Lex Luger vs Big Show, WCW World Heavyweight Championship. So after Nash and Hall Jackknife Eric Bischoff through a table, we get this match. This is probably the best Luger match I've seen, but it's still not that good of a way to finish off the show. At least Big Show wins clean, albeit anticlimactic. It's short though, and doesn't drag on, so that's a plus. Rating: 3/5

Final Rating: 6 out of 10. About damn time WCW decided to put on a good show. It still has problems, but it's a lot better than anything else they've made this year. If this keeps up, they might actually start putting out great shows for the first time in 2 years.

R.I.P. Chris Benoit

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