The Great American Bash (1996)
The Great American Bash (1996) was the tenth The Great American Bash professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It took place on June 16, 1996 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
|The Great American Bash (1996)|
|Promotion||World Championship Wrestling|
|Date||June 16, 1996|
|Tagline(s)||World Championship Wrestling Turns Up The Heat!|
|The Great American Bash chronology|
The event featured professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Professional wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
Prior to the start of the pay-per-view, there were three matches held on Main Event. The first match saw Rocco Rock make quick work of Jerry Sags. The second match saw V.K. Wallstreet defeat Jim Powers after a Samoan Drop. The final match saw Jim Duggan pin Disco Inferno following a running clothesline.
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated Fire and Ice (Scott Norton and Ice Train) in the first match of the pay-per-view. The Steiner Brothers hit a Frankensteiner followed by a bulldog, which enable Scott to pick up the pinfall victory on Norton.
During the next match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship, Dean Malenko retained his title in a match against a debuting Rey Misterio Jr. When Misterio went for a hurricanrana, Malenko countered into a powerbomb and used the bottom for leverage to pick up the pinfall victory.
The next match saw John Tenta defeated Big Bubba Rogers. After Rogers attempted to hit Tenta off the top rope, Tenta powerbombed Bubba and covered him for the win. After the match Tenta cut Rogers' goatee off with a pair of scissors.
The next match was a Falls Count Anywhere match between Chris Benoit and Kevin Sullivan. The match ended when Benoit superplexed Sullivan from a table that head been set up on the ropes in the corner. After the match Arn Anderson came to the ring and helped Benoit attack Sullivan.
Sting next took on Lord Steven Regal, and picked up the victory via submission to the Scorpion Deathlock. After this match an announcement was made that Randy Savage was reinstated into WCW and would return the next night on Monday Nitro.
The second to last match was a tag team match between Ric Flair and Arn Anderson, against Kevin Greene and Steve McMichael. While Flair had the figure-4 leglock on Greene, his partner McMichael turned his back on him, and hit him with a briefcase full of money, which enables Flair to pin Green. Debra McMichael had chased Woman and Elizabeth to the back, only to return with the briefcase containing money and a Four Horsemen T-shirt. After the match, McMichael put on a The Four Horsemen shirt, officially joining the group, giving him Brian Pillman's spot in the Horsemen. Chris Benoit then came out and the Horsemen attacked Greene and Savage.
The main event was for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship saw the champion The Giant retain his title against Lex Luger. During the match, Jimmy Hart used his megaphone as a weapon on Luger, which brought Sting out who chased Hart to the back. The match ended when Luger attempted to use the Torture Rack, however he was unable to support him and collapsed. Giant used this opening the chokeslam Luger and pick up the victory.
|1ME||Rocco Rock defeated Jerry Sags||Singles match||01:46|
|2ME||V.K. Wallstreet defeated Jim Powers||Singles match||03:07|
|3ME||Jim Duggan defeated Disco Inferno||Singles match||02:09|
|4||The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated Fire and Ice (Scott Norton and Ice Train)||Tag team match||10:29|
|5||Konnan (c) defeated El Gato||Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship||06:03|
|6||Diamond Dallas Page defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell||Singles match||09:39|
|7||Dean Malenko (c) defeated Rey Misterio Jr.||Singles match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship||17:50|
|8||John Tenta defeated Big Bubba Rogers (with Jimmy Hart)||Singles match||05:24|
|9||Chris Benoit defeated Kevin Sullivan (with Jimmy Hart)||Falls Count Anywhere match||09:58|
|10||Sting defeated Lord Steven Regal (with Jeeves) by submission||Singles match||16:30|
|11||Ric Flair and Arn Anderson (with Woman, Miss Elizabeth and Bobby Heenan) defeated Kevin Greene and Steve McMichael (with Randy Savage, Debra and Tara Greene)||Tag team match||20:51|
|12||The Giant (c) (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Lex Luger||Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship||09:21|
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