The Great American Bash

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The Great American Bash
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The Great American Bash logo used for WWE's NXT event in 2020
Other name(s)The Bash (2009)
Created byDusty Rhodes
Promotion(s)National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions
(1985–1988)
World Championship Wrestling
(1989–1992, 1995–2000)
WWE
(2004–2009, 2012, 2020–present)
Brand(s)Raw (2007–2009)
SmackDown (2004–2009)
ECW (2007–2009)
NXT (2020–present)
First event1985

The Great American Bash is a professional wrestling event produced by WWE, a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. Created by Dusty Rhodes, the event was established in 1985 and was originally produced by the National Wrestling Alliance's (NWA) Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) and was broadcast on closed-circuit television. In 1988, it began broadcasting on pay-per-view (PPV), and later that same year, JCP was rebranded as World Championship Wrestling (WCW), which seceded from the NWA in January 1991. In March 2001, the then-World Wrestling Federation (WWF) purchased WCW. In May 2002, the WWF was renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the promotion revived The Great American Bash as their own annual PPV in 2004. It was held exclusively for WWE's SmackDown brand from 2004 to 2006 before brand-exclusive PPVs were discontinued in April 2007.

In 2009, WWE renamed the event as The Bash, which was also the final Great American Bash broadcast on PPV, as it was replaced by Fatal 4-Way in 2010. The Great American Bash returned in July 2012 under its original full name and was held as a special live episode of SmackDown. In July 2020, the event name was again revived and has since been held as an annual event for WWE's NXT brand, airing as special episodes of NXT.

History[edit]

The Great American Bash was invented by Dusty Rhodes, a prominent wrestler of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), who became a wrestler and booker of the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP). The first Great American Bash event was held by JCP on July 6, 1985 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the American Legion Memorial Stadium. It was broadcast on closed-circuit television. In 1986 and 1987, The Great American Bash was held as a series of events. The Great American Bash continued to be broadcast on closed-circuit television until the 1988 event, which was the first to be broadcast on pay-per-view (PPV). In November that year, JCP was purchased by Turner Broadcasting System and JCP was rebranded as World Championship Wrestling (WCW).[1]

WCW continued to produce The Great American Bash under the NWA banner until WCW seceded from the NWA in January 1991. As such, the 1991 event was the first Great American Bash produced by WCW alone. After the 1992 event, WCW did not hold the PPV again until they revived it in 1995. It then continued annually until 2000.[1] The 2000 event was the final Great American Bash held by WCW,[2] as in March 2001, WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF),[3] which was renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in May 2002.[4]

After a four-year hiatus, the event was revived by WWE in 2004. To coincide with the brand extension, where the promotion divided its roster into brands where wrestlers exclusively perform,[5] the 2004 event was held exclusively for the SmackDown! brand.[6] It continued to be held exclusively for SmackDown! in 2005 and 2006.[7][8] Following WrestleMania 23 in April 2007, brand-exclusive PPVs were discontinued,[9] thus the events from 2007 to 2009 featured the Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW brands.[10][11][12] In 2009, the event was renamed as The Bash.[12] It would be the only held under this name, as well as the last held on PPV, as the event was replaced by Fatal 4-Way in 2010.[13]

In April 2011, WWE ceased using its full name with the WWE abbreviation becoming an orphaned initialism. WWE then revived The Great American Bash in July 2012 under the event's original full name. This event was held as a special episode of SmackDown.[14] After another eight years, WWE again revived the event, this time for the NXT brand as a two-part special episode of NXT.[15] The event was scheduled to again be held as a special episode of NXT in 2021, thus becoming an annual event for NXT.[16]

Dates and venues[edit]

WCW/nWo co-branded event SmackDown-branded event NXT-branded event
# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
National Wrestling Alliance: Jim Crockett Promotions
1 The Great American Bash (1985) July 6, 1985 Charlotte, North Carolina American Legion Memorial Stadium Tully Blanchard (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes in a Steel cage match for the NWA World Television Championship [1]
2 The Great American Bash (1986) July–August 1986 A tour of 13 shows around the south and eastern parts of the country Dusty Rhodes (c) vs. Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [1]
3 The Great American Bash (1987) July 1987 A tour of several shows around the south and eastern parts of the country The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk), Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, and Paul Ellering vs. The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger, and Tully Blanchard) and The War Machine in a WarGames match [1]
4 The Great American Bash (1988) July 10, 1988 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena Ric Flair (c) vs. Lex Luger for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [1]
National Wrestling Alliance: World Championship Wrestling
5 The Great American Bash (1989) July 23, 1989 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena Ric Flair (c) vs. Terry Funk for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [1]
6 The Great American Bash (1990) July 7, 1990 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena Ric Flair (c) vs. Sting for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [1]
World Championship Wrestling
7 The Great American Bash (1991) July 14, 1991 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena Rick Steiner vs. Arn Anderson and Paul E. Dangerously in a handicap steel cage match [1]
8 The Great American Bash (1992) July 12, 1992 Albany, Georgia Albany Civic Center Terry Gordy and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams vs. Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham in a tournament final for the inaugural NWA World Tag Team Championship [1]
9 The Great American Bash (1995) June 18, 1995 Trotwood, Ohio Hara Arena Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage [17]
10 The Great American Bash (1996) June 16, 1996 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena The Giant (c) vs. Lex Luger for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [17]
11 The Great American Bash (1997) June 15, 1997 Moline, Illinois The MARK of the Quad Cities Diamond Dallas Page vs. Randy Savage in a Falls Count Anywhere match [17]
12 The Great American Bash (1998) June 14, 1998 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena Sting vs. The Giant for control of the WCW World Tag Team Championship [17]
13 The Great American Bash (1999) June 13, 1999 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena Kevin Nash (c) vs. Randy Savage for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [17]
14 The Great American Bash (2000) June 11, 2000 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena Jeff Jarrett (c) vs. Kevin Nash for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship with Ernest Miller as the special guest enforcer [17]
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
15 The Great American Bash (2004) June 27, 2004 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope The Undertaker vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) in a Handicap Concrete Crypt match [6]
16 The Great American Bash (2005) July 24, 2005 Buffalo, New York HSBC Arena Batista (c) vs. John "Bradshaw" Layfield for the World Heavyweight Championship [7]
17 The Great American Bash (2006) July 23, 2006 Indianapolis, Indiana Conseco Fieldhouse Rey Mysterio (c) vs. King Booker for the World Heavyweight Championship [8]
18 The Great American Bash (2007) July 22, 2007 San Jose, California HP Pavilion John Cena (c) vs. Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship [10]
19 The Great American Bash (2008) July 20, 2008 Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Triple H (c) vs. Edge for the WWE Championship [11]
20 The Bash June 28, 2009 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena Randy Orton (c) vs. Triple H in a Three Stages of Hell match for the WWE Championship [12]
21 SuperSmackDown LIVE: The Great American Bash July 3, 2012 Corpus Christi, Texas American Bank Center The Great American Bash 20-Man Battle Royal to determine the guest General Manager for the following week's SmackDown [14]
22 NXT: The Great American Bash (2020) July 1, 2020[Note 1]
(Night 1)
Winter Park, Florida Full Sail University Io Shirai vs. Sasha Banks [15]
July 8, 2020
(Night 2)
NXT Champion Adam Cole vs. North American Champion Keith Lee in a Winner Takes All match
23 NXT: The Great American Bash (2021) July 6, 2021 Orlando, Florida Capitol Wrestling Center at WWE Performance Center Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly [16]

1985[edit]

The Great American Bash
PromotionNational Wrestling Alliance
Jim Crockett Promotions
DateJuly 6, 1985
CityCharlotte, North Carolina
VenueAmerican Legion Memorial Stadium
Attendance27,000
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1986

The Great American Bash was the inaugural Great American Bash professional wrestling closed circuit event produced by the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions. It took place on July 6, 1985 at the American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event included a 1-hour live concert performance by David Allan Coe.[18]

As a result of Dusty Rhodes winning the match, Tully Blanchard's valet, Baby Doll was forced to be Dusty Rhodes' valet for 30 days which sparked her face turn as she became a full-time valet for Rhodes and his then partner, Magnum T.A.

No. Results[19][20][18][21] Stipulations
1 Ron Bass fought Buddy Landel (with James J. Dillon) to a draw Singles match
2 The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson) (c) defeated Buzz Sawyer and Dick Slater Tag team match for the NWA National Tag Team Championship
3 Manny Fernandez, Sam Houston, and Buzz Tyler defeated Superstar Billy Graham, Konga the Barbarian, and Abdullah the Butcher Six-man tag team match
4 Jimmy Valiant defeated Paul Jones Dog Collar match
5 The Russian Team (Krusher Khrushchev and Ivan Koloff) (c) fought The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) (with Paul Ellering) to a double disqualification Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship
6 Magnum T.A. (c) defeated Kamala (with Skandor Akbar) by disqualification 6:45 Singles match for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship
7 Ric Flair (c) defeated Nikita Koloff (with Ivan Koloff) Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship with David Crockett as special referee
8 Dusty Rhodes defeated Tully Blanchard (c) (with Baby Doll) 11:30 Steel cage match for the NWA World Television Championship
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

1986[edit]

The Great American Bash
PromotionNational Wrestling Alliance
Jim Crockett Promotions
DateJuly–August 1986
Cityvarious cities
Venuevarious venues
AttendanceN/A
Tagline(s)Ringmasters
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1987

The Great American Bash was the second Great American Bash event series produced by the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions.

JCP used "The Great American Bash" as the name for a tour that had several pay-per-view caliber shows around the country. In 1986, there were 13 Great American Bashes and NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair defended his title at each one against Ricky Morton, Road Warrior Hawk, Ron Garvin, Nikita Koloff, Robert Gibson, Road Warrior Animal, Magnum T.A., Wahoo McDaniel, and Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes defeated him for the title at the July 26 Bash.[22] Flair challenged for it on the last Bash on August 2. Nikita Koloff and Magnum T.A. were involved in a best of seven title match series throughout the Bash for the U.S. Title. The cities toured in 1986 were in order as follows: July 1 in Philadelphia, July 3 in Washington, D.C., July 4 in Memphis, Tennessee, July 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina, July 8 in Charleston, WV, July 9 in Cincinnati, July 10 in Roanoke, Virginia, July 12 in Jacksonville, Florida, July 18 in Richmond, Virginia, July 21 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, July 23 in Johnson City, Tennessee, July 25 in Norfolk, Virginia, July 26 in Greensboro, North Carolina and August 2 in Atlanta.

In July 2019, the July 5 and July 26 editions were uploaded as hidden gems on the WWE Network.[23]

July 5, 1986 in Charlotte, North Carolina (Memorial Stadium)

No. Results[19][24] Stipulations
1 Denny Brown (c) fought Steve Regal to a draw Singles match for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
2 Robert Gibson defeated Black Bart Singles match
3 The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson) defeated Sam Houston and Nelson Royal Tag team match
4 Manny Fernandez defeated Baron von Raschke (with Paul Jones) Bunkhouse match
5 Wahoo McDaniel defeated Jimmy Garvin (with Precious) Indian Strap match
6 Ron Garvin defeated Tully Blanchard (with James J. Dillon) Taped Fist match
7 The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) (with Paul Ellering) defeated The Russian Team (Ivan Koloff and Nikita Koloff) Russian Chain match
8 Jimmy Valiant defeated Shaska Whatley (with Paul Jones) Hair vs. Hair match
9 Dusty Rhodes, Magnum T.A., and Baby Doll defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) and Jim Cornette Steel cage match
10 Ric Flair (c) defeated Ricky Morton Steel Cage match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

July 26, 1986 in Greensboro, North Carolina (Greensboro Coliseum)

No. Results[19][24][25] Stipulations
1 Steve Regal defeated Sam Houston Singles match
2 Black Bart and Konga the Barbarian defeated Denny Brown and Italian Stallion Tag team match
3 Manny Fernandez defeated Baron von Raschke (with Paul Jones) Loaded Glove on a Pole match
4 Wahoo McDaniel defeated Jimmy Garvin (with Precious) Indian Strap match
5 Tully Blanchard (with James J. Dillon) defeated Ron Garvin Taped Fist match
6 The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) fought The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson) to a draw Tag team match
7 Paul Jones (with Shaska Whatley) defeated Jimmy Valiant Hair vs. Hair match
8 Magnum T.A. defeated Nikita Koloff (with Ivan Koloff) Best of 7 series for the NWA United States Championship (3-1)
9 The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) and Baby Doll (with Paul Ellering) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) and Jim Cornette Steel Cage match
10 Dusty Rhodes defeated Ric Flair (c) Steel Cage match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

1987[edit]

The Great American Bash
PromotionNational Wrestling Alliance
Jim Crockett Promotions
DateJuly 4, 1987[26]
July 18, 1987[27]
July 31, 1987
CityAtlanta[26]
Charlotte, North Carolina[27]
Miami
VenueThe Omni[26]
Memorial Stadium[27]
Orange Bowl
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1988

The Great American Bash was the third Great American Bash event series produced by the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP).

This was the first use of the WarGames: The Match Beyond match conceived by Dusty Rhodes.

Rhodes was on the winning side in both events along with The Road Warriors, Nikita Koloff, and Paul Ellering. Koloff, Rhodes, and J.J. Dillon sustained serious injuries in the first encounter. The Bash series took place in numerous venues all July long, starting in Lakeland, Florida at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena on July 1. This was also the final wrestling event of the NWA's JCP to be aired live on closed-circuit television, as JCP began airing their wrestling events live on pay-per-view, starting with Starrcade in November 1987.

July 4, 1987 in Atlanta, Georgia (The Omni)

No. Results[19][26][28][29] Stipulations
1 Kendall Windham defeated Gladiator #1 Singles match
2 Sting defeated Thunderfoot #1 Singles match
3 LazerTron defeated MOD Squad Spike Singles match
4 Jimmy Valiant defeated MOD Squad Basher Singles match
5 Barry Windham (c) defeated Rick Steiner Singles match for the NWA Western States Heritage Championship
6 Ron Garvin and Jimmy Garvin (with Precious) defeated Vladimir Petrov and The Barbarian (with Paul Jones) Tag team match
7 The Lightning Express (Tim Horner and Brad Armstrong) (c) defeated The Angel of Death and Big Bubba Rogers (with Skandor Akbar) Tag team match for the UWF World Tag Team Championship
8 Chris Adams defeated Black Bart (with Skandor Akbar) by disqualification Singles match
9 The Fabulous Freebirds (Buddy Roberts, Michael Hayes, and Terry Gordy) defeated Ivan Koloff, Manny Fernandez, and Paul Jones Six-man tag team match
10 The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) (c) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) (with Jim Cornette) by disqualification Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship
11 Steve Williams (with Magnum T.A.) defeated Dick Murdoch (with Eddie Gilbert) Texas Death Match
12 The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk), Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes, and Paul Ellering defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger, Tully Blanchard, and J.J. Dillon) (with Dark Journey) WarGames match
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

July 18, 1987 in Charlotte, North Carolina (Memorial Stadium)

No. Results[19][28][27] Stipulations
1 Kendall Windham, Jimmy Valiant, and LazerTron defeated Sean Royal, Gladiator #1, and Gladiator #2 Six-man tag team match
2 Chris Adams defeated Black Bart (with Skandor Akbar) Singles match
3 Barry Windham (c) defeated Big Bubba Rogers (with Skandor Akbar) Singles match for the NWA Western States Heritage Championship
4 "Dr. Death" Steve Williams and Terry Gordy defeated Eddie Gilbert and Dick Murdoch Bunkhouse match
5 The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Buddy Roberts) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) (c) (with Jim Cornette) by disqualification. Tag team match for the NWA United States Tag Team Champions
6 The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) (c) defeated The MOD Squad (Spike and Basher) Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship
7 Road Warrior Animal (with Paul Ellering) defeated Arn Anderson (with James J. Dillon) Taped Fist match
8 Lex Luger (with James J. Dillon) defeated Nikita Koloff (c) Steel cage match for the NWA United States Championship
9 Ric Flair (c) (with James J. Dillon) defeated Road Warrior Hawk (with Paul Ellering) by disqualification Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
10 Dusty Rhodes (with Barry Windham) defeated Tully Blanchard (with James J. Dillon and Dark Journey) "Lights-out" Barbed Wire Ladder match for $100,000.
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

July 31, 1987 in Miami, Florida (Orange Bowl)

No. Results[19][28] Stipulations
1 Manny Fernandez and The Barbarian (with Paul Jones) defeated The Mulkey Brothers (Randy Mulkey and Bill Mulkey) Tag team match
2 Barry Windham (c) defeated Incubus Singles match for the NWA Western States Heritage Championship
3 The Sheepherders (Luke Williams and Butch Miller) (c) fought Jimmy Garvin and Ron Garvin (with Precious) to a double disqualification Tag team match for the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship
4 Mike Rotunda (c) defeated Ivan Koloff Singles match for the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship
5 Kevin Sullivan defeated Dory Funk Jr. Texas Death Match
6 The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) (c) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) (with Jim Cornette) Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship
7 The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk), Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, and Paul Ellering defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger, and Tully Blanchard) and The War Machine (with J.J. Dillon and Dark Journey) WarGames match
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

2012[edit]

SuperSmackDown Live:
The Great American Bash
PromotionWWE
DateJuly 3, 2012
CityCorpus Christi, Texas
VenueAmerican Bank Center
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2020

On July 3, 2012, the Great American Bash title was revived for a special SuperSmackDown Live episode of SmackDown from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Unlike previous editions of The Great American Bash, it was the first to air as a special episode of a regular WWE television program, as opposed to a pay-per-view event. It was the seventh Great American Bash under WWE, and 21st overall.[14]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 The Great Khali and Layla defeated Antonio Cesaro and Aksana[30] Mixed tag team match 1:56
2 Cody Rhodes defeated Christian[31] World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank qualifying match 12:50
3 Dolph Ziggler defeated Alex Riley[32] World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank qualifying match 4:26
4 Jim Duggan, Santino Marella, and Sgt. Slaughter defeated Camacho, Drew McIntyre, and Hunico[33] Six-man tag team match 7:25
5 Ryback defeated Curt Hawkins (with Tyler Reks)[34] Singles match 3:10
6 Zack Ryder won by last eliminating Kane[Note 2][35] The Great American Bash 20-Man Battle Royal to determine the guest General Manager for the following week's SmackDown 10:48

Battle Royal[edit]

Elimination Wrestler Eliminated by Time[36]
1 Justin Gabriel Big Show 0:16
2 Brodus Clay Big Show 0:33
3 Ezekiel Jackson Tensai 1:03
4 The Great Khali Del Rio, Swagger & Tensai 1:38
5 Damien Sandow Zack Ryder 1:58
6 Santino Marella Cody Rhodes 2:15
7 Cody Rhodes Big Show 2:46
8 Kofi Kingston Big Show 2:57
9 Heath Slater Big Show 5:33*1
10 Jack Swagger John Cena 5:55*2
11 CM Punk Daniel Bryan 6:16
12 Daniel Bryan CM Punk 6:16
13 Alberto Del Rio John Cena 8:10
14 Tensai John Cena 8:39
15 John Cena Big Show 8:44
16 Christian Big Show 9:06
17 Dolph Ziggler Kane 9:20
18 Big Show Kane 9:20
19 Kane Zack Ryder 10:48
Winner: Zack Ryder
Notes
  1. ^ ^ Slater and Swagger's eliminations occurred during a commercial break.

2020[edit]

NXT:
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PromotionWWE
Brand(s)NXT
DateJuly 1, 2020
(aired July 1 and 8, 2020)
CityWinter Park, Florida
VenueFull Sail University
Attendance0 (behind closed doors)[Note 3]
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2021

On June 24, 2020, WWE announced that the eighth Great American Bash under the WWE banner (22nd overall) would take place as a special two-week event during the July 1 and July 8 episodes of NXT. Both episodes were taped on July 1.[37] One scheduled match for the July 8 broadcast was a champion vs. champion winner takes all match between NXT Champion Adam Cole and NXT North American Champion Keith Lee. The two-night event went head-to-head against All Elite Wrestling's Fyter Fest, which was held on the same nights. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both nights of the 2020 event were held behind closed doors at NXT's home base of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.[15]

Night 1 (July 1)
No. Results Stipulations Times[38]
1 Tegan Nox defeated Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, and Mia Yim Fatal four-way elimination match to determine the #1 contender for the NXT Women's Championship 20:37
2 Timothy Thatcher defeated Oney Lorcan by submission Singles match 11:32
3 Rhea Ripley defeated Aliyah and Robert Stone by submission Intergender Handicap match
Had Ripley lost, she would have joined the Robert Stone Brand.
10:03
4 Dexter Lumis defeated Roderick Strong Strap match 16:00
5 Io Shirai defeated Sasha Banks (with Bayley) Singles match 14:01
Night 2 (July 8)
No. Results Stipulations Times[39]
1D Tony Nese defeated Leon Ruff Singles match
2 Candice LeRae defeated Mia Yim Street Fight 15:51
3 Bronson Reed defeated Tony Nese Singles match 5:18
4 Johnny Gargano defeated Isaiah "Swerve" Scott Singles match 14:18
5 Legado del Fantasma (Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde, and Raul Mendoza) defeated Drake Maverick and Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) Six-man tag team match 10:38
6 Mercedes Martinez defeated Santana Garrett Singles match 2:39
7 Keith Lee (North American) defeated Adam Cole (NXT) Winner Takes All singles match for the NXT Championship and NXT North American Championship 19:55
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

2021[edit]

NXT:
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PromotionWWE
Brand(s)NXT
DateJuly 6, 2021
CityOrlando, Florida
VenueWWE Performance Center
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On June 13, 2021, WWE announced that the ninth Great American Bash under the WWE banner (23rd overall) would return as a special episode of NXT, thus becoming an annual event for NXT. Instead of a two-night event like the previous year, it was only a one-night event, airing on July 6, 2021, and was held at the Capitol Wrestling Center, hosted at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.[16]

No. Results Stipulations Times[40]
1 MSK (Nash Carter and Wes Lee) (c) defeated Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher by pinfall Tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championship[41] 11:53
2 LA Knight (c) defeated Cameron Grimes by pinfall Singles match for the Million Dollar Championship
Since Grimes lost, he became Knight's butler.[42]
13:14
3 Io Shirai and Zoey Stark defeated The Way (Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell) (c) by pinfall Tag team match for the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship[43] 7:58
4 Adam Cole defeated Kyle O'Reilly by pinfall Singles match[44] 20:33
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The event was taped on July 1 and aired on July 1 and 8.
  2. ^ The other participants were: Alberto Del Rio, Big Show, Brodus Clay, Christian, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Ezekiel Jackson, The Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jack Swagger, John Cena, Justin Gabriel, Kofi Kingston, Santino Marella, and Tensai.
  3. ^ The event was held without a paying audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, though it featured a live crowd of WWE wrestlers and trainees.

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