The war between WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan and the monster Vader takes a back seat this time around – because Hogan had a limited number of dates where he would wrestle. So WCW needed to focus on some different feuds to sell one of their biggest shows of the year. Thankfully, Hogan’s sometimes-sidekick, sometimes-nemesis “Macho Man” Randy Savage was right there, ready to go to battle with “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
Set up when Flair and Arn Anderson attacked Savage’s father, Angelo Poffo, at SLAMBOREE, the match continued the feud that started when Savage beat Flair for the WWF Championship three years earlier at WrestleMania VIII. Savage dedicated the Bash match to his dad, who was at ringside, so of course by the rules of professional wrestling, Savage lost the main event.
Best Match: WCW Tag Team Championship Match: The Nasty Boys (c) defeated The Blue Bloods – Lord Steven Regal quickly became my favorite WCW wrestler not long after he debuted. Every match he was in had bright spots, either because of his crisp work rate or his outlandish facial expressions. Putting him with noted tag team specialist Bobby Eaton… ahem, sorry, Robert, Earl of Eaton was a masterstroke. And though you would think a battle with the Nasty Boys would be a bit of a styles clash, they managed to work really well together. Even with the interference from Harlem Heat, which backfired and helped the Nastys retain the title, the match was really fun.
Worst Match: Arm Wrestling Challenge: Dave Sullivan defeated “Diamond” Dallas Page – This is a bit of a cheat, since it’s not REALLY a match. But there was a winner and a loser and the promotion wasted valuable pay-per-view time on it, so it gets to be included. This was basically just an angle to sow some dissention between DDP, his valet the Diamond Doll and bodyguard Maxx Muscle. Page had a series of arm wrestling challenges where Muscle helped him to win. But here, the Diamond Doll bumped into Muscle, who bumped into Page, allowing Sullivan to get the win.
Getting Better – The last two WCW pay-per-views – SLAMBOREE and UNCENSORED – were unmitigated disasters, but the Bash ended a trend of terrible shows with a lot of fun matches with great action. It wasn’t at the level of the great undercards that would come during the Monday Night Wars, but it was much improved from the previous few months. Even Alex Wright, who had been boring me to tears so far, had a really great match. But he was in the ring with Brian Pillman, who was a couple of months away from joining up with Ric Flair and Arn Anderson, so his motivation may have been a little higher.
Speaking of Arn… – You have to give Anderson some credit for being one hell of a company man. He defended his Television Championship at the Bash against noted Ultimate Warrior rip-off The Renegade and spent almost 10 minutes in there. Arn did what he could to make this not terrible, which is a minor miracle, really. The Renegade, of course, put Anderson’s shoulders to the mat for the three count to win the championship.
Ranking The Great American Bash 1995
1 – WCW Tag Team Championship Match: The Nasty Boys (c) defeated The Blue Bloods
2 – Alex Wright defeated Flyin’ Brian
3 – “Nature Boy” Ric Flair defeated “Macho Man” Randy Savage
4 – Harlem Heat defeated Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater
5 – U.S. Championship Tournament Final: Sting defeated Meng
6 – Television Championship Match: The Renegade defeated Arn Anderson (c)
7 – “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan beat Craig Pittman by disqualification
8 – Arm Wrestling Challenge: Dave Sullivan defeated “Diamond” Dallas Page
*DISCLAIMER* The Top 10 rankings are for discussion purposes only and in no way reflect an official or authoritative list. It is simply my opinion. If you disagree, let me know in the comments. New arrivals to the Top 10 are in bold.
Finally, we got some new blood into the Top 10! Two new matches this time around!
1 – WWF Championship Match: Diesel (c) and Bret “Hitman” Hart battle to a draw – Royal Rumble 1995
2 – WWF Championship Match: Diesel (c) defeated Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania XI
3 – WCW World Championship Match: Hulk Hogan (c) beat Vader by disqualification – SuperBrawl V
4 – Bret “Hitman” Hart defeated Hakushi – In Your House 1
5 – WCW TV Championship: Arn Anderson (c) defeated Johnny B. Badd – Clash of the Champions XXX
6 – Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage defeated the Butcher and Kevin Sullivan – Clash of the Champions XXX
7 – WCW Tag Team Championship Match: The Nasty Boys (c) defeated The Blue Bloods – The Great American Bash 1995
8 – WWF Tag Team Championship Tournament Final Match: The Kid and Bob “Spark Plug” Holly defeated Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka – Royal Rumble 1995
9 – ECW TV Championship Match: Eddy Guerrero defeated Too Cold Scorpio (c) – ECW Three-Way Dance
10 – Alex Wright defeated Flyin’ Brian – Great American Bash 1995
Next week, we head north for the WWF King of the Ring! Stay tuned!