NWA Great American Bash '87

Taped from several cities

Airdates: several dates

Attendance: varied by location

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross with token appearances by Bob Caudle and David Crockett

As you can see, this was not so much a one-night extravaganza as much as a “best of” tour with blockbuster matches. Of course, the most historical portion of the tour was featured first to provide everyone with arguably Dusty Rhodes’ greatest idea.

Match 1 (WarGames): “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, the “Enforcer” Arn Anderson, the “Total Package” Lex Luger, & JJ Dillon versus the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, the “Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff, the Road Warriors, & “Precious” Paul Ellering


  1. One wrestler from each team wrestles one another for five minutes.
  2. A coin is flipped, and the winner of the coin toss (**the heels**) has another wrestler enter the cage.
  3. Every two minutes, a wrestler from the opposite team enters until it’s 5-on-5.
  4. The match beyond begins with the outcome being either submission or surrender.

Rating: *****

Summary: The first ever WarGames delivered in spades. If you’ve never seen this match, you owe it to yourself to do so STAT.

Match 2 (non-title): UWF Western State Heritage champion Barry Windham versus Rick Steiner


Rating: ***

Summary: Unique finish as Rick was very green at this point in his career.

Match 3 for the NWA US title (steel cage): The “Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff (champion) versus the “Total Package” Lex Luger (w/ JJ Dillon)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: I’m so glad this was clipped because even the extended chin locks during what was shown dragged the match longer than it should have lasted. Important win for Luger here as he became Horseman #3 with a belt and, by default, the #1 contender to the World title.

Match 4 (Texas death): Steve “Dr. Death” Williams (w/ Magnum T.A.) versus “Captain Redneck” Dick Murdoch (w/ “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Two brawlers in a brawl with a cast. It writes itself.

After the match, Gilbert charges at Williams but eats cast as well. As Williams grabs Gilbert, Murdoch nails Williams with the end of a chair into the back. OUCH! As Young tries to get the chair away from Murdoch, Magnum gives Williams his metal cane. Williams then hammers Murdoch in the midsection with it causing Murdoch to release the chair and fall out of the ring.

Match 5 (six-man): Michael Hayes, Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy, & Buddy Roberts versus Ivan Koloff, the “Ragin’ Bull” Manny Fernandez, and Paul Jones


Rating: **1/2

Summary: A hot crowd and a fiery finish made this one better than it had any right to be.

Match 6 ($100,000, barbed wire, ladder, lights-out, non-title) NWA World TV champion Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon & Dark Journey) versus The “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes (w/ Barry Windham)


Rating: **

Summary: Hopefully this feud has finally ended.

Match 7 for the NWA World title (steel cage/title versus one-night w/ Precious): “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion w/ JJ Dillon) versus “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: You know your formula works when Jimmy Garvin could follow it.

After the match, Precious enters the cage to check on her man. When Flair grabs her, Ron decks Flair. After Flair flop #3, the champion scampers to exit the cage.

Match 8 (title versus title): NWA World tag team champions the Rock’n’Roll Express versus NWA US tag team champions the Midnight Express (w/ Big Bubba Rogers but w/o Jim Cornette)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Cheap finish to a great match. Encore! Encore!

Match 9 (WarGames II): “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, the “Enforcer” Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, & War Machine (w/ JJ Dillon & Dark Journey) versus the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, the “Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff, the Road Warriors & “Precious” Paul Ellering


Rating: ****

Summary: Good but not great WarGames. I think the Florida humidity played a factor that slowed them down compared to the original match.

Conclusion: While technically not a PPV or a single-night spectacular, this show was incredible from top-to-bottom. As a wrestling fan, you owe it to yourself to see this if, for any reason, to see the WarGames in its infancy.

See you for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XII!

Buyrate: NONE

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