NWA Great American Bash ’90: New Revolution

Live from Baltimore, MD

Airdate: July 7, 1990

Attendance: 10,000 (8.900 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Bob Caudle

Will this be Sting’s crowning moment? Or will the “Nature Boy” continue to reign as World champion? Read on!

Match 1: “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel versus “Flyin’” Brian Pillman


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Decent opener with a hot crowd.

At the podium, Gordon Solie hypes the rest of the card.

Match 2: “Captain” Mike Rotunda versus the Iron Sheik


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Rotunda is a HORRIBLE babyface. The only reason the Baltimore faithful cheered his victory was due to Sheik’s ability to generate heat.

At the podium, Solie interviews Harley Race.

Match 3: The “World’s Strongest Man” Doug Furnas versus “Dirty” Dutch Mantell


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Furnas.

Solie then interviews Cornette at the podium.

Match 4: “Wildfire” Tommy Rich versus Harley Race


Rating: *

Summary: Back in 1981, this was the main event for the NWA World title. In 1990, it’s the popcorn match.

Solie then interviews Dangerously with Mean Mark who rips up a Luger t-shirt.

Match 5 for the NWA US tag team titles: Midnight Express (champions w/ Jim Cornette) versus Southern Boys


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: With the Baltimore faithful firmly in their back pocket, the Midnight Express countered the energetic babyfaces’ fast-paced style with their experience and savvy. Excellent match!

On the podium, Solie interviews the Freebirds who are wearing more makeup than Tammy Faye.

Match 6: Big Van Vader versus Z-Man


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Vader.

Solie then interviews the Four Horsemen. Indirectly, Windham exposes Ole as bookerman while Ole informs WCW Vice-President Jim Herd that Flair will retain the title thanks to them.

Match 7: Steiners versus Freebirds


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Hot tag match that proved how good the Steiners were.

Ross then shills Halloween Havoc ‘90 on 10/27.

Match 8 (six-man): Junkyard Dog, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, & El Gigante versus NWA World TV champion “the Enforcer” Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, & Sid Vicious


Rating: **

Summary: This match was an excuse to showcase El Gigante’s size and have both the Horsemen and Dudes with Attitudes wrestle prior to the main event.

After the match, El Gigante sends Sid and Arn over adjacent top ropes and scatters Windham.

At the podium, Solie interviews a preoccupied Luger.

Match 9 for the NWA US title: The “Total Package” Lex Luger (champion) versus “Mean” Mark (w/ Paul E. Dangerously)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: From a budget perspective, Mark may not have meant much to WCW; on the other hand, from a wrestling perspective, Mark was only 25 years old. Instead of letting his contract lapse, WCW should have re-signed him. I wonder where he pops up next.

Earlier today, Solie interviewed Sting in the locker room who stated his knee is 100%.

Match 10 for the NWA World tag team titles: Doom (champions w/ Teddy Long) versus Rock’n’Roll Express


Rating: ***

Summary: Solid victory for the champions against the former four-time champions.

Earlier today, Solie interviewed Flair in the empty Baltimore Arena.

Prior to the match, Herd has WCW Security Director Doug Dillinger handcuff a reluctant Ole to El Gigante.

Match 11 for the NWA World title (no-DQ): “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion) versus Sting


Rating: ****

Summary: Immensely historical match as Sting finally defeated Flair for the NWA World title.

After the match, the Dudes with Attitudes celebrate with Sting in the ring.

On the ramp, Solie interviews Sting who touts Flair’s success and “has some big shoes to fill.” He then thanks the fans for their support, returns to the ring, and riles them up.

Conclusion: Much like the Ultimate Warrior winning the WWF title in April, this was a momentum-shifting night for WCW. The Sting era has begun. What happens next?

As far as my recommendation goes, the main event is a must-see for every wrestling fan. Also, the Midnight Express-Southern Boys match must be seen to be believed.

Buyrate: 1.70

Stay tuned for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXVII!

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