WCW Great American Bash ’92

Live from Albany, GA

Airdate: July 12, 1992

Attendance: 8,000 (4,000 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who will win the NWA World tag team title tournament? Will Vader dethrone Sting for the WCW World title? Let's find out!

Prior to the first match, we revisit Clash XIX when the MVC defeated the Steiners to advance to the tournament semifinals. In addition, on 7/5 in the Omni, the MVC defeated the Steiners again—this time to become WCW World tag team champions.

According to Tony Schiavone, Akira Nogami suffered an eye injury and will be replaced by Shinya Hashimoto. Here is the tournament bracket coming into the show:

From the black locker room, Eric Bischoff interviews WCW Executive Vice-President "Cowboy" Bill Watts. According to Watts, the top rope is in play for the NWA tag team tournament but isn't during the WCW World title match.

Match 1 for the NWA World tag team titles (quarterfinal): (unseeded) Jushin “Thunder” Liger & “Flyin’”Brian Pillman versus (unseeded) Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat & Nikita Koloff


Rating: ****

Summary: Outstanding match with great high-flying by both PIllman and Liger as well as counter-wrestling by Steamboat. In addition, the Albany faithful ate it up with a spoon.

Back in the black locker room, Bischoff interviews the Steiners who cut a decent promo on the MVC.

Match 2 for the NWA World tag team titles (quarterfinal): (unseeded) Freebirds versus (#2) Hiroshi Hase & Shinya Hashimoto


Rating: **

Summary: The Albany faithful had no clue how to respond to Hase and Hashimoto's wrestling acumen, but neither did the Freebirds.

Schiavone then interviews Watts who holds the NWA World title belt last held by "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. As Hiro Matsuda, representing New Japan Pro Wrestling, receives the belt, Watts name-drops Flair as the previous champion. Wow! I didn't think he'd do that considering his WWF affiliation. Nonetheless, he hopes to have the new NWA World champion face Sting to have only one world champion.

Match 3 for the NWA World tag team titles (quarterfinal): (unseeded) Barry Windham & the “Natural” Dustin Rhodes versus (#6) WCW US champion “Ravishing” Rick Rude & WCW World TV champion “Stunning” Steve Austin (w/ Madusa)


Rating: ****

Summary: Another excellent tag match where the tag formula kept the Albany faithful glued to the match. Personally, I blame the Dangerous Alliance's loss on their lack of guidance from Uncle Paul.

C'mon, Uncle Paulie, don't get frustrated. I'm your favorite nephew.

From the red locker room, Bischoff interviews Vader with Race. Vader's ready to take Sting's "most prized possession." Let's hope Mrs. Borden wasn't watching.

Ross then shills Halloween Havoc '92 on 10/25 LIVE on PPV. Order NOW!

Match 4 for the NWA World tag team titles (semifinal): (unseeded) Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat & Nikita Koloff versus (#4) WCW World tag team champions the Miracle Violence Connection


Rating: **

Summary: Lots of mat wrestling and the sluggish pace took the Albany faithful completely out of the match. While the catch-as-catch-can style and move-countermove strategy are wrestling staples, some elements of entertainment are necessary for popular engrossing. Needless to say, but this match did not excite me in the least. It would have been better if the MVC played heel characters.

Match 5 for the NWA World tag team titles (semifinal): (#2) Hiroshi Hase & Shinya Hashimoto versus (unseeded) Barry Windham & the “Natural” Dustin Rhodes


Rating: **1/2

Summary: The Albany faithful woke up at the end as the American babyfaces sent the Japanese duo packing.

Schiavone then interviews Ron Simmons who will have his eyes glued to the upcoming World title match.

Match 6 for the WCW World title: Sting (champion) versus Big Van Vader (w/ Harley Race)


Rating: ****

Summary: The Vader era has begun! Actually, with the WCW title, Vader became the first to win World titles in four countries. The other titles were from IWGP (Japan), CWA (Europe), and UWA (Mexico). For the most part, Vader demolished Sting throughout the match. Inevitably, it took Sting knocking himself out so that Vader could pin him. Furthermore, Sting did a marvelous job of making Vader here.

After the match, Simmons, Koloff, and officials assisted Sting from the ring.

Back in the red locker room, Bischoff interviews the NEW World champion. According to Race, Vader is the "king of athletes, king of wrestling, and the MAN..." As you would expect, Vader is ecstatic about his victory.

Match 7 for the NWA World tag team titles (final): (#4) the Miracle Violence Connection versus (unseeded) Barry Windham & the “Natural” Dustin Rhodes


Rating: **

Summary: B-O-R-I-N-G main event where the Texans looked outclassed by the smooth yet methodical teamwork of the MVC. Within the span of a week, the MVC have captured both the WCW and NWA World tag team titles.

After the match, Schiavone and Magnum T.A. interview the NEW NWA World tag team champions.

To finish the show, Ross shills Halloween Havoc '92 again.

Conclusion: Due to a union strike in Philadelphia, PA, this show was relocated to Albany, GA at the last possible moment. With results like this, one would figure they were decided with the Philly faithful's love for heels and hatred for babyfaces in mind. The venue change didn't alter the booking, but the Albany faithful didn't provide the reaction WCW had hoped.

In addition, the Watts era with plenty of mat wrestling and limited aerial moves made some of the matches on the show almost unbearable. On the flip side, the opening, the Dangerous Alliance versus Windham/Rhodes, and the WCW title matches are all must-see viewing.

Hence, while I caution those who haven't seen this show about the increased amount of mat wrestling, I recommend this show for its historical value and the aforementioned three **** matches.

Buyrate: 0.40

Stay tuned for WWF Summerslam ‘92!

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