WCW Great American Bash ’97

Live from Moline, IL

Airdate: June 15, 1991

Attendance: 9,613 (8,538 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can DDP make it two in a row over Savage? Will there be any turmoil in the tag title match? Read on!

Match 1: Psicosis (w/ Sonny Onoo) versus Ultimo Dragon


Rating: ****

Summary: Awesome opener as these guys pulled out their entire arsenal to entice a truly hot crowd.

After the match, Onoo was in the ring but escaped before Dragon could manhandle him.

Backstage, Benoit checks out the Ross Report on the WCW web site. That's Ross Forman, not Jim Ross in case you are wondering.

Match 2: Steiners versus Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Really strong match until the crappy finish.

After the match, the Steiners catch Vincent and destroy him with a double Steinerline. They then rip off the nWo shirt and hit the Steinerizer.

Match 3: Konnan versus Hugh Morrus


Rating: *

Summary: Slow match with a lot of mat wrestling. While Morrus displayed his agility well, the heat from the Moline faithful fizzled out.

At the entrance, Okerlund shills the hotline hinting the possibility that Shawn Michaels may be at Nitro tomorrow night. He then interviews Public Enemy who want to be #1 contenders and feel overlooked. They then exit through the Moline faithful. Their interview skills rival those of Kerry Von Erich from 1982.

Match 4: Wrath (w/ James Vandenberg & Mortis) versus Glacier


Rating: **

Summary: Like the Moline faithful, I just don't care about this feud.

After the match, Vandenberg, who has stolen the key from Patrick, unlocks the handcuffs from Mortis. He then distracts Glacier so that Mortis could hammer Glacier with the handcuff chain. Next, he handcuffs Glacier to the top rope. The heels then double-team Glacier until officials break it up.

Match 5 for the WCW Women’s title: Akira Hokuto (champion w/ Sonny Onoo) versus Madusa


Rating: ***

Summary: Selling a knee injury throughout the match told a great story of the demise of Madusa.

After the match, Onoo distracts referee Mickey Jay while Hokuto bites Madusa's leg. SOMEONE FEED THIS WOMAN! As Hokuto exits, Madusa cries in the ring. In the meantime, Heenan jokes about her injury. Keep that in mind. Okerlund then tries to interview trainer Chuck Tache about Madusa's knee but gets rebuffed. When Okerlund asks her about the finality of her career, Madusa pushes the microphone away and shoots him a dirty look. The Moline faithful then chastises Okerlund to "leave her alone." C'mon, Okerlund, have a heart!

Match 6 (death): The “Crippler” Chris Benoit (w/o Woman) versus Meng (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: The tap-out was extremely subtle so it didn't elicit a reaction from the Moline faithful. With that being said, these guys put together a really good match.

After the match, officials and Tache check on both wrestlers. Benoit then leaves the ring via stretcher while Tache assists Meng. When the EMTs return, they carry Meng out on the stretcher.

At the entrance, Okerlund points out that Meng fell off the "gurney." I smell a medical malpractice suit. Nonetheless, he shills the hotline again.

Promo for Bash at the Beach LIVE on PPV on 7/13. Hogan/Rodman versus Luger/Giant! Order NOW!

Match 7: Steve “Mongo” McMichael (w/ Debra) versus Kevin Greene


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Not terrible for a celebrity match, but having a ring general would have helped it tremendously. Nevertheless, Mongo got his comeuppance for turning on Greene last year.

Backstage, Tache inspects Madusa's left knee.

Match 8 for the WCW World tag team titles: The Outsiders (w/ Syxx) versus “Rowdy” Roddy Piper & “Nature Boy” Ric Flair


Rating: *

Summary: Only the crowd enthusiasm earns a star from me for this match. I smell impending dissension between Flair and Piper.

After the match, Piper wonders where Flair went.

Match 9 (falls count anywhere): Diamond Dallas Page (w/ Kimberly) versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Elizabeth)


Rating: ****

Summary: While not as dramatic as DDP's victory at Spring Stampede, this was a great brawl.

Conclusion: While not historical, this show contained some really good-to-great matches with the opener, the main event, the death match, as well as the women's title match. I look forward to Nitro as the Piper-Flair saga should escalate as well as the hype for Dennis Rodman at next month's PPV.

Buyrate: 0.60

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 6-16-97!

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