• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (July 14, 1991) – Great American Bash 1991
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on July 14, 1991, WCW aired ‘The Great American Bash 1991’ live on PPV from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
This WCW PPV event went down in history as the first one without Ric Flair, after The Nature Boy took his WCW World Heavyweight Championship and went to the rivaled World Wrestling Federation.
Originally Flair was scheduled to defend his World title against Lex Luger in the Steel Cage main event of the show. With Ric leaving only a few days before the show and taking the belt with him, WCW was forced to create a new World Heavyweight title belt, but since it wouldn’t be finish in time for the show, the company ended up using an old CWF (Championship Wrestling from Florida) belt with a new metal plate that read “WCW World Heavyweight Champion”.
Barry Windham ended up replacing Flair and wrestling Lex Luger in a Steel Cage for the – now vacant – World Heavyweight title.
Here’s the entire card (including the results) from that night:
Bobby Eaton & P.N. News Def. Steve Austin & Terrance Taylor
The Diamond Studd Def. Z-Man
Ron Simmons Def. Oz
Richard Morton Def. Robert Gibson
Dustin Rhodes & Steve Armstrong & Tracy Smothers Def. Badstreet & Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes
The Yellow Dog Def. Johnny B. Badd
Big Josh Def. Black Blood
El Gigante Def. One Man Gang
Russian Chain match
Nikita Koloff Def. Sting
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Lex Luger Def. Barry Windham
Missy Hyatt & Rick Steiner Def. Arn Anderson & Paul E. Dangerously
• Vince McMahon’s Plan For Brock Lesnar, SummerSlam 2018 & The Universal Title
Brock Lesnar’s appearance at UFC 226 was a strong hint that he will be making his move to the octagon soon. WWE needs to think of a new angle for the Universal Championship with a new holder for the title, perhaps.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reports that Vince McMahon wants fans to think that Lesnar walked out of WWE with the title and does not want to be challenged for it by anyone. This is another attempt by the WWE management to get Roman Reigns cheered by the fans when he eventually wins the Universal Title by defeating Brock Lesnar (as that’s the end plan).
Roman Reigns is expected to face Lesnar for the Title at SummerSlam 2018 and Vince wants ‘The Big Dog’ to finally be cheered at the Barclays Center. This is the same idea that was used at WrestleMania 34 (where it was shown that Brock doesn’t care about the wrestling fans and wants to leave for the UFC), but the idea hasn’t worked so well.