History Lesson: The Great American Bash


With the Great American Bash taking place tonight, we’ve decided to take a look back at the past “Bash”es in the third edition of a feature we’d like to call “History Lesson”. Pay attention – there will be a quiz!

The Great American Bash was originally an NWA event, starting in 1985 and rumored to have been “invented” by ring legend Dusty Rhodes. In 1991, WCW took over the reigns and held the annual PPV until WWE bought the company. It wasn’t until 2004 that the WWE resurrected the summer event, keeping the familiar name and patriotic theme. Every year since, there has been a Diva match of some kind, ranging from Bra & Panties matches to tussles for the Women’s Championship. Needless to say, the Bash in never predictable..

THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH 2004 – Sable vs. Torrie Wilson
Sable and Torrie were long-time rivals on SmackDown, and it was inevitable that the two would face off in an actual match after the long run of bikini contests and other more T&A-oriented affairs. Torrie, ever the patriotic one, donned a star-and-stripes attire and had the full force of the fans behind her as she took on her arch rival:

THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH 2005 – Melina vs. Torrie Wilson – Bra & Panties match (Candice Michelle as referee)
Melina and Torrie had a short-lived feud in the summer of 2005, but it wasn’t without it’s own share of fireworks. Prima-donna Melina challenged Torrie to a match, and the SmackDown veteran upped the ante, making it a Bra & Panties match. Melina was not keen on the idea of possibly being “exposed”, but went ahead with it nevertheless. Candice, Torrie’s then-BFF, served as referee for the match, being pulled into the feud after Melina attacked her for seemingly no reason. For such a quick feud, the two seemed to have plenty of distate for one another, and with Candice tossed into the mix, this surely was not going to be a by-the-books matchup:

THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH 2006 – Ashley Massaro vs. Jillian Hall vs. Kristal Marshall vs. Michelle McCool – Four-Way Bra & Panties match
Michelle and Kristal were snotty heels back in 2006, aligning themselves against the babyface duo of Jillian and Ashley in various matches and encounters. However, these allegiances meant nothing as the four went up against one another, every woman for herself, in a Bra & Panties match:

THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH 2007 – Candice Michelle vs. Melina – Women’s Title match
Candice and Melina became fierce rivals pretty fast – Candice gained a series of upsets over Melina, angering the arrogant Diva and prompting her to put her Women’s Championship on the line against the less-experienced Candice. When Candice pulled out another upset, she walked off with Melina’s title. Melina was determined to win back her belt, coming in focused and most definitely angry in a long and surprisingly technical match against the popular new Women’s Champion, determined to not let yet another upset go down:

With only one Championship match in the Bash’s history, tonight’s Divas Championship match has the potential to knock the rest of them out of the water. Not only is it a history making match, being the first time the Champion is to be crowned, but it features two of the most promising Divas in the WWE, both with bright careers ahead of them. Honestly, I’m just glad that there’s not another Bra & Panties match this year. I’m definitely counting on this year’s Bash to upstage the others in a big way.

Now for that quiz I mentioned. Below, I’ve posed a question for you based on the required reading (er, viewing..) above. Take a crack at the question and check out the corresponding video to see if you were right!

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