#128 – Great American Bash 1985

This week the OSWP hop in the corporate helicopter and fly down to Charlotte, North Carolina for the very first Great American Bash as featured on the Pro Wrestling Illustrated RINGMASTERS VHS tape! We join Bill Apter and Gordon Solie in the studio as they guide us through this amazing summer classic with great matches like the Russians vs the Road Warriors, Ric Flair vs Nikita Koloff, and Dusty Rhodes vs Tully Blanchard as he fights for the “services” of Baby Doll for 30 days (what?). We are also pleased to announce the THIRD SEASON OSWP box set that is now available at flairchop.com for $9.99 featuring two new unreleased bonus episodes – Clash of the Champions 9 with the Flair/Funk “I Quit” match and the 1988 Royal Rumble. We are even more pleased to announce you can now purchase the box set digitally through our website if you just want to download the files. If you’ve already downloaded all 25 episodes and just want to download the bonus episodes, those are available for only $5.99 by clicking on the banner on the right side of the page. We also now offer individual digital download of the third season if you just want a single episode. Thanks for continuing to support the show! And we’ll see you…at the matches.

This episode has been archived in the Season 5 digital box set available for $9.99 at the OSWP Merch Store!


  1. kevin barrett says:

    the song on bay doll debut was look looks that kill by motley crue. the reason flair not being the main event was he have to wrestle in Texas for vonerichs i think.buzz tyler is my least favorite of all time, because he took the mid atlantic title version 2, my second favorite belt next to the ten pounds of gold, after he was let go by the crocketts.the best part of nikta sickling david was the recation of paul jones and the barbarian . thanks

  2. Kevin Miller says:

    Per http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com the show featured a concert by David Allen Coe and also includes the following info:
    “Featured an hour-long concert by David Allen Coe; during the concert, NWA World Champion Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Jimmy Valiant, and NWA US Champion Magnum TA briefly joined Coe on stage, with Valiant helping out on vocals”
    What a treat for everyone! Google image David Allen Coe – I’m not sure how anyone would have been able to tell him apart from the Boogie Woogie Man.

    • Crapgame13 says:

      Yeah, a lot of country acts on the GAB tour: Kristofferson, Jennings, Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, etc.

      Went to one David Allen Coe concert in college. 45 minutes after it was supposed to start, Coe came out, drunk. He fiddled around on the guitar for about 30 seconds or so, adjusted the mic, told the audience to fuck off and walked off the stage.

      Great night

  3. The Irritable Object says:

    (Formerly known as the Irresistible object) I have been looking on my OSWP t-shirt to order Flash paper all this time come to find out that all I had to do was go to my local Magic store…..LOL
    This was the first wrestling I ever watched, Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
    It is OK that you did not remember that David Allen Coe had a concert before the event…”They never called him by his name”

    Thanks for the show guys

  4. Still in the middle of this episode, but I had to write this before it goes away forever. I can just imagine all of the failed “Nature Boy” gimmicks in the history of wrestling. The first one that came to mind was “Nature Boy” Toots Mondt. Just imagine the marquee: “FLAIR VS TOOTS – WHO IS THE REAL NATURE BOY?!” Gold Jerry, gold!

  5. Crapgame13 says:

    Loved the Andersons vs. Slater/Sawyer feud. I believe on TV the build revolved around the Andersons attempting to blind Buzz Sawyer. Seeing as they’re family, Buzz brings in his brother, Brett, who is a charisma suckhole but a better “wrestler,” to help him. The Sawyers at this time are also helping to back Magnum T.A. since the seeds of the feud with Flair are being sown for post-Nikita. The Andersons are helping out Flair from time to time and it was during this feud where the notion that Flair was an Anderson “cousin” was brought up as a reason for the Andersons helping Flair.

    During a jobber match, on a TBS taping, Brett thinks Arn Anderson is taking liberties due to trying to send a message so he goes out and gets attacked, including getting the gourdbuster on the floor, knocking him out.

    Dick Slater helped Buzz make the save, and this became the new team.

    According to Jim Cornette, Slater and Sawyer were victims of cutbacks when Crockett took over Georgia (they were working the Midnight Express post-Anderson and when the Midnights were brought in)

    A great callback in 89 never mentioned was that Slater and Sawyer were brought back to help fight the Andersons as part of Gary Hart’s J-Tex Corporation. Maybe it was just the history geek in me that popped hard for this.

    As for the main event
    Yeah there have only been 3 “announcer attacks” that ever shocked me. Only one when I was an impressionable youth and watching “live.” Crockett taking the sickle was it. (the other two were Tully slapping Johnny Weaver mid commentary in 1984 and Stone Cold stunning JR). Just an amazing moment of television, because you knew Crockett was kind of a dick to the heels, and he’d always be insulted, but nobody ever attacked him.

  6. Bryan Pflanz says:


    Outstanding choice! Boy, this brought back memories! Haven’t thought of this tape in 25 years! This is one of the greatest tapes ever! It did, however, make me very sad. Mid 80’s Crockett, as well as Mid South/UWF, was as good as it gets. Us mid 80’s wrestling fans were so lucky. There could, and probably will never, be tapes as good as this one + the Mid South set. Nor will there be the storylines, characters,gimmicks and announcers that we had back then. Yeah, I know, that was then, this is now. Tapes like this make me nostalgic for the good old days. WWE? Impact? ROH? That’s ok, I’ll just live my wrestling watching life vicariously through tapes such as this. Thanks for bringing this one back to life! By the way, outstanding Stone Cold impression by Drew Dire Dre! Love it! The “Bark Box”, “Hershey and Moolah” and “316 Gimmick St.” He’s a riot!

  7. The Masked Superpimp says:

    The “Nature Boy” angle between Buddy Landell and Ric Flair was not pushed enough by the promotion for some strange reason. The angle was great, Buddy Landell managed by J.J. Dillon (just months before the Horsemen formed) did great promos, proclaiming he was the TRUE nature boy. They did wrestle later on in ’91…but the angle lost it’s bite. If they had wrestled earlier, I think Buddy Landell’s career would have special. You guys are great but could you do more on Mid-Atlantic or Georgia Championship Wrestling, thanx…

  8. Suuuuch a great episode! This is one of my fave all-time VHS tapes. I rented this from Asparagus Video in Pleasanton (California). Loved the Terry Gross-ian intro by Black Cat. NPR = Network (of Old School) Pro Rasslin’. So many tremendous things from this card!

    * When my friend & I in high school would get bored during the Pleasanton (California) summers – we would started quoting JCP wrestlers. We’d have an argument over music or something and he’d say “Hey, who’s the REAL “Nature Boy”? and “Dood – let’s have an ‘I Quit’ match!”

    * This card was the first place I heard of David Allen Coe. Heard of him a few years later via the Wrestlin’-influenced punk bands, Rancid Vat & AntiSeen.

    * I want see a comic book called “Young Tony Schiavone” (with sidekick “Excitable Lad” David Crockett)

    * I once had a college professor (at San Jose State) who looked and kinda talked like Bill Apter.

    * I used to work with a woman named J.J. – I was temped to ask her “as in J.J. Dillon?” but I also didn’t want her to loathe my entire existence.

  9. jblcenafan says:

    Oak Ridge Boys played during Wrestle War 89 … brought the show to a screeching halt.

  10. Tornado Supreme says:

    Every time Dre said “Bill Apner”, Dave Hefner shed a tear.

  11. Junebug Jackson says:

    Great episode

    I’m suprised you don’t remember Sam Houston. He was a moderate star in the Mid Atlantic. I’m not sure if it was real or a storyline, but they always talked of him being trained by Dusty and Magnum. Because of his association with them, he got a beatdown and I think broken arm, by the Andersons and maybe Blanchard and Flair.

    He was a 2nd gen wrestler and his sibs were more famous. Rockin Robin was his sister, and Jake Roberts was his brother. Robin even sang the national anthem at a wreslemania when she was womens champ.

    Sam and Jake were in the same Royal Rumble, and they saved each other many times, but the comentators didnt make any deal of it.

    He was teamed with Terry Taylor until Terry turned on him after they lot a match. This is when Taylor took Bobby Heenan as a manager.

    Sam was married to Tully’s “Baby Doll” for years, until she left him after his 20th or so DUI.

  12. DeadHead Ish says:

    Loved this episode! Especially love the glee in Black Cat’s voice when talking about Sam Houston getting beat down at GAB and both of your happiness in Houston’s current state.

    Listening to your Moondogs and your I Like to Hurt People podcasts made me remember of the unknown classic Rock n Roll Wrestling 1987. It can be found on youtube and I would love if you guys reviewed it. Its a mix of a mid south Tape and an MTV video show.

  13. Buzz Tyler's Idol says:

    I posted this on Facebook not knowing it wouldn’t be read. I’m posting it again because it’s too witty and insightful not to share–

    Tully Blanchard Enterprises was an Internet pioneer. Remember http://www.whoopdustys@$$.com?
    Sincerely, Buzz Tyler’s Idol