PWInsider.com is reporting that on April 27, WWE applied to trademark the term “The Great American Bash.”
The Great American Bash was created in the 1980s by the late Dusty Rhodes under Jim Crockett Promotions and was used as their big summer tour during that time period. The event was also the first ever Pay Per View produced by Crockett carried nationwide.
When Turner Broadcasting purchased Jim Crockett Promotions and rebranded it as World Championship Wrestling, they retained the event with the final one taking place in Baltimore on June 11, 2000.
In 2004, (three years after purchasing WCW), WWE resurrected the name for their own PPV and would continue to use the name through 2009. WWE later shortened the name to “The Bash” before dropping the event for from their PPV line-up that same year.
July 3, 2012 was the last time WWE used the full name of the event for a Great American Bash branded edition of Smackdown.
On July 15, 2014, WWE released a compilation DVD of Great American Bash bouts titled “United We Slam – The Best of the Great American Bash.”
All of the Great American Bash PPV events are available on the WWE Network.