I am going through the PPVs on WWE Network (WWE, NWA/WCW and ECW). Today, I watched NWA (WCW) Great American Bash 1988. It is the worst PPV I have watched thus far. Sting & Nikita Koloff v Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard- Match went to a draw, as time ran out while Sting had the Scorpion Leglock on Anderson. I hate time-limit draws on NWA PPVs in particular. The timekeeper keeps yelling out the time remaining, removing any shock value when the move is put on, to make people think that someone tapped out and the match is over. I am also sick of the time limit always ending as a pin or submission is applied, and the bell goes before the ref finishes counting, but having the idiot timekeeper call audios totally ruins it. Triple-Cage Match-I will comment on this later. Somewhere, someone thought that this match was a good idea. A 5 v 5 match, has to climb up to a top cage, one at a time. After a minute, they have to open the cage and climb down to the next cage, or be outnumbered, when the next man came in. The aim is to get to the bottom cage, where Precious (Jimmy Garvin's valet) is waiting with the key, to let you out. Whichever team has all members leave the bottom cage first, wins. But this match sucked. The top cage is too small to move around in. Forget dropkicks or any chain wrestling, they barely had room to punch each other. Also, awkard to see the next entrants hanging around on the ladder. Ronnie Garvin was the first to exit. He climbed down into the second cage. But because no-one else did, he just stood there for a couple of minutes, doing nothing. He then went to the bottom cage, and Precious let him out. So Ronnie Garvin got from the top to the bottom with minimal effort, and hardly raising a sweat. On and on, this farce continued. The wrestlers fought each other in very confined cages. Also, when someone left, they stood in the same spot as where their teammates who haven't entered yet are, so there is no indication how many members have left the cage, and who hasn't entered. It is a mess. The faces win. Kevin Sullivan knocks around Precious (oh, for the times where one could beat up the fairer sex on a wrestling show (sarcasm)), and the match mercifully ends. But did anyone learn that this match didn't work? No, because they had more of them. The Fantastics v The Midnight Express (Jim Cornette in strait jacket, suspended from a cage).- Chain used and Express win belts. So having a manager suspended from a cage didn't matter, when one of the heels can just sneak in a chain in their tights. Aside from having a chain down your strides being uncomfortable, it defeats the whole purpose of having Cornette suspended from the cage. Also, don't refs check for these things beforehand? Another screwy finish. Dusty Rhodes v Barry Windham (c) for U.S. Title. Match ended when Ronnie Garvin showed up, and hit friend Dusty Rhodes with his "Fists Of Stone". Ric Flair (c) v Lex Luger- Luger loses because Maryland State Athletic Commission stop match because Luger is bleeding. WTF! So they have a finish, in a main event, where some guy misses out on the title, because some old fogeys from some "fake" Athletic Comission stop a match because of blood? Also, we are told that the rules are more strict in Maryland. So, if this match was in another state, Luger would have won the title? What a farce!!!! Also, this is the second NWA PPV I have watched where the title match ends stoppage via blood loss (Starrcade '83 was the other). So, in this PPV, there was a draw, which meant that the titles didn't change hands (even though the faces celebrated, only to have to hand them back), a terrible multi-cage match mess, a match where a chain was used to win tag-team titles, a title was retained by the face having a friend betray him, and a main event where an Athletic Commission interferes and decides the result. This must have been in the midst of "Dusty booking" because of all the screwy finishes. Many times, fans were disappointed to see the faces get the victory, only for the heels to win or retain their belts through some screwy finish. This was a shit PPV, and I think it would be hard-pressed to find one more disappointing. All the WWF and ECW PPVs I watched from the past aren't all great either, but, so far, the ones I have seen at least had some good things to it. I can't think of ONE good thing about GAB '88. You can't jerk around fans like this. I don't see how anyone thinks that this type of booking is good. Dusty Rhodes is a Legend, but a crap booker, and I can see why NWA/WCW eventually folded. Can't blame Vince Russo for this one. No, NWA/WCW were producing crap PPVs long before Russo came along. I can see now why this company is no longer in existence, if this is the tripe they serve up. It was excrutiating to watch.