When Chris Jericho announced the return of his wildly popular cruise for 2020, there was little surprise as to which wrestling promotion he’d look to partner with for the return to the Bahamas. Not signed to any company at the time of the first cruise in 2018, Jericho partnered with Ring of Honor for the Sea of Honor Tournament won by Flip Gordon, and IMPACT Wrestling for a series of one-time-only matches for last year’s edition. But now, signed with All Elite Wrestling and not to mention, their ‘Le Champion’, Jericho is bringing his new crew on board for Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea, Part Deux: Second Wave.
Today, AEW made it official, announcing that, much like how FITE TV broadcasted the Sea of Honor Tournament last year, that the matches aboard this year’s cruise would be filmed for public consumption. Specifically, for the January 22nd episode of Dynamite. But prior to that, AEW will be broadcasting live on January 15th, from Miami as the first of a two-episode pairing. It’s all part of a nine-day wrestling extravaganza that is appropriately being billed “Bash at the Beach,” a former WCW entity that Cody trademarked earlier this year.
Bash at the Beach, an event created by Dusty Rhodes, was a yearly PPV for World Championship Wrestling that ran from 1994 – 2000. While short-lived, the PPV was considered one of WCW’s marquee events and set the stage for one of the biggest moments in wrestling history, when Hulk Hogan was revealed as nWo‘s third-man. Bash was also where Hogan won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in his in-ring debut against Ric Flair, and the event where he made his final appearance for WCW. Continuing to be the case in 2020, Bash at the Beach was always held in either California or Florida, states whose weather was well reflected in the PPV theme.
While the Bash at the Beach catalog of shows can be found on the WWE Network, in 2004-05, the trademark expired allowing Cody to purchase it for use with AEW. Other former WCW trademarks Cody owns include Battlebowl, Bunkhouse Stampede and the Match Beyond, which was referenced recently on AEW Dynamite and was used to describe the War Games matches for WCW.
AEW’s official release reads:
AEW Announces Nine-Day “Bash at the Beach” Fan Extravaganza
— Two Dynamite shows on Land & Sea Plus Nine Outrageous Days of Wrestling, Special Events, Live Music and Non-Stop Action from Miami to the Bahamas —
MIAMI, FL (Nov. 18, 2019) — AEW today announced “Bash at the Beach,” an unprecedented, nine-day experience for superfans that features two Dynamite shows, a cruise onboard Chris Jericho’s tricked-out party ship, and non-stop entertainment in between.
The adventure begins on Wednesday, Jan. 15, when AEW Dynamite takes over the Watsco Center at the University of Miami for a Bash at the Beach themed episode, and continues with Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea, sailing round-trip from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, on Jan. 20-24.
High-octane bouts with the biggest names from AEW will be filmed from Jericho’s sold-out Norwegian Pearl ship, including the Jan. 22 episode of Dynamite on TNT. The history-making event will be bubbling with exclusive opportunities to meet AEW’s star-studded roster, as well as non-stop wrestling, rock ‘n’ roll, live podcasts, paranormal explorations, talent-hosted activities, autograph sessions, parties and more.
“AEW’s Bash at the Beach events will deliver nine unforgettable days of wrestling and much more from the hottest company in the business today,” said Chris Jericho. “Thousands of the Friends Of Jericho onboard the SOLD OUT ‘Rock N Wrestling Rager At Sea’ will have the experience of their lives, and now millions more will be able to watch AEW Dynamite along with us, as we break out the bubbly together from Miami to the Bahamas.”
Tickets for the Jan. 15 Bash at the Beach show in Miami go on sale this Friday, Nov. 22, at noon ET. Tickets for the show will be available for purchase exclusively at www.AEWTIX.com. For your chance to join the party at sea, sign up for the waitlist at www.chrisjerichocruise.com.
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