In honor of Halloween, I decided to go do a review of one of the main WCW Pay Per View’s: Halloween Havoc. It was held every year around the spooky holiday, as this one took place on October 27, from Chicago.
We start off the show with Jim Ross & Paul Heyman on the announce team (Do I know how to pick em or what?) before it goes over to Tony Schiavone dressed as the Phantom of the Opera. He interviews ‘Wildfire’ Tommy Rich and Ricky Morton as Morton explains why he isn’t with his partner (fellow Rock N Roll Express) Robert Gibson. My favorite ring announcer of all time Gary Michael Cappetta is doing the introductions.
- The Midnight Express vs Ricky Morton & Tommy Rich—
The first match puts 3/4 of one of my favorite tag team rivalrys, Midnight Express vs Rock N Roll Express! Bobby Eaton, Stan Lane and Ricky Morton have wrestled probably 10,000 times, and every single time its been a good match! This was no different as the action was great, the fans loved it, and there was a Rocket launcher from the top rope (wow, Jim Ross is the greatest in the world at what he does!) Both Ross and Heyman are quick with eachother as the Southern Boys come out dressed as Jim Cornette and all kinds of confusion until Rich hits ‘Sweet’ Stan with Cornettes tennis racket for the win! Winners:Ricky Morton & Tommy Rich
Within the first four minutes of this Pay Per View, I got to see four of my favorite wrestling personalities of all time: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Paul Heyman and Jim Cornette. This is why I love the WWE Network! I love reliving this stuff (I grew up on the NWA and didn’t switch over to WWE till the mid-90’s)! Back to Tony (aka the Phantom) as he interviews my favorite wrestler at that time, STING! If you are wondering, yes, I had the rat tail! Sting’s interview gets interupted as the Black Scorpion grabs a female stage hand and does some “black magic” (oh, you have to watch this). I can’t stop laughing at this as Paul Heyman sells it like a champion!
- The Fabulous Freebirds vs The Renegade Warriors—
Michael P.S Hayes and Jimmy Garvin (accomponied by a guy dressed as a hurt Robert Gibson, HA!) take on Chris and Mark Youngblood. Jim Ross lays into Paul Heyman (simply hilarious) during this match during a pretty solid tag team match. The NWA was rich in tag team (it shows on this card with 4 tag matches). The boys from Bad Street take this match as Hayes DDT’s Youngblood and Garvin covers for the W.Winners:The Fabulous Freebirds
Phantom Tony has an interview with this version of the Four Horsemen, Flair, AA and Sid Vicious (Barry Windham is missing, hmm).
- NWA US Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers vs The Nasty Boys—
We get to the match that I figured would be match of the night, Nasty Boys vs The Steiners for the NWA U.S tag titles (The U.S titles were considered one step down from the World Tag Titles). The action starts as all of them brawl. I always liked the Nasty Boys, although they were not studs in the ring, they worked really well together and made a pretty good tag team. Scott had a fantastic mullet back then as the Brawlers (with the help of chairs) keep things even with the suplexing machines. I think Rick Steiner gets overlooked at times and isn’t appreciated as he should be (he was such a beast, I think he could suplex a mini-van). I’m not sure who this referee is but there is a lot of illegal activity going on in this match! The Frankensteiner (still amazing to see a big guy do that) wins it for the Steiners! Very fun match! The Steiners are the best tag team of all time!
Winners:The Steiner Brothers
We go to Phantom Tony and get one of the best promos ever from Scott Steiner and then a sneak attack from the Nasty Boys followed by a slew of jibberish from Brian Knobbs.
- NWA World Tag Team Champions Doom vs Ric Flair & Arn Anderson—
Teddy Long (playa) comes out with Ron Simmons and Butch Reed in their match against the Horsemen. Arn Anderson, Ric Flair and Ron Simmons are three of my all time favorites so this match should be a treat and a toss up. Butch Reed (no relation) isn’t a push over by any means and they helped the NWA (and that tag division) be heads and shoulders for what was going on in WWE at that time.Teddy Long (playa) gets dragged into the ring and slaps ‘Naitch’ in the face and then gives him a big Wooooooo! Heyman address’ often that Flair at that time is only a 6 time World Champion so that means 10 more title wins for the g.o.a.t in the 90s (wow)! Double A was a big guy, but Butch Reed and Simmons look monsterous! This match ends in a double count out as all four guys starting fighting in the ring and then took to the aisle (everytime I ‘aisle’, even at the grocery store, I say it loud and just like Flair!). Winner:Double count out, Doom retains the titles.
- NWA US Title–Lex Luger vs Stan ‘The Lariat’ Hansen—
Hansen is a ligit tough guy with a cow rope and mouth full of tobacco dripping all over himself (gross). The United States Champion Lex Luger looks like Stalone in Rocky 4 as this match should be a tough and ugly match. Hansen had an entertaining appearance on Jim Ross’ podcast on podcastone.com that you should check out, as the two go in-depth on a different time and perspective in professional wrestling. What I thought would be a brawling match has really turned out to be a good match with lots of wrestling moves! Luger delivers a fantastic drop kick to Hansen which got me to applaud for the ‘Total Package’. Dan Spivey comes out, hands Hansen the cowbell (because Hansen knocked down the referee) and hits Luger with ‘the lariat’ for the win!
Winner and New U.S champion: Stan Hansen!
Phantom Tony is joined by Teddy Long (playa) to give an interview about Doom while wearing a Doom T-Shirt which I would love to find that on E-Bay!
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion Sting vs Sid Vicious—
Gary Michael Cappetta introduces by saying “he says he’s from anywhere he darn well pleases”, too funny! Sting looks good with that big gold belt around his waist. They keep putting over the effect of Black Scorpion (if you remember what I’m talking about, I hope you are laughing and shaking your head with me) on Sting. Sid is such a monster, he shadows Sting, who is in his own right a pretty big guy. I start to wish that I was the size of either man, but it’s got to be hard to find a couch and bed that is long enough to lay comfertable on. Sting shows off his athletic ability by leaping over the rope multiple times as Arn Anderson and Ric Flair come down to the ring. Sid and Sting disappear in the crowd and they come back to the ring to have Sid pin Sting as he tried to slam him. We have a new champion! Winner:Sid Vicious
BUT hold the phone! Sting, not the one that rolled out of the ring just now, comes out with rope around his arm and he hits Sid with the belt, then a Stinger splash and rolls up Sid to win the match?!? A replay shows another Sting (which it was Barry Windham) staring at the real Sting. So there were two 3 counts and Sting retains his title in a rushed and confusing finished (welcome to WCW).
Paul Heyman and Jim Ross have been so great the whole night, it was a entertaining, weird and a really good show. A Flair flop infront of his partner and a wacky finish, made me happy I found this treasure. Get on the WWE Network to watch it for yourself and take advantage of the classic moments that is avaiable for.. yes, $9.99!