Halloween Havoc

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2nd Halloween Havoc Logo used from 1991 to 1995 and 1998 to 1999

Halloween Havoc was an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from 1989 through 2000. Since the event was held in October it had a Halloween themed show. The first two events were held when WCW was affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance. The final five events were held in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. WWE has owned the rights to Halloween Havoc since it purchased WCW's trademarks in March 2001.

Results[edit]

1989[edit]

Halloween Havoc 1989
Tagline(s) Settling the Score
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date October 28, 1989
Attendance 7,300
Venue Philadelphia Civic Center
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pay-per-view chronology
The Great American Bash 1989 Halloween Havoc 1989 Starrcade 1989

Halloween Havoc 1989 took place on October 28, 1989 from the Philadelphia Civic Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


1990[edit]

Halloween Havoc 1990
Tagline(s) Terror Rules the Ring
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date October 27, 1990
Attendance 8,000
Venue UIC Pavilion
City Chicago, Illinois
Pay-per-view chronology
The Great American Bash 1990 Halloween Havoc 1990 Starrcade 1990

Halloween Havoc 1990 took place on October 27, 1990 from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.[2]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


1991[edit]

Halloween Havoc 1991
Tagline(s) Chamber of Horrors
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date October 27, 1991
Attendance 8,900
Venue UTC Arena
City Chattanooga, Tennessee
Pay-per-view chronology
The Great American Bash 1991 Halloween Havoc 1991 Starrcade 1991

Halloween Havoc 1991 took place on October 27, 1991 from the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[3]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


1992[edit]

Halloween Havoc 1992
Tagline(s) Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date October 25, 1992
Attendance 7,000
Venue Philadelphia Civic Center
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pay-per-view chronology
The Great American Bash 1992 Halloween Havoc 1992 Starrcade 1992

Halloween Havoc 1992 took place on October 25, 1992 from the Philadelphia Civic Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


1993[edit]

Halloween Havoc 1993
Tagline(s) Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date October 24, 1993
Attendance 6,000
Venue Lakefront Arena
City New Orleans, Louisiana
Pay-per-view chronology
Fall Brawl 1993 Halloween Havoc 1993 Battlebowl

Halloween Havoc 1993 took place on October 24, 1993 from the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.[7]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


1994[edit]

Halloween Havoc 1994
Tagline(s) The Cage! Revenge!
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date October 23, 1994
Attendance 14,000
Venue Joe Louis Arena
City Detroit, Michigan
Pay-per-view chronology
Fall Brawl 1994 Halloween Havoc 1994 Starrcade 1994

Halloween Havoc 1994 took place on October 23, 1994 from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.[8]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


1995[edit]

Halloween Havoc 1995
Tagline(s) There's Nowhere to Hide
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date October 29, 1995
(Sumo Monster truck match was taped on October 28, 1995)
Attendance 13,000
Venue Joe Louis Arena
City Detroit, Michigan
Pay-per-view chronology
Fall Brawl 1995 Halloween Havoc 1995 World War 3 1995

Halloween Havoc 1995 took place on October 29, 1995 from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.[9]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.

  • Main Event match: Eddie Guerrero defeated Disco Inferno (3:21)
    • Guerrero pinned Inferno after a flying headscissor takedown from the top rope.
  • Main Event match: Paul Orndorff defeated The Renegade (1:22)
    • Orndorff pinned Renegade after piledriving him twice.
  • Main Event match: Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko defeated The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton) (8:41)
    • Benoit pinned Regal after a belly-to-back suplex/dropkick double team maneuver.
  • Main Event match: Sgt. Craig Pittman defeated VK Wallstreet (3:37)
    • Pittman pinned Wallstreet after Hacksaw Jim Duggan hit Wallstreet with a taped fist.
    • Duggan's interference came after Big Bubba Rogers hit Pittman with his own taped fist to knock him out.
  • Johnny B. Badd defeated Diamond Dallas Page (with the Diamond Doll and Max Muscle) to win the WCW World Television Championship (17:01)
    • Badd pinned Page after Muscle accidentally hit Page with a clothesline.
    • After Page entered the ring, a fake Johnny B. Badd appeared at the entranceway (played by Joey Maggs) to distract Page and allow the real Badd to sneak up on Page from behind.
  • Randy Savage defeated The Zodiac (1:30)
    • Savage pinned Zodiac after a Flying Elbow.
    • Zodiac replaced Kamala, who had left WCW.
    • Near the end of this short match, a fan hopped the barricade and entered the ring. Savage and Zodiac fought to the outside until the referee and security could escort the fan away.
  • Kurasawa (with Col. Robert Parker) defeated Road Warrior Hawk (3:15)
    • Kurasawa pinned Hawk with his feet on the ropes
  • Sabu (with The Sheik) defeated Mr. JL (3:25)
    • Sabu pinned JL after a split-legged moonsault.
    • Immediately following the pin, Sheik threw a fireball into the face of the downed JL.
  • Lex Luger defeated Meng by disqualification (13:14)
    • Meng was disqualified after The Taskmaster interfered on Meng's behalf.
  • Sting and Ric Flair defeated Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson by disqualification (17:09)
    • Pillman and Anderson were disqualified when Flair turned on Sting.
  • Hulk Hogan defeated The Giant in a Sumo Monster truck match (5:00)
    • Hogan's "Hulkster" truck pushed Giant's "Dungeon of Doom" truck out of the circle for the win.
    • This match took place on top of the nearby Cobo Hall. Although it was portrayed as live, the match was actually taped the previous night.
    • WCW stunt co-ordinator Ellis Edwards portrayed the referee for this match, and the commentary team was joined by Bigfoot creator Bob Chandler.
    • After the match, Hogan and The Giant began fighting, resulting in Giant (kayfabe) falling off the side of the building.
  • Randy Savage defeated Lex Luger (5:23)
    • Savage pinned Luger after a Flying Elbow.
  • The Giant (with The Taskmaster) defeated Hulk Hogan (with Jimmy Hart) by disqualification to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship (14:30)
    • Hogan was disqualified after Hart hit the referee with the WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt.
    • Hart then turned on Hogan by hitting him with the world title belt and became manager of the Dungeon of Doom.
    • After the match The Yeti came to the ring and assisted Giant in hugging Hogan, so that they were both hugging Hogan at the same time.
    • Randy Savage came to the ring to try to save Hogan, as did Lex Luger.
    • Luger turned on Savage by attacking him and then put Hogan in the Torture Rack, joining the Dungeon of Doom.
    • The Giant took the belt from the referee after the match and left with it; Jimmy Hart later revealed that he had a clause put in the contract that the title could change hands on a disqualification, but a week later on Nitro, The Giant was stripped of the title, because the disqualification was due to Hart's interference, The title belt was later rewarded to the winner of the 3 ring 60 man Battle Royal at WCW World War 3 1995, which was won by Randy Savage.


1996[edit]

Halloween Havoc 1996
Tagline(s) A Night Of Terror And Suspense!
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date October 27, 1996
Attendance 10,000
Venue MGM Grand Garden Arena
City Paradise, Nevada
Pay-per-view chronology
Fall Brawl 1996 Halloween Havoc 1996 World War 3 1996

Halloween Havoc 1996 took place on October 27, 1996 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada.[10]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


1997[edit]

Halloween Havoc 1997
Tagline(s) Snap Into The Madness!
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date October 26, 1997
Attendance 12,457
Venue MGM Grand Garden Arena
City Paradise, Nevada
Pay-per-view chronology
Fall Brawl 1997 Halloween Havoc 1997 World War 3 1997

Halloween Havoc 1997 took place on October 26, 1997 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada.[11]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.

  • Yuji Nagata (with Sonny Onoo) defeated Último Dragón (9:42)
    • Nagata forced Dragon to submit with an armlock.
  • Chris Jericho defeated Gedo (7:18)
    • Jericho forced Gedo to submit with the Liontamer.
  • Rey Misterio, Jr. defeated Eddy Guerrero in a Mask versus Title match to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship (13:51)
  • Alex Wright (with Debra) defeated Steve McMichael (6:31)
    • Wright pinned McMichael after Goldberg attacked McMichael, hit the Jackhammer on him, and placed Wright on top of him.
    • After the match Goldberg was given McMichael's Super Bowl XX championship ring by Debra and then attacked Wright in the ring.
    • Originally the match was scheduled to be McMichael vs. Jeff Jarrett, whom Debra was managing at the time. However, Jarrett did not renew his WCW contract when it expired and instead returned to the World Wrestling Federation. Since Debra was also managing Alex Wright at the time, Wright became the replacement.
  • Jacqueline defeated Disco Inferno (9:39)
    • Jacqueline pinned Inferno with a roll-up.
  • Curt Hennig defeated Ric Flair by disqualification to retain the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (13:57)
    • Flair was disqualified after he tied Hennig in a tree of woe, put the title belt over Hennig's head, and kicked the center plate into his face.
  • Lex Luger defeated Scott Hall (with Syxx) (with Larry Zbyszko as special guest referee) (13:02)
    • The match's original ending saw Hall pin Luger by giving him the Outsiders Edge after Syxx interfered and kicked Luger in the head while Zbyszko was arguing with an interfering Eric Bischoff. He then began celebrating in the ring with Bischoff and Syxx and forced Zbyszko to raise his hand in victory.
    • While checking on Luger, Zbyszko asked to see a replay of the end of the match. When he saw Syxx's interference, he called Hall back to the ring and restarted the match.
    • Hall began arguing with Zbyszko once back in the ring, and Zbyszko shoved him into a waiting Luger. Luger then placed Hall in the Torture Rack and Hall submitted.
    • As Zbyszko called for the bell Syxx attacked him, only to be put in a gogoplata followed by a guillotine choke.
    • Bischoff and Hall then returned to the ring and attacked Zbyszko, ending with Bischoff kicking Zbyszko in the head and Hall counting a pin.
  • Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Diamond Dallas Page in a Las Vegas Sudden Death match (18:07)
    • Page was counted out after a fake Sting (Hollywood Hogan) hit Page with a baseball bat.
    • The only way to win the match was to have your opponent not answer the referee's count of 10.
  • Roddy Piper defeated Hollywood Hogan in a Steel cage match (15:37)
    • Piper beat Hogan by sleeper hold.
    • Randy Savage interfered by climbing into the cage and he and Hogan beat down Piper following the match.
    • After the match, a fan climbed into the cage and was beat up by Hogan and Savage as the show abruptly cut out.


1998[edit]

Halloween Havoc 1998
Tagline(s) The Night When Good Battles Evil
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date October 25, 1998
Attendance 10,663
Venue MGM Grand Garden Arena
City Paradise, Nevada
Pay-per-view chronology
Fall Brawl 1998 Halloween Havoc 1998 World War 3 1998

Halloween Havoc 1998 took place on October 25, 1998 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada and featured a double main event.[12]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.

Reaction[edit]

The 1998 card is infamous for featuring Hollywood Hogan vs. The Warrior in a widely pilloried rematch from WrestleMania VI, a 1990 pay-per-view event produced by WCW's rival the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in which Warrior had defeated Hogan for the WWF Championship. Their 1998 return bout is regarded by many as the worst match of all time.[13] Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awarded it minus five stars out of five,[14] and readers of the publication voted it the worst match of the year. Readers of professional wrestling magazine Power Slam cast the same vote;[15] editor Fin Martin later wrote: "WCW hired Warrior at great expense in May 1998 specifically to massage the Hogan ego. Hogan pinned Warrior in one of the worst matches ever held."[16] Then-WCW announcer Gene Okerlund described the contest as a "disaster".[17] Comparing the WrestleMania VI and Halloween Havoc 1998 bouts, Warrior stated: "It's weird that my best match ever was with Hogan, and at the same time my worst match ever was with Hogan";[18] he described their rematch as "horrible".[19] Hogan felt the contest was "ruined" by his botching a spot he himself devised, in which he was supposed to "burn" the Warrior with flash paper. Hogan instead lit the paper in his own face and legit burnt his mustache and eyebrows.[17]

Former WCW president Eric Bischoff conceded critical opinion that it was "one of the worst matches in history", and admitted that it "pretty much stunk up the joint." He however dismissed reports that he had hired Warrior solely to lose to Hogan in return for Hogan's Wrestlemania VI loss, claiming that this is "not true" and that those who perpetuate the rumor are "drinking their own Kool-Aid".[17] Warrior opposed Bischoff's assertion. He said: "They used [Ted] Turner's check book to buy me to come back to lose a match to Hulk [Hogan]."[19] WrestleCrap journalist Art O'Donnell wrote: "Bischoff [ridiculed] the idea that he would waste all that money (of Ted Turner's) just to make Hogan happy. Ticker-tape parades, the hiring and pushing of Ed Leslie and other Hogan buddies, staging the first Nitro at the Mall of America to promote Hogan's crappy restaurant? Sure... but not deliberately jobbing out the Warrior. That would be a financial blunder on par with holding a yearly pay-per-view at a biker rally with zero live gate just because Eric loves motorcycles."[20]

WCW ran Halloween Havoc 1998 to three-and-a-half hours, rather than the standard three; due to this, many PPV feeds ended while the main event, Goldberg vs. Diamond Dallas Page, was still underway. WCW aired the match the following night for free on Nitro. WWE journalist Kevin Powers hailed the bout as the best ever held at the Halloween Havoc event, while criticising Hogan vs. Warrior. In a 2013 article, he wrote: "It's hard to believe that thousands of pay-per-view customers missed the main event of Halloween Havoc 1998 because WCW ran out of broadcast time. By some cruel twist of fate, fans did get to watch the disastrous WrestleMania VI rematch between The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan, only to see their screens go black just as Diamond Dallas Page prepared to lock up with undefeated WCW Champion Goldberg in what was the best match in the October event's 11-year span."[21]

1999[edit]

Halloween Havoc 1999
Tagline(s)

The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of...

When Our Inner Animals Come Out To Play.
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date October 24, 1999
Attendance 8,464
Venue MGM Grand Garden Arena
City Paradise, Nevada
Pay-per-view chronology
Fall Brawl 1999 Halloween Havoc 1999 Mayhem 1999

Halloween Havoc 1999 took place on October 24, 1999 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada.[22]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


2000[edit]

Halloween Havoc 2000
Tagline(s) The future of Sports Entertainment is here and now...
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date October 29, 2000
Attendance 7,582
Venue MGM Grand Garden Arena
City Paradise, Nevada
Pay-per-view chronology
Fall Brawl 2000 Halloween Havoc 2000 Millennium Final

Halloween Havoc 2000 took place on October 29, 2000 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada.[23]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards (Kappa Publishing). 2007. p. 135. 
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  15. ^ "1998 Power Slam Reader Awards". Power Slam. Issue 55/February 1999. p. 13.
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  23. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards (Kappa Publishing). 2007. p. 153. 
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