Halloween Havoc (1998)
|Halloween Havoc (1998)|
|Promotion||World Championship Wrestling|
|Date||October 25, 1998|
|Venue||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|Tagline(s)||The Night When Good Battles Evil|
|Halloween Havoc chronology|
Halloween Havoc (1998) was the tenth Halloween Havoc professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It took place on October 25, 1998 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. As of 2014 the event is available on the WWE Network.
The event featured professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Professional wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
Buff Bagwell turned on Rick Steiner during the match, leaving him to win the title on his own. Scott Steiner was a substitute for Scott Hall, the other half of the tag team champions who was wrestling later that night. During the singles match between the Steiner Brothers, Bagwell (wearing a mask) interfered with Stevie Ray's Slapjack. Kevin Nash was counted out after he hit two Jackknife Powerbombs on Scott Hall and left the ring. Bret Hart beat Sting via knockout when he put an unconscious Sting in the Sharpshooter. Hollywood Hogan pinned Warrior after Horace Hogan came out and hit Warrior over the head with a steel chair. In many areas, the pay-per-view feed was cut off after this match, so for those areas, this was the last match which aired on pay-per-view. Goldberg pinned Diamond Dallas Page after a Jackhammer. This match was also shown free the next night on Nitro, due to the pay-per-view feed cutting out in many areas.
|1||Chris Jericho (c) defeated Raven by submission||Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship||07:49|
|2||Wrath defeated Meng||Singles match||04:23|
|3||Disco Inferno defeated Juventud Guerrera||Singles match||09:39|
|4||Alex Wright defeated Fit Finlay||Singles match||05:09|
|5||Perry Saturn defeated Lodi||Singles match||03:50|
|6||Billy Kidman (c) defeated Disco Inferno||Singles match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship||10:49|
|7||Rick Steiner and Buff Bagwell defeated The Giant and Scott Steiner (c)||Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship||08:24|
|8||Rick Steiner defeated Scott Steiner||Singles match||05:10|
|9||Scott Hall defeated Kevin Nash by countout||Singles match||14:19|
|10||Bret Hart (c) defeated Sting by knockout||Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship||15:03|
|11||Hollywood Hogan defeated The Warrior||Singles match||14:18|
|12||Goldberg (c) defeated Diamond Dallas Page||Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship||10:29|
The card is infamous for featuring a widely pilloried rematch of the main event of WrestleMania VI, a 1990 pay-per-view event produced by WCW's rival the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in which The Ultimate Warrior had defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship. Their 1998 return bout is regarded by critics as one of the worst matches of all time. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awarded it a minimum score of minus five stars out of five (the lowest ever for a WCW match), and readers of the publication voted it the worst match of the year. Readers of professional wrestling magazine Power Slam cast the same vote; editor Fin Martin called it "one of the worst matches ever held." The Standard-Times dubbed it "the worst match of the decade".
Then-WCW announcer Gene Okerlund described the contest as a "disaster". 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". Hogan felt the contest was ruined by his botching a spot he himself devised, in which he was supposed to throw fire at Warrior: Hogan instead lit the flash paper in his own face and legit burnt his mustache and eyebrows. This led to an improvised ending in which Hogan's nephew, Horace, hit Warrior with what Sports Illustrated writer Luke Winkie called "the most unsatisfying chair shot in history". Winkie also observed a lack of co-operation between the two combatants, who did not get along personally, and slammed the contest as a "passive-aggressive wankfest". Hogan unequivocally said of the censured bout, "It was my fault."
Former WCW president Eric Bischoff conceded critical opinion that Hogan vs. Warrior II was one of the worst matches in history, and admitted that it "pretty much stunk up the joint." He however dismissed the notion 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 hold this belief are "drinking their own Kool-Aid". WrestleCrap journalist Art O'Donnell and Fin Martin of Power Slam disputed Bischoff's claims, the latter writing that WCW "hired Warrior at great expense in May 1998 specifically to massage the Hogan ego." Warrior himself commented: "They used [Ted] Turner's check book to buy me to come back to lose a match to Hulk [Hogan]...it was repulsive, to me, when I finally realized it. And if I would have known I never would have went back for all the money that they gave me."
Feed termination during main event
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 a Halloween Havoc event, while criticizing Hogan vs. Warrior. 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 Hollywood Hogan, only to see their screens go black just as Diamond Dallas Page prepared to lock up with undefeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg in what was the best match in the October event's 11-year span." Luke Winkie of Sports Illustrated said of Goldberg vs. Page: "It's a great match...if more TVs carried this match maybe the Warrior/Hogan disaster would be less remembered."
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