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Halloween Havoc
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The second Halloween Havoc logo used from 1991 to 1995 and 1998 to 1999.
Information
Promotion(s) World Championship Wrestling
First event Halloween Havoc (1989)
Last event Halloween Havoc (2000)

Halloween Havoc was an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) 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 four 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 2001. In 2015, all WCW pay-per-views were made available on the WWE Network.

Dates, venues, and main events[edit]

Event Date City Venue Main event(s) Ref
National Wrestling Alliance
Halloween Havoc (1989) October 28, 1989 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Civic Center Ric Flair and Sting vs. The Great Muta and Terry Funk in a Thunderdome match with Bruno Sammartino as special guest referee [1]
Halloween Havoc (1990) October 27, 1990 Chicago, Illinois UIC Pavilion Sting (c) vs. Sid Vicious for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [2]
World Championship Wrestling
Halloween Havoc (1991) October 27, 1991 Chattanooga, Tennessee UTC Arena Lex Luger (c) vs. Ron Simmons in a Two-out-of-three falls match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [3]
Halloween Havoc (1992) October 25, 1992 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Civic Center Sting vs. Jake Roberts in a Coal Miner's Glove match [4]
Halloween Havoc (1993) October 24, 1993 New Orleans, Louisiana Lakefront Arena Big Van Vader vs. Cactus Jack in a Texas Death match [5]
Halloween Havoc (1994) October 23, 1994 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Ric Flair in a Steel Cage match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [6]
Halloween Havoc (1995) October 29, 1995 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena Hulk Hogan (c) vs. The Giant for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [7]
Halloween Havoc (1996) October 27, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena Hollywood Hogan (c) vs. Randy Savage for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [8]
Halloween Havoc (1997) October 26, 1997 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena Roddy Piper vs. Hollywood Hogan in a Steel Cage Match [9]
Halloween Havoc (1998) October 25, 1998 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena Goldberg (c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [10]
Halloween Havoc (1999) October 24, 1999 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena Sting (c) vs. Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [11]
Halloween Havoc (2000) October 29, 2000 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena Goldberg vs. KroniK (Brian Adams and Bryan Clark) in a Handicap elimination match [12]

1989[edit]

1990[edit]

Halloween Havoc (1990)
Tagline(s) Terror Rules the Ring
Information
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance
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 chronology
Halloween Havoc (1989) Halloween Havoc (1990) Halloween Havoc (1991)

Halloween Havoc (1990) took place on October 27, 1990 from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Barry Windham, disguised as Sting, traded places with Sting during the main event, after Sid Vicious attacked him backstage during the match. Sid originally won the match after falling on top of Windham while he tried to bodyslam Vicious. Sting came out after the pin to reveal the ruse and the match was restarted. On the original VHS release only 6 of the 10 matches of the main broadcast were included. The version available on the WWE network is also this edit, not the complete event as is usual for other WCW PPV's of this period.

No. Results[2] Stipulations Times
1D Tim Horner defeated Barry Horowitz Singles match 08:35
2D Rip Rogers defeated Reno Riggins Singles match 03:57
3 Tommy Rich and Ricky Morton defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) (with Jim Cornette) Tag team match 20:49
4 The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) (with Little Richard Marley) defeated The Renegade Warriors (Chris Youngblood and Mark Youngblood) Tag team match 17:28
5 The Steiner Brothers (c) (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) Tag team match for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship 15:24
6 Terry Taylor defeated Bill Irwin Singles match 11:47
7 Brad Armstrong defeated J.W. Storm Singles match 05:04
8 The Master Blasters (Blade and Steel) defeated The Southern Boys (Tracy Smothers and Steve Armstrong) Tag team match 07:17
9 The Junkyard Dog defeated Moondog Rex Singles match 03:15
10 Doom (c) (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) wrestled Ric Flair and Arn Anderson to a double count-out Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship 18:20
11 Stan Hansen defeated Lex Luger (c) Singles match for the NWA United States Championship 09:30
12 Sting (c) defeated Sid Vicious Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 12:38
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

1991[edit]

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 chronology
Halloween Havoc (1991) Halloween Havoc (1992) Halloween Havoc (1993)

Halloween Havoc (1992) took place on October 25, 1992 from the Philadelphia Civic Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Vader was defending the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship for Rick Rude, who complained about having to wrestle twice. This was also a No Disqualification Match and Madusa was barred from ringside. Rick Rude and Harley Race were also banned from ringside by order of head referee Ole Anderson. The tag team title match was originally scheduled to be "Dr. Death" Steve Williams and Terry Gordy vs. The Steiner Brothers, but was changed after Rick Steiner suffered a torn chest muscle during a Japanese tour, and Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes won the titles from Williams and Gordy on the October 3 edition of WCW Saturday Night, making Williams and Gordy challenge Windham and Rhodes to a rematch for the titles.[13] Steve Austin was subbing for Gordy, who no-showed the event.[14] Masahiro Chono was disqualified by guest referee Harley Race for throwing Rude over the top rope, Chono retained the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The main event was a "Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal" match with the match type determined by spinning wheel. Sting pinned Jake Roberts after hitting him with the coal miner's glove, which caused a snake Roberts was holding to turn on him and bite him in the face.

No. Results[4] Stipulations Times
1D Erik Watts and Van Hammer defeated The Vegas Connection (Vinnie Vegas and Diamond Dallas Page) Tag team match 12:00
2 Tom Zenk, Johnny Gunn and Shane Douglas defeated Arn Anderson, Michael Hayes and Bobby Eaton Tag team match 11:02
3 Ricky Steamboat defeated Brian Pillman Singles match 10:25
4 Big Van Vader (c) defeated Nikita Koloff Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 11:35
5 Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes (c) vs. Steve Williams and Steve Austin ended in a time-limit draw Tag team match for the NWA and WCW World Tag Team Championships[14] 30:00
6 Rick Rude (with Madusa) defeated Masahiro Chono (c) (with Hiro Matsuda) by disqualification Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 22:23
7 Ron Simmons (c) defeated The Barbarian (with Cactus Jack) Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 12:41
8 Sting defeated Jake Roberts Coal Miner's Glove match 10:34
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark 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 chronology
Halloween Havoc (1992) Halloween Havoc (1993) Halloween Havoc (1994)

Halloween Havoc (1993) took place on October 24, 1993 from the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ricky Steamboat was counted-out after The Assassin put a weapon in his mask and headbutted Steamboat. Paul Orndorff replaced the injured Yoshi Kwan. Ric Flair was disqualified after using a foreign object that Rick Rude brought into the ring. Vader won the main event after he pinned Cactus Jack on the Stage after a DDT on a chair and Race tazed Jack to keep him down for the referee's 10 count. This was a Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal match with the match type randomly chosen by a spinning wheel.

No. Results[5] Stipulations Times
1 Ice Train, Charlie Norris and The Shockmaster defeated Harlem Heat (Kole and Kane) and The Equalizer Six-man tag team match 9:45
2 Paul Orndorff (with The Assassin) defeated Ricky Steamboat by countout Singles match 18:35
3 Lord Steven Regal (c) wrestled Davey Boy Smith to a time-limit draw Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship 15:00
4 Dustin Rhodes (c) defeated Steve Austin Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 14:23
5 The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) (with Missy Hyatt) defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio (c) (with Teddy Long) Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 14:38
6 Sting defeated Sid Vicious Singles match 10:41
7 Rick Rude (c) defeated Ric Flair by disqualification Singles match for the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship 19:22
8 Big Van Vader (with Harley Race) defeated Cactus Jack Texas Death match 15:59
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

1994[edit]

Halloween Havoc (1994)
Tagline(s) Witness the terrifying Rage in the Cage!
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 chronology
Halloween Havoc (1993) Halloween Havoc (1994) Halloween Havoc (1995)

Halloween Havoc (1994) took place on October 23, 1994 from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. All of the pre-PPV matches were shown live on Main Event. The first match of the night was originally scheduled to be Harlem Heat versus The Armstrongs, but Brad Armstrong had a family emergency, and did not appear. Per the match stipulation, Ric Flair was forced to retire. If Hulk Hogan had lost, he'd have lost the title to Flair and been forced to retire.[citation needed] After the match, Hogan was attacked by a masked man who had been stalking him for months. Hogan eventually unmasked the man to reveal him as Brother Bruti. After the unmasking, Hogan was attacked by Bruti, Kevin Sullivan, and the debuting Avalanche, before Sting made the save.

No. Results[6] Stipulations Times
1ME Booker T defeated Brian Armstrong Singles match N/A
2 Johnny B. Badd (c) wrestled The Honky Tonk Man to a time-limit draw Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship 10:00
3 Pretty Wonderful (Paul Orndorff and Paul Roma) defeated Stars and Stripes (The Patriot and Marcus Alexander Bagwell) (c) Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 13:47
4 Dave Sullivan defeated Kevin Sullivan by countout Singles match 05:17
5 Dustin Rhodes defeated Arn Anderson (with Col. Robert Parker and Meng) Singles match 09:50
6 Jim Duggan (c) defeated Steve Austin by disqualification Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 08:02
7 Vader (with Harley Race) defeated The Guardian Angel Singles match 08:17
8 The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) defeated Terry Funk and Bunkhouse Buck (with Col. Robert Parker and Meng) Tag team match 07:56
9 Hulk Hogan (c) (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Ric Flair (with Sensuous Sherri) Steel Cage match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship with Mr. T as special guest referee 19:25
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • ME – indicates the match was broadcast prior to the pay-per-view on Main Event

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 chronology
Halloween Havoc (1994) Halloween Havoc (1995) Halloween Havoc (1996)

Halloween Havoc (1995) took place on October 29, 1995 from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Sgt. Craig Pittman pinned VK Wallstreet after 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. After Diamond Dallas 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. The Zodiac replaced Kamala, who had left WCW. During the 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. Meng was disqualified after The Taskmaster interfered on Meng's behalf. Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson were disqualified when Ric Flair turned on Sting. Hulk 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 the Giant (kayfabe) falling off the side of the building.

In the main event 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 title belt and joined the Dungeon of Doom. After the match The Yeti came to the ring and assisted Giant by putting Hogan in a double bearhug, so that they were both crushing Hogan at the same time. Randy Savage came to the ring to try to save Hogan, as did Lex Luger. Lex 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.

No. Results[7] Stipulations Times
1ME Eddie Guerrero defeated Disco Inferno Singles match 03:21
2ME Paul Orndorff defeated The Renegade Singles match 01:22
3ME Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko defeated The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton) Tag team match 08:41
4ME Craig Pittman defeated VK Wallstreet Singles match 03:37
5 Johnny B. Badd defeated Diamond Dallas Page (c) (with The Diamond Doll and Max Muscle) Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship 17:01
6 Randy Savage defeated The Zodiac Singles match 01:30
7 Kurasawa (with Col. Robert Parker) defeated Road Warrior Hawk Singles match 03:15
8 Sabu (with The Sheik) defeated Mr. JL Singles match 03:25
9 Lex Luger defeated Meng by disqualification Singles match 13:14
10 Sting and Ric Flair defeated Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson by disqualification Tag team match 17:09
11 Hulk Hogan defeated The Giant Monster truck match 05:00
12 Randy Savage defeated Lex Luger Singles match 05:23
13 The Giant (with The Taskmaster) defeated Hulk Hogan (c) (with Jimmy Hart) by disqualification Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 14:30
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • ME – indicates the match was broadcast prior to the pay-per-view on Main Event

1996[edit]

Halloween Havoc (1996)
Tagline(s) A Night Of Terror And Suspense!
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Sponsor(s) Slim Jim
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 chronology
Halloween Havoc (1995) Halloween Havoc (1996) Halloween Havoc (1997)

Halloween Havoc (1996) took place on October 27, 1996 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Jeff Jarrett was disqualified after Ric Flair gave The Giant a low blow. Hollywood Hogan pinned Randy Savage after The Giant chokeslammed Savage to the floor; Giant then dragged an unconscious Hogan onto Savage. During the match, Miss Elizabeth interfered on Savage's behalf. Roddy Piper came out following the match to confront Hogan and make his WCW debut.

No. Results[8] Stipulations Times
1D Jim Powers defeated Pat Tanaka. Singles match N/A
2D Psychosis and Juventud Guerrera defeated Damián and Halloween Tag team match N/A
3 Dean Malenko defeated Rey Misterio Jr. (c) Singles match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship 18:32
4 Diamond Dallas Page defeated Eddy Guerrero Singles match 13:44
5 The Giant defeated Jeff Jarrett by disqualification Singles match 06:44
6 Syxx defeated Chris Jericho Singles match 09:49
7 Lex Luger defeated Arn Anderson Singles match 12:22
8 Steve McMichael and Chris Benoit (with Woman and Debra) defeated The Faces of Fear (Meng and The Barbarian) Tag team match 09:23
9 The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) defeated Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) (c) (with Sister Sherri and Col. Robert Parker) Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 13:07
10 Hollywood Hogan (c) defeated Randy Savage Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 17:37
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

1997[edit]

Halloween Havoc (1997)
Tagline(s) Snap Into The Madness!
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Sponsor(s) Slim Jim
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 chronology
Halloween Havoc (1996) Halloween Havoc (1997) Halloween Havoc (1998)

Halloween Havoc (1997) took place on October 26, 1997 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

The first match pitted Alex Wright against Steve McMichael, with Wright being a replacement for the departed Jeff Jarrett. Goldberg attacked McMichael during the match, hit the Jackhammer on him, and placed Wright on top of him for the pin. After the match Goldberg was given McMichael's Super Bowl XX championship ring by McMichael's ex-wife Debra and then attacked Wright in the ring.

Ric Flair challenged Curt Hennig for the United States Championship. Flair wrapped Henning in a tree of woe, put the title belt over Hennig's head, and kicked the center plate into his face to cause a disqualification.

Next was the match between Scott Hall and Lex Luger with Larry Zbyszko as the special guest referee. Hall originally defeated Luger by giving him the Outsiders Edge after Syxx interfered and kicked Luger in the head as Zbyszko was arguing with Eric Bischoff. He then began celebrating in the ring with Bischoff and Syxx and forced Zbyszko to raise his hand in victory.

Zbyszko, meanwhile, suspected the nWo had played a role in Hall's victory and called for a replay of the match's ending. Once he saw what Syxx had done, Zbyszko 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 defeated Diamond Dallas Page in a last man standing match 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.

In the main event, held inside a steel cage, Roddy Piper beat Hogan by submission with a 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 Savage and Hogan.

No. Results[9] Stipulations Times
1 Yuji Nagata (with Sonny Onoo) defeated Último Dragón Singles match 09:42
2 Chris Jericho defeated Gedo Singles match 07:18
3 Rey Misterio Jr. defeated Eddy Guerrero (c) Title vs. Mask match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship 13:51
4 Alex Wright (with Debra) defeated Steve McMichael Singles match 06:31
5 Jacqueline defeated Disco Inferno Singlesmatch 09:39
6 Curt Hennig (c) defeated Ric Flair by disqualification Singles match for WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 13:57
7 Lex Luger defeated Scott Hall (with Syxx) Singles match with Larry Zbyszko as special guest referee 13:02
8 Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Diamond Dallas Page Las Vegas Sudden Death match 18:07
9 Roddy Piper defeated Hollywood Hogan by submission Steel Cage match 15:37
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

1998[edit]

Halloween Havoc (1998)
Tagline(s) The Night When Good Battles Evil
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Brand(s) WCW
nWo
Sponsor(s) Snickers
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 chronology
Halloween Havoc (1997) Halloween Havoc (1998) Halloween Havoc (1999)

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

No. Results[10] Stipulations Times
1 Chris Jericho (c) defeated Raven 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
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Reaction to Hogan vs. Warrior II

The 1998 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.[15] 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),[16] and readers of the publication voted it the worst match of the year. Readers of professional wrestling magazine Power Slam cast the same vote;[17] editor Fin Martin called it "one of the worst matches ever held."[18] Then-WCW announcer Gene Okerlund described the contest as a "disaster".[15] 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".[19] Hogan felt the contest was ruined by his botching a spot he himself devised, in which he was supposed throw fire at Warrior: Hogan instead lit the flash paper in his own face and legit burnt his mustache and eyebrows.[15] 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".[20] 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".[20] Hogan unequivocally said of the failed bout, "It was my fault."[21]

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".[15] WrestleCrap journalist Art O'Donnell[22] 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."[18] 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."[21]

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."[23] 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."[20]

1999[edit]

Halloween Havoc (1999)
Tagline(s) When Our Inner Animals Come Out To Play.
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Sponsor(s) Slim Jim
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 chronology
Halloween Havoc (1998) Halloween Havoc (1999) Halloween Havoc (2000)

Halloween Havoc (1999) took place on October 24, 1999 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Perry Saturn was disqualified after Ric Flair came out and hit Eddie Guerrero with a crowbar. Rick Steiner pinned Chris Benoit after Dean Malenko came out and hit Benoit with a chair. During the match Hulk Hogan lay down for Sting, allowing Sting to pin him for the win. Referee Mickey Jay stopped the match when he deemed Sid Vicious unable to continue due to excessive bleeding after Goldberg re-opened a gash on the champion's head that Sid had received earlier in the evening. Originally, Goldberg was awarded the title following the match. The following night on Nitro, Sting declared that he never agreed to defend the title and called James J. Dillon to the ring to explain. Dillon then announced the title was being vacated due to Sting's attack on referee Charles Robinson during the unsanctioned match and announced a tournament for the vacant title to conclude at the following month's Mayhem pay-per-view event.

No. Results[11] Stipulations Times
1 Disco Inferno (c) defeated Lash LeRoux Singles match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship 07:35
2 Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) defeated The Filthy Animals (Billy Kidman and Konnan) and The First Family (Brian Knobbs and Hugh Morrus) (with Jimmy Hart) Street Fight for the vacant WCW World Tag Team Championship 05:02
3 Eddy Guerrero defeated Perry Saturn by disqualification Singles match 11:12
4 Brad Armstrong defeated Berlyn (with The Wall) Singles match 04:23
5 Rick Steiner defeated Chris Benoit (c) Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship 12:50
6 The Total Package (with Elizabeth) defeated Bret Hart Singles match 07:46
7 Sting (c) defeated Hulk Hogan Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 00:03
8 Goldberg defeated Sid Vicious (c) Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 07:11
9 Diamond Dallas Page (with Kimberly Page) defeated Ric Flair Strap match 12:49
10 Goldberg defeated Sting (c) Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 03:08
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

2000[edit]

Halloween Havoc (2000)
Tagline(s) The future of professional wrestling is here and now...
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Sponsor(s) Electronic Arts
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 chronology
Halloween Havoc (1999) Halloween Havoc (2000) Halloween Havoc (2017)

Halloween Havoc (2000) took place on October 29, 2000 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Ernest Miller was counted out while brawling with Shane Douglas, Sanders became the new commissioner of WCW. General Rection pinned Jim Duggan after a No Laughing Matter, he also won Major Gunns' freedom from Team Canada. Jeff Jarrett pinned Sting after hitting him with a guitar (and much interference by a multitude of fake Stings). Goldberg pinned Bryan Clark after a Spear through a table. Goldberg pinned Brian Adams after a Jackhammer.

No. Results[12] Stipulations Times
1 The Natural Born Thrillers (c) (Mark Jindrak and Sean O'Haire) defeated The Filthy Animals (Billy Kidman and Rey Misterio, Jr.) (with Konnan) and The Boogie Knights (Disqo and Alex Wright) Triangle match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 10:06
2 Reno (c) defeated Sgt. AWOL Hardcore match for the WCW Hardcore Championship 10:50
3 The Misfits In Action (Lt. Loco and Cpl. Cajun) defeated The Perfect Event (Shawn Stasiak and Chuck Palumbo) Tag team match 09:23
4 The Filthy Animals (Konnan and Tygress) defeated Shane Douglas and Torrie Wilson Intergender Tag team match 08:38
5 Buff Bagwell defeated David Flair First Blood DNA match 05:37
6 Mike Sanders (with Shawn Stasiak and Chuck Palumbo) defeated Ernest Miller (with Ms. Jones) by countout Kickboxing match 3rd round 2:00
7 Mike Awesome defeated Vampiro Singles match 09:49
8 General Rection defeated Lance Storm (c) and Jim Duggan (with Major Gunns) Handicap match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 10:07
9 Jeff Jarrett defeated Sting Singles match 14:38
10 Booker T (c) defeated Scott Steiner (with Midajah) by disqualification Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 13:26
11 Goldberg defeated KroniK (Brian Adams and Bryan Clark) Handicap Elimination match 03:35
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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References[edit]

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