WCW Halloween Havoc ’93

Airdate: October 24, 1993

Attendance: 6,000 (3,000 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Can Cactus Jack exact revenge upon Vader and defeat him? Will Flair regain a “World” title? Who will be the “franchise” of WCW? Let’s find out!

To open the show, a Halloween-themed mini-movie airs featuring trick-or-treaters visiting a supposedly haunted house. When the doorbell rings, a loud scream startles them. An extremely robotic Tony Schiavone answers the door and offers them “cookies.”

As “Dracula” asks for “something scary,” Tony responds with the frightening Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal stipulation for the main event. “Dracula” refutes the offer, so Tony rips off his “mask” to reveal a monster. The trick-or-treaters attempt to flee, open the door, and the infamous wheel appears.

After Bischoff Texas Ranger welcomes us to the program, Tony Schiavone, dressed like Ventura, and Ventura, decked out like a gynecologist, hype the main event. Ventura then does his rectal thermometer joke. HA!

Match 1: Harlem Heat & the Equalizer versus the Shockmaster, Charlie Norris, & Ice Train


Rating: *

Summary: Despite following the tag formula, the only wrestler to earn heat was the Shockmaster. I definitely wouldn’t call this match a treat.

After the match, Shockmaster and Equalizer brawl until Shockmaster BLASTS him from the ring.

Backstage, Bischoff Texas Ranger interviews the second referee for the Flair-Rude match—the Red Rooster! Oh, wait, he’s wearing a referee’s outfit but without red hair. It’s Terry Taylor! Regardless, Taylor states he’ll call the match “down the middle.”

Match 2: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat versus “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff (w/ the Assassin)


Rating: **½

Summary: Good solid match with a pair of botches and a crappy finish. I wonder if this will lead to something.

According to Schiavone, the Big Gold belt has been deemed a World title. That begs the question: with so many titles in WCW, why keep this one? By changing its status week-to-week, it devalues the other titles.

Match 3 for the WCW World TV title: Lord Steven Regal (champion w/ Sir William) versus the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith


Rating: **

Summary: Since Smith had been battling Vader for the World title and was the headliner for the infamous upcoming European tour, he couldn’t lose. In addition, due to Regal’s similar British ancestry, he also couldn’t lose. I just wish there had been less grappling and more excitement. According to Meltzer, the timekeeper and Buffer got their wires crossed causing Smith and Regal to improvise after the powerslam.

Next, Bischoff Texas Ranger stands before the eerie wheel, and Vader with Race emerge. When Vader spins it, the gimmick of choice becomes Texas Death match. Did anyone tell Bischoff that New Orleans is approximately 264 miles from the Texas border? Cajun death match would seem more appropriate, but some people might think gumbo would be integrated.

Match 4 for the WCW US title: The “Natural” Dustin Rhodes (champion) versus “Stunning” Steve Austin (w/o Colonel Parker)


Rating: *½

Summary: Another horrible finish to a match that felt flat. I bet these guys can work together and produce a better match down the road.

After the match, Austin grabs the belt, CREAMS Rhodes with it, and celebrates on the ramp. Meanwhile, Rhodes is BUSTED OPEN.

Promo airs for Battlebowl ‘93 LIVE on PPV on 11/20. Order NOW!

Match 5 for the WCW World tag team titles: 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell (champions w/ Teddy Long) versus the Nasty Boys (w/ Missy Hyatt)


Rating: ***

Summary: With the tag formula in place and the babyfaces in full underdog mode, the New Orleans faithful loved every minute of the match...until the finish. Oh, well, the Nasty Boys aren’t pretty, and neither are their victories.

Backstage, Bischoff Texas Ranger interviews Sid with Parker. Only notable portion is Sid’s referring to himself as “psycho Sid.” That would prove prophetic in Blackburn mere days afterward.

Match 6: Sting versus Sid Vicious (w/ Colonel Parker)


Rating: **

Summary: Truly Sid knew how to drag a wrestler down to his level. Seeds of a face turn were planted here, but what will happen going forward? Meanwhile, Sting became the “Franchise” of WCW.

After the match, Sid confronts Parker but walks away from him rather than turn babyface.

Back in the locker room, Race warms up Vader as Cactus stews while holding his bag elsewhere backstage. Cactus then menacingly screams “you can’t hurt Cactus Jack.”

Match 7 for the WCW International World title: “Ravishing” Rick Rude (champion) versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (w/ Fifi)


Rating: ***

Summary: Unlike their match at Fall Brawl ‘93, the pace was much better, yet the finish stunk on Melba toast.

After the match, the New Orleans faithful rightfully serenades the decision with a “BULLSHIT” chant. Flair then grabs the belt and holds it overhead to comfort them. Nevertheless, Rude manhandles Fifi on the ramp until Flair stops and hooks him in another figure-four leg lock. Anderson and Taylor separate them, and Rude flees with his belt.

Promo airs for Battlebowl ‘93 LIVE on PPV on 11/20. Order NOW!

Match 8 (Texas death match/non-title): WCW World champion Vader (w/ Harley Race) versus Cactus Jack


Rating: ****

Summary: There are very few matches where I alter my judgment for a rating, and this is one of them. Despite the lack of actual wrestling in the match, Cactus and Vader put on a clinic on how two people beat one another to a bloody pulp. Kudos, gentlemen!

After the match, Cactus nails Race and PLANTS him with a double-arm DDT.

Conclusion: Despite a show with an abundance of terrible finishes, excitement is contained within it. If you’ve never seen Vader-Cactus before, put the kiddies to bed and witness their destructive bloodbath. Trust me, WCW never rebroadcasted the match due to the amount of sheer violence, so it’ll be worth your while.

Buyrate: 0.50

Stay tuned for WWF Monday Night RAW 10-25-93!

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