WCW Halloween Havoc '96

Live from Las Vegas, NV

Airdate: October 27, 1996

Attendance: 11,300 (10,714 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes

Match 1 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (champion) versus Dean Malenko


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Absolutely incredible action from bell to bell that was practically flawless. Great job, guys!

After the match, Malenko mounts the second turnbuckle and holds the belt overhead to a big ovation.

Backstage, Lee Marshall interviews Jeff Jarrett as Flair joins him. After Flair touts Jarrett, he promotes Savage for the main event despite their differences.

Match 2 (LotR): Eddie Guerrero (bearer) versus Diamond Dallas Page


Rating: **

Summary: Guerrero partially blocked the Diamond Cutter due to damaged ribs. Supposedly, he had a high fever too. Nonetheless, DDP won.

After the match, Patrick awards the Lord of the Ring ring to DDP.

Backstage, Tenay and Savage announce the winner of the Slim Jim monster truck—Joan Michalik of Romulus, MI. At wcwwrestling.com (be careful, it may be NSFW like whitehouse.com or so I’ve heard), get the “Real Audio simulcast” of Halloween Havoc. Meanwhile, Jericho is talking on CompuServe. Log on now!

Tenay then interviews the NEW Cruiserweight champion Malenko.

In the crowd, in front of the nWo banner, the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase interviews Giant who holds the **cough**stolen**cough** US title belt and promises that Jarrett will visit the “glue factory.”

Match 3: Giant versus Jeff Jarrett (w/ “Nature Boy” Ric Flair)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Flair may be a miracle worker, but from ringside, he can only do so much.

After the match, the rest of the Four Horsemen jump into the ring as Giant walks away.

In the crowd, DiBiase interviews Syxx. Meanwhile, Vincent provides security.

Match 4: Syxx versus “Lionheart” Chris Jericho


Rating: ***

Summary: While the match was angle-driven, the athleticism shown was really good. Not by Nick Patrick though.

After the match, Jericho chases Patrick out of the ring who then assists Syxx back to the dressing room.

Backstage, Tenay interviews Luger who must have visited Mary M. Q. Contrary ‘cuz he seems to know how a garden grows. In spite of that, he cuts a promo on Arn.

Match 5: The “Enforcer” Arn Anderson versus the “Total Package” Lex Luger


Rating: ***

Summary: Great psychology by both guys here made for a very entertaining match. I believe this was Arn’s last PPV match as an active wrestler however.

After the match, Luger will not release the hold until Curtis pleads with him. Jarrett and Flair return to the ring to check on Arn who gets stretchered to the back.

Backstage, Marshall shills the WCW hotline then interviews Harlem Heat with Sherri and Parker.

Match 6: Faces of Fear (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus the “Crippler” Chris Benoit & Steve “Mongo” McMichael (w/ Debra & Woman)


Rating: ****

Summary: Benoit must have given the Faces of Fear a pep talk in the back because he encouraged them to beat the crap out of him until the very end. But what about the rest of the Dungeon of Doom?

After the match, Barbarian grabs the Haliburton and nails Mongo in the back with it. Meanwhile, Konnan grabs Woman as Meng gives Mongo a piledriver. To stop Rogers and Konnan from messing with Woman, Benoit gives them a baseball slide. With Mongo OUT COLD, Benoit is outnumbered five to one. I don’t like those odds. Barbarian then gives Benoit a Mafia kick, and Rogers delivers a Bubba slam. Taskmaster then gets in Woman’s face and states that he’s “still the man.”

DiBiase states that the nWo is 2-0 thus far, cuts a promo on Harlem Heat, and introduces the Outsiders.

Match 7 for the WCW World tag team titles: Harlem Heat (champions w/ Sister Sherri & Colonel Parker) versus the Outsiders


Rating: ***

Summary: Once again, outside interference played a big role in a Harlem Heat match much to their detriment. The segments with Hall and Booker T were really good.

After the match, Hall and Nash raise the belts overhead to a big ovation. Nash informs us “the takeover is just about complete.”

Promo for World War III coming November 24 only on PPV.

In the crowd standing alongside Giant, Hogan, wearing a wig, cuts a promo and shills Santa with Muscles.

Match 8 for the WCW World title: Hollywood Hogan (champion w/ Giant and Ted DiBiase) versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage


Rating: **1/2

Summary: While entertaining, the wrestling and the outside interference upset the flow terribly. From a nostalgic standpoint, this was entertaining. Notwithstanding, from a critical standpoint, it was mostly terrible.

After the match, Giant brings a bowl of ice water to the ring to wake Hogan up. As Savage is assisted backstage, Hogan gets on the microphone to tout himself. Shouldn’t this be on Nitro?

All of a sudden, bagpipes begin to play as “ROWDY” RODDY PIPER makes his WCW debut. Piper enters the ring as Hogan cowers behind Giant. According to Piper, he’s here “to break (Hogan’s) monotony,” refers to Giant as “Sprout,“ claims to be a free agent, and then gives Hogan a “reality check.” Next, he touts himself to be as big an ICON as Hogan is.

Afterward, he picks on Hogan for “playing the bass guitar at Tootsie’s Grill” rather than lacing up boots when Piper began his career. Hogan tries to square things by saying they ran “neck and neck,” but Piper isn’t finished! He mentions WrestleMania and inferred his act was better because he caused all the chaos. He then tells Hogan that he’s “the only guy you have never been able to beat.” While not necessarily true, it is demoralizing. Finally, he puts Hogan in his place before yielding the floor.

When Hogan claims to be “as big a superstar as (Piper is),” Piper tells him to “straighten up.” Before Piper leaves, Hogan makes fun of him and tells him that they should have the “war that didn’t settle the score.” Hogan leaves saying “your day’s coming, Piper.” Since Hogan left the championship belt behind, Piper lets him know about it. The PPV then goes off the air as Piper continues his rant.

Conclusion: Behind the curtain, Hogan had signed a new contract to stay with WCW after fielding an offer from the WWF. Conversely, Savage hadn’t signed a new contract, so who knows when or where he’ll be next. With that being said, Hogan retained the title albeit with shenanigans.

If you discount the nostalgia of the main event, the rest of the PPV was really good. Obviously, the Malenko-Mysterio match is not one to be missed. In addition, the Luger-Anderson match, the FoF/Horsemen match, and the tag title match are worthwhile. So set aside three hours, fire up the WWE Network, and enjoy this with family and friends.

Stay tuned for week 58 of the Monday Night War!

Buyrate: 0.70

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