WCW Halloween Havoc ’97

Live from Las Vegas, NV

Airdate: October 26, 1997

Attendance: 12,457 (10,138 paid)

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

Will Piper overtake Hogan in a steel cage? Will DDP make Savage snap into a Slim Jim? How will Mysterio fare against EVIL Eddie? Let’s find out!

Match 1: Ultimo Dragon versus Yuji Nagata (w/ Sonny Onoo)


Rating: ***

Summary: Solid opener, but the Vegas faithful were barely behind Dragon here. I believe some chicanery by Onoo would have helped them support Dragon.

After the match, Nagata holds Dragon’s arm so that Onoo could break it like a piece of wood. Onoo promptly pays Nagata for his services.

At the internet location, Mark Madden interviews Disco until Jacqueline interrupts him. She then chases him away.

Match 2: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho versus Gedo


Rating: *½

Summary: Although unseen in WCW prior to this match, the familiarity between the wrestlers was obvious with all the move-countermove strategy. Unfortunately, it took away from the match where high-flying and submission-style wrestling would have popped the crowd.

Back in the locker room, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Debra who won’t reveal Mongo’s surprise opponent later in the show. Abruptly, Mongo interrupts his estranged wife, and they air their dirty laundry LIVE on PPV.

Match 3 for the WCW Cruiserweight title (mask versus title): Eddie Guerrero (champion) versus Rey Mysterio, Jr.


Rating: *****

Summary: I realize that I’m not alone by scoring this match with *****. The energy, intensity, workrate, wrestling, and showmanship displayed in this match makes it one of, if not THE, match of the year. Check this out STAT.

After the match, Eddie attacks Mysterio and tosses him down to the floor.

At the entrance, Okerlund shills the hotline.

Backstage, in the nWo locker room, Bischoff complains about the lack of a safe working environment in WCW. He then claims that Hogan won’t wrestle tonight unless Sting is prohibited from the arena. Afterward, Hogan cuts a promo on Piper. Televising the promo in black’n’white is a nice touch.

Match 4: Steve “Mongo” McMichael versus ???? (w/ Debra)


Rating: -**

Summary: One can only stretch suspension of disbelief so far, and then there’s this match. YUCK!

After the match, Debra compensates Goldberg with Mongo’s Super Bowl ring for his mercenary work. Goldberg then responds with “it’s mine, baby, it’s mine.” As Wright approaches Goldberg to shake hands, he gets decked. Upon tossing Wright back into the ring, Goldberg spears him. He then delivers the Jackhammer to Wright while Mongo remains OUT COLD.

Back in the nWo locker room, Savage with Elizabeth calls DDP a “marked man.” Elizabeth completely dismisses DDP altogether.

Match 5 (non-title): WCW World TV champion Disco Inferno versus Jacqueline


Rating: DUD

Summary: If the Vegas faithful hadn’t returned from their bathroom break during the last match, this fiasco would have sunk into negative stars too.

Match 6 for the WCW US title: Curt Hennig (champion) versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair


Rating: **½

Summary: The finish alone earns a ½* from me as comeuppance from Flair. Way to go, Champ!

After the match, Flair knocks Silverman OUT COLD before rearranging Hennig’s face. Officials along with Konnan and Vincent storm the ring to save Hennig’s bacon.

At the WCW.com table, Mark Madden interviews Savage.

Okerlund then interviews JJ Dillon who returns as Chairman of the Executive Committee. While Dillon declares that the steel cage match WILL HAPPEN, Bischoff interrupts and questions Dillon’s “stroke.” Dillon retrieves a document from his jacket and hands Bischoff a notarized contract. Before the interview ends, Bischoff complains and demands Nitro for the nWo. The power struggle for WCW’s hottest TV show begins.

Match 7: Scott Hall (w/ Syxx) versus the “Total Package” Lex Luger


Rating: *

Summary: The Zbyszko factor played a major role in the story of the match, yet it still sucked.

After the match, Syxx ambushes Zbyszko from behind; however, Zbyszko recovers with a legit front face lock that knocked Syxx out of action. In fact, this is Syxx’s last WCW PPV. Perhaps he’ll show up on Nitro in traction.

To save Syxx, Bischoff enters the ring and kicks at Zbyszko. As Zbyszko turns his attention toward him, Hall lays him out from behind. Hall and Bischoff double-team Zbyszko as Bischoff delivers a side kick. To mock him, Bischoff places a foot upon Zbyszko’s chest, and Hall counts the felonious pin.

Promo airs for World War III ‘97 LIVE on PPV come November 23. Order NOW!

Match 8 (Las Vegas Sudden Death): “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Elizabeth) versus Diamond Dallas Page


Rating: ****

Summary: Excellent match where each wrestler used psychology by damaging each other’s ribs. Ultimately, it cost DDP the most due to nWo shenanigans.

After the match, Savage nails Patrick and DDP before returning backstage. Paramedics then strap DDP on a gurney and haul him backstage for medical attention. Abruptly, Savage gives DDP another beating before being escorted away.

Match 9 (steel cage/non-title): WCW World champion “Hollywood” Hogan versus “Rowdy” Roddy Piper


Rating: *

Summary: If you’re a longtime fan, and you always wanted to see Hogan versus Piper in a cage, then this match is for you. Without the response from the Vegas faithful, this match would have earned nothing and liked it.

After the match, Savage nails Piper, and a crazed Bischoff enters the cage unbeknownst to Piper. While Savage keeps Piper at bay, Hogan CROWNS Piper with the World title belt. He then drags a “Sting” clone into the ring, rips off the mask and wig to reveal “Hardwork” Bobby Walker, and tosses him over the top rope to the floor.

Savage then rams Piper face-first into the cage while the Vegas faithful chant “We Want Sting.” As Hogan and Savage hand cuff him to the cage, Hogan puts on a Sting mask. Suddenly, a fan climbs the cage, but Walker subdues him. Hogan and Savage then give the fan the business until WCW Security removes him to end the show.

Conclusion: If one were to judge the PPV based upon the main event alone, one should request an immediate refund due to inappropriate value based upon performance. Conversely, if one groups Mysterio-Guerrero, Savage-DDP, and Flair-Hennig together, one certainly earned value for the PPV dollar. My recommendation is to watch the show, make some popcorn and cocktails during the Mongo and Disco matches, and enjoy the show without the main event.

Buyrate: 1.10

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 10-27-97!

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