OSR: WCW/nWo Halloween Havoc 1998 Review

Halloween Havoc 1998

The biggest rematch in wrestling of all time is the event where everything started going south for WCW. A major planning and booking catastrophe saw the PPV cut off in the main event due to an overrun, and everything went downhill from there. Other than Starrcade 1997, this is probably one of WCW’s other most infamous events but not for the same reason. This event is exceptionally well-known but I for one can say that I have never seen it in its entirety. So, here we go back to 1998 with the latest…

Old School Review: Halloween Havoc 1998

The opening promo is depicted around the feuds which the event has being built around, notably four main event caliber matches. We then go inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena with our announcers Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan and Mike Tennay. They really hype the rematch between Hogan and The Warrior, which originally coincidentally happened in the opposition…the WWE at WrestleMania VI. The entrance stage to be honest looks like something from a bad kids party before we go to the ring for the Nitro Girls as a host of extra matches are announced – the reason for the overrun is rapidly becoming clear. Anyhow, after a pointless interview segment with Rick Steiner and Buff Bagwell, we are off to the first match of the evening;

WCW World Television Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs. Raven

Both men make their way to the ring, before Raven cuts a promo basically saying he doesn’t want to compete and starts to walk out until Jericho gets on the microphone and cuts a promo of his own to entice him back into the ring. The match then gets underway, and it is very back and forth between both men but following an interference attempt by Kanyon, Jericho is able to pick up the win in a very credible opening match with a lion tamer.

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5,0 Stars

Hogan and Bischoff make their way out and cut an exceptionally pointless promo which doesn’t make much sense and seems more of an ego trip. He then starts talking about his nephew Horace, before turning to The Warrior. Thankfully, it is soon enough over.

Wrath vs. Meng

Both men make their way to the ring, and it quickly gets underway but this isn;t a very interesting match because it is one where the styles do not blend well with one another. It is very much power versus technicality, but thankfully it doesn’y last long. Wrath eventually wins following a Pump Handle Slam, in a very pointless match which made non sense.

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

Disco Inferno vs, Juventud Guerrera

This match is a number one contenders match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship, with both men making their way to the ring – Disco taking what seems like a lifetime to get to the ring. The match gets underway, which sees Disco in control for much of the match despite a valiant effort for Guerrera. Guerrera looks quite good but Disco really lets it down. Disco eventually wins and I can forget that match existed.

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

The Nitro Girls are back in the ring dancing, before Scott Steiner makes an appearance and cuts a promo…a very typical promo for Steiner before turning his attention to Bagwell and Rick Steiner.  He then establishes a tag match for the duo against him and The Giant later tonight before they are interrupted by J.J Dillon, who says that is Rick and Buff win, then straight away afterwards it will be Rick versus Scott for 15 minutes. Slightly more important segment, but it wasted valuable time.

Alex Wright vs. Fit Finlay

Both men make their way to the ring, and the match gets underway with Wright dominating the action as the fans begin to chant “boring”, which it really is. The match continues, with Wright eventually picking up the win in another match which shouldn’t have made the show…more valuable time wasted.

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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