In the next edition of the Old School Review, we shall be going back to the year of 1999 and a time when the wrestling business, in particular WCW was changing and not for the better. Throughout the year, WCW had being in gradual decline after the WWE regained momentum in the Monday Night War. To counter this, WCW had hired Vince Russo and Ed Ferrera to try and stop the declining ratings. This is the first pay-per-view event under their control and is a time of WCW I remember vividly, with Nitro being shown weekly on TNT. But I have never seen this event in its entirety, but am familiar with what happened. So, here I go with the…
Old School Review: Halloween Havoc 1999
The show opens with a promo firstly depicted around Goldberg and Sid Vicious, followed by the rivalry built between Sting and Hogan over the championship. We then go inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for tonight’s event with our announcers Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan who preview the matches for the show briefly. It is then announced Rey Mysterio is injured, and The Filthy Animals have being stripped of the WCW Tag Titles as a result. A triple threat match will take place instead to determine the new champions. We then go to the ring for the first match of the evening.
WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Disco Inferno (c) vs. Lash LeRoux
Both men make their way to the ring, to literally no reaction whatsoever. The match soon gets underway, with LeRoux being in control of the action.There isn’t really a lot to this match, it is probably about as basic as they come which is disappointing considering other cruiserweight matches which have being seen in both the WCW and WWE. Eventually, Disco is able to pick up the win following his “Last Dance” finisher (I think it is called) to retain the championship. After the match, LeRoux attacks Disco before leaving the arena with the championship belt. Really not an enjoyable opening match.
Winner: Disco Inferno, to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go to Schiavone and Heenan, where a clip is soon from earlier in the day with Malenko and Benoit arriving at the arena and telling Saturn to shove The Revolution where the sun doesn’t shine. We then go to Harlem Heat, with Mike Tennay talking about their forthcoming match. Booker makes reference to their upbringing and how they are going to get the titles back. Stevie then says it is Harlem Heat’s night and how they better not forget it.
WCW Tag Team Championship: Street Fight – The First Family vs. Harlem Heat vs. The Filthy Animals
Each of the teams make their way to the ring, and it soon gets underway as very much a brawl between the three teams. The match goes all over the place, and essentially becomes two separate handicap matches. Harlem Heat are able to pick up the win over Brian Knobbs in the backstage area, whilst The Filthy Animals seemingly pick up the win over Hugh Morrus. As the referees cannot decide on who should be victorious, the winner is declared as Harlem Heat. Surely, the most logical thing would have being for it to go to a sudden death finish. Bizarre finish, where the booking made it a mess.
Winner: Harlem Heat, to capture the WCW Tag Team Championship
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
Ric and David Flair are shown arriving backstage with a crowbar looking irate. DDP and Kimberley make their way to the ring, with Kimberley cutting a promo on Ric Flair and for some bizarre reason dissing the WCW Championship in the process. DDP takes to the microphone talking about love and hate, before talking about Flair spanking Kimberley. He then challenges Flair to a strap match. Goldberg is then shown in the locker room looking for Sid, before we then go to Mike Tennay with Eddie Guerrero, talking about his match but also Flair. We then go back to the arena for the next match,
Perry Saturn vs. Eddie Guerrero
Saturn makes his way to the ring first, followed by Guerrero who leaves Flair’s rolex with Heenan as he doesn’t trust Schiavone. The match gets underway at a nice pace, and is very back and forth but ends in controversy when Saturn is disqualified following interference from Ric Flair, who attacks Guerrero with the crowbar. He also attacks Kidman, before snogging Torrie. He then retrieves his watch from Heenan before leaving the arena. This is a good match, but given a little bit more time could have being so much better.
Winner: Eddie Guerrero, via Disqualification
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars