Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal. Take two. However, second verse is better than the first, both in main event and overall show. After the last two Havoc’s, I wasn’t looking forward to watching Halloween Havoc ’93. The show starts with a Halloween skit thing staring Tony Schiavone and a bunch of kids looking like a horrible Halloween special. I cringed. Schiavone’s calling the action along with Jesse “The Body” Ventura from New Orleans, Louisiana’s Lakefront Arena on October 24, 1993. Overall, we’ve got an average show that lasts a touch under three hours. There’s bad stuff for sure, but three decent matches along with two “greatest hits” on an eight-match event. Let’s not forget Eric Bischoff doing backstage interviews.
The first two matches are awful. Then, we get a “hit.” “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith challenges Lord Steven Regal with Sir William in his corner for the WCW Television championship. Competitive and actual wrestling. The other “hit?” Sid Vicious with Col. Rob Parker in his corner against Sting. Did Sid just invent the chokeslam in this match? As a side note, both these managers were Memphis mainstays.
The other matches worth a watch? “Stunning” Steve Austin challenging “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes for the WCW United States championship. I expected more here. Good, but not their battle from Halloween Havoc ’91. “Nature Boy” Ric Flair with Fifi by his side challenges Rick Rude for the World Heavyweight championship. Weird to “Natch” as a challenger. Rude is either a great salesman or legit injured. Then we get the main event. Harley Race leads Vader into a Texas Death Match against Cactus Jack. Both bleed, and for a pre-ECW era match, it’s pretty wild.
- Harlem Heat and The Equalizer vs. The Shockmaster, Ice Train, and Charlie Norris 1/5
- “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff (w/The Assassin) vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat 1/5
- “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith vs. Lord Steven Regal © (w/Sir William) for the WCW Television championship 4/5
- “Stunning” Steve Austin vs. “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes © for the WCW United States championship 3/5
- The Nasty Boys (w/Missy Hyatt) vs. Marcus Alexander Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio © (w/Teddy Long) for the WCW Tag Team championship 1/5
- Sid Vicious (w/Col. Rob Parker) vs. Sting 4/5
- “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (w/Fifi) vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude © for the World Heavyweight championship 3/5
- Vader (w/Harley Race) vs. Cactus Jack in a Texas Death match 3/5
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