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By the time Halloween Havoc '91 rolled around, WCW was without it's longest running wrestler. Ric Flair had left the company that summer and moved to the WWF. Lex Luger was now carrying the banner for WCW and defending the world title against Ron Simmons. This was actually the only Halloween Havoc I ever watched. I think my roommate in college had recorded it for us to see.
The show opened up with video of Barry Windham being injured by the Enforcers (Arn Anderson and Larry Zybysko). That forced Windham off the pay per view.
|Sting vs. Jack|
The two teams: Diamond Studd (Scott Hall), Big Van Vader, Abdullah the Butcher, and Cactus Jack
battled Sting, the Steiner Brothers, and El Gigante. The match also featured a first, the "Refer-eye Cam." The ref wore a camera on his head for the match that the director took throughout. Actually a pretty cool concept. Not crazy about the name though.
|Stick a fork in him...|
|Wait for it...|
Anyway, Rude beat the Z-Man, Tom Zenk at the show. The fans were sitting on their hands as he came to the ring. Once he got into the ring and started attacking, it was pretty clear it was Rude. He even ended the match with the Rude Awakening. Of course Tony Schiavone even called the move that.
After the announcement, Schiavone called it the biggest thing to happen to WCW all year. While I think it was ONE of the biggest things to happen, I'd say the company stripping Ric Flair of the title and not resigning him was the biggest game changer that year.
- The set for this show looked more like a high school drama club built it. And that's not a knock on high school drama clubs. But come on, by this time WCW was under the Turner banner and you'd think some dough could be spent on a better set.
- "Stunning" Steve Austin defended against Dustin Rhodes. The two went to a 15 minute time limit draw. Who knew within a few years both men would have radically different personas in the WWF
- Lex Luger beat Ron Simmons in the title match. It was best two out of three falls. One of the falls Luger won was by disqualification. This match helped to propel Simmons, and about nine months later, he'd actually win the title.
- One Man Gang, Barry Windham, and Oz (Kevin Nash) were all supposed to be on Diamond Studd's team in the cage. Gang left WCW, Windham turned face and got hurt, and I'm not sure what happened to Oz.