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Wow, what a difference a couple of years make in terms of a WCW pay per view. Halloween Havoc 1992 had a lot of old faces from WWF in the event. The show opened with Tony Schiavone and Bruno Sammartino running down the matches. Then Jesse Ventura and Jim Ross were doing the play by play. I had forgotten Jesse was a part of WCW so early on.
I should also note that this was a definite transition year for WCW. Of course Ric Flair had been gone from the company for more than a year at this point. But he'd be returning soon from the WWF. Secondly, Lex Luger was out of the picture. It was a little odd missing these two WCW mainstays.
Sting of course was, and is considered the poster boy for WCW. This PPV was centered around he and Jake "the Snake" Roberts' Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal match. And once again, this was another cheesy gimmick by WCW. The set for the wheel spinning reeked of low quality. It was like a goofy 70's game show meets B Horror film. Plus Sting's reaction to it all seemed exaggerated. Anyway, Sting had to spin a wheel that looked like a big buzzsaw blade. There were 12 options, and where ever the wheel stopped, that was the type of match the two would have.
|That's going to leave a mark
|Ron Simmons vs. the Barbarian
I love Jesse Ventura and JR together doing commentary. Again, I'd never seen any Halloween Havocs before (except for '91) so these two together was a real treat.
Ricky Steamboat and Brian Pillman had an outstanding match. Steamboat pinned Pillman, who was slowly turning heel at the time.
Big Van Vader completely dominated Nikita Koloff. Vader was defending the U.S. for Rick Rude.
"Stunning" Steve Austin teamed up with Dr. Death Steve Williams as a sub for Terry Gordy against Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham. Match ended in a draw. It's fun watching these guys in the pre Stone Cold and Goldust.
Paul E. Dangerously fired Madusa from the Dangerous Alliance. She then proceeded to kick his ass on the stage.
|Rude vs. Chono (From WWE)
I watched a condensed version of the PPV, but I will say many of the matches were pretty long. Some over 20 minutes, the tag match went 30. These guys were able to tell great stories, Rude-Chono and Pillman-Steamboat come to mind immediately. There wasn't a whole lot of gimmicky, cheesiness on this event like previous Havocs. (Of course the Spin the Wheel is the exception here) The undercard definitely outshined the two "main events" of the evening.