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The 10 Greatest Matches in WCW Halloween Havoc history


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Toку що попаднах, но това много забавно четиво от 2003 и реших да го споделя :). Aко случайно някой не знае, Halloween Havoc беше един от главните турнири на NWA/WCW ;).

The Ten Greatest Matches in Halloween Havoc History..

Before we head out, let's a take a look at the ten greatest matches in Halloween Havoc History. Some of them we may have covered previously, some of they we may not have. Before you get all obnoxious and smarky over the match ratings, I'll explain the criteria. The top ten matches have been compiled and ranked based on a combination of build, historical importance, and match quality. In other words, a **** match that meant nothing in the long run will rank much lower than a *** match that significantly changed wrestling. For this reason, don't expect to see many of the late 90's Cruiserweight matches on the list, although based solely on *cough* workrate, they'd obviously rank quite high. With that in mind, let's take a brief look back at the 10 Greatest Matches in Halloween Havoc History.

10.

Diamond Dallas Page vs. Bill Goldberg

Halloween Havoc 1998: WCW World Title Match.

Bill Goldberg and DDP had the unenviable task of following up the tragically bad rematch between Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. The crowd was all but dead after such a horrendous bout, and few thought that Goldberg, a legitimate draw but sorely lackluster wrestler, and DDP, losing heat by the second, would be able to generate any crowd interest, let alone save the show. Surprisingly, DDP and Bill Goldberg would go on to completely tear the house down and have the best Halloween Havoc Main Event in four years. Goldberg looked like a man possessed, breaking out obscure wrestling holds, going for various submissions, and selling like he was Bret Hart circa Wrestlemania 10. Goldberg won the match after ducking a Diamond Cutter, but the true winners where all those watching at home. The match was easily the best match Goldberg has ever had, and inspiring effort by both men took a crowd ready to riot and sent them home with smiles on their faces.

****

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9.

Lex Luger vs. Brian Pillman

Halloween Havoc 1989: US Title Match.

Тhis is one incredible contest. Like Bill Goldberg in the previously mentioned matchup, Luger proved without a shadow of a doubt that he could wrestle when needed. An awesome match, and a match worth checking out if the opportunity ever arises.

****1/2

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8.

The Midnight Express vs. Tommy Rich and Richard Morton.

Halloween Havoc 1990.

This is where the historical significance factor starts to work its way into our list. While Chris Jericho and Gedo may have had a much better pure wrestling match at Havoc in 98, when looking at the big picture, it just couldn't compare to the importance of this tag match, the very last match the Midnight Express ever wrestled together in a major promotion. The Midnight Express, along with the Rock N' Roll Express, revolutionized American tag team wrestling, taking what was once a gimmick match and turning it into a true art form. The Midnight Express were the greatest tag team in the world for years, but truly became something of legend when Jim Cornette, Stan Lane, and Bobby Eaton came together permanently.

Bobby and Stan were just incredible to watch. It was as if they shared one mind. They communicated with eachother through eye contact and secret hand signals in order to always be on the same page. Go back and watch tapes, and you'll have a hard time even picking up their signals, yet you'll notice that they were just always DEAD-on, no matter the circumstance. While the Road Warriors may have been more feared, Arn & Tully may have been more technically gifted, and the Rock N' Roll Express may have been more popular with the ladies, no single tag team in wrestling history has ever been as succinct, connected, and seamless as the Midnight Express. When Jim Cornette and Stan Lane left over creative differences and formed Smokey Mountain Wrestling, the greatest duo to ever step foot in the ring together finally went their separate ways. While still a great match, the Midnight Express' final battle at Halloween Havoc 1990 just couldn't come close to comparing to the legacy the team left behind.

***3/4

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7.

Raven vs. Chris Jericho

Halloween Havoc 1998: WCW TV Title Match.

This match makes our list for two reasons. First, the match was amazing. While only clocking in at around ten minutes, you'll be hard pressed to find a more intense, action-packed ten minutes anywhere in the McMahon family vaults. More importantly though, this was the match that MADE Chris Jericho. Jericho is one of the great examples of a wrestler with no real direction, no true push, and limited TV time, getting himself insanely over on personality alone. Chris Jericho's Super J Cup performance in 1995 brought Jericho to the attention of the hardcore fans. Chris Jericho's feud with Dean Malenko made "smart" fans sit up and take notice of him. And Chris Jericho's win over a red-hot Raven pushed Jericho into the stratosphere. After nearly ten minutes of insane bumps, near-falls, and downright brutal blows, Raven tapped out cleanly to the Liontamer, giving Jericho a major victory and enough momentum to propel himself straight into a long-term, high-dollar contract with the hottest wrestling organization in the country, the WWF.

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6.

Lex Luger vs. Ron Simmons

WCW Halloween Havoc 1991: WCW World Title.

2/3 Falls.

This match is that it's not only a pretty good match, but also a culturally significant milestone for American wrestling. Halloween Havoc 1991 marked the first time in American PPV wrestling history that an African American wrestler headlined a PPV in any one-on-one capacity. Even though Ron Simmons lost the match in 3 falls, Ron Simmons blazed a new trail, paving the way for wrestlers like Booker T to step into the spotlight and finally be given a chance to shine. The historic nature of the match, coupled with it's above-average quality, makes this match an easy inclusion in the top matches in Havoc History.

***1/4

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5.

The Steiner Brothers vs. The Nasty Boys

WCW Halloween Havoc 1990: WCW U.S. Tag Team Title Match

An amazing, action-packed, hard-hitting tag team match that took two previously unseen independent wrestlers and turned them into the hottest tag team in wrestling. Blood flowed freely, tempers flared, and stars were born in a match who's legend continues to endure 13 years after the match occurred.

****

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4.

Rey Misterio Jr vs. Eddie Guerrero

WCW Halloween Havoc 1997: WCW Cruiserweight Title Match

Rey vs. Eddie is the match that finally made casual wrestling fans open their eyes and truly take notice to what was going on in the Cruiserweight division. If not for the Christmas Night classic between Brian Pillman and Jushin "Thunder" Liger at the Omni in Atlanta, this match would be considered the greatest Cruiserweight match to ever take place on American soil.

A true classic in every sense of the word. If this list was compiled strictly on match quality, this would easily be the best match in Halloween Havoc History.

*****

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3.

Vader vs. Cactus Jack.

WCW Halloween Havoc 1993: WCW World Title Match

Texas Death Match (as determined by Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal)

This match was just an amazingly intense way to end an amazingly intense feud. All things considered, Vader-Cactus could easily be considered one of the greatest feuds in WCW history. While it didn't have the prestige of Flair-Steamboat, the history of Flair-Sting, or the backstory of Flair-Funk, it more than made up for those shortcomings with its numerous unforgettable moments and sheer brutality. Halloween Havoc 1993 was the final blowoff of this feud, with the end result being an amazingly brutal match to put a fitting end to an amazingly brutal, unforgettable feud.

****3/4

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2.

Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair

WCW Halloween Havoc 1994: WCW Word Title Match

Title (Hogan) vs. Career (Flair).

On October 27th, 1994, WCW took an irrevocable turn, and a turn that I truly believed led them on a one-way path to eventual destruction. Faced with a pivotal, history-altering decision of remaining old-school NWA, or moving away from everything that had been built and becoming a new-school WWF, Eric Bischoff and Ted Turner mutually came to a decision. The two men who stood on opposite sides of the ring at Halloween Havoc 1994 had each become figuratively and permanently etched to one of the two choices. Ric Flair was the contemporary Lou Thesz, a true World Champion. Flair was an athlete. A legendary wrestler. The mere mention of the name Ric Flair conjured up thoughts of 60 minute battles within smoky armories and arenas, legendary bloodbaths with hated opponents, and above all, a man who lived, died, and breathed for one thing and one thing only: winning.

On the opposite end of the ring stood Hulk Hogan. Hogan stood for everything that Ric Flair and the NWA opposed. Hulk Hogan stood for Hollywood. Hogan stood for Sports Entertainment. Hogan stood for horrible matches, horrible wrestling, and a belief that match quality, believability, and intensity took a back seat to hype, merchandising, and MTV.

Never in wrestling history have the battle lines been so clearly defined. The old school and the new school were about to collide, with the very future of WCW on the line.

Ted Turner and Eric Bischoff mutually agreed that the time had come to abandon Ric Flair, abandon NWA Tradition, and abandon the style of wrestling that had earned and KEPT hundreds of thousands of fans over the years. The very backbone of WCW was gutted out, and in it's place was placed bad gimmicks, horrible wrestling, and Hulk Hogan.

Ric Flair's career was temporarily over, Hulk Hogan was the new head man in WCW, and loyal fans began tuning out in droves.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the loyal core audience that WCW drove away by these actions could still be keeping WCW afloat to this day had it not been for the decisions made by Eric Bischoff and Ted Turner in 1994. What they failed to realize at the time was that millions of people supported WCW, went to its house shows, and ordered its PPV's because it was an alternative to Vince McMahon's bullshit Connecticut sideshow. By taking the steps that they did in 1994, WCW basically gave a proverbial "Fuck You" to it's loyal fans in desperate hopes that the waning WWF fanbase would accept WCW as their new product of choice.

Countless wrestling fans turned off their TV's for the final time in 1994, and for many, myself included, something died on October 27th, 1994 when Hulk Hogan defeated Ric Flair in the cage at Halloween Havoc.

****1/2

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1.

Ric Flair and Sting vs. Terry Funk and The Great Muta

WCW Halloween Havoc 1989: Thundercage.

Unless you were there at the time, it's just impossible to understand just how truly special the NWA was in 1989. The booking was amazing, the matches were even better, the crowds were red hot, and everything was just clicking on all cylinders. 1989 was the culmination of years of hard work by Mid-Atlantic, Georgia, and Florida wrestling, bold, brilliant moves by Jim Crockett, and most importantly, good old fashioned ass-busting hard work by the Ric Flairs and the Dusty Rhodes and the Midnight Expresses and the Lex Lugers and the Arn and Ole Andersons and everyone else who helped bring old-school Southern wrestling to such prominence. All of these factors combined led to 1989, the greatest year in professional wrestling history, PERIOD.

Halloween Havoc 1989 was the final true PPV of a year that saw four legendary feuds take place. Ric Flair and Lex Luger continued their epic wars of 1988. Sting and the Great Muta locked horns in battles still talked about to this day. Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat went out with little-to-no preparation and put on a match that Dave Meltzer called the greatest match in North American wrestling history. Not only that, but a few weeks later they proceeded to go out and actually TOP the match... twice. Immediately after the feud was complete, Ric Flair moved into yet another epic feud, this time with the legendary Terry Funk.

All of these feuds, all of these angles, and all of this tension finally came to a head at Halloween Havoc 1989 within the confines of the massive electrified Thundercage. It's only fitting that the best main event in Halloween Havoc History capped off the final true PPV of the 1989, the greatest year in wrestling history.

****

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HEIDENREICH

Интересна класация-браво на автора че се е обосновал по какъв критерий раздава звездите на оценките -това рядко се случва.Затова няма да издребнявам че оценката на Голдбърг-Д.Д.П е бая завишена според мен-приех доводите на човека.А и със Фил бая спорихме за този мач без да достигнем до съгласие. ;) Все пак не мисля че това е най-добрия мач на Голдбърг -трудно е да се избере между толкова ***** класики с негово участие но аз предпочитам мача му с Джерико на Бад Блъд 2003 още помня как счупи преградата на зрителите.Но като място в класацията-приемам -отлично се е обосновал човека ,а и от мача Хоган-Уориър 2 тръпки ме побиват.Малко извън темата -за мен главното разочарование е друго-на този турнир имаше мач Стинг-Брет Харт-двамата с еднаква хватка за предаване това за мен беше дрийм мач но..мач нямаше Брет го преби с една бухалка като куче.

От класацията съм гледал около половината мачове-Рей -Еди се води отличен мач -анализаторите го оценяват по-високо и от отличния им мач на Ресълмания 21-като качество това е мача за нонер 1 ,но това си е битка между крузъри -мидкардери и малко влияние оказва върху бъдещето на компанията-щом това е водещия критерий съгласен съм.

Хоган-Флеър изобщо го бях забравил-от тази година си спомням повече мача им на Баш оф дъ Бийч ,а после имам смътен спомен че някакъв маскиран му удари крака -накрая излезна че това е най-добрия му приятел Брутус Бифкейк.Но не това е важното-отлично описание за новия курс който поема WCW-браво !

Враждата Фънк-Флеър е легендарна (щом и аз даже съм гледал I QUIT мача от нея-нямам възражения.Само една препоръка-според спецовете от ГТВ правилно е "Тери ФЪНКАРЯ"

Отделно виждам така любимите ми STEINER BROTHERS ,Мача между Рокендрол Експрес и Миднайт Експрес(гледал съм им друг мач -биха се на някаква платформа ама беше отдавна-не помня годината и турнира).

Крис Джерико-Рейвън-екстра мач-палци горе.

Освен това съм от малкото фенове на Лекс Лугър даже и в Американ Хиро образа през 93-95.

С две думи интересна класация ,добър пост-браво на автора-язък дето не разбрах кой е.

 

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Ще трябва да попрехвърля стари записи,защото съм почти убеден,че имаше още добри мачове,но за тази класация съм съгласен,с една поправка-мач номер 3 да бъде на първо място. B)

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