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Thursday, 20 August 2020

PPV REVIEW: WCW Sin 2001

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Event poster
January 14, 2001,
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

Back in the day, there was a rumour floating around that World Championship Wrestling wanted to run a PPV series based on the seven deadly sins. 


Unfortunately, we'd never get to witness Tony 'Big T/Ahmed Johnson' Norris returning from his run in Harlem Heat 2000 to collide with Abdullah the Butcher in a Cheeseburger on a Pole street fight at WCW Gluttony. Nor would we ever see the inevitable moment in which Kevin Nash headlined WCW Sloth.

WCW would be closed for good just days after kicking things off with WCW Greed, but before that the seeds were planted with this:

The one and only WCW Sin pay per view.

Today, the event is infamous more for Sid Vicious' horrific broken leg than any of the actual matches, so why don't we head down to Indianapolis, Indiana and see what else went down besides that injury?







This is Sin

After all these years, WCW finally figured out how to make a good PPV opening video with just a few months left to go.

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Tony Schiavone and Scott Hudson called the event
Tonight's opening package was set to a haunting choral soundtrack and featured shots of World Championship Wrestling's biggest stars interspersed with graphics displaying the names of the Seven Deadly Sins.

The shots of the wrestlers didn't seem to have anything to do with the actual words on the screen, however. For example, Gluttony was immediately followed by a shot of Sid Vicious laughing like a maniac.

Whether this was a thinly-veiled dig at Sid for putting on some weight in the last year is anyone's guess.

I will say one thing though, they missed a trick by not showing a shot of Bryan Clarke when 'Wrath' came up on the screen.

Given that this PPV was called Sin and we'd have 'Greed' in March, I do wonder if the plan was to rebrand a bunch of other PPVs with the seven deadly sins, but I guess we'll never know.

Let Me Do This Alone

Anyway, after a greeting from our announcers Tony Schiavone and Scott Hudson, we went backstage where Shane Helms encouraged his 3 Count partner Shannon Moore not to get involved in the upcoming cruiserweight title match.

Moore agreed, and it was on with the show.

World Championship Wrestling World Cruiserweight Championship
WCW World Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero vs. Sugar Shane Helms

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Chavo Guerrero defended the Cruiserweight title against Sugar Shane Helms
You know, I can't remember the last time I watched a WCW cruiserweight PPV title match that didn't include a bunch of overbooking, mad stunts and run-ins.

Though the company still had talented performers who could work in the cruiserweight style, the division itself had -like almost everything else in the company- gone dramatically downhill.

So it was absolutely refreshing to see Chavo Guerrero defend his title against Shane Helms in a straight-up one-on-one match with no BS or wackiness.

It was an awesome match too, maybe not an all-time classic, but certainly a thrilling bout with lots to enjoy, including a gripping reversal-of-a-reversal-of-a-reversal finish that saw Chavo retain the gold with a Brain Buster.

Even though he won, there were many moments when it looked like Helms really could be our new champion, making this one of those occasions when a wrestler really did get more over despite losing.
Your Winner and Still Cruiserweight Champion: Chavo Guerrero

After Chavo's obligatory celebration, Schiavone and Hudson took some time to speculate on the identity of the mystery man who would be competing in tonight's main event.

If you're wondering where their usual partner, Mark Madden was, he had recently been fired for basically telling the truth about what a dismal state the company was in.

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Mike Tenay interviews Nature Boy Ric Flair as he arrives at the arenaTo be honest, I'm not complaining. The guy may have his fans, but this writer isn't one of them. Between him being a grown man making Jay & Silent Bob references to his repeated attempts to get himself over, there wasn't a lot to like about him.

Still, why they only had a two-man booth when the ever-awesome Mike Tenay was right there is anyone's guess.

Tonight, Tenay was relegated to waiting around backstage for CEO Ric Flair to arrive and then questioning him about the mystery man when he did so.

Unsurprisingly, Nature Boy wasn't letting anything slip, but insisted he'd reveal the mystery man when the time was right.

Vito is Ready for Reno

Yes, this feud was still going on.

Backstage, Mean Gene Okerlund caught up with Big Vito who had apparently reunited with his former partner Johnny The Bull.

Cutting a decent promo, Vito declared that it didn't matter what Reno and the Natural Born Thrillers did to him, he was going to get revenge tonight.

Big Vito vs. Reno

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Big Vito faced Reno
This was a surprisingly good match which surpassed all expectations.

Ok, so neither man had ever sucked, but they weren’t exactly known for stealing the show either, so it was a treat to see them go at it in such a fast and furious fashion.

Make no mistake about it, something had lit a fire under these two which meant they bust hump to give us the best match they were capable of.

In the end, Reno won with his Roll of the Dice finisher, but before that, there was a lot to enjoy here.
Your Winner: Reno

Finally, it seemed WCW had gotten out of the annoying habit of cramming 20 backstage segments into 90 seconds of pre-match time.

Here we just had one.

Mike Sanders offered Brian Adams some money to do a job for him (remember, the Acolytes were doing an APA gimmick), but after Sanders left, Bryan Clarke revealed that they’d been paid more money by somebody else to do a different job.

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Evan Karagias and Jamie Noble faced The Jung Dragons

The Jung Dragons (Yang & Kaz Hayashi w/ Lea Meow) vs. Knoble & Karagias (Jamie Knoble & Evan Karagias)

I just typo’d and accidentally wrote ‘The Hung Dragons.’ Something tells me that would have been an entirely different tag team.

Anyway, this was a lot of fun - a frantic Cruiserweight showdown with all the flips, flops, and flying you could ask for.

After all kinds of big-time moves and breakneck wrestling, a simple roll-up earned Kaz Hayashi & Yang the win.
Your Winners: The Jung Dragons

Post-match, the losers beat up The Jung Dragons because that’s what heels do.

Meanwhile, backstage, Totally Buff (Lex Luger & Buff Bagwell) arrived in a purple hot rod and started complimenting each other’s appearance.

Mike Sanders vs. Ernest ‘The Cat’ Miller (w/ Miss Jones)

If Miller wins, he becomes commissioner. If Sanders wins, he gets Miss Jones

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Ernest 'The Cat' Miller and Miss Jones
Since both men were arguably better on the microphone than in the ring, it made sense for them to each have some pre-match promo time before locking up.

Sanders began things, reminding us of the match stipulation and insisting that the WCW Commissionership was a role worth having because it paid well.

That’s probably about the only real reason anybody would want the job since it was basically meaningless now that Ric Flair was running things as CEO.

Ernest Miller, however, thought differently. Proving himself to be very over with the live crowd, The Cat insisted he could beat Sanders as long as he had the people behind him and was going to use the Commissionership to help WCW ‘get back on top.’

Ah, there’s nothing like a company openly admitting that they were failing live on air.

What didn’t fail was this match. Though it may be hard to believe, this was a very entertaining little match.

A rematch from their kickboxing encounter back at Halloween Havoc 2000,  Sanders and Miller put their best foot forward to deliver a bout that was made all the more enjoyable thanks to how beloved The Cat was by the audience.

Towards the finish, Sanders’ Natural Born Thrillers henchmen Shawn Stasiak and Mark Jindrak ran in to beat up Miller, but that’s when Kronik arrived.

The hired guns saw off Sanders’ goons then approached the commissioner himself, refunding the money he’d paid them by stuffing it in his mouth.

Miller hit the Feliner and became our new Commissioner.
Your Winner: Ernest Miller

Afterward, Miller and Miss Jones danced and celebrated their big win.

The Time for Talking is Over

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Bill Goldberg and Ric Flair watch a monitor
Backstage, Ric Flair and Goldberg watched the earlier arrival of Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger on a monitor. The CEO made the upcoming match between the three of them a No DQ match as if that actually meant something.

In the previous match we saw Sanders hit a blatant low-blow on Miller and Miss Jones kick Sanders in the back of the head all in front of the official, but sure Ric, make Goldberg vs. Totally Buff No DQ.

With that done, Ric had Goldberg go over to a couple of fans to sign an autograph and take a picture. It seemed like a weird thing to show on camera...

Elsewhere in the arena, Mean Gene interviewed Jeff Jarrett about tonight’s fatal four-way main event. Jarrett insisted that he had Scott Steiner’s back and was mad at Okerlund for suggesting otherwise.

‘The time for talking is over,’ claimed Gene as the segment came to an end, even though there’d be more interviews still to come.

Team Canada (Lance Storm, Elix Skipper and Mike Awesome w/ Major Gunns) vs. The Filthy Animals (Konnan, Rey Mysterio Jr. and Billy Kidman w/ Tygress)

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Team Canada (from L-R: Elix Skipper, Major Gunns, Lance Storm and Mike Awesome)
Special referee: Hacksaw Jim Duggan

I’ve been wondering recently why  Juventud Guerrera was no longer in the Filthy Animals, then it occurred to me that this must’ve been around the time he got canned for going crazy on an Australian tour.

Meanwhile, Hacksaw Jim Duggan was the special referee here after turning his back on America, joining Team Canada, then changing his mind about the whole thing and getting booted out.

In other words, Duggan’s heel turn bombed and nobody wanted to boo him, so they made him face again.

As a replacement, of sorts, Team Canada had Florida native Mike Awesome join them.

Before the bell, Lance Storm introduced the penalty box rule, telling us that anybody who broke the rules would get sin-binned.

The gimmick added an interesting aspect to what could have been a great match in its own right but, ultimately, it ended up making the whole thing confusing and hard to follow.

Sure, much of the in-ring action was pretty good, but with people constantly coming in and out of the penalty box it just got too much.

Storm won thanks to the Canadian Mapleleaf, ending a match which sounded great in theory but was shoddily executed.
Your Winners: Team Canada

Backstage, Mike Tenay interviewed The Natural Born Thrillers.

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Mike Tenay interviews Mike Sanders
“Well Mike Sanders, it looks like you won’t be needing that fancy commissioners’ office any more," said Tenay, who had clearly been taking lessons from Mean Gene on how to be a smug prick interviewer.

Ignoring The Professor, Sanders swore revenge on the ‘jacked-up muscle heads’ Kronik before Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire promised to defeat the Insiders for the tag team titles.

I guess Palumbo’s ‘Perfect Event’ tag team with the other Shawn was all over.


Across the way, Diamond Dallas Page and Kevin Nash were shown stretching in anticipation of the match. This must have been a really big deal because usually when they cut to Nash backstage before a match he’d be reading a magazine or goofing off but nope, tonight he was in serious wrestler mode.

World Championship Wrestling World Hardcore Championship
WCW Hardcore Champion Terry Funk vs. Meng vs. Crowbar (w/ Daffney)

Terry Funk was the champion but Meng carried the title down to the ring. If you’ve read any previous WCW PPV reviews on this blog you’ll already have encountered one of the many rants about how much WCW ran this angle, so we won’t go into it again today.

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Meng won the WCW Hardcore title then showed up at the WWF Royal Rumble the following week
Instead, let’s just say that at some points this was a really good hardcore match and at other times it was incredibly sloppy.

If there’s one thing we can learn from it, it’s that Crowbar really wasn’t very good at selling.

At one point, he had Terry Funk in a figure four. Meng -widely regarded as perhaps the legit toughest wrestler ever- punched him twice in the head and the former Devon Storm didn’t even flinch.

Meng then dove off the top rope -seriously- splashed the bejesus out of Crowbar and murdered him with a piledriver, and the guy got back to his feet a few seconds later.

Then, Funk made a pin attempt on Meng and Crowbar tried to break it by lightly tugging on Funk’s t-shirt. It was so ineffective that Funk could have won the match, but that wasn’t the finish so he had to stop covering Meng for no reason which looked stupid.

A few seconds later, Meng slapped the Funker in the Tongan Death Grip and became our new hardcore champion. He’d be gone from the company and in the WWF a week later.
Your Winner and NEW Hardcore Champion: Meng

Out in the back, Ric Flair congratulated Ernest Miller on becoming the new commissioner then proceeded to give him the night off, because that's how important the job was.

Mean Gene then interviewed Sid, who did the whole sinister, psychotic whispering promo thing that we hadn't really seen him do since his last WWF run.

To be honest, he said nothing that would come as much of a surprise:

He was in the maint and was planning to win it.

World Championship Wrestling World Tag Team Championship
WCW World Tag Team Champions The Insiders (Diamond Dallas Page & Kevin Nash) vs. The Natural Born Thrillers (Sean O'Haire & Chuck Palumbo)

WCW Sin 2001 Review - The Insiders (DDP & Kevin Nash) defended the tag team titles against Sean O' Haire and Chuck Palumbo
Before the match got started, we were shown a video that told us how Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire became the new Thrillers tag team.

Of course, it had previously been Palumbo and Shawn Stasiak and O'Haire partnered with Mark Jindrak, but then a tag team battle royal was held to determine new number one contenders to the Insiders' titles, and those four men were the last ones standing.

NBT leader Mike Sanders then made a match between them, with the last two men remaining becoming the new tag team.

Palumbo and O'Haire were it, and here we were.

Speaking of Sanders, he came down with the rest of his team and announced that he was going to make substitutions throughout the match -ultimately creating a handicap scenario- but Ric Flair came out and squashed that idea dead.

The match itself was pretty decent, with the youngsters working hard and the veterans playing to their strengths. Everything was going pretty well, but then WCW had to spoil it with an overkill finish.

Despite Flair threatening fines and suspensions if the rest of the Natural Born Thrillers got involved, they did so anyway, but this proved just to be a distraction so that Lex Luger could come out with a chair for some reason.

Page took care of Luger while Kevin Nash stood around in the ring, trying to act as though he wasn't just waiting for Buff Bagwell to run in and hit him with a monkey wrench.

O'Haire then hit the Seanton Bomb and, one three count later, this was all over.
Your Winners and NEW tag team champions: Chuck Palumbo & Sean O'Haire

Backstage, the Natural Born Thrillers celebrated their big victory while Mike Tenay stood around to get an interview.

Mike Sanders claimed that Totally Buff's involvement had nothing to do with them, while Tenay hinted that The Insiders would be going after Buff.

First Blood Match for the World Championship Wrestling United States Championship
WCW US Champion General Rection vs. Shane Douglas

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Shane Douglas challenged General Rection for the US title
Throughout the latter half of the year 2000, Shane Douglas had two things going for him:

1: He could cut an effective heel promo
2: He had Torrie Wilson by his side.

Torrie had been released from her contract in December, presumedly as a cost-cutting measure, so now Douglas' only redeeming feature was his mic skills.

Tonight, he used them to announce that he was going to defeat General Rection and use the US title as a stepping stone to get to Scott Steiner's World Heavyweight Championship.

Rection, however, had other plans.

He took the fight to the challenger in a mediocre match that could have been a lot better had they given a damn about the stipulation.

You see, this was a first blood match, with a steel chain hanging above the ring that they were supposed to grab and use as a weapon to bust their opponents open with. Logic would have it that both men would be eager to get the chain and win the match, but this was WCW, were logic was a dirty word.

Instead, both men completely ignored the chain and wrestled a normal match -albeit for one brief battle through the crowd- before coming to the finish, where Douglas pulled a chain out of his boot and waffled the champ with it for the fall.

Why couldn't he have just done that in the opening minute of the match?
Your Winner and NEW US Champion: Shane Douglas

WCW Sin 2001 Review - Mean Gene Okerlund interviewed Scott Steiner (w/ Midajah)
Backstage, Scott Steiner gave one of his usual insane interviews to Mean Gene, claiming that he didn’t trust anybody and would go down in history as the greatest world heavyweight champion of all time.

Elsewhere in the arena, a bloody General Rection had a mental breakdown over losing the US title.

No Disqualification Match
Totally Buff (Lex Luger & Buff Bagwell) vs. Goldberg & Sgt. Dwayne Bruce

If either Goldberg or Sarge wins, Goldberg is banned from WCW for life.
This all came about as an evolution of Luger’s feud with Goldberg.

At Starrcade 2000, Buff had attacked Bill’s trainer, Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker Dwayne Bruce, forming a team with the Total Package and leading us into tonight.

Despite the No DQ stipulation, referee Mickey Jay still enforced tags and the first half of the match was played out like your basic tag team encounter.

It was OK, but not particularly great, though I will give them some credit for an interesting finish. Remember earlier when I said that showing Goldberg signing autographs for a fan was weird?

It paid off here.

Towards the end, Luger was arguing with the fan and grabbed him by the shirt. Goldberg came to the guy’s rescue but it was all a ruse. The ‘fan’ sprayed Big Bill with mace, giving Luger & Bagwell the upperhand.

Lex put Goldberg on his shoulders, Buff planted him with the Buff Blockbuster and just like that, Goldberg’s WCW career was done.
Your Winners: Totally Buff

With the match over, a defeated Goldberg struggled to get to his feet before struggling to the back, walking out of World Championship Wrestling for good.

The move was supposed to give Bill time off for shoulder surgery, but the company was bought out by the WWF two months later and we wouldn’t see Goldberg again until he turned up in All Japan Pro Wrestling in 2002.

Here on Retro Pro Wrestling, we won’t meet him again until we get to WWE Backlash 2003.

Four-Way Match for the World Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship
WCW World Heavyweight Champion Scott Steiner (w/ Midajah) vs. Jeff Jarrett vs. Sid Vicious vs. Road Warrior Animal


WCW Sin 2001 Review - Sid Vicious broke his leg in a horrific accident
This had been built for weeks as Steiner vs. Sid vs. Jarrett vs. A Mystery Man chosen by Flair.

Speculation ran rampant on who it would be. A returning Sting? A defecting WWF star?

Nope, it would be a bloated Road Warrior Animal, a reveal that would have been a bit deal 10-15 years earlier, but in 2001 was really underwhelming.

Not that Animal came out at first. Flair said that he would reveal his mystery man when the time was right, making this a three-way dance and leaving your writer with a sick feeling in his stomach.

Why?

Because the moment I saw Sid wearing those denim shorts, I remembered that this was the night he horrifically broke his leg.

Ugh, I feel ill just thinking about that.

Fortunately, they cut away from that terrible moment, showing us Flair getting his mystery man and cutting back to the ring with Sid in the ring for a really really long time with a messed up leg.

For some reason, they couldn’t just take Sid out of the match and carry on, so it all had to be cut short.

The Mystery Man came out in a mask, stomped Sid once, and allowed Steiner to pin Sid for the three count.
Your Winner and Still World Heavyweight Champion: Scott Steiner

I mean, imagine being Sid, being talked into doing a high spot by an official, breaking your leg doing it, and then having to sit in the ring in agony waiting to be pinned.







That main event was beyond awful, not because of anything that happened pre Sid’s leg, and not even because Road Warrior Animal was the biggest disappointing reveal since The Higher Power, but because of the horrible way WCW handled the injury and the finish.

Sid’s leg was a mess. They should have gotten him out of there immediately and improvised a new finish.

Instead, they kept him in the ring and even had Steiner kick him a bunch of times.

It was really hard to watch.

Other than that, this was actually a decent show with a really enjoyable undercard.

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Thursday, 18 June 2020

PPV REVIEW: WCW Mayhem 2000

WCW Mayhem 2000 - event poster
November 26, 2000,
U.S. Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In November 1999, World Championship Wrestling ditched their annual World War 3 PPV in favourite of a new event called Mayhem. 

Created to tie in with the launch of the WCW Mayhem video game, that show featured a tournament to crown a new world heavyweight champion after the previous champion, Sting, was stripped of the title due to stupid booking decisions.

12 months down the line, that stupidity was still very much evident in WCW.

Sure, the year 2000 had started optimistically for the Atalanta-based organisation, but by the fall, the company was in a bigger creative and financial mess than ever before.

Don't believe me?

Just check out Mayhem 2000 to see what an absolute disaster World Championship Wrestling was in its final months.







Earlier today...

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Stevie Ray, Tony Schiavone, and Mark Madden called the show
In a break from the norm, WCW Mayhem 2000 began not with the usual opening video, but with a flashback to earlier in the day when both WCW World Heavyweight champion Booker T and number one contender Scott Steiner had arrived at the arena in anticipation of their big showdown later on the evening.

Booker T was all smiles as a group of bad actors pretending to be fans surrounded him and begged for his autograph. Scott Steiner, however, was...well, he was Scott Steiner, which meant he was angry, unhinged and generally a law unto himself.

As he entered the arena, road agent Fit Finlay handed him a pen and asked him to sign in at security. Instead of doing that, Steiner produced a baseball bat from nowhere and smashed the security table -including two laptop computers- to pieces.

We then got a brief introduction from Tony Schiavone before the obligatory opening video finally arrived.

Mayhem /ˈmeɪhɛm/ (noun): violent or extreme disorder; chaos.

Said video interspersed variation definitions of the word 'mayhem' with a look at our key matches tonight - Goldberg vs. Lex Luger, Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Perfect Event, and, as we'd already seen, Booker T vs. Scott Steiner.

Returning to the arena, Schiavone greeted us once again with a Thanksgiving reference the likes of which you'd only ever hear on a professional wrestling show:

"You've seen the family, you've had the turkey, now get ready to bash some heads live.."

Right you are, Tony.

WCW Mayhem 2000 - WCW CEO Ric Flair called the shots
Nature Boy is in the House

In a storyline I've somehow completely forgotten about, a short-haired Ric Flair had become the World Championship Wrestling CEO.

Before any of the action, we were shown a pre-broadcast promo from the Nature Boy in which he addressed the crowd and promised and promised everyone lots of great matches.

World Championship Wrestling Cruiserweight Championship
WCW Cruiserweight Champion Mike Sanders vs. Kwee-Wee (w/ Paisley)

About twenty seconds later, Flair's promise was immediately broken.

I try not to use too many curse words in these reviews, but sometimes reviewing WCW makes me want to drop F-Bombs all over the place. that's how frustrating their booking decisions can be.

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Kwee Wee w/ Paisley (Sharmell) challenged Cruiserweight Champion Mike Sanders
Back in the glory days of the cruiserweight division, you could always guarantee that, no matter how much crappy wrestling and ridiculous overbooking took place later in the card, the cruiserweights would always deliver a solid, no-nonsense opener.

Those days were long gone.

Kicking things off, Mike Sanders took to the microphone and called Kwee-Wee a biatch, earning himself a royal ass-kicking from the challenger.

Not long after, Sanders' allies, The Natural Born Thrillers all descended en masse and attacked Kwee-Wee. This prompted Paisley (who, for the record, looked stunning), to go backstage and bring out Meng of all people. The Tongan badass attacked the Thrillers, which brought out Ric Flair and a bunch of security guards. This whole chaotic scene -mayhem for sure- completely distracted from whatever was going on in the ring.

Like seriously...why not just let the two men have a f***ing wrestling match?

When all the carnage had dissipated, they did at least try to do that, but it was too little, too late. Sanders vs. kwee-Wee had started off pretty good, but, post-fracas, it was dull and uninteresting.

Sanders won. Whatever.
Your Winner and Still WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Mike Sanders

Backstage, Ric Flair told Mean Gene Okerlund that unless a wrestler or manager was directly involved in a match on tonight's show then they wouldn't be allowed "on the floor." In other words, there'd be no interference for the rest of the show.

I'm willing to bet this doesn't last long.

Backstage Shennanigans

WCW Mayhem 2000 - The Boogie Knights struck a deal with Kronik to get their help
Across the hall, Alex Wright and Disco Inferno paid Kronik for precisely seven and a half minutes o their time to help them win a match against Billy Kidman and Rey Mysterio Jr.

We then cut to another pre-recorded promo in which Okerlund interviewed Jamie Noble and Evan Karagious. Okerlund told us that the two men had formed a team out of necessity, but Karagagious was more interested in saying "North Cackalacky" a lot and dry humping thin air, pretending to be some kind of playboy. It was cringe of the highest order.

The joke here was that he and Noble came from the same place and Karagious once dumped Noble's sister or something. I don't know, the whole thing was too horrible for words.

Elsewhere in the arena, Hardcore Champion Crowbar had a new pimp daddy gimmick and was seen strutting backstage with two honeys and a cane.

My goodness, reviewing this show is going to be hard work.

Three-Way Tag Team Match
3-Count (Sugar Shane Helms & Shannon Moore) vs. The Jung Dragons (Yang and Kaz Hayashi w/ Leia Meow) vs. Jamie Noble and Evan Karagious

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Leia Meow accompanied The Jung Dragons for their match against 3 Count and Noble & Karagious
We hadn't seen Leia Meow on PPV since Starrcade 1999 when she accompanied the reunited Varsity Club as their cheerleader, but man, did she look good here.

Fortunately, she wasn't the only good part of this match.

3-Count (now technically 2-count) started the match by cutting a promo about Evan Karagious having a small penis. That was embarrassing, but the rest of the match was nothing but a pure thrill-ride from start to finish.

If you want expert psychology, old-school logic and a Triple H-styled epic, this isn't the match for you. If you like watching a bunch of dudes flying about the place and dolling out the creative offence by the truckload, you might love this.

Sure, it was essentially an eleven-minute spot fest, but it sure was fun.

3-Count won the match, but that wasn't as important as WCW proving that they were capable of giving us a straight-up wrestling match with no stupid and unnecessary extras.
Your Winners: 3-Count

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Jimmy Hart about his match with Mancow
Sadly, WCW wasn't capable of giving their 'tween-match segments any time to breathe.

Within the space about 90 seconds, we got no less than four segments, all of which came across as meaningless.

  • In the back, Bam Bam Bigelow had put That 70's Guy Mike Awesome through a table - Sergeant AWOL came to his rescue but then just stood over a prone Awesome
  • Pamela Paulshock interviewed Boogie Knights and Kronik. Kronik reiterated that they would only help Alex Wright fight Rey and Billy for seven and a half minutes, a fact we'd just established ten minutes ago and had no reason to repeat.
  • Backstage, The Natural Born Thrillers discussed something and Reno agreed to do something. This whole thing was moving so fast that I didn't even note what that something was, nor do I care at this stage.
  • Mean Gene Okerlund interviewed Jimmy Hart about his upcoming match with Mancow. God, not this again. Hart had a cast on and was claiming to be injured. Okerlund quipped that Hart's cast was as real as Major Gunns...I'm guessing he meant her hair colour.

Jimmy Hart vs. Mancow (w/ his entourage)

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Mancow was a thing
They did this back at Spring Stampede 2000 and it was awful, so why they felt the need to do it again is beyond me.

Things started with a rambling, nonsense promo from the Mancow thing. At one point, he started talking about interviewing Goldberg then trailed off mid-sentence and called Mark Madden a fat piece of s**t instead.

Jimmy Hart then came down, still feigning injury.

Not surprisingly, the whole thing was a set-up. Hart blasted Mancow with his crutch and got beat down by the radio personality's henchmen.

This brought out 3-Count because f**k the 'no interference rule' that had just been established 30 MINUTES AGO.

Mancow ended up winning. Everybody who had to sit through this atrocity lost big time.
Your Winner: Mancow

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Pamela Paulshock interviews The Filthy Animals
More rapid-fire backstage stuff:
  • Mike Awesome got put on a stretcher. Pimp Daddy Crowbar checked on him
  • Lance Storm was talking to Bam Bam Bigelow but we couldn't hear what they were saying
  • The Misfits in Action were backstage, bemoaning the no interference thing which clearly didn't matter anyway. Ric Flair came in and asked for a private word with Sgt. AWOL
  • Pamela Paulshock interviewed The Filthy Animals who noted that Konnan wasn't with them because he'd scored with two women the night before. They didn't need him anyway for their match against Alex Wright and Kronik.
I'm honestly starting to think WCW 2000 is bad for my mental health.

Three the Hard Way for the World Championship Wrestling Hardcore Championship
WCW Hardcore Champion Crowbar vs. Big Vito vs Reno

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Crowbar, Big Vito and Reno battled in a hardcore title match
At Souled Out 2000, WCW had promoted a four-way hardcore match which they dubbed 'four the hard way.'

It was kind of dumb, but at least the play on words made sense.

Now, many months later, they were running a three-way match which Mark Madden told us was called a a "three the hard way" match. Honestly, even the Yapapi Indian Strap Match laughed it's ass off at what a stupid name "three the hard way" was.

Hardcore matches were usually highlights of the WCW undercard.

Though they were never going to set the world on fire, you could normally rely on this division to deliver some wacky, over-the-top fun.

That wasn’t the case here.

Instead, what we got was a mess of a bout in which all three men took turns hit to me each other with random objects.

At one point, Crowbar and Reno decided to team up on Vito but either forgot the spot they were supposed to do or...well, I have no idea what they were supposed to be doing, but it looked as though they just stood in the middle of the ring holding hands with him for a while.

It was really weird.

The non-action eventually spilt backstage where some girl called Marie begged Reno not to hit Vito. This allowed Crowbar to smash Reno with a chair and retain his title.
Your Winner and still WCW hardcore champions: Crowbar

Backstage:

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Mean Gene interviewed The Cat and Miss JonesBuff Bagwell went looking for something. He laughed his ass off the whole time but the audio was terrible so who knows -or cares- what that was about?

Kevin Nash was so concerned about his upcoming match that he sat around casually reading GQ magazine. As he did so, his partner, DDP mumbled something about somebody being ‘s**t outa luck’ and gurned at the camera as if he were Jim Halpert.

Dirty Old Man Mean Gene Okerlund tried to get into Ms Jones’ pants and claimed she needed a shot of ‘Vitamin Gene.’ Okerlund was there to interview The Cat, who promised that if he lost to Shane Douglas, he would kiss The Franchise’s feet and leave the country for seven days.

Handicap Match
Kronik (Brian Adams & Bryan Clarke) and Alex Wright (w/ Disco Inferno) vs. The Filthy Animals (Billy Kidman & Rey Mysterio Jr. w/ Tygress)

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Brian Adams locks Kidman in a full nelson
This was dumb.

If you paid Kronik for seven and a half minutes of their time, wouldn’t you have them work the whole seven and a half minutes to destroy your opponents and then pick at the scraps once the damage was done?

Not Alex Wright. The dancing buffoon kept tagging in so that he and Disco were paying Adams and Clarke to do nothing.

Eventually, time ran out and the former Crush and Adam Bomb left, leaving Wright to get his ass beat.

The match itself wasn’t bad,  but that was some strange booking.

The sole highlight for this writer was Tygress. The former Nitro Girl joined the commentary team and proved -as she had done on many a PPV around this time- that she was one of the few female performers in the company with any personality.
Your Winners: The Filthy Animals

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Mean Gene interviews Steiner and Midajah
Backstage, we got another completely unnecessary segment with the Natural Born Thrillers. Mike Sanders promised his men that he would ‘set it off,’ whatever that meant.

Elsewhere, Mean Gene interviewed Scott Steiner with Midajah’s enormous breasts in the background.

Okerlund told us that a straight jacket would be hanging above the ring in tonight’s main event while Steiner boasted that he performed best when out of his mind and that most people couldn’t function at his level of insanity.

Steiner was off his nut and was all the better for it.

Shane Douglas (w/ Torrie Wilson) vs. Ernest ‘The Cat’ Miller (w/ Miss Jones)

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Shane Douglas faced The Cat
Douglas had cost Miller his WCW Commissionership back at WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 and thus they had a match tonight.

Though it wasn’t terrible or anything, it just felt like mid-card filler.

The best part about it was getting to see Torrie Wilson and Ms Jones, both of whom looked stunning.

If you don’t remember Ms Jones, she was the former Nitro Girl who hit headlines earlier this year for plagiarising a teacher’s masters’ project.

The Cat won. It was ok but also kind of blah.
Your Winner: The Cat

Backstage, Jeff Jarrett found his guitars smashed to pieces on the floor and asked two members of the production crew who had done it.

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Pamela Paulshock interviewed General Rection
The two men first said that they didn’t know, but then in the very next breath said it had been Buff Bagwell.

Elsewhere, Pamela Paulshock interviewee General Rection and The Misfits In Action about their rivalry with Lance Storm and Team Canada.

Rection was fired up for his final match with Storm, but the biggest pop went to Corporal Cajun for calling Major Gunns a bitch.

Apparently, after being forced to accompany Team Canada to the ring for a while, Gunns had developed Stockholm Syndrome and joined their cause, even after Rection had set her free back at Halloween Havoc.

Also, there was a promo for the return of Glacier which Mark Madden laughed at and basically told us was stupid.

Speaking of stupid...

Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Sgt. AWOL

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Bam Bam Bigelow faced Sgt. AWOL
This had originally been scheduled to be Bam Bam vs. Mike Awesome, but as everybody not named Ric Flair knew, Awesome had been taken out by Bigelow earlier in the show.

Before the bell, the Beast From The East announced that since Awesome couldn’t compete, he was declaring himself the winner via forfeit.

Flair, however, had other ideas. The CEO came out and said he had a ‘suspicion’ that Bam Bam had something to do with Mike Awesome being taken out.

I mean, we only saw it live on the show Ric, how much more proof do you need?

That stupidity aside,  Flair then revealed AWOL as a replacement for That 70’s Guy.

What followed was a dull, lifeless match in which nothing much happened.

At one point, they brought out a table, but the match was so boring they didn’t even bother to use it.

Bammer won with Greetings From Asbury Park.
Your Winner: Bam Bam Bigelow

Post-match, Bam Bam acted seriously hurt. Officials and EMTs spent several millennia tending to him and putting him on a stretcher.

Cervical D*cks

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Mean Gene interviewed Buff Bagwell
Backstage, Buff Bagwell wielded a broken piece of a Jeff Jarrett guitar and bragged to Mean Gene Okerlund that he had foiled Jarrett’s plan to beat him.

Gene, meanwhile, was more interested in likening Bam Bam’s kayfabe neck injury to the very real one Buff had suffered back in 1998.

Buff talked about this but goofed up, intending to say ‘cervical disk’ but instead saying ‘cervical d*cks’ and making the crowd laugh at him.

A promo video for Storm vs. Rection followed. That match was next.

World Championship Wrestling United States  Canadian Championship
WCW Canadian Champion Lance Storm (w/ Major Gunns) vs. General Rection

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Lance Storm w/ Major Gunns
These two had met at the previous month’s Halloween Havoc, with Rection finally beating Storm for the title and bringing the ever-gorgeous Major Gunns back to the MIA camp.

That had been a perfect and logical way to end that story, but this was WCW, where perfection and logic didn’t exist, and so we had to have one more match between the two.

As Lance Storm did his usual pre-match heel promo, the EMTs continued to wheel Bigelow out on a stretcher. This proved to be nothing more than a cheap way to keep Bam Bam at ringside so that he could get around Flair’s rule that you were only allowed ringside if you were competing in a match.

Bigelow lept from the stretcher and attacked Rection on his way to the ring, a move that didn’t go down too well with the audience.

The rest of the match was fine, but, like many others on this card, there wasn’t much to get excited about unless you count Major Gunns.

Rection won thanks to the big moonsault, but it was a really anticlimactic way to end both the match and the feud.
Your Winner and NEW WCW US Champion: General Rection

Backstage, Mike Sanders tried to convince Doug Dillinger to send the security team home. Dillinger didn’t seem too interested in doing so.

A promo then followed for what would prove to be the final ever WCW Starrcade.

Jeff Jarrett vs. Buff Bagwell

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Jeff Jarrett battled Buff Bagwell
Jarrett cut a pre-match promo in which he claimed not to care about Buff smashing up his guitars because he always came prepared with a backup plan, essentially giving away the ending of the match.

He also tried to call himself a ‘superstar’ but flubbed his line and called himself a ‘stupid star’ instead. The crowd crapped on him so badly for the gaffe that you could tell it completely threw him off and he ended up cutting the promo short.

The resulting match was OK, but for two men of Bagwell and Jarrett’s calibre, it should have been much better.

Things went back and forth several times getting predictably better until Double J predictably pulled a guitar from under the ring and smashed it over Bagwell’s head for the win.
Your Winner: Jeff Jarret

There was also a David Flair run-in during that match, but it was so uninteresting that I forgot to mention it.

A promo video for the tag title match followed. That was next.

World Championship Wrestling World Tag Team Championship
WCW World Tag Team Champions The Perfect Event (‘Perfectshawn’ Shawn Stasiak & Chuck Palumbo w/ The Natural Born Thrillers) vs. Kevin Nash & Diamond Dallas

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Shawn Stasiak and Chuck Palumbo (w/ The Natural Born Thrillers) defended the tag team titles against Kevin Nash and DDP
Mike Sanders revealed that he’d gotten himself and the Natural Born Thrillers jobs as WCW security to get them out to ringside but this didn’t last long.

A few minutes into the match (which started with a loud ‘WE WANT HALL!’ chant from the crowd) Flair came down and sent the NBT packing. Sanders was allowed to stay because he had a manager’s license.

I say license. It was a cheap bit of paper that said ‘WCW: OFFICIAL MANAGER’ on it and looked like the sort of thing you might find in a child’s ‘Let’s Play Wrestling’ playset.

The match itself proved to be the best thing on the show so far, not amazing by any stretch, but a really good effort that blew everything else on the card (with the possible exception of the three-team spot fest) completely out of the water.

Nash and Page won, but it was Shawn Stasiak and Chuck Palumbo who worked the hardest.
Your Winners and NEW WCW Tag Team

Backstage, Pamela Paulshock interviewed Lex Luger. If I’ve learned anything recently, it’s that it was WCW law that if Paulshock interviewed you, you had to insult her.

Honestly, I feel bad for the girl.

Sticking to the rules, Luger called her a crap interviewer but then stumbled over his words and looked like an idiot.

The Total Package was angry that Goldberg had cost the pair of them an opportunity to compete for the world title and vowed to kick some Goldbutt.

Lex Luger vs. Goldberg

I hate to sound repetitive, but this was OK and nothing more.

Not a bad match as such, but they did nothing interesting and the crowd didn’t care at all.

Honestly, when you’ve got Goldberg in a match and the crowd are silent, you know you’re in trouble.

Near the finish, Goldberg went for a spear but Luger pulled referee Mickey Jay into harm’s way.

Rather than any shenanigans going down, however, Goldberg immediately planted Luger with the jackhammer. Another referee came out and this one was over, making the ref bump totally pointless.
Your Winner: Goldberg

After a brief video, it was onto our main event.

Straight Jacket Cage Match for the World Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship
WCW World Heavyweight champion Booker T vs. Scott Steiner (w/ Midajah)

WCW Mayhem 2000 - Booker T defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Scott Steiner in a straight jacket cage match
This was undoubtedly the best match of the night, though let's face it, there wasn't much competition for that honour.

Both men went all out to deliver the best performance they were capable of, even if the addition of the straight jacket did slow things down a lot.

Steiner recovered the straight jacket -which had been hanging from the cage roof- but Booker threw him to the mat and murdered him. Steiner was completely out of it. So out of it that he could have easily have been pinned. So out of it that Stevie Ray on commentary was practically screaming at his brother to make the pin. Booker, however, decided to use the straight jacket instead and spent about half an hour trying to put it on, Steiner.

He eventually did so, but didn't strap the arms together or anything, so he might as well have put a T-shirt on Steiner for all the good it did him.

The battle continued and Steiner found a way to fight back, eventually locking Booker in the Steiner Recliner.

Instead of doing the spot where the man having the move applied to him struggles to hold on for dear life but eventually passes out, Booker's selling let him down and he immediately passed out the second the hold was applied.
Your Winner and NEW WCW Champion: Scott Steiner

Post-match, Steiner took Booker out with a chair then blasted the referee too.







If you value your sanity, don't watch WCW Mayhem. World Championship Wrestling had produced some hot garbage in their time, but this show was right up with the very worst of the very worst.

The three-team spotfest was fun, the tag team title match was decent, and the main event was as good as you were going to get from WCW in this time period but still, do yourself a favour and avoid this one like the plague.





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Thursday, 4 June 2020

PPV REVIEW: WCW Halloween Havoc 2000

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Event poster
October 29, 2000 
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada

Since 1989, Halloween Havoc it had given us plenty of incredible moments.  Who could forget the all-time classic between Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio Jr. back at Halloween Havoc 1997?

Yet it had also given some absolute garbage like the Hulk Hogan/Warrior clash from 1998, and the legendary crapfest that was the Chamber of Horrors from 1991.

It had also given us that iconic set design with the giant pumpkin and graveyard, the WCW debut of Rick Rude and the infamous Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal debacle between Sting and Jake Roberts.

For better or worse, Halloween Havoc had been a staple of World Championship Wrestling's annual PPV calendar and a favourite among fans of the Atlanta-based outfit.








Now, tonight, it was bowing out, not with a bang but with a whimper. Gone was that memorable set, gone were the likes of Hogan, Eddie, Roberts and countless other stars.

In its place were Kronik, terrible booking, and a set so bland it could have come from any random houseshow.

Join me, dear readers, as we head to Paradise, Nevada for the final ever Halloween Havoc show.

It's All Hallow's Eve

Tonight's show began with members of the crowd being interviewed and giving their predictions on tonight's winners.

Sadly, nobody declared that anybody would win "whether they wanted to or not."

This was followed by the standard sub-par WCW video package which built up the spookiness of Halloween and told us that tonight was the night for the unexplained, unexpected and unpredicted.

I hate to be picky, but aren't unexpected and unpredicted the same thing?


Anyway, last month, at Fall Brawl 2000, a Halloween Havoc 2000 promised us that Sting would undergo some huge change at this event.

There was no mention of this in the opening video and, to be honest with you, I doubt there will be at any other point on this show.

Live in the arena, we discovered that WCW had done away with that awesome giant pumpkin and graveyard set that had been one of the coolest things about the Halloween Havoc event.

After a welcome greeting from Tony Schiavone and his colleagues Mark Maden and Stevie Ray, it was onto our opening match.

World Championship Wrestling World Tag Team Championship Three-Way Dance
WCW Tag Team Champions Mark Jindrak & Sean O'Haire vs. Boogie Knights (Disco Inferno & Alex Wright) vs. The Filthy Animals (Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman w/ Konnan)

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Sean O'Haire and Mark Jindrak defended the WCW tag team titles
Alex Wright and Disco Inferno had previously tagged together in 1998 as The Dancing Fools, with their sole highlight being an absoutely atrocious bout against The Public Enemy at Road Wild 1998.

Now, for better or worse, they were back, and going up against Mark Jinkdrak & Sean O'Haire and Rey Mysterio Jr. and Juventud Guerrera in this solid opener.

WCW may have been a train wreck at this stage of the game, but this fast, fun, and furious contest was proof that they could still occasionally get something right.

After an enjoyable back-and-forth battle, O'Haire planted Disco with the Sean-ton Bomb to retain the gold for his team.
Your Winners and Still WCW Tag Team Champions: Mark Jindrak & Sean O'Haire

Post-match, Alex Wright joined the champions in laying waste to the Filthy Animals until Sgt. AWOL ran in to clean house.

This was the old ECW tactic of having guys run in and then immediately starting their matches. AWOl was in action next as a badly-hurt Konnan was carried backstage.

World Championship Wrestling hardcore Championship
WCW Hardcore Champion Reno vs. Sgt. AWOL

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Reno defended the WCW hardcore title against Sgt. AWOL
This one was pretty similar to every WCW hardcore match you've ever seen, and I don't mean that as a bad thing.

Lots of fun weapon stops and random brawls around the arena made this an enjoyable bout, even if there was one moment that was a little hard to believe.

Towards the end of the match, the two brawled backstage where AWOL picked up one of those huge, old-school box computer monitors and threw it Reno like it was nothing.

This would have been impressive if the computer monitor wasn't clearly fake and not attached to anything.

After a good effort, Reno hit whatever his finisher was called onto AWOL and kept his title.
Your Winner and Still WCW Hardcore Champion: Reno

Afterwards, Chuck Palumbo and Shawn Stasiak ran out and helped AWOL continue beating down his opponent until AWOL's Misfits in Action Lieutenant Loco and Corporal Cajun ran down to the rescue.

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Shane Douglas talks to the Natural Born Thrillers backstage
We then went backstage where Reno, Chuck Palumbo and Shawn Stasiak were standing with their Natural Born Thrillers teammates wearing different clothes, different hairstyles and much less sweat than they had been less than half a second earlier.

As they stood around being spoken to by Shane Douglas, it seemed very much like a classic WCW continuity error until someone in the production truck was smart enough to hastily put an "earlier today" graphic on the scene two seconds before it ended.

After about two hours of idle patter from the announcers, we once again went backstage. This time, we saw Kronik telling the State Athletic Commission that Goldberg was injured and that they probably shouldn't clear him to wrestle later.

If you hadn't figured it out, Bryan Clarke and Brian Adams were set to face Big Bill later on in the show.

The Perfect Event ('Perfectshawn' Shawn Stasiak & Chuck Palumbo) vs. The Misfits in Action (Corporal Cajun & Lieutenant Loco)

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Chavo Guerrero puts a hurting on Chuck Palumbo
Stevie Ray: "Mark Madden, why did you say that Guerrero has chubby toes?"
Madden: "What? I didn't."
Stevie: "Yes you did, on national TV!"
Madden: "I said Chavito!"

OK, that was funny, and probably more interesting than anything that happened in this match.

When they weren't getting confused about the size of Chavo's piggies, the announcers told us that this was a special bonus match that had been booked a result of the fall out from the previous match.

Clearly, the company had a lot of time to fill because this seemed like it went on for a much longer than your average throw-away filler bout.

As matches go, it was a decent if rather lifeless affair which the Misfits won thanks to a Tornado DDT courtesy of old Chubby Toes.
Your Winners: The Misfits in Action

Out in the back, Konnan sold the injury he’d received at the hands of Jindrak and O’Haire earlier on the show.

After some random dude told K-Dog that he wouldn’t be able to compete, his buddies Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman said that they would volunteer to take his place but, you know, they’d already wrestled once tonight and that was enough.

Mixed Tag Team Match
The Franchise Shane Douglas & Torrie Wilson vs. Konnan & Tygress

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Torrie Wilson teamed with Shane Douglas to face Tygress & Konnan
In the spirit of Halloween, Torrie Wilson came out dressed in a Wonder Woman costume and looked incredible.

Standing by her man, Wilson grinned and smirked like a cocky heel as The Franchise cut his usual pre-match promo.

Douglas was a perfect asshole here, which is exactly what a heel should be. In his promo, he made clear that he’d paid off Jindrak and O’Haire to take out Konnan but that he and Torrie were still more than ready to take on Tygress on her own.

To her credit, the former Nitro Girl was in the mood for a fight.

Storming to the ring, she told the duo that even though Konnan hadn’t been cleared, she was going to take them both on by herself.

The match started, the heels took control and about a minute later Konnan ran in, immediately forgetting all about the earlier attack and wrestling as though nothing had happened. Presumably, this was supposed to generate a big pop from the crowd but it was instead met with total apathy.

Likewise, the match itself was nothing to get excited about, but my goodness did Torrie Wilson look good.

In the end, she and Shane got beat when the latter ate a Double Stuff Buster.
Your Winners: Konnan and Tygress

Out in the back, David Flair promised to beat Buff Bagwell so bad that he would be able to take his blood and give it to the two men in white coats standing behind him.

The idea was that the blood could then be used in a DNA test to prove that Buff Daddy was Stacy Kiebler’s baby daddy.

DNA Match
Buff Bagwell vs. David Flair

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - David Flair brought some scientists to test Buff Bagwell's DNA
DNA match = First Blood Match.

As you might expect, this wasn’t an exciting match, but it certainly wasn’t terrible either.

Buff was over with the live audience and that was enough to make his ass-whooping of David Flair a fairly enjoyable sight.

For his part, Flair Jr. did a pretty solid impression of his more famous father and proved that even though he’d never be a great wrestler, he was pretty good at selling a beating.

After a few minutes of Bagwell dominating the action, he bust David open with a chair then hit him with the Buff Blockbuster for good measure.
Your Winner: Buff Bagwell

Post-match, Lex Luger came out for a heel turn which you could see coming the moment he walked out.

The Total Package hit his former friend so hard that he bust his lip open, allowing Flair to steal a blood sample and rush it backstage to his doctor friends.

As he was doing this, cameras caught Bill Goldberg arriving around the arena.

Scott Steiner is a Genetic Freak

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Pamela Paulshock interviews Scott Steiner
Backstage, Scott Steiner was so annoyed about people not realising that size matters that he kept tripping over his words in a typical Steineresque promo.

With Midajah by his side, Big Poppa Pump ranted to Pamela Paulshock about how much of a genetic freak he was and how badly he was going to beat Booker T.

This might not have been a classic Steiner promo, but the numbers did add up and they spelt some entertaining stuff from the Big Bad Booty Daddy.

Kickboxing Match
WCW Cruiserweight Champion Mike Sanders (w/ Chuck Palumbo & Shawn Stasiak) vs. Ernest ‘The Cat’ Miller (w/Ms Jones)

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Mike Sanders faced Ernest 'The Cat' Miller
Fed up of sharing the WCW Commissioner role, this special three-round kickboxing match would determine which man got full custody of the title.

Before the bell, Mike Sanders promised to destroy Ernest Miller, but The Cat simply called him a bitch and proceeded to whoop his ass for three rounds straight.

Poor Sanders didn’t land a blow but still managed to win the match after Shane Douglas interfered.

The Franchise drilled Miller with a steel chain but Cat got up before the count of ten and beat up Shane on the outside.

The referee counted him out and this one was over.

As non-wrestling matches go, this wasn’t bad. In fact, I’d rather have than any number of the worked boxing matches pro wrestling has subjected us to over the years.
Your Winne: Mike Sanders

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Mean Gene interviews Kronik
Backstage, Goldberg told the representatives from the Nevada State Athletic Commission that even though he had been feeling ‘a little dizzy since Monday [Nitro],’ there was no way they could stop him from competing tonight.

In response, Kronik gave a cringe-worthy interview to Mean Gene Okerlund in which they claimed not to care whether Goldberg wrestled or not.

Either way, they’d get paid, and that was all they cared about.

‘That 70’s Guy’ Mike Awesome vs. Vampiro

The following evening on Nitro, Mike Awesome would have a world title shot against the winner of tonight’s Steiner/Booker match.

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - That 70s Guy Mike Awesome faced Vampiro
Before then, Vampiro challenged him to put said title shot on the line. Being the babyface, That 70’s Guy agreed then proceeded to have the worst match of his WCW career so far.

Since he joined the company back in April, Awesome had produced one great match after another.

Vampiro wasn’t exactly the worst wrestler in the world either, but when they worked together tonight it came off as though both men were either drunk, asleep or just couldn’t be bothered.

Early on, they went on a walk through the crowd where their recklessness caused a female steward to get knocked off her chair.

Then, an over-eager fan pounced on Awesome and got murdered by the security guards as the two trained wrestlers changed their minds about being in the audience and went back to the ring.

There, the two continued to engage in a disappointing, disheartening match which somehow became a falls count anywhere match without ever being announced as such.

A table came into play, then Big Mike hit an Awesome Bomb on the outside and the referee counted a near fall.

Back in the ring, a top rope Awesome Bomb finally ended things.

To be fair, that last move looked amazing, but everything else before it was really, really off.
Your Winner: Mike Awesome

Out in the back, General Rection told Mean Gene that not only was he going to beat Lance Storm, but he was going to do it for everybody, for his Misfits in Action cohorts who were standing next to him, for Hugh Morrus and for Bill Demott.

The MIA leader had a serious case of ‘Three Faces of Foley’ syndrome going on.

World Championship Wrestling United States  Canadian Championship Handicap Match
WCW Canadian Champion Lance Storm & Hacksaw Jim Duggan (w/ Major Gunns) vs. General Rection

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Lance Storm teamed with Jim Duggan to face General Rection
Despite the ridiculous name, Rection was getting a big push around this time and was positioned as the valiant babyface forced to overcome the odds.

The match was a step below the usual quality of a Lance Storm match,  but compared to the earlier Awesome/Vampiro debacle, it was actually a lot of fun.

As the finish approached, Major Gunns finally stood up to a Team Canada who she had been forced to join several months back.

The blonde beauty (who genuinely was one of this writer’s favourite things about WCW 2000) stopped Elix Skipper from interfering and kept Lance Storm out of the action so that Rection could hit Duggan with his patented moonsault.

One three count later and the future WWE trainer had his first -and I’m sure only- taste of gold on a major stage.
Your Winner and NEW WCW United States Champion: General Rection.

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Pamela Paulshock interviewed Jeff Jarrett
Before the next match, a commercial aired for the second and final Mayhem PPV. Fittingly, the ad portrayed Scott Steiner as an insane person.

Out in the back, Jeff Jarrett called Pamela Paulshock a "blonde slapnut" and promised her that tonight, he would turn Sting from a "has been" to a "never was."

I'm not quite sure on the logic of how you turn something that once was into something that never was.

Then again, this was a company who had seemingly abandoned logic altogether about two years earlier, so I don't know what I'm complaining about.

Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting

I'm pretty sure there will be some people who hate this match. There will be people who call it overbooked nonsense and people who want Vince Russo's head on a stick for it.

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Fake Stings showed up to batter the real Sting
Not me, I was very entertained by what was essentially a Sting career retrospective in match form.

After brawling with Jarrett for a minute or so, the WCW Icon was first confronted by a dude dressed as original blonde surfer Sting. You know, the one from the action figures.

Sting took care of him with a Scorpion Death Drop at the entrance, but before long a second imitator turned up, this one from his Sgt. Pepper phase. A little while later, Wolfpac Sting turned up. Both of them got beaten up and Death Dropped on the entrance, but we weren't done there.

Back in the ring, Crow Sting tore through the canvas and dragged Sting beneath the ring. Only WCW would do the whole ripping-a-hole-in-the-ring spot with two matches left to go on the card.

Anyway, real Sting emerged from beneath the ring with his tormentor now sporting a bloody nose. Finally, a fifth Sting, this one representing the Icon in his current form, descended from the rafters.

Sting took care of him, hitting him with a Scorpion Death Drop through the announce table to an amazing, stoic response from Stevie Ray:

"He's dead, Tony. Tony...He's dead."

Sting also took care of the bloody Crow Sting again after the faker waffled him with a guitar to no effect.

Finally, Jarrett had a much bigger impact with his guitar and won the match.

I don't care what you say, that was a lot of fun even if it did make Jeff Jarrett look like a total chump who could only beat Sting with the help of five guys and a guitar.
Your Winner: Jeff Jarrett

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Pamela Paulshock interviews Booker T
Backstage, WCW World Heavyweight Champion Booker T was interviewed by Pamela Paulshock and said: "Scott Steiner, I'm coming for you."

Fortunately, he refrained from dropping any n-bombs this time.

The champion also tried to explain as to why the world title fight wasn't the last match on the card, claiming that he'd bumped it up earlier to give a hurt Goldberg more time to prepare.

Credit where it's due, that wasn't the worst idea from a kayfabe standpoint.

World Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship
WCW World Heavyweight Champion Booker T vs. Scott Steiner (w/ Midajah)

Scott Steiner only discovered that he wasn't main eventing the show when his music started playing. Visibly angry about the situation, The Genetic Freak beat-up road agent Ricky Santana on his way to the ring.

When he got there, he and Booker put on a decent but unspectacular main event.

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Scott Steiner challenged Booker T for the World Heavyweight ChampionshipUnlike the World Wrestling Federation, where main event matches were always dramatic epics that went above and beyond the norm, World Championship Wrestling rarely treated the in-ring presentation of their top tier bouts as anything special.

Still, this was Steiner and Booker T, two men who had waged war with one another countless times over the years and who knew each other perhaps as well as any two men on the roster at the time.

Together, they gave us a decent effort, but then the whole thing was ruined by typical WCW booking.

Playing up to the fact that he was a bit of a lunatic, Steiner attacked referee Charles Robinson. When Scott Armstrong ran in to take over, he got attacked too. Finally, Slick Johnson came in and threw the whole thing out.
Your Winner via Disqualification and Still WCW Champion: Booker T

Post-match, Steiner single handily took out an entire security crew by clobbering them with a lead pipe as they entered the ring like he was playing a game of real-life whack-a-mole.

That was stupid. You could understand the champion intentionally getting himself disqualified, but by this logic, Steiner was either too stupid to understand the consequences of actions or he cared so little about becoming champion that it didn't matter, in which case what was he doing in a title fight in the first place?

Handicap Match
Kronik (Brian Adams & Bryan Clarke) vs. Goldberg

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - Kronik try to put Goldberg through a table
Since their debut in April 2000, Brian Adams and Bryan Clarke had gone from being a marijuana joke to being straight-up ass-kickers and one of the most popular acts on the roster, to being a knock-off of the A.P.A's 'Muscle for Hire' gimmick to, finally, being cannon fodder for a last-ditch effort to reestablish Goldberg's star power.

After a video told us how the duo were all about 'breaking necks and casing cheques,' the two marched to the ring where Adams declared that there would be no match tonight.

Goldberg, however, had other ideas.

Backstage, the Nevada State Athletic Commission representative told Doug Dillinger that Bill was good to go. The head of security then banged on Goldberg's locker room. The main eventer emerged, marched to the locker room, and destroyed one of the company's last biggest acts in about three minutes flat.

It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either.
Your Winner: Goldberg

In fact, that probably sums up WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 as a whole:

It wasn't awful, but it was far, far, from being any good.







The opening tag team match was the best thing on the show by a mile, and for the first twenty minutes or so you got the feeling that the Halloween Havoc brand might be going out on a high note.

Alas, as the night went on, things got much, much worse.

Sure, there were a few bright spots and sure, the whole 'Many Faces of Sting' thing was entertaining, but make no mistake about, even if you knew nothing about the history of professional wrestling, you could tell just by watching this show that this was a company in deep, deep trouble.



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