Part 10: WCW/nWo Halloween Havoc 1998
It's October.....you know what means!! As it did (seemingly) every year during the Monday Night Wars, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas hosts Halloween Havoc, which is typically one of the biggest shows of the year for WCW. As for where I was at this point in my EWR scenario, not much has really changed. Bill Goldberg is still proving to be a dominant WCW World Champion, while the three founding members of the nWo now have their three separate factions fully established: nWo Hollywood, nWo Wolfpac, and The Outlaws Club (It's a cheesy name, I know, but it was the best I could do). It's faction warfare in the Fall of 1998!!
The only things to make note of going into this show are title changes and a few new talents. The several week period between Fall Brawl and Halloween Havoc saw a lot of titles change hands. While Eddie Guerrero could've been referred to as "Eddie Three Belts" for a time, that didn't last long, as he quickly lost two of the three titles he was holding. By virtue of putting Guerrero away to win WarGames at Fall Brawl for the nWo Wolfpac, Rey Mysterio Jr. earned himself another shot at the WCW Cruiserweight Title. Mysterio would go on to regain the title from Guerrero on the September 17th edition of Thunder. Only a few weeks later, on the October 5th edition of Nitro, Guerrero (along with The Giant) would end up losing the WCW World Tag Team Titles to the Four Horsemen team of Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko. That title change occurred when a returning Ric Flair came out and cost Guerrero the match (more on their feud later). In addition to Rey Mysterio regaining the WCW Cruiserweight Title, the nWo Wolfpac gained more championship gold following their big WarGames victory. Randy Savage captured the WCW United States Title from Scott Hall in a Triple Threat Match (which also involved The Giant) on the September 19th edition of Saturday Night. Meanwhile, Kevin Nash & Konnan defeated Buff Bagwell & Scott Steiner to win the NWA World Tag Team Titles on the exact same episode of Saturday Night.
As for new talents, one thing I quickly learned about the developmental territory system in EWR is that the talents will start to complain if they feel like they've been left down there for too long. It a perfect world, I probably would've waited until the start of 1999 to bring people up, but I decided to call two people up to the WCW main roster in the form of David Flair & Daffney. Yes, I decided to keep those two as a pairing (like they were in 2000), and they're babyfaces as part of The Four Horsemen (which really doesn't make sense, given how many members are in the group now, but I'll go with it anyway). Naturally, David Flair & Daffney became involved in the Eddie Guerrero/Ric Flair feud, and that led to a six-person tag on this PPV, which sees those two, along with Ric Flair, taking on the nWo Hollywood trio of Los Guerreros and Madusa, who is the newest nWo Hollywood member.
Anyway, let's take a look at the card and how it turned out.
- Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Juventud Guerrera, & La Parka def. Fit Finlay, Steven Regal, & Dave Taylor
- Eight-Man Tag Team Elimination Match - nWo Hollywood (The Giant, Scott Steiner, Buff Bagwell, & Scott Norton) def. nWo Wolfpac (Lex Luger, Konnan, Rey Mysterio Jr., & Curt Hennig)
- WCW World TV Title - Fatal Four-Way - Chris Jericho (c) def. Kidman, Perry Saturn, & Raven
- The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, David Flair, & Daffney) def. nWo Hollywood (Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero Jr., & Madusa)
- WCW United States Title - Randy Savage (c) def. Bret Hart
- WCW World Tag Team Titles - The Four Horsemen (Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko) (c) def. RVD & Sabu
- Scott Hall def. Kevin Nash
- DDP & Harlem Heat def. nWo Hollywood (Hollywood Hogan, Dennis Rodman, & Eric Bischoff)
- WCW World Heavyweight Title - Bill Goldberg (c) def. Sting
For Halloween Havoc 1998 (which took place on October 25th, just like OTL), I got an overall score of 80%, which is up 6% from Fall Brawl 1998 in September. This was a bit of a surprise to me, since I wasn't too high on the card that came up with (more the bottom half of the card, as I was perfectly fine with what I put together in the top half). This scores ties with The Great American Bash as being the highest-rated PPV of 1998, up to this point. In a rare occurrence in my scenario, MOTN honors didn't go to Chris Jericho. Instead, it went to.....Randy Savage vs. Bret Hart for the WCW United States Titles, which got a score of 89%. Three other bouts also scored in the 80's. The Fatal Four-Way for the WCW World TV Title got a score of 83%, Bill Goldberg vs. Sting for the WCW World Heavyweight Title got a score of 81%, and The Four Horsemen vs. RVD & Sabu for the WCW World Tag Team Titles got a score of 80%. The other five matches actually weren't that far behind, as they all ended up somewhere between 75% and 77%, with three of those matches getting a 76% score.
Even though this wasn't my most inspired card (like I already alluded to), it obviously did very well. Sting and Bret Hart getting title shots basically came about after both won their respective Pick Your Poison bouts at Fall Brawl. Both men ultimately fell short in their respective title bids, but their feud is definitely continuing beyond this show. As for Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, they had their first singles meeting in WCW on this PPV, and in the end, Hall would emerge victorious. Since I have other plans for Nash down the line, I felt it was appropriate for Hall to get a big singles win here (I felt like he needed a bounce back as well, after losing the WCW United States Title). As a whole, it wasn't a strong night for the nWo Wolfpac, as in addition to Nash's loss, a team consisting of Lex Luger, Konnan, Rey Mysterio Jr., and Curt Hennig lost out in an elimination match to a nWo Hollywood team made up of The Giant, Scott Steiner, Buff Bagwell, & Scott Norton. The only bright spot for the Wolfpac was Randy Savage retaining his WCW United States Title.
As you can see, I filled up this card with a lot of tags, particularly on the first-half of the card. There was only multi-person tag towards the top-half of the card, as DDP & Harlem Heat picked up a win over Hollywood Hogan, Dennis Rodman, & Eric Bischoff. DDP has had a simmering undercard feud with Dennis Rodman, and this was basically the culmination of that. Even with heel team....being what it was, the match still got a decent score of 77%, which is a pleasant surprise, considering who was involved.
Finally, The Flock exploded in the Fatal Four-Way for the WCW World TV Title. Chris Jericho ultimately retained, but the main story was these former members of The Flock going at it (with Kidman following in Saturn's footsteps, The Flock fell apart shortly thereafter). I believe Raven and Saturn would have one more match on TV after this, but The Flock is pretty much done at this point.
That's it for Part 10! Tune in next time for Part 11, where the PPV slot formerly filled up with World War 3 is replaced by a brand new PPV, called Blood, Sweat, & Tears!