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Published on November 1st, 2015 | by Pro Wrestling Stories


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The Best and Worst of WCW’s Halloween Havoc


Pro Wrestling Stories breaks down the best and worst of Halloween Havoc

With it being Halloween weekend [at the time of this writing], what better time is there to take a look back on WCW’s Halloween-themed show, Halloween HavocHalloween Havoc ran from 1989 to 2000 and was known for its extravagant set designs and for some it’s high’s and many of it’s low’s. Let’s look back on the best and worst moments of this pay-per-view.

THE BEST – The Great Muta saves the day at 1989’s inaugural Halloween Havoc


The Great Muta uses the green mist for a good cause! [photo courtesy of the WWE Network]

Halloween Havoc 1989 took place on October 28, 1989, at the Philadelphia Civic Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This event was held in association with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and touted the main event of Ric Flair and Sting against The Great Muta and Terry Funk in a Thunderdome Cage match with Bruno Sammartino serving as special guest referee. The match can only end when either Gary Hart (representing Muta & Funk) or Ole Anderson (representing Sting & Flair) threw in the towel for one of their guys. The high from this event occurs before the main event even began…

Gary Hart:

“I put Terry Funk and The Great Muta together as a tag team, which apparently was something of a big deal – given Terry’s allegiance to All Japan and The Great Muta’s ties to New Japan. Anyhow, they teamed up for a Halloween Havoc pay-per-view where they wrestled the team of Ric Flair and Sting in an electrified steel cage match. This was based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, so Bruno Sammartino was brought in to be the guest referee that night. Bruno was very friendly and cordial to me, and wasn’t as cold as he had been in the past. As I had mentioned, the cage was electrified, and it had all of these Halloween decorations on it. Right before the match started, someone turned on the electricity, and way up on top of the cage, one of the decorations caught on fire. The Great Muta saw that and immediately scampered up the top rope and blew it out with his green mist. I was so proud of him.”

Gary Michael Cappetta:

“We [used to joke] about the Halloween Havoc pay-per-view, when the intense heat of the overhead TV lights set the cage decorations on fire during the live broadcast. And how Muta scaled the structure and spit out a mouthful of green mist to save the day.”


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