Saturday, August 8, 2015

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 - F*ck This Show

WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 is the only full show that I have from my original PPV tapings during 2000s... because I used to get all the PPVs and I'd put them on tape and unfortunately, very few of those survived. One of those being Halloween Havoc 2000... Halloween Havoc 2000 was a show taking place during the dying days of WCW. I'm not quite sure if Vince Russo was still writing the shows at this point, but it wouldn't surprise me if he did.

Anyway, my hopes aren't high for this show, because my recollections of WCW from this time frame are thankfully few and far between. Because WCW, during its dying days, was hard to watch. It was the classic example of writing that threw shit on the wall and went with what stuck. And it would be a fairly safe bet that my only viewings of WCW around that time were the PPVs that either I or a friend would tape and pass it along to each other to share the torture, as it were. The only time I tuned in to Nitro was when the show was cancelled.

But alas, that's another story. Onwards to Halloween Havoc.

WCW World Tag-Team Champions the Natural Born Thrillers (Mark Jindrak and Sean O'Haire) defeated Rey Mysterio/Billy Kidman and the Boogie Knights (Disco Inferno and Alex Wright) to retain the tag titles. I liked this match; there was a lot of good spots, a lot of energy and intensity, all six guys were giving their all here and it looked like they cared and had a fun time with it. My only real gripe was that it wasn't long enough.

WCW Hardcore champion Reno beat the Wall (or Sergeant AWOL, as he's called here) to win the title. Yes, once upon a time, WCW had a hardcore division. It didn't last long, since the last WCW hardcore champion, Meng (Haku with a massive afro), would soon return to the WWF and make a surprise appearance in the 2001 Royal Rumble... Anyway, this match lasted way too long. I was bored. Moving on.

Misfits in Action (Chavo Guerrero, Lash Leroux) defeated the Perfect Event (Shawn Stasiak/Chuck Palumbo) in a tag-team match that's in there for the sake of being there. Not terrible, not great, just something that's there.

Konnan and Tygress defeated Shane Douglas and Torrie Wilson... was this before or after the Viagra On A Pole match? Whatever. Didn't care.

Buff Bagwell defeated David Flair in a First Blood match... why the fuck am I watching this again?

The match between Mike Sanders and Ernest Miller was such a clusterfuck that I had to refer to someone else's review of this show to try and get some semblance of sense. Apparently, this was a kickboxing match that was for the commissionership and there were pinfalls and countouts and run-ins and... what the fuck am I watching? Why am I watching this shit again? What did I do to deserve this?

Mike Awesome beat Vampiro in a pretty physical match. That's probably the nicest thing I could say about this match. It's not a bad brawl or anything, but it's nothing special really.

General Rection (Bill DeMott to you younger kiddies) beat U.S. Champion Lance Storm and Hacksaw Jim Duggan to win the title... yeah, at one point, Jim Duggan was an honorary Canadian for some reason. I forgot about that bit... for good reason.

Jeff Jarrett defeated Sting... oh fuck me. I remember this now. This is the match where Sting would fight Jarrett for a bit and then some idiot dressed as 1980s Sting would show up and get beat up. Then another fake Sting would show up... and this Sting drops from the rafters about a year after Owen Hart did... and that Sting came out from underneath the ring... and... at what point did the word "Entertainment" become a euphemism for "Pure Fucking Shit?" The truly sad thing is that Sting and Jeff Jarrett could've easily put on a fairly decent match without the added horseshit. No wonder why this company went out of fucking business.

WCW World Champion Booker T defeated Scott Steiner via disqualification when Steiner used a pipe. Booker looked like a complete joke here, as he was being massacred by Steiner without end. You could say that Steiner "dominated" Booker the same way Brock Lesnar "dominated" John Cena... herp, derp. The sad part is that this shit match with the shit ending is pretty much a waste, as Steiner would get a rematch the following month and win the title. So why not do it here?

And so, in our main event, Goldberg defeated Kronik in a handicap match that lasted all of three minutes and then the show goes off the air about 20 seconds later... you know what? I don't care; this show's over and done. Fuck it.

The only high point on this show was the opening triangle tag-team match; that was a genuinely enjoyable match. That's the one positive aspect to this show. The rest of it was a chore to sit through. This was absolutely horrific.

Fuck this show.

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