–Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are in the booth and they are live from Detroit, Michigan as tonight’s Main Event episode is the pre-show for Halloween Havoc.
–Opening Contest: Eddy Guerrero (3-2-2) beats the Disco Inferno (7-2) after a springboard hurricanrana at 3:18:
This is a textbook opener, with Disco riling up the Detroit crowd and Guerrero putting him in his place. It looks like Disco is headed for victory after a swinging neckbreaker, but Guerrero kicks out, puts Disco in a wristlock and uses a springboard hurricanrana – called a “victory roll” by Bischoff – to go over, delighting the fans who have begun filing into the arena. Rating: **
–Gene Okerlund is on the roof of Cobo Hall, where the Giant is threatening to run him down with his monster truck. After a video packages recaps the Hulk Hogan-Giant feud, the Giant says he plans to toss Hogan off the top of Kobo Hall.
–Paul Orndorff (21-8) defeats the Renegade (24-1) after two piledrivers at 1:23:
Orndorff walks to the ring in a dejected mood and his bad luck is now messing with his theme music as it skips several times. The Renegade quickly counters Orndorff’s sneak attack, but Mr. Wonderful kicks out of a powerslam and when the Renegade gets up after one piledriver, he immediately hits another to put the rookie down for the count and earn a big pop from the crowd. It is too bad that Orndorff could not replicate this effort several months ago when he was trying to win the television title.
–Okerlund is back on the roof and lets us know that WCW Champion Hulk Hogan is nowhere to be seen. He reminds us to call 1-900-909-9900 to find out what is going on backstage at Halloween Havoc!
–Bobby Heenan is shown eating a big meal with a Japanese man in sunglasses (later revealed to be Sonny Onoo). Bischoff says we have never seen the Japanese man, even though Onoo appeared as a member of the WCW International Committee that reinstated Ric Flair months ago and also refereed the Hacksaw Jim Duggan-Meng martial arts match at Uncensored.
–Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko (0-1) defeat the Blue Bloods (24-5-2) when Benoit pins Lord Steven Regal after a dropkick-dragon suplex combination at 8:40:
The Detroit crowd takes to Benoit and Malenko, opting to cheer them in this heel-versus-heel matchup. Benoit and Malenko use aerial offense to stagger the Blue Bloods, with Malenko using a springboard bulldog on Earl Robert Eaton and Benoit staggering Regal with a springboard clothesline. A double team on Eaton goes awry when Benoit cannot get him up in a proper position for a powerbomb, forcing Benoit to dump Eaton like a sack of potatoes. Some nice technical and near-fall sequences follow, with Benoit breaking up the Regal Stretch on Malenko and Eaton breaking Benoit’s pin after a flying headbutt. A nice four-way brawl sequence leads to Benoit kicking out of a gutwrench superplex three times and Regal doing the same off of a clothesline, culminating in Benoit doing a standing switch when Regal tries to do a dragon suplex, Malenko dropkicking Regal in the face, and Benoit completing HIS dragon suplex for the pin. This was nearly nine minutes of pure insanity, with everyone bringing their A game. Just an amazing piece of wrestling. Rating: ****
–Okerlund hypes the height of Kobo Hall. He fills some time hyping the Hulk Hogan-Giant feud.
–Sergeant Craig Pittman (37-8) beats V.K. Wallstreet (3-1) when Hacksaw Jim Duggan interferes at 3:35:
There is a backstory to this one, with Wallstreet beating Pittman the previous week on Main Event when Big Bubba Rogers interfered. The same scenario plays out again, with Rogers decking Pittman in the back of the head with a taped fist. However, Hacksaw Jim Duggan comes from the crowd to do the same to Wallstreet and Pittman puts an arm over Wallstreet for the victory. Fun finish and it is exactly ow this match should have been booked to fit into existing storylines. Rating: **
–The Giant continues to have fun in his monster truck until Hulk Hogan’s monster truck arrives and enters the circle where they will compete. The two have their trucks go forward and backward relative to each other as the show goes off the air.
The Last Word: This was an awesome pre-show that had lots of fun wrestling and got the Detroit crowd excited for the upcoming pay-per-view telecast. WCW fans are taking a liking to the Eddy Guerrero, Chris Benoit, and Dean Malenko, all of whom shined on this show. Even the monster truck craziness at the end of the broadcast was well done, making fans want to buy the show to see how it would turn out. All in all, this was easily one of the best WCW television shows of the year.
Backstage News*: The reason that Alex Wright did not compete on Monday Nitro is that he broke his kneecap working a match against Chris Benoit that will air on November 4. Wright may need surgery to fix the problem.
*WCW is reportedly sending the Renegade back to wrestling school for more training, which explains why he was beaten in quick fashion by Paul Orndorff on WCW Main Event.
*Plans are calling for Chris Benoit to be a member of a new Four Horseman faction, so that is why the tag team match that aired on Main Event was not billed as a number one contenders match.
*Contrary to previous reports, Chris Benoit and Brian Pillman are booked for the Stampede Wrestling reunion show in Calgary on December 15.
*Pillman’s DUI case in Cincinnati was pled down this past week to reckless driving and he was ordered to pay a $25 fine. He also received one-year probation and must attend a three-day driving program.
*Expect for the WCW-New Japan angle to play out on WCW Pro, with the Sonny Onoo buying a piece of the show, taking over as color commentator after firing Dusty Rhodes and Larry Zbyszko, and doing racist commentary to build Starrcade.
*Giant Gonzalez will not be appearing in WCW because of visa issues so WCW is trying to find another giant for the World War 3 battle royal in November.
*In talent relations news, expect WCW to extend Eddy Guerrero’s contract beyond his initial 90-day deal. The company is also prepared to engage in a bidding war with the WWF over the Public Enemy, one of ECW’s top tag teams.
*Backstage news provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for October 30 and November 6.
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