Mike Rebooks WCW Starrcade Season 1997 – Part One: WCW Halloween Havoc 1997
By Michael Fitzgerald on 18th January 2023
Happy Wednesday Everyone!
Back today with another rebooking arc, as we’ll cover the three pay per views that make up Starrcade Season (I just made that name up) of 1997, starting with Halloween Havoc 1997. We’ll see where we end up by the end of the arc and you can judge if things are better, worse or the same after I’ve tinkered.
Some of this card will be kept the same but we’ll play with the running order a bit and also add some new matches whilst removing some outright.
If you’d like to see the original card of Halloween Havoc 1997 you can do so by clicking below;
Yuji Nagata w/ Sonny Onoo Vs Ultimo Dragon
We’ll keep this one pretty much as is. The feud in real life was that Onoo and Dragon were manager and client, but they had an unfriendly parting of the ways, so Onoo brought Nagata in to mess with Dragon. That works well enough so we’ll stick with it. Nagata goes over here to set up a rematch at World War 3.
Gedo Vs Chris Jericho
Another match we pretty much keep as is, although we extend the length a little bit. Jericho beats Gedo clean in a hard fought victory.
WCW World Television Title
Champ: The Disco Inferno Vs Alex Wright
Our first big change of the night, as Disco wrestled an interminable bout with Jackie Moore in real life whilst Wright faced off with Mongo McMichael. We’ll let them work a back and forth match here with Disco getting the clean win.
Konnan Vs Chris Benoit
This match gives Benoit a chance for revenge on Konnan for the War Games at Fall Brawl, which he gets after getting the clean win with the crossface. It would have been Syxx in this role but he was out with a neck injury so we’ll promote Konnan to Scott Hall’s chief buddy in the meantime.
WCW Tag Team Titles
Champs: The Steiner Brothers Vs nWo Sting and The Great Muta
nWo Sting was actually quite fun to watch in New Japan and Muta is always over due to being Muta, so they can get the shot at The Steiner’s on this show, with “Sting” eventually getting Steinerized after Muta gives him the dreaded green mist by accident. This should hopefully be an enjoyable match with hoss’ doing hoss things.
WCW United States Title
Champ: Curt Hennig Vs Ric Flair
Flair will be mad at Hennig due to Hennig slamming a cage door on his head at Fall Brawl, so he’ll come out heck for leather here and really take it to the Champion, which will eventually lead to the match getting thrown out. Both men are separated by referees and agents but this issue will not be resolved and they will meet again.
Hollywood Hogan and Scott Hall Vs Lex Luger and The Giant
Because who really wanted “Age in the Cage” anyway? The finish here will have plenty of shenanigans, as Kevin Nash will attack The Giant at one stage to remove him from proceedings, but Sting will also descend in order to send Hogan running for the hills. This will leave Hall in there with Luger and Luger will get the Torture Wrack for the win.
Lucha de Apuestas
Title Vs Mask
WCW Cruiserweight Title
Champ: Eddy Guerrero Vs Rey Mysterio Jr
This is one of the greatest matches ever so we’ll really hype it up as a big deal on TV and then give both wrestlers a high placing on the card. Rey picks up the win to regain the Title and save his mask in an absolute classic.
Steel Cage Match
Randy Savage Vs Diamond Dallas Page
Rather than putting Hogan and Piper in the cage we’ll use it to blow off the long feud between Savage and DDP instead. Savage had gotten the better of DDP at both Great American Bash and Bash at the Beach, so DDP can get the climactic win here in order to send the fans home happy and bring one of WCW’s best feuds to a close.
Eddy Guerrero may have lost his Title but he will demand a rematch, and this time he will put something on the line in order to get it. Ultimo Dragon will want another crack at Yuji Nagata and will get it at World War 3. Disco will lose his TV Title to newcomer Saturn on TV, but he will come back fighting at World War 3 in an effort to win his belt back.
Hogan and Sting will be made official for Starrcade in the intervening weeks between Halloween Havoc and World War 3, with the winner of the Three Ring Battle Royal being guaranteed a shot against the winner at Souled Out 98.
Flair will get another shot at Hennig, this time in a No DQ match, whilst The Steiner’s will continue their battles and tribulations with members of the New World Order, setting up a battle with the Wolfpac for the Tag Team Titles.
I hope to see you all next week when we continue this arc with World War 3!