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Let’s Talk Wrestling : WCW / NWA Halloween Havoc 1989 (Review)

WCW / NWA

Halloween Havoc

Philadelphia, PA

Oct. 28th, 1989

 

 

Singles Match
Mike Rotunda vs. The Z-Man

A slow quite boring opening match. It made the story of the Z Man beating Rotunda who was the veteran in this match but outside of that the match itself moved at a slow pace and felt like it slugged on way too long. 

1.5 / 5

Six Man Tag Team Match
Steve Williams & The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) (w/Jim Cornette) vs. The Samoan Swat Team (Fatu & Samu) & Samoan Savage (w/The Big Kahuna)

Another match which could have been cut down by roughly ten minutes. There was a lot of time spent just wandering around or standing there waiting for action here. It had its stiff moments where it started to go before just stopping at a halt again. 

2 / 5

Singles Match
The Cuban Assassin vs. Tommy Rich

One man who was past what career he had and the other who didn’t have one. A slow sluggish match where nothing happened and the crowd didn’t care. 

.5 / 5

NWA World Tag Team Title Match
The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes) (c) vs. The Dynamic Dudes (Johnny Ace & Shane Douglas) (w/Jim Cornette)

A pretty bland and generic tag match. Nothing particularly wrong but it never made itself interesting or did much with its time to stand out. 

2 / 5

Tag Team Match
Doom (Doom #1 & Doom #2) (w/Woman) vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner)

Steiners were decent here and this was Dooms first match. It started off great then just slowly lost its footing and came to a halt. Doom looked good strength wise against the powerhouse Steiners but a cheap ending after such a slow match didn’t do much. 

1.5 / 5

NWA United States Heavyweight Title Match
Lex Luger (c) vs. Flyin’ Brian

A fun match between Pillman and Luger. For being different styles they worked together well here with a fast paced bout that had you drawn in the entire time. It truly shows here just how versatile of a wrestler Pillman was. 

3.5 / 5

Tag Team Match
The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Animal & Road Warrior Hawk) (w/Paul Ellering) vs. The Skyscrapers (Dan Spivey & Sid Vicious) (w/Theodore R. Long)

An entertaining match between these two teams. Both teams beat the crap out of each other throughout and the pace never really slowed down much. The crowd was super into it but having a cheap DQ end to the match sort of ruined it some. 

2.5 / 5

Thunderdome Match (Special Referee: Bruno Sammartino)
The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair & Sting) (w/Ole Anderson) vs. J-Tex Corporation (Terry Funk & The Great Muta) (w/Gary Hart)

A good match that truly kicks off in the second half. Muta to start has to climb the catch to spray his mist on a fire that started on the props since this cage is gimmicked Halloween style. Beginning of match is more traditional and slower. Once the action picks up its fun and includes Sting swinging from parts of the stage on a rope like Tarzan. It had its dumb moments including Muta pretending his was shocked by the electric cage but overall it was a solid mindless match to close the card. 

3.5 / 5

 

 

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