WCW Main Event - October 29, 1995
by Scrooge McSuck
- Originally broadcasted live, leading up to the 7th annual Halloween Havoc. The opening shot pans the roof of Cobo Hall, with the Monster Trucks in place... ugh. Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are calling the action and doing all the last minute pimping for Halloween Havoc.
Disco Inferno vs. Eddie Guerrero:
I have to admit, I kind of liked Disco Inferno, before he got it in his head he meant anything to wrestling other than bottom of the card comedy gimmick. Eddie doesn't even get an introduction... wuzzup with that?! Lockup, and Guerrero quickly takes Inferno over with an arm drag. Lockup #2, and Inferno returns the favor, then celebrates by shaking his groove thing. Guerrero dropkicks him to the floor in retaliation. Back inside, criss-cross sequence, and Guerrero with another arm drag, followed by a dropkick. He grabs a side headlock, and another criss-cross ends with Disco dropping Guerrero throat-first across the top rope. Disco with a back suplex, followed by a swinging neck breaker for a two count. He goes for the piledriver, but Eddie flips through and connects with an enziguri. Guerrero comes off the ropes with a hurricanrana (called a VICTORY ROLL by Bischoff), and that's more than enough for the three count at 3:24. Can't say it was a squash, but it was very rushed and had very little flow.
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- "Mean" Gene Okerlund has a stand-off with the Giant's Monster Truck of Doom, then throws it to the recap package, but not before calling him the Giant, Son of Andre™. The Giant revealed himself to be a member of the Dungeon of Doom, ran over his motorcycle, injured Hogan following the War Games match at Fall Brawl, and then raped Hogan of his dinigty by shaving his MUSTACHE! "The injured, shaved, Hulk Hogan would not stay down" is a hell of a narrative line. Oh, and there's a block of ice ready to explode, containing the Yeti.
- Bobby Heenan and Sonny Ono are sharing champaign and Sushi... who knows what that's about.
Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko vs. The Blue Bloods:
The Blue Bloods consist of Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton. I guess they ran out of nothing to do with Beautiful Bobby and decided to give him lesson on being sophisticated. Benoit and Regal start. Lockup, and they exchange blows. Benoit sweeps the legs and covers for two. Regal with a headbutt and knee to the face to bring Benoit to the canvas. Benoit takes him over with a monkey flip, then sends him through the ropes. Malenko greets him on the floor with a cheap shot, and Benoit with a springboard clothesline to take both men to the floor. Malenko tags in, and a Fisherman Suplex gets two. Eaton tags in, and Malenko quickly takes him down with a springboard bulldog. Whip to the ropes, and Malenko with a dropkick for two. Whip to the ropes, and Eaton counters with a back breaker. Benoit comes in to make the save, and lays Eaton out with a powerbomb. Malenko with a snapmare and boot to the face. Regal with a series of uppercuts, and they trade pin attempts, with no one getting anything more than a two count. They fight over a wristlock until Malenko takes him over with a head scissors. Regal does his best to lift Malenko up, but he holds onto the short-arm scissors. Regal with a second attempt, and Eaton comes in for some help to finally break the hold.
Eaton with a swinging neck breaker, followed by an elbow drop for two. Scoop slam, and Eaton to the top for a knee drop. Regal tags in, and quickly applies a modified bow-and-arrow, but Benoit breaks it. Malenko brings Regal down with a back suplex, and Benoit tags in, nailing Regal with a Dynamite Kid-style clothesline for two. Benoit with a snap suplex for another two count. Whip to the ropes, and Benoit with a shoulder tackle for two. Regal sets up for a tombstone piledriver but Benoit counters and connects with a powerslam. Benoit to the top rope, and the swan dive headbutt connects, but Eaton breaks the pin attempt. Malenko and Eaton spill to the floor following a body press. Benoit to the top, but Regal crotches him along the buckle. He takes Benoit off with a super-double underhook, but Benoit kicks out at two. Regal covers again for two. Then again. And again. Benoit with a short clothesline for a series of two counts. Benoit hooks a full nelson, then takes Regal over with it in a briding suplex for the three count at 8:45. OK, not that just ebcause I love everyone involved, but this was probably better than anything on the actual PPV.
The Renegade vs. "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff:
Orndorff's music seems to be skipping, and holy crap is it really cheesy. It's something that has to be heard to believe. Renegade bum rushes the ring, but Orndorff attacks before the bell with clubbering blows. Whip to the corner, and Orndorff misses a charge. Renegade with a pair of crappy clotheslines for two. Whip to the ropes, and Renegade with a powerslam for another two count. Whip to the ropes, and Renegade does the Koko B. Ware Body Press. Orndorff recovers, connects with a pair of piledrivers, and gets the three count at 1:52. And that's how you bury someone.
- Mike Tenay is backstage with Road Warrior Hawk. He's going to fight Kurasawa. I don't know who that is, either.
Sgt. Craig Pittman vs. V.K. Wallstreet:
Hmm... is the VK in that name meant to be a not-so-subtle jab at Vincent Kennedy McMahon? I guess just plain old Michael Wallstreet or Mike Rotundo wasn't good enough. The winner here faces Randy Savage on Monday Nitro... why? Pittman attacks before the bell and pounds away. Whip to the ropes, and a E. Honda diving headbutt to the gut connects. I bet Rotundo sure love not having to wrestle in slacks and dress shirts, anymore. Pittman works the arm, as I ponder if we're watching a heel vs. heel match or not. Pittman misses another head-first dive into the corner, allowing Wallstreet to take control. Whip to the ropes, and he connects with a diving clothesline. He drops a leg for a two count, then hooks a rear chinlock. Wallstreet with a slam, but another clothesline misses, and he goes flying over the top rope. Pittman follows, and gets sent into the post. Suddenly Big Bubba Rogers comes to ringside with a taped fist, and lays out Pittman. So that's three heels now. Suddenly, Jim Duggan shows up, also with a taped fist, and lays out Wallstreet. Pittman ends up on top, and gets three at 3:40. Wow, that was stupid. I seem to recall a C-Level program between Duggan and Rogers, but what did they have to do with Pittman and Wallstreet? Oh, and no, Savage didn't wrestle Pittman on Nitro. Eddie Guerrero did.
- Mike Tenay is backstage with Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson. They're going to take on Sting and Ric Flair. blah blah blah... we cut back to the Monster Trucks, and it's time to throw it to the PPV feed.
Final Thoughts: Just a lead in show to the PPV, but there's a pretty darn good match between Benoit/Malenko and the Blue Bloods that's worth giving a look. The rest is a showcase of what isn't important enough to be featured on PPV anymore: Paul Orndorff, Mike Rotundo, very-early days Disco Inferno, a seriously depushed Renegade, and whole lot of annoying Eric Bischoff on commentary. If this show doesn't get you excited for Halloween Havoc, I don't know what will.
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