After flying through a review of WCW Halloween Havoc '98, I found myself considering my other WCW tapes from that time. I've got several stacked up, and I've been reminded how good the wrestling could be, and how hot the crowds could be. That leads me to actually going slightly backwards, and taking on the pay-per-view right before Halloween Havoc: Fall Brawl. It will be interesting to see how this one compares to the review I just did. Will it be similar, or will it be a rough ride?
WCW Fall Brawl '98 |
Posted by the Accelerator, May 16th, 2012
- The cover of the video shows Bill Goldberg, holding the WCW World Title and lending a shoulder to a hurting Sting. It's actually a pretty interesting cover, when you realize that Goldberg didn't have a scheduled match on the card, and if he came to help out Sting, it was after the show wrapped. How did that happen? You couldn't find a mid-carder for Goldberg to destroy? True, all the attention was on the War Games match, but you could have had a drunk Scott Hall get smashed, er, speared. Oh well. At least Goldberg is involved a lot, even when he's not there. You'll figure out that comment as we go along, I think.
- The complete focus of the opening is on the three teams that will be competing in the War Games match at the end of the night. Well, if the rest of the show doesn't matter, can I just fast-forward to the end? No? Bummer.
- Tony Schiavone, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, & "The Professor" Mike Tenay are our three announcers for the night. They talk about the winner of War Games getting the title shot the next month against Goldberg. They talk about the new rules for the match, including that the match could end before all nine men get into the ring.
- We see a quick clip of Ernest "The Cat" Miller trying to reach Norman Smiley in the back, with security (and Doug Dillenger) separating them. It took a couple of viewings to spot Smiley, who had his back to the camera (and the clip is only a couple of seconds). Apparently Miller is having problems with anyone who doesn't think he is "great".
- They send it to Mean Gene Okerlund, who talks about the other matches tonight. He gets interrupted by Chris Jericho, who wants to give him a good scoop. He talks about Goldberg watching him on Thursday, and says that Goldberg's been complaining to him all week. Jericho says he challenged Goldberg, and Goldberg accepted, so it will be a title vs. title match tonight. Okerlund says he'll have to confirm that, but Jericho says it's happening.
Dancing Fools (Disco Inferno & Alex Wright) vs. Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart & Davey Boy Smith:
Backstory: Disco and Wright had been tagging together recently. They were previously rivals, but when Disco had turned heel, they formed a team, but hadn't had much success yet. Neidhart & Smith had come to WCW along with Bret Hart, after the Montreal Screwjob incident in the WWF. However, Hart had recently sided against them in a match with Lex Luger, leaving Neidhart & Smith on their own. Neither of these teams are particularly liked by the fans.
The Match: There's a "USA" chant at the beginning that ticks off Wright more than anyone (Disco doesn't seem to mind). The two teams fight, with the only real noticeable moment early on is The Anvil doing a little dance himself. Hah. The two teams sort of switch between faces and heels throughout the match, which makes it extremely hard for the fans to get behind anyone. There were also several botched spots, which took away from the fight as well, leading to the fans chanting "We Want Flair!" (Ric Flair was benched by Eric Bischoff at this point). At one point during the match, Smith was dropped onto a hidden trapdoor (for the Warrior), badly injuring him. He somehow kept the match going, and after some miscommunication between The Dancing Fools laid out Wright, Smith painfully fought to get Disco on his shoulders and delivered the Stampede (running powerslam) for the victory.
Ace Thoughts: Pretty weak match, as the fans rarely get into two heel teams going at it. There were several bad moments, but the worst was the bump Smith took that would lead to this being his last match in WCW. Smith would get a spinal infection and was hospitalized for six months (getting released from his contract during the hospital stay). This would be Neidhart's last WCW pay-per-view appearance as well. Disco and Wright would break up following the loss, going back to singles competition.
- Mean Gene's in the back to confirm an 'ugly rumor'. He is at Scott Steiner's dressing room, and gets Scott to come out (along with Buff Bagwell). Steiner shows off an ice pack on his back and a small band-aid on his arm. Bagwell has a note from Dr. Cecil Schwartz saying that Steiner cannot wrestle his brother tonight. Mean Gene wants to get JJ Dillon involved, and Dillon suddenly shows up. Perfect timing. Dillon calls it unfortunate that they wasted time on this excuse. He told them at Road Wild that they had run out of excuses, and that Scott will be fighting Rick later tonight. If he doesn't do it, Scott will be banned from WCW for life.
Chris Jericho(c) vs. "Bill Goldberg", WCW World Television Title Match:
Backstory: Jericho's been calling out Goldberg recently, trying to build towards a Goldberg match (that never happens). Earlier tonight, he said he'd be facing Goldberg tonight in a title-for-title match.
Jericho does his mocking Goldberg-like entrance, getting lost on the way to the ring along with Ralphus as the Jerichoholic Ninja. They almost go out the back door, but Jericho says he won't fall for that again (he got locked out a few weeks before). He finally makes it to the arena, to the cheers of the fans. His pyro is, well, a little weak, so he throws a fit before coming to the ring.
The music hits for Goldberg, but it's a midget that comes through the pyro. Sad.
The Match: The crowd is chanting "Bulls%&t", so they're not happy. Jericho dominates as you would expect, although there is a funny moment when "Goldberg" actually spears Jericho, taking him down. But Jericho gets right back up and beats up on the guy, furious at the shot. He makes "Goldberg" submit to the Liontamer and credits himself with the win.
Ace Thoughts: If this had gone to a future series of matches between Jericho and Goldberg (which would have ruled), this would mean more. As it is, it's just a waste of PPV time that basically angered the fans (who were probably already upset that Goldberg didn't have a match).
- Rick Steiner is at the internet spot, talking about his fight with Scott tonight.
- We get a pre-recorded interview of Mike Tenay talking to the Armstrong Brothers about the tag-team division. Ernest "The Cat" Miller interrupts, wanting the interview time, and then, after walking away, attacks the Armstrongs from behind with kicks and chops (rather weak-looking, honestly). Norman Smiley then showed up, wanting to know what Miller's problem is, with security rushing out of nowhere to break them up. That leads to this coming match.
Ernest "The Cat" Miller vs. Norman Smiley:
Backstory: Smiley hasn't become the "hardcore" goofball yet, as he's still treated seriously. He's never had much success in WCW, although Schiavone mentions that he's had a good W/L record 'this month'. Miller's been all about attitude, calling himself The Greatest and wanting all the attention he can get. He believed he deserved it, being a 3-time karate champion.
Miller got on the mic before the match to brag about his accomplishments. He gives Smiley 5 seconds to leave the ring, or else he's going to "eat him alive". Miller turns his back and counts, but after 5, Smiley spins him around and slugs him, refusing to leave.
The Match: This mainly was used as a promotion of Miller, as he beat on Smiley a lot during this contest. Smiley at least got in a few nice wrestling maneuvers, but at this point, he was just too plain to get over with the fans, despite his skills. Late in the match, Miller knocked Smiley off the turnbuckle and leapt off the top rope, actually with an impressive Feliner, but for some reason, Smiley doesn't fully sell it, staying in a sitting position, so Miller pulls him up, throws him into the turnbuckle, and lands another standing Feliner, this time getting the pinfall victory. He calls himself "The Greatest" after the match, before leaving.
Ace Thoughts: The crowd definitely didn't get into this one, as they were pretty dead throughout. I saw some talent out of Smiley (his delayed vertical suplex was impressive), but, sad to say, he wouldn't get much recognition until he underwent a personality change a year or two later. Not much to see here, really. Moving on.
- We get a review of the Steiner Brothers feud, starting with Scott turning on Rick to join the new World order. We then see the various swerves Scott pulled on his brother, including pretending to want to join him again (only to have Bryan Adams attack), Buff Bagwell's return from injury, and their constant insults towards Rick. This led to Rick hitting Scott with a chair at a Nitro, which Scott used to get out of his match with Rick at Road Wild (feigning injury). JJ Dillon announced that if Scott wouldn't wrestle Rick at Fall Brawl, he'd be barred for life (an edict Dillon upheld earlier in the night).
Rick Steiner vs. Scott Steiner w/ Buff Bagwell, Brother vs. Brother Grudge Match:
Backstory: The Steiner feud is pretty well documented above (in the video). One other note to mention is the story between Rick Steiner and Buff Bagwell. During a match between the two, Rick went for his top-rope bulldog, only to have Bagwell's head slip out on the way down, causing him to injure his neck on Steiner's back upon landing. It was during a live show, and is thought of as one of the more scary injuries seen, as Bagwell couldn't move and had to be stretchered out. When Bagwell returned months later, Rick tried to apologize to him, only to have it be another nWo swerve, with Bagwell refusing to turn face (despite the crowd temporarily being behind him).
The Match: Finally we get some heat from the fans, who absolutely love Rick beating on his brother. Rick's in full control for a while, badly enough that Scott tries to crawl into the crowd to escape him. A pair of low blows from Scott (while Bagwell distracts the ref) allows Scott to get back into it. Eventually, Rick comes back, causing Bagwell to get up on the apron. Rick's not having it, grabbing Bagwell and banging him into the ringpost! The Steiners keep fighting, but meanwhile, Bagwell is down and not moving. The ref basically stops the match, with Scott stopping to help his 'friend'.
Post-match, Bagwell gets carted out on a stretcher and is taken to the ambulance, with Rick looking worried. But just as the ambulance is going to leave, Bagwell & Scott jump out of it and attack Rick, showing it was just another trick (as most fans believed).
Ace Thoughts: Really a disappointing conclusion to extend the feud a few more months. Nobody in the crowd really bought the injury, sending out a few choice chants, and yet a lot of time was wasted on the angle post-match. Rick and Scott would meet again at Halloween Havoc, both in tags and singles matches.
- The announcers were completely disgusted with Bagwell's antics, and mentioned how his mom (Judy Bagwell) must have been panicked. Yeah, I don't think Judy was fooled by that either.
Juventud Guerrera(c) vs. Silver King, WCW World Cruiserweight Title Match:
Backstory: After a long battle that cost him his Luchadore mask, Guerrera won the Cruiserweight Title from Chris Jericho at Road Wild '98. Unfortunately, once that feud was over, Guerrera wasn't really put into another feud, as I suppose they thought his matches would be enough. That led to this competition against Silver King, who was making his first PPV appearance since January '98.
The Match: The announcers spent most of the match talking about the Steiners & Bagwell, so even they weren't that interested. There were some of the usual high-flying maneuvers from these two, as well as some big botches (including Guerrera messing up a sunset flip). Near the end, Silver King missed his (impressive) top-rope springboard moonsault. This allows Guerrera to get the Juvi Driver and the 450 splash for the win, retaining his title.
Ace Thoughts: I've seen a lot better, although part of the problem is that nobody saw Silver King as a true competitor for the belt. Too bad, as he actually did have a few good moves. He just never got a push. Guerrera was the big star at the time, though, at least for a few more weeks, until he would drop the belt to Kidman.
- Konnan is talking at the internet spot about Scott Hall and his personal issues. Hall, hearing it, appears and gets angry, telling Konnan not to talk about him. He throws his drink into Konnan's face, causing more issues.
- We get a preview video for the match between Raven and Saturn. The main storyline was that Lodi had challenged Saturn to a match, with Saturn's servitude on the line. Lodi won (thanks to cheating by the Flock), and Saturn spent the last month having to do everything Lodi told him, including either breaking Riggs' fingers or allowing Raven to break his. Saturn told Raven to break his, sticking to his honor. Ouch. The best part is when Saturn comes out during a Kanyon match and raises a Lodi-like sign that reads "Lodi Is Not Here". Kanyon, thus, takes a beating from Saturn and gets his fingers broken (btw, the guy in the ring with Kanyon and Saturn at this point is Nick Dinsmore, later better known as "Eugene" in WWE). Raven sends the Flock after Saturn, and he beats the crap out of all of them, despite his wanting to end the Flock.
Raven vs. Saturn, "Raven's Rules" Grudge Match (if Saturn wins, The Flock is disbanded; if Raven wins, Saturn is his slave):
Backstory: The top video covers most of the feud. Saturn had been with Raven and The Flock for a while, but according to Saturn, he'd never officially joined The Flock. He was there as Raven's friend. When the feud broke out, Saturn wanted to end the Flock, but now he was interested in saving himself and his career.
Kanyon gets handcuffed to the ringpost before the match. He's not happy about this new stipulation. The rest of the Flock is apparently not required to be handcuffed. Raven does a quick mic bit about Saturn being an embarrassment, and how his servitude starts after this one. Quote the Raven, Nevermore. Saturn says it's all about honor, and Raven has none. Saturn says win or lose, he'll still keep his integrity. Does that hold up after wearing dresses, Perry? How about talking to a mop? Just curious...
The Match: (I actually did a detailed review of this match at one point as one of my favorite all-time WCW matches, and managed to find it in my archives. So, just for fun, let's post it here, to really go into detail about the contest.)
The match started slow, with Raven dominating the early going. He landed a series of knee lifts, then tossed Saturn into the corner, slapping him. But this fired Saturn up, as he spun Raven around and attacked with fervor. Surprisingly, after slamming Raven on the mat, Saturn went quickly to the top turnbuckle and got a massive splash early in the match, getting a 2 count. Saturn later knocked Raven out of the ring, where Lodi went to help him up. Saturn wasn't done, though, getting a running start and leaping high with a suicide dive over the ropes, taking out both men. Betcha you guys who watched Saturn in WWE didn't know he did moves like that.
Lodi changed the momentum of the match by grabbing Saturn on the apron and yanking him into the steel barricade. Raven took control, coming off the 2nd turnbuckle a couple of times with elbow drops. The two wrestlers exchanged a series of close falls, then Raven landed a serious clothesline to stay in charge. Meanwhile, on the outside, Lodi was raising a sign that said "Bill, did you inhale?" Ok, so the stories show a little age. Anyway, Raven applied a sleeper to Saturn, but Saturn came out of it with a jawbreaker. It hurt Saturn so badly, though, that a weakened Raven got a 2 count. A backslide by Saturn nearly got a quick win, but Raven got free and beat on Saturn, hitting with a series of Russian leg sweeps. Raven tried multiple presses on Saturn to get the pin, getting a 2 count several times in a row. When Raven jumped up to get more impact, Saturn raised his knees, landing a low blow. But he was too hurt, leaving himself open in the corner for Raven to drive a shoulder into his ribs. Raven then got a chair, one of his favorite weapons, and used a drop-toe-hold to send Saturn face-first into the edge of the steel.
To make things more interesting, the rest of the Flock (at the time consisting of Horace (Hogan), Kidman, Riggs & Sickboy) came out to the ring at this point, carrying a table. While the other members set up the table near ringside, Kidman climbed the turnbuckle, as if to nail Saturn with the Seven Year Itch (now known as the Shooting Star Press). In a move that caused the crowd to explode, though, Kidman hit a Missile Dropkick on Raven, then celebrated in the ring, before running away, with the rest of the Flock on his heels. Kidman's betrayal showed that he was ready to leave the Flock, and thus wanted Saturn to win. Saturn used the momentum, getting his Death Valley Driver to smash Raven and knock him out. But Lodi distracted the referee, keeping him busy long enough to allow Raven to kick out at the last second.
Both men laid out for a time in the middle of the ring, the match having exhausted both of them. The fans began chanting "Saturn", showing their enthusiasm for the match. Saturn seemed to feel the cheers, exploding with a variety of suplexes to stay in control. Saturn tried many maneuvers to win, from a springboard guillotine legdrop to a variation of the Juvi Driver. Each led to a close 2 count. Saturn then put on his old submission hold, the Rings of Saturn, which hadn't been seen for months. Lodi grabbed them, though, breaking up the submission hold. But when Lodi tried to jump off the turnbuckle, Saturn kicked Raven down, then wrung Lodi out on the top 'buckle. Raven used the distraction, though, to send Saturn into the referee, knocking him out. All three men stayed down in the ring (with Lodi out on the 'buckle), with Kanyon reaching into the ref's pocket and pulling out the keys to the handcuffs. Kanyon unlocked himself, entered the ring and landed his finisher, the Flatliner, on Saturn. Kanyon then pulled Raven on top of Saturn, before retreating to his corner and reattaching the handcuffs. The ref was woken by Kanyon, then made the count. When Saturn kicked out at 2 3/4ths, the place blew up, with the fans screaming like crazy (always a key ingredient to a great match).
Raven got up, trying to pull Saturn with him, only to take a massive uppercut low-blow. Saturn then grabbed Lodi off the turnbuckle and walked with him along the apron, taking him off with the Death Valley Driver through the table that the Flock had set up. Lodi was out of commission. Saturn then rolled back into the ring to take out Raven, but the leader of the Flock was ready, catching Saturn with the Evenflow DDT. It looked to be over, but Saturn surprisingly kicked out at 2, again surviving a finishing maneuver. Raven, utterly frustrated, tried a second Evenflow, but Saturn blocked it, then managed to get Raven up and into position, nailing the Death Valley Driver and getting the 1-2-3, with Kanyon (once again handcuffed) forced to look on. The crowd was on its feet, cheering wildly, as Saturn got the victory, freeing the Flock (as well as ensuring that Saturn wouldn't have to rejoin the Flock).
Ace Thoughts: This one's still high on my list, even if neither wrestler went good directions after this one. The big success out of this match was Kidman, who would quickly gain a Cruiserweight Title reign after this and have a good career in both WCW and WWE. Raven would fade away without his Flock, going through a major depression (and losing streak), while Saturn would drop to new lows by losing a "Loser Wears A Dress" Match to Jericho and being a mockery in some ways. Sad to say, this was one of their highest points in WCW. I still enjoy the match, though, as it's worth checking out.
- Schiavone passes along some good news. Apparently "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan's wife, Debra Duggan, called in to let everyone know that the doctors got the whole tumor from his kidney. It apparently was a malignant tumor (the size of a football), but the doctors think that they got all of it. Since Hacksaw's still making appearances today, I'd say they got it all, thank goodness. The announcers give a "Hooooo!" out to Duggan's recovery.
- We get some clips from a Nitro event, where Dean Malenko is fighting Curt Hennig in a "Steel Cage" Match. The ref gets taken out during the action, so when Malenko applies the Texas Cloverleaf, Eric Bischoff shows up and lets Rick Rude into the cage (he, of course, had a key). Rude beats on Malenko, in full view of the recovered ref, who calls for the bell. Rude takes out the ref as well and, after laying Hennig on top, Rude counts himself, claiming that Hennig won. Hennig, Rude & Stevie Ray beat down Malenko and threaten to slam his head in the cage door, but Arn Anderson surprisingly came for the save, beating up Stevie Ray. We go to another clip, with Anderson saying that while the Four Horsemen may never get back together, he'd be honored to call Malenko a Horseman.
Curt Hennig w/ Rick Rude vs. Dean Malenko, Grudge Match:
Backstory: The main reason that Malenko and Hennig have been fighting (besides WCW vs. nWo) is because of how Hennig joined the nWo. He was given a spot in the Four Horsemen a year before, replacing the injured Arn Anderson, but betrayed the team and became a member of the nWo instead at the last War Games. Malenko has been trying to prove himself to Anderson, wanting to bring the Horsemen back (they had been disbanded, both from the attack and because of the Ric Flair/Eric Bischoff situation). Malenko has fought Hennig several times, trying to put him away, but the nWo has interfered every time.
The Match: Malenko mainly focused on Hennig's leg, working to damage it. The announcers keep referring to it as doing it "Anderson-Style". Hennig falls doing a scoop slam, and so Heenan covers it by bringing up Hennig's surgery a few months before. The amazing part is how much abuse Hennig takes, really putting Malenko over. Near the end, thanks to interference from Rude, Hennig gets a chance and goes for the Hennig-Plex, but he can't do it. His leg is too bad. Malenko immediately takes advantage, locking in his OWN Hennig-Plex! This causes Rude to rush the ring and cause the disqualification. Afterwards, the two men beat on Malenko, bringing out Anderson again. This time, though, it goes badly for Double A, as they beat him down and target his arm, beating on it. The announcers mention that Anderson has an arm-wrestling contest with Bischoff on Thunder, to determine Ric Flair's fate.
- We get a Halloween Havoc commercial, complete with the Warrior's insignia appearing in the light. Yep, because the main reason to watch Havoc is for The Warrior. (In case you don't know, I'm being sarcastic; read the review *lol*).
Scott Hall w/ Vincent vs. Konnan:
Backstory: Hall was a member of the nWo Black 'n' White at this point, having turned on Kevin Nash. He also has a major drinking problem, among other issues, leading to Vincent basically "baby-sitting" him to the ring. Konnan, a long-time nWo member, switched over to the nWo Red 'n' Black Wolfpack, and had become a fan favorite. He still had respect for what Hall had accomplished, but also wasn't going to take his betrayal.
Hall goes into the wrong ring at first, and then finally gets in the right one. He does a drunken, slurred version of his survey. It's clear the nWo Wolfpack wins the survey, but Hall still says "One more for the good guys". Konnan does his own spiel once he reaches the ring, firing up the crowd.
The Match: This one's a slow one, as Hall gets in his taunts, and Konnan responds. For the record, the crowd is into it. Konnan is in control for a while, including stomping Hall between the rings to the floor. Later on, when Hall gets in charge, he applies an abdominal stretch... and gets Vincent to give him his beer, so he can drink while applying it. Hall landed a belly-to-back superplex, looking like he could finish it with the Outsider's Edge. Instead, he wants his glass again, getting a drink as he talks to Vincent. Konnan recovers and nails the drunk, giving him a facebuster followed by the Tequila Sunrise submission, and Hall immediately taps out.
Ace Thoughts: Storyline match. I was never a fan of taking someone's personal issues and making them into storylines, but Hall does do a good 'drunk man'. I've certainly seen better matches, however. After tonight, Hall would continue his downward spiral, including getting beat up by Kevin Nash at Halloween Havoc. Konnan would continue his catch-phrases and fan favorite status for years to come, eventually taking the show over to NWA-TNA after WCW closed its doors.
- Michael Buffer does the special introductions for the main event. I love how he didn't just say the Warrior. Instead, it was "The Man Known As Warrior".
- The steel cage for the two rings comes down amid pyro and music, as Buffer announces the rules. Nine participants, the first two gets 5 minutes, a new one comes down every 2 minutes after that, and the one who gets the pin/submission gets the WCW World Title shot against Goldberg.
Team nWo Hollywood (Hollywood Hogan, Bret Hart, & Stevie Ray) vs. Team nWo Wolfpack (Kevin Nash, Lex Luger, & Sting) vs. Team WCW (Diamond Dallas Page, Rowdy Roddy Piper, & The Warrior), War Games Match:
Backstory: About the only back-story needed here is that it's the two divided parts of the new World order going at it, with a team from WCW representing as well. Hogan, of course, wants his World Title rematch against Goldberg. We have several worthy challengers to the World Champion in this match (and a few, like Stevie Ray, who are obviously long shots).
The Match: Diamond Dallas Page and Bret Hart officially start things, and the announcers love to talk about how one of them could pin the other in the first five minutes and get the win for their team (and the title shot). But the two men just battle it out, getting some good shots on each other but not managing the put the other one away. Hart stays in charge for a while, but Page gets control right at the end of the time... just as Stevie Ray comes in, putting it at two-on-one.
We spend the next two minutes on a beat-down on DDP, with Stevie Ray doing most of the work while Hart rests. A double clothesline fails, allowing Page to take down both men, but his advantage doesn't last long. The announcers think Stevie Ray might just be there for Hogan, to help him win the title shot. Our next entrant is the red 'n' black Sting, who meets Stevie Ray at the door. We've got Stevie Ray and Sting in one ring, Page and Hart in the other. That only lasts a few seconds, as we're soon back together, but still fighting in pairs. Not too much significant hits, really.
Next comes "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who fights everyone, including his supposed teammate, DDP. So much for WCW solidarity. Piper gets in lots of shots on everyone, making him look good. Guys are going back and forth between the rings (with Stevie Ray actually getting knocked in the crack between, but getting out). Time runs out again, so Lex Luger is on his way. He and Sting seem to be working together, but Luger doesn't share the same allegiance with Bret Hart, even as the announcers talk about how Hart saved Luger from Neidhart & Smith the week before. Piper nearly takes Stevie Ray out with the sleeper, but Kevin Nash comes down next, breaking it up.
Nash beats on Piper, then goes for the Jackhammer on Stevie Ray, but suddenly Hollywood Hogan is there (a full minute early) and nailing people with Stevie Ray's weapon. He takes out pretty much everyone, but doesn't bother to pin anyone. Instead, Hogan & Stevie Ray move DDP to the side, with Hogan dropping the leg on him. Hogan and Stevie Ray are taunting the audience, and for some reason Hogan's not ending it after multiple legdrops. Suddenly, the ring is full of smoke, and you can't see anything. A minute later, The Warrior appears to be in the ring, but Hogan immediately attacks him from behind. The smoke then comes on again, and when it fades away, Hogan's standing there with the Warrior's jacket, but nothing else.
When the time runs out (actually he's a few seconds early), The Warrior 'miraculously' appears from the back, running in and attacking both Stevie Ray and Hogan. Stevie Ray gets control, while Hogan crawls away in terror. The Disciple (Beefcake) helps Hogan out of the cage, and the two depart, giving up Hogan's title opportunity. The Warrior takes down Stevie Ray, and he wants Hogan, but Hogan's out of the cage, so The Warrior can't reach him... at least until he kicks out part of the cage and climbs out, attacking both The Disciple & Hogan. The two fight their way to the back, with security getting involved (why, I don't know). I'm just glad they're both gone. Then again, there's apparently no time left, as DDP nails Stevie Ray with the Diamond Cutter back in the ring and gets the pin, winning for his team and getting the title shot against Goldberg at Halloween Havoc.
Final Thoughts: Ok, first off, this did NOT live up to Halloween Havoc '98. There were several jobbers matches that I didn't need to see, and the War Games match was a complete failure, in that it was nearly impossible to see what was happening. Nine people is just too many, especially if you're going to have all the 'special effects' of The Warrior. That trapdoor nearly ended a guy's career, after all. Really, the only thing worth recommending is the Saturn/Raven match, which was wasted on such a rough card. The good news is, this set up some great things in the near future, which are worth watching. Pick up Halloween Havoc '98, and maybe just try to find the Saturn/Raven match from this one, because the rest of the show really isn't worth it.