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Week 4, October 1997
New Haven Coliseum (New Haven, Connecticut)
ATT: 11,000
TV: 18.92
Announce Team: Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan and Mike Tenay


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It's that time again folks....it's Monday night.....it's Monday Nitro.....and tonight's show opens with the now familiar sound of the Titans of Wrestling's entrance music....except for once it's not the entire group that comes out, instead it's the inspirational leader of the group Vince Russo, along with the Titan Figurehead and WCW Champion, Hollywood Hulk Hogan....

....the pair make their way down the aisle, but it's a stark contrast to the usual cocky swagger that Hogan possesses....in fact, he looks deadly serious....and as he climbs into the ring there is no pomp and circumstances, simply Russo with a microphone as Hogan paces behind him....

.....Russo quickly disregards the jeering crowd, telling the monkeys in the back to put down their peanuts, do their job.....and play the footage that he gave them, before indicating to the big Turnertron at the top of the entrance ramp.....

.....it takes a moment but the screen finally flickers into life to show the chaotic ending to last weeks show.....specifically the shot of Jean Paul Levesque laying out Hollywood with a steel chair......then the same shot again, except at a slower speed......and again, slower still.....and on this viewing we clearly see not only Chris Benoit move out of the way of Levesque's attack, but Levesque seeing that he has moved, hesitating briefly......and then nailing Hogan with the chair regardless.....

.....Russo says that it's fairly clear to see that while Hollywood (being the magnanimous individual that he is) was willing to forgive and forget an accidental chair shot between friends, it looks to Vince Russo that there was NOTHING accidental about that shot......Hogan grabs the microphone there, telling Levesque to get his ass out here......he's left the other Titans in the back, it's time the two of them had a little man to man talk......












......predictably it doesn't take long for Levesque to answer the call.....and he strides right down the aisle to meet the WCW Champion face to face.....

.....Levesque grabs a microphone of his own, telling Hogan (with a somewhat cocky smirk on his face) that he doesn't know what he's seeing.....

".....I mean, I know that the eyes are the first things to go as you get older, but that was clearly an accident......"

....Hogan either doesn't hear, or chooses to ignore the age dig, telling Levesque that the way he sees it, what happened last week was Jean Paul seeing an opportunity to try and weaken the WCW Champion ahead of Halloween Havoc and taking that opportunity in both hands.....

".....what it looked like to me brother....was that Jean Paul Levesque knew that he had no chance in hell of beating the Icon of professional wrestling, and instead or respecting the chain of command, you chose to cross a line Dude....."

......Levesque actually laughs out loud at that comment, saying that he hasn't "respected the chain of command" in a long time.....in fact, he learned from one of the best in the business that respect doesn't get you jack....you wanna get to the top in this business then you've got to buck tradition.....spit in the face of authority.............and choose your clique wisely..........Levesque says that he chose his clique here in WCW when he put on the Titan's colours...he says that he WAS a Titan of Wrestling......he IS a Titan of Wrestling......and he will STILL be a Titan of Wrestling come Sunday night, when he steps into the ring with Hollywood Hogan......

".....and as for the shot with the steel chair........was it, wasn't it.......Hollywood, I can honestly say, hand on heart......that when I wrapped that steel chair around your head last week, it was completely accidental......just like when you "accidentally" hit me in the back of the head with a baseball bat a few weeks ago.......right?.....brother?......"

.....now it's Hogan's time to smirk, telling Levesque that when he puts it like that, how can he not believe it.....he says that accidents happen.....clearly he was mistaken......

.....Hogan holds out his hand, telling Levesque that somehow, just six days before their World Title match, Levesque has been booked in a match with the seven foot Giant......however, since Hollywood (rather conveniently) DOESN'T have a match tonight, he's going to be right there at ringside during that match, to make sure that nothing happens to jeopardise their mammoth Championship match at Halloween Havoc.....but more importantly, to make sure that nothing happens......to his friend......

.....Levesque takes that extended hand, thanking him for the support, before telling him not to worry......because NOTHING.....and he does mean NOTHING.....is going to get in the way of their Halloween Havoc match.....and in six days time, they can put all this behind them............whatever the outcome.....

.....and with that we leave Hogan and Levesque standing eye to eye, in the most tense looking handshake known to man....as we air a promo for that very event.....because Halloween Havoc is just six days away.

Rating: A*

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Our first match of the evening sees Rikishi Fatu facing off against one third of the Forgotten trio, as he goes one on one with Kevin Sullivan......and he IS going one on one too....because remarkably, Sullivan is all alone out here, no sign of Bam Bam Bigelow or Big Van Vader anywhere......

......was this a bad match?.....no.......was this a great match?....well.....also no......but it was decent enough for what it was....and what it was, was an advancement in the ongoing story between Sullivan's three man army, and the newest generation of "titan" arrivals to WCW....

.....The Rock is going to make his WCW in ring debut at Halloween Havoc when he faces the former WCW Champion Bam Bam Bigelow, while Rikishi also is set to clash with a former World Champion when he goes up against Big Van Vader in six days time.....and it was Vader that made the difference in this one.....

.....well, Bam Bam AND Vader to be precise.....because while Sullivan came out alone, he wasn't without back up for long.....and with Rikishi bouncing up and down on that second rope, looking for the Samoan Splash (Banzai Drop), the duo come rushing out from the back, and as Bigelow distracts the official, Vader climbs onto the apron and absolutely nails 'Kishi between the eyes with one of those clubbing Vader blows.....

.....Rikishi falls backwards and crashes to the mat, leaving Sullivan to hit the Double Stomp for the one, the two, and the three.....

Winner: Kevin Sullivan
Rating: B

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.....not that the three men are finished there....because Bigelow and Vader continue the assault, while Sullivan grabs a microphone, telling Rikishi to let his fifteenth cousin (nine times removed) or whatever relation The Rock is, that come Halloween Havoc, getting destroyed by The Forgotten is going to become a new family tradition.....











.....although Sully can probably just let him know himself....because The Rock is here....and he has a steel chair in hand.....

.....he comes rushing down the aisle, and while Bigelow and Sullivan are smart enough to bail as the chair swinging superstar hits the ring, Vader is going nowhere.....at least until The Rock crashes that unforgiving steel across his back three times.....with the fourth blow finally sending Vader tumbling to the outside.....

......Sullivan grabs his two men, and strategically directs them up the ramp and far away from the chair wielding Rock, who picks up Sully's discarded microphone....he asks the Forgotten where they are going.....why are they walking UP the ramp.....

".....because as far as The Rock knows, monkey crap only rolls DOWN hill.....no, wait, the Rock knows, the Rock knows.....it's because Pebbles and Bam Bam can smell catering all the way from here, and there's about 60lbs of bacon cooking with their name on it.....well boys, the Rock says this.....loosen up those waist bands, put on your best bibs.....enjoy your last meal......but make sure you leave a little room.....because at Halloween Havoc you're gonna wind up with the Rock's fist in your mouth and his foot up your ass, and I don't want to get bacon grease on either.....

.....now you three jackasses can call yourself The Forgotten, but let the Rock let you in on a little secret.....shhhhhhhhhhh, wait for it.......let the Rock let you in on a secret....these people....The Rock's people......they didn't forget you.....they just don't like you......first of all, you've got Kevin Sullivan......oh and hey, Pebbles, Bam Bam, be careful.....because one day that sick little devil worshipping puppy is going to sacrifice you two virgins and then sell his soul for a personality.........you've got Kevin Sullivan.....Bam Bam Bigelow.....and Big Van Vader......the Larry, Mo and Curly of WCW.......you're not Forgotten, you just don't matter.....these people have suffered through Leg Drops of Doom, Dungeons of Doom, Robocops, Taskmasters, Wizards of Oz.....White Castles of Fear and Midgets blowing up boats......the don't want it anymore......they want......electricity......

.....they want the Rock to raise the People's Eyebrow......drop the People's Elbow......layeth the smacketh down with the Rock Bottom.....they want some interaction....a catchphrase....."Whatcha gonna do brother" whatcha gone and went....."Oh Yeah" turned into Oh No, Dig it.....what they want to hear is without a shadow of a doubt the most electrifying line in sports entertainment....and The Rock has it right here......they want the jabroni-beating, pie-eating, trail-blazing, eyebrow-raising, speed of a Ferrari, power of a truck, the BEST thing to happen in decades because The Forgotten totally suck.........they want excitement....electricity.....and at Halloween Havoc, that's exactly what they're going to get.......if ya SMELLLLLLLLLLLALALAOW what The Rock is cooking......"


.....if there's one thing The Rock does well, it's fire up a crowd.....and that's exactly what he does here, leaving "the people" standing as we go to commercial.

Rating: A*

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Back from commercial, and it's straight back down to ringside for championship action, as Lance Storm puts the Television Title on the line against Japanese up and comer, Yoshihiro Tajiri.....

....Tajiri has seen quite a lot of screen time as of late (for a virtual unknown) taking offence to James Vandenberg's attempts to have his masked menace Mortis "cleanse" him from World Championship Wrestling joining forces with Jeff Hardy in the process....and while both Hardy and Mortis are in action later this evening, Tajiri is stepping away from that feud for a moment, and is looking at picking up the biggest win of his fledgling WCW career to date....

.....he put on a hell of a showing for himself too....Lance Storm is without a doubt one of the best mat technicians in the company, and he can wrap most men up in knots....he certainly looked to be in trouble on a number of occasions this evening too, but in the end Calgary's Finest showed exactly why he is the champion, forcing Tajiri to submit to the Canadian Maple Leaf after a valiant effort.

Winner: .....and Still WCW Television Champion.....Lance Storm
Rating: B-

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It's time for Mean Gene to make his way out to shill the Hotline (want to know who brightened the mood backstage by organising a Karaoke party? That's Option 2 folks.........spoiler alert, it was Jacques Rougeau)...before introducing two men who both have huge matches coming up in just six days at Halloween Havoc, it's Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Benoit, who will be facing The Warrior and Randy Savage respectively......

......Gene says that while Randy Savage (never the most stable of individuals) has been keen to unleash some of that "Macho Madness" on Chris Benoit, last week was the first time that The Warrior has been willing to step into the ring with Diamond Dallas Page....it would seem like DDP has finally got the aloof Warriors attention.....

".....you're damn right I do Gene.....I told you that the Ultimate Jack-off would only be able to ignore me for so long....and once he felt that Bang, I got his full attention didn't I....."

.....Gene agrees, saying that they got not only the attention of The Warrior and Savage, but the entire Titans of Wrestling last week, so much so that the entire group had to interject themselves into the main event of Nitro.....Gene says that Benoit and Page got the victory there, but not perhaps the victory they were looking for, winning by disqualification.....

.....Benoit isn't much of a talker, preferring to let his ring work speak for him, so it's Page that continues to talk here, saying that when it comes to the Titans of Wrestling, they're like cockroaches....where one is, two more aren't far behind......but if the Titans want to interject themselves into his business so badly, he's not a hard man to find.....in fact, he's standing right here.....they don't have to wait until Sunday night......Warrior......Savage......hell, send Hollywood "Scum" Hogan out here since he has nothing better to do tonight.....because Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Benoit, they're ready to fight........


















.....well if it's a Titan of Wrestling that Page wants, it's a Titan of Wrestling that he gets.... it perhaps not that Titan he wanted, as Buff Bagwell comes strutting his stuff down the aisle....the cocky youngster picks up a microphone as he climbs into the ring, telling Page not to get his Depend's Diaper in a twist, he's not out here to fight....he's here to deliver a message.....the Titans of Wrestling have bigger things to worry about tonight than a couple of jabroni's like them......and to Page, a message directly from the Warrior.....the Warrior only fights, when he's PAID to fight.....and the Warrior only talks, when he's PAID to talk......in fact, for the privilege of stepping into the ring with a true legend of the sport at Halloween Havoc, Diamond Dallas Page should be pawning his old lady's cheap jewellery, taking what little cash he can get for them.....and then dropping down to his knees and offering a tribute to the Warrior, for ALLOWING him his fifteen minutes of fame Sunday night......

".......is that right?.....the privilege of fighting the Warrior?.....well I'll tell you what, since you're the messenger boy tonight, how about you do me a little favour, and pass a message on to your buddies for us......"

.....with that Page shoots forward.....catches Buff by the head.....and then drops him with the Diamond Cutter.....

".....you can tell them from me, that Chris Benoit is going to have the Macho Man screaming like a Macho Girl when he locks him in that Crippler Crossface......and the Ultimate Jack-off?......he IS going to.....feel....the......BANG!!....."

Rating: B+

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Double Dog Collar Match

These two teams have fought each other more than any two teams should EVER face each other in such a short length of time.....and The Pitbulls won them all.....at least that is, until Gary Hart made his return to the promotion to guide the career of the directionless Samoan's.....since then the SST have defeated Madusa's Men in a First Blood match on Nitro, as well as a Bamboo Cane on a Pole match on WCW Saturday Night......

....tonight however, the 'bulls are returning to familiar grounds, as they meet their rivals in a Double Dog Collar match, in what is being billed as the final meeting between these two teams.....

.....unlike a more traditional (singles) strap match, the object of this one is NOT to hit all four turnbuckles in succession, but rather to brutalise your opponent and pick up a pinfall (or submission) victory.....no count-outs.....no disqualifications.....no stopping the match for blood....and since each one of these men is attached to an opposing member of the other team by a steel chain, blood is a distinct possibility......

.....this is just an all out wild brawl, and while arguably we could have perhaps had a better quality of match with a standard two on two contest, it doesn't hurt to take it to the extreme every now and then.....well.....it doesn't hurt the crowd at least.....it hurt the Pitbulls and The SST plenty......this match was originally going to blow off on Pay Per View, but a last minute run down of the Halloween Havoc card made me realise that there probably wasn't going to be room for this this to be anywhere other than the pre-show, and you don't put a Double Dog Collar match on the pre-show....because of this the teams were given a little more leeway to go out there and treat this as a Pay Per View blow off.....

.....there was blood.....there was violence.....there was fighting in the aisles.....and there was a finish that saw Fatu hang Pitbull #2 over the top rope by the chain, while Samu climbed the turnbuckles and (under the instruction of Hart) wrap some of the loose steel chain around his hard Samoan skull.....before coming off with a devastating Flying Headbutt to pick up the one, the two, the three.....and finally put this feud to bed.

Winner: The Samoan SWAT Team
Rating: B-

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While they clear up the mess that the Pitbulls and the SST have left behind in their wake, we head to the back for a quick word with the Giant.....Mean Gene is standing by, and it's a surly Mean Gene.....who asks why, in this war between WCW and the Titans of Wrestling, why would the Giant stand by and watch while Lex Luger gets assaulted by the entire group and do nothing about it?.....

......why? Well according to the Giant that's pretty obvious......he says that Lex Luger has been getting in his way for months now.....you know how you tumble an entire organisation? You send a Giant to bring all the walls tumbling down......Giant says that he could have put all of this to bed by now......crushed Hollywood Hogan.....crushed the Titans of Wrestling......and bought the WCW Championship back where it belongs......but instead of being selfless....standing back....and letting the Giant do what a Giant CAN do, Lex Luger has to try and hog the spotlight....Lex Luger has to try and do it all by himself.......so the Giant did the right thing....he stepped back and let Lex handle his business by himself......

"......and guess what Gene.....he didn't handle it very well.....in fact, it was HIM that got handled by the entire Titans of Wrestling......maybe Flexy Lexy isn't quite the Total Package that he thought he was......but don't worry Gene, Halloween Havoc is right around the corner.....and when I'm done moving Lex Luger to one side, I'm gonna be coming for which ever one of those Titans has the title.....Levesque.....Hogan.....it doesn't really matter.....you know why?....because I'm a certified Giant.....and unlike Lex Luger, it's going to take more than the Titans of Wrestling to stop me....."

Rating: B+

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Last weeks victory on Nitro, along with squash matches on both WCW Saturday Night and D-Show WCW War Room gave Bill Goldberg wins number 32, 33 and 34....tonight he goes up against the man who was SUPPOSED to be his opponent last week....problem there was that Konnan apparently had better things to do....like get stoned out of his tiny little mind....

....he at least turned up straight this week....unfortunately I hold a grudge about things like this....you wanna get high?....you wanna drink until you pass out?....by all means go ahead and do it....on your own time, not mine.....

....you do it on my time and you're going to find yourself jobbing out in about a minute....or fifty two seconds as is the case here.....Konnan was always going to lose this match, but he wasn't originally going to lose it quite so quickly.....a Spear and a Jackhammer was all it took here....and in less than a minute, Bill Goldberg goes on to 35-0.

Winner: Bill Goldberg.
Rating: C

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Once again Bill Goldberg celebrates victory.....and once again he is interrupted by a member of the Faces of Fear.....except it's not Meng this time, but The Barbarian who makes his way out from the back (along with manager Jimmy Hart)....and he marches straight down the aisle and into the ring......

.....where he walks straight into a Spear from the Rookie Sensation......

.....the undefeated newcomer is still fresh as a daisy, having competed for less than a minute so far this evening....and he takes it straight to the Barbarian, finally dragging the big man back to his feet, before hoisting him up night for the Jackhammer attempt......










......before he can deliver that bad landing however, Meng bursts into the ring, where he locks in that debilitating Tongan Death Grip onto the man he will be facing at Halloween Havoc.....

.....we've not really seen any vulnerability on behalf of Bill Goldberg, but he's vulnerable here....because not even the mighty Goldberg is able to counteract the effects of the Tongan Death Grip, as Meng forces him down to the mat.....

.....Meng keeps the grip....and the Barbarian even gets a few kicks in for good measure....before Jimmy Hart finally convinces his two beast's to head to the back.....but not before telling Goldberg that (".....we'll see you Sunday baby....ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.....")

Rating: A

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As the announcers spend a few minutes talking about the shocking image of Bill Goldberg finally being shown to be human at the hands of Meng, we prepare for our next match.....and it's a biggie....or at least, the competitors are.....as the four hulking figures of Road Warriors Hawk and Animal and the pairing of Mike Awesome and Gideon Cain get set to tangle in (non-title) tag team action, just six ahead of their triangle championship bout (also involving the Titans of Wrestling's Adam Copeland and Christian Cage).....

.....this match was good.....really good actually......the fans were expecting a hard hitting affair, and that's exactly what they got.....Gideon Cain (who, thanks to the mentoring of Bobby Eaton is coming on leaps and bounds) portrayed his impressive power with Animal, while Mike Awesome showed everyone exactly why he is the (self proclaimed) best big man in professional wrestling, taking to the air a number of times to match Hawk, including an impressive dive over the top rope, taking out the Road Warriors on the floor......




















......and it was around midway through this great match that the Totally Awesome Trinity of Copeland, Cage and Traylor make their way out.......

......again, The Enforcer is carrying a pair of steel chairs.....and again he sets them up, this time on the floor, giving Copeland and Cage the best seats in the house, before once again heading to the back, before returning with a selection of snacks for the young Titans to enjoy while watching the action.....although they spend as much time booing both teams and flicking popcorn at the competitors as much as they spend watching the fight.....

.....eventually, following Hawk making the hot tag to Animal, the match breaks down......Animal initially takes it to both Awesome and Cain, before Hawk gets back into the fight, clotheslining Awesome over the top, before following him to the outside to continue the fight.....Animal and Cain aren't far behing, and soon it's a free for all on the outside.....a free for all that sees the Road Warriors Irish Whip both of Missy's men right into the seated Titans, sending popcorn and soda flying.....

.....Traylor helps his team mates to their feet (actually dusting them down) before picking up the chairs, folding them up, and passing one each to Cage and Coleman, telling them that playtime is over......

......the younger Titans obviously agree too.....because they each give an almighty swing of the steel.....crashing the illegal objects across the back of Animal and Cain.....and you know what that means.....it's a disqualification......a double disqualification to be precise, leaving both Awesome and Hawk without partners....and the Titans of Wrestling ready to strike.....

Winner(s): No Contest
Rating: B+

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......war makes for strange bedfellows....because with Animal and Awesome still down, Hawk and Cain have to work together as the Titans strike.....unfortunately, the Totally Awesome Trinity are a well oiled cohesive unit (not bitter enemies) and there's three of them....which totally gives them the upper hand.....and there's the little matter of two steel chairs and a nightstick....which gives them a totally awesome upper hand.....

.....Hawk is tough, we know that.....and Cain is certainly making a name for himself in recent months.....but they're seriously out gunned here, and despite an initial flurry of offence, first Gideon Cain is taken out by a nightstick shot to the back of the head, before Hawk gets dropped with a shot to the back....

......Awesome is back up, but a shot to the ribs with the Enforcer's nightstick doubles him over.....where Copeland and Cage swing their weapons.....it's a huge Con-Chair-To that drops Awesome motionless to the floor.....

......Animal is up next.....but gets a chair to the gut......and a Con-Chair-To......

.....Cain charges the Totally Awesome Trinity.......gets a few blows in too.....before Traylor doubles him over with a low blow, before a.......yep, you guessed it.......Con-Chair-To.....

.....three down, one to go.....and apparently they want a little fun with Hawk first, tossing him into the ring.....the three men beat on the co-holder of the WCW Tag Team Titles, before Christian finally picks the Road Warrior up.....and plants him with a piledriver.....





.....probably shouldn't have done that.....





....because a piledriver to Hawk is like spinach to Popeye.....and he pops right back up to his feet, before running through both Copeland and Cage with a double clothesline.....

.....Traylor charges at Hawk, but the Road Warrior is "Hulked Up" to the max, and he begins unloading on The Enforcer, before finally snatching the nightstick from Traylor, brutalising him with his own weapon.....

.....it doesn't last though.....because while Hawk is distracted, Copeland is back in with a perfect knee strike to the kidneys......a low blow......and (when joined by Cage), ANOTHER Con-Chair-To, and this one does put Hawk down....and he stays down....and the Titans of Wrestling's Totally Awesome Trinity stand tall, arms raised, just six days before Copeland and Cage challenge for the WCW Tag Team Championships.....but what condition (Tony Schiavone ponders) will Mike Awesome, Gideon Cain, and the Road Warriors be in come Halloween Havoc?

Rating: A*

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We have back to back tag team action tonight on Nitro, as our penultimate match features Curt Hennig teaming up with Jeff Hardy, to face the combination of WCW United States Champion Eddie Guerrero, and the masked man Mortis.....

....this is a preview of two matches that are set to take place in just six days time, when Jeff Hardy and Mortis clash once more, while Curt Hennig challenges Eddie Guerrero for the US Title.....

....the match tonight was decent considering none of these men are tag team competitors usually....Hennig and Hardy rather surprisingly gelled fantastically, having excellent chemistry for two men that had never teamed up before, and it was young Hardy that took the brunt of the punishment as the face in peril, with Mortis revelling in the chance to assault his rival, while Guerrero revels in the opportunity to simply be a cocky, arrogant pr!ck....he's not so cocky when Hardy makes the hot tag to Hennig though, because Curt hits the ring with purpose, tackling both his opponents head on, before finally focusing his attention on Guerrero.....

.....Guerrero soon has enough of this, and bails to the outside where he collects his Championship, telling a nearby camera that they shouldn't be risking THE most important title holder they have here in WCW just six days before he puts the gold on the line.....and with that he simply walks out of the match, heads to the back....and leaves Mortis all alone against two men....

.....Chris Kanyon has come a long way in a short time since adopting the Mortis character....going from enhancement talent to midcarder/upper midcarder (depending on his booking at any given week) and I don't imagine it will be long before he's cemented as a permanent upper Midcard player.....he's up against two men right now though.....and two men that have excellent chemistry as partners no less.....and eventually he's overwhelmed, and Hennig nails him with the Fisherman's Suplex.....instead of holding on for the win however Hennig releases the hold and rolls out of the way, just as Hardy comes flying off the top with the Swanton Bomb for the one, two, three.

Winner(s): Curt Hennig & Jeff Hardy
Rating: B

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Mean Gene is in the back, giving the final rundown for what we will be seeing on Sunday Night as well as letting everyone know that all the results from Halloween Havoc will be live on the Hotline, as well as words from all the winners and losers that evening....as Eddie Guerrero makes his way past on his way to the locker rooms

".....that's 1-900-909-9900 for all the wrestling news that matters......wait a minute.....Eddie Guerrero.....I believe you have some explaining to do young man.....what in the world was that about? What sort of champion walks away from a match?....."


".....what sort of a champion? A smart Champion esŤ that's who.....I gotta put the most prestigious title in ALL of wrestling on the line on Sunday night, I can't afford to be getting injured in some pointless tag team match holmes......"


.....Gene disagrees with that, questioning Guerrero's integrity as United States Champion, but Eddie just tells him to watch his mouth......

".....integrity holmes?.....you're looking at the most hard working champion in wrestling today esŤ....just look at the list.....Diamond Dallas Page....Chris Benoit....Jeff Hardy....that fat Samoan Rikishi.....I beat them all, and you could have added The Rock to that list too, but he knew he was never going to beat the Latino Legend, so he ran off to fight with Vader and Bigelow instead, because he knew, just like everybody else knows, that no one is taking this title from around my waist.....not Dallas Page....not Chris Benoit.....not The Rock......and certainly not Curt Hennig.....he used to be practically perfect, but now I'M the Papi of Perfection esŤ....and at Halloween Havoc, I'm going to show him what a real champion looks like......"









.....with that being said, Eddie's mouth is soon shut.....because the #1 contender to the United States Championship comes bursting into shot and dives onto Guerrero, peppering him with punches.....Gene goes flying as Guerrero fights back, and soon we have a full scale war going on that security eventually has to separate, as we go to a promo package hyping Halloween Havoc.....

Rating: B+

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So it's main event time.....it's WCW vs. ToW.....it's The Giant vs. Jean Paul Levesque....and not for the first time either.....these two men have met on a number of occasions now, in both tag matches AND singles encounters....and funnily enough, those singles encounters have all come off the back of Levesque doing or saying something to p!ss Hollywood Hogan off.....coincidence? Probably not when you consider that it's Vince Russo that books the matches around here, and it's Vince Russo that worships the ground that Hollywood Hogan walks on......

....that being said, Hollywood is out here at ringside as promised in this one....not that Levesque looks particularly happy about him being there, but the Titans need to keep up appearances, so here he is....

....he actually works in Levesque's favour on a few occasions too, interfering at appropriate times to tip the scales the Titan man's way....each time he does however, Levesque is quick to (very politely) as him to back off, claiming he doesn't need any help to beat the big man....although let's be honest, there aren't going to be many in World Championship Wrestling that could best the seven foot Giant without a little bit of assistance.....

....the match wasn't fantastic, but it was more of a dog and pony show (with the storytelling surrounding Hollywood on the outside) than a match.....and the finish didn't help either.....because as the Giant crushed the life out of Levesque in the corner, then signalled that it was time for the Chokeslam, Hollywood jumped up onto the apron to attempt to distract the big man.....it worked too, because instead of Chokeslamming Levesque The Giant turned around and clocked Hogan right in the jaw with a right hand, sending him tumbling down to the floor......

....Giant screams down at Hogan (spraying spittle as he does) that it doesn't matter if it's Levesque who wins Sunday, or Hogan that wins Sunday.....whoever leaves Halloween Havoc as the WCW Champion, is going to have a Giant problem to deal with......then turns back to face his opponent......who kicks him in the gut.....and drops him with the Pedigree......for the one, the two..........but not the three.......

.....not because Giant kicked out, but because Hogan is back in the ring, drags Levesque off the downed Giant.....and drops down beside the WCW man, where he starts hammering the Giant with blows (right in front of the official) clearly not happy that the Giant placed a hand on him......unfortunately, he referee is even less happy at that action, and has no choice but to disqualify Levesque, when he was less than half a second away from picking up the pinfall victory......

Winner: The Giant (via Disqualification)
Rating: B

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.....the bell rings, and the rest of the Titans of Wrestling come rushing out from the back.....someone had the audacity to lay their hands on Hollywood? You'd better believe that's a punishable offence....

.....they don't even give the Giant chance to get back to his feet before they pounce on him simultaneously, and they stomp the living crap out of him.....Giant might be seven feet tall when he's standing, but when he's flat on his back that doesn't help him at all.....















.....suddenly the crowd erupts.....because here comes the Total Package to make the save......

.....or not.....

.....because he goes running down the aisle, but comes to a complete stop at the bottom of the ramp.....and much as the Giant did a few weeks back, he slaps his hand against his head to indicate what a big dummy he is being, telling the nearby camera that Giant's got this.....he said so earlier.....and with that Luger takes a slow walk back up the aisle, as the Giant screams at him to help.....

.....Jean Paul Levesque has been standing idly by during this beatdown.....but he interjects now, dragging Hogan off the Giant and spinning him around, demanding to know what the hell he is doing.....Hogan says that he's dishing out some punishment Titan's style, but Levesque says no....what he's doing, is costing Levesque a huge victory six days before Halloween Havoc......


















.....which is when Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Benoit come rushing down the aisle, passing Luger on the way (asking him what the hell he is doing) and dashing into the ring where they go right after Savage and The Warrior......

......the Totally Awesome Trinity are busy trying to defuse the situation between Hogan and Levesque, who have now moved on from a war of words to an out and out shoving match, but they are forced to abandon their quest as DDP and Benoit slowly begin to gain the upper hand over Warrior and Macho, to assist their Titan brothers in their fight.....

......Luger looks conflicted in the aisle way......clearly he only came out here to make a point to the Giant, after the big man left him to take a mammoth beating a few weeks ago, but on the same hand, he clearly doesn't want Page and Benoit suffering the same fate, and currently they are fighting off five men....it doesn't look good.....so reluctantly he heads into the ring to help out......

......Hogan and Levesque are still bickering, but it all comes to a head when Hollywood calls his Halloween Havoc a "disrespectful punk", before slapping him square in the face.....sh!t gets real then.....and all the forced niceties go out of the window, because Levesque shows Hollywood exactly how disrespectful he can be, when he flips the WCW Champion off.....and punches him right in the jaw, before tackling him through the ropes and to the floor......

......with Luger by their side, Page and Benoit are able to get back into the fight.....especially when Copeland, Cage and Traylor head to the outside to try and separate Hogan and Levesque.....leaving Luger to battle with Buff, while DDP and The Crippler continue to brawl with Savage and Warrior.....of course, in the midst of all this commotion the Giant is back to his feet.....and he shoves Bagwell to one side, obviously not happy about that little taste of his own medicine from Luger, because he grabs the Total Package by the throat....looks like it could be Chokeslam city......at least until Lex kicks him in the guts, and the two begin trading right hands......

.....and that's exactly how the show comes to a close.....Hogan and Levesque attempting to kill each other on the floor (with the Totally Awesome Trinity attempting to separate them)......Page, Benoit, Savage and Warrior kicking, clawing, scratching, and generally brawling for all they're worth......while Lex Luger and The Giant attempt to punch each other's heads off their shoulders.....as Tony Schiavone implores us to buy, what is set to be a monumental Halloween Havoc event.....we'll see you Sunday folks.

Rating: A*

Final Rating: B

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