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Default October 2001: Road to Halloween Havoc


September 10th, 2001

From the Athletics-Recreation Center in Valparaiso, Indiana

Attendance: 4,794

Announce Team: "The Professor" Mike Tenay and Bret "The Hitman" Hart

DDP in ring to demand rematch w/Steiner; Arn Anderson tells him he can earn another title shot by defeating Scott's brother Rick in tonight's main event. (B+)

TAKA made his WCW in-ring debut (televised, at least) and looked very impressive in flying to victory in convincing fashion over Air Paris. (B)

Kidman comes out to demand match with TAKA, Tammy Sytch responds: "We're big money players, so if you want your revenge you'll have to do it on the big stage that is Halloween Havoc!" (C-)

K-Nections backstage; tension between Booker and Sting as they discuss who should receive the world title match. (B)

The former Kronik returned to the ring in dominant fashion, with Chris Harris and James Storm being the unfortunate victims. (D+)

Adams and Clark grab microphone after match, state that no matter what people might have heard, they're the only true dominant tag team in WCW. The Natural Born Thrillers come out and say if they want to prove that, they know where to find the real kings of the mountain. (C)

Unseen backstage footage from Fall Brawl, where True Heroes poke fun at Hugh Morrus and Konnan for failing in their tag team title shot. Morrus and Konnan are not pleased. (C+)

More footage from Fall Brawl; Shane Douglas walks into the trainer's room and mockingly asks Rob Van Dam if his leg's okay. Trainers hold RVD on the table when he tries to confront him. (B-)

Vampiro was on color commentary to observe Dustin Rhodes in action, and he made it clear that he and Father Isaac were not giving up on offering "salvation" to Dustin. Rhodes was aware of his presence but did not let it distract him or keep him from defeating Shawn Stasiak. (C)

DDP promo: "If I gotta go through the Gremlin to get to the Freak, that's fine by me. Scotty, you're the one who brought family into this when you insulted my wife, so I'm gonna take extra pleasure in laying out your big brother tonight!" (A)

Local wrestler Danny Dominion was no match for Steve Corino. (C+)

Corino grabs mic after match, warns AJ Styles not to bask in his UFS win for too long, because they still have unfinished business to settle! AJ (w/Keibler) replies from backstage, says he hasn't forgotten Corino and looks forward to shutting his mouth for good. (B-)

Interview with Shane Helms, the new #1 contender for the cruiserweight title: "There's no Kidman to get in the way this time, so I'm taking that belt back, Liger!" (C-)

Ric Flair and Buff Bagwell were in the ring as opponents one night after their tentative UFS partnership imploded. Buff tried to strut his stuff, but won't be strutting anywhere for awhile after being forced to tap to a figure four. (C+)

Lex Luger joins Buff for assault on Flair, but Sting makes the save. Afterwards, Flair grabs the mic and asks Sting to join him for a tag match against Luger and Bagwell next week! (B)

Rey Misterio Jr. wants a rematch at Kanyon for the US title; Kanyon tells him if he can beat his S.H.F. partner Chavo Guerrero Jr. next week, he'll "think about it." (B-)

The stakes were very high for DDP in the night's main event, but it was also a chance for him to send a bit of a message by giving a beating to Scott Steiner's brother. Rick was no pushover though, and he gave DDP quite a beating with some painful power moves and suplexes geared to weaken the back. Dallas absorbed a lot of punishment, but still was able to catch the elder Steiner with a Diamond Cutter to win the match and earn another crack at the world champion. (B)

Scott Steiner attacks DDP after the match; Page fights back. Despite failed efforts to break them apart by officials, the bitter enemies brawl around ringside and even into the crowd! (A*)

Show Grade: B+

Taped immediately after Nitro

Announce Team: Tony Schiavone and Don West

After months of struggle, Cash won for the second week in a row when he took care of local Danny Dominion. (D+)

AJ Styles and Stacy Keibler interview; AJ discusses Corino feud, refuses to give hint on what title he hopes to challenge for thanks to his UFS victory. (C-)

Ernest Miller prevailed over Johnny Swinger and likely celebrated with a night of dancing. (D+)

Jamie Knoble interview; he was disappointed to come up short against Liger, but considers it a learning experience and something to grow from. (C)

The Mamalukes wanted to prove they were still a player in the tag team division, but a Heroic Finish made sure that Lance Storm and CM Punk got the win instead. (C+)

Show Grade: C

September 17th, 2001

From Lundholm Gym in Durham, New Hampshire

Attendance: 3,500

Announce Team: "The Professor" Mike Tenay and Bret "The Hitman" Hart

Patriotic video; Mike Tenay voiceover proclaims that everyone in WCW extends their sympathies to all who were affected by the September 11th terrorist attacks. (D)

The entire roster surrounds the ringside area as Dusty Rhodes stands in the ring and cuts a passionate promo about America being the land of the free and the home of the brave. "New York, Washington DC, everybody from coast to coast, all corners of the globe are thinkin' about you. We are so humbled that you've chosen to give us two hours of your time to entertain you and hopefully help you forget about your troubles for just a moment in time. Me, you, the WCW roster, the brave men and women who rushed to help in our darkest hour, and anyone who waves that flag and honors what the stars and stripes stands for--all of us, together, will make sure the true American Dream never dies! Thank you, and may God bless America!" (B)

The in-ring action opened with Ric Flair and Sting joining forces to defeat Totally Buffed when Sting submitted Luger with the Scorpion Deathlock. (B-)

Vampiro and Father Isaac approach Dustin Rhodes to again try and convince him to join them; he warns them to leave him alone. (C)

Hugh Morrus and Konnan barge into a True Heroes interview session to demand match; Punk and Storm accept, saying it's about time these has-beens make way for the next great tag team. (C)

Perhaps energized by his match with Jushin Liger, Jamie Knoble thoroughly outwrestled and defeated Alan Funk. (C)

Mike Awesome lays out Knoble after the match; complains about being left off of Nitro last week after destroying RVD at Fall Brawl. "You should be shining the spotlight on stars like me, not on common rednecks like Jamie Knoble!" (B-)

Steve Corino interrupts AJ Styles/Stacy Keibler chat session to suggest they finally finish this at Halloween Havoc, "if you can find time for me in between your adolescent flirting and your undeserved UFS ceremony." Styles accepts the challenge. (B-)

Shane Douglas interview: "I've heard people gushing about Rob Van Dam for years, and I'm sick of it! I was the true leader of the hardcore revolution, not him! Now it's carrying over here to WCW, but I'm not gonna let that happen!" (C)

Booker T easily defeated Johnny Swinger. (B-)

Booker post-match promo: "Kevin Gaines, I hope you're watchin', because there ain't nobody who deserves that world title shot more than Booker T!" (B)

Shane Helms interview; mocks Jushin Liger and says he can throw away his passport and stay in Japan permanently after Shane gets HIS belt back at Halloween Havoc! (C-)

Elix Skipper's a talented athlete, but he could not avoid Billy Kidman's Shooting Star Press. Kidman won the match despite Chris Candido, Tammy Sytch and TAKA stepping out into the aisle midway through. (C+)

Kidman challenges TAKA to come fight him right now. Candido and Sytch deny the challenge, and the three of them exit ringside and leave the building in a fancy limo. (C)

Natural Born Thrillers interview: "Hopefully Adams and Clark are still as tough as they think they are, because we could use an actual challenge!" (C+)

Kanyon promo; he doubts Rey Misterio will get past Chavo up next. "But even if you do, Rey, we already found out you ain't betta than Kanyon back in Tokyo, and that ain't gonna change!" (B-)

Rey Misterio and Chavo Guerrero know each others' styles very well, and this led to a competitive back-and-forth match. Chavo had some success targeting Rey's legs and preventing him from using his aerial skills, but Misterio escaped a brainbuster and executed a swinging hurricanrana to win the match and earn his rematch with Kanyon. (B)

Arn Anderson conducts satellite promo w/DDP and Scott Steiner, who were barred from the building as safety precaution. Arn says that in order to protect the fans and ensure the only bodies DDP and Steiner put at risk at Halloween Havoc are each others', their rematch will be held inside a steel cage! (A)

Show Grade: B+

Taped immediately after Nitro

Announce Team: Tony Schiavone and Don West

After looking impressive in a losing effort against True Heroes at Fall Brawl, the Jung Dragons returned to their recent winning ways by taking care of Chris Harris and James Storm. (C)

Rey Misterio interview; he can't wait to get the United States title back at Halloween Havoc. (C+)

Chris Candido didn't have much trouble defeating Jason Jett. (D+)

True Heroes interview; Hugh Morrus and Konnan are nothing more than cannon fodder for them. (C)

UFS winner Alex Wright came away with his hand raised after beating Mike Sanders, building momentum for whichever championship he'll be chosen to eventually challenge for. (C+)

Show Grade: C+

September 24th, 2001

From Flowers Hall in Florence, Alabama

Attendance: 4,000

Announce Team: "The Professor" Mike Tenay and Bret "The Hitman" Hart

Jushin Liger was back for non-title action. Cash gave him a good match, but the Japanese star picked up the win with his Liger Bomb. (B)

Shane Helms attacks Liger from behind, gives him the Vertebreaker! "There's more where that came from at Halloween Havoc, Liger, because I'm takin' back my belt that you never shoulda gotten in the first place!" (C+)

Mike Awesome makes fun of Jamie Knoble during backstage interview, calls him "ordinary"; Knoble barges in, and some harsh words lead to a brief scuffle! Knoble surprisingly gets the upper hand after getting on a guillotine choke! (C-)

Steve Corino enjoyed himself as he beat Air Paris in singles action, making sure to trashtalk both Paris and his Air Raid partner AJ Styles the entire time. (B-)

Corino continues to taunt and beat Paris after the match; Styles races out to make save, chasing Corino from the ring. (C+)

Announce team briefly hypes a major announcement concerning the K-Nections later on tonight. (C+)

DDP and Rey Misterio interview about tonight's main event tag match against Scott Steiner and Kanyon. Rey not afraid of mixing it up with either opponent; DDP wants Steiner's head, but wouldn't object to beating up "old friend" Kanyon on the side. (B+)

What was supposed to be a singles match between Hugh Morrus and Lance Storm featured copious distractions thanks to their tag team partners. As the referee warned Konnan to keep his distance, CM Punk took Morrus out with a Devil Lock DDT to allow Storm to get the win. (B)

Candido handles an interview on behalf of his crew. He calls Kidman "small potatoes" and refuses to answer any questions about the recent lavishness the group has displayed. (C)

Ric Flair and Chavo Guerrero Jr. backstage promo reveals that they'll receive a tag team title match thanks to the 2nd place finish of Satyr's Hopeful Few in the UFS. They agree that they should hold off on using the shot so they can have some matches as a team first. (B)

Vampiro made it look easy as he dispatched Jason Jett. (D+)

Dustin Rhodes comes out after the match, says he's fed up of Vampiro and Father Isaac bothering him and wants to settle it in the ring. Vampiro gives a cryptic answer in which he doesn't accept or refuse the challenge. (C)

Arn Anderson is forced to gather officials and other wrestlers to pull Natural Born Thrillers and Adams/Clark apart backstage. "If you four wanna beat each other's brains out so bad, you can do it at Halloween Havoc with the titles on the line!" (B)

3 Count hasn't had much to sing or dance about lately, but picking up a win over local tag team The Naturals had to make them feel almost as happy as they do when a new Britney Spears album is released. (C)

Scott Steiner and Kanyon promo on the upcoming main event. Kanyon calls them the "team of champions" and guarantees victory. Steiner just wants to beat up some white trash tonight, and if Rey gets in his way, he'll suplex him all the way back to Tijuana! (B+)

Shane Douglas interview: "If Rob Van Dam is stupid enough to show his face in WCW again, I'll finish what Mike Awesome started and ensure that he can NEVER steal the spotlight and capitalize on my hard work ever again!" (C-)

We had a pretty star-studded tag team main event on our hands. Rey and Kanyon did good work, but the intensity went up several notches whenever DDP and Steiner were in the ring together. They did lots of brawling, but Steiner was taken out of the equation late when Misterio wiped him out with a daring dive over the top rope. This meant there was no one to prevent Kanyon from being finished with the Diamond Cutter. (B+)

The entirety of the K-Nections are assembled in the ring per Arn Anderson's request. Arn says that the title shots were supposed to be revealed at Halloween Havoc during the trophy presentation ceremony, but manager Kevin Gaines has made a decision that requires a slight change of plans. "There's only one world heavyweight title shot to be gained from the UFS, and we'll find out who's going to get it at Halloween Havoc when Booker T and Sting meet in a #1 contender's match!" (A)

Show Grade: B+

Taped immediately after Nitro

Announce Team: Tony Schiavone and Don West

The True Heroes had no trouble beating The Naturals. (C+)

Unseen backstage footage from Nitro: AJ Styles and Stacy Keibler are checking on Air Paris when Steve Corino walks by, taunts AJ and calls him a poor friend for abandoning Paris, both tonight and during the UFS. AJ angrily chases him off, dares him to come back and fight. (C+)

Motivated by his upcoming match with TAKA, Billy Kidman came away with a win over Kid Romeo, much to Torrie Wilson's pleasure. (C+)

Post-match interview from Kidman: "TAKA can bring his entire entourage out to the ring in a limo if he wants; I'll still beat him!" (C)

Former, and hopeful future, cruiserweight champion Shane Helms dispatched of an unnamed preliminary wrestler (who avid independent tape traders might recognize as promising young developmental talent Bryan Danielson.) (B-)

Show Grade: C+

October 8th, 2001

From the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana

Attendance: 3,600

Announce Team: "The Professor" Mike Tenay and Bret "The Hitman" Hart

We hadn't seen Air Raid team up in some time, but they took on Steve Corino and Fit Finlay tonight. Unfortunately they had a miscommunication when Corino avoided a Styles dropkick that hit Air Paris instead, and it led to their downfall. (B-)

DDP and Scott Steiner were banned from the arena tonight to avoid any incidents, but Steiner sent in some pre-recorded thoughts: "Diamond Dallas Trash, you wanna get into a cage with me? Well that's the worst mistake of your whole life! Your wife's gonna have to use her unemployment check to buy a spatula so she can scrape you off the side of the cage!" (A)

Impressive young talent Paul London was back in a WCW ring tonight, but his high flying was not enough to defeat Shane Douglas. (C+)

Douglas grabs the mic and takes more shots at RVD---

Roddy Piper appears on screen to say that Douglas and RVD are "cordially invited" to Piper's Pit at Halloween Havoc! (C+)

The True Heroes were not worried about their tag team match against Sting and Booker T tonight; if Sting and Booker can't even stand in the same ring without arguing about who deserves a world title match, what hope do they have against the hottest tag team in the sport? (B)

A singles match between Chuck Palumbo and Bryan Clark served as a preview for the tag team title match on Sunday. Clark won the physical battle after Brian Adams got involved. (C)

Predictably, a post-match brawl broke out between the Natural Born Thrillers and Adams and Clark (now being called Doomsday.) (B)

Shane Helms interview; gloats about giving Jushin Liger the Vertebreaker last week and says he'll do the same on Sunday. (C)

Jamie Knoble has been at odds with the menacing Mike Awesome recently, but tonight he took on someone of his own size in Cash. Knoble showed increased aggression en route to winning the match. (C+)

Knoble dares Awesome to come and fight him right now. Awesome appears on video screen, says he's not going to come out because he wants there to be something left of Knoble at Halloween Havoc. (C)

Sting attempted to talk to Booker T about working together so they could get a win tonight, but Booker blew him off and told him to just stand on the apron and watch the true number one contender in action. (A*)

Rey Misterio Jr. showcased some of his high flying skills before finishing off Johnny Swinger. (B)

Kanyon comes out in aisle to taunt Rey by displaying the United States title, says it'll be staying right where it is at Halloween Havoc and everyone's happy to see the title on a deserving champion, not a fluke. Rey says he's used to being underestimated and he's never let it stop him before. (B)

Billy Kidman and Torrie Wilson had an altercation with Candido, TAKA and Sytch, with Kidman telling TAKA that he's not about to let him use him as a stepping stone here in WCW and the talent level in the cruiserweight division is far above that joke of a division he came from. (C-)

Ric Flair and Chavo Guerrero Jr. teamed up tonight to prep for their future title shot, and they did a good job of overcoming Elix Skipper and Kid Romeo, Flair holding Skipper's leg while Chavo finished Romeo with a brainbuster. (C)

Dustin Rhodes thanks Arn Anderson for granting him his request to wrestle Vampiro at Halloween Havoc. (C)

Sting and Booker T have more big match experience by far, but tension existed between them even before they found out they'd be squaring off against each other at Halloween Havoc. That served as a neutralizer, because they displayed no semblance of team work while True Heroes were functioning like a well-oiled machine. Thanks to Hugh Morrus and Konnan showing up and causing a momentary loss of focus for True Heroes, Sting was able to catch Punk with a Scorpion Deathdrop. Booker then tagged himself in and stole the pin as Sting stared at him. (B)

DDP pre-taped promo: "No excuses, Scotty. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, nobody gets in or out. Just you and me, and finally we can settle this thing once and for all inside that cage. You call me white trash? Well one thing I learned growing up in Jersey, while you were rolling around on amateur wrestling mats, was how to fight like a caged animal. Sunday, Halloween Havoc, you're not stepping into that cage for a championship wrestling match. You're stepping into a fight, and you're not leaving until they pry open that door and your brother carries your unconscious body outta there!" (A*)

Show Grade: B+

Taped immediately after Nitro

Announce Team: Tony Schiavone and Don West

Chris Candido withstood the efforts of Paul London and won the opening match. (B-)

Jamie Knoble interview; all men are the same size when they're flat on their back, and that's just where Awesome will be at Halloween Havoc once he gets on the guillotine choke. (C-)

The Mamalukes have had a rough time of it recently, but perhaps a win over Chris Harris and James Storm will boost their confidence a bit. (D-)

RVD promo; he welcomes the chance to step into Piper's Pit with Shane Douglas. (C+)

Dustin Rhodes has a match with Vampiro coming up at Halloween Havoc, but he stayed focused and took care of the massive Hell Raiser in fairly easy fashion. (C)

Show Grade: C
The first match between DDP and Steiner didn't go as well as I'd hoped, but the story required a rematch. Hopefully we'll get a better result inside the cage.

I decided to go back to the Misterio/Kanyon matchup. I'll admit to having some regret about switching the title, especially after Kanyon's drug issues, but would it hurt the title to switch it again so soon?

I don't really know what to expect from the tag title match. The Thrillers have had good matches on the last two PPVs, but the rechristened Doomsday aren't the workers that Gado, Jedo, Hugh Morrus or Konnan are. Hopefully these four can have a good brawl, but we'll see.

I'm not using Liger every week so it's a bit different booking his storylines, but I think Shane Helms did fine carrying the feud verbally in his absence. I think this is a sleeper MOTN contender.

Sting and Booker T should be a great one. Initially I was going to announce this match during the PPV ceremony and have it main event Nitro the following night, but I needed to do it early because we'll be starting a big tournament right after this show and the loser of this match will be part of it.

Dustin and Vampiro have had some passable promos, and I think it's been an interesting midcard story. Both guys are solid workers and so should be capable of having a very good match, but hopefully Vampiro will come to the show with a clear head.

The AJ Styles/Steve Corino feud got put on the backburner a bit thanks to AJ's involvement in the UFS, but we're back at it here. I'm not sure if I did as good a job as I would've liked at playing up Corino's love of old school fueling his hatred of AJ's flashy style.

A month after both teams nearly stole the show in their respective matches at Fall Brawl, Hugh Morrus and Konnan are working with the True Heroes. That should be a good one.

Ultimately I want to push Knoble as a cruiserweight, but I've got him in there with Mike Awesome this month. Matches like this have to be put together delicately, because having heavyweights smash the cruisers and make them look inferior could hurt the entire division.

TAKA has been putting on really strong TV matches with the low-level guys he's worked with in his first month, so putting him in there with Kidman should bring out a great one if all goes to plan. I'll probably have them open the show and get us off to a positive start.


Fan Scorecard:

Steel Cage Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Diamond Dallas Page vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner {}

United States Heavyweight Championship: Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Kanyon {}

World Tag Team Championship: Doomsday vs. Natural Born Thrillers {}

Cruiserweight Championship: "Sugar" Shane Helms vs. Jushin Thunder Liger {}

Winner receives the UFS World Championship prize: Sting vs. Booker T

Dustin Rhodes vs. Vampiro

AJ Styles vs. Steve Corino

Hugh Morrus and Konnan vs. True Heroes

Jamie Knoble vs. Mike Awesome

Billy Kidman vs. TAKA

What will be match of the night?

How many championships will change hands?

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