The 20 greatest WCW matches of all time

#18 Big Van Vader vs. Cactus Jack — Halloween Havoc 1993

There are few rivalries more bitter and vicious than the one between Cactus Jack and Big Van Vader in 1993. Undoubtedly WCW’s most ferocious enmity, the two competitors clashed multiple times that year, often in battles deemed too brutal for television. There seemed to be no end to their brawling, until Vader knocked Jack out of action for months following their battle on WCW Saturday Night in April 1993.

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Upon Cactus Jack’s return, the rivals were set to do battle at Halloween Havoc. The event’s “Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal” feature set up yet another brutal contest between them — a Texas Death Match. Similar to a Last Man Standing Match, the goal of the battle was to incapacitate your opponent to the point where he could not answer the official’s 10-count.

Brutality reached its peak during this contest as both competitors relentlessly brawled throughout New Orleans’ Lakefront Arena. One of the most cringe-worthy moments occurred on the entrance ramp as Cactus Jack leaped onto the massive back of The Mastodon. Vader then jumped backwards, crushing Jack between his massive frame and the ramp. It would take a DDT onto a steel chair and a cattle prod shock from Vader’s manager, Harley Race, to prevent Cactus Jack from answering the 10-count, though.