Trick or Treat: The Best and Worst of WCW Halloween Havoc


The inaugural WCW Halloween Havoc in 1989 featured legendary battles such as Doom versus The Steiner Brothers and Lex Luger against Brian Pillman, but the main event of the evening was undoubtedly the most memorable. Sworn enemies Sting and Ric Flair joined forces to battle their respective rivals The Great Muta and Terry Funk, inside a specially designed steel cage known as the Thunderdome. The cage walls were higher than normal and the top of the structure curved upward, preventing any competitor from escaping.

The match inside the steel structure was held like a standard tag team battle and featured Bruno Sammartino as the special guest referee. The object of the match was to brutalize the opposing team until a representative threw in a towel. In Muta & Funk’s corner was Gary Hart while Ole Anderson represented Sting & Flair. The battle raged for more than 20 minutes before Flair locked Funk in the Figure-Four, followed by a splash from Sting that forced Hart to throw in the towel.

The Thunderdome could be considered a precursor to Hell in a Cell because of its higher walls and the fact that there was a gap between the ring and cage walls, allowing the battle to spill outside of the squared circle. While Hell in a Cell is a far more advanced evolution of the Thunderdome, the rivalries contained inside the steel walls at Halloween Havoc 1989 made it one of our favorite things about the October extravaganza.