Former WCW Champions recall Halloween Havoc

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October 23, 2012

Remembering his October confrontations with Eddie Guerrero in 1996, “Macho Man” Randy Savage in 1997 and Goldberg in 1998, DDP emphasized how competitive the event was, citing these contests as some of his toughest and those that helped define Halloween Havoc.

“When I battled Eddie at Havoc ’96, I learned what it took to be a top competitor,” Page recalled. "Eddie was one of the very best and he pushed me to the limit in that match. He proved the importance and competitiveness that comes with Halloween Havoc, because he actually got injured during the match and kept on coming!”

“I had some great matches with ‘Macho Man,’ but the one at Halloween Havoc in 1997 was intense, and Havoc was the perfect venue for a Last Man Standing Match,” DDP reminisced about his friend and rival, Randy Savage. “I ended up losing because Hulk Hogan came out dressed-up like Sting for Halloween and hit me with a baseball bat.” (WATCH)

In 1998, Halloween Havoc was marred with controversy. Following the WrestleMania VI rematch of Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior, thousands of viewers lost the WCW World Title Match between Goldberg and DDP because time had run out with pay-per-view providers. Although the match aired for free the next night on Nitro, Page affirms that there was good reason to show the match in its entirety.

“I challenge anyone to find a better match than me and Goldberg at Havoc ’98. There are few matches that were as physical, exhausting and psychological as that one. I just remember us both hurting and visiting the chiropractor after that.”

DDP also recalled how electric the fans were, especially following Hogan vs. Warrior.

“I thought the crowd would be dead after that match. But when Goldberg and I locked up and went at it, the fans went nuts. We knew that the event was bigger than a regular pay-per-view, especially given its history.”

Halloween Havoc is often brought up among the WWE Universe when discussing the best events from WCW and the 1990s as a whole. Diamond Dallas Page certainly attributes the high-octane matches and fan interest as the major factors in making it WCW’s second biggest event of the year from 1989 to 2000.

“It was a great show for everyone involved, fans and competitors alike,” DDP said. “I say WWE should bring it back!”

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