Halloween Havoc (1991)
Halloween Havoc (1991) was the third Halloween Havoc professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The event took place on October 27, 1991 from the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
|Halloween Havoc (1991)|
Promotional poster featuring various WCW wrestlers
|Promotion||World Championship Wrestling|
|Date||October 27, 1991|
|Tagline(s)||Chamber of Horrors|
|Halloween Havoc chronology|
The main event was a two out of three falls match, in which Lex Luger defended the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Ron Simmons. Luger defeated Simmons to retain the title. Another major match at the event was a Chamber of Horrors match between the team of El Gigante, Sting, and The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) and the team of Abdullah the Butcher, The Diamond Studd, Cactus Jack and Big Van Vader. Brian Pillman was crowned the inaugural Light Heavyweight Champion at the event by defeating Richard Morton in the finals of a tournament.
The event featured wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
In the opening match, Sting's team won after Cactus Jack accidentally pulled the switch while Abdullah the Butcher was in the electric chair. Originally, the match was supposed to feature El Gigante, Sting, and the Steiner Brothers against Oz, the Diamond Studd, the One Man Gang, and Barry Windham. Cactus replaced Oz, Big Van Vader replaced Windham, and Abdullah replaced Gang. During the pre-show, Barry Windham was attacked by Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko and suffered a broken hand when they slammed his hand in a car door. One Man Gang was scheduled to take part in this match, but left WCW before the show. With Cactus Jack in the opening match, Oz replaced him against Bill Kazmaier. Doug Somers replaced Michael Hayes, who was originally scheduled for the match. The Phantom later revealed himself to be Rick Rude.
United States Tag Team Champions The Patriots challenged the Enforcers for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. The U.S. Tag Team Championships were not on the line.
The original plan for the main event was Lex Luger defending the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Mr. Hughes, but the plan was changed when WCW fired Ric Flair on July 1, 1991, with Luger eventually assuming the role of WCW's top villain and Hughes becoming his bodyguard instead of challenger.
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