Halloween Havoc (1996) 1996 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-view event

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Halloween Havoc (1996)
Halloween Havoc 1996 VHS.jpg
VHS cover featuring Randy Savage and Hollywood Hogan
PromotionWorld Championship Wrestling
DateOctober 27, 1996
CityParadise, Nevada
VenueMGM Grand Garden Arena
Tagline(s)A Night Of Terror And Suspense!
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Halloween Havoc (1996) was the eighth Halloween Havoc professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It took place on October 27, 1996 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

It was notable for the first appearance of former World Wrestling Federation (WWF) (now WWE) wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in WCW, who had left last month that he had signed with the company.

As of 2014 the event is available on the WWE Network.[2]


The event featured professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Professional wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.[3]


Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Tony Schiavone
Bobby Heenan
Dusty Rhodes
Interviewer Mike Tenay
Ring announcer David Penzer
Referees Randy Anderson
Nick Patrick

Prior to the start of the pay-per-view there were two dark matches. The first match saw Jim Powers defeated Pat Tanaka and the second match saw Psychosis and Juventud Guerrera defeated Damián and Halloween.

The opening match of the pay-per-view was for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. This match saw Dean Malenko defeated Rey Misterio Jr. to capture the championship. Prior to the event, Malenko had stolen Misterio’s mask, during the match Misterio got his original mask back and switched masks. Malenko however was able to hit a gutwrench powerbomb off the top for the victory.

The second match saw Diamond Dallas Page defeat Eddie Guerrero via pinfall after hitting the Diamond Cutter.

During the next match, The Giant faced Jeff Jarrett. The Giant came to the ring for the match with the WCW United States Champion, which he had despite never actually winning it. The Giant ultimately won the match by disqualification. As The Giant attempted to chokeslam Jarrett on the floor, Ric Flair hit The Giant with a low blow, forcing the referee to disqualify Jarrett.

The next match saw Syxx defeat Chris Jericho. When Jericho was arguing with referee Nick Patrick about slow counts, Syxx used the opportunity to hit Jericho with a spin kick, and picked up the pinfall victory.

Next Lex Luger defeated Arn Anderson via submission. After Luger attacked Anderson in the back with a chair, Luger was able to apply the Torture Rack, to which Anderson submitted. Prior to the next match, it was mentioned that Flair had accompanied Anderson to the local hospital.

In the following match Steve McMichael and Chris Benoit defeated The Faces of Fear (Meng and The Barbarian). After McMichael attacked Meng, Benoit hit the headbutt off the top rope for the pinfall victory.

The second to last match saw The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) win the WCW World Tag Team Championship by defeating Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray). Toward the end of the match, Nash grabbed the cane of Col. Robert Parker, who had accompanied Harlem Heat to the ring, and broke it over the head of Booker T. This gave Hall the opportunity to cover Booker and pick up the victory and the titles.

The main event saw Hollywood Hogan defeated Randy Savage to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. The Giant chokeslammed Savage to the floor; Giant then dragged an unconscious Hogan onto Savage. During the match, Miss Elizabeth came down to ringside and wasn't sure whose corner to go to. Roddy Piper came out following the match to confront Hogan and make his WCW debut.


No. Results[4][5] Stipulations Times
1D Jim Powers defeated Pat Tanaka Singles match N/A
2D Psychosis and Juventud Guerrera defeated Damián and Halloween Tag team match N/A
3 Dean Malenko defeated Rey Misterio Jr. (c) Singles match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship 18:32
4 Diamond Dallas Page defeated Eddie Guerrero Singles match 13:44
5 The Giant defeated Jeff Jarrett by disqualification Singles match 09:55
6 Syxx defeated Chris Jericho Singles match 09:49
7 Lex Luger defeated Arn Anderson by submission Singles match 12:22
8 Steve McMichael and Chris Benoit (with Woman and Debra) defeated The Faces of Fear (Meng and The Barbarian) (with Jimmy Hart) Tag team match 09:23
9 The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) defeated Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) (c) (with Sister Sherri and Col. Robert Parker) Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 13:07
10 Hollywood Hogan (c) defeated Randy Savage Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 18:37
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match


  1. ^ "WCW Halloween Havoc 1996 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Every pay-per-view available on WWE Network". WWE. February 4, 2014. Archived from the original on February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  3. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  4. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts: Halloween Havoc 1996". Wrestling's Historical Cards. Kappa Publishing. 2007. p. 144.
  5. ^ "Halloween Havoc".
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