|Halloween Havoc '91
||[Aug. 5th, 2012|01:26 pm]
The Chrononaut Chronicles
WCW Halloween Havoc '91 - October 27, 1991
- While the company had always endured its share of turbulence, WCW had an especially tumultuous year in 1991 with the departure of its signature star and seven-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair, to the WWF following a breakdown in contract negotiations. For the first time in ten years, there was a void in the main event scene and a chance for other stars to climb up the card, allowing Sting to assume his role as the face of the promotion without the spectre of the Nature Boy looming over him. In the absence of the Four Horsemen, manager Paul E. Dangerously assembled an elite five-man conglomerate of WCW's upper-card heels in an effort to kill off the top babyfaces, with his end goal being the destruction of the company following a real-life legal tussle that was incorporated into the storyline. Late in the year and into 1992, WCW began to improve immensely with a talented crew of hard-working wrestlers up and down the card and produced one of the best single years in terms of in-ring quality and realistic storylines. Of course, this time period wasn't without its embarrassing gimmicks and questionable booking decisions, but overall this was my favorite era of WCW. Since we didn't get TBS at the time, I never got to see their flagship program, WCW Saturday Night, and only kept up through the syndicated Worldwide Wrestling and WCW Magazine. Recently, I came into contact with a (mostly) full archive of the Saturday Night shows from this era and since I'll be watching them anyway, I figured I would recap them as well. I will also do any of the pay-per-views I can find along the way, beginning here with Halloween Havoc 1991 as the prologue.
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