–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are handling studio duties today. Heenan laments that he has tried to bring Ric Flair and Arn Anderson together but they are not listening to him.
–Okerlund puts over WCW calling cards that are coming to 7-Eleven stores in Detroit to hype Halloween Havoc.
–During the Halloween Havoc Control Center, WCW Champion Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart, who are dressed in black, talk to the “Hulkamaniods.” Hogan puts himself over as a bad guy, saying that the dark side Kevin Sullivan spoke of is true. He says he is forced to unlock this part of his personality to wage an effective war against the Giant and the rest of the Dungeon of Doom. He also says that he wishes he could eat all the diseases that have killed young Hulkamaniacs over the years.
–Heenan discusses how impressed he was when he saw the Bigfoot monster truck in Chicago, and it is crazy that Hulk Hogan is getting one built just like it for Halloween Havoc.
–Okerlund and Heenan argue over whether Diamond Dallas Page and Maxx Muscle were responsible for Johnny B. Badd missing his United States title shot against Sting on WCW Saturday Night several weeks ago. After Okerlund shows the interview where Muscle gave away too much information about the event, Heenan goes into a rant about habeas corpus rights in a case called Mitchell v. Yoder. Okerlund cuts him off.
–Television Championship Match: Diamond Dallas Page (Champion w/the Diamond Doll) (18-1-2) beats Dick Slater (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (1-3) after a schoolboy roll up at 4:42:
Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes handle commentary for this match, taped at Center Stage on October 11. To Dusty’s credit, he gives the match a backstory of how one of Page’s first matches was against Slater and that Slater taught Page a big wrestling lesson, thereby giving Slater a small psychological advantage. Parker eyes the Doll during the match, which never gets out of first gear, triggering the predictable Sister Sherri interaction when Parker tries to make a move near the closing stages of the match. Sherri drags Slater to the locker room and that distraction allows Page to roll up Slater. Rating: *
–Heenan warns Hulk Hogan that he can talk a good game, but the Giant’s monster truck will push him to Canada.
The Last Word: As has been noted before, the Colonel Robert Parker-Sister Sherri is getting old because both of them keep arguing or dragging each other off during matches with nothing new added to the story. It is long past time for Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck to divorce themselves from Parker and find a new act as well as they look silly sticking with him and losing matches because his mind is somewhere else.
Backstage News*: The reason Lex Luger might be booked to do two matches at Halloween Havoc is that he was promised a victory over Meng for doing the job several weeks ago on Monday Nitro and WCW has been surprised at how his feud with Randy Savage has gotten over with audiences.
*Sting has been vocal backstage about not wanting Ric Flair to turn against him at Halloween Havoc, arguing that it would make him look stupid. It is unclear whether WCW will decide to do the turn anyway or find another way to break the team up, but reports suggest that Flair does not want to be a face because WCW already has too many of them and he would get lost in the shuffle.
*WCW will call its November 26 pay-per-view World War III, planning a sixty-man battle royal for the main event.
*Ticket sales have been slow for Halloween Havoc in Detroit, with WCW giving free tickets to fans who buy the WCW calling cards at 7-Eleven’s that Gene Okerlund was talking about on Main Event.
*Backstage news provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for October 16 and 23.
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