Since it's October, and since so many of you seem to really enjoy my wrestling posts, especially my old pal Eddy, here's another gem from wrestling's past!
In 1991, nothing was going right for WCW. They fired Ric Flair, lost their championship belt (long story), and their new world champ, Lex Luger, wanted out of the business. With Halloween Havoc rapidly approaching, things needed to improve. Halloween Havoc was always a mixed bag for WCW. Some years it was fairly decent, while other years it was downright terrible. The 1991 show fell into the later category. With everything having hit rock bottom, WCW threw their remaining draws into a cage, tossed in an electric chair, and dubbed the main event "The Chamber of Horrors"!
Yes, you read that right, an electric chair, or, as WCW dubbed it, the "Chair of Torture!" You see, Turner brass felt that an electric chair might sound scary or offensive, despite this being a Halloween-themed show. Funny, they never saw any offense in naming wrestlers after Nazi codes or dressing a pair of wrestlers up as slaves, but they sure saw an electric chair as being a potential lawsuit.
Anyway, I'll spare you a match description here. The whole thing sucked, despite having Sting, the Steiner Brothers, Scott Hall (as the Diamond Stud), Cactus Jack, Big Van Vader, Abdulah the Butcher and, just for laughs, El Gigante (who sadly passed away recently). The whole point was to strap your opponent into the chair and flick the switch, which hilariously fell into the "ON" position a few times during the match (Check the 1:55 part of the video; you can see a ref put it back!).
(Editor's Note: The original video of this match has long since been deleted by YouTube after WWE got mad. Sorry CRAZIES)
Anyway, that was pretty much it. The only real highlight of the show was the shocking revelation of Ravishing Rick Rude as the WCW Halloween Phantom. His debut was about the only positive thing to happen to WCW that year.
There was also Eric Bischoff in his vampire costume, thus earning him the permanent nickname of... Well, a name that's not very PC by today's standards, but longtime wrestling fans remember it well. (For pictures, check out wrestlecrap.com!)
Well, that's all for now. Until next time, I'll catch y'all later!