Is it any surprise that Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara’s first WCW PPV was a confusing mess? Even after all these years have passed, I still don’t think I fully understand what happened at Halloween Havoc 1999 between Hulk Hogan and Sting.
During the scheduled main event where Hogan no-shows his entrance cue twice, Sting walks down to the ring as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion and stands there like an idiot until a distraught Hulkster finally makes his way down the ramp… in his street clothes:
From what I gather now, it seems that this angle was supposed to be a worked shoot thought up by Vince Russo. With Hulk Hogan laying down to Sting in the match, this was supposed to come across as Hogan’s way of throwing a temper tantrum to signify his outright refusal to job for the company. In turn, the Internet wrestling nerds were supposed to be enraged at Hogan for his stunt and that rage would make Halloween Havoc AND WCW an instantaneous hot topic of discussion among the online wrestling message boards and sites all over. Instead, the angle was just confusing overall and became a precursor to similarly worked-shoot angles that would occur regularly during Russo’s reign in the company.
Now that the World Heavyweight Championship match ended up being a bust, Sting decides to issue an open challenge to anyone on the roster to finish the night and do things the way they’re supposed to be done. Enter Goldberg, the newly crowned WCW United States Heavyweight Champion:
In their impromptu main event match, Goldberg ended up decimating Sting in a three minute bout that probably was originally intended to be something to help send the Vegas crowd home happy. At the end of the match, Goldberg was victorious and had WCW referee Charles Robinson reward him with the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
However, the match was a non-title bout and naming Goldberg as the new champion threw things into a bit of disarray. It’s hard to say now if this was another worked Russo angle or a legitimate mistake, but the fuck-up was fixed the following night at Nitro by declaring the championship completely vacant. Storyline-wise, it was stated that Sting never lost his title to Goldberg but was getting stripped of the belt anyways due to his vicious attack on the ref after the match.
The Halloween Havoc 1999 card in its entirety:
WCW Cruiserweight Champion Disco Inferno vs Lash LeRoux
Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) vs The Filthy Animals (Billy Kidman and Konnan) vs The First Family (Brian Knobs and Hugh Morrus) (with Jimmy Hart) in a Triple Threat Street Fight
Eddy Guerrero vs Perry Saturn
Brad Armstrong vs Berlyn (with The Wall)
WCW World Television Champion Chris Benoit vs Rick Steiner
The Total Package (with Elizabeth) vs Bret Hart
Sting vs Hulk Hogan
WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Sid Vicious vs Goldberg
Diamond Dallas Page (with Kimberly Page) vs Ric Flair in a Strap match
WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sting vs Goldberg in an impromptu unsanctioned match