• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (October 26, 1997) – WCW Halloween Havoc 1997
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on October 26, 1997, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired ‘WCW Halloween Havoc 1997’ LIVE on PPV from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
This was the 9th out of 12 annual ‘WCW Halloween Havoc’ pay-per-views that aired between 1989 and 2000.
The tagline of the event was “Snap Into The Madness!”.
The results are here:
– Yuji Nagata defeated Ultimo Dragon
– Chris Jericho defeated Gedo
– Title vs. Mask match – WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Misterio Jr. defeated Eddy Guerrero (c)
– Alex Wright defeated Steve McMichael
– Jacqueline defeated Disco Inferno
– WCW United States Heavyweight Championship: Curt Hennig (c) defeated Ric Flair via DQ
– Lex Luger defeated Scott Hall
– Las Vegas Sudden Death: Randy Savage defeated Diamond Dallas Page
– Steel Cage – Non-Title: Roddy Piper defeated Hollywood Hogan
• WWE Issues Statement On Top Stars Refusing To Work WWE Crown Jewel PPV
As we noted before, various reports noted that top WWE stars John Cena & Daniel Bryan are refusing to go to Saudi Arabia to work the WWE Crown Jewel PPV.
ProWrestlingSheet reached to WWE regarding this situation and WWE issued the following statement:
“As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our performers and will address each situation accordingly.”
As we noted earlier, WWE revealed that WWE Crown Jewel will still take place in Saudi Arabia on November 2 as originally announced.
WWE issued the following statement regarding this:
“WWE has operated in the Middle East for nearly 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base. Considering the heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Company faced a very difficult decision as it related to its event scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh.
Similar to other US-based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has decided to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event. Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled.”
During WWE’s 3rd quarter earnings call earlier today, Vince McMahon was asked to comment on WWE’s business relationship with Saudi Arabia and the WWE Crown Jewel PPV and Vince replied the following:
“We’re not going to talk about that, it’s a very sensitive subject.”
Despite being a controversial event, it will easily be WWE’s biggest PPV of the year.