WCW Halloween Havoc 1989

For a pro wrestling fan like myself, the WWE Network is simply awesome. I have been subscribed since the day it launched and have not been disappointed. You have on demand access to nearly every WWE, WCW, and ECW PPV and various other wrestling related programming.

One of the things I have enjoyed is getting to watch the WCW PPV’s. I have always preferred WWE’s product and watched an occasional episode of WCW Monday Nitro, but never really saw many of their pay per views. I decided to start watching the annual Halloween Havoc show from the first one in 1989 and plan to watch them all over the next couple of months and give my opinions on the matches and the show itself and will get to just about everything else on the WWE Network over time

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The first thing I noticed about Halloween Havoc 1989 is that the production quality in WCW was several steps below the WWE (WWF at the time). I am not talking about the matches themselves or the wrestlers, but WCW looked like an independent company where the WWE looked like a top notch production. Ted Turner purchased the organization in 1988 and you would have thought he would have put more money into the company, but it did not come off that way. I will save more on this topic for another post and just give a quick rundown on the matches w/o posting the outcomes of the matches themselves in case you want to be surprised.

Match 1 Tom Zenk vs. Mike Rotunda – not too bad for an opening match, which have the tendency to be short and quickly forgotten, and it definitely had some exciting moments and the crowd was in to the match which helps sometimes. Definitely came off as a thrown together match though just to fill some time on the show.

Match 2 The Samoan Swat Team vs. The Midnight Express and Steve Williams – Very fun and all 6 wrestlers were over with the crowd and new how to work a match. The Midnight Express are very ’80s in their look and gimmick, but still come off as entertaining in 2014 because they were excellent performers.

Match 3 Tommy Rich vs. The Cuban Assassin – Nope..nothing to say other than it was an unneeded match and using the Lou Thesz Press as a pin is disturbing.

Match 4 The Freebirds vs. The Dynamic Dudes – I do not like The Freebirds. I know they are considered an innovative and legendary tag team, but they just come off as downright awkward to me. I know non wrestling fans will think that all pro wrestling is awkward, but for myself The Freebirds are the cream of the awkward crop. What I liked the most about this match was the tag team of Shane Douglas and Johnny Ace (The Dynamic Dudes) at such an early point in their careers especially knowing the evolution of their characters in later years.

Match 5 Doom vs. The Steiner Brothers – The best match of the night in my opinion. All four guys are excellent athletes and really put on an exciting match. It came off as a very physical, stiff match and I found myself rooting for both teams even though Doom were the heels.

Match 6 Lex Luger vs. Brian Pillman – Another good match. Both wrestlers were early in their carriers and already showed they would become top tier talent.

Match 7 The Road Warriors vs. The Skyscrapers – Another very fun match. I have always enjoyed the Road Warriors/Legion of Doom. One of my absolute favorite tag teams of all time and even some of their weaker matches late in their careers still entertain me. Sid Vicious and Dan Spivey (The Skyscrapers) played the heel role perfectly.

Match 8 Ric Flair & Sting vs. The Great Muta and Terry Funk – 4 of the all time greats put on an awesome main event match. The gimmick was that the match took place inside a steel cage that was electrified at the top. Ahh wrestling…the silly things you guys come up with. The best part was when they lowered the cage around the ring and one of the top corners caught on fire. Watching the staff climb up the cage to put it out was quite amusing. The match itself was crazy and fun. With Sting early in his career, Ric Flair at his prime, The Great Muta at his green mist spewing best, and Terry Funk at his middle aged and craziest, it was simply great fun to watch.

Overall, it was a fun PPV and interesting to see WCW in the ’80’s when I was mostly watching the WWF at the time.

I look forward to seeing all of WCW’s PPV’s and seeing the evolution of the company.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street, released in 1984, is the movie that got me in to horror movies when I was a teenager. There was just something about the movie’s creepiness and the killer himself, Freddy Krueger, that really intrigued me and turned me in to a life long horror movie fan.

Re-watching the first movie as an adult, it still has that creepy factor and I still see Freddy as the best horror movie villain ever created…even in his later, silly catchphrase incarnation.

For the few horror movie fans that may have not seen it I will just give my general opinions and mention some of my favorite moments without spoiling anything.

What caught my eye was the fact that through a large potion of the movie you do not get to see Freddy clearly which makes his eventual full reveal more shocking if this is your first exposure to the character. The look of Freddy is effective for a first movie and Robert Englund’s performance is perfect. I have the recent remake in my collection, but have yet to watch it since it is hard to imagine anyone else in the role since Englund portrayed this character perfectly for 7 films.

The gore effects stand up fairly well with my favorite of the film still being the classic Johnny Depp bed blood geyser. Even if you have never seen this film, it is one of those classic horror movie moments that just about every fan is familiar with. It is also amusing watching Depp in his first major movie role and to see how much he has grown as an actor over the years.

I also enjoyed John Saxon as the father of the heroine of the story, Nancy (played by Heather Langenkamp). Sometimes actors in horror movies can come off as not taking the medium seriously and acting goofy and over the top. Saxon takes his role and the movie itself seriously and plays his part perfectly.

The movie can easily be obtained on DVD or blu-ray separately or in collections of the 7 original movies through all the normal retailers. As a big fan I have the original DVD 8 disc set and it holds up very well.

This is one of those films that is a perfect example of why the ’80’s slasher movie craze was so big and how, despite a lot of the straight-to-home-video horror movies that made the genre look bad, there are still many great exceptions with A Nightmare on Elm Street being at the top.

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A New Beginning

For me, Sunday is the beginning of a new week. Most people see Monday more in that role since it is the start to a new work week, but I always look at Sundays as the time to start focusing on the upcoming week and what I want to achieve on both a personal and professional level. For myself I look forward to the start of this regular blog. It is something I have wanted to do for some time, but never seem to get around to it. I have decided no more excuses and to just do it. I plan to start with at least 3 blog posts a week about things I enjoy and reviewing/promoting them. Initially, I am planning on the following three themes:

Monday Movies (I figured I would post my review of any movies I have recently seen for the first time or re-watched…I have fairly eclectic tastes so it could be anything from the latest Marvel movie to a classic Disney animated film or possibly a favorite horror movie)

Wrestling Wednesday (I have been a pro wrestling fan since I was around 12 and I subscribed to the WWE Network the day it launched and have enjoyed watching old PPV’s and various shows and decided it would be fun to give my opinion on one per week and yes, I know pro wrestling is scripted)

Free Fridays (I will post my opinion on whatever comes to mind…be it a comic book book I just read, a basketball game I have just watched, a game I recently played, etc…)

My hopes are to continue to grow and improve as a writer/blogger and possibly have a solid reader base in the future.

This is an exciting journey for me and I hope you will enjoy it as well.

I greatly appreciate all opinions, wether you agree or disagree with me, and look forward to constructive debates.

Please enjoy!!!