120. Vader (c) vs Cactus Jack (Texas Death Match for the WCW Championship, WCW Halloween Havoc 1993)

Just in time for Halloween, WWE has put The Best of WWE : Halloween Havoc’s Most Hellacious Matches on the WWE Network! One match immediately caught my eye: Vader vs Cactus Jack for the WCW Championship…in a Texas Death Match! I had a vague idea of the definition of a Texas Death match, but I was more interested in Vader vs Cactus Jack! These two put each other through hell in the mid-90s. I assumed it would be an hellacious match…but does that mean it was worth watching?

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Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #35 Cactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader (Texas Death Match, WCW Halloween Havoc 1993)

(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31307261?contextType=wwe-show&contextId=raw_replays&contentId=67079426&watchlistAltButtonConseries text= )

Whenever you hear of Cactus Jack fighting Big Van Vader, the first thing you think of (probably) is Jack losing his ear during one of their matches. That’s just a hint of the brutality that their matches conjure up. Mick Foley’s ‘Greatest Hits and Misses’ DVD started with a match between the two wrestlers. I was convinced #35 was that match, which I thoroughly enjoyed on first viewing. Sadly, it was not. #35 has all the hallmarks of brutality that you’d expect from Cactus Jack and Vader, but is ruined by an asinine gimmick. I’d heard of a Texas Death Match before but had never seen one. It sounded silly on paper, but is even sillier in execution. Continue reading