14. Beach Blast 1992
Despite having access to the Gulf Coast, Mobile, AL isn’t exactly the first city one thinks off when you imagine sandy beaches and tantalizing blue waters. Choice in location aside, the 1992 Beach Blast delivered for all tastes, including those inclined toward cheesecake via the Missy Hyatt-Madusa bikini contest (if you can ignore Johnny B Badd’s over-the-top hamminess as he presides over it, that is).
You have what Mick Foley once thought was his best match ever, a Falls Count Anywhere melee with WCW Champion Sting. You have Rick Rude and Ricky Steamboat duking it out in a 30-minute Iron Man Challenge. You have The Steiner Brothers and The Miracle Violence Connection knocking the piss out of each other. You have a Light Heavyweight title bout pitting Brian Pillman against a seemingly-unlikely foe in Scotty Flamingo (the future Raven). The diverse range of styles and stars is variety I can get behind.
13. Halloween Havoc 1993
If for no other reason, you need to see the opening mini-movie, in which trick-or-treaters visit Tony Schiavone’s house. There has never been a Broken Universe skit that approaches the level of surreal that was Schiavone acting subtly ghoulish while dressed in all black. What followed was evening more frightening (an opening six-man with Booker T and five guys that were definitely not Booker T), but the rest of the show is quite excellent.
Some matches you expected greatness out of (Vader and Cactus Jack’s Texas Death match that blew off their feud), while some were surprisingly great (a Tag Team title bout pitting The Nasty Boys against 2 Cold Scorpio and Marcus Bagwell). There were throwback charms like Ricky Steamboat vs. Paul Orndorff and Rick Rude vs. Ric Flair to round out a vastly-underrated card. Did I mention I miss Halloween Havoc?