The first part happened in cinematic form with Rose joined by Toxic Attraction’s Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne in a haunted house where they were greeted and assaulted by Fyre and a cast of spooky characters.
This led into all four stars returning to the arena where the actual title bout occurred.
Speaking on the Halloween Havoc post show media call, Shawn Michaels addressed doing cinematic matches and feeling that the event was the place for it.
“That’s one of those situations where, the team here, our creative team, and the studio guys in Stamford do an absolutely fantastic job. That’s people starting at about 8 at night and going until 3:45 in the morning. Mandy, Alba, Jacy, Gigi and about 20 other people working their tails off in the middle of the night. It is different than anything I’ve ever done, but Halloween Havoc…that’s not something I see us doing a lot, but at Halloween Havoc, it feels like it works. Everybody understands we do that to a certain point and the rest comes into the building. I don’t think that’s something we would do on a regular basis by any chance, but when you have a thematic show like Halloween Havoc, and we’ve done them in the past, it feels like it’s been an NXT thing with Halloween Havoc and we wanted to continue with that idea. It seemed to be the perfect match to do it with.”
Michaels continued on to comment on how he would do in a cinematic match, saying:
“From my standpoint, I would find them difficult because I’m from a performing standpoint, in the moment. To have to take a totally separate night and go out there and get myself to where I’m supposed to be on Saturday…the few bad movies I’ve done, I found that to be very challenging. That’s what was so interesting about that, being able to turn that on and off without the crowd out there. I’m always very impressed when the talent can pull that off as well as the ladies did.”
NXT has used the cinematic haunted house at the past two Halloween Havoc events, starting with Dexter Lumis facing Cameron Grimes in a Haunted House of Terror Match in 2020.
Shawn Michaels Talks NXT Doing Cinematic Match At Halloween Havoc