Sunday, December 7th, 1997 – Springfield Civic Center – Springfield, Massachusetts – 6,358 people packed the Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and it’s the pay-per-view after the infamous “Montreal Screw Job,” where Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels, and Earl Hebner were in cohorts on screwing Bret Hart out of the World Wrestling Federation Championship since he was leaving the company to head over to wrestle for World Championship Wrestling. Tons of people have opinions and conspiracies behinds the “Screw Job,” and I’m not going to get into it with this blog. I wanted to go back and rewatch how the WWE reacted a month after the biggest decision Vince McMahon ordered during the Monday Night War.
Besides the whole McMahon screwing Bret out of the WWF championship, I wanted to review this pay-per-view because I had the WWF magazine where the full-page ad for this show was in, and I was a huge Shawn Michaels fan and loved the fact that the ad was centered on him. It bothered me that one of my brothers just to anger me, he wrote an inappropriate comment on the Heartbreak Kid’s forehead, trying to get a reaction out of me. So, to spite my brother, I wanted to review this show, all these years later, to support D-Generation X (since the show was named after them) and to support one of my favorite professional wrestlers, Shawn Michaels!
Let’s get into the review!!
The show opened up with a video package hyping up the World Wrestling Federation Champion Shawn Michaels and his degenerate partner in crime, the WWF European Champion, Triple H. Makes sense to build these two gentlemen up since this pay-per-view was named after their faction, DeGeneration X. If I didn’t know any better, I swear I started to watch a porn with the lady who did the voice over sounded like she was about to climax sexually.
Included in the pre-show video package, the main events were Ken Shamrock challenging Shawn Michaels for the World Wrestling Federation title and Triple H was grappling against Sgt. Slaughter in a Boot Camp Match. I appreciate the fact that they built that up in the video package.
Pyro went off and we are welcomed live into the Springfield Civic Center by Jim Ross, telling us that they’re sold out and fans were turned away for this December pay-per-view. Jerry “the King” Lawler was ringside with JR.
WWF Light Heavyweight Championship: Brian Christopher versus Taka Michinoku
Something that surprised me, besides this match being the finals for the WWF Light Heavyweight title, that Brian Christopher came out to the theme song that Droz used later as his theme song. I wonder when “Too Sexy” Brian Christopher dropped that theme for Droz would have been able to pick it up later.
[adinserter block=”1″]Jack Done was assigned as the referee for the match, Jim Ross told us at the announcers desk. I appreciate JR telling us who the ref is in the opening match of the pay-per-view, and for this title match. I know in one of his “Ross Report” podcast, JR mentioned that when he was the lead play-by-play, he always wanted to let the viewers at home who the referees were because he felt like it was important for fans to know who their official was, if in case there was a ref bump, for the viewers can have some kind of connection with them, or for the future when they referee other title matches, for they have some kind of credentials.
A chant from the crowd that made me laugh was when the fans started to chant “Jerry’s Kid” to Christopher. I remember back than the color commentators often question why Lawler was bias towards Too Sexy and there were a rumor on Monday Night Raw that Too Sexy was the child of the King.
I noticed that whenever Michinoku had the upper hand in the match, the pacing of the match was pretty quick, like the cruiserweight division in WCW when they were still in business. When Too Sexy had the upper-hand, it was slower, more technical style of match. I appreciate matches like that.
Too Sexy was busted in the mouth and one time he was on the floor recuperating, the King got up and walked away from the announcer’s desk and helped his son up and whipped the blood from his face and checked on him. Something different and helped put Too Sexy over with the viewers at home.
Christopher hit a Rocker Dropper on Michinoku and went to taunt the fans, telling them to shut up and such. Knowing that he’s the heel, it bothers me that he didn’t at least went for the pin attempt first before taunting the fans, because he could of won the match, after hitting an high impact maneuver.
Several minutes after Too Sexy didn’t go for the pin attempt after the Rocker Dropper, the fans started not to care about the match when he had the upper hand, since he was milking everything out. Too much milking, this isn’t the milk industry, this is professional wrestling, which pays you by the match, not by the hour.
Too Sexy went up for his finisher, the Tennessee Jam, which was foolish because Michinoku moved out of the way and hit the Michinoku Driver and capitalized and scored the pin fall victory!
Winner: Taka Michinoku – the NEW World Wrestling Federation Light Heavyweight Champion!
Rating: ¾* — Yes, the fans were into the match and all but I felt like Brian Christopher wasn’t the right opponent for Taka Michinoku for an opening match of a pay-per-view in 1997. I know times have changed from ’97 to 2014, even if this match would happen during a WWE pay-per-view now, I feel like the crowd wouldn’t be as into it now as they were back in 1997. I feel like a full star would have been too much for this match, but because the crowd was into everything Michinoku did when he had the advantage and were booing Too Sexy when he was playing the heel, I couldn’t go much lower than 3/4ths of a star.
One cool thing I appreciate about the WWF Light Heavyweight title was the leather strap was red. Something cool to differentiate the belt from the other belts. I wish the WWE would do that more often (besides having the Intercontinental title strap being white, which is pretty great, in my opinion).
Los Boricuas (Miguel Perez, Jr., Jesus Castillo, Jr. and Jose Estrada, Jr.) (with Savio Vega) versus the Disciples of Apocalypse (Chainz, Skull, and 8-Ball)
I find it funny that the Los Boricuas tried to rap their theme song to the ring, which failed because you could tell that they were lip singing somewhat. When you could actually hear them, you couldn’t make out what they were saying. At least they tried.
Jim Ross mentioned that Tim White was assigned this six-man tag team match, and Tim White used his authority right away and sent Savio Vega to the back, making sure there isn’t any interference in the match. Smart thinking, Mr. White.
This match was what I expected, it being bowling show ugly. The review for this match isn’t going to be great since I don’t know who is who on the Lose Boricuas side, and I kind of know who is who on the DOA side. I enjoyed the biker gang gimmick back in 1997 and kind of enjoy it now. I wonder if a wrestling company would try and start up their own biker faction after this event (that sentence was written, filled with sarcasm).
Winners: Los Boricuas by cheating someway. I didn’t catch it, sorry.
Rating: DUD — I wasn’t interested in this match. I know these six guys tried to put on a good match but their chemistry wasn’t there. During this time these “gangs” often battled one another because that’s what “gangs” do, right? I feel like this was another one of those matches, where their gimmicks called to face only a certain gimmick, so they booked this match. Sorry I didn’t go into detail some of the things those wrestlers did. I zoned out, which is why they got what they got for a rating.
Holy moly, that six-man match felt like it drug and wasn’t going to end. I’m happy it did. If it went longer than it did, I may have fallen asleep and would have had to rewind the show to redo the review.
We were sent backstage with Dok Hendrix, who was with Butterbean and his manager and trainer. Dok put over Butterbean, saying that he defeated his opponent last night on pay-per-view and that was a warm up match for Marc Mero at the WWF pay-per-view. Hendrix sent it over to Michael Cole, who was with Sable. Michael mentioned that Sable was at the fight the night before and held up the title for Butterbean after his fight, than Mero came in, putting over that he’s better than Butterbean because Butterbean is overweight.
Toughman Match: “Marvelous” Marc Mero (with Sable) versus Butterbean
This toughman match is scheduled for four rounds and if it goes “the distance,” according to Howard Finkel, the referee would decide on whom the winner is. I hope this won’t go the distance.
Mike Chioda was the official referee for this match and told them the rules, asking them if they had any questions. There wasn’t any, so Chioda told them to “get it on.” Let’s see how well this match goes.
During round one, Butterbean kept on Mero with jabs and Mero wasn’t to marvelous because he kept going into the ropes for a break. Once Butterbean finally connected with a right hand, Mero went tumbling outside and yelled at Butterbean to get back for he can get into the ring. Can’t blame the Marvelous one.
Mero snuck in and hit a quick shot on Butterbean during the first break. What a heel move, I love it!
When the bell rung for round two, Mero ran in and hit a flying knee to get him out of the corner. Butterbeans corner guys got up to talk to Chioda about it, Mero used his wrist tape to choke Butterbean to try to get a upper hand in round two. It definitely worked, since Butterbean couldn’t get his wits back until the round was half over.
Once Butterbean got his wits back during round two, Mero kept backing away from him, not letting him get within arms distance to hit him with another right hand. When that round ended, Butterbean turned around to walk back to his corner, Mero hit him with a drop kick, knocking him to his face.. Butterbean got back up and tried to get back, but wasn’t able to get him.
Starting with round three, Butterbean went after Mero, telling him to “hit me with your best shot!” Mero tried, only to get countered into the ropes and corner with some jabs to the body and to the face.
At the end of round three, Butterbean was able to get a great right hand in to knock out Mero. It took a bucket of ice cold water from Butterbean to wake him back up, because he wants to finish him in round four. I can’t blame Butterbean for that.
Round four started when Butterbean hit Mero with another right hand, knocking him to the mat. Mero surely didn’t like not having the upper hand, so he hit a low blow, giving Butterbean the win by disqualification.
Winner: Butterbean by disqualification.
Rating: * and ¾* — I defiantly had fun during this match. Granted most of the entertainment happened during the breaks but these two men entertained the crowd and me during this match. If this would have been a legit boxing match, I don’t know if I would have been to high on this match. Lucky for me, Mero spiced things up by throwing in some cheap tricks during the breaks.
Goldust and Luna Vachon came out for a promo. I refuse to describe their outfits because it’s disturbing. Don’t go and see this please. The image of what they’re wearing is disgusting, trust me. Luna told us that we should express ourselves, which I’m not going to argue against her. Goldust read us some poetry or something. I think he read “Sam I Am.” I lost interest in it when they came out looking the way they did.
Jim Ross sent us backstage with the Legion of Doom, and Michael Cole told us that the New Age Outlaws cheated to win the tag titles two weeks before this pay-per-view. The Road Warriors said that they’ll finish the Outlaws off and will make sure they don’t walk out as champions.
WWF Tag Team Championship: The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) versus the New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and the Road Dogg) (champions)
When the Road Warriors came out with their theme song playing throughout the Civic Center, the fans jumped onto their feet and cheered these ‘80s legends. I’m happy the Legion of Doom got that kind of reaction in 1997.
The Outlaws were running their mouths when they were on the way to the ring, which irritated the Road Warriors.
Road Dogg and Animal started out the match and the pacing was slow because Animal had the advantage right away. Hawk got the tag in and I’m surprised to see him hit a standing dropkick onto the Road Dogg. Granted it didn’t look to pretty, but it still surprised me.
The match from opening bell to the first several minutes, it was an all out street fight brawl. The Road Warriors had the advantage and both wrestlers are brawlers and gained fame by kicking butt and taking titles with their wins.
The Outlaws gained the advantage when the referee Jimmy Kordaras was distracted and the Outlaws had Hawk outside of the ring by the announcer’s desk and hit him with the beer cooler a few times. After that, they rolled him into the ring to do their damage to him, softening him up for a potential victory.
A slow point of the match was when Billy Gunn and Hawk hit a double clothesline to one another. Gunn had the tights, so Hawk couldn’t get the tag to Animal, so Billy threw him into a different turnbuckle, which looked ugly.
Hawk was able to get the tag to Animal and Animal tore the house down, setting Road Dogg for the Doomsday Device. Henry Godwin came out with his slop bucket and hit the Outlaws with it. When the ref finally turned back around, Hawk had the bucket and was hitting the Road Dogg with it, giving the Outlaws the disqualification victory.
Winners: the New Age Outlaws – still the Tag Team Champions, by disqualification
Rating: DUD — I wasn’t that impressed with the match. I felt like the pacing of the match hurt it, even though the Legion of Doom are known for having brawls (which are pretty slow) and the Outlaws are a new tag team when this match happened, so they didn’t have the chemistry they’d be known for having years later. The finish was the best thing about this match because it brought the fans back into the match and it caught my attention. Thank you Henry Godwin for the interference and thank you for bringing your slop bucket, even if it didn’t bring up the star rating at all.
Something I noticed after the match was Road Dogg was wearing his attire that he wore (well, updated) when he was “the Real Double J” Jesse James, after he broke away from Jeff Jarrett and broke away from the Roadie character.
We go back to Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler and the King questioned how many times the Road Warriors will come back and fail on winning the tag team championships. I felt like that’s very important to have the viewers at home wonder that same concept, wondering if the Legion of Doom is a little washed up.
Boot Camp Match: Triple H (with Chyna) versus Sgt. Slaughter
Before the match, we go to a video package building up Sgt. Slaughter and the video package puts over his finisher maneuver, the Cobra Clutch. This video makes me dread having that move be put on me. This package also puts over Slaughter as a threat against Triple H.
We go backstage with Michael Cole, who was joined by Triple H and Chyna. Triple H made a joke of Slaughter, telling him that Slaughter is out of his era, told him to suck it, and mentioned that Slaughter’s wife will be seeing Triple H later.
Triple H came out first for the match in his street gear, cut off shirt tucked into his jeans, knee pads over his jeans, and jeans tucked into his boots.
After Triple H got into the ring, we go backstage again with Jim Cornette with Sgt. Slaughter. Slaughter says he didn’t come out of retirement on this night, he came back for one match, came back for a fight against someone who insulted his family and insulted him, saying that’s an order.
The theme song Sgt. Slaughter came out was super familiar, confused me at first because it would become Kurt Angle’s theme song in two short years when Kurt Angle debuts. One of my favorite theme songs of all time.
When Slaughter rolled into the ring, both men started to punch one another, revealing to all of us viewers that this indeed is a fight, not a wrestling match.
For the first few minutes of the match, Slaughter had the advantage, brawling with the Game, and hitting a few technical moves, whenever needed. One time Slaughter thrown Triple H outside of the ring, throwing him into the ring steps and dropping him on the guardrail. Slaughter tried to pin Triple H outside and the ref told Slaughter that pin falls have to happen inside the ring. What did Slaughter do? He picked up his opponent and continued to beat him up!
When both men rolled back into the ring, Slaughter took off his leather belt and whipped Triple H a few times with it and the Game sold it like a champ.
Triple H gained the advantage when Slaughter went for the Cobra Clutch and Triple H rolled out of it and thrown the Commissioner to the opposite corner of the ring and Slaughter flew outside of the ring. The Game followed him and continued the street fight on the outside of the ring, introducing the Commissioner to the guardrail in a few different places.
A spot that made me cringe was when Triple H went over to grab the ring bell and the time keeper was unwilling to let go, and Triple H used his strength to overpower him and laid him out with the ring bell. Because of that, Slaughter was able to get enough of a breather to come back and scored with a clothesline when Triple H was about to hit him with the ring bell.
That didn’t last long because les than a minute later Triple H smashed the ring bell across the back of the Commissioner and after that, Triple H rolled him back in the ring and used Slaughter’s belt to beat him up.
Chyna gave Hunter a steel chain to wrap around his right fist and Triple H used it a few times against Slaughter’s head, trying to knock him out. With the Game having the upper hand, the crowd didn’t care about the match, and it’s hard for me to continue to keep my interest in the match.
A few minutes later, Triple H put Sgt. Slaughter into the sleeper hold. JR put over how Sgt.’s Cobra Clutch restricts blood because of being a choke hold, and the King laughs because that’s what the sleeper hold does. The ref rolled back into the ring to check on Slaughter, and his hand only dropped twice, and Slaughter was able to counter it and slap on the Cobra Clutch. Once the Clutch was slapped on, Chyna ran in and took out Slaughter. The ref got into Chyna’s face and Chyna punched the ref. Chyna went back outside of the ring and grabbed Triple H a steel chair. Instead of the Game using it, Chyna was about to use it and Slaughter threw some white power into her eyes.
Slaughter grabbed the chair and was about to use it against Triple H and the Game nailed the Commissioner with his boot. Moments laughter, Slaughter slapped on the Cobra Clutch and Triple H started to fade fast. The ref crawled over to check on the Game and right when Triple H’s arm was about to drop for the third time, Chyna ran over and kicked Slaughter in the nuts, causing him to let go of his finisher.
Chyna sent the chair back in the ring and Triple H laid it on the mat and hit the Pedigree on the chair. Triple H was able to score the three count after that nasty Pedigree.
Winner: Triple H
Rating: *** ½* — Was slow at times during the match when the crowd was dead but the ending of the match helped it out a lot. Chyna’s interference helped the match out a lot for me and the crowd live ate it up. The running kick to Slaughter’s crotch sounded brutal, I have to give Chyna those props for that, and the Pedigree Triple H gave onto the steel chair looked brutal, which put over how brutal a Boot Camp match is. Defiantly better than I expected.
We go backstage with Michael Cole, who’s with Jeff Jarrett. Cole asked Jarrett if he was nervous on facing the Undertaker, Jarrett said that he wasn’t and he may as well start out on top to show why he’s the greatest wrestler in the world.
Jeff Jarrett versus the Undertaker
When Jarrett was on his way down to the ring, Howard Finkel told us this was a thirty-minute time limit. During his entrance, I am happy I don’t remember his theme song during this run because it was horrible.
During the Undertaker’s enterence, everyone cheered, happy to see the Dead Man. Jerry Lawler mentioned that he hates it when the Undertaker turns the lights back on and when the pyro went off at the same time. JR mentioned to the King that it’s a good thing he’s wearing dark pants, which made me laugh.
Undertaker started the match out by going after Jarrett right away and Double J dodged him a few times and hit him a few times, being quicker on his feet than the Dead Man. Moments afterwards, Undertaker uses his strength to force Jarrett off of him and strikes him for his own.
Moments later the Undertaker hit Old School on Jeff Jarrett and the fans popped at it. What made me scratch my head was the announcers didn’t call it by it’s name, and thinking of it, I’m surprised that move went so long without having a name to it.
When Jeff Jarrett had the upper hand, he worked on the left knee of the Dead Man, working over the Undertaker’s leg for the Figure Four, and making it harder for the Undertaker to hit the Tombstone.
Don’t worry, the Undertaker took advantage right away, not letting Double J have the upper hand for long. About a minute or so after the Undertaker had the advantage, the lights went out and the fans popped. Kane’s music hit and Paul Bearer and Kane name out.
When Kane entered the ring, Jeff hit his hand, telling him to attack the Undertaker. So Kane grabbed Jarrett and chokeslammed him, giving him the win via disqualification.
After the bell rang, Kane and the Undertaker went face-to-face and Kane slapped him, and the Undertaker didn’t do anything. Kane set off his pyro from the corner ring posts and left.
Winner: Jeff Jarrett via disqualification
Rating: * — This match was slow and boring and if it wasn’t for Kane and Paul Bearer, this match would have been rated lower. And this was billed as Jeff Jarrett’s debut match, I find this to be bull crap since he wrestled for the WWF before, so I had to drop the rating down because of that crap of a lie.
After Kane left, Jarrett attacked the Undertaker again and tried to hit the Figure Four on him, but the Undertaker countered and hit him with the chokeslam for good measure. Thanks Undertaker for laying out Double J Jeff Jarrett.
We go into the crowd with Michael Cole who was with Mark Henry and Henry was happy to be watching the pay-per-view in the crowd. Henry was injured and he said that he’ll be back soon, hopefully within the next few weeks.
WWF Intercontinental Championship match: the Rock (with the Nation of Domination) versus Stone Cold Steve Austin (Intercontinental Champion)
We go to a video package building up the Rock versus Steve Austin. The video package put over how the Rock’s success went to the Rock’s head and because of that, he turned on his fans. Stone Cold doesn’t care if the fans cheer for him or not because he knows who he is (doesn’t everyone know who he is?). We also see that Stone Cold hit the Nation of Domination with a bunch of Stone Cold Stunners, showing that he doesn’t care one bit about the Nation, he will walk out with his Intercontinental title.
We go backstage with Dox Hendrix when he interviewed the Rock, who was with the Nation of Domination. The Rock said that he’s the best damn Intercontinental Champion and wants people to refer to him as the Rock.
Finkel tells us that this match was scheduled for a one-hour time limit. That’s nice that the Intercontinental title match has sixty minutes to a finish. The Rock came out first and the fans chanted “Rocky Sucks” to the beat of the Nation’s theme song. That made me smile.
When Stone Cold’s theme song hit, the curtains get pulled to each side and Steve Austin drove out with his pick-up truck. Austin climbed into the bed of the truck, onto the top of the truck, than into the ring and attacked the Rock. Before the bell rang, the Nation ran in and laid Austin out with a gang beating. JR tells us that there’s nothing the ref can do because the match hasn’t started.
The Nation went over to check on the Rock and D-Lo ran back to Austin and was back dropped onto the truck and Austin went out and gave him a Stunner on the top of the truck.
Austin got back into the ring and the bell rang and the two switched who had the advantage and both men kept the pace going pretty good. When Austin as thrown outside the ring, Faarooq and Kama attacked Austin. Austin took the beating for a bit and than moved out of a chair shot from Kama and the chair shot hit Faarooq.
Austin rolled back into the ring and Rock had the upper hand, laying a beat down to the champ in the corner. Once he got back up onto his feet, the fans cheered Austin. Rock got the advantage rather quickly and bodyslammed the champ and hit the Peoole’s Elbow.
Afterwards, the Rock put on a chin lock and the fans started to chant “3:16” and the Rock hated the fact that the fans wanted Austin to win.
Rock went for a second People’s Elbow and Austin rolled out of the way and opened a can of whoop-a** in the corner. Austin was about to hit the Stunner on the Rock but Kama distracted him, than Austin accidently hit the ref with the Stunner. Rock had a pair of brass knucks and before he was able to use them, Austin kicked him in the gut and nail the Stunner for a three count.
Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin, still Intercontinental Champion
Rating: *** ½* — For being about a five minute match, this match was paced super quick, keeping the fans entertained and into the match with all the smoke-and-mirrors of distractions and Stunners. I really enjoyed the match and the guys hid Austin’s weakness of coming off of his neck injury. Probably one of the best five minutes matches.
We go to a video package building up the WWF title match, building up Ken Shamrock as a legit contender for Shawn Michael’s WWF title. The beginning of the video put over Shamrock’s ankle lock submission finisher. The Raw before, Triple H “twisted” Michael’s ankle all the way around. It made me laugh when I saw this again. DX had the upper hand on Jim Neidhart and Sgt. Slaughter and Ken Shamrock came out for the save.
We go backstage with Jim Cornette, who was with Ken Shamrock and Cornette asked Shamrock how is he going to counteract Michaels’ head games. Shamrock said that he would hurt Michaels.
When Shamrock came out, JR put over Shamrock and his UFC fighting ability. JR questions Michaels, who was backstage with DX, saying that he will show Shamrock why he is the number one wrestler in the business.
World Wrestling Federation Championship: Ken Shamrock versus Shawn Michaels (WWF Champion and European Champion – with Triple H and Chyna)
Jim Ross tells us that Earl Hebner is our referee for our main event match and isn’t strange to controversy. I don’t know how smart it was to have Hebner to ref another title match a pay-per-view after the Montreal Screw Job. But hey, it was McMahon’s call, and it’s in the past. Let’s go into the main event.
Michaels had on black DX tights on and I really love it! I remember it was his attire in the WWF War Zone game way back in the day, and it’s night to see what event it came from.
Right away Shamrock had the advantage and kicked Michaels right in the face and the champion rolled out of the ring, putting distance between him and his challenger, milking it out, trying to get into Shamrock’s head.
When Michaels rolled back into the ring, tried to do some technical moves, but Shamrock countered it, threw the champion around the ring a few times, and threw him out of the ring, showing the live audience, the pay-per-viewers, and everyone else that he can defeat the champion, and when it mattered.
The King mentioned that Michaels got rid of the whole Hart Foundation, sending Bret Hart packing, Bulldog may not come back again, and who knows where Owen Hart has been. Thanks for bringing up the Montreal Screw Job King, much appreciated.
Shamrock a little later tried to hit the belly-to-belly suplex on Michaels and the champ grabbed the ref, moving himself a little around, kicking Shamrock in the nuts and Hebner not being able to see it. Lawler called Michaels the “dirtiest player in the game,” I never realized that the Heartbreak Kid was the Nature Boy in disguise.
[adinserter block=”2″]Michaels and Shamrock brawled a little outside and when the champ rolled back in the ring, he distracted the ref for Triple H and Chyna was able to do a number on the challenger. When the cameraman was on Shamrock, we see Michaels fly out of nowhere and hit the big splash. I love that camera work.
Few minutes later, Michaels had the ref distracted again while Shamrock was laying on the middle rope and Triple H nailed Shamrock and a huge right hand and JR put over that right hand.
Moments later, Shamrock got a quick second wind and went after the champion, quickening the pace, until Michaels was able to get in a cheap shot to slow the pace once again, and put Shamrock in a rear chin lock.
A few minutes later, Shamrock hit a beautiful frankensteiner, and there isn’t that many people who I’ve seen hit that move that great.
The finish came when Shamrock countered the Sweet Chin Music and hit a belly-to-belly suplex and slapped on the ankle lock submission, and Triple H and Chyna ran in to interfere, giving Shamrock the victory via disqualification.
Before Michaels was able to celebrate retaining the title, Owen Hart ran out and threw Michaels from the ring apron to the announcers table, and Triple H ran over to beat him up, but before Triple H was able to, Owen ran threw the crowd.
Winner: Ken Shamrock via disqualification, Shawn Michaels retains the WWF title
Rating: *** and ¼* – The pacing was very well done and Shamrock held up with Michaels well. Michaels carried the match and gave Shamrock the rub, telling everyone that Shamrock could hold the title and could be a main event star. Owen Hart running out at the end of the match helped too, continuing the feud between Michaels and the Hart family.
All-in-all, this was an okay pay-per-view, I feel like this WWF In Your House caught me at a good time. Even though I had to watch this in multiple sittings, I have to give this PPV a *** star rating, because some of the bigger matches were better than I expected. The Slaughter-Triple H match was better than I thought, the Intercontinental title match was short and very compact, and the WWF title match saw Shamrock being able to hang with one of the best WWF main eventers in history. If all else, seek out those three matches if you don’t want to spend three hours watching this whole event.
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