WWF Title: Shawn Michaels vs. Davey Boy Smith, WWF Intercontinental Title (Casket Match): Goldust vs. The Undertaker, WWF Tag Team Titles: The Smoking Gunns vs. The Bodydonnas, Carribean ... See full summary »
WWF Title: Shawn Michaels vs. Davey Boy Smith, WWF Intercontinental Title (Casket Match): Goldust vs. The Undertaker, WWF Tag Team Titles: The Smoking Gunns vs. The Bodydonnas, Carribean Strap Match: Savio Vega vs. Steve Austin, Hunter Hearst-Helmsley vs. Marc Mero, Jake Roberts vs. Justin Hawk Bradshaw Written by
During the Pay-Per-View, the power in the building went out after the 2nd match. The crowd stayed and watched the rest of the card in the dark, and power was restored before the main event. A second version of the show then aired with the matches shown on the first night, plus the matches done in the dark, redone on a separate Pay-Per-View showing two nights later. See more »
Well the first attempt at In Your HOuse: Beware of the Dog had not gone as hoped, with the lights turning out half way through the show and then coming back again for the big matches at the end of the show. It was decided to have a re-do of the matches effected by the lights two nights later, and show the taped main event matches from the original PPV. The result is pretty interesting and actually adds up to a nice little show.
So we start things off with Marc Mero, making an early PPV for the WWE, accompanied by the gorgeous Sable defeating Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Helmsley was currently in trouble over the "curtain call" episode, but had been on something of a losing streak even before then. This was not a great match, but wasn't terrible either. This was one of the matches from the original show, edited in before the re-do show. If that makes any sense at all.
Next up comes a very good match, also from the original show, with WWE Champion retaining his title after he and challenger the British Bulldog simultaneously pinned each other. This is a pretty mice match. Shawn and Davey Boy were both wrestling consistently well in singles matches at this point in their careers.
Next up follows a match that is significant for a number of reasons. Firstly it is the first really important match Steve Austin had in the WWE. Secondly this would be the final appearance by Ted DiBIase as a manager in the WWE. He was headed off to WCW after this, and finally this was far and away the best match Savio Vega ever had in the WWE. The story going into this Caribbean Strap match was that DiBiase had put his career on the line, meaning that if Austin lost he would be forced to leave the WWE. Austin and Vega work a nice match for about twenty minutes and then Austin deliberately lets Vega get the win to emancipate himself from his manager. This was not the start of Austin becoming a good guy, this was just Stone Cold wanting to go out on his own. Anyway, it did more for Austin than Vega in the long run.
Next we saw Vader, in the middle of annihilating everyone on the roster, take down Yokozuna in a dreadful match. Zuna was just about done by this stage, and would tragically die in 2002. Vader was past his best and was probably beyond having a good match with such a mastodon on his best day anyway.
FInally the night ended with Goldust defeating the Undertaker in a casket match after Mankind, who'd been hiding in the coffin throughout the match, interfered and dragged Undertaker into the coffin using a mandible claw. Not a good match really.
So In Your House 8: Beware the Dog turned out to be a strange night with a couple of good matches, a couple of awful ones and a rather bizarre order to the card after the lights went out.
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