WWF In Your House 3: Triple Header
We open the PPV with a video package highlighting the Triple Header main event, putting over the fact that its the first time in WWF history all titles have been defended in the same match.
Vince officially welcomes us to the PPV with Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross.
Savio Vega vs. Waylon Mercy
As the bell sounds Vega turns his back and Mercy goes to attack but Vega ducks and hammers Mercy in the corner with punches and chops. Vega whips Mercy to th over turnbuckle and continues the assault. Vega goes for a whip to the other corner but Mercy reverses the Whip, Mercy charges the turnbuckle and Vega moves out of the way. Vega with an arm wringer and goes to whip Mercy but pulls on his arm to the mat. Vega with an armbar on the mat, Vega picks Mercy up but gets kneed in the midsection. Mercy clothesline Vega down and then throws him to the outside. Mercy follows him out and hits some chops followed by a bodyslam on the floor. Mercy throws Vega inside and he locks on a cravat!! Irish whip by Mercy leads to a snake eyes on the top rope and a 2 for Mercy. Mercy starts to choke Vega across the top rope and connects with punches in the corner. Dok Hendrix interrupts the match to let us know that Owen Hart isn’t at the arena and no-one knows where he is. Mercy with a sidewalk slam for a 2 count. Mercy goes for an elbow drop but Vega rolls out of the way. Vega goes to whip Mercy but gets caught in a sleeper. Vega is able fall forward into the turnbuckle and Mercy hits his head to break the hold. Mercy picks Vega up for another sleeper but Vega reverses with a back body drop and not guys get up at the count of 6. Slugfest in the middle of the ring, Vega takes control with a headbutt followed by a big boot which knocks Mercy down. Vega hits a spinning wheel kick for a 2 count. Mercy whips Vega into the ropes but Vega reverses into a bulldog for a 2 count. Vega with a rolling pin attempt for 2. Vega whips Mercy into the ropes and ducks down for a back drop, but Mercy kicks Vega in the chest and follows that up with a clothesline. Mercy hits a brainbuster on Vega but only gets 2 count. Mercy with a nice back body drop for another 2 count. Mercy tries for a body slam but Vega slips out and hits a sloppy german suplex for 2. Vega bounces off the ropes and hits a spinning wheel kick for the 3 count (07:06)
Match Thoughts: Pretty boring opener for a PPV, which wasn’t helped by a few sloppy moves. 1/2*
We go straight to the back with Dok Hendrix who heads into a locker room where Jim Cornette, Yokozuna and Mr Fuji are talking with Gorilla Monsoon. Jim Cornette admits that Owen Hart is in the state, but not technically at the arena yet. Dok asks if the main event is in jeopardy and Gorilla assures us that its not and will go ahead regardless if Owen is here or not.
Henry O. Godwinn vs. Sycho Sid
We see clips of Sid getting a slop bucket from Henry. We also see clips of Ted Dibiase getting slop bucketed and Sid power bombing Henry on the ringside floor.
Lock up to start and Henry powers Sid into the corner, but Sid reverses Henry into the corner. Sid goes for a big strike in the corner, Henry ducks under and connects with right hands. Henry goes for an irish whip but Sid reverses, Sid ducks for a back body drop and Henry catches him for a bulldog. Henry with a big right hang that send Sid to the apron, Sid gets up and Henry clotheslines him sending him to the floor. Sid back on the apron, Henry with a big suplex on Sid from the apron into the ring. Sid recovers first and connects with a running knee to the back of Henry sending him to the outside, Sid distracts the ref as Dibiase gets in some cheap shots. Sid gets on the apron and connects with an axe handle followed by some kicks. Sid picks Henry up and connects with a second axe handle and then throws Henry back into the ring. Sid starts to work over Henrys back with an elbow t the lower back followed by a big forearm arm. Sid has Henry in the corner and connects with some big shots to the midsection. Sid whips Henry into the opposite corner hard, and follows up with some kicks to the midsection. Sid locks in a camel clutch on Henry in the middle of the ring. Henry starts to fight out of it, Sid lets go of the hold and stomps down on Henrys back followed by some axe handles to the back. Sid then fishhooks Henry and gets the camel clutch again. This time Henry is able stand up in the hold and elbow Sid a couple of times before Sid knocks Henry down. Henry in the corner, Sid goes for a big boot but Henry is able to move out of the way. Sid climbs to the middle rope and goes for another axe handle but Henry connects with a fist to the midsection and takes over on Sid with some right hands. Henry off the ropes and hits a shoulder block that takes Sid down. Irish whip by Henry who connects with a boot to the midsection and connects with the slop drop, Ted Dibiase pulls Henry out before the 3 count can be counted. Henry goes to enter the ring and Sid cuts him off, before Sid can get control Henry fights back with punches. Henry runs off the ropes but DiBiase trips him up and Sid hits a big legdrop to the back of Henrys head. Sid connects with the powerbomb and gets the 3 count. (07:23)
Sid rolls Henry out of the ring and DiBiase grabs the slop bucket. Sid and DiBiase argue over who will slop Henry and out comes Bigelow who attacks Sid. Kama comes out and its a double team on Bigelow. Henry comes from behind Dibiase and dumps the slop bucket over his head.
Match Thoughts: Decent power based match. The powerbomb by Sid at the end was quite impressive. *1/4.
We again head to the back where Dok Hendrix is with Gorilla Monsoon and Jim Cornette. Doc asks for Gorillas final decision, Gorilla says the match is definitely going head with or without Owen. Gorilla gives Jim two options, Yoko can fight the match by himself or Jim Cornette can find another guy to replace Owen. Jim wants to know how he is supposed to find another wrestler with such little time left.
British Bulldog vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Tie up to start and Bulldog grabs a headlock, Bigelow pushes Bulldog off the ropes and shoulderblocks him down. Bulldog gets another headlock and again Bigelow throws him into the ropes and shoulderblocks him straight down. We see Jim Cornette talking to Sid backstage. Bigelow whips Bulldog into the corner and hits a hiptoss followed by a bodyslam. Bigelow off the ropes but misses the elbow drop, Bulldog takes Bigelow down with a snap mare and locks in a headlock to slow Bigelow down. Bigelow is able to stand up and tosses Bulldog over his head onto the mat, Bigelow goes for his falling headbutt but Bulldog is able to roll out of the way. Bulldog with some strikes, a headbutt and a snap suplex. Bigelow is straight up and clotheslines Bulldog down twice. Bigelow charges at Bulldog who pulls the top rope down and Bigelow crashes to the floor. Bigelow slowly gets onto the apron but Bulldog punches him back down to the floor. Bigelow back onto the apron, Bulldog tries to s duplex Bigelow into the ring, but Bigelow is able to reverse the suplex and dumps Bulldog across the top rope crotch first. Bigelow then heads up top and connects with the diving headbutt for 2. Bigelow argues with the ref about the count, and Bulldog goes to work on Bigelows leg. Bigelow tries to stand up but Bulldog kicks away at his leg. Bulldog applies a leg lock onto Bigelow. Bigelow stands up and kicks Bulldog in the midsection, Bulldog then catches his leg but Bigelow his an enziguri. Bulldog up first and continues to go to work on the leg of Bigelow. Bulldog applies a single leg boston crab. Bigelow gets up and fights back against Bulldog and knocks him down with a headbutt. Bigelow off the ropes but gets taken down with a knee strike for 2. Bulldog applies a sitting sleeper hold, the ref checks on Bigelow who stands up in the hold and slams Bulldog into the corner. Bigelow connects with punches and Bulldog cuts him off with an eye rake, Bulldog attempts a body slam but Bigelow is too heavy and he lands on Bulldog for a two count, Irish whip by Bigelow leads to an attempted sunset flip but Bulldog. Bulldog isn’t able to bring Bigelow down, and Bigelow sits down on Bulldog. Bigelow heads up top and misses the moonsault as Bulldog rolls out of the way and gets a 2 count. Bulldog now heads up top and connects with a headbutt for another 2 count. Bigelow takes over with some headbitts, he goes to whip Bulldog into the corner but that is reversed by Bulldog, Bulldog catches Bigelow out of the corner and hits the powerslam for the 3 count. (12:00)
Match Thoughts: Very good power match by two good wrestlers. Bigelow is one of the most underrated big men in wresting, and it’s a real shame he never won a world title. ***
Out comes Bob Backlund who says everyone has to accept challenges in their lives. Backlund says that he has the great privilege to introduce Dean Douglas
Dean gets on the mic and says that he is going to teach Razor a very harsh lesson. He says that if he didn’t read the homework and study he is going to lose. Dean Douglas then introduces Razor Ramon to the ring.
Dean Douglas vs. Razor Ramon
Razor runs straight down the aisle into the ring and unloads on Douglas with right hands followed by a clothesline that sends Douglas outside. Douglas gets back in the ring and is taken down with a series of side headlock takeovers but Douglas is able to reverse out each time. Razor knocks Douglas down with a right hand for 2. Tie up and Douglas takes over with punches, he whips Razor off the ropes and goes to hiptoss him over the top rope but Razor reverses and hiptosses Douglas over the top rope and to the floor We see footage of Jim Cornette in the back speaking with Mabel and Yokozuna about the tag team main event. Back in the ring Douglas with an arm wringer but Razor is able to reverse into a wristlock and transitions into a hammerlock, both guys trade hammerlock reversals. Douglas is able to flip out of the hammerlock, falling down in the process, he trips Razor up and steps on his back then runs off the ropes, ducks two right hands and gets caught in a fallaway slam for a 2 count. Douglas rolls out to the apron and Razor gets a stunner on his arm over the top rope. Razor brings Douglas inside over the top rope with an arm wringer, Razor locks on an arm bar on the mat. Douglas tries to escape from the hold but Razor shoulderblocks him down each time. Razor whips Douglas into the corner, Douglas jumps to the middle rope, Razor ducks down but Douglas holds onto the top rope, and then comes off with a sunset flip but isn’t able to get Razor over, Razor punches Douglas and sits down for a 2 count, Douglas reverses into a 2 count of his own. Razor takes Douglas down with a big clothesline for 2. Razor goes back to work over the arm of Douglas, Razor with another arm wringer, Douglas fights back with punches and whips Razor into the ropes, but gets taken down with a shoulderblock. Razor runs off the ropes and Douglas grabs him by the head and throws him over the top to the outside. Douglas jumps over the top rope and connects with an axe handle. Douglas backs Razor into the ring apron and then gets a bodyslam on the floor. Douglas charges at Razor and hits a knee to the back which sends Razor into the ring steps. Douglas rams Razors back into the ring post. Douglas throws Razor into the ring and then climbs to the top rope to hit an axe handle for a two count. Douglas continues to work over the back of Razor with knees and forearms to the back. Razor connects with a BIG right hand, Razor whips Douglas for a back drop but gets slammed to the mat and Douglas gets a 2 count. Douglas takes Razor down with a snap mare and continues to go to work on the back of Razor. Razor fights back but Douglas connects with fists to the ribs. Douglas with two hard whips into the corner, Douglas off the middle ropes with a splash to the back of Razor for 2. Douglas grabs a chinlock on Razor, Razor stands up with Douglas on his shoulders and drops backwards to the mat, Douglas is able to get a hand over Razor for a 2 count. Razor blocks some punches from Douglas and connects with the spinning right hand followed by a suplex for 2. Razor whips Douglas into the corner and follows in with a clothesline. Razor places Douglas up top but gets knocked off, Douglas connects with a cross body block for 2. Douglas throws Razor into the ref knocking him out. Douglas off the ropes with a flying forearm. Backlund tries to wake the ref up. Douglas runs up the turnbuckle and misses a knee drop. Razor hits the Razors Edge but the ref is being held back by Backlund, 1-2-3 Kid slides into the ring and makes the 3 count so Razor thinks he has won. Shoving match by Kid and Razor, Razor pushes Kid outside and Douglas gets a rollup on Razor for the 3 count. (14:53)
Match Thoughts: Decent match, although it could have had 5 minutes taken off and achieved the same result. Douglas had a fairly boring run in WWF. **1/2
After the match Razor throws Kid into the ring, Kid shoves Razor and Razor fires back with a slap across the face. WWF officials separate them before anything really happens.
To the back with Dok Hendrix who is with Shawn Michaels and Diesel. He asks for their thoughts on the Owen Hart situation. Shawn says is frustrating as they have both put their belts on the line and suddenly Owen decides to not show up. Diesel says no matter who they get as a partner they will win.
Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Jean Pierre LaFitte
Bret hits a suicide dive onto Jean to start the match, Bret punches away at Jean on the outside. Bret throws Jean into the ring and Bret works over Jean in the corner. Jean takes control with punches , he goes to slam Brets head int the turnbuckle but Bret reverses. Bret with more punches followed by an elbow and a headbutt. Jean with an eye rake and he pummels away on Bret in the corner. Jean with an irish whip into the corner, Jean misses a splash which allows Bret to take him down with an arm drag. Bret goes to work on the arm, Jean whips Bret off the ropes but gets taken down with a crucifix pin for a two count. Bret gets a drop toe hold and grabs an arm lock on Jean. Jean whips Bret off the ropes an attempted hiptoss gets reversed by Bret who tries his own, but Jean connects with a clothesline. Jean starts choking Bret across the top rope followed by more choking on the mat. Jean grabs Brets legs and stomps away at Brets midsection. IRish whip by Jean, but Bret gets a rollup for 2. Bret with an irish whip but Jean connects with a boot and works over Bret in the corner. Bret misses a charge into the corner and hits thing ring post. Jean grabs Bret and throws him into the ing post again. Jean with a hard, hard irish whip that sends Bret chest first into the corner, and he gets a 2 count. Jean puts Bret across the middle rope and chokes him. Jean runs the ropes but Bret back drops him over the top, Bret follows him out and Jean whips him into the steel steps. Jean comes of the apron with an axe handle, Jean throwsBret back into the ring. Bret fights back out of the corner with kick and some punches. Bret off the ropes is countered by Jean into a spinebuster for 2. Jean gets a headlock, Bret stands up in the hold and connects with some elbows to the midsection, Bret off the ropes gets knocked down by a back elbow and Jean hits a leg drop for 2. Jean goes back to the headlock on a seated Bret. Bret fights out with some punches to the mid section, Bret off the ropes gets a sunset flip for 2. Jean takes Bret straight back down with a clothesline, Jean hits a sidewalk slam and climbs to the top rope and hits a leg drop for 2. Jean positions Bret and climbs to the top, he misses the Cannonball as Bret rolls out of the way. Jean misses a clothesline which allows Bret to hit an atomic drop followed by a clothesline, Bret goes to lock in the Sharpshooter but Jean overpowers Bret and sends him to the outside. Jean misses a front flip onto the outside floor, Bret whips Jean into the steel steps. Bret rolls Jean back into the ring, and whips Jean hard chest first into the corner. Bret with a fist to the midsection followed by a russian leg sweep for two. Bret with a small package for another 2 count. Bret with a back breaker and comes off the top for his fist drop but Jean gets a foot up into Brets face. Jean whips Bret off the ropes, Bret goes for a crucifix again but Jean catches him and hits a rolling front flip for 2. Jean whips Bret to the corner, Bret tries to jump over Jean but gets caught, Bret fights out and is able to fall back for a 2 count. Bret whips Jean into the corner, Bret follows him in but gets hit with a big boot, Jean puts his feet on the ropes and gets a 2 count. Bret with a dropkick, and tries for a bulldog out of the corner but Jean is able to counter by throwing Bret hard into the corner followed by a 2 count. Bret with a flying forearm which sends Jean on the ropes, Bret goes for a cross body but Jean moves and Bret gets caught up in the ropes. Jean goes up top for a splash but Bret moves out the way. Bret runs the ropes and both guys collide in the middle of the ring. Bret locks in the Sharpshooter from the mat and is able to stand up to apply pressure and Jean taps immediately. (16:37)
Match Thoughts: Fantastic match capped off by an excellent ending. I have never seen the sharpshooter applied like that before. Bret was such a good wrestler during this time. ***3/4
We go to the back with Dok Hendrix, Jim Cornette lets us know that British Bulldog will step into the Triple Head main event in place of Owen Hart. Gorilla officially sanctions the match as a go. Jim confirms that Bulldog can win the WWF Title or the WWF Intercontinental title, Gorilla says he can and also points out that Bulldog can lose the WWF Tag Team Titles.
WWF Title, IC Title, Tag Team Title Match: Yokozuna and The British Bulldog vs. Diesel and Shawn Michaels
Shawn and Bulldog to start the match. Lock up and Bulldog grabs a hammerlock and goes into a headlock, Shawn reverses to a hammerlock of his own which Bulldog reverses straight away. Shawn flips out of the hammerlock and goes to push Bulldog into the ropes, Bulldog holds onto the top Shawn comes off the ropes and slides through Bulldogs legs, Bulldog grabs Shawns legs but Shawn rolls out of that, Bulldog charges but gets hit with a back body drop and then gets clotheslined to the outside. Yoko into the ring and Shawn connects with punches, Diesel comes in and knocks Yoko to the outside with one punch. Bulldog tags out to Yoko, Shawn challenges Yoko to a sumo match, Yoko charges at Shawn who slides under his legs and connects with punches, Shawn off the ropes gets taken down with a back elbow. Yoko picks Shawn up and hits a body slam, Yoko comes out of the croner and misses an elbow drop as Shawn tags in Diesel. Diesel comes in with right hands and whips Yoko but its reversed and Yoko hits a big clothesline. Yoko whips Diesel off the ropes, he misses the clothesline and Diesel hits a jumping clothesline that takes Yoko down. Diesel connects with a big boot that takes Yoko to the outside, Diesel leans over the top rope trying to grab Yoko which allows Bulldog to take over on Diesel. Bulldog in the ring now with punches on Diesel. Bulldog grabs Diesel for a suplex, he just gets him up before letting him go. Bulldog again goes for a suplex and this time connects for a 2. Bulldog with some shoulderblocks in the corner on Diesel followed up with a snap mare into a headlock. Diesel tries to fight out with elbows but Bulldog picks Diesel up for the powerslam, Diesel gets free and sends Bulldog into the corner. Diesel connects with his elbow shots in the corner. Diesel whips Bulldog to the corner twice and hits a pair of clotheslines. Diesel tags out to Shawn who heads up top, Diesel body slams Bulldog, and then he stands in the corner in front of Shawn. Shawn then dives off Diesels shoulders with a splash onto Bulldog for two. Shawn attempts to whip Bulldog but its reversed, Bulldog lifts Shawn up for a gorilla press slam and throws Shawn crotch first across the top rope, Yoko knocks Shawn off the top rope to the outside with an elbow. Bulldog tags in Yoko, Yoko whips Shawn into the corner who flips over the turnbuckle to the apron, Yoko kicks away at Shawn and sends him to the floor. Bulldog attacks Shawn on the outside and body slams him on the floor. Yoko tags out to Bulldog, Bulldog with a headbutt that sends Shawn straight down. Bulldog with an irish whip and hits a BIG back body drop for a two count. Bulldog applies a headlock onto Shawn, Shawn is able to stand up in the hold an fight off with elbows to the midsection. Shawn with a sunset flip for 2, followed by a cross body for another 2 count. Bulldog gets up straight away and clothesline Shawn down, Bulldog and Yoko swap out and Yoko snap mares Shawn down and gets the nerve hold. Shawn stands up and elbows away at Shawn but Yoko gets an eye rake and knocks Shawn down. Yoko climbs the corner for the Banzai Drop, but Shawn moves out of the way. Yoko tags out and Shawn gets the hot tag to Diesel, Diesel whips Bulldog and gets a back body drop, followed by snake eyes in the corner, Diesel with a sidewalk slam on Bulldog. Diesel and Shawn whip Bulldog and Yoko into each other, they then double whip Bulldog into Yoko in the corner. Bulldog falls to the mat face first and Yoko then lands on him. Diesel whips Bulldog and gets a big boot. Diesel goes for the Jacknife but Yoko hits the Samoan Drop on Diesel, Shawn then hits the superkick to send Yoko out. Bulldog connects with the powerslam on Diesel for 2 as Shawn breaks the hold with an elbow drop off the top rope. Owen Hart comes down to the rip and comes off the top rope but Diesel hits a right hand to the midsection followed by the Jacknife for the 3 count. (15:42)
Match Thoughts: That was a fantastic fast paced tag team match. The ending was quite stupid as Owen wasn’t in the match. But besides that it was awesome, and Yoko even looked good here to. ****
Show Thoughts: Very good PPV, three of the six matches reached *** or more. Easily recommend as thumbs up.