Sunday, December 10, 2017

WWF In Your House: D-Generation X (December 1997)

No image for this one... it doesn't deserve one.

DX is so awesome they have an In Your House PPV named after them. And I completely forgot about it, which is why people had to read an incomplete write-up for a day before I got around to fixing it... Sorry about that.

I suppose it makes sense; considering the nWo had their own PPV and THAT was certainly a unique experiment... that failed miserably, but points for effort, I suppose; WCW were willing to try something different with a PPV based on their hottest heel faction. 

On the flip side of the coin, DX got an In Your House show with a rather shitty looking entrance ramp. And for those who decided to ride the WWF train to find out the aftermath of that whole Montreal business the previous month,

I've never seen this show before; I've seen most of the other '97 WWF PPVs, but not this one. I've heard pretty bad things about it, so I prepared myself for the worse with a case of beer in case I need it... okay, that is a complete lie. However, I'm hoping this ultra-strong black coffee will keep me awake in anticipation of the worst.

Taka Michinoku defeated Brian Christopher to become the first WWF Light Heavyweight champion. A piss-poor attempt by the WWF to try and capitalize on WCW's hot Cruiserweight division featuring a lot of the fresh, smaller guys at the time like Rey Mysterio, Dean Malenko, Chris Jericho, and others. Meanwhile, Taka never had that kind of hot talent. That's why he was stuck wrestling Jerry's Kid in the finals and the match was not quite the best omen for the beginnings of a new division that was supposed to counter something that WCW, quite frankly, did way the fuck better than even WWE's current anemic efforts.

Los Boricuas (a group of Hispanic wrestlers whose names I don't know) (with Savio Vega) defeated The Disciples of Apocalypse (a bunch of biker guys featuring the Harris Twins) in a forgettable match that caused me to fall asleep. Nowhere near the depths of HHH promo levels; this one had to do a bit of work before it knocked me out. By the time the match was over, I woke up and it was the best five minutes of sleep I ever got.

Butterbean defeated Marc Mero via DQ in a Toughman Contest when Mero went low in the forth round. A couple years later, Butterbean would knock out Bart Gunn in a boxing match at Wrestlemania XV.

WWF Tag Team champions The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) defeated The Legion of Doom (Animal and Hawk) by disqualification to retain the titles. The less said about this match, the better... and even worse is that they'd have yet another match at the following month's Royal Rumble. (Spoiler: it was bad too.)

HHH defeated Sgt. Slaughter in a Boot Camp match. One note of interest here: Despite having perfectly acceptable patriotic theme music from the early-90s that he'd use whenever he would show up on WWE television in the past few years, Slaughter is coming out to the stock patriotic theme music that was previously used by The Patriot Del Wilkes and would later be synonymous with Kurt Angle - except without, you know, all those "You Suck" chants that would've been entirely appropriate for this one occasion. This horrible HHH match was almost as long as a HHH promo, but even more miserable because at least the promo would put me to sleep. I was wide awake for this whole shitfest. I get that the Boot Camp match is Slaughter's thing - and he's had a couple decent ones in the past - but this is clearly not one of them.

Jeff Jarrett defeated The Undertaker via DQ.

Intercontinental champion Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Rocky Maivia to retain the title. Rocky comes in with the Nation, so Austin drives his pick-up truck. Poor D'Lo smashes the windshield with his tossed carcass. It's a short, but otherwise fun little match if you want to check out the earliest encounter between these two wrestlers who would go on to have Superstar matches at grander stages.

Austin would surrender the title the following night on RAW, with McMahon awarding the belt to Rocky. Said belt would find its way to the bottom of the river the week after. Such is life.

Ken Shamrock defeated WWF champion Shawn Michaels via DQ when HHH and Chyna ran interference; Shawn remains champion. Shortly after, Owen Hart emerges from the crowd to beat up Shawn for a bit (even putting him through a table at one point) before DX hightails it out of there. The sad reality shatters the illusion at the realization that this would be the start of a feud that would fizzle and go nowhere, save for Owen suddenly feuding with Shawn's lil buddy Hunter while Shawn had the Undertaker match that would put him out of action for four years.

Under the right set of circumstances, this would've led to Owen hitting the main event scene and hovering around there for a short while. However, Owen would never reach that level for the rest of his living years, thanks not only to the bad blood with Shawn over the whole Bret Hart incident, but also bad blood with Steve Austin over that whole piledriver business a few months prior. One would wonder however if Shawn had decided to go ahead and have the Owen match how things would've gone forward. Would Shawn avoid the back injury that took four years from his career? Would Owen have gotten some semblance of main event push?

These are things I wonder about, if only to forget about the clusterfuck of a main event that I just bore witness to.

Now see, while nWo Souled Out was something of a failed experiment, it was, at the very least, an interesting curiosity piece where a wrestling company tried something different from the norm and hey, points for effort if nothing else. DX: In Your House, on the other hand, is your typical In Your House bullshit with about one noteworthy match that you could probably find elsewhere.

Not a good show by any means, and outside of the one Austin/Rocky match, nothing of note worth mentioning.

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