Monday, August 17, 2015

WWF In Your House II (July 1995)

WWF In Your House II
July 1995, Nashville TN

So this is the second 2-hour In Your House event for July, which followed the rather horrific 1995 King Of The Ring, which ranks as one of the worst WWF/WWE PPV events, if not one of the worst pro wrestling PPV cards ever conceived. And after having witnessed that PPV in its entirety, it's safe to say that I'm rather apprehensive of this card. After all, historically speaking, WWF in 1995 was not particularly good, as Diesel was tanking as WWF Champion, there was a notable lack of compelling content on display, and to call the roster cartoonish and hokey is akin to calling Big Show a big guy.

On the flip side, WCW was giving us the Hulk Hogan show... that was equally painful... considering I hadn't been following wrestling, I certainly dodged that bullet... and yet here we are.


Roadie beats 1-2-3 Kid with a pretty sweet-looking top-rope piledriver that would cause today's WWE brass to have a conniption fit, to say nothing of a regular one. Nice to see future DX bandmates square off... you know what? This wasn't such a bad match. I actually quite enjoyed this one.

On the flip side of the coin, we've got King Mabel & Sir Mo beating Razor Ramon and Savio Vega... you know what? This wasn't such a good match. I didn't enjoy this one. A small piece of me died watching this match. God forbid when the Network starts showing the following month's Summerslam.

Jeff Jarret does a "live" performance of that song that would later be revealed to have been sung by the Roadie... or something... the song wasn't bad, at least. Though I could do without the annoying Todd Pentigill bits.

Bam Bam Bigelow beat Henry O. Godwinn... I gotta be honest here; I was pretty bored with this one. Bam Bam Bigelow usually does good stuff... but I guess there's only so much you can do with a HOG. Also, as a sidenote, Bam Bam usually has a cool entrance theme (or is it hot?), so why did they change it into this upbeat crap?

On the flip side of the coin, we've got Shawn Michaels beating Jeff Jarrett to win the IC Title and this was perhaps the best match of the show. There's a bit of an old-school flavor here that might turn off some folks, but it's a refreshingly entertaining match that saw both superstars bring the goods and it made for a great, compelling match.

WWF Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & Yokozuna beat Lex Luger & British Bulldog to retain the tag titles... this is sad to watch and I'm not just saying that because three quarters of this match's participants are deceased. Is it any wonder why Lex wanted out and back to WCW several weeks later?

WWF Champion Kevin Nash beat Sid in a Lumberjack match. The less said the better.

Maybe I should pull out a random Clash Of THe Champions showing. They seem to be better shows compared to the In Your House stuff of 1995. Then again, having exposed myself to more 1995 mainstream wrestling content than one would suggest has broken me a bit.

Good lord, how did anyone find this suitable for general audiences back in the day?

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