The War on Pay-Per-View: WWF In Your House 3: Triple Header
Posted by Maxwell Baumbach on 09.19.2013
Every title in the WWF is on the line in the main-event, but it's Bret Hart and Jean-Pierre Lafitte that steal the show.
WWF In Your House 3: Triple Header
September 24, 1995
Tonight, all three titles will be on the line when World Champion Diesel and Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels team up to take on the Tag Team Champions, Yokozuna and Owen Hart!
Savio Vega vs. Waylon Mercy
Savio gets off to a hot start, using his quickness to take control. Savio begins to work the arm of Waylon Mercy. Mercy hits a knee to the gut and follows up with a clothesline to take over. Vega gets dumped to the floor, where Mercy continues his assault. SCOOP SLAM ONTO THE FLOOR BY WAYLON MERCY! Mercy takes Vega inside and cranks the neck of Vega. Mercy hits a modified hot shot for two. Mercy chokes Vega. They go to a split screen where Dok Hendrix informs us that Owen Hart is not here. UH OH. Mercy misses an elbow drop. Mercy grabs a sleeper. Savio tries to fight out, but he's fading. Vega manages to drive Mercy head-first into the turnbuckle! Mercy gets to his feet first and slaps the sleeper right back on! Vega counters out with a back suplex. They exchange strikes, and Vega comes out on top. Mercy gets shot off, and Savio nails a big boot! He follows up with a spin kick! One, two, NO! Savio gets a bulldog! One, two, NO! Inside cradle by Vega! One, two, NO! Mercy blocks a back body drop and hits a clothesline. BRAINBUSTER BY MERCY! ONE, TWO, THRE-NO! Mercy picks Vega up and hits a back suplex! One, two, no! Mercy tries to keep control, but Vega slips behind and hits a German suplex! One, two, no! Vega hits the ropes- SPINNING HEEL KICK! ONE, TWO, THREE!
Winner: Savio Vega I really enjoyed this match. Waylon Mercy was the favorite, and Savio was always great working as an underdog. These two really put their working boots on and did a great job of kicking off the show. 1 for 1.
Backstage, Monsoon and Cornette exchange words. Doc Hendrix asks if the triple header match is still in jeopardy. Monsoon says that it will go down, and the fans won't get ripped off.
Psycho Sid w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Henry O. Godwinn
This match came about as a result of Sid snapping after being slopped. The two tie up and Godwinn gets the advantage to start. Godwinn avoids a back body drop and slams Sid face-first into the mat. JR busts out the term "slobberknocker" on commentary. Sid gets sent to the apron, but Godwinn suplexes him back inside! Godwinn tries to keep control, but Sid hits a knee to the back that sends him to the floor. DiBiase jumps Godwinn on the floor while the referee is distracted. Sid hits an axe-handle off the apron. Sid goes up and hits another. Sid works over Godwinn. Godwinn gets whipped hard into the buckles. Sid keeps working away and applies a camel clutch. Sid lets go and pounds away on Godwinn's back. Sid wrenches on the face of Godwinn. Sid comes off the second but gets punched in the gut. Godwinn fires off on Sid and hits a running shoulder tackle. Godwinn hits a boot to the gut and the SLOP DROP! ONE, TWO, DiBiase pulls him off! Godwinn goes out to the floor and stares him down, which allows Sid to take over when he gets back inside. Godwinn blocks a punch and lands a few of his own. Godwinn hits the ropes, but DiBiase trips him! Big leg drop to the back of the head by Sid! POWERBOMB! ONE, TWO, THREE!
Winner: Psycho Sid This match picked up at the end, even if the early goings were a bit plodding. I have to wonder why they booked Godwinn so tight with Sid though, since there was a big disparity in their place on the card. The MVP of this match is probably Ted DiBiase, since the crowd didn't care at all until he got involved. 1 for 2.
After the match, Bam Bam Bigelow hits the ring and attacks Sid! Kama comes out jumps Bam Bam! DiBiase grabs the slop, but Godwinn intercepts it and dumps it on DiBiase! Kama, Sid, and DiBiase are livid.
Monsoon says he will find a new partner for Yokozuna if Owen doesn't show up. He tells Cornette that Yokozuna can either go it 2-on-1, or Cornette can find a replacement to be a tag team champion for one night. Cornette is not pleased, but says he will find somebody.
The British Bulldog vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Bulldog is wrestling The Undertaker tomorrow night on Raw. Bigelow drops Bulldog with a big shoulder tackle to start. A camera cuts to Jim Cornette talking to Psycho Sid, who seems to be interested in replacing Owen. Bam Bam whips Bulldog hard into the buckles and nails a hip toss. Bam Bam misses an elbow, and Bulldog slaps on a headlock. Bam Bam escapes but misses with a headbutt. Bulldog suplexes Bigelow! Bulldog taunts, which allows Bigelow to get up and re-take control. Bam Bam charges, but Bulldog low-bridges him to the outside! Bam Bam took a nasty spill right there. Bulldog tries to suplex him inside, but Bam Bam lifts him up and drops him down crotch first on the top rope! Bam Bam goes up top- DIVING HEADBUTT! ONE, TWO, THRE-NO! Bam Bam argues that he got three, and Bulldog chop blocks him! Bulldog works over the knee of Bam Bam. Bulldog torques the knee of Bam Bam. Bulldog grabs the leg of Bam Bam, but Bigelow counters with an enzuigiri! Bulldog still manages to get up first, and he works the leg of Bigelow. Bulldog applies a half crab. Bulldog releases the hold and stomps the leg of Bam Bam. Bigelow fires up and nails a punch! Bam Bam comes off the ropes but Bulldog knees him in the gut for two. Bulldog straps on a chinlock, but Bigelow gets up and lands a few shots. Bulldog goes for a scoop slam, but BAM BAM FALLS ON HIM! ONE, TWO, NO! Bulldog tries for a sunset flip, but BAM BAM SITS ON HIM! Bigelow drops a headbutt and goes up top- MOONSAULT, BUT NOBODY'S HOME! Bulldog covers- ONE, TWO, NO! Bulldog goes up top and nails a headbutt of his own! One, two, NO! The two slug it out, and Bulldog whips Bam Bam into the buckles- POWER SLAM! ONE, TWO, THREE!
Winner: The British Bulldog These two guys put on an entertaining affair. Bam Bam did a great job of selling the knee throughout the match. Bulldog needed the win to set him up for bigger things, and he looked great in the process against a large opponent. 2 for 3.
Presidential Candidate Bob Backlund comes out to the ring. He grabs the microphone and tells the fans where their lexicon is. He calls the fans plebeians and says they have acute limitations. He says that they become dormant when it comes to learning how to read and how to write. He says that their acute limitations become chronic limitations, and that they become stagnant. He brings out Dean Douglas.
Dean Douglas w/ Bob Backlund vs. Razor Ramon
This is Dean Douglas' PPV debut with the WWF. We get a nice technical exchange to kick it off, and Razor ends with a big punch for two. Douglas then gets dumped to the floor with a hip toss. We get a picture-in-picture of Jim Cornette talking to Mable. Dean Douglas puts together a nice flurry, but then gets caught with a fall-away slam for two! Razor blocks a sunset flip off the second for two and then nails a big clothesline for another nearfall. Ramon has been in control for most of this match, so it looks like Douglas is going for a Mr. Perfect style formula here. Razor ends up on the outside, and Douglas slingshots to the floor where he hits an axe handle to the back of Ramon! Douglas follows up by shoving Ramon into the ring apron and scoop slamming him on the floor! Back inside, Douglas goes up top and hits another double axe handle to the back! Razor makes a brief comeback which pops the crowd, but Douglas sends him back down to the mat. Douglas springs up to the second and hits a turn-around splash onto Razor Ramon's back! That was a nice spot. The crowd rallies behind Razor, and Douglas' psychology is doing wonders for this match. Douglas locks in a camel clutch. Razor sits up from the hold and hits an electric chair drop! Douglas actually regains his bearings first and covers for two. Razor gets back in control and hits a modified Northern Lights for two. Razor puts Douglas on the buckles, but Douglas elbows him down to the mat. TURNAROUND CROSS BODY BY DOUGLAS, BUT RAZOR ROLLS THROUGH! ONE, TWO, THRE-NO! Douglas shoves Razor into the official. On the floor, Backlund tries to wake up the official. Douglas misses a second turn around splash. RAZOR'S EDGE! The 1-2-3 Kid runs in and counts three. Razor gets excited, but then upset. Razor shoves the Kid to the floor, and DOUGLAS GETS AN O'CONNOR ROLL WITH A HANDFUL OF TIGHTS! ONE, TWO, THREE!
Winner: Dean Douglas I loved this match. I've never been the biggest Douglas fan, but this made me want to re-evaluate that opinion. He did a great job as a cocky heel who was too big for his britches. Additionally, Douglas' psychology was excellent, and helped get the crowd get really behind Razor Ramon. Razor was agile and capable, but he still needed some guidance at this point. Douglas provided that guidance in a big way. 3 for 4.
After the match, Razor sends the 1-2-3 Kid inside the ring. The two slap each other, but officials come out to separate them.
Backstage, Doc Hendrix joins Shawn Michaels and Diesel. Shawn says he is frustrated with the situation. Diesel says it doesn't matter who their opponents are, they will come out on top.
Jean-Pierre Lafitte is out for his match. They throw it backstage to Bret Hard, who calls JPL a thief, and says that it's time for the pirate to walk the plank.
Bret Hart vs. Jean-Pierre Lafitte
Hart gets a huge ovation. HART WIPES OUT LAFITTE WITH A CRAZY SUICIDE DIVE! Hart rips his jacket off of Lafitte and takes it inside. Lafitte hits a big clothesline on Hart. Hart gets a nice roll up for two. Lafitte avoids a charging Hitman, and Bret goes shoulder-first into the ring post! Lafitte sends him into the post again! Hart dumps Lafitte to the floor, but Lafitte lands on his feet! He pulls Hart out to the floor and whips him into the steel steps! Bret lands a few punches and hits the ropes, but Lafitte plants him with a spinebuster. Lafitte plants Bret with a sidewalk slam and goes up top. LEG DROP! ONE, TWO, NO! Lafitte goes up top again- CANNONBALL, BUT NO ONE IS HOME! Lafitte charges but takes an atomic drop. Bret goes for the Sharpshooter, but Lafitte kicks him out to the floor! LAFITTE DIVES TO THE OUTSIDE WITH A FRONTFLIP SENTON, BUT BRET MOVES OUT OF THE WAY AND LAFITTE CRASHES TO THE FLOOR ON HIS BACK! JESUS CHRIST! Bret follows up by whipping Lafitte into the steel steps! Back inside, Bret gets a small package for two. Bret comes off the second but eats a boot to the face on the way down! Bret tries for a crucifix, but Lafitte blocks it- FINLAY ROLL! ONE, TWO, NO! Hart catches Lafitte with a dropkick. Bret tries for a bulldog, but Lafitte shoves Bret into the turnbuckles! The top rope sounded like it was going to pop off right there! One, two, NO! Bret charges Lafitte on the ropes, but Lafitte moves and Bret gets crotched! Bret falls to the mat as Lafitte goes up top. LAFITTE WITH A BIG SPLASH BUT NOBDOY'S HOME! Both men get to their feet, but they each hit a clothesline! BRET APPLIES THE SHARPSHOOTER ON THE GROUND! BRET STANDS UP WITH THE HOLD, AND LAFITTE TAPS OUT!
Winner: Bret Hart This match was outstanding, and if you haven't seen it, I feel sorry for you. Bret Hart was solid on his worst day, but Lafitte is the one who made this match remarkable. The fact that he busted out a frontflip senton to the floor where Bret moved out of the way entirely showed that he came to play. It's a shame that Lafitte didn't get more big opportunities, because he was fantastic here. This match had me marking out almost 18 years after it took place. Top-notch. 4 for 5.
After the match, Bret gets his jacket back.
Backstage, Doc Hendrix joins Cornette and Gorilla Monsoon. Cornette announces that it will be British Bulldog filling in for Owen Hart.
Main-Event, Triple Header Match: WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels and WWF Intercontinental Champion Diesel vs. WWF Tag Team Champions Yokozuna and British Bulldog (sub for Owen Hart) w/ Jim Cornette and Mr. Fuji
The "Triple Header" stipulation means that all of the titles are on the line. Michaels bests Bulldog in an awesome exchange to start. Michaels takes it to Yoko for a bit, but then gets caught with a back elbow. Yoko misses with an elbow drop, and Diesel tags in. Diesel lights up Yokozuna but then gets knocked down with a clothesline. Diesel comes back with one of his own! Diesel hits a huge boot that sends Yokozuna out to the floor! Bulldog works over Diesel. They botch a suplex, but Bulldog does it again and hits it for two. Diesel takes over and beats Bulldog from pillar to post. Michaels tags in and GETS ON TOP OF DIESEL'S SHOULDERS- HUGE SPLASH! ONE, TWO, NO! Bulldog catches Michaels and gets him up for a gorilla press, but dumps him crotch-first on the top rope! Bulldog hits a big back body drop for two. Michaels puts together some offense but then eats a clothesline. Yoko cames in and plants Michaels with a scoop slam. BONZAI DROP BUT NO ONE'S HOME! The crowd chants, "USA!" as Michaels inches toward his corner. HOT TAG TO DIESEL! Diesel hits Snake Eyes on Bulldog and then plants him with a scoop slam. All four men go at it, and Bulldog and Diesel get sent into each other. Yoko goes to the corner, and Bulldog gets whipped into him again. YOKOZUNA FALLS ON BULLDOG! Diesel goes for the Powerbomb, but Cornette allows for a distraction. Yokozuna hits a BONZAI DROP ON DIESEL! SWEET CHIN MUSIC TO YOKOZUNA! Bulldog gets Diesel up- POWERSLAM! ONE, TWO, THRE-MICHAELS BREAKS IT UP WITH AN ELBOW DROP OFF THE TOP ROPE! Owen Hart runs out, but Diesel cuts him off- JACKKNIFE TO OWEN! ONE, TWO, THREE!
Winners: Shawn Michaels and Diesel This is tough to score. The action was well-paced and the finishing stretch was great. That being said, I can't stand matches that end with someone who wasn't in the match being pinned. There was more good than bad here, so ultimately, I'll give it a thumbs up. 5 for 6.
We get a video package showing all of the action that took place.
The 411: This show was much more well-rounded than WCW's Fall Brawl the week before. There was nothing offensively bad on this show, and the Hart/Lafitte match was excellent. Douglas and Ramon put on a strong showing, the opener was good, the main-event was entertaining, and Bulldog/Bigelow was fun. While the finish to the main-event wasn't ideal, it was made forgivable by the rest of the card. Triple Header gets a thumbs up.