WWF In Your House #8: Beware of Dog Report

Posted: May 19, 2015 in Review

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The following is my report for the 1996 WWF Pay-Per-View In Your House: Beware of Dog. We’ll be doing a complete audio review of this show as part of our “RetroReview” series on Against The Mat tomorrow night at 6pm ET/7pm AT at http://www.chsrfm.ca! Check it out!

WWF In Your House 8: Beware of Dog

Date: May 26 & 28, 1996

Locations: Florence, SC (May 26) & N. Charleston, SC (May 28)

  • Video package highlighting HBK/Bulldog program
  • Diana Hart accused Shawn of “wanting her”
  • What terrible graphics – IYH logo on a chain with spiked collar
  • Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler commentators
  • Lawler says that Shawn’s mission is to prove to the world that he’s not a womanizer
  • Lawler’s one to talk

HUNTER HEARST HELMSLEY VS. “THE WILD MAN” MARC MERO

  • HHH makes entrance
  • DOK HENDRICKS interviews Mero
  • Mero tells Hunter he’s gonna answer the call of the wild
  • Mero comes out to what would become Sable’s music with Sable
  • Wild man runs wild early and knocks HHH over the top
  • Mero does a dive to the outside onto HHH
  • Mero does a slingshot legdrop for a near fall
  • Vince: The wild man will take it to you where ever you are
  • HHH thumbs Mero’s eye
  • King Paul gets whipped into corner, takes the Flair flip bump
  • Random female scream
  • HHH throws Mero shoulder first into post
  • Does it again, this time Mero falls to the floor
  • Hunter works over the left arm
  • These really large South Carolinians cheer on Mero
  • Vince mentions the storm happening and says they’re experiencing technical difficulty
  • HHH hits the high knee for a near fall
  • King keeps calling HHH an “Ivey Leaguer”; HHH never went to college
  • King puts over HHH’s valet, who’s sitting next to him; his hands are nowhere to be seen
  • King repeatedly calls Sable ugly
  • HHH rings Mero’s arm around the post a few more times
  • HHH attempts an arm bar, which Mero tries to block, but fails
  • Vince has no idea what the move is
  • “That’s a submission move” says King. Great insight
  • Mero makes the ropes, the crowd eats food
  • Hunter hits a knee drop on Mero’s shoulder
  • Mero tries a one armed comeback, but gets poked in the eye
  • The announcing is terrible
  • Mero counters a belly to back suplex with a roll up for a near fall
  • Hunter clotheslines Mero down
  • HHH continues to work the arm by pulling down atop the rope
  • Hunter does a FLYING FOREARM to Mero’s bad arm
  • HHH puts in an arm bar and grabs rope for leverage
  • The ugly fans gets upset and cry tears of gravy into their nachos
  • HHH does a hammerlock bodyslam
  • HHH gets crotched on the top turnbuckle
  • Mero hits a top rope Frankensteiner
  • Sable has some wacky whip with her
  • Mero executes a tilta-whirl head-scissors
  • Mero starts his comeback, hits a back drop
  • Mero gets a flying sunset flip
  • Mero dropkicks HHH over the top
  • Mero attempts a tope but HHH moves
  • Mero tweaks his knee
  • HHH went for pedigree, but stops to harass Sable
  • He grabs her whip gimmick
  • Tells her to watch
  • Pedigree attempt is countered with a catapult into the post
  • Mero covers HHH for the win

“WILD MAN” MARC MERO BEATS HUNTER HEARST HELMSLEY IN 16:23 (**3/4)

  • Curt Henning interviews Jim Cornette
  • Cornette says he got Owen Hart a managers license
  • Owen will accompany Davey to the ring
  • Says that Shawn will leave “Beltless, prideless, and friendless

SHAWN MICHAELS VS. BRITISH BULLDOG – WWF CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

  • Bulldog out with Diana & Owen Hart
  • Vince apologizes for the power going out
  • Power came back just before this match
  • Dok Hendricks interviews HBK
  • Shawn: “Davey Boy Smith, I got news for you; beware of the Dog? I don’t think so, you better beware of the KLIQ!” WORD
  • Shawn has that wack Jose Luthario with him
  • Vince plugs the Encore of IYH
  • King plugs Shawn’s Playgirl issue
  • Clarence Mason says that Shawn attempted the marriage of Diana & Davey
  • Says he tried to destroy their family values
  • Shawn blows a bubble with his gum since he knows this BLOWS
  • Shawn gets served
  • HBK tears up the subpoena
  • BB attacks HBK
  • Bulldog looks quite swollen
  • Shawn fights back with some arm drags
  • Bulldog rolls out, HBK hits a slingshot plancha
  • Shawn works a headlock cause he’s HIGH ON SOMAS
  • This headlock lasts literally 8 years
  • They seriously have not moved for at least 90 seconds
  • Bulldog fights back, Shawn attempts a Thesz press, BB gets a bearhug
  • Shawn gets a nearfall with a leg press roll up
  • HBK works the left arm of Davey
  • Owen: C’MON BULLDOG!
  • HBK works this key lock for 3 years
  • Dog powers up and hits an electric chair
  • Bulldog hits a back drop
  • Loud ‘HBK’ chants from the sloth like children of Florence
  • Bulldog does the “up yours” hand gesture
  • Probably more effective he wasn’t wearing TASSELS on his boots
  • Now it’s Bulldog’s turn to work a rest hold
  • Shawn fights back but Bulldog puts Shawn in a torture rack
  • Shawn tries to fight back again, but Bulldog cuts him off with a samoan drop type move
  • Bulldog locks in a testosterone assisted HEADLOCK
  • Diana looks on, partially aroused
  • This match has gone over 11 minutes and they’ve done 4 moves
  • Shawn fights back, attempts his flying forearm but misses and flies to ringside
  • Bulldog throws him into the railing
  • HBK tries to enter the ring Bulldog cuts him off
  • Shawn pulls Dog’s head onto the rope
  • Shawn hits a slingshot clothesline
  • Double down
  • HBK hits his big forearm
  • HBK bodyslam
  • Shawn hits a double-sledge
  • Ref bump and Bulldog runs into him
  • HBK hits the top rope elbow
  • Owen enters the ring and gets superkicked
  • Bulldog knocks down Shawn and kicks him
  • HBK counters a powerslam by pushing Davey into the corner
  • Shawn hits a German suplex with a bridge and the ref counts three
  • The new ref counted the pin and says Bulldog won
  • Hebner says Shawn won
  • GO-RILLA comes down and grabs the belt from Diana
  • There’s mass confusion
  • Howard Finkel announces that Gorilla Monsoon declares the match a draw, so HBK retains the title
  • Shawn looks PISSED

SHAWN MICHAELS & BRITISH BULLDOG FOUGHT TO A DRAW IN 17:22 (**)

  • It’s now time for Beware of Dog 2
  • Jim Ross & Curt Hennig are the announcers

STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN VS. SAVIO VEGA – CARIBBEAN STRAP MATCH

  • If Savio wins, DiBiase will leave the WWF
  • In reality, DiBiase had signed a deal with WCW
  • If Savio lost, he’d be DiBiase’s chauffer
  • Austin takes an immediate powder
  • Austin gets the heat early with hard shots
  • Vega hits a back drop to Austin
  • Vega pulls Austin gut first into the apron with the strap
  • Vega sends Austin back into the ring
  • Vega starts whipping Austin with the strap
  • Austin tries to leave again, but Vega suplexes him back in
  • More whips with the strap
  • Spinning heel kick from Vega
  • Vega touches two corners before Austin pulls him away
  • Austin whips Vega HARD with the strap
  • They fight to the outside
  • Vega nails Austin with some chops
  • Austin takes his turn to whip Vega
  • Austin drops Savio sternum first into the barricade
  • Austin chokes Vega with the strap whilst he’s in the ring
  • Austin suplexes Savio from the apron into the ring
  • Austin wraps the strap around Vega’s ankles
  • Austin gets to two corners and Vega spins him around until he falls
  • Savio regains control and resumes whipping Stone Cold
  • Austin backdropped Vega over the top, and gets pulled over in the process
  • Savio counters a suplex with one of his own on the floor
  • Savio chops Austin with the strap
  • Austin tries a double-sledge from the steps but gets punched in the gut
  • Back in the ring, Savio hog ties Austin and touches three turnbuckles
  • But Austin pulls him away before corner 4
  • Stone Cold goes crazy with the strap
  • Vega fights back and gets SCSA on the top turnbuckle and chops and whips him
  • Austin fights back and attempts to get up top, but gets crotched
  • Savio hits a big superplex
  • These poor guys had to work this match two nights earlier as well
  • Vega gets to three corners, but Austin intercepts him with a spine-buster
  • Why doesn’t DiBiase just interfere? It’s no DQ
  • Austin places Vega neck-first upon the second rope and chokes him
  • He then does a running pounce on Vega’s back
  • Crowd is really quiet, so you can really hear the smack of the leather on skin
  • Austin gets two turnbuckles, but he stops before the third to go after Vega
  • Both men attempt tombstone piledrivers, but both counter until Vega falls over the top rope
  • Vega chokes Austin some more
  • Austin goes up top and Vega pulls him off and Austin crashes into the guardrail
  • Austin drills Vega back first into the steps
  • Vega then pulls Austin into the steps
  • Vega puts Austin on his shoulders and gets two turnbuckles
  • Austin grabs his jeans to prevent him from the third but Vega gets it
  • Stone Cold pulls him away just before he could get the fourth
  • Austin hits a piledriver on Savio
  • DiBiase tells Austin give him another one
  • Vega counters with a back drop
  • Austin locks in the Million Dollar Dream
  • Austin gets on Vega’s back
  • Vega touches two corners
  • Vega pushes back off the turnbuckles to break he Million Dollar Dream
  • Austin rams Vega head first into the post
  • Stone Cold wraps the strap around Vega’s neck
  • Austin hits three turnbuckles with Vega touching them just after Austin
  • Vega fights back and they do a tug of war, and Austin pulls Vega accidently into the fourth corner

SAVIO VEGA BEATS STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN IN A STRAP MATCH IN 21:24 (***1/4)

  • Savio sings a terrible rendition of Nah-Nah-Nah Hey-Hey-Goodbye
  • SHAWN MICHAELS IS CHATTING ON AOL on a PHAT ASS 1996 LAPTOP

YOKOZUNA VS. VADER

  • They show a highlight from seven weeks prior on Raw of Vader destroying Yoko’s leg
  • Yoko looks like a subway
  • They just start punching each other
  • Cornette is at ringside with Vader
  • They stare at each other and Vader makes noises and Yoko does a Sumo stance
  • It still makes me laugh that Yokozuna was portrayed as being from Japan, even though he was Samoan
  • They stall forever
  • If the goal was to ease the crowd before the main event, mission accomplished
  • Yoko runs and knocks down Vader, and then sends him outside
  • Vader tee’s off on Yoko with punches
  • Yoko works over Vader’s left leg
  • Vader starts selling the leg big time
  • Yoko does another leg sweep and another elbow to the knee
  • My kitten does a run in and jumps on my shoulder for just enough time to show me her anus. Thanks kitty
  • Anywho, Vader attempts a slam, but Yoko counters with a uranage slam
  • Cornette tries to hit Yoko with the racket
  • Tries a bonsai drop on Cornette
  • Vader pulls Corny out of the way
  • Vader nails Yoko’s leg
  • Vader hits the Vader bomb for the pin

VADER BEATS YOKOZUNA IN 9:07 (*1/2)

  • They show an incredibly cheesy promo for King of the Ring featuring Lawler getting hit in the head with a guitar and being sent to hell. Wacky
  • That was the infamous KOTR featuring the “Austin 3:16 Promo”
  • We see a GOLD CASKET at ringside

GOLDUST VS. THE UNDERTAKER – CASKET MATCH FOR THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP

  • The night before on Raw, there was an infamous segment which saw Goldust perform “mouth to mouth” on Ahmed Johnson
  • The lights go out for Taker’s entrance, and he appears behind Goldust to start the match
  • Taker must not have known that Goldie would have liked having him behind him in the dark
  • Marlena is at ringside with her Stogie and director’s chair
  • Taker is dominating thus far and throws Dust head first into the steps
  • Undertaker bounces Goldust’s head off the gold casket
  • Taker delivers a slam to Goldust followed by a leg drop
  • Taker does “old school”
  • JR says this is the first ever IC Title casket match
  • Goldust fights back with a slam, and Taker sits up
  • Goldust hits Undertaker with a tombstone, really out of nowhere
  • Taker sits up after Paul rubs the urn
  • “Rest in Peace!” chants
  • Goldust rolls Taker into the casket, but can’t shut it as Taker fights back
  • Taker hits a big boot
  • Goldust back drops Taker over the top and to the floor
  • Goldust chokes Taker with a camera cord at ringside
  • Goldie has the advantage and Taker stumbles about
  • Undertaker hits a series of punches and kicks, but gets locked in a sleeper
  • Marlena looks disgusted at the lard lovers of Charleston
  • Taker gets thrown in the casket after the sleeper, but Goldust can’t shut the lid
  • Taker keeps fighting back, and flips open the lid, which sends Goldust flying
  • Back in the ring, Undertaker hits his huge clothesline
  • Taker clotheslines Goldust over the top
  • Taker attempts to kill Goldie with a chair, but Dust kicks him in the face
  • Goldust hits a nice powerslam on Taker
  • Goldust hits a flying clothesline from the top
  • He goes for a cover, but that’s useless
  • Taker grabs Goldust’s throat, but Goldust counters and scales the ropes
  • He attempts old school but is thrown off
  • Taker hits a tombstone
  • He opens the casket only to find Mankind
  • Mankind locks in the Mandible Claw
  • Mankind rolls Undertaker into the casket and locks it
  • Smoke billows from the casket as Mankind walks to the back

GOLDUST BEATS THE UNDERTAKER IN A CASKET MATCH TO RETAIN THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 12:35 (**1/2)

  • After the match, they open the casket and Undertaker is gone, as his music plays and the show goes off the air
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