In Your House
July 23, 1995
Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Announcers: Vince McMahon & Jerry "The King" Lawler
Being that it's in Nashville, this is one of those giimicky shows, with all the announcers dressed in typical southern attire, but this time with good reason. This show will serve as the blowoff to the whole Double J gimmick, as after a year and a half of teasing, Jeff Jarrett will finally make his singing debut here in Music City, U.S.A.
The 1-2-3 Kid vs. The Roadie
The Kid is making his return from the first of what would become many neck injuries here. Jarrett doesn't accompany the Roadie to ringside. Apaprently he's too busy preparing for his singing debut and his Intercontinental Title defense against Shawn Michaels tonight to watch this battle of future DX buddies up close and personal. The Kid shows us some good stuff, but Roadie's offense is weak and boring, and that's bad because since he's a heel he controls most of the match. The Kid comes back and goes to the top rope, but the Roadie crotches him and piledrives him from the second rope! That's enough for the pin at 7:26. **1/4 Cool spot, and a gutsy one considering the Kid's very real neck injury. During the match Jarrett was shown backstage warming up his vocal chords. He wasn't even watching his buddy in action. The Roadie gets his hand raised, then goes to the stage alongside the aisle to do a mic check for Jarrett.
Todd Pettengill interviews the Million Dollar Corporation. Sid is in full twitch form. DiBiase informs us that he's purchased the services of fifteen lumberjacks for tonight's Lumberjack Match.
Razor Ramon & Savio Vega vs. Men On A Mission
If anything remotely positive ever resulted from Mabel's King Of The Ring victory, it was the cool music they gave him that featured a majestic royal opening followed by a generic rap theme with sirens in the background. It's strange; when Men On A Mission turned heel, they dumped their long-time manager, Oscar. Wrestling history has dictated that it's usually the other way around; wrestlers dump their manager after a face turn. Not here though. Anyway, Razor asks for Mabel but gets Mo instead. They go at it for awhile and Mabel tags in to squash Savio. Mo misses a moonsault (!) and Savio makes the tag to Razor. Razor hits his second rope back suplex on Mo. Mabel goes to the top rope(!), but Razor slams him off. Mabel hits a DDT but misses a splash. He finally crushes Razor with an avalanche and belly to bellies him. That ain't gonna be pretty for Razor's injured ribs, and indeed, it's enough for the pin at 10:11. ** Yeah, Mabel's getting pushed big, with wins over the Undertaker, Razor and the King Of The Ring crown on his head. His biggest match was yet to come.
Todd clowns around on the house set.
Dok Hendrix talks to some of the babyface lumberjacks for tonight's main event including Adam Bomb, The Smoking Gunns, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Man Mountain Rock. He tries to stir up a rumor that Ted DiBiase has bought one of Diesel's lumberjacks. Everyone denies it.
The Roadie comes on stage to introduce Jeff Jarrett. Double J sings his hit, "With My Baby Tonight" flawlessly and proves that he is indeed the world's greatest singer, the world's greatest wrestler, and the world's greatest entertainer. Now I'm no fan of country music, but I think a lot of people who aren't will admit that song is pretty darn catchy. For those who must know, yes, it was the Road Dogg that was really singing the song, but that doesn't detract at all from Jarrett's superior lip synching abilities!
Todd collects fan thoughts on the performance and discovers a mixed reaction. Even though he's a heel, some of these people HAVE to admit he did an awesome job.
Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Henry Godwinn
Godwinn controls with power stuff. Bigelow misses his top rope headbutt, but Godwinn misses a kneedrop off the second rope and Bigelow pins him at 5:33. Uh, yeah. * Next!
Bob Backlund campaigns in the crowd.
Todd talks to Shawn Michaels, who's debuting an awesome white and gold ensemble tonight. His first babyface run was so cool… Jarrett is a three time Intercontinental Champion. Can Shawn become a three time IC Champ himself tonight?
Intercontinental Title: Shawn Michaels vs. Jeff Jarrett (Champion)
The Roadie shows off his mic skills, introducing Jarrett and guaranteeing he'll still be the Intercontinental Champion tomorrow. Hell, Jeff wouldn't even have a job the next day, but more on that later. Jarrett draws some major heat, and the entrance pop for Shawn is incredible. On the way to the ring he kisses this blond woman in the front row, one I've seen the camera show during other Shawn matches at PPV, some as early as 1992. Did he have like a three year relationship with this chick or something, or is she just some superfan, up there with the likes of Vladimir and the famous crying woman in a blue dress of Wrestlemania VII fame? Okay, before the match gets underway, I'd just like to mention a few things. First, Shawn looks strange without his usual wristtape. It might not sound like a big deal, but he almost looks naked without it. Second, I love how Shawn has gold on his mind and that's the obvious reason for his gold trunks. Third, watching this live, I was the only one at our little party cheering for the heel Jarrett and was thriving on my role as an outcast for twenty minutes, shifting into full Bobby Heenan mode, defending Jarrett at every turn no matter how illogical or ridiculous I had to be. And here we are six years later, and I'd just like to point out that Jarrett has been a World Champion more times than Shawn has. Well, it's true. Ahem…
They lockup and Shawn hits a big right hand and struts around, trying to psych Jeff out. Lawler mentions a pro-Jarrett sign in the crowd and Vince retorts with, "The only sign over there is the e-x-i-t sign." I don't know why, but that cracked me up. Jarrett takes his first minor victory of the match, an armdrag, and does his strut to give Shawn some of his own medicine. They do an awesome sequence off the ropes that ends with Shawn catching a Jarrett right hand. Jeff imitates Shawn and relaxes on the top rope, mocking him. Shawn bails, then they do another terrific sequence, this time with Jarrett having a hell of a time using every reversal in the book, only to have Shawn one-up him with a poke to the eye. They go through some more of the motions, and Shawn hiptosses him and clears the ring with a clothesline. Now it's Shawn that struts. Jarrett considers taking the intentional countout loss, then changes his mind and steps back in. He decides against that, however, and bails to the floor once more. Major psych out job by Jarrett. Gotta love old school southern heel tactics.
Shawn finally grabs him by the hair and forces him in the ring, but Jarrett scores with a quick rope splash. They go off the ropes and the Roadie gets on the apron. Shawn sees him there, so he puts on the breaks and tosses Jarrett over the top rope right on top of him. Shawn goes to the top rope and dives to the floor, hitting an awesome crossbody on both of them. Shawn delivers a baseball slide and Jarrett climbs in the ring and begs off. They do a corner sequence, as Jarrett reverses a whip, but Shawn hops up on the second turnbuckle in the process. He feigns flipping off into a crossbody attempt, so Jarrett goes down, anticipating it. When he does, Shawn jumps off and twists himself around in midair to try a sunset flip. It gets him a two count. Beautiful spot. Shawn gets up and charges Jeff in the corner, but Jarrett dips the shoulder and Shawn takes the single best backdrop bump to the floor I've ever seen. It was in the corner, he got some serious elevation, and he did it with his back completely parallel to the ground. Ouch. It's bumps like those that shorten careers. Jarrett takes control with a front suplex and hooks an abdominal stretch in a context where it makes perfect sense. The ref sees him use the ropes for leverage, so he breaks the hold. Jarrett hits a big DDT for two. McMahon's mic stops working for awhile. The heels have some miscommunication as Jarrett accidentally hits the Roadie while attempting another rope splash. Shawn takes advantage and rolls up Jarrett for two. Jarrett whips him hard to the corner, and Shawn Flair Flips hard to the floor.
Jeff tries going to the top as Shawn did earlier in the match, but the ref won't allow him to jump from the top to the floor, so the Roadie hits a stiff, well executed clothesline on Shawn from the apron, reminiscent of Shawn's own trademark apron clothesline. Shawn beats the count in the ring, and Jarrett goes off the top with a crossbody that Shawn rolls through to sneak in a two count. Jarrett turns a crucifix into a sunset flip, and they trade two counts off that. They get up and Jeff hits a huge dropkick right in Shawn's face. That's enough for another two count. Awesome dropkick. Jarrett goes to a sleeper and Shawn comes back with a back suplex. They go off the ropes and Shawn hits a huge flying clothesline, right into a kip up, signaling the official start of his comeback. The fans are so into this guy. Shawn hits his flying forearm and heads up top for a reverse axehandle for two. He slams Double J and goes to the top rope for his version of the flying elbow. That also gets two. Shawn goes to the third floor once more, but this time the Roadie crotches him, allowing Jarrett to score with a superplex. Jarrett goes for the Figure Four, but Shawn small packages him and gets… two. The crowd thought that one was it. Jarrett goes to a kneebreaker and again tries to hook the Figure Four, but as he turns the leg, Michaels boots him in the butt, sending him right into Earl Hebner, the referee. Shawn sets up for the Superkick, but with no ref the Roadie sneaks in and clips his knee. Jarrett nails a perfect crossbody off the top for two, as Hebner gets himself back in the match. Jarrett prepares to send Michaels off the ropes, and the Roadie plans to casually trip him up. He looks out towards the crowd as he reaches his hand back into the ring to do the deed, but Shawn reverses the whip, and the unsuspecting Roadie accidentally trips up his own man. Jarrett gets up and turns around right into Shawn's superkick. This time Hebner counts three, and we have a new WWF Intercontinental Champion at 20:06. What an awesome match. ***** Shawn is awarded the white and gold belt that matches his tights perfectly. At the time I'm sure I was playing Heenan to Jarrett's Flair, probably denying the loss aloud to anyone who would listen. "No, no, no, no, no!" But Shawn's still the man so I wasn't too torn up. The pop he got from that crowd was unbelievable.
But on the heels of greatness comes tragedy. Well, not quite tragedy, but an unfortunate series of events at any rate. Later that night Jarrett became upset at the next program Vince had proposed for him. It seems Vince wanted to expose the Roadie as the real singer behind Jarrett (which he was) in a Milli Vanilli type storyline, a plan that Jarrett took exception too. Apparently Jeff really is a pretty good singer and didn't want his credibility as a vocalist shot to hell, so he refused to go through with it. Things got heated, and Jarrett walked out on his contract. The Roadie, his real life good friend, initally left the company with him, but soon returned and went through with his gimmick as "The Real Double J" Jesse James instead, a gimmick that saw him sing "With My Baby Tonight" during each of his entrances just to further expose the fact that Jarrett, no longer with the WWF, was really a fraud. Jeff would return to the WWF very breifly in late 1995, but then left for WCW before returning to the WWF again in late 1997. In 1999 he would pull off another Jordan-esque threepeat, winning the Intercontinental Title three times within the same year for the second time in his career.
Dok Hendrix implies that Jarrett and the Roadie just got in a fist fight with each other backstage to lend credence to the fact that the breakup angle was scheduled to be put in full force.
Tag Team Titles: The Allied Powers vs. Owen Hart & Yokozuna (Champions)
It's been two years since Luger bodyslammed Yokozuna on the deck of the USS Intrepid and now both are far from WWF Title contenders and all is right with the world again. Luger starts off with rights on the big guy, and Yoko falls backwards right onto Owen's foot. Ha! Owen totally oversells it and shoves him, so Yoko floors him with one shot. Jim Cornette mediates as peacemaker and smooths things over. Owen apologizes with a hug and tags in to play the cowardly heel during an exchange with an angry Luger. The Bulldog tags in and Owen does his pattened wristlock counter that we all know and love so fondly. The brothers in law do an excellent wrestling sequence, leading to a Bulldog backdrop that he actually screwed up pretty badly. Owen has to change direction in midair to prevent from falling on his head as a result. Yoko tags in to wear down the Bulldog with his dreaded nervehold. Owen comes in and Bulldog manages a sunset flip, but Owen nails him with the Enziguri. He ends up crotching himself a bit later, however, and Davey Boy makes the hot tag to Luger. All four men stay in the ring for an extended period of time to set up the finish. The Powers double back suplex Yokozuna, and Luger covers, but Owen comes off the top rope with an axehandle on Lex to break it up. Yoko follows it up with a leg drop and pins Luger for old times sake at 10:54. Good match, and a shocker too, since it was thought that the Allied Powers were set to go over. ***
Todd talks to Diesel, and they run through a Sid/Diesel video pacakge, highlighting their feud that all started the day after Wrestlemania XI when Diesel saved his old friend Shawn Michaels from a Sid beatdown. Today, Raw's after PPV's are always highly anticipated, and plenty of storyline development always goes down, but April 3, 1995 was the first Raw when that really happened. It's probably no coincidence either, since it was the first time the WWF had to start building to another PPV only one month away, as they do every month today.
WWF Title, Lumberjack Match: Diesel (Champion) vs. Sid
Each are allowed to choose fifteen lumberjacks. One Hunter Hearst Helmsely is making his WWF PPV debut as a heel lumberjack for Sid. How about that? Shawn Michaels enters alongside Diesel and is congratulated by several for his Intercontinental Title win. Razor Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid get high fives, but Bam Bam Bigelow doesn't. Hmmm. Of the heel lumberjacks, only Triple H, Kama (currently the Goodfather), and Tom Pritchard are doing anything even remotely significant right now. Shows how stellar that 1995 WWF heel roster was, doesn't it? Typical lumberjack action ensues as the heels beat on Diesel and all the babyfaces make the save. Diesel fights back on Sid and delivers a huge over the top rope tope on top of all the heel lumberjacks. I don't think anyone expected him to pull that out. But it proves to be a mistake as Mabel sandwiches him against the steel post and tosses him into Sid. Sid powerbombs him, but does a way too obvoius job of stalling, stopping to high five a bunch of his lumberjacks. When he finally covers, he only gets two. He goes for another powerbomb, but Diesel backdrops out. Sid picks a fight with the babyface lumberjacks, so Shawn Michaels goes to the top rope and hits him with an axehandle. Back in the ring, Diesel hits the Jackknife. IRS tries to interfere, but Diesel disposes of him and hits Sid with a big boot to get the three count and blowoff the feud at 10:06. Ha, Sid jobbed to a big boot. The Lumberjack gimmick made this one kind of fun. *1/2 It also allowed them to set up the top two Summerslam matches, Diesel vs. Mabel and Shawn vs. Sid, at the same time.
Much like the first In Your House, there's a Coliseum Video exclusive tacked on to the end of the tape featuring a dark match from the arena that night that was never intended to air on PPV. Tonight we get Bret Hart vs. the undefeated Jean Pierre Lafitte, evil pirate. Yes, Bret Hart wasn't on the PPV. I know, I think it's a crime too. Did Godwinn/Bigelow really have to be there over this? Gorilla Monsoon and Stan Lane are the announcers. Hey, why give Gorilla the boot once the PPV hit the air? I think he and Lawler would've made a fun team. Stan mentions that one day Bret will be joining Gorilla in the WWF Hall Of Fame. Gorilla spends the whole match making a big deal about how Bret in the Hall Of Fame is a sure thing. Guess you lost that bet, Gorilla. I know, I wouldn't have thought so either, but life is like that sometimes. Lafitte works Bret over as I anticipate his big comeback, and… the tape cuts off! What? Aw, come on! Not during a Bret Hart match. That's just cruel! Oh well. The match looked to be at least ***, maybe even more depending on how things progressed. But that's okay, because that Godwinn/Bigelow epic on the PPV was a real fast paced eye opener.
In Your House Key Stats
Total Wrestling: 64:16
Average Match: 10:43
Average Match Rating: **1/2
Top Moments: The Roadie's second rope piledriver, Jarrett's singing, the ***** Jarrett/Michaels match, Owen's work in the Tag Title Match, Lumberjack hijinx
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