WWF In Your House XIII: Final Four

Live from Chattanooga, TN

Airdate: February 16, 1997

Attendance: 6,399

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jerry “The King” Lawler

With the WWF title hanging in the balance, who survives the Final Four? Read on!

Match 1: “Wildman” Marc Mero (w/ Sable) versus Leif Cassidy


Rating: **

Summary: Despite the crickets in the audience for this match, this was a solid match. Cassidy’s psychology couldn’t beat Mero’s high-flying maneuvers.

For those who care, Honkytonk Man made a quick cameo.

We then revisit Thursday RAW Thursday when Shawn Michaels surrendered the WWF title due to a **cough**knee injury**cough**. I think he’s actually suffering from jobberitis.

Prior to the next match, Kevin Kelly interviews Sycho Sid backstage who’s ready to regain the WWF title tomorrow night on RAW.

As Bart makes his entrance, we revisit RAW from four weeks ago as Faarooq beat him thanks to interference from the Nation of Domination. We then revisit RAW from two weeks ago as Crush beat Goldust thanks to more interference from the NoD.

Match 2: Faarooq, Crush, & Savio Vega (w/ the Nation of Domination) versus Flash Funk, Goldust, & Bart Gunn (w/ Marlena & the Funkettes)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: This was a popcorn match if there ever was one.

Back in the locker room, Dok Hendrix interviews Austin who claims a conspiracy against him.

We again revisit Thursday RAW Thursday when Maivia upset Helmsley to win the IC title.

Match 3 for the WWF Intercontinental title: Rocky Maivia (champion) versus Hunter Hearst Helmsley


Rating: **

Summary: The distracted finish reared its ugly head for Helmsley. Similarly, that DDT looked NASTY.

After the match, Goldust taunts Helmsley as a tall brunette grabs Marlena from behind. While security hauls her off, Goldust assists his wife backstage.

Promo for WrestleMania XIII available on Coliseum Video on May 6.

Backstage, Kelly interviews Vader with Bearer.

Prior to the next match, we revisit Royal Rumble when Owen eliminated Smith.

Match 4 for the WWF tag team titles: Owen Hart & the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith (champions w/ Clarence Mason) versus Doug Furnas & Philip LaFon


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Fast-paced match with a crappy ending thanks to the disjointed relationship between Smith and Owen. Perhaps they need couples’ therapy.

After the match, incredulous about Owen’s antics, Smith intentionally drops his belt. He then broke Owen’s Slammy! As Smith gets in Mason’s face, Owen smooths things over despite Smith’s reluctance.

Backstage, Hendrix interviews Undertaker who cuts a decent promo.

We then revisit Royal Rumble as Bret eliminated Austin unbeknownst to the referees. In case you missed it, Austin returned to the ring and eliminated Vader, Undertaker, and Bret to win.

As Undertaker makes his entrance, Kelly interviews Bret.

Match 5 (final four): Undertaker versus Bret Hart versus Stone Cold Steve Austin versus Vader (w/ Paul Bearer)


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Excellent match that gave Bret his fourth WWF title.

After ad #2 for WrestleMania XIII on Coliseum Video airs, Sycho Sid interrupts Bret’s celebration. They stand face-to-face as the PPV goes off the air.

Conclusion: Definitively, the last two matches made this show especially the main event. Since the main event is a must-see (although maybe not for the squeamish), gather your friends and check out this hidden gem on the WWE Network.

Buyrate: 0.50

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 2-17-97!

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