WWF In Your House XV: Cold Day in Hell

Live from Richmond, VA

Airdate: May 11, 1997

Attendance: 9,381 (7,681 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jerry “The King” Lawler

Can Austin win the WWF title? Will the Nation of Domination disband? Read on!

For those that care, Rockabilly defeated Jesse James during the Free for All.

Prior to the opening match, we revisit Shotgun Saturday Night when Chyna interfered in Helmsley’s match against Mankind. In fact, she gave Mankind both a Mike Tyson-style uppercut and a kick reminiscent of Ronaldo. Like Ronaldo’s home country, Brazil, both shots were below the Equator.

Match 1: Hunter Hearst Helmsley (w/ Chyna) versus Flash Funk


Rating: *1/2

Summary: While Helmsley may know how to map out a match, he still has ZERO heat.

After the match, Chyna holds Funk overhead, walks over to the ropes, and crotches him on the top one. YEE-OUCH! According to Meltzer, Funk was none too happy about his position on this show.

A video featuring Ken Shamrock airs. Afterward, Ross interviews him. We then revisit the Free for All when Mankind and Vader attacked him in the locker room.

Prior to the next match, we revisit the FIREBALL from 3/31. Following that, we revisit the second fireball from IYH XIV. Now, I’m thirsty. Pour me a shot!

Backstage, Todd Pettengill interviews Rocky Maivia. During the interview, we revisit Survivor Series ’96 when Maivia made his WWF debut. Did success come too soon? Yes, but success has followed him ever since.

Match 2: Mankind (w/o Paul Bearer) versus Rocky Maivia


Rating: *

Summary: Maivia’s days as a babyface are numbered. This match marks their first (of many) televised encounters. Unfortunately, it stunk on Melba toast.

We then revisit RAW is WAR from last week when Johnson spoiled Crush’s gauntlet series.

Backstage, Pettengill interviews Johnson who uses the word “brung” twice. Remind me not to recommend schools near Pearl River, MS.

Match 3 (gauntlet): Ahmed Johnson versus Crush (w/ the Nation of Domination)


Rating: *

Match 4 (gauntlet): Ahmed Johnson versus Savio Vega


Rating: ½*

After the match, Vega continues to pummel Johnson with the chair.

Match 5 (gauntlet): Ahmed Johnson versus Faarooq


Rating: ½*

Summary: Horrible series of matches that served no purpose since Johnson failed.

We then revisit RAW is WAR from last week when Vader and Shamrock brawled.

Backstage, Pettengill interviews Vader. We then see the Mankind attack of Shamrock again.

Match 6: Vader versus Ken Shamrock


Rating: DUD

Summary: As a wrestling match, this was G-A-R-B-A-G-E. As a fight, it was stiff as can be. Your mileage may vary on the rating. Seriously, if Shamrock wants to be professional wrestler, he will need more training. Vader was legitimately injured.

Backstage, Pettengill interviews Austin. We then revisit RAW is WAR from two weeks ago when Austin hit the Stunner on Undertaker but ate a chokeslam as well.

Match 7 for the WWF title: Undertaker (champion) versus Stone Cold Steve Austin


Rating: ***

Summary: Decent main event with good psychology. Regrettably, it wasn’t Austin’s time to win the title.

After the match, the Hart Foundation hits the ring to ambush Undertaker. With Bret alone in the front row, Austin notices him. He then spills Bret out of the wheelchair, grabs a crutch, and storms the ring to chase off the Hart Foundation. Next, Undertaker chokeslams Owen as Neidhart assists Bret back to the locker room.

After ring announcer Howard Finkel announces Undertaker as the winner, Austin delivers the Stone Cold Stunner to the WWF champion and flips him off. He then saunters after the Hart Foundation with crutch in hand.

Conclusion: Except for the main event, the previous matches were nothing more than RAW fodder. The lower and midcard matches were abysmal at best. The only purpose of this show was to continue the Austin-Hart Foundation feud while giving Austin a PPV title shot. Unless you are a die-hard Undertaker fan or need each step of the Austin-Hart storyline engrained in your head, I would certainly avoid this show.

Buyrate: 0.57

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 5-12-97!

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