WWF In Your House XVI: Canadian Stampede

Live from Calgary, Alberta

Airdate: July 6, 1997

Attendance: 12.151 (10,974 paid)

Hosted by Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, & Jerry “The King” Lawler

With the show in western Canada, how will the Hart Foundation be treated? Scoundrels? Or heroes? Read on!

At the broadcast table, each commentator wears a cowboy hat. Check out Lawler's:

For those who care, the Godwinns defeated the New Blackjacks on the Free for All.

Prior to the opening match, we get a Dok Hendrix-narrated video promoting the happenings between Helmsley and Mankind.

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


Rating: ***

Summary: I get the feeling that this feud is far from over.

After the match, Mankind hip-tosses Helmsley into the penalty box. They then brawl until officials separate them.

Next, a pre-recorded video airs with the Hart Foundation along with Diana Hart-Smith in a parade. Bret then signed autographs for his fans that stood a mile long. Hendrix, Goldust, and the Road Warriors then attended a White Hat ceremony while WWF superstars enjoyed a good game of tug-o'-war with fans. Hendrix closed the video with the Hart Foundation's "home-field advantage."

From the arena, Hendrix interviews Bret with the Hart Foundation until Austin interrupts. Acting as a babyface, Bret wants it 5-on-5 rather than 5-on-1.

Prior to the next match, Helmsley and Mankind continue to brawl on the floor of the Saddledome. Helmsley is BUSTED OPEN! While Mankind rams Helmsley into some equipment, they, along with some officials, head backstage.

Match 2: The Great Sasuke versus Taka Michinoku


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: The Calgary faithful had no clue how to react to this, but I thought it was a really good match where both competitors showcased themselves well.

In the parking lot, Mankind rams Helmsley face-first into a school bus. While Chyna holds Mankind, Helmsley pounds him. He then sends Mankind flying into a group of empty beer kegs. Despite officials' warnings, Helmsley drills Mankind with the handle of a shovel.

He then sets Mankind up atop some pallets, attempts a Pedigree, but receives a back drop instead. Although each wrestler is exhausted, Mankind rams Helmsley face-first into a truck. Officials then finally break up the melee. Add another ½* to their match for the elongated brawl.

We then revisit RAW is WAR from two weeks ago when Ahmed Johnson blew out his knee during a brawl with the DoA.

Backstage, Hendrix interviews Vader with Bearer. While Bearer calls Undertaker a "murderer" again, he touts his actions during their last PPV match. We then see the Undertaker-Vader match from Royal Rumble '97 when Bearer nailed Undertaker with the urn. Vader then pinned Undertaker upon hitting a Vader bomb.

Match 3 for the WWF title: Undertaker (champion) versus Vader (w/ Paul Bearer)


Rating: ***

Summary: Really good big-man match where each wrestler wasn't afraid to leave his feet.

Again, we see footage of fans of the Hart Foundation earlier this week. We then see the gang wars between the NoD, DoA, and Los Boricuas. After that, we see the Road Warriors doing what they do best—beat people up. Next, we segue to the Hart-Austin feud and the ending to last week's RAW is WAR.

Backstage, Hendrix interviews Austin, Goldust, Shamrock, and the Road Warriors.

Farmer's Daughter then sings the Canadian national anthem. Afterward, Finkel introduces Alberta's premier Ralph Klein as well as Stu and Helen Hart. Numerous members of the Hart Family sit among them.

Match 4 (ten-man): WWF Intercontinental champion Owen Hart, WWF European champion the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, the “Loose Cannon” Brian Pillman, & Bret “Hitman” Hart versus Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust, & the Road Warriors (w/o Marlena)


Rating: *****

Summary: What's not to love about this match? Everyone got their stuff in, the crowd was JACKED, and the Harts got to win in front of their family and fans. Superb match!

After the match, Shamrock makes Bruce taste the steel railing. Waiter, could you give the blond-curly-haired Hart more sliced brisket? Regardless, Bret makes Goldust taste it. Um, waiter, a catfish po boy for the golden wrestler, please? As the melee continues, more Harts and officials storm the ring to chase the American 'heels" away.

Austin then returns with a chair and CREAMS Neidhart with it. As the Hart Foundation demolishes him, officials return to break it up. While the Calgary faithful again chants "Austin sucks," security handcuffs Austin. To show his disdain for the Calgary faithful, Austin gives them a two-finger salute. Afterward, the entire Hart family floods the ring to celebrate the victory.

Conclusion: What an incredible show! Top to bottom, this show stands as the best WWF show thus far in 1997. Despite having only four matches, each match told a unique story that not only tantalized the Calgary faithful but also the viewer at home. I recommend this show as required viewing to any and all wrestling fans. You may even convert a non-believer with this show. I double-dog dare you to try.

Buyrate: 0.59

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 7-7-97!

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