WWF In Your House XVII: Ground Zero

Live from Louisville, KY

Airdate: September 7, 1997

Attendance: 4,963 (sold out)

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

Will Bret retain the WWF title against Patriot? What will transpire between Undertaker and Michaels? Can Pillman actually beat Goldust or will he leave the WWF forever? Let's find out!

Prior to the opening match, we revisit the soap opera that is the Pillman/Goldust feud.

Match 1: The “Loose Cannon” Brian Pillman versus Goldust (w/ Marlena)


Rating: **

Summary: Unlike Summerslam, Pillman didn't fall for the purse trick this time. Regrettably, this was Pillman's final supershow appearance.

After the match, Marlena is despondent, yet Pillman drags her backstage. Goldust then chases after his wife, and Lawler opens the purse to reveal a brick. Next, Pillman tosses Marlena into a Lincoln Town Car and drives away. Goldust, sadly, is just seconds too late.

Backstage, Goldust destroys the dressing room in anger before chasing the cameraman out.

We then revisit Shotgun Saturday Night when the Lawlers gave Putski a spike piledriver followed by a Tennessee Jam with a chair (aired 7/19, taped 7/14).

Match 2: “Too Sexy” Brian Christopher versus Scott Putski


Rating: *½

Summary: Sometimes things don't go your way. This would be Putski's final match in the WWF.

After the match, Lawler chastises the injured Putski who appears to have dislocated his patella. Officials then place Putski on a stretcher and carry him backstage for medical attention.

We then see footage of the war between the Nation of Domination, Disciples of Apocalypse, and Los Boricuas.

Match 3 (triple-threat): Savio Vega versus Crush versus Faarooq


Rating: *

Summary: Popcorn match if there ever was one.

Promo airs for 'Cause Stone Cold Said So.

Match 4 (dwarf): Max Mini versus El Torito


Rating: **½

Summary: Great high-flying mixed with witty comedy made for an entertaining match.

We then revisit Summerslam '97 when Owen momentarily paralyzed Stone Cold Steve Austin. On Friday Night's Main Event, Commissioner Slaughter suspended Austin and ordered him to forfeit the tag titles at the PPV due to the severe injury (aired 9/5, taped 8/23).

In the ring, Ross interviews Slaughter who lays down the law. Dude Love comes to the ring and forfeits his tag team belt. Austin then arrives to a raucous ovation and flips off Ross. As he commandeers the microphone, Austin believes he can wrestle and disrespects Slaughter. In the process, he relinquishes his tag team belt and calls Ross "fat ass."

Ross then wishes him well while toeing the company line, but Austin responds with a Stone Cold Stunner. Meanwhile, the Louisville faithful ERUPTS. Slaughter then ejects both Austin and Dude Love, but not before Austin flips him off. While officials assist Ross up the ramp, Vince looks on with concern.

Backstage, Dok Hendrix interviews Owen and Smith. Owen's extremely perturbed about Austin's actions, but he and Smith ready to regain the tag team titles.

Vince then apologizes for Austin's actions despite referring to him as a "jackass."

Prior to the next match, the Headbangers and Godwinns cut separate pre-recorded promos. Michael Cole then interviews the Road Warriors backstage.

Match 5 for the WWF tag team titles (Fatal 4-way): WWF European champion the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith & Owen Hart versus the Godwinns versus the Road Warriors versus the Headbangers


Rating: ***

Summary: When Austin's got a grudge, he holds it well. Owen felt his wrath, and it cost him the tag titles.

Promo #2 for 'Cause Stone Cold Said So airs.

Back in the locker room, Ross holds an ice pack to his neck while he speaks to Slaughter.

Video airs featuring Patriot which includes 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers.

Backstage, Sunny interviews Patriot who's ready to defeat Bret for the second time.

Elsewhere backstage, Cole interviews Bret says he'll beat Patriot and enjoy doing it.

Match 6 for the WWF title: Bret “Hitman” Hart (champion) versus Patriot


Rating: ****

Summary: Great story, good psychology, and an electrified crowd made this an extremely fantastic match. Great job, guys!

After the match, Bret attacks and piledrives Patriot. He then grabs the American flag and breaks the flag pole in half. Next, he chokes Patriot with the American flag until officials stop him. He then decks Pat Patterson and kicks Patriot before leaving. Is it me or is Patriot NEVER seeing the main event again?

Backstage, Cole interviews Bret who calls Austin, Undertaker, Michaels, and Patriot "losers."

Video featuring Undertaker airs. We then revisit Summerslam '97 when Michaels screwed Undertaker out of the WWF title. Following that, we revisit RAW is WAR when Michaels bloodied Undertaker with another chair shot (aired 8/18). From Friday Night's Main Event, Undertaker cut a promo on Michaels (aired 8/29, taped 8/23).

Backstage, Michaels cuts a promo on Undertaker.

Match 7: Undertaker versus the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels


Rating: ****

Summary: Much more of a brawl than a match, but it was truly exciting watching Michaels bounce like a superball while getting his ass kicked. With all of the outside interference, methinks their rematch should transpire in a steel cage.

After the match, Undertaker chokeslams Helmsley into Michaels and tosses him over the top rope to the floor. Michaels then delivers Sweet Chin Music which ties Undertaker in the ropes. Yikes! I don’t like his chances. Chyna then grabs a steel chair and hands it to Michaels. In the meantime, Helmsley DEMOLISHES White. Michaels then charges with the chair, and Undertaker kicks it in his face.

At first, Undertaker succeeds against the duo, but, upon another tombstone attempt to Michaels, fails due to Helmsley's interference. Officials then storm the ring, but Michaels cuts them off. When Undertaker tombstones Helmsley, the locker room empties to break up the melee. All order appears restored until Undertaker hits a tope onto several wrestlers including Michaels and Helmsley. Holy flying power forwards, Batman! Add an extra star for that and furthering the interest in a rematch.

Conclusion: With a hot main event, a great title match, and the Austin angle, this show needs no further recommendation from me. For those that truly enjoy a good technical match, watch the WWF title match. And those who enjoy a match with some edge to it, check out the main event.

Buyrate: 0.45

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 9-8-97!

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