Live from Saginaw, MI

Airdate: September 24, 1995

Attendance: 6, 500 (5,146 paid)

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

The inclusion of Jim Ross to the commentary team was the work of new creative director “Cowboy” Bill Watts. Let’s see how they fare together.

We see Savio Vega’s debut at the first In Your House PPV on 5/14.

Match 1: Waylon Mercy versus Savio Vega


Rating: *

Summary: Definite contrast of styles match here. After a European tour in October Spivey retired. Mercy killing, perhaps?

Dok Hendix locates WWF Commissioner Gorilla Monsoon in the heel locker room with Jim Cornette. Gorilla promises us that the main event will happen no matter what.

On Superstars (taped 8/29) Sycho Sid got slopped and destroyed the backstage area. Henry Godwinn received a powerbomb for his indiscretion.

Match 2: Sycho Sid (w/ Ted DiBiase) versus Henry O. Godwinn


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Sid’s back work saved this from the depths of horrible matches.

After the match Bam Bam Bigelow attacks Sid. Kama then runs to the ring to attack Bigelow. Meanwhile Godwinn sneaks up from behind DiBiase, grabs his bucket from him, and slops him again! The scoundrel!

Back in the locker room Hendrix is still with Monsoon and Cornette. The Commissioner gives Cornette two options: (1) let Yokozuna fight by himself, or (2) find a one-time partner just for tonight. I don’t like the smell of this.

On the 8/21 episode of RAW (taped 8/14) we see DBS nail Diesel in the back sending him down thanks to a clothesline by Mabel. Following that we see DBS giving Diesel his patented running powerslam.

Match 3: Bam Bam Bigelow versus “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith (w/o Jim Cornette)


Rating: **

Summary: This had RAW main event written all over it.

On the Superstar line we see Godwinn on one side and a still-slopped DiBiase on the other. What a trooper!

A plug for WrestleMania: The Special on FOX this Saturday at 11PM ET. I don’t think the ratings for that went too well for the WWF.

Bob Backlund, campaigning for President of the United States (not the WWF) in 1996, comes to the ring carrying a dictionary. His abuse of million dollar words is put on display here. He then introduces Dean Douglas.

At Summerslam Douglas got his clock cleaned by Ramon after his critique. On Superstars Ramon interfered during Douglas’ match-up against the 1-2-3 Kid. On RAW Douglas sought his revenge with a splash to the back of Ramon.

Match 4: Razor Ramon versus Dean Douglas (w/ Bob Backlund)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Awful finish. Douglas’ aerial maneuvers were not crisp whatsoever. I understand the attempt to improve as a ring general, but forsaking quality for quantity usually doesn’t reap benefits.

After the match Ramon tosses the Kid back into the ring. WWF officials separate the Clique members.

Promo for In Your House 4 from Winnipeg on 10/22.

Dok Hendrix shills Shawn Michaels’ cap and glasses for $25! He then interviews the “Dudes with Attitudes.” While wearing Shawn’s hat Diesel smells a “rat.”

On Superstars LaFitte stole Bret Hart’s glasses and jacket.

Vince interviews Bret prior to his entrance.

Match 5: Bret “Hitman” Hart versus Jean-Pierre LaFitte


Rating: ****

Summary: Creative match with great bumping and flying. This match should earn Bret a trip up the ladder toward the WWF title.

After the match Bret retrieves his jacket, so all is right with the world again.

Back in the locker room Dok Hendrix discovers that DBS will be Owen’s replacement in the main event tonight. DBS does his best Stu Hart pose.

Former WWF Women’s champion Alundra Blayze models the In Your House 3 t-shirt for only $20!

Match 6 (Triple-header—all WWF titles are on the line): WWF Champion Diesel and intercontinental champion Shawn Michaels versus WWF tag team champions Owen Hart and Yokozuna (w/ Jim Cornette and Mr. Fuji)


Rating: ***

Summary: Something smells really fishy here, and I don’t mean the Great Lakes perch at Spencer’s Route 46.

Conclusion: The champions versus champions match-up garnered the WWF a decent buyrate that outperformed WCW’s annual Fall Brawl. However, the main event had a screwy ending. I understand the inclusion of DBS in this match as he's being pushed for the WWF title as well as his inability to job here, but there had to be a better outcome than what transpired. I’m sure we’ll learn more on RAW.

As far as match recommendations go I’d seek out the Hart-LaFitte match. The 2 hour B-show PPVs by the WWF aren’t known for much, but this one wasn’t terrible. Jim Ross’ inclusion though minimal added good flavor to the show.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the numerous not-so-subtle edits on this version from the WWE Network. They could at least apologize for having an incomplete copy of the show.

See you on the Monday Night War week 3!

Buyrate: 0.70

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