Hello and welcome to another edition
of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the
internet that is more dead than The British Wrestling Scene! It’s WWF in Your
House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies! It’s time for HBK vs Diesel for the WWF
Championship, two former friends have to face one another with Diesel looking
to destroy Shawn Michaels. We also have The Ultimate Warrior challenging
Goldust for the WWF Intercontinental Championship which sounds bizarre to me,
we also have Vader against Razor Ramon which should be a fun match. Let’s see
if In Your House can be a fun show once more!
Owen Hart &
The British Bulldog vs Jake Roberts & Ahmed Johnson
A Wrestlemania rematch of sorts with
Roberts looking to take out Bulldog, Roberts jabs away at Owen before Owen tags
in Bulldog. Roberts tags in Ahmed, Bulldog tags in Owen. Ahmed tosses Owen to
the corner, Ahmed wants Bulldog. Ahmed shoves down Owen a second time, Owen
says Ahmed is pulling the hair. Side headlock from Owen, Ahmed tosses Owen
across the ring with ease. Ahmed tags in Roberts, Owen rakes the eyes. Irish
whip, Roberts lands a hip-toss on Owen. Roberts calls for the DDT, Owen slips
out. Roberts takes the arm, elbow to the face of Owen who escapes the DDT for a
second time. Eye rake from Owen, clubbing blows for good measure. Tag to
Bulldog, scoop slam but Bulldog misses the elbow. Tag to Ahmed, Bulldog tags in
Ahmed wants a test of strength, Ahmed
out-powers Owen and stomps on his fingers. Clothesline from Ahmed, right hands
and stomps in the corner. Bulldog attacks Ahmed from behind, tag to Bulldog.
Bulldog keeps Ahmed down, big scoop slam from Bulldog. Bulldog poses, Ahmed
begins firing up though. Bulldog is choked, Owen cheap shots Ahmed from the
apron. Owen is in the ring, uppercuts stagger Ahmed. Ahmed blocks the scoop
slam though, military press slam from Ahmed. Tag to Roberts, elbows from
Roberts. Owen whips Roberts to the buckle, Roberts dodges the splash. Owen
knees Roberts in the face, middle rope missile dropkick and a tag to Bulldog.
Stomps from Bulldog, Owen chokes
Roberts behind the referee’s back. Bulldog headbutts Roberts who is feeling the
effects of the double-teams, Roberts is fighting back from his knees. Bulldog
shuts that down and lands a big leg drop, tag to Owen who lands a diving fist
drop. Owen locks in a reverse chin-lock, Roberts begins fighting back before an
elbow stops Roberts. Owen wants a sharpshooter, Roberts kicks away Owen but
Bulldog is now the legal man. Roberts continues to be assaulted by Owen
illegally before Bulldog tags in Owen, Irish whip and Owen lowers his head.
Owen tries a sleeper but Roberts counters and tags in Ahmed. Big right hands to
Bulldog, spinebuster from Ahmed. Clothesline for Ahmed, tag back to Roberts.
Roberts call for a DDT, in comes Owen who eats a back drop. Ahmed clotheslines
down Bulldog and Owen, Bulldog has the tennis racket. Owen pulls out Ahmed,
Bulldog nails the leg of Roberts with the racket and with a weird looking
single leg makes Roberts tap.
Fun little opening match, I do love
Owen Hart and Bulldog as a team. Roberts is still over and sweet Jesus, Ahmed
Johnson is so explosive that I am just falling in love with the man. One spot,
one spinebuster was his performance in this match and it was amazing. Jake
should be putting people over and we still want to see Ahmed get his hands on
Bulldog at a later date. So, I am happy with how this one played out, crowd
loved it too.
Hart & British Bulldog over Jake Roberts & Ahmed Johnson via Single Leg
Intercontinental Championship Match) Goldust © W/ Marlena & Bodyguard? Vs
The Ultimate Warrior
Goldust has a bandaged knee but the
match will take place, Warrior sprints to the ring and I hope Warrior is not
going to destroy another promising talent. Tonnes of stalling, Goldust
threatens the crowd with kissing if they do not shut up. Loud faggot chants
which shows us where we were and what year it was, Goldust has his hand burnt
with the cigar before eating a massive clothesline. Warrior clotheslines The
Bodyguard and this crap is over!
Ultimate Warrior over Goldust via Count-Out!
Razor Ramon vs
Vader took out Yokozuna, crushing his
leg with multiple Vader Bombs to his leg, Razor Ramon is back from “suspension”
following Razor’s intent to leave for WCW. Razor throws his toothpick at
Cornette, Cornette is irate. Vader is in the face of Razor, lock-up with Vader
tossing Razor to the floor. Vader tosses Razor down, Vader starts throwing
bombs to the chest and face. A headbutt staggers Razor, corner rights and lefts
from Vader. Vader poses for the fans, Razor stands tall defiantly but Vader
keeps swinging. Razor fires back but an eye poke from Vader stops that madness.
Vader takes down Razor, Razor ducks two clotheslines before landing a massive
right. Three in a row, Vader back-drops Razor to the floor. Razor is not down
though, Razor comes back with massive rights.
Vader is down in the corner, Cornette
is trying to get Vader back to his feet. Jabs and rights from Razor, Vader is
down. Clotheslines from Razor, Vader is clotheslined to the floor. Vader takes
his time before re-entering the ring, Cornette distracts Razor. Razor catches
Vader, Vader sends Razor to the buckle. Corner splash and clothesline from
Vader, Vader drops an elbow on the knee of Razor. Vader splashes Razor for a
close two, Vader throws rights and lefts in the corner before trying a
short-arm clothesline but Razor ducks and lands a belly to back suplex for two.
Slam from Vader, Vader wants a Vader Bomb! Razor manages to put a hand up at
the last second, loud Razor chants from the crowd.
Razor fires back before Vader lands a
right hand and belly to back suplex. Knee from Vader, rights and lefts in the
corner from Vader. Razor blocks the suplex and suplexes Vader for two. Vader
comes back with a clothesline, scoop slam from Vader. Vader is on the middle
rope, Razor manages to slam Vader off the middle rope for a close two. Whip to
the buckle, corner clothesline from Razor. Razor is on the middle rope, diving
bulldog for two. Razor charges in but Vader hammers Razor, snap-mare from
Vader. Razor was playing possum, Razor wants the razor’s edge but Vader is too
heavy. Hammering blows from Vader, slam from Vader. Vader was going for a
Vadersault, Razor electric chair-drops Vader. Vader back drops Razor and
squishes Razor with a hip splash.
Disappointing and a sad end to Razor’s
run in the WWF. I love Razor Ramon and I love Vader but this seemed like little
more than an extended squash, it could have been so much more. Razor had been
one of the most popular wrestlers during the last 3 years in the WWF, an
important figure in so many big WWF New Generation moments and his matches were
always enjoyable. However, this match just seemed like a nothing match, the
right man goes over with Vader continuing to build that momentum which will
lead to a match with Yokozuna at the next In Your House. That could be awful!
over Razor Ramon via Hip Splash!
(WWF Tag Team
Championship Match) The Bodydonnas © W/ Sunny vs The Godwinns W/ Hillbilly Jim
Henry Godwinn has Phineas here with
him as they challenge for the tag team championships, Hillbilly Jim is here too
as their manager. Bodydonnas beat The Smoking Gunns at some point, Zip and
Henry to start. Side headlock by Zip, Henry catches Zip before Skip comes in,
Skip and Zip get clotheslined by Henry. Tag to Phineas, Zip gets away from the
slop bucket but Phineas takes control by biting the arm. Tag to Henry, Zip
cheap-shots Henry and tags in Skip. Skip eats a shoulder block, fireman’s slam
from Henry. Henry lands a vicious wheelbarrow suplex on Skip, Zip swaps places
with Skip but the referee caught them. In comes Zip, Phineas comes into the
ring too. Shoulder block from Phineas, Zip lands a kick to the ribs and sends
Phineas to the buckle. Phineas kicks away Zip, side headlock from Phineas.
Skip low-bridges Phineas who was
running the ropes, Skip puts the boots to Phineas on the floor. Zip covers for
two, in comes Skip. They double-team Phineas double slingshot suplex. Zip lands
a massive knee drop, Skip comes in and stomps the life out of Phineas.
Snap-mare into a reverse chin-lock, Phineas survives and eats a hurricanrana
from Skip for two. To the corner, tag to Zip. Double stomps but Phineas begins
fighting back with massive right hands, what is Phineas doing? Phineas tags
Henry but Sunny is distracting Phineas with a signed autograph. Hillbilly Jim
has the slop bucket, Henry drops Skip with The Slop Drop. Zip changes places,
Henry gets caught in the small package and the heels retain their championships.
As bad as I thought it would be,
Phineas aka Mideon never did anything for me inside of that ring. Especially
when he’s out there doing standing mule kicks and playing a buffoon, like what
was this? Tag team division is quite poor at this time, I do not want to see a
rematch of these two anytime soon, that’s for sure. Sunny is very good though,
I can’t believe they never put her with a top act considering what she could do
Bodydonnas over The Godwinns via Small Package!
Match No Holds Barred) Shawn Michaels © vs Diesel
What a difference a year makes, from
Shawn Michaels being the arrogant one stating that he no longer needed Diesel
to now Diesel saying the same thing. Shawn Michaels fulfilled his dream by winning
the WWF Championship, Michaels was able to eliminate Diesel from The Royal
Rumble match to get his chance to go to Wrestlemania. Diesel said the
friendship was still alive at this stage before Diesel drove that knife deep
into the back of his former best friend HBK.
This starts perfectly with Michaels
and Diesel staring a whole through one another, Michaels is throwing rights and
lefts at Diesel before a knee turns the tide. Diesel bounces Michaels’ head off
the buckle, Michaels leap-frogs Diesel to escape the corner. Dropkick and
Diesel is on the floor, baseball slide from HBK. Michaels moonsaults to the
floor to wipe out Diesel, Michaels has a boot from one of the announcers.
Diving axe handle with the boot, two for Michaels. Diesel reverses an Irish
whip and sends Michaels to the floor, Diesel tosses Michaels back into the
ring. Short-arm clothesline rocks Michaels, Diesel stares out into the crowd.
Snake eyes from Diesel, knees in the corner from Big Daddy Cool.
Diesel chokes Michaels in the corner,
sidewalk slam from Diesel. Diesel starts choking the referee with his
wrist-tape, Diesel steals the referee’s belt. Michaels is being whipped by
Diesel, Michaels is being choked by Big Daddy Cool. Diesel is choking Michaels,
Michaels is dangling over the ropes and now Diesel ties the belt to the ropes.
Diesel tosses down Fink and grabs a chair, Diesel waffles Michaels in the back
with the chair, the challenger is dominating in this match. Another chair-shot
to the spine, Michaels is in agony. Diesel aims for HBK, HBK ducks and Diesel
eats the chair as it bounces off the top rope.
Michaels has the chair, revenge time
but no, Diesel lows blows the champion. Back body-drop from Diesel, Diesel applies
a neck crank to HBK. Michaels fights back, big right hands but Diesel shoves
down Michaels. Forearm shot after forearm shot, Michaels keeps on getting up
before Diesel forearms Michaels to the floor. Jacknife Powerbomb through the announce
table, rarely did that happen in the WWF at this point. This is a huge spot,
Diesel grabs the championship and asks the referee to place it around his waist.
Michaels stumbles to his feet before blasting Diesel with a fire extinguisher.
Massive rights from Michaels, kip-up after a flying forearm. Diesel is down, Michaels
grabs the chair, Diesel is waffled in the back and in the head.
Irish whip from Michaels, Michaels
ducks the head though. Diesel clubs down Michaels, Irish whip and big boot from
Big Daddy Cool. Michaels avoids the powerbomb by hammering Diesel with fists,
Michaels lands his elbow drop. Sweet Chin Music is blocked as Diesel lands a
massive clothesline, Diesel clotheslines Michaels to the floor. Diesel military
presses Michaels onto the guardrail. Diesel attacks Mad Dog Vachon, Diesel rips
out the leg of Vachon. The prosthetic leg of course, Diesel has the leg but
Michaels lands a tremendous low blow. Michaels waffles Diesel with the prosthetic
leg, Sweet Chin Music and Michaels retains the championship.
What a match, a classic in my eyes for
sure. This was awesome, Diesel as a heel in late 1995/early 1996 has just
cemented himself as one of my favourite heels with this performance. So it
starts off fantastically with both men staring a whole through one another,
Diesel goes to work and just takes off the kid-friendly New Generation gloves.
We have the referee being attacked but we have Diesel hanging Michaels,
powerbombing HBK through the announce table and stealing a wrestling legend’s prosthetic
leg all with the intention of maiming and destroying his once close friend Shawn
Michaels. Diesel is perfect in this match, his body-language is spot-on while
his attacks are vicious and devastating. Nothing could be better, the powerbomb
spot was rare with the fans rushing to the barricade to see if HBK was still alive.
Michaels selling was tremendous as always and his comeback had the fans going
bananas. I loved this match, Diesel may have only had great matches with Bret
Hart and Shawn Michaels but I am fine with that because this was a classic!
Michaels over Diesel via Sweet Chin Music!
That was WWF ‘s In Your House 7: Good
Friends, Better Enemies! An alright In Your House from the WWF. The opening tag
match is a lot of fun, I think the finish hurts the match, I don’t see that
weird looking single leg Boston crab as credible in the slightest but Owen
bumping like a mad man and Ahmed Johnson being explosive is always a fun watch.
It’s building to Ahmed destroying Owen and Bulldog, I am all here for that.
Goldust vs Ultimate Warrior is eight minutes of stalling, it’s boring and dull
and very homophobic by the end with the highlight being fans chanting faggot thunderously
throughout the arena. I did not enjoy Razor vs Vader much, I like both but it
was dull with Razor being destroyed by Vader. A sad end to Razor’s WWF career
but like a champion, Razor put over the new heel in town. The tag team
championship match was average, I see no upside to two Godwinns. However, the
main event kicks all sorts of ass, Diesel is at his best as a character and
Michaels is firmly the top guy who carries the company with standout
performances. HBK sells tremendously and Diesel’s character work is top-notch,
they have some great spots mixed in and a great finish to boot. Watch this only
for the main event, I can’t recommend anything else on this show. 1996 is
starting off a lot like 1995, hoping that WWF can inject some new talent into
the upper parts of the card with Razor and Diesel leaving for WCW as well as
show some edge as we move further into the year. Thanks for reading and
remember: there’s always another night!