Hello and welcome to another wrestling review from Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that won’t suspend talent for tasteless comments on air! It’s WWF In Your House 19: D-Generation X! The main event is Shawn Michaels defending his championship against Ken Shamrock, what a match that will be ladies and gentlemen while Stone Cold Steve Austin defends his WWF Intercontinental Championship against Rocky Maivia! We have the return of Jeff Jarrett and the crowning of the first-ever WWF Light Heavyweight Champion! Solid In Your House card that you do not want to miss to be honest, looking forward to quite a few matches on this card. Let’s get it on!
Heavyweight Championship Match) Taka Michinoku vs Brian Christopher
The winner of this match will be the
first-ever WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, we have fan favourite Taka Michinoku
who displayed great skill and agility in his previous PPV appearance at
Canadian Stampede and hated heel Brian Christopher. Scoop slam to start us out
from Christopher, lock-up and arm-wrench from Christopher. Taka flips out of an
arm-hold before Christopher hip-tosses Taka, Christopher tries a German suplex
but Taka lands on his feet and nails a spinning heel kick. Two dropkicks and a
clothesline to the floor, springboard crossbody from Taka. Taka wants a suplex
into the ring, Christopher suplexes Taka onto the top rope. Clothesline and
Taka lands hard on the floor, Christopher climbs high but misses the axe handle
to the floor. Christopher dodges the diving crossbody from Taka, slap from
Christopher rubs his blood in the face
of Taka, whip to the opposite buckle. Corner splash misses, big slap from Taka
and a tornado DDT for two. Hurricanrana from Taka, springboard moonsault from
Taka to the floor. Jerry Lawler checks on his son, fans chant Jerry’s Kid as
Lawler helps Christopher. Snap-mare and two dropkicks from Taka, Christopher
ducks twice and lands his full-nelson face-buster. Choke from Christopher,
sit-out powerbomb for two. Taka counters the pin-fall for a close two, elbow to
the head from Christopher. Christopher is on the middle rope, missile dropkick
to the back of the head. Rocker Dropper from Christopher, back-breaker for two.
Slaps from Christopher, Christopher takes a karate style pose. Eye-rake from
Christopher, pump kicks from Christopher.
Irish whip and a clothesline from
Christopher, Christopher covers for a close two. Fist drop to the head, make it
two. Taka flips out of the belly to back suplex but Christopher counters and
delivers a sickening German suplex. Leg drop from Christopher for two,
powerslam and Christopher climbs high for his Diving Leg Drop but Taka dodges
and drills Christopher with a beautiful Michinoku Driver for the win.
So many people would be unfamiliar
with Brian Christopher’s Too Sexy run in the USWA but as shown here when
Christopher was allowed to showcase his personality and work, Christopher could
go inside of that ring. Taka has bursts of offense and the crowd reacts big to
everything that Taka does inside of that ring, the precision of his dives and
the beautiful Michinoku Driver dare I say more? Perhaps it would have been
wiser to put the championship on Brian Christopher and have Taka win the
championship at Mania? Perhaps wishful thinking on my part, an enjoyable match
for sure definitely worthy of being an opening match.
Michinoku over Brian Christopher via Michinoku Driver!
Los Boricuas vs
Starting to think someone hates me because
why in the name of God do I have to watch these brawl again? I am contemplating
skipping this “match” but I cannot unfortunately, the Boricuas do not even have
matching outfits anymore. Chainz and Miguel to kick us off, lock-up with Chainz
being pushed back to the corner. Miguel tees-off before eating a boot and a
hip-toss, big clothesline too. 8-Ball and Jesus square off, elbow and boot by
Jesus. 8-Ball drives Jesus’ face into the mat, tag to Jose. 8-Ball powerslams
Jose and Skull lands a knee drop for two, tag to 8-Ball. Double clothesline on
Jose, right hands by 8-Ball. Spinning sidewalk slam by 8-Ball, two for 8-Ball.
Tag to Skull who has his eyes raked, Jose eats a neck-breaker but Miguel boots
Skull from the apron. DOA are with the referees, 8-Ball is battered by The
Boricuas. Miguel lands a massive scoop slam before landing a diving top rope
axe handle and Miguel goes down clutching his ankle, rolling out of the ring
and there could be an injury on this show which sucks. Jose and Jesus cut off 8-Ball,
chops from Jesus do not work as 8-Ball comes back with right hands before
missing a corner splash. Jesus tags in Jose who applies a rest-hold to buy
Irish whip and flying elbow by Jose, tag to
Jesus who helps his partner with a hard fist to the face. Jesus misses a corner
spear, Miguel has to be legit injured. Jose comes in with Chainz wiping out
everyone, Death Valley Driver from Chainz but Miguel pops up and lands a senton
leg drop and we have our winners!
Well that might be the best fake of
all-time because I bought it and could totally see Vince Mcmahon not sending
anyone out to help Puerto Rican talent. All jokes aside, the match was not
terrible where in the past, a combination of these men has caused me great pain
and annoyance because this feud seems like it will never end and none of the
workers involved are over but I guess we are going to continue seeing these
Winners: Los Boricuas
over DOA via Senton Leg Drop!
(Tough Man Match)
Marvelous Marc Mero vs Butterbean
Going back and discovering 1997 allows
me to learn things I never knew like Butterbean made a WWF PPV appearance
before Wrestlemania XV and he’s going to compete against Mero in a worked
contest. Butterbean is a thumb in the form of a human. Mero obviously has a new
attitude since returning and has become devoid of all personality since
shedding The Wild Man gimmick. Mero jabs Butterbean over and over, Butterbean
closes the gaps before Mero is in the ropes. Was this the template for Brawl
for All? What is with the obsession with boxing, Butterbean wallops Mero who
was in the ropes. Mero complains, Mero survives round one and thumps Butterbean
in the back of the head.
Pull away and we get going for round
two, Mero chokes Butterbean with glove tapes to gain control, Butterbean is on
the defensive. Butterbean fights back, Mero is cornered before Mero grabs a
hold of Butterbean. Eye rake with gloves by Mero, rights and lefts from Mero.
Fans are not happy, this is not a surprise. Am I really going to say that DOA
vs Boricuas was not the worst thing on this PPV? I think I am because this is a
joke. Mero dropkicks Butterbean at the end of round two, next will be a
chair-shot to the head. Butterbean asks Mero to knock him out, Mero can’t knock
him down. After a lot of slugging, Butterbean waffles Mero but Mero survives
because the round ended. Round four, Butterbean drills Mero but Mero nails a
low blow and attacks Butterbean with a stool. Butterbean wins by DQ! Awful, you
couldn’t even give us Butterbean knocking out Mero? What a waste!
Butterbean over Marc Mero via DQ!
(WWF Tag Team
Championship Match) The New Age Outlaws © vs The Legion of Doom
Sickening is all I have to say, I
waited months for LOD to win those championships, nobody in that division is
more over than these two individuals and you are telling me that they held
those championships less than a month? Crazy but it is nice to see two
individuals who were directionless and looked likely for release to find one
another and make something very special and succeed. The Outlaws talk massive
amounts of shit on the microphone before we get this match underway! Animal
brings in Road Dogg, what are these early New Age Outlaws attires? Animal beats
up Road Dogg with the tag team championship, clothesline from Animal. Tag to
Hawk, right hands from Hawk. Dropkick from Hawk, Road Dogg powders before
attacking Hawk who was re-entering the ring. Hawk shakes off the attacks of
Road Dogg, neck-breaker from Hawk.
The Outlaws try leaving, Hawk dives
off the apron onto both champions. Billy Gunn is clotheslined hard while Road
Dogg eats a massive boot, noggin-knocker from Hawk. Road Dogg is bounced off
the announce table as Animal is tagged in, massive boot and Irish whip from
Animal. Leapfrogs and drop-downs before Animal powerbombs Road Dogg, Billy Gunn
has to save Road Dogg. Hawk chops Road Dogg on the floor, the champions request
a time-out. LOD give chase and we have a brawl in the aisleway, not sure who is
legal at this stage but we got some serious brawling going on, Road Dogg
smashes a cooler over the head of Hawk while Billy Gunn lands a killer
low-blow. Billy tags in and lands a right to the ribs, Billy chokes Hawk. Boot
from the apron by Road Dogg, measured right hand from Billy. Billy applies a
reverse chin-lock, Animal starts LOD chants in the arena.
Hawk powers up, elbows from Hawk but
Billy cuts off Hawk with a kick to the ribs. Knee drop from Billy for two, both
men collide in the middle of the ring with thunderous clotheslines. Billy has
the tights of Hawk, preventing the tag. Billy sends Hawk to the buckle and Hawk
bounces off Billy with both men down. Tag to Animal, clotheslines all around,
powerslam on Road Dogg. Flying shoulder block on Billy, same move for Road
Dogg. Corner clotheslines on Road Dogg, Henry Godwinn cracks Animal with a
bucket but Hawk takes out everyone with the bucket which leads to a DQ. The
champions retain their championships by pure fluke!
As if I needed to see anymore of The
Godwinns feuding with LOD, have we not crossed this bridge before? Still a lot
of gas in the tanks of LOD, The Outlaws are finding their feet but they are
heat magnets with the fans looking forward to watching them get battered.
Certainly can live to fight another day but I did enjoy this match.
Winners: The New
Age Outlaws over LOD via DQ!
(Boot Camp Match)
Sgt. Slaughter vs Triple H
We start with a special video package
putting over how badass Sgt. Slaughter was in his day, important because we are
going to see Slaughter take on none other than Triple H. One of the members of
D-Generation X who has continuously disrespected Sgt. Slaughter, the
transformation of Triple H from Connecticut Blue-Blood to man constantly
talking about his dick and telling people to suck it is quite the
transformation. Can the old man still go? Can Slaughter hang with the athlete
in his prime? Nine times out of ten this would not work in real-life but this
is professional wrestling where anything is possible and Slaughter starts
battering Helmsley immediately with massive rights and his stick.
Riding crop to be exact, Helmsley is
whipped like a government mule with said crop. Low boot from Slaughter,
gut-buster from Slaughter. Slaughter stomps on Triple H, Slaughter stomps on
the fingers of Helmsley. Low elbow from Sarge, Helmsley is dumped to the floor.
Slaughter drops Helmsley on the guard rail, Chyna looks on from ringside.
Helmsley meets the steel steps hard, kick to the ribs from Slaughter. Sarge has
his belt and Helmsley is beaten with the belt, belt to the throat takes down
Helmsley. Sarge Chokes Helmsley with the belt, all Sarge so far with little
happening on Helmsley’s part to change that. Whip to the buckle and a
clothesline for two, Helmsley kicks away Sarge to stop the clutch.
Helmsley sends Sarge to the buckle and
over the top rope, we are fighting in the crowd now with Helmsley landing a
massive right hand to the face. Choke from Helmsley, the timekeeper is wiped
out by Helmsley. Sarge low blows Helmsley to stop the ring-bell, Helmsley is
undeterred and lands the bell to the back. Now, Helmsley whips Slaughter and
chokes him too. The belt is around the neck of Slaughter and Helmsley tosses
Sarge around the ring. Chyna’s necklace is now around Helmsley’s right hand,
Sarge is tattooed in the head with the chain.
Middle rope knee drop from Helmsley
for two, Helmsley measures for the biggest right hand of the match. Sarge
blocks and starts throwing bombs, Helmsley is in trouble but Sarge may not have
enough in the tank to finish this match. Helmsley elevates Sarge to the floor,
big bump for Slaughter. Helmsley is on the top rope, Sarge blocks the dive with
a boot. Suplex from Sarge, Chyna is looking concerned. Sarge is going to the
top rope, Helmsley yanks Sarge off the top rope. Sleeper from Helmsley, Sarge
survives and clamps on The Cobra Clutch. Chyna is in, she rakes the eyes of
Sarge. There is no DQ, so what authority does the referee have over Chyna? None
as Chyna drills the referee with a forearm, she takes a chair from ringside.
Chyna is in with the chair, Sarge is
slow to his feet but Sarge blinds Chyna with powder. Chyna is down, Helmsley
uses a boot to nail Sarge in the head. Sarge ducks the second attempt, Cobra
Clutch from Sarge. Chyna is back in the ring, Helmsley almost passes out but Chyna boots
Sarge as hard as possible in the gonads. Helmsley recovers to Pedigree Sarge on
a chair for the win.
Fair play to Sarge for taking those
bumps at his age, that’s probably the one positive I can give this match.
Heatless and dull at times, the fans don’t really seem to care about either
performers which is disappointing considering looking at the trajectory of
Helmsley, Helmsley’s momentum has been stalled in my eyes. That feud with
Mankind was fantastic for Helmsley but things like this do no favours for
Helmsley, the fans clearly were not into it and it was just a chore to get
through to be honest.
Hearst Helmsley over Sgt. Slaughter via Pedigree!
The Undertaker vs
This kind of came from nowhere, Jeff
Jarrett’s return to the WWF which resulted in a worked shoot where Jarrett
destroyed his own chances of working soon to be top guy Stone Cold Steve Austin
has somehow led to a match between Jarrett and The Undertaker because Jarrett
believes himself to be a top guy. There’s no way Taker loses this so why would
you debut a new star in this fashion on PPV? Also Jarrett did have some
ridiculous looks before chopping off his golden locks but what in God’s name is
that singlet that Jarrett is wearing?
Jarrett lands a right hand with Taker
shaking it off, Jarrett lands a second right hand. Jarrett continues to tee off
before Taker turns the tide and pummels Double J, headbutt from The Phenom.
Clothesline and arm work from The Deadman, Jarrett is in deep trouble. Old
School across the shoulder blades of Jarrett, corner choke from The Deadman.
Whip to the buckle, Jarrett elbows away Taker but his axe handle does not work.
Taker’s leg gets kicked twice before Jarrett dodges a boot and chop-blocks the
leg of Taker. Jarrett goes after the leg with great precision, massive kicks to
the thigh from Jarrett. Jarrett misses as Taker dodges, staggering rights from
The Deadman. Back-breaker from Taker, leg drop for two.
Taker throws Jarrett to the buckle but
the lights go out, here comes Kane. Kane is not going to leave his brother
alone before they do battle, Paul Bearer is by the side of Kane. Taker watches
on from the ring, will Taker do battle with his brother? Jarrett is in the
corner, recovering before Jarrett directs Kane to attack Taker. However, Kane
Chokeslams Jarrett to give Double J the victory over Taker, Kane and Taker meet
eye to eye. Kane just slapped Taker, will Taker fight his own flesh and blood?
Just like that, Kane leaves with his job accomplished. Jarrett attacks Taker
after the bell, Figure Four is blocked as Taker grabs the throat of Jarrett and
delivers a sickening Chokeslam.
More of an angle than a match which
again makes me wonder why would they use Jarrett in this spot? Not the biggest
fan of Jarrett by any means but I think if you are going to re-debut someone,
don’t have them as a background character to the actual angle you are trying to
sell, I would say Jarrett deserved better but Jarrett gets announced as the
winner at the end of the day.
Jarrett over The Undertaker via DQ!
Intercontinental Championship Match) The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin ©
The Rock holds the Intercontinental
Champion as Stone Cold drives a pickup truck to ringside, this would be quite
the match in a year’s time but for now, Rock has to try and hang with the very
popular Austin, Austin stomps The Rock before The Nation start laying waste to
Austin. Faarooq, D’Lo Brown and Kama Mustafa continue to batter The
Rattlesnake, the referee has not rang the bell. D’Lo Brown is back-dropped onto
the truck, Stone Cold Stunner on top of the truck. Rock starts hammering Austin
with big right hands, Austin tees off with a massive Lou Thesz press, they
trade pin-fall attempts before Rocky sends Austin to the floor. Faarooq and
Kama batter Austin on the floor, D’Lo is down on top of the truck.
Austin ducks a chair-shot, Kama
waffles Faarooq and Austin whips Faarooq hard into the truck. Rock stomps all
over Austin, Austin eats an elbow to the face. Rock lands a massive shots to
the nuts of Austin, Austin begins fighting back with big right hands before
Rock lands a scoop slam. People’s Elbow, two for Rock. Reverse chin-lock from
the challenger, Austin escapes and hits a shoulder block before Rock lands a
knee to the ribs. Rock goes for the elbow once more, Austin dodges. Right hand
from The Rattlesnake, stomps in the corner from Austin. Rock reverses the Irish
whip, Austin ducks the clothesline and smashes Kama. Austin Stunners the
referee by accident but Rock has the brass knuckles but Austin blocks the brass
knuckles and lands The Stunner!
Another quick match and it is a good
thing for someone recovering from a broken neck in retrospect, I was critical
in the last PPV (Survivor Series) about Austin not giving us that quality match
with Owen Hart but the more you look into it, the more of a risk it was to even
have Stone Cold Steve Austin competing so soon after his neck injury. However,
despite the brief time that this match took place for, it was clear to see that
the crowd love Austin and they want as much of The Rattlesnake as possible and
Austin continues to build momentum towards that WWF Championship!
Cold Steve Austin over The Rock via Stone Cold Stunner!
Match) Ken Shamrock vs Shawn Michaels © W/ Chyna
The World’s Most Dangerous Man vs The
Heartbreak Kid for the richest prize in the game. Shamrock has had a phenomenal
few months since returning from his injuries, injuries would be his downfall in
the WWF but at this time, Shamrock was a great choice as a challenger for the
WWF Championship. And if you ever want someone in the ring to guide someone who
is inexperienced, it would be Shawn Michaels in the year 1997 as The Heartbreak
Kid is damn near untouchable during this year.
The bell rings with Shamrock stalking
HBK, Michaels is hesitant to do anything with Shamrock. Eye rake and right
hands rom HBK, Michaels ducks and ducks to start out with Shamrock landing a
massive kick to the chest. HBK flops to the floor, HBK talks with Chyna &
Helmsley before slowly re-entering the ring. Shamrock is rearing to go,
Michaels is stalling. Michaels is covering up in the corner, Michaels takes the
arm and hammers down on the arm but Shamrock grabs the throat and starts
throwing rights and lefts. Massive biel from Shamrock, back body drop. Michaels
bumps to the floor off an Irish whip, Helmsley tries to calm down the champion.
Chyna distracts Shamrock but Shamrock sees HBK coming, HBK spits on Shamrock.
HBK tees-off with right hands, Shamrock shoves down HBK.
HBK comes back for more, elbow and
right hand from Shamrock. Eye-rake from HBK, snap suplex is blocked by
Shamrock. Shamrock delivers a brutal suplex and a clothesline to the floor.
Shamrock is irate, Shamrock smashes HBK into HHH. Eye-rake from HBK, right
hands from Michaels. Sunset flip is blocked from Shamrock, two-handed throat
toss from Shamrock. Irish whip to the buckle, kicks to the ribs from Shamrock.
Michaels uses the referee to block the belly to belly, Shamrock is clotheslined
to the floor as Michaels skins the cat. Helmsley lands massive rights to
Shamrock, Michaels lands a diving crossbody to the floor. Shamrock recovers to
take down HBK and HHH but Chyna shoves Shamrock into the ring-post. Helmsley
stomps on Shamrock, Chyna slams Shamrock on the floor.
HBK works the spine with clubbing
blows before a middle rope diving elbow drop. Foot to the face, dropkick from
Michaels for two. Helmsley lands more rights to the face of Shamrock, HBK is
sent to the buckle by Shamrock though. There is life in Shamrock, rights and lefts.
Shamrock rolls through a middle rope crossbody for two, eye-rake from Michaels
and a straight right takes down Shamrock. Snap-mare into a reverse chin-lock,
Shamrock escapes and rolls into a cradle for two before Michaels lands the
clothesline to maintain control. Sleeper from Michaels, Shamrock fades before
popping up and sending Michaels into the turnbuckle. Shamrock rams Michaels
again and again to free himself, elbows from Shamrock.
Irish whip and corner clothesline from
Shamrock, make it two. Irish whip and back body-drop, flying elbow from
Shamrock. Powerslam for two, hurricanrana from Shamrock and mounted rights and
lefts from the challenger. Crucifix from Michaels but Shamrock counters with a
pin-fall for two. Michaels wants the hurricanrana but Shamrock nails the
sit-out powerbomb for two. Michaels has the referee, Helmsley batters Shamrock
on the floor. Scoop slam from the champion, diving elbow drop to the heart of
Shamrock. Sweet Chin Music time says HBK, Shamrock staggers to his feet. Belly
to belly suplex, Ankle Lock and Helmsley & Chyna make the save. Owen Hart
comes down to attack Michaels, the last remaining member of The Hart Foundation
in the WWF is here. Owen batters the shite out of Michaels, Owen Hart escapes
through the crowd.
In terms of a main event, Shamrock did
not do half-bad. Michaels protected Shamrock well and Shamrock got some nice
shots in there for sure. His inexperience shows through his selling and body
language at the time which looks as if he is always thinking about how not to
mess up what is coming next. In good news for Shamrock, he will be working with
a man who arguably he had his best matches with next which is The Rock and that
shall be a lot of fun to see those two build one another as the year
progresses. The finish is disappointing considering everyone and their mother
knows Helmsley and Chyna will cheat to help HBK win, Slaughter could have sent
people out to get involved and finally, a main event of a PPV ending in a DQ
does nobody any favours. We do have a vengeful Owen Hart gunning for Shawn
Michaels due to what happened to Bret Hart which could make things interesting but
this main event feels like an afterthought when all was said and done.
Winner: Ken Shamrock
over Shawn Michaels via DQ!
That was WWF’s In Your House: D-Generation
X which might be the worse PPV name of all-time and another disappointing entry
from the WWF in the year of 1997. A poorly executed boxing match which hints at
a possible rematch is not what I wanted to see when it came to Mero vs
Butterbean, I wanted to see Butterbean kill Mero! The action never kicks into
third gear on this one, you could easily call this an episode of Raw that you
had to pay for because there’s nothing redeeming about this card. Taker vs
Jarrett is an angle disguised as a match, Jarrett is the sacrificial lamb to
the slaughter while we continue Kane vs Taker which I am excited for, don’t get
me wrong but for a PPV the way that match was put together was just
disappointing. Austin vs Rock really didn’t hit the spot either, I get that
they are being careful with Austin and Austin is very over but that’s a big
money match people paid to see and it’s not even close to a PPV quality match
while the main event feels right at home for Raw. Not even Michael’s
magnificent 1997 could turn me on that match, the instant DQ the second
Shamrock snaps on the ankle lock sums up the night. Nothing special from the
WWF here to end the year, In Your House PPVs are not must see events once more
after the magical Hell in A Cell match.
As I have finished up 1997, I thought
I would summarize my thoughts on the year. Dare I say underrated? It very well
could be, I do believe Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels had the best runs of their
careers during this year, both had been staples of The New Generation Era and
were the bright spots on cards filled with Mabel, Giant Gonzalez, Godwinns and
Bodydonnas etc. However, they are fantastic characters on top of being
fantastic wrestlers during 1997, Bret Hart’s slow snap from babyface to heel
who feels wrong done by the company was tremendous to watch unfold. Bret’s
descent into madness is just so much fun, the promos, the matches and of
course, the double-turn at Mania were all so much fun to watch and Bret was a joy
as always inside of that ring. As for Michaels, HBK achieved a level of heat
that I didn’t think were possible for the boytoy by winning The European
Championship in the UK against Bulldog, disrespecting Canada at every chance
and running from every fight that came his way. Michaels put performances on
that rivalled any of his babyface work from the prior year with the Hell in A
Cell being the pick of the bunch but Cold Day in Hell, One Night Only and
Survivor Series 97 all standout for HBK who sold and flew around that ring for
the likes of Taker, Bulldog and Bret Hart. We also saw the rise of Stone Cold Steve
Austin, being made in The Wrestlemania match with Bret not the KOTR tournament
like WWE would want you to believe, Austin came into his own as the rebellious
figure who spat in the face of authority and tradition, something resonated
with the fans and Austin never looked back, Austin also managed to overcome a
career-ending injury and become more popular while being in the sidelines, how
many wrestlers can you say that about?
We also saw Undertaker be allowed to
work with wrestlers who could go inside of the ring, reviving his rivalry with
Mankind to deliver a solid WWF Championship match and Taker’s pursuit of HBK
along with the angle involving Paul Bearer gave Taker his best year in the WWF
to this point in my eyes. Speaking of Mankind and Hunter Hearst Helmsley, these
two men made one another during this feud which kicked off at King of The Ring.
We were able to have a fantastic Cage match as well as the unforgettable
anywhere falls match on Raw that saw Cactus Jack make his way to the WWF. Ken
Shamrock would prove to be quite the addition to the WWF roster along with the
likes of Owen Hart, British Bulldog and The Rock all showing their worth to the
roster by stepping up and delivering the matches that the company needed those
wrestlers to have. Was it all good? No of course not, no year is perfect. The gang
warfare angle has robbed The Nation of their bite and led to terrible matches between
Boricuas and DOA, LOD could have been booked much stronger throughout the year,
the likes of Headbangers, Godwinns, Blackjacks, Flash Funk, Leif Cassidy, Billy
Gunn, Road Dogg and many more were either lost in the shuffle, dead in the
water or had no real place/gimmick going for them and the loss of Brian Pillman
was quite the blow for the WWF.
However, I would still argue that this
year had a lot of positives, Canadian Stampede being one of the best pay per
views that the WWF had ever done to this point. The booking of The Hart
Foundation as heels in America and babyfaces in Canada was an interesting dynamic
for sure and so many wrestlers became larger than life personalities than you
could not miss. Whether it was Austin, Michaels, Bret or Taker, I would say the
WWF was building something special in 1997 and it is truly disappointing that
we never had a trilogy for Bret vs Shawn and the fact that both men would be
gone from the WWF in 3 months time! This has been my review of 1997 and
D-Generation X, thanks for taking the time to read and remember: there’s always