Following the ‘Montreal Screwjob’ at WWE Survivor Series 1997, D-Generation X continues its dominance over the top tier of the WWE. Attempting to break their hold on the top championships is Ken Shamrock, who challenges Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship. Elsewhere, Sgt. Slaughter returns to the ring to face Triple H, and Stone Cold Steve Austin defends his Intercontinental Championship against The Rock…
‘Too Sexy’ Brian Christopher
(WWE Light Heavyweight Championship – Tournament Final)Winner: Taka Michinoku, via pinfall
Disciples of Apocalypse (DOA)
Winner: Los Boricuas, via pinfall
‘Marvellous’ Marc Mero (with Sable)
(Tough Man Match, 4x 2 minute rounds)
Winner: Butterbean, via disqualification
Legion of Doom (Road Warrior Animal, Road Warrior Hawk)
The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg, Billy Gunn) (C)
(WWE Tag Team Championship)
Winner: The New Age Outlaws, via disqualification
Triple H (with Chyna)
(Boot Camp Match)
Winner: Triple H, via pinfall
Winner: Jeff Jarrett, via disqualification
Stone Cold Steve Austin (C)
The Rock (with the Nation of Domination)
(WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin, via pinfall
Shawn Michaels (C)
Winner: Ken Shamrock, via disqualification
Not a bad show, particular for a December pay-per-view, which typically struggle from inconsistency. Going into this, the Michaels/Shamrock feud was hot, with a lot of external factors playing into it, such as Bret Hart and the Montreal Screwjob. Inevitably, these were going to come into play, but the appearance of Owen Hart was a pleasant surprise and one I foolishly hadn’t expected.
The opening match went longer than I expected, with Taka Michinoku becoming the first WWE Light Heavyweight Champion. Lawler was great on commentary throughout this match (and the whole night), with his obvious family connection to Brian Christopher being played on a great deal, by both JR and the fans.
Los Boricuas won a match that was not exactly a technical masterclass, but a fun brawl featuring legitimate heavyweights. Truthfully, this could have been left off the show, and no one would have cared, but it wasn’t bad.
Road Dogg and Billy Gunn are great heels, and the crowd were super hot for the Legion of Doom when they came out. Dogg and Gunn just delaying their entrance built anticipation even more, which turned the eventual so-so match into one that was clearly enjoyed by those in attendance. Another DQ finish, quite common on this show and in this era of wrestling as a whole, but it was right to not give Road Dogg and Billy Gunn a clean win, given how they won the titles in the first place. It has to be said that them running out to a getaway car all the time is absolutely hilarious.
Triple H and Sgt. Slaughter put on a decent, if not special, no DQ match. The stipulation meant Chyna could get involved and so she did, eventually being the difference maker and giving Triple H the win. A good rub for Triple H, given Slaughter’s history, but not a match you’d go out of your way to see again. The build was really good though, has to be said.
Kane and The Undertaker continues to build nicely, with Jeff Jarrett’s re-debut thrown into the mix. Jarrett lasted much longer than I’d expected, and the match was rather fun for what it was, but this was never about those two – it was about Kane and ‘Taker, and their slow burning rivalry. When will The Undertaker finally give Kane the fight that he wants?
Stone Cold and The Rock put on a short, but incredibly fun title match. The most enjoyable aspect was watching Austin take down the Nation of Domination, with a Stunner delivered on the roof of Austin’s truck before the bell had even been rung to start the match. The crowd were hot for this one from the start, and it had a big fight feel despite being only the co-main event. The right winner, and these two always put on entertaining matches.
Sensible booking throughout, even if it may have been improved with less disqualifications. Oh, and Marc Mero was absolute gold during his match – enjoyed that whole segment!
Match of the Night:
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock
WWE In Your House: D-Generation X 1997 Rating: