As we continue the countdown to Payback 2016, it only seemed fitting to go back to the first time a WWE PPV was held just after WrestleMania (literally weeks) when the In Your House concept was beginning to thrive but the WWE was under increasing fire and competition from arch rival WCW. Many of the longstanding WWE Stars were leaving in favour of Ted Turner’s chequebook which left the WWE desperately scrambling to establish new stars. But this event marked the final PPV outings of Diesel and Kevin Nash at the time, who were bound for WCW. Featuring just 5 matches and three championships on the line, this could be an interesting event to watch considering only the main event has being seen before – it was included on Shawn Michaels: From the Vault DVD many moons ago. But anyway, here is the…
OSR: In Your House 7 – Good Friends, Better Enemies Review
The show begins with a vignette showing the feud which has being established between former Good Friends, now Better Enemies Shawn Michaels and Diesel which has lead to tonights No Holds Barred match. This stemmed from the change in character for Diesel in losing the WWE Championship at Survivor Series 1995 to Bret Hart, and subsequent losses to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XII. We then go inside the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska with our commentary team for the evening Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler. However, after a quick introduction, we are off to the ring for the first match of the evening.
1. Owen Hart and The British Bulldog vs. Jake Roberts and Ahmed Johnson
Owen and Bulldog make their way to the ring first with their manager Jim Cornette, whilst a video is shown highlighting the feud which had being established between Bulldog and Jake. We then return to the arena as Jake makes his way to the ring and quickly takes out Cornette with his pet snake. After taking the snake backstage, Jake then returns to the ring with Ahmed Johnson for the match to get underway which sees Johnson and Jake being the dominant force in the early moments until a mistake by Johnson allows Bulldog to gain the momentum. It is soon Jake taking the beating, and the end of the match comes when Bulldog nails Jake in the leg multiple times with Cornette’s tennis racket and locks him in something that can only be described as an arm bar but on the leg making Jake submit. Very average opening match, nothing special but glad Owen and Bulldog won the match.
Winners: The British Bulldog and Owen Hart
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. WWE Intercontinental Championship: Goldust (c) (w/ Marlena and Bodyguard) vs. The Ultimate Warrior
I seriously do not have high expectations for this match, but Goldust makes his way to the ring first at the height of his characters weirdness. Warrior makes his way to the ring, but the match takes forever to get underway as it consists very much of mind games between the participants which gets to the point of frustrating because they are essentially wasting time. After Goldust is nailed with a single, solitary clothesline the match is concluded when Goldust gets intentionally counted out. More action happens after the bell when Warrior goes at it with the bodyguard. This, in all seriousness was a complete waste of time and should not have made it onto the show, Free for All or Dark match maybe but definitely not this.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) vs. Razor Ramon
Vader makes his way to the ring first, soon enough followed by Ramon. A clip is shown where Vader took out Yokozuna a few weeks earlier, and at least at this point it is still the real Razor Ramon not the fake one we were subjected to. The match is a really interesting dynamic because it gives Vader the much smaller guy he works so well with but also gives Razor a credible and slightly difference offensive style. After a nice match, Vader is able to pick up a very credible win following his signature Vader Bomb. Good match, but could have being given slightly more time to be something truly unique.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars