OSR: WWE In Your House 10 Review
Going back to September 1996, we take a look in the OSR with the WWE In Your House 10 Review. More affectionately known as In Your House: Mind Games. This event was marked by the only PPV encounter between Shawn Michaels and Mankind. This event is fondly remembered for this match, but the remainder of the is pretty much a mystery. Will the events of IYH Mind Games live up to the memories of the main event, or is this event a one trick pony. There is only one way to find out in the WWE In Your House 10 Review. Buckle up…
The opening promo looks at the deranged and deluded Mankind heading into his match with Shawn Michaels, whilst it then looks at the feud established between The Undertaker and Goldust. Both matches, completely different characters and superstars. We then go inside the CoreStates Center in the city of Brotherly Love Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our commentary team for this event is Vince McMahon, JR and Mr Perfect. We then go the ring for the first match of the evening.
1. Caribbean Strap Match: Justin “Hawk” Bradshaw vs. Savio Vega
Both men make their way to the ring, with the strap quickly being used as a equalizing measure between them. As the match continues, ECW Superstars Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman appear bringing a distraction to the match, which McMahon calls a local wrestling group.
The match continues with a struggle, as Bradshaw is in control tagging each of the turnbuckles. Whilst doing this, he is dragging Vega who is sent crushing into the turnbuckle to pick up an expected victory. In general though, a pretty awful match.
Winner: Savio Vega
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. Jose Lothario vs. Jim Cornette
The brief history package is shown for the pair with Cornette mocking Lothario for his age, but this match is a spin off from Vader and Shawn Michaels. The match itself, involves a series of punches from Lothario which allows him a quick win in an abysmal match.
Winner: Jose Lothario
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. WWE Tag Team Championship: The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart Gunn) (c) (w/ Sunny) vs. The British Bulldog and Owen Hart
Both teams make their way to the ring, with Sunny quickly being mocked by Bulldog through the usage of a massive poster. The match quickly gets underway. It is back and forth, until Bulldog is tagged in allowing him and Owen to gain the momentum.
The Gunns are able to gain some momentum, with several near finishes over Bulldog which heightens the tension from Sunny. Ultimately though, in an average match, Bulldog is able to pick up the win. After the match, this sees Sunny fire The Gunns for losing.
Winners: The British Bulldog and Owen Hart, to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. Mark Henry vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
Both men make their way out, with Lawler mocking Henry over his lack of wrestling ability. These leads to a series of very basic moves from Henry throughout the match and limited offence from Lawler. Henry is ultimately successful in this abysmal match when Lawler submits to a back breaker.
Winner: Mark Henry
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
5. The Undertaker vs. Goldust (w. Marlena)
A brief history package is shown for the match, which established itself from the ongoing feud between The Undertaker and Mankind. Both men soon enough make their way to the ring, and it quickly gets underway with Taker going straight for Goldust.
Taker has the momentum for a few minutes, until Goldust throws something in his eyes to regain the momentum. This continues for the next few moments, until Taker counters an aerial attack into a chokeslam, followed by a Tombstone for the win in an average match.
Winner: The Undertaker
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
6. WWE Championship: Shawn Michaels (c) (w/ Jose Lothario) vs. Mankind (w/ Paul Bearer)
With no video package for the match, it is straight to the arena as a casket is being wheeled to the ring followed by Paul Bearer. This soon enough sees Mankind emerge from it, before HBK makes his way to the ring for the match to begin.
HBK is initially dominant in taking it to Mankind, but the deranged nature of Mankind begins to play a factor. HBK keeps him under control by working on the legs, upwards. Mankind does get some momentum, but they go for it with one another which must ferocity.
The end of the match sees Mankind disqualified, when Vader interferes taking out HBK. However, as soon as Vader is sent retreating, Mankind goes to put HBK in the casket. But The Undertaker emerges and brawls with him out of the arena. One of the best matches of the era.
Winner: Shawn Michaels, via Disqualification
Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars
This was a really interesting event to watch back, because this event is acclaimed by the stature of the main event. The main event between Shawn Michaels and Mankind is arguably one of the greatest WWE Championship matches of this era. They truly pushed the boundaries of “The New Generation” era, and shown some early indications of “The Attitude Era”. They were completely different characters, which just clicked in the ring. But the character of Mankind at this time was fascinating, and one of the best times of Mick Foley’s career. Everything else had to live up to this standard. Mankind left you wondering what was next, and then completely pulled the rug out from underneath you and speechless.
Sadly, the remainder of the matches on the card were slightly lackluster. The first match was a complete washout, and shouldn’t have being on the show. The second match, ultimately fulfilled its purpose to resolve the feud between the pair. The third match was bitterly disappointing, because all the competitors were capable of delivering so much more. The fourth match fulfilled its purpose of exploiting Mark Henry to the WWE world, but the characterization of Jerry Lawler was hilariously brilliant. The fifth match with The Undertaker and Goldust was essentially a spin off from The Undertaker and Mankind feud, but was realistically filler material which could have being done differently for the greater good.
Nonetheless, the show is definitely worth watching purely for the main event. The WWE In Your House 10 Review really opened you to a new style of wrestling which was on the horizon. For 9.99 subscription fee to the WWE Network, it is totally worth it.
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