Thursday, February 16, 2006

WWF In Your House 8 – Beware of Dog

1. Marc Mero vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsly – 6
2. Shawn Michaels vs. British Bulldog – 4
3. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Savio Vega – Caribbean Strap Match – 6
4. Vader vs. Yokozuna – 4
5. Goldust vs. The Undertaker – Casket Match – 4

This pay-per-view was deceptively fun. At this time, the W.W.F. really had one hell of a roster--Hart, Michaels, Austin, Foley, Undertaker, etc. This show is remembered most fondly to the audiences that watched it live, due to its severe technical difficulties. The lights in the arena went out midway through the event, and they had to do the second half of the card again on another date, and re-telecast it, too.

Mero was just doing some kooky stuff here, including a couple crazy aerial spots that had us scratching our heads, pondering his sanity. He was a lot of fun to watch, though. This was a good, fast-paced opener. In Michaels’ new autobiography, he claims this as one of the worst performances in his career. Although there are a couple badly blown spots, and a lengthy slow period in the middle, this isn’t entirely awful. Michaels’ begins off with a turbo tempo, but this dwindles into a merely forgettable match.

Austin and Vega is notable for its intensity, and a glimpse at Austin in his prime, although slightly before he really took off as a marketable character. It’s a solid match, with a tinge of old school vibe. Vader and Yokozuna isn’t memorable, in fact, I’d forgotten they’d ever wrestled each other; kept pretty short, it’s disappointing because I wanted to see them beat the hell out of each other, but worth having for it’s rarity. The main event is a fun closer, although it’s not without errors aplenty. Goldust has always been a sloppy worker, not to mention they accidentally break the casket lid in this fairly enjoyable finale.

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