Another internet source allowed me to relive another WWF event. In Your House events were typically fun to watch as they were only two hour shows that really focused more on wrestling than anything else. This event was centered around The Undertaker defending the WWF Championship against Stone Cold Steve Austin with the catch being that the Hart Foundation would be at ringside during this match.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs Flash Funk. I think that most wrestling fans can agree that Flash Funk (who was really 2 Cold Scorpio in ECW) was one of the most underrated performers to grace a wrestling ring & this match showed pieces of that statement being true. Both men worked well together in what was a pretty good opener with Funk using his high-flying style to Hunter trying to ground Funk along with Chyna becoming a factor as she always did at the time.
Mankind vs Rocky Maivia. They would go on to have better matches about a year & a half after as this as Rocky was still the rookie at this point but did enough to hold his own here against Mankind but this was really just an average encounter but one thing to pay attention to is the continuation of the fans just not accepting the "Rocky Maivia" character.
Gauntlet Match: Ahmed Johnson vs The Nation of Domination. This was during the point that the feud between Ahmed & The Nation had just gone on too far to this point as the stipulations here were that Ahmed had to wrestle Crush, Savio Vega & Faarooq (who all seemed to be "injured") & if he won, the Nation would disband. There was also a funny side story to this match in that each member of the Nation came in with some sort of injury like Faarooq still being injured from WrestleMania, Savio with a bad ankle & Crush with the flu. This match was also average but I will give it credit in that the story was well told of how Ahmed was worn down against Crush, the underrated Vega went in against Ahmed & soften him up some more before Faarooq was able to just pick up the pieces in the end.
No Holds Barred: Ken Shamrock vs Vader. This was regarded as a shoot fight as the rules to this match was that the only way to win was by submission or knockout. It was a much more unique performance than what you expected from both men as this was one of the stiffest matches that I have seen in the WWF with Vader using his power & brute force not to mention "stiff" punching power while Shamrock reserted to his submission offense that actually lead to him debuting the anklelock submission hold & even at one point breaking Vader's nose into four places with a spinning elbow. A unique but great match that had a mix of wrestling & MMA all into one.
WWF Champion The Undertaker vs Stone Cold Steve Austin. This was their first major singles match together but this time, they would not be alone as the Hart Foundation were sitting at ringside & even got involved during the match that lead to some hilarious moments like Austin pulling Owen over the railing to beat him up before Taker punched Owen back into his seat, Austin giving the double bird to Bret Hart & even at one point where Austin low-blowed Taker & flipped off Earl Hebner before they turned back & did the same to him. As for the match itself, it was one of their better wrestling matches as both men targeted each other's legs & resorted to some offense that they never used before such as Taker doing a reverse ax-kick at one point. They would go on to top this match in the future but this was still a great main event to check out.
Overall, this was an enjoyable show with the memorable moments here being the Shamrock/Vader & Taker/Austin matches but with the Austin/Taker match already being released on DVD, this is one I would get cheap or see online.