WWF In Your House II: The Lumberjacks
If you forget the show is in Nashville, don’t worry – the WWF will remind you every five minutes.
- The 1-2-3 Kid vs. The Roadie opens up the show and it’s amazing to see how fast and smooth Road Dogg was at one point. The match ends via SECOND ROPE PILEDRIVER so you’d better watch it.
- Shawn Michaels vs. Jeff Jarrett is the match people remember from this show. It’s been featured on numerous compilations and it’s considered to be Jarrett’s best ever match. Oh, and HBK wins the IC title. It’s not to everyone’s tastes because it’s more Southern than Michaels’ usual performances (re: it’s slow) but I think it’s a quality match that deserves at least one view.
- SECOND ROPE PILEDRIVER.
- Bam Bam Bigelow squashes the new Corporation member H.O.G. Shame they didn’t call him Heel O. Godwinn. Bigelow was used for glue following his Wrestlemania main event, which was a shame. Then again nearly everybody was mis-used during this period so I don’t subscribe to the ‘Clique screwed him’ magazine. The company was just bereft of ideas and sensible direction.
- King Mabel & Sir Mo vs. Razor Ramon & Savio Vega. Amazing they had all these heels on the roster and they picked Mabel to super-push. Mabel ”the fattest King since Henry VIII” (™ Powerslam Magazine) picks up the win on Ramon, who must have fucked Steph and not called her back.
- Team Lost to Bret in ’94 (Yokozuna & Owen Hart) takes on Team Lost To Bret Every Year After This (Lex Luger & The British Bulldog) for the tag belts. If you need to be told how a match featuring Yokozuna and Luger was, it’s probably best you don’t watch it. The backdrop suplex was impressive though and at least The Allied Powers had nice music. This would turn out to be Luger’s last PPV match for the WWF. He’d appear at Summerslam and then show up on Nitro eight days later.
- Bret wasn’t on this PPV as he was taking time off to appear in Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years.
- Diesel must have been loving his run as World Champion. He’d drawn with Bret, gone to a DQ with Sid and been upstaged by HBK and Bigelow/Taylor. Now he gets a Lumberjack rematch with Sid where the intrigue isn’t on the match (and why the fuck would it be?) but on the possibility of one of the Lumberjacks turning on Diesel and set up a match for Summerslam. It turned out to be King Mabel. Match ends via Big Boot.
- Jeff Jarrett sings ‘With My Baby Tonight’ live. Except it wasn’t Jarrett, but The Roadie singing and Jarrett miming a la Milli Vanilli (a reference so dated even Family Guy wouldn’t touch it). Apparently if you were a heel with an occupational gimmick like a Dentist or Country Singer, you had to be bad at it. Makes sense, the people in charge of creative sucked at their jobs too. The angle gets sillier as Jarrett left WWF before they revealed The Roadie was behind the singing, so when Roadie returned they just had him sing the song as part of his entrance. To top it all off, The Roadie’s singing isn’t that bad.
- This is The Jeff Jarrett show, alright: He gets interview time, he sings, his lackey has a match and he wrestles HBK. Although Jarrett was way better than he was in 1994 he was in no way a major part of WWF, so it’s bizarre to see him get a whole PPV based around him. Imagine if Over The Limit or Vengeance was dedicated to Jack Swagger. It also means we get these ridiculously hammy title designs:
- A must for all Jarrett fans.