Commentary Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross
In Your House 18 Badd Blood 1997 kicks off with a handicap match between the Nation of Domination members Rocky Maivia, Kama Mustafa, and D’Lo Brown against Hawk and Animal aka the Legion of Doom. Ken Shamrock was meant to partner with the Legion of Doom, however, he had sustained an injury during a match with Faarooq. Legion of Doom does a good job against the Nation of Domination members, and nearly win the match with their Doomsday Device move on Rocky Maivia. However, Faarooq arrives at ringside causing a distraction which allows the Kama to strike Animal with a kick to the back of the head, and for Rocky Maivia to deliver a Rock Bottom to score the win.
The second match is a tag team match between Max Mini and Nova against Mosaic and Tarantula. This is Max Mini’s second PPV with WWE and once again he takes the victory as Max Mini and Nova defeat Mosaic and Tarantula. This match was placed onto the card due to Brian Pillman’s death.
The third match again is another tag team match for the WWE tag team titles as champions The Headbangers defend their titles against The Godwinns, Henry and Phineaus, managed by Uncle Cletus. Phineas scores the win for his team by pinning Mosh, as they become the new tag team champions. After the match, THe Godwinns continue to attack Mosh and Thrasher. Sunny is invited as the guest ring announcer and when she announces the Godwinns as the 2-time tag team champion winners, it was actually Sunny who managed them during their first tag team title victory.
Vince McMahon also updates the audience on the death of Brian Pillman who was meant to face Dude Love at In Your House 18.
The next match is for the Intercontinental title tournament final with Owen Hart against the Nation of Domination leader, Faarooq. This was due to Intercontinental title being vacated by Steve Austin following his neck injury. Owen Hart is wearing his infamous Owen 3:16 says I just broke your neck Tshirt which mocks Steve Austin for when he injured his neck at Summerslam 1997. Steve Austin comes to the ring as the timekeeper. During the match, Steve Austin is disrupting all the commentary tables and thus raking attention away from the match. Jim The Anvil Neidhart does show up to attempt some distraction, but it is Steve Austin who hits Faarooq in the head with a video camera to determine the outcome. Owen Hart, therefore, wins by disqualification and is confused why Steve Austin helped him win.
The next match is a 4 on 4 matches, with the Disciples of Apocalypse against Los Boricuas. This match was also placed on the card PPV due to Brian Pillman’s death. DOA is impressive with their strength, however, Los Boricuas manages to run circles around DOA with their speed and craftiness of distracting the referee. In the end, all eight men begin to brawl and Crush picks up the win for his team with a spinning backbreaker on Jesús Castillo Jr.
The next match is a tag team flag match where the winner has to capture the opposition team’s respective flag which is attached to the ring post. Representing the United States is The Patriot and Vader and they take on Bret Hart and the British Bulldog representing Canada. At In Your House 17, Vader did come into the match between the Patriot and Bret Hart, to defend the Patriot against the British Bulldog. The match kicks off with Vader attacking Bret Hart and The Patriot attacking the British Bulldog. Vader beats Bret with the Canada flag, whilst The Patriot beats the British Bulldog with the USA flag. Surprisingly Vader and The Patriot have the upper hand during the first half of the match. The tide does turn later when Bret Hart and the British Bulldog begin to function as a team a little better. Bret does get the sharpshooter on the Patriot but shockingly The Patriot reverses the move which is rare. Bret Hart also strikes Vader with the ring bell. Towards the end of the match though Bret Hart reverses a roll-up from The Patriot to win the match for his team. The Patriot a little frustrated does take a couple of cheap shots on Bret Hart.
The main event match is between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker to determine the number one contender for the WWE championship. Shawn Michaels does hold the European Championship at this match and is accompanied by his original D-Generation X team members, Rick Rude, Triple H and Chyna. Triple H at this point does begin to move away from his snob upper class Hunter Hearst Helmsley image to the D-Generate Triple H. The match is the first Hell in a Cell match in the WWE. The Undertaker begins the match by punishing Shawn Michaels. The pace is slow and the Undertaker is slowly, methodically dissecting Shawn Michaels. Any attempts from Shawn Michaels to deliver offence fail. Eventually, Shawn Michaels gets an opportunity and repeatedly hits the Undertaker with the steel steps, before actually piledriving the Undertaker onto them. Inside the ring, Shawn Michaels then beats the Undertaker with a steel chair, the same weapon that began the feud between them. After a few minor disturbances from the inside cameramen, Shawn Michaels blows his cool and actually beats a cameraman down during the match. The action then continues onto the top of the cage where the Undertaker gains the upper hand and slams Shawn Michaels. Shawn Michaels attempts to escape but whilst doing so the Undertaker causes Shawn Michaels to drop from the top onto the commentary table. The Undertaker then slams Shawn Michaels on the table. By this point, Shawn Michaels is covered in his own blood. The Undertaker then gets his revenge by hitting Shawn Michaels with a steel chair. Suddenly the lights go off, and Paul Bearer is walking down the aisle with Kane – the Undertaker’s brother. Kane rips the steel door off and walks into the ring to face the Undertaker before signalling his hellfire and delivering a tombstone to the Undertaker. Shawn Michaels then manages to cover the Undertaker for the pin as Kane walks out. Triple H and Chyna then arrive and carry Shawn Michaels out of the ring.
In Your House 18 1997
Commentary Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross