D-Generation X: In Your House
D-Generation X: In Your House (also spelled as Degeneration X: In Your House) was the nineteenth In Your House professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on December 7, 1997, at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
|D-Generation X: In Your House|
Promotional poster featuring Shawn Michaels
|Promotion||World Wrestling Federation|
|Date||December 7, 1997|
|Venue||Springfield Civic Center|
|Tagline(s)||Attitude Is Everything|
|In Your House chronology|
In the main event, Ken Shamrock defeated Shawn Michaels by disqualification in a match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship; Michaels thus retained his title. Notable matches on the undercard included Stone Cold Steve Austin defeating The Rock to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship, The New Age Outlaws defeating the Legion of Doom by disqualification to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship, and WWF Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter coming out of retirement to lose a Boot Camp match to Triple H.
The main feud heading into D-Generation X: In Your House was between Shawn Michaels and Ken Shamrock over the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. The feud started after Bret Hart left the WWF to join rival company World Championship Wrestling (WCW) after the infamous "Montreal Screwjob" at Survivor Series. Shamrock, who returned from an injury, which had been caused by the Nation of Domination in September, was the number one contender for Michaels' WWF World Heavyweight Championship. On the December 1 episode of Raw is War, Michaels taunted Shamrock, saying that he would not be able to break Michaels' ankle (a reference to Shamrock's signature ankle lock). Later on that night, Michaels and his D-Generation X teammates, Chyna and Triple H, humiliated and assaulted Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, until Shamrock and WWF commissioner Sgt. Slaughter saved Neidhart, with Shamrock locking in the Ankle Lock on Michaels and Sgt. Slaughter locking the Cobra Clutch on Triple H. Slaughter then challenged Triple H to a Boot Camp match, which he accepted.
Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock feuded over the WWF Intercontinental Championship. On the November 17 episode of Raw is War, The Rock stole Austin's Intercontinental Championship after Austin took a beating at the hands of The Rock's Nation of Domination stablemates. In the weeks preceding D-Generation X: In Your House, The Rock taunted Austin, declaring himself the "best damn Intercontinental Champion ever".
WWF Light Heavyweight Championship tournamentEdit
The tournament to determine the inaugural WWF Light Heavyweight Champion was held between November 3 and December 7, 1997. The tournament brackets were:
(In Your House: D-Generation X)
|November 10||Taka Michinoku||Pin|
|December 7||Taka Michinoku||Pin|
|November 111||Eric Shelley||Pin|
|November 252||Scott Taylor||Forf3|
|November 24||Brian Christopher||Pin|
1 This match aired on November 17.
2 These matches aired on December 1.
3 Christopher won by forfeit after Kane chokeslammed Taylor before Christopher made his way to the ring, leaving Taylor unable to compete.
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