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In Your House 14: Revenge of the 'Taker

In Your House 14: Revenge of the 'Taker was the fourteenth In Your House professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). The event took place on April 20, 1997 at the Rochester Community War Memorial in Rochester, New York.

In Your House 14: Revenge of the 'Taker
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UK DVD cover featuring Mankind and The Undertaker
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateApril 20, 1997
CityRochester, New York
VenueRochester Community War Memorial
Attendance6,477
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In the main event Stone Cold Steve Austin fought Bret Hart. The undercard included The Undertaker defending the WWF World Championship against Mankind, Rocky Maivia defending the Intercontinental Championship against Savio Vega, and Owen Hart and The British Bulldog defending the WWF Tag Team Championship against The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal).[1][2][3]

StorylinesEdit

 
Mick Foley, as Mankind, challenged The Undertaker for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship at In Your House 14

The main feud heading into In Your House 14 was between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Bret Hart. Their rivalry began in 1996 after Austin won the 1996 King of the Ring tournament and began taunting Hart, who was inactive at the time. Austin insulted Hart in his speeches so Hart could accept his challenge to a match. Hart returned in October and accepted Austin's challenge, with the two facing each other at Survivor Series where Hart defeated Austin.[4] Their rivalry continued as Hart and Austin were the final two participants in the 1997 Royal Rumble match. Hart had originally eliminated Austin from the match but Austin's elimination was considered unofficial as the officials didn't see it because they were busy in a brawl between eliminated wrestlers Mankind and Terry Funk.[5] They were participants in a Four Corners Elimination match for the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Championship at In Your House 13: Final Four, which Hart won.[6] The next night on Raw, Austin cost Hart the WWF Championship against Sycho Sid when Hart had applied the Sharpshooter on Sid, Austin nailed Hart with a steel chair followed by Sid powerbombing Hart for the win.[7] Hart and Austin were booked to wrestle in a no disqualification submission match at WrestleMania, but Hart got a shot at the WWF Championship in a steel cage match on the March 17 edition of Raw Is War, with the winner defending the title against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 13. Hart had almost the match won, until Undertaker interfered and helped Sid in getting the victory.[8] At WrestleMania 13, Hart faced Austin in a No Disqualification Submission match where he applied the Sharpshooter on Austin in the end of the match. Austin was heavily bleeding and passed out. Hart won the match but he did not release the hold. It resulted in a double turn, as Hart turned heel and Austin turned babyface.[9] Hart then was booked to face Sid at In Your House, but during the April 7 episode of Raw Is War, Sid no-showed and Austin volunteered to face Sid's scheduled opponent, Mankind, if Austin faced Hart at In Your House. Hart then reformed the Hart Foundation by recruiting Owen Hart and The British Bulldog. Brian Pillman joined on April 21 and Jim Neidhart joined on April 28. The entire faction feuded with Austin.

The other feud heading into the event was between The Undertaker and Mankind. On the April 1, 1996, edition of Monday Night Raw, Undertaker faced Justin Bradshaw in the main event where Mankind interfered and attacked Undertaker, thus disqualifying Bradshaw in the process.[10] At King of the Ring, Mankind defeated Undertaker in their first encounter.[11] Mankind invented the Boiler Room Brawl match and the first-ever Boiler Room Brawl took place at SummerSlam, which Mankind won after Undertaker's manager Paul Bearer betrayed him.[12] Undertaker invented a Buried Alive match and the first-ever Buried Alive match took place at In Your House 11: Buried Alive, which Undertaker won.[13] They faced each other in a normal one fall match at Survivor Series, which Undertaker won.[14] On the March 31 edition of Raw is War, Bearer asked WWF Champion Undertaker to forgive him and take him back as his manager but Undertaker refused to do so. Mankind came out and attacked Undertaker, while former champion Sid saved Undertaker. This led to a match between Undertaker and Mankind at In Your House 14.

EventEdit

 
Stone Cold Steve Austin, who defeated Bret Hart at In Your House 14
Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentator Vince McMahon
Jim Ross
Jerry Lawler
Carlos Cabrera (Spanish)
Hugo Savinovich (Spanish)
Ray Rougeau (French)
Jean Brassard (French)
Interviewer Dok Hendrix
Ring announcer Howard Finkel
Referee Tim White
Jack Doan
Earl Hebner
Mike Chioda

Before the event aired on pay-per-view, The Sultan defeated Flash Funk at Free for All.

The actual pay-per-view opened with Owen Hart and British Bulldog defending the WWF World Tag Team Championship against the Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal). LOD appeared to have won the match when they pinned Bulldog after a Doomsday Device, but the match continued because Owen was the legal man in the ring. In the end, Bret Hart attacked the referee, causing Owen and Bulldog to be disqualified. As titles cannot change hands via disqualification, Owen and Bulldog retained their title.

After that, Rocky Maivia defended the Intercontinental Championship against Savio Vega, who was supported by his stable, the Nation of Domination (NOD). During the match, NOD member Crush interfered and hit Maivia with a Heart Punch outside the ring. Maivia was counted-out and lost the match but remained champion, as titles cannot change hands via countout. After the match, the entire NOD attacked Maivia until Ahmed Johnson came out with a wooden board and cleared the ring.[1][2][3][15]

In the third match, "Double J" Jesse James pinned Rockabilly with a small package.

Next, The Undertaker defended the WWF World Championship against his nemesis, Mankind. Undertaker hit Mankind with a Tombstone Piledriver and pinned him to retain his title. He then chased Mankind's manager, Paul Bearer, and beat both, finally shooting a fireball into Bearer's face.

In the main event Stone Cold Steve Austin fought Bret Hart. During the match, British Bulldog ran in and hit Austin with a steel chair. Austin won the match by disqualification, but Bret, Owen and Bulldog all continued to attack Austin. Bret tried to hit Austin with the ring bell, but Austin instead blocked the bell to hit Hart. Austin then hit Bret with a chair, targeting his knee and then applied the Sharpshooter until the officials pulled him off. Bret, Owen and Bulldog retreated from the ring while Austin celebrated his victory. [1][2][3][15]

AftermathEdit

Stone Cold Steve Austin continued his feud with The Hart Foundation. On the May 26, 1997 episode of Raw, Austin and Shawn Michaels defeated Owen Hart and The British Bulldog for the WWF Tag Team Championship.[16] However, Michaels was injured and they vacated the titles on the July 14 episode of Raw. The rivalry ended at In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede when a team captained by Austin lost a five-on-five tag team match against the Hart Foundation.[17]

ResultsEdit

No. Results[1][2][3][18][19] Stipulations Times
1F The Sultan (with The Iron Sheik) defeated Flash Funk Singles match 02:55
2 The Legion of Doom (Animal and Hawk) defeated Owen Hart and the British Bulldog (c) by disqualification Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 10:11
3 Savio Vega (with Crush, Faarooq, J.C. Ice, Wolfie D, D'Lo Brown and Clarence Mason) defeated Rocky Maivia (c) by countout Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 08:33
4 Jesse James defeated Rockabilly (with The Honky Tonk Man) Singles match 06:46
5 The Undertaker (c) defeated Mankind (with Paul Bearer) Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 17:26
6 Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Bret Hart by disqualification Singles match to determine the #1 contender to the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 21:09
7D Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon defeated The Godwinns (Henry O. Godwinn and Phineas I. Godwinn) Tag team match unknown
8D Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Goldust Singles match unknown
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match
  • F – indicates the match was broadcast prior to the pay-per-view on Free for All

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "Royal Rumble 1997". AWT. 1997-01-21. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
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  7. ^ Petrie, John (1997-02-17). "WWF Raw: February 17, 1997". The Other Arena. Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  8. ^ Petrie, John (1997-03-17). "WWF Raw: March 17, 1997". The Other Arena. Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  9. ^ "Wrestlemania XIII". AWT. 1997-04-20. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  10. ^ Petrie, John (1996-04-01). "WWF Raw: April 01, 1996". The Other Arena. Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  11. ^ "King Of The Ring 1996". AWT. 1996-06-23. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  12. ^ "Summerslam 1996". AWT. 1996-08-18. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  13. ^ "Buried Alive results". Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  14. ^ "Survivor Series 1996". AWT. 1996-11-17. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  15. ^ a b "In Your House 14 review". Gerweck.net. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  16. ^ Petrie, John (1997-05-25). "Raw is War: May 25, 1997". The Other Arena. Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  17. ^ "Canadian Stampede results". Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments. Retrieved 2008-05-23.
  18. ^ http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/97.htm
  19. ^ http://www.profightdb.com/cards/wwf/in-your-house-14-revenge-of-the-39taker-64.html

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