Are you one of those people who are surprised that there’s a WWE PPV at least once a month? If so, here’s the reason. In Your House was the first ever B-PPV. At a run time of two hours instead of the usual three hours, these special events were televised in between WWE’s “Big 4” (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series). At the first event an Orlando Holiday Home was given away live on air, but the subsequent events were titled this for no more clever reason than “You pay to view WWE in your house!” and they were sometimes subtitled if they featured a main event that was of importance in it’s own right (Cold Day in Hell, Good Friends Better Enemies, Final-4 etc).
At first glance this is a visually unimpressive looking programme. Gaudy with terrible computer graphics, it’s like 1995 has come and slapped you in the face. However, forgive the primitive presentation and you are in for perhaps one of WWE’s greatest releases of all time.
The word “Stacked” doesn’t even give credence to the amount of quality matches included within. From the first IYH event to the last we are given some of the greatest WWF/E matches ever shown and this is no exaggeration. You expect that the wrestlers will go all out on the big shows, but just as some of the best moments happen at untelevised House Shows, some of the finest matches of the era are performed on these second tier Pay-Per-Views.
The greatest thing of all is the inspired re-hiring of 1990’s stalwart announcer Todd Pettingill. Todd is as enthusiastic, goofy, funny and exuberant as ever and he’s an absolute joy. He gives his all to presenting this release and is brilliant. He gets you as excited as he is which is important. I always enjoy Josh Mathews because he is an excitable host and Todd is his spiritual predecessor. He helps build each segment and you feel you must watch the match. Well done WWE, this was inspired!
The matches themselves are all brilliant. There’s a fine encounter between British Bulldog and Bret Hart early on, which notes that Davey Boy Smith is wearing the same tights that he wore when he defeated Hart at Summerslam 1992. It’s these small details that make it. It lends importance to the contest when the competitors make it feel it matters. Shawn Michaels is the star of the show, every match he is involved in is absolutely fantastic. He gives it 100% every time and reminds you why he was called “The Showstopper”, his presence alone gives you chills.
There are matches from the likes of Mankind, The Rock, The Undertaker, every one of them are some of the best matches any of the men have had. There’s a particularly brutal Last Man Standing Match between The Rock and Mankind that is Wrestlemania quality.
Bret Hart also has some blinders, the aforementioned contest against his Brother-in-Law, against the largely forgotten, yet massively talented Hakushi and a 4-way match with Steve Austin, The Undertaker and Vader. Razor Ramon, Jeff Jarrett, Ken Shamrock and Triple H also impress and there’s a lot of matches that span a significant part of some superstars’ career. Which is nice to see them evolve from young and hungry to main event spots.
The runtime is impressive but it never outstays it’s welcome. All DVDs would benefit from this level of time and execution. From the host, to the matches, to the extras, everything flows beautifully. I highly recommend this DVD set as a great retrospective of how good 1990’s WWF/E was and also as the type of disc that you can just throw on and watch at any time. It’s a very accessible boxset. I know that I will be watching it again soon.