D-Generation X: In Your House
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|D-Generation X: In Your House|
Promotional poster featuring Shawn Michaels
|Tagline(s)||Attitude Is Everything|
|"Break It Down" by The DX Band|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Federation|
|Date||December 7, 1997|
|Venue||Springfield Civic Center|
|In Your House chronology|
D-Generation X: In Your House (also spelled as Degeneration X: In Your House) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and presented by Milton Bradley's Karate Fighters. It took place on December 7, 1997 at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Notably featured was the first match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock (then Rocky Maivia) at a pay-per-view.
The main feud heading into D-X: In Your House was between Shawn Michaels and Ken Shamrock over the WWF Championship. The feud started after Bret Hart left the WWF to join rival company WCW after the infamous "Montreal Screwjob" incident at Survivor Series. Shamrock, who returned from an injury that was caused by the Nation of Domination in September, was the runner-up for Michaels' WWF Championship. On the December 1 edition of Raw is War, Michaels taunts Shamrock, saying that he cannot break Michaels' ankle. Later on that night, Michaels, along with Chyna and Triple H, verbally and physically 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.
The secondary rivalry that took place was between Steve Austin and The Rock over the WWF Intercontinental Championship. On the November 17 edition 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-X: In Your House, The Rock would taunt Austin, declaring himself that he is the "best damn Intercontinental Champion ever". On the December 1 edition of Raw Is War, it was announced the Austin will face The Rock for the Intercontinental title at the PPV.
Triple H and Sgt. Slaughter also feuded into D-X: In Your House. On an episode of Raw is War in November, Slaughter scheduled a match between Shawn Michaels and Triple H for the now-defunct WWF European Championship. Michaels dropped the title to Helmsley by lying it down in the ring instead of competing. On the December 1 edition, Slaughter challenged Triple H to a Boot Camp match, to which Triple H agreed.
WWF Light Heavyweight Championship tournament
The tournament to determine the inaugural WWF Light Heavyweight Champion was held between November 3 and December 7, 1997. The tournament brackets were:
(Raw is War)
(Raw is War)
(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.
The pay-per-view received a 0.44 buyrate, equivalent to approximately 176,000 buys.