In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies
|In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Federation|
|Date||April 28, 1996|
|Venue||Omaha Civic Auditorium|
|In Your House chronology|
In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) that took place on April 28, 1996 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska.
The event consisted of nine professional wrestling matches, five of which were broadcast live on pay-per-view. The main event of the show saw Shawn Michaels defeat Diesel in a No Holds Barred match to retain the WWF Championship. Other matches on the card included The Bodydonnas retaining the WWF Tag Team Championship by defeating The Godwinns and The Ultimate Warrior defeating WWF Intercontinental Champion Goldust by countout.
The event marked the last televised WWF appearances of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall (as Diesel and Razor Ramon, respectively) before their departure for World Championship Wrestling (WCW); the two would return to the WWF in 2002.
Before the event aired live on pay-per-view, Marc Mero (with Sable) wrestled The 1–2–3 Kid (Sean Waltman) (with Ted DiBiase) in a standard wrestling match on WWF Free for All. The 1–2–3 Kid was disqualified when Hunter Hearst Helmsley interfered and attacked Mero.
The first match to air live on pay-per-view was scheduled to be a singles match between The British Bulldog and Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Bulldog was accompanied by Owen Hart, Jim Cornette and Cornette's storyline attorney Clarence Mason, while Roberts entered the ring with his pet python. It had been revealed the previous weekend that Bulldog was extremely afraid of snakes and because of this, Mason presented the referee with a document ordering the snake to be placed backstage. Roberts tore the paper to shreds, took the snake out of its bag, and charged at Mason and Cornette before taking the snake to the locker room. Roberts returned to the ring with Ahmed Johnson (Anthony Norris) and the match became a tag team match pitting Bulldog and Hart against Roberts and Johnson. Jake and Ahmed controlled much of the match until the Bulldog and Hart gained the upper-hand when Bulldog distracted the referee, allowing Hart to choke Roberts. Bulldog and Hart took turns wearing down Roberts until he countered a sleeper hold by Owen and tagged Ahmed. Johnson came in strong and soon tagged Roberts back in. Shortly afterwards, all four participants were scattered around the ring area. The referee focused on Hart fighting with Johnson outside of the ring, while Bulldog struck Roberts multiple times in the knee with Cornette's tennis racquet. Bulldog then grabbed Roberts' leg and applied pressure to the knee, forcing Roberts to submit.
Next, Goldust defended his WWF Intercontinental Championship against The Ultimate Warrior. The match began with Goldust being chased out of the ring by Warrior, where he stayed for the next several minutes while his valet Marlena and personal Bodyguard attempted to distract Warrior. Warrior took possession of Goldust's robe and Marlena's director's chair, which prompted the two to return to the ring and retrieve the items. Goldust put on his robe, sat in the chair and presented his hand for Warrior to kiss. Instead, Warrior took Marlena's lit cigar, burned Goldust's hand and then clotheslined him out of the chair. Goldust ran from the ring and was counted-out. Because championships don't change hands on a countout, Goldust retained the title.
After the match, the British Bulldog was shown backstage, attempting to enter Shawn Michaels' locker room, as officials Dave Hebner and Tony Garea were trying to hold him back as Dok Hendrix reported that Bulldog had said something about his wife Diana.
In the next match, Vader (with Jim Cornette) squared off against Razor Ramon. Vader controlled much of the match until Ramon attempted a "Razor's Edge" but was countered with a back drop. Vader then performed a seated senton, in which he jumped and sat onto Ramon's chest and covered him for the pinfall. Following the match, Vader was informed that because of his victory he would be allowed to wrestle Yokozuna, whose leg he had injured on Raw three weeks prior, at the next month's In Your House pay-per-view.
The following match was a tag team match for the WWF World Tag Team Championship between the challengers, The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas) and the champions, The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip) accompanied by Sunny. The action was back and forth until Sunny went to the locker room and returned to ringside with a framed, autographed portrait of herself and gave it to Phineas, who believed that Sunny genuinely liked him. Meanwhile, Henry performed the "Slop Drop" on Skip and then attempted to get Phineas away from Sunny. This led to the referee being distracted with the situation and allowed Zip to enter the ring, rolling Skip out and pretending to be him. Henry turned his attention back to who he thought was a knocked-out Skip, when Zip rolled Henry into a small package for the pinfall to retain the championship. Because Skip and Zip's appearance were similar and sometimes hard to tell apart from a rear view, the referee did not realize the illegal man made the pin.
|Ring announcer||Howard Finkel|
In the final match to air live on pay-per-view, Diesel challenged WWF Champion Shawn Michaels in a No Holds Barred match. During Diesel's entrance, Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon, who lives in Omaha, was shown at ringside in the audience. The match began with Michaels entering the ring quickly, ducked a clothesline from Diesel, and nailed him with multiple right and left hands to the chin until Diesel connected hard with a high knee to his chest. Michaels recovered and knocked Diesel outside the ring and performed a moonsault from the top rope to Diesel while still out of the ring. Shawn then snatched a boot off of Spanish commentator Hugo Savinovich, climbed the top rope, and hit Diesel in the head with it. Diesel soon got the upper-hand by knocking Shawn into the steel ringside barricade. Diesel controlled the match for several minutes before turning the match up a notch by taking the belt off the pants of referee Earl Hebner and choked Michaels with it. His next weapon of choice was a steel chair. Diesel continued his assault on Michaels when he powerbombed him through a ringside announcers table. Back-and-forth action started after Michaels managed to grab a fire extinguisher and sprayed Diesel in the face. Diesel eventually turned his sights to Vachon. He grabbed Vachon out of his chair and threw him to the floor. He then pulled off Vachon's artificial leg and attempted to hit Michaels with it, but was hit with a low blow which allowed Michaels to grab the leg and nail Diesel with it. This set up sweet chin music and Michaels pinned Diesel to retain the WWF Championship.
Backstage, Dok Hendrix interviewed Paul Bearer and The Undertaker and announced that at next month's In Your House, Goldust would defend the WWF Intercontinental Championship against Undertaker. After an interview of Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Gorilla Monsoon announced that Shawn Michaels would defend his WWF Championship against the British Bulldog at next month's PPV. During this announcement, Bulldog entered the room and shouted, "That dirty rotten pervert Shawn Michaels! He wants to sleep with my wife? I can't wait for May 26! I'm gonna finish him right now!", before storming off as the pay-per-view ended.
After the event went off the air, three dark matches took place, all of which were standard singles matches. Savio Vega defeated Steve Austin; Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Marc Mero; The Undertaker defeated Mankind.
The event was notable for being the last televised WWF event for Diesel (Kevin Nash) and Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) until 2002. Both men would sign with main competitor World Championship Wrestling shortly thereafter and form the New World Order with Hulk Hogan in July.
Prior to leaving WWF, Nash and Hall alongside Shawn Michaels and Hunter Hearst Helmsley were involved in a controversial incident on May 19, 1996 during a live event at Madison Square Garden that would be known as The MSG "Curtain Call", where after Michales and Diesel's match had ending, both Hall and Helmsley entered the ring and they alongside Michaels and Diesel would embrace in a group hug despite Michaels and Hall being fan favourites and Diesel and Helmsley being heels.
Shawn Michaels immediately began a heated rivalry with the British Bulldog. As a result of the match made for the following month's In Your House between the two, Goldust began a feud with The Undertaker. In the weeks leading up to their Casket match at In Your House, and during the match itself, Mankind assisted Goldust by continually attacking Undertaker which then led to a feud between Mankind and Undertaker. Vader restarted his feud with Yokozuna, while Good Friends, Better Enemies was Razor Ramon's last televised WWF appearance. The Godwinns went on to win the Tag Team Championship from The Bodydonnas in a rematch on May 19.
|1F||Marc Mero (with Sable) defeated The 1-2-3 Kid (with Ted DiBiase) by disqualification||Singles match||07:17|
|2||Owen Hart and the British Bulldog defeated Jake Roberts and Ahmed Johnson||Tag team match||13:47|
|3||The Ultimate Warrior defeated Goldust (c) (with Marlena and Bodyguard) by countout||Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship||07:38|
|4||Vader (with Jim Cornette) defeated Razor Ramon||Singles match||14:49|
|5||The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip) (c) (with Sunny) defeated The Godwinns (Henry O. Godwinn and Phineas I. Godwinn) (with Hillbilly Jim)||Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship||07:17|
|6||Shawn Michaels (c) (with José Lothario) defeated Diesel||No Holds Barred match for the WWF Championship||17:53|
|7D||Savio Vega defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin||Singles match||10:38|
|8D||Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Marc Mero||Singles match||14:10|
|9D||The Undertaker defeated Mankind||Singles match||13:24|
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