In Your House 8: Beware of Dog

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In Your House 8: Beware of Dog
Promotional poster featuring Vader
Tagline(s) It's Vader Time
Promotion World Wrestling Federation
Date May 26, 1996
May 28, 1996
Attendance 6,000[1]
Venue Florence Civic Center
North Charleston Coliseum
City Florence, South Carolina
North Charleston, South Carolina
Pay-per-view chronology
In Your House 7 In Your House 8: Beware of Dog King of the Ring (1996)
In Your House chronology
In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies In Your House 8: Beware of Dog In Your House 9: International Incident

In Your House 8: Beware of Dog was the eighth In Your House professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), that originally took place on May 26, 1996, from the Florence Civic Center in Florence, South Carolina.[1] Due to a severe thunderstorm, the power went out during the event, resulting in only two matches being shown on pay-per-view and a series of, literal, dark matches.[3] The televised event was rescheduled as "Beware of Dog 2" and took place on May 28, 1996, at the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Carolina.[2] The two matches televised from the May 26 event were shown again at the beginning of the rescheduled pay-per-view. To date, this is the only WWE pay-per-view event to ever be held in South Carolina.


May 26[edit]

Before the event aired live on pay-per-view, a match for the WWF Tag Team Championship between the challengers, The Smoking Gunns (Bart and Billy), and the champions, The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas), was broadcast live on Free for All. The Godwinns were accompanied by Hillbilly Jim and Sunny. Several minutes into the match, Sunny appeared on the ring apron and approached Billy Gunn while Phineas and Bart wrestled inside the ring. Billy then grabbed Sunny and kissed her, causing Phineas to become distracted which allowed Bart to perform a German suplex and make the pinfall to win the WWF Tag Team Championship.

Other on-screen talent (May 26)
Role: Name:
Commentator Vince McMahon
Jerry Lawler
Interviewer Dok Hendrix
Curt Hennig
Ring announcer Howard Finkel
Referee Jack Doan
Tim White
Earl Hebner
Mike Chioda

The first match to air live on pay-per-view was a standard match between "Wildman" Marc Mero (with Sable) and Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Helmsley attempted to perform his finishing move, the Pedigree, when Mero countered by grabbing Helmsley's legs out from under him and performed a slingshot catapult, sending Helmsley head-first into the top of the ring post. Mero covered a "knocked-out" Helmsley for the pinfall.

The next scheduled match was a Caribbean Strap match between Steve Austin and Savio Vega. At the beginning of the match, power to the arena and WWF satellite TV trucks went out and the pay-per-view feed cut out due to a severe thunderstorm. This match, along with the other scheduled matches, still took place but with little light in the arena and not broadcast on pay-per-view. The power and feed were restored just before the ring entrances for the main event match.

The main event of the night featured WWF World Heavyweight Champion Shawn Michaels defending the title against the British Bulldog. Just before the match began, as scripted, Michaels was served a summons from Bulldog's storyline attorney Clarence Mason. It stated that Michaels was a defendant with the charge of "attempted alienation of affection" due to the allegation of him making advances towards Bulldog's wife (storyline and real life) Diana Smith, therefore causing strain in their marriage. The timing of the subpoena by Bulldog's camp was an attempt to throw Michaels off his game, giving Bulldog a better chance of winning the championship. During the match, as part of the script, Bulldog accidentally ran into referee Earl Hebner, knocking him out for a period of time. A replacement referee (Mike Chioda) continued the match. Shawn Michaels performed a German suplex into a pinfall combination on Bulldog. By this time, the original referee had regained his senses, and both referees counted the pinfall. Both wrestlers had their shoulders on the mat as Chioda counted Michaels' shoulders down, while Hebner counted Bulldog's down. Due to both wrestlers being pinned simultaneously, the match was ruled a draw and Michaels retained the WWF Championship.

May 28[edit]

Other on-screen talent
(May 28)
Role: Name:
Commentator Jim Ross
Mr. Perfect
Ring announcer Bill Dunn
Referee Tim White
Mike Chioda
Jack Doan

The encore presentation of Beware of Dog was held live on Tuesday, May 28, 1996 and was entitled "Beware of Dog 2". The event began by re-airing the two matches shown on pay-per-view from May 26 (Mero/Helmsley and Bulldog/Michaels). The first match that aired live on May 28 was a Caribbean Strap match between Steve Austin (with Ted DiBiase) and Savio Vega. The previous night on Raw (May 27), Ted DiBiase announced that if Austin didn't beat Vega, DiBiase would leave the WWF.[4] The match was back-and-forth until Austin wrapped a portion of the strap around Vega's neck and began to drag him around the ring with the strap over his shoulder. Austin started the process of touching all four corners to win the match, but Vega also touched the corners (without Austin's knowledge) as he was being tugged. After Austin and Vega touched the third corner, Vega put up enough fight to force Austin to turn around. The two were now facing each other and Austin pulled on the strap, attempting to touch the last corner, but instead pulled with enough strength that Vega flew into the corner causing Austin to lose the match and DiBiase to leave the WWF.

The following match was a standard match featuring Vader (with Jim Cornette) versus Yokozuna. It began with Vader reluctant to engage with his opponent until Yokozuna gained control for most of the match. Eventually, Yokozuna became occupied with Cornette and attempted to perform his finishing move, the Banzai Drop, on him when Vader pulled Cornette out of the way. Yokozuna missed his target which provided Vader the opportunity to deliver an elbow drop to the leg, followed by a Vader Bomb allowing him to make the pinfall.

The next, and last match of the event was a Casket match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship between the champion, Goldust (with Marlena), and the challenger, The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer). During the match, Undertaker performed his signature Tombstone piledriver to Goldust and went to roll him into the casket. However, when Undertaker opened the casket, Mankind appeared inside and locked-in his Mandible Claw hold, positioned Undertaker into the casket and shut the lid, which resulted in Goldust winning the match and retaining the Intercontinental Championship. After the match, Mankind sat on top of the casket until it suddenly started to smoke. Mankind retreated to the locker room while Paul Bearer and WWF officials tried to open the casket. When it eventually opened, the Undertaker was gone. The arena lights darkened and Undertaker's entrance theme began to play as the pay-per-view signed off the air.


The WWF earned $63,435 in ticket sales from the May 26 event with an attendance of 6,000.[1] The pay-per-view received a buyrate of 0.45, which is the equivalent of approximately 180,000 buys.[5] The event was released on VHS in the United States on August 6, 1996 by Coliseum Video.[6]


May 26[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1F The Smokin' Gunns (Billy Gunn and Bart Gunn) defeated The Godwinns (Henry O. Godwinn and Phineas I. Godwinn) (c) (with Sunny) Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 04:57
2D Bob Holly defeated Isaac Yankem, DDS Singles match Unknown
3 Marc Mero (with Sable) defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley Singles match 16:23
4D Savio Vega defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin (with Ted DiBiase) Caribbean Strap match 15:00
5D Yokozuna defeated Vader (with Jim Cornette) Singles match 03:00
6D Goldust (c) (with Marlena) defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) Casket match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 08:00
7D Jake Roberts defeated Justin Bradshaw (with Uncle Zebakiah) Singles match 00:30
8 Shawn Michaels (c) (with José Lothario) vs. The British Bulldog (with Owen Hart, Diana Smith, and Clarence Mason) ended in a no contest Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 17:21
9D Ahmed Johnson defeated Jerry Lawler Singles match 07:00
10D The Ultimate Warrior defeated Owen Hart Singles match 04:00
  • (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

May 28[edit]

This was also a WWF Superstars television taping[7]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Savio Vega defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin (with Ted DiBiase) Caribbean Strap match 21:27
2 Vader (with Jim Cornette) defeated Yokozuna Singles match 08:53
3 Goldust (c) (with Marlena) defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) Casket match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 12:36
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match


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  2. ^ a b "Beware of Dog 2 info". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  3. ^ Clayton, Corey (2011-08-27). "WWE's Forces of Nature". WWE. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  4. ^ "WWF @ Fayetteville, NC – Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium – May 27, 1996". The History of WWE. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  5. ^ "WWF Pay-Per-View Buyrates". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on January 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  6. ^ "WWF WrestleFest '96 (VHS)". Amazon. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
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