The WWF’s second foray into a cheaper monthly pay-per-view event was built around the new “DUDES WITH ATTITUDES,” WWF Champion Diesel and his former best friend-turned-enemy, the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, and their matches for the evening. While Michaels stole the show (more on that later), Diesel was putting his feud with Sid behind him. The two giants, who also main evented the first IN YOUR HOUSE, went at it again here in a Lumberjack Match.
Despite WCW’s BASH AT THE BEACH having a “Lifeguard Match” – which was basically just a Lumberjack Match – earlier this month, color commentator Dok Hendrick (aka Michael Hayes) declared that the Sid-Diesel match was the first Lumberjack Match to ever appear on pay-per-view. It was definitely not as good as the Flair-Savage match at the Bash, as Sid and Diesel just didn’t mesh well.
Mercifully, Diesel ended the match in about 10 minutes with a big boot after some chaos at ringside. And the champ was ready for his next challenger. But are we?
Best Match: Intercontinental Championship Match: Shawn Michaels defeated Jeff Jarrett (c) – The match was secondary to Jarrett’s singing debut beforehand, but that doesn’t take away from how well the two meshed together here. Michaels was starting his ascent to the top of the WWF mountain after spending most of his career struggling to get to the main event.
Worst Match: Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Henry O. Godwinn – Godwin injured his knee during the match, which probably wouldn’t have been much better if both guys managed to stay healthy.
Double J’s Double Bill – Jarrett’s successful performance of the very catchy “With My Baby Tonight” should have made In Your House 2 a good night for the Intercontinental Champ. Unfortunately, Michaels was in the way. Also not helping was Jarrett’s cornerman, The Roadie, who accidentally tripped Jarrett, which led to his downfall from a superkick. The ending of the match was supposed to lead to a program between Jarrett and the Roadie, but both men took a leave from the company after the event, which delayed their feud.
Powers That Weren’t – The Allied Powers, Lex Luger and Davey Boy Smith, could have been great tag team champions. And watching this back in 1995, I thought for sure they would beat champions Yokozuna and Owen Hart for a run with the belts, but that was not to be. It was another in a long line of disappointments for Lugers WWF run, which would be over soon enough.
Ranking In Your House 2
1 – Intercontinental Championship Match: Shawn Michaels defeated Jeff Jarrett (c)
2 – WWF Tag Team Championship Match: Yokozuna and Owen Hart (c) defeated Lex Luger and the British Bulldog
3 – WWF Championship Lumberjack Match: Diesel (c) defeated Sid
4 – The Roadie defeated 1-2-3 Kid
5 – King Mabel and Mo defeated Razor Ramon and Savio Vega
6 – Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Henry O. Godwinn
*DISCLAIMER* The Top 10 rankings are for discussion purposes only and in no way reflect an official or authoritative list. It is simply my opinion. If you disagree, let me know in the comments. New arrivals to the Top 10 are in bold.
The Heartbreak Kid and Jeff Jarrett stole the show and make their way to the Top 10!
1 – WWF Championship Match: Diesel (c) and Bret “Hitman” Hart battle to a draw – Royal Rumble 1995
2 – WWF Championship Match: Diesel (c) defeated Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania XI
3 – WCW World Championship Match: Hulk Hogan (c) beat Vader by disqualification – SuperBrawl V
4 – Bret “Hitman” Hart defeated Hakushi – In Your House 1
5 – WCW TV Championship: Arn Anderson (c) defeated Johnny B. Badd – Clash of the Champions XXX
6 – Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage defeated the Butcher and Kevin Sullivan – Clash of the Champions XXX
7 – WCW Tag Team Championship Match: The Nasty Boys (c) defeated The Blue Bloods – The Great American Bash 1995
8 – Intercontinental Championship Match: Shawn Michaels defeated Jeff Jarrett (c) – In Your House 2
9 – WWF Tag Team Championship Tournament Final Match: The Kid and Bob “Spark Plug” Holly defeated Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka – Royal Rumble 1995
10 – ECW TV Championship Match: Eddy Guerrero defeated Too Cold Scorpio (c) – ECW Three-Way Dance
In two weeks, we return to WCW with Clash of the Champions XXXI Stay tuned!