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Back in the 80s and early 90s, the WWE PPV schedule consisted of just four events: Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series (a fifth event, King of the Ring, was added later than these original four in 1993).
Then in 1995, WWE decided to expand their schedule in order to compete with WCW, who were already operating PPVs every month.
The vacant months in between the traditional, big PPVs were then used to host shows called In Your House, each with a different theme or tagline for differentiation. Also, these events were typically cheaper and shorter than other yearly shows.
In total, there were four In Your House shows in September and they produced some great pieces of WWE history.
The 1998 event, Breakdown: In Your House, saw Stone Cold Steve Austin face Kane and The Undertaker in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Title, where the Brothers of Destruction simultaneously pinned the Rattlesnake.
This led to one of the most iconic moments in Raw history the following night, as Austin drove to the ring in a Zamboni to interrupt Mr. McMahon’s title presentation ceremony.
In typical Stone Cold fashion, Austin ignored orders, causing all manner of chaos as he leaped from the vehicle and began assaulting the Chairman of the Board before being escorted away by security.
It was a key development of the Attitude Era.
Other highlights of the event include the 1996 show, In Your House 10: Mind Games. Shawn Michaels faced Mankind for the WWE Title in a match that was nominated for Match in the Year at the 1997 Slammy awards.
The confrontation’s build-up also saw Mankind give his “Sexy Boy” promo from the boiler room in another entertaining, albeit somewhat disturbing, piece of mic work from Foley.
September’s editions of In Your House have definitely provided some of the month’s highlights, and great value for the cost.