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Back when the WWE was first looking to expand their range of PPVs, In Your House shows were concocted in order to fill the months that did not feature any of the traditional Top Four PPVs.
Between 1995 and 1998, the month of December hosted four successive events under the In Your House moniker.
The first, In Your House 5: Season’s Beatings, saw a rematch of the SummerSlam 1992 classic, as Bret Hart gained revenge over the British Bulldog by defeating him for the WWE Championship. The second, however, yielded the lowest attendance of the four, with just 5,708, and it was headlined by another Bret Hart main event, this time against Sycho Sid.
There was to be no third consecutive appearance for Hart though, with the third event coming just a month after the infamous Montreal Screwjob of Survivor Series 1997. Ken Shamrock defeated Shawn Michaels via DQ in the main event, while the show notably saw the crowning of the inaugural Light Heavyweight Champion in the form of Taka Michinoku.
It was the final In Your House show of December that was arguably the most noteworthy, though.
With the Attitude Era in full swing, Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated the Undertaker in a Buried Alive match to earn the right to compete in the 1999 Royal Rumble match.
The Rattlesnake went on to shockingly finish the Rumble as the runner-up to Vince McMahon, though he later earned the right to compete for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XV via the verdict of Commissioner Michaels.
SCSA of course went on to defeat the Rock and in doing so, he defined an era that remains firmly and fondly remembered by many a professional wrestling fan.
Without December’s In Your House PPV, things may have been very different indeed.