Remembering In Your House 4: Great White North, WWE's 1st October PPV Event
WWE has been in the pay-per-view business for almost 30 years, but they didn't start holding PPVs on a monthly basis until the mid-'90s.
WWE has had their four big events on a yearly basis for almost two decades, but several other events have come and gone over the years. October is a month that has featured more name changes to its events than most months.
This article will take a look back through history at the very first October PPV, In Your House 4: Great White North.
This was the first WWE "In Your House" PPV to be held in Canada, but it would not be the last. WWE has a long history of great events taking place in Canada, but the best known would have to be the Survivor Series where the Montreal Screwjob took place.
In Your House 4 was an event that featured many Superstars who are considered legends by today's standards. The age of colorful characters would begin to wind down shortly after this event in favor of an edgier product that would be synonymous with the Attitude Era.
IYH4 featured six matches (or seven depending on what you consider a match) that were broadcast to the fans watching at home. The WWE, IC and Tag titles were all defended on the show.
The night began with a singles match between two men who are well known to WWE fans, Triple H and Rikishi. Rikishi was known as Fatu at the time, and Triple H was still playing the Connecticut blue-blood gimmick.
It was a decent opening bout, with Fatu playing the babyface well and Triple H using his heel mannerisms to generate good heat from the crowd. Triple H would pick up the win, extending the undefeated streak he still had in WWE at this time.
The first title match of the night would see The Smoking Gunns defeat Razor Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid to retain their Tag titles in a fun match.
This was a rare situation for WWE as all four men were babyfaces at the time, and WWE almost never had a match without a heel for the crowd to boo.
If you pay close attention to Billy Gunn at a little over the 57:00 mark you will see him miss a big corner splash and then oversell the move, kind of like how Dolph Ziggler does in almost every one of his matches.
It looks as if the Show Off adopted more than one of Billy Gunn's trademarks for his own repertoire.
The third match of the night featured the former Rocker Marty Jannetty being defeated by a man who is currently embroiled in a storyline with the Rhodes family and Triple H: Goldust.
This was at the very start of Goldust's run in WWE. His bizarre behavior drew heat and confusion from the fans in attendance, and this night would set in motion one of the most groundbreaking runs by any character in WWE history.
The match itself was average, but it helped Goldust make a statement about what kind of character he was going to be.
One of the biggest Superstars in WWE history took on another one of the biggest Superstars in WWE history when King Mabel faced Yokozuna in a battle that tested the ring's durability.
With both men being a heel the crowd had nobody to cheer for, so the decision to end the match after only five minutes with a double countout made sense.
For those who have watched it, what was the match of the night?
The IC title was held by Shawn Michaels at the time, but he was forced to forfeit the title due to an injury, which meant the challenger Dean Douglas won the title by default.
But it wouldn't be as simple as all that. Dean Douglas was forced to put the title on the line immediately against Razor Ramon, who was fighting in his second title match of the night.
Razor would defeat Douglas in a hard-fought match to win his fourth Intercontinental Championship. Douglas ended up having his foot under the ropes, but the official didn't see it and Ramon walked out with the title.
Bret Hart joined Vince McMahon and Jim Ross on commentary for the main event after chasing off Jerry Lawler from the booth.
Big Daddy Cool, AKA Diesel, took on the late, great British Bulldog in a match for the WWF Championship. The Bulldog had just turned heel the week before when he turned on Diesel during a match, and he aligned with Jim Cornette to increase his odds of winning the title.
This was at the height of Diesel's popularity, and with the newly turned Bulldog as an opponent the two managed to put on a pretty entertaining main event.
The Bulldog would come up short against the seven-foot Diesel after a DQ thanks to Bret Hart, and the night ended with Big Daddy Cool fighting with Bret Hart over the interference.
At the time this seemed like any other PPV, but the list of future legends and WWE Hall of Famers who were a part of this night was quite impressive.
None of the matches from this card will be included on any "best of" compilations, but it was an entertaining show nonetheless.
If you have never had a chance to see this event I would recommend giving it a shot. It is a great example of what the WWF was like in the mid-'90s, and it is also a funny look back at some of the more ridiculous fashion choices we made 20 years ago.
They say everything comes back in style, but I guarantee that the jacket Shawn Michaels wore on this show will never see the light of day again.
WWE had just begun to find a groove with a lot of the major production methods they still use today, and they were way ahead of their time in terms of interactivity.
The original WWE app was the WWE hotline, which you will hear Vince McMahon plug several times throughout the night if you watch the included video.
What did you think of In Your House 4: Great White North? Did you see it when it first aired, or is this your first viewing? And lastly, how do you think it measures up to today's B-level PPVs?
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