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Last night saw the second power outage in WWE pay-per-view history, and luckily for WWE, it only lasted for a few minutes between matches. Still, it must have been a big scare for WWE, as it took place right before the main event.
It could have been a lot worse: Most of the May 1996 PPV, "In Your House: Beware of Dog," was lost to a major storm in the Carolinas that caused a complete blackout at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, South Carolina. After the pre-show match and PPV opener went off without a hitch, the power went out during the entrances for the next match.
For over an hour of the two hour show, fans at home sat through...well, nothing. Using generator power, a message was sent where the announcers asked viewers to stand by, but otherwise, for the PPV buyers, nothing happened until the power came back.
In the arena, the show went well, all things considered. With little more than emergency lights illuminating the ring, the fans in attendance projected their energy onto the action and actually got really into everything, more so than the usual WWE crowds back then.
The Shawn Michaels vs. Davey Boy Smith main event aired on PPV as scheduled. They had gotten word that the literal dark matches would be rematched two days later during the Superstars tapings, inserted into what had been scheduled as the usual replay showing. They were planning on being part of that show, but when the power came back, they were angry and the match fell apart.
Even with WWE doing everything in their power to make things right with the PPV buyers, a ton of refunds were granted by cable companies. Fans just didn't want to watch a PPV on a Tuesday.