clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

On this date in WWF history: The lights go out at In Your House 8 -- Beware of Dog

New, comments
via <a href=""></a>

"Beware of Dog?" More like "Beware of God," am I right?

The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) was all set to hold its latest In Your House pay-per-view (PPV) offering on this date in history (May 26, 1996) when storms started brewing down in Florence, South Carolina. Unfortunately, the show was taking place at the Florence Civic Center in the very same city.

The event started well enough. The Smoking Gunns defeated The Godwinns for the tag team titles in the "Free-For-All" match to hype the show. Sunny (remember her?) turned heel by switching sides in the midst of her gold whoring gimmick where she sided with whomever held the belts.

The first PPV match also went off without a hitch, as Marc Mero went over on Triple H in a singles match. That wasn't the original plan, as Triple H was supposed to start his big push here that would culminate in his winning the King of the Ring tournament the next month. However, thanks to the infamous Curtain Call incident with the Kliq (Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels) at Madison Square Garden just one week before this event, he was made to job. That's because he was the only left to be punished, seeing as Hall and Nash bolted for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Michaels was the WWF champion at the time.

Up next was a Caribbean Strap match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Savio Vega. Austin got through his entrance but while he was in the ring awaiting Vega, the storm got bad and power to the arena and WWF satellite and TV trucks went out, causing the PPV feed cut out completely.

The live feed would come back up temporarily with Vince McMahon, who was doing commentary for the event, explaining to the audience that they were using auxiliary power to let everyone know that storms had knocked them offline and they hoped to get everything up and working as soon as possible. He repeatedly informed the audience that the PPV was set to replay that Tuesday night already and if they couldn't get the event back up in time, that date would be used to hold an entirely new PPV event.

As it turned out, that's exactly what happened.

Austin and Vega, along with everyone else on the card, would finish their matches in the dark -- leading to some cool pictures later on -- but the power didn't come back up until just before the main event, a match between Shawn Michaels and the British Bulldog. It was a damn good match that ended in a smoz with multiple referees and both men's shoulders on the mat when the final pinfall was counted. Gorilla Monsoon, the acting on-screen President at the time, came down to sort it all out and declared the match a draw.

An interesting side story to this match was it came during Michaels' infamous period of being a monster backstage and nearly impossible to work with. There's a point in the match that some have contended Michaels threw a tantrum arguing with Bulldog and the referee over the finish of the match while he was in a chinlock. If that's the case, it doesn't look like it but considering his reputation at the time and what he's said later in interviews, it's at least a possibility.

As stated previously, because of the issues with power, the WWF decided to hold the show again the following Tuesday in an entirely new arena. They re-aired the two matches from this show that went off fine and had everyone else simply rework their matches. This is important because it saw a turning point for Steve Austin that we'll cover on May 28 in a separate history post.

In the meantime, you can watch two videos after the jump. One is of the live video feed during the actual PPV that aired back in 1996 and the other is the match between Michaels and Bulldog.