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In Your House Breakdown #2: A Cold Day In Hell (3/11/97)

Buy rates, locations, match lists, preludes, results, aftermaths and attendance numbers are all things you can look forward to in this pay-per-view breakdown series.  Next, we take a look at In Your House 15: A Cold Day In Hell. So, sit back, relax and get ready to relive this event like never before…


Richmond Coliseum, Virginia

Buy Rate:

0.57 or 228,000 buys

Live Attendance:


Tagline: There’s gonna be a whole lotta whoop-ass goin’ on!

Main Event Prelude: After becoming the #1 contender for The Undertaker’s WWF Championship by winning his match against Bret “Hitman” Hart at, In Your House 14: Revenge of the ‘Taker, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin shifted his sights on the Dead Man himself. Still sore over losing his chance at the title, Bret Hart enlisted The Hart Foundation to do his bidding against Austin causing him to slightly loose his focus leading up to A Cold Day In Hell. Austin would then subsequently face Hart again before his title match on an episode of Raw. During the match, Austin intentionally injured Bret Hart’s leg and even attacked him in an ambulance later the same night. This enraged The Hart Foundation so they formulated their revenge… “Stone Cold” Steve Austin would be distracted in his title match with The Undertaker by his former partner, (who was now a Hart Foundation member) Brian Pillman, causing him the match as well as the WWF Championship.

Dark Match(s):

The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) Vs. Owen Hart & The British Bulldog (Tag Match)

Event Match Card:

Jesse James Vs. Rockabilly (Singles match)

Hunter Hearst Helmsley w/Chyna Vs. Flash Funk (Singles match)

Rocky Maivia Vs. Mankind (Singles match)

The Nation Of Domination (Crush, Faarooq & Savio Vega) Vs. Ahmed Johnson (Gauntlet match)

Vader Vs. Ken Shamrock (No Holds Barred match)

The Undertaker Vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (Singles match for the WWF Championship)


  • The Legion of Doom defeated Owen Hart & The British Bulldog (5:00)
  • Rockabilly defeated Jesse James (3:36)
  • Hunter Hearst Helmsley w/Chyna defeated Flash Funk (10:05)
  • Mankind defeated Rocky Maivia (8:46)
  • The Nation of Domination defeated Ahmed Johnson (13:25)
  • Ken Shamrock defeated Vader (13:21)
  • The Undertaker defeated “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (20:06)

The Main Event Aftermath: The Hart Foundation would continue to pester “The Texas Rattlesnake” for a time, eventually leading to an Intercontinental Championship match between Austin and Owen Hart at SummerSlam. In this infamous bout, Owen Hart would unintentionally drop “Stone Cold” on his head, resulting in Austin suffering a broken neck and temporary paralysis. Though Austin would roll Owen up for this win and become the Intercontinental Champion, he would be forced to relinquish the title. He would go on to be nearly fully sidelined until WWF Survivor Series held in November.

The Undertaker would once again tangle with his former manager, Paul Bearer. Primarily due to Bearer threatening The Undertaker to reveal an immense secret from his past, unless he once again be joined at Paul Bearer’s side. Undertaker would go on to join Bearer and lose his championship to Bret Hart, due to interference on the part of “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels. Michaels and Undertaker would go on to have the first-ever Hell in a Cell match at Badd Blood: In Your House.

You can find the main event in it’s entirety here (and I do suggest you check it out)!

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2 thoughts on “In Your House Breakdown #2: A Cold Day In Hell (3/11/97) Leave a comment

  1. Man, this was such a weird time for the WWF. They were still using the “kid-freindly” New Generation logo, and gimmicks like Flash Funk and Rockabilly were still around, but the Attitude era was slowly creeping in with Austin dropping the word “ass” into every promo. It was like the whole company was caught in the middle of the two extremes during this period.

    • I Couldn’t Agree More! Late ’96 into early ’97 feels like a VERY transitional time period. It was a slighlty bazaar time, even the old school RAW letter set felt really out of place.

      Everything seems back on track by mid ’97 I think though…

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