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"The next night on Raw, Yokozuna faced WWF Champion Shawn Michaels in a non-title match, seemingly turning heel again as Jim Cornette claimed he had Yokozuna "back in the fold". Despite using his big size, Yokozuna lost the match to Michaels.[40] He would appear at one more WWF pay-per-view, still going after Vader at the 1996 Survivor Series, but that match ended with all remaining wrestlers being disqualified.[2][41] For a second time, Yokozuna went to his home in Los Angeles to lose weight through exercise and dieting. He was advertised to compete for the 1997 Royal Rumble but was replaced.

Yokozuna stayed on the WWF roster for a while afterwards, as he slowly worked to lose the weight that he had put on. Despite dropping a reported 100 lb (45 kg), he still could not lose enough to satisfy the WWF officials. He was not medically cleared to wrestle in some states because of his size and the resulting physical condition. He was unable to pass a physical required for professional wrestlers by the New York State Athletic Commission and was eventually released from the WWF in 1998, although rumors persisted that he would be brought back if he dropped to 400 pounds."
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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

I'm looking for an In Your House event where Yokozuna was cutting promos in English and trashing Vince for forcing him to be "Japanese" when he's actually Samoan. I swear it was for an In Your House PPV, but I can't find it, and Pimpy's wants to see it.

If you mean the first time Yokozuna ever spoke in English this was at the February 1996 In Your House pay per view just before Yoko's match with Davey Boy Smith. This was just after Yoko split with Jim Cornette. 

As for the reason I came in this thread; I just watched the April 1997 In Your House; and it is truly a hidden gem, mainly for the last two matches. 

Bret Hart and Stone Cold main evented in the midst of their big feud; and this match is probably better than their more famous WrestleMania 13 match. This was when the WWF was really getting crazy (in a good way) as far as getting more hardcore but in an innovative way; and these two could bring it more than any other pairing. They were hitting each other with chairs and ramming each other into the ring steps, fighting in the audience, and I know that seems like standard attitude era stuff but the execution of it all was so well done. I've seen matches with Stone Cold and the Rock where they go in the audience and just walk around doing nothing but light hits to each other. But Austin and Bret were actually ramming each other into the guardrail. Plus this was around the time such stuff was still fresh and new. 

But the match was not without its technical wrestling. Bret locked on his Figure Four around the ring post (a move I would love to see someone do today), and Bret was savagely working on Austin's injured knee. Vince made the comment beforehand that Austin had suffered from a leg injury and Austin sold it so brilliantly that when Bret tried to whip Austin into the turnbuckle Austin just fell down. The two had amazing chemistry together. The ending came in a disqualification when Owen Hart and Davey Boy interfered but the match was so good it was one of the few times I didn't mind a pay per view main event having no winner. Normally I would gripe about that but a good match can get away with not having a real ending. 

The title match was Undertaker against Mankind. It had a couple of high spots like Mankind's leaping off the middle rope to the outside, some good pile drivers (another move I miss) and an awesome spot where Mankind was on the apron and Taker hit him with the ring steps. Mankind went head first into the table. It was good because it was sudden. I've said for years that when somebody sets up a table (either inside or outside the ring) you know a table crash is coming a mile away but when a match is going on at it's normal pace and someone crashes through a table out of the blue it works ten times better, as there is an element of surprise to it. This was also one of their better matches involving these two and that is saying something. 

On a side note Undertaker lit Paul Bearer's face on fire after the match and I got a kick out of some members of the audience offering their lighters to help after Taker briefly had trouble with his lighter. 

The undercard was okay, The Honky Tonk Man was managing Rockabilly against Jesse James and it was rather interesting to see the New Age Outlaws in their lost gimmicks against each other just before they teamed up with each other but doing the same actual motions and moves they would late do with the Outlaws.  

Rocky Maivia defended his Intercontinental Title against Savio Vega with Faarooq sitting at the broadcasting booth delivering an over the top promo against Rocky and Ahmed Johnson, saying that he git his kidney but next time it might be a pancreas. 

If you hate the attitude era and the hardcore violence associated with it you might be apt to not like this pay per view. But if you have an appreciation of the things that built up the era and like good combinations of hardcore with wrestling technique among people who can work really well with each other than this pay per view is a hidden gem. You can see the era evolving.       


Edited by Kondor - 14/February/2018 at 11:30

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