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In Your House 18: Badd Blood




James Dixon: This is the very definition of a one-match show, with all the hype surrounding it building towards the debut of a structure that would become a popular staple of the company: Hell in a Cell. The match was devised by Jim Cornette, who took inspiration from old NWA cages that had roofs on them, as a way of settling the feud between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker. The two had a wild and spirited brawl that got out of control at the previous IYH event, Ground Zero, and the unique Cell was deemed the only way of keeping the two in the ring and the rest of the roster out of it. This match has dual significance, because as well as being the debut of the Cell, it also marks the first time that Glenn Jacobs dons the mask of the Undertaker’s much hyped brother Kane. The night would also be the last time Vince McMahon acted as lead announcer for the company, with the Mr. McMahon character being born the next month out of the Montreal Screwjob. The event is also famous for taking place on the same day that active roster member Brian Pillman was found dead in his hotel room. Pillman was scheduled to face Dude Love on the show and continue his feud with Goldust along the way, but the 35-year old never made it. Despite the tragedy, “the show must go on” and indeed it did, though it is clear throughout that some of the roster are grieving beneath the bravado and bluster. Not Vader though, apparently, who according to Shaun Assael in his book Sex, Lies and Headlocks, was more concerned with planning his forthcoming tag match than taking a moment to reflect on Pillman:


Three wrestlers were sitting in a room, trying to figure out a finish to their match when a ghostly white Owen Hart walked in and said, “Guys, they just found Brian dead in the hotel room.” One of them, Leon “Vader” White, looked at his colleagues, then paused. “We can worry about that after the match,” he said. “I’ve got to come up with a fucking finish!”


Only in wrestling…


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