A Look Back on the Legacy of WWE In Your House Ahead of NXT TakeOver


But another thing to talk about with event names is how some of the regular pay-per-views started as an In Your House subtitle.

  • Badd Blood was a 1997 IYH, along with a 2003 and 2004 regular event.
  • No Way Out started as “No Way Out of Texas: In Your House” on February 15, 1998.
  • Unforgiven was the In Your House for April 26, 1998.
  • Over the Edge followed that for May 31, 1998 and returned one year later. While not exactly the same, WWE eventually also had 3 events called Over the Limit from 2010-2012. We can assume they switched the name because of Owen Hart’s horrific accident and death at Over the Edge 1999.
  • There were three Fully Loaded events, from the 1998 IYH and the 1999 and 2000 solo shows.
  • Judgment Day: In Your House was October 18, 1998 and had 10 more of those on top of the original.
  • Backlash was supposed to be an In Your House, but it was changed. That’s even coming up again on June 14th!

None of those are still around, as even No Way Out was changed to Elimination Chamber to further that brand, but they still lasted much longer than most others like “Revenge of the Taker” and “It’s Time” at the very least.

Important Concepts and Moments

Most In Your House shows had an abundance of pointless matches that were completely forgettable by the end of that night, let alone over the course of history. But there were some particularly important things that took place, too, as well as some major concepts being tested out for the first time.

Just some of those talking points are as follows:

  • The first Hell in a Cell match (Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels) which featured Kane’s debut.
  • The first Buried Alive match (Undertaker vs. Mankind).
  • The first Inferno Match at Unforgiven (Undertaker vs. Kane)
  • Chyna’s debut at In Your House: Final Four.
  • Also at Final Four, Bret Hart won the WWF Championship that had been vacated from Shawn Michaels after Royal Rumble 97. Hart would go on to lose the title to Sid on Raw and it would set up WrestleMania 13.
  • On a personal level, Mind Games was the first WWE event I ever went to, so while that’s not important to anyone but myself, I figured it’s a tidbit of info to toss out there. It helped strengthen my love of pro wrestling and lead me down this path.
  • Big Show made his debut at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and inadvertently helped Stone Cold Steve Austin win a title shot for WrestleMania 15.
  • Kane and The Undertaker beat Steve Austin at Breakdown to force the WWF title to be vacated.
  • Savio Vega made his debut at the first event.
  • Two Dudes with Attitudes held all the gold after IYH #3.

Of course, that’s not even counting any classic matches that were just straight-up good. This era of 27 In Your House events stretched from the Razor Ramon vs. Jeff Jarrett days through HBK’s title reign into The Hart Foundation and the Vince McMahon vs. Austin era. There are plenty of hidden gems along the way worth revisiting.

While I’m sure a lot of this has gone underappreciated for a lot of fans, I think it’s important to take into account how different WWE would be today had it not been for the quirky little In Your House shows that paved the way for a lot of what is now standard, as well as many history-making moments.

Who knows how well NXT TakeOver: In Your House will fit into that category? It might end up having several more big things in the timeline of WWE history.

What are your favorite In Your House moments or memories? Are you excited for the return of this title? Keep the discussion going in the comments below!

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