Monday, 2 September 2013
WWE DVD Review: The Best of In Your House
In the mid-1990s the WWE created a new concept in pay-per-view programming. This idea was to make a number of PPV's that were of the same quality as the 'big four' Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series. Entitled In Your House these events were cheaper in price than the main events we were used to and yet they often featured some high quality bouts.
The concept did not last forever, but during its duration there were a number of excellent encounters between many WWE superstars, who were at the very top of their game.
This 3 disc set takes a nice look at the IYH franchise and documents the best it had to offer.
There were 28 IYH events in total over a five year period and whist the original premise (a real-life fan won a house) became a thing of the past, the match quality did not. There were often better battles on these events than those appearing on the main shows.
So what can you expect here then? Well first up mid-90s on air WWE presenter Todd Pettengill returns to host the DVD and that certainly makes proceeding special for more long-term fans. Pettengill is perfect for the role and does have some nice anecdotes as well.
From a match point of view you get a reasonable mix of impressive scraps, near classics and all out exceptional encounters here.
Stand-outs for your reviewer are the 'No Holds Barred' war between Shawn Michaels and Diesel, Shawn Michaels versus Mankind, Steve Austin v Bret Hart v Vader v The Undertaker, the ten man tag from 'Ground Zero' and to be honest a great number more.
The Best of In Your House is a wonderful DVD release and one that has been long-awaited by many. The extras are pretty good too.
Available now via www.wwedvd.co.uk and all good retailers this release is available on DVD (RRP £24.99) and Blu-ray (RRP £34.99).
By Phil Allely