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WWF In Your House: Canadian Stampede
The times were turbulent in WWF in 1997. The dated, cartoonish era of silly gimmicks and larger-than-life superhero and archvillain characters gave way to an explosive mix of real people who had real issues. Throw in a heavy dose of jingoism, and the pot was ready to blow its lid. Canadian Stampede was the final two-hour installment of the In Your House series, and only four matches were on the slate. All four of them drew some kind of acclaim. The show opened with one of many outstanding brawls between Mankind and Triple H. Then, Great Sasuke and TAKA Michinoku showed that WCW wasn't the only company who could put on outstanding junior heavyweight action (although the lack of follow-up on their match was baffling). Undertaker and Vader squared off for the WWF Championship, and when that HOSS FIGHT served as an extended palate-cleanser, then one knew the main event had to be special. And with the nuclear Calgary Saddledome crowd in place, the Hart Foundation's defense of Canadian soil against Team USA, led by Steve Austin, turned out to cap what many still consider to be in their top five events of all-time. Won't you come and join me and my intrepid band of live-tweeters for two hours of sublime wrestling action next week?