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In Your House 13: Final Four was the thirteenth In Your House Professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Federation. The event took place on February 16, 1997 at the UTC Arenamarker in Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker.

The main event was a Four Corners Elimination match for the vacant WWF Championship, including Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and Vader, which Hart won. The main matches on the undercard were Owen Hart and The British Bulldog versus Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon and Rocky Maivia versus Hunter Hearst Helmsley for the WWF Intercontinental Championship.

Background

The main feud heading into In Your House 13 was between Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and Vader, initially over who would face Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 13 for the WWF Championship. Shawn Michaels won the title from Sycho Sid at Royal Rumble 1997, and was booked to drop the title to Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13. However, Michaels forfeited the title on the February 13, 1997 edition of Raw, known as Thursday Raw Thursday, by explaining to the fans that he was told by doctors that he suffered a very bad knee injury and that he should retire. He contemplated thoughts of retirement and stated that he "had to find his smile again," which he had "lost" somewhere down the line.Bret Hart did not believe this to be true and this led to further animosity between Michaels and Hart. As a result of the champion forfeiting the title, it was announced that the championship would be decided at Final Four between the Hart, Austin, the Undertaker and Vader, with the winner facing Sycho Sid, Michaels' scheduled opponent on the night he forfeited the title the next night on Raw.

This rivalry was the result of two rivalries: Hart and Austin and Undertaker and Vader. Hart and Austin's rivalry began in 1996 after Austin won the 1996 King of the Ring tournament and began taunting Hart, who was inactive at the time. Austin insulted Hart in his promos so Hart could accept his challenge to a match. Hart returned and accepted Austin's challenge, with the two facing each other at Survivor Series 1996 where Hart defeated Austin. Undertaker and Vader had no major storyline. Undertaker's manager Paul Bearer turned on Undertaker and cost him a Boiler Room Brawl against Mankind at SummerSlam 1996. As a result, he began feuding with wrestlers managed by Bearer. At Royal Rumble, Undertaker and Vader wrestled each other in a match where Bearer helped Vader in getting the win. Later that night, in the Royal Rumble match, Hart had originally eliminated Austin from the Royal Rumble match but was not declared the winner because the officials were busy in a brawl between Mankind and Terry Funk, two eliminated wrestlers. Officially, it came down to Hart, Undertaker, Vader and "Diesel" as the final four. Austin was not officially eliminated because no referee had seen this. He reentered into the ring and eliminated both Undertaker and Vader. As Hart eliminated Diesel, Austin (from behind), tossed Hart over the top rope, thus, Austin won the Royal Rumble match. Due to Shawn Michaels vacating the WWF Championship, a Four Corners Elimination match was made between Austin, Vader, Undertaker and Hart because all the four had been feuding with each other in pairs and due to the controversial ending of the Royal Rumble match.

The other major feuds heading into the pay-per-view event were between Rocky Maivia and Hunter Hearst Helmsley over the WWF Intercontinental Championship. On Thursday Raw Thursday, Maivia defeated Helmsley to win the Intercontinental title in an upset at the time, with Maivia scoring a small package on Helmsley culminating in a rematch for Maivia's newly won Intercontinental title, and Owen Hart and The British Bulldog against Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon over the WWF Tag Team Championship which began after Furnas and LaFon had eliminated Tag Champions from a Survivor Series match at Survivor Series 1996 to earn a title shot.

Event

Before the event went live on pay-per-view, The Godwinns defeated The Headbangers in a dark match.

The first televised match was between Marc Mero and Leif Cassidy. Mero began with a quick assault on Cassidy before getting distracted by Sable. Cassidy regrouped and applied the figure four leglock on Mero and also argued with Sable, who was in Mero's corner. Mero tried to do quick attacks on Cassidy but Cassidy managed to be on the offensive. Sable continued to distract him throughout the match and Cassidy was frustrated of her interferences. He ran before her before Mero hit Cassidy a Wild Thing for the win.

The second match was a six man tag team match featuring Nation of Domination (Faarooq, Crush and Savio Vega) against Bart Gunn, Goldust and Flash Funk. All the six men began brawling with each other, until Nation were sent to the outside. As they regrouped, Funk dived from the top rope onto all the three members of Nation. Funk hit a hurricanrana on Vega from the top rope and tried to dive on the Nation again but they controlled his landing and dragged him into the ring. Faarooq, Crush and Vega took turns and attacked Funk. After a great damage, he was able to tag with Gunn who took care of all three men. Gunn, Goldust and Funk sent Nation outside the ring and Gunn hit a diving bulldog on Faarooq and went for the cover but the referee was distracted in sending Goldust and Funk to the outside. Crush took advantage and hit a leg drop on Gunn while Faarooq pinned Gunn to get the win.

The third match was for the WWF Intercontinental Championship between champion Rocky Maivia and Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Helmsley gained the early advantage by performing backbreakers and suplexes on Maivia. Helmsley began applying submission holds on Maivia but Maivia countered them into a small package. Helmsley kicked out of the pin until Maivia hit a flying crossbody on Helmsley. He kicked out again and nailed Maivia with a jawbreaker and a DDT. Goldust came to the ringside and distracted Helmsley. Maivia hit a Bridging German suplex on Helmsley and pinned him to retain the IC title.

The fourth match was a tag team match pitting Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon against WWF Tag Team Champions Owen Hart and The British Bulldog for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Hart and Furnas started the match as Furnas hit Owen with a lariat and a leg drop. Furnas tagged in with LaFon while Owen tagged in with Bulldog. He overpowered LaFon and then Owen and Bulldog took turns by tagging with each other and attacking LaFon. Smith did a pinfall attempt on LaFon but the referee was distracted by Owen. Owen continued to distract the referee as accidentally hit Bulldog with a lariat. Bulldog hit Owen with a lariat and the two argued as LaFon hit a splash on Owen from the top rope but Bulldog controlled LaFon. Despite that, LaFon tagged in with Furnas and then the challengers double-teamed Hart until Hart tagged in with Bulldog. Bulldog picked up LaFon and went for a running powerslam until Hart hit LaFon with his Slammy statuette. LaFon and Furnas won the match by disqualification, but the title does not change hands by DQ, so the titles remained with Hart and Bulldog.

The main event was a Four Corners Elimination match for the vacant WWF Championship between The Undertaker, Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vader. Hart and Austin, two famous rivals started brawling with each other while Undertaker attacked Vader and hit him with a crossbody over the top rope. Undertaker attacked both Hart and Vader. Vader recovered and then hit Undertaker with a steel chair to the outside. Undertaker blocked the chair and drove Vader in the chair and then the steel steps opening his right eye. Austin bumped Hart and then began working on Undertaker while Hart and Vader punch each other. All the four men began wrestling on outside as Undertaker crotched Austin. Vader attacked Hart with a steel chair. Undertaker began working on Hart, who eye raked Undertaker and was powerslammed by Undertaker. Vader and Austin attacked each other by hitting steel chairs, steps, bell and even a camera man. Vader applied Hart's own maneuver Sharpshooter on him but Austin hit him with a press and knuckles. Vader tried to hit Undertaker a Vaderbomb but instead hit a Vadersault which missed. Hart then put Austin in a fireman's carry and threw him over the top rope, which lead to the first elimination. Hart and Undertaker brawled with each other while Vader recovered in the corner. Paul Bearer interfered and attacked Undertaker while Vader was superplexed by Hart. Despite being eliminated, Austin interfered in the match and attacked Hart. Vader went for a Vaderbomb from the top rope but Undertaker low blow Vader and threw him over the top rope. Undertaker and Hart remained the final two participants. He tried to hit a chokeslam on Hart until Austin distracted Undertaker while Hart clothesline Undertaker over the top rope to win his fourth WWF Championship.

Aftermath

The next night on Raw, Hart defended his newly won WWF Championship against Sycho Sid. Hart's fourth reign lasted only one day as Austin interfered in the match and helped Sid in defeating Hart to get the win and the title. Undertaker was named the number one contender to the WWF Championship. On March 17 edition of Raw, Hart and Sid faced each other in a rematch for the title which was contested in a steel cage. The stipulation was that the winner would defend the WWF Championship against their scheduled opponent (Sid's being the Undertaker, Hart's being Austin) at WrestleMania 13. Undertaker and Austin both interfered in the match. Undertaker helped Sid because he wanted to wrestle Sid for the title while Austin helped Hart because he wanted the no disqualification submission match between him and Hart to have the championship on the line. Sid won the match and retained the title.

Hart and Austin wrestled in that match at WrestleMania 13 where UFC fighter Ken Shamrock refereed the match. Hart won the match because austin passed out from the pain and from losing blood but continued to apply the maneuver on a heavily bleeding Austin. The match ended with a double-turn as Austin turned babyface and Hart turned heel and reformed the Hart Foundation with Owen Hart, British Bulldog, Jim Neidhart and Brian Pillman who feuded with Austin. Later that night, Undertaker and Sid battled for Sid's WWF Championship in a no disqualification match. The newly heel turned Hart interfered in the match and helped Undertaker in defeating Sid for his second WWF Championship.

Results

# Results Stipulations Times
The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas) defeated The Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher). Tag team match
1 Marc Mero (with Sable) defeated Leif Cassidy. Singles match 09:30
2 The Nation of Domination (Faarooq, Crush, and Savio Vega) (with Clarence Mason) defeated Bart Gunn, Goldust, and Flash Funk. Tag team match 06:42
3 Rocky Maivia (c) defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 12:30
4 Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon defeated Owen Hart and The British Bulldog (c) (with Clarence Mason) by disqualification. Tag team match WWF Tag Team Championship 10:30
5 Bret Hart defeated Steve Austin, Vader (with Paul Bearer), and The Undertaker. Four Corners Elimination match for the vacant WWF Championship 24:05


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