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Fully Loaded: In Your House was the first Fully Loaded professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), which took place on July 26, 1998 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California. It was the twenty-third pay-per-view event of the In Your House series.

The main event was a tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Kane and Mankind defended the titles against The Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Undertaker and Austin won the titles when Undertaker pinned Kane after performing a Tombstone Piledriver.

The undercard featured Jacqueline versus Sable in a Bikini contest, The Rock versus Triple H in a Two out of three falls match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, Owen Hart versus Ken Shamrock in a Dungeon match, Disciples of Apocalypse (8-Ball and Skull) versus L.O.D. 2000 (Hawk and Animal), Mark Henry versus Vader, Faarooq and Scorpio versus Terry Funk and Bradshaw, D'Lo Brown versus X-Pac and Val Venis versus Jeff Jarrett.

Background

Fully Loaded featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots, and storylines that were played out on Raw is WarWorld Wrestling Federation's (WWF) flagship television program. Wrestlers portrayed a villain or a hero as they followed a series of events that built tension, and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.

The main rivalry heading into the event was between Kane and Mankind and the WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Undertaker over the WWF Tag Team Championship. At King of the Ring, Undertaker defeated Mankind in a Hell in a Cell match. Later that night, Mankind interfered in Austin and Kane's First Blood match for the WWF Championship. Undertaker came out to stop Mankind from interfering and accidentally hit Austin with a chair, causing him to bleed. As a result, Kane won the title. On June 29 edition of Raw is War, Austin challenged Kane to a rematch for the title, which Kane accepted. Later that night, Austin defeated Kane to win the WWF Championship. On July 6 edition of Raw is War, the WWF Chairman Vince McMahon announced that Austin and Undertaker would team with each other to wrestle Kane and Mankind in a tag team match at Fully Loaded. On July 13 edition of Raw is War, Kane and Mankind defeated New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) to win the Tag Team Championship, making their match with Austin and Undertaker, a Tag Team Championship match at Fully Loaded.

Two rivalries heading into the event were created together. One of them was between The Rock and Triple H over the WWF Intercontinental Championship. The other was between Ken Shamrock and Owen Hart. On June 29 edition of Raw is War, Michael Cole interviewed Shamrock on his winning of the 1998 King of the Ring tournament, where Shamrock gave credit to his final round opponent The Rock on his victory. Rock's Nation of Domination teammate and 1994 King of the Ring Owen Hart confronted Shamrock and challenged him to a match between the winners of King of the Ring. The 1997 King of the Ring Triple H challenged both men for a Triple Threat match and a match was made between the three King of the Ring winners. Shamrock won the match by pinning Triple H after interference by Rock. As a result, a brawl occurred between Triple H's D-Generation X and Rock's Nation. On July 6 edition of Raw is War, all the members of DX and comedian Jason Sensation mocked the members of Nation in an infamous parody. On July 13 edition of Raw is War, Triple H and X-Pac defeated Rock and Hart in a tag team match. During the match, it was announced that Rock would defend the Intercontinental Championship against Triple H in a Two out of three falls match at Fully Loaded. On July 20 edition of Raw is War, it was announced that a Dungeon match would take place between Hart and Shamrock in the Hart family dungeon at Fully Loaded and Dan Severn would serve as the special guest referee.

On June 29 edition of Raw is War, L.O.D. 2000 (Hawk and Animal) called out their famous manager Paul Ellering. Ellering betrayed L.O.D. 2000 by inviting his new tag team Disciples of Apocalypse (8-Ball and Skull). DOA attacked L.O.D. 2000, leading to a match between the two teams at Fully Loaded.

Event

Preliminary matches

The first match that aired live on the event was a standard wrestling match between Val Venis and Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett's allies Southern Justice (Mark Canterbury and Dennis Knight) were sent to backstage before the match by the referee. Venis dominated earlier part of the match with two near-falls. Jarrett powerbombed Venis and threw him outside the ring, where Jarrett's manager Tennessee Lee attacked Venis. Venis returned the ring and performed a Belly to Back Suplex on Jarrett. Jarrett's head collided with the referee's head, allowing Venis to take advantage. He pinned Jarrett with a roll-up to win the match.

The second match was a standard wrestling match between D'Lo Brown and X-Pac, representing Nation of Domination and D-Generation X respectively. Brown dominated most of the match and nearly finished it by performing his finisher, a Frog Splash, which he called Lo Down, on X-Pac, but X-Pac kicked out at 2 count. Brown then attempted to perform a Moonsault but X-Pac avoided the move. X-Pac then controlled the match by attacking Brown in the corner until Brown whipped X-Pac into the ropes. Brown's manager The Godfather attacked X-Pac, allowing Brown to perform Rydeen Bomb, which he called Sky High, on X-Pac for the victory.

The third match was a tag team match pitting Faarooq and Scorpio against Justin Bradshaw and Terry Funk. As the match started, Faarooq and Scorpio dominated the earlier part of the match. Bradshaw then battled Faarooq by performing a Superplex and Powerbomb, while Funk battled Scorpio outside the ring. Funk and Scorpio were tagged by their partners Faarooq and Bradshaw, who fought with each other outside the ring. This allowed Scorpio to perform a 450° Splash, which he called Scorpio Splash on Funk for the victory. As a result, Faarooq and Scorpio won the match. After the match, Bradshaw attacked Funk, Scorpio and Faarooq.

The fourth match was a standard wrestling match between Mark Henry and Vader. Both men dominated each other using power moves on each other. Vader performed a Corner Slinghot Splash, which he called Vader Bomb on Henry and attempted to pin him but Henry kicked out at 2. Henry powerslammed and splashed Vader for the victory.

The fifth match was a tag team match between Disciples of Apocalypse (8-Ball and Skull) and L.O.D. 2000 (Hawk and Animal). The match went back and forth with Paul Ellering continuously interfering on DOA's behalf. Both members of DOA dominated Hawk until Hawk clotheslined both members of DOA. Animal was tagged in. LOD performed an Electric Chair Diving Clothesline Combination, which they called Devastation Device, on the legal member of DOA. Animal attempted to pin the legal DOA member but the illegal member broke the pinfall attempt, allowing the legal man to roll out of the ring and the illegal person took advantage by pinning Animal. As a result of being twins, DOA won the match.

Main event matches

The sixth match was a Dungeon match between Owen Hart and Ken Shamrock. The match had been taped earlier in the Hart family dungeon. Dan Severn served as the special guest referee. Shamrock and Hart battled each other and tried to make each other submit. Shamrock tried to perform a Kick on Hart, but Hart avoided it and Severn was accidentally hit with it. Hart took advantage and knocked Shamrock out by hitting him with a dumbbell. Hart then applied an Armbar on Shamrock. Severn recovered and saw Shamrock in the hold and thus awarded the victory to Hart.

The seventh match of the event was a Two out of three falls match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. The Rock defended the title against Triple H. As the match started, Rock's Nation of Domination teammates Mark Henry, The Godfather and D'Lo Brown interfered in the match to help Rock. This caused Triple H's DX teammates New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) to interfere in the match and stop Nation from interfering. Rock distracted the referee, allowing Brown to distract Triple H, but Triple H beat him with the Intercontinental Championship belt. This allowed Rock to perform a Lifting Side Slam, which he called Rock Bottom, on Triple H to win the first fall. Brown climbed on the apron but Chyna attacked him. X-Pac tried to interfere while Chyna distracted the referee, allowing Triple H to get a chair but Rock got it and attempted to perform a Chair Shot on Triple H, but Triple H avoided it and the referee was hit with it. Chyna performed a DDT on Rock onto the chair, allowing Triple H to pin him for the second fall. As the final fall began, Triple H performed a Double Underhook Facebuster, which he calls Pedigree, on Rock, but the time limit of the match expired. The match resulted in a no contest. As a result, Rock retained the title.

The final match on the undercard was a Bikini contest between Jacqueline and Sable. Jerry Lawler served as the Emcee of the contest. Sable originally won the contest, but was disqualified for not wearing a bikini top as it was revealed that she had hand prints painted on her each breast. As a result, Jacqueline was awarded the victory.

The main event was a tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Kane and Mankind defended the title against Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Undertaker. Austin tried to perform a Sitout Three-Quarter Facelock Jawbreaker, which he calls Stone Cold Stunner on Kane, but Kane blocked the move and chokeslammed Undertaker. Undertaker and Mankind battled each other outside the ring. Mankind grabbed a chair and threw it into the ring. Austin got the chair and hit Kane with it. However, Kane quickly got control and Kane and Mankind started dominating Austin until Austin performed a Stone Cold Stunner on both Kane and Mankind. Undertaker was tagged in and he chokeslammed both Kane and Mankind. Undertaker followed by performing a Reverse Belly to Belly Piledriver, which he calls Tombstone Piledriver, on Kane to win the match. As a result, Undertaker and Austin won the Tag Team Championship.

Aftermath

After defeating Kane and Mankind for the WWF Tag Team Championship, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Undertaker continued their rivalry with Kane and Mankind. On July 27 edition of Raw is War, Kane and Mankind attacked Austin after his and Undertaker's successful Tag Team Championship defense against New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn). On August 3 edition of Raw is War, Kane and Mankind defeated New Age Outlaws in a tag team match. Later that night, Austin and Undertaker defeated Nation of Domination (The Rock and Owen Hart) to retain the Tag Team Championship, but were attacked by Kane and Mankind after the match. New Age Outlaws came out and attacked all three teams. As a result, on August 10 edition of Raw is War, Undertaker and Austin defended their title against Kane and Mankind, Nation of Domination and New Age Outlaws in a Four Corners match. Kane and Mankind won the Tag Team Championship. Tensions started growing between Undertaker and Austin, leading to a match between the two for Austin's WWF Championship at SummerSlam. Austin defeated Undertaker to retain the title. Kane and Mankind also failed to continue their teamwork. At SummerSlam, Kane abandoned Mankind by not appearing during their Tag Team Championship defense against New Age Outlaws. New Age Outlaws defeated Mankind in a Handicap match to win the Tag Team Championship.

The Rock and Triple H also continued their rivalry after Fully Loaded. On July 27 edition of Raw is War, Triple H defeated his D-Generation X teammate X-Pac to become the #1 contender for Rock's WWF Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam. At SummerSlam, Triple H defeated Rock in a Ladder match to win the Intercontinental Championship.

Results

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
  • Rock pinned Triple H after a Rock Bottom (20:21)
  • Triple H pinned Rock after Chyna interfered and hit a DDT (25:23)
  • The time limit expired right after Triple H hit a Pedigree, Rock retained the title (30:00)

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

See also

DVD Release

External links

Fully Loaded
199819992000
In Your House
1: Premiere2: The Lumberjacks3: Triple Header4: Great White North5: Season's Beatings6: Rage in the Cage7: Good Friends, Better Enemies8: Beware of Dog9: International Incident10: Mind Games11: Buried Alive12: It's Time13: The Final Four14: Revenge of the 'Taker15: A Cold Day in Hell16: Canadian Stampede17: Ground Zero18: Badd Blood19: D-Generation X20: No Way Out of Texas21: Unforgiven22: Over the Edge23: Fully Loaded24: Breakdown25: Judgment Day26: Rock Bottom27: St. Valentine's Day Massacre28: Backlash
1998 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views
Royal RumbleNo Way Out Of TexasWrestleManiaMayhem in ManchesterUnforgivenOver the EdgeKing of the RingFully LoadedSummerSlamBreakdownJudgment DaySurvivor SeriesCapital CarnageRock Bottom

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