When WWE acquired both ECW and WCW in the early 2000’s, they were flush with talent from all 3 of the major companies, though in some cases, “talent” is a word I use relatively loosely. As time went on, the invasion angle faded away and only a handful of stars from Atlanta or Philadelphia remained, having been fully incorporated into WWE storylines.
No Way Out 2003 was the table-setter leading up to Wrestlemania XIX, famous for McMahon vs. Hogan and infamous for the botched shooting star press from Brock Lesnar.
In 1993, Vince McMahon expanded by adding King of the Ring, the 5th “major”, as it were. In the years that followed, whether it was in response to the growing popularity of the competition in WCW or just as an experiment to try to earn more money, Vince added “In Your House”. Originally designed as a shorter, cheaper PPV, the In Your House series would be the ‘minor’ spectacles to fill the monthly gaps between larger events.
For our next Lessons from the Network, we take a trip to the IYH event from December of 1997. WCW has taken over the lead in the Monday Night Wars, and at this point, WWE is on the ropes. This is also the first PPV after Survivor Series ‘97, also known as the Montreal Screwjob. On the cusp of the Attitude Era, we now sit under the learning tree known as Degeneration X: In Your House.