The Undertaker Vs Goldust – In Your House 8: Beware of the Dog 28/05/1996
Never realised when making the list of 30 matches to watch for Undertaker Month that I was pretty “casket match heavy” lol. 4 matches on my list ended up being casket matches, but hey, I’d only ever seen one of them before, so 3 brand new casket matches aren’t a bad thing :).
I’ve always been a fan of The Undertaker in 1996 due to him finally getting to face GOOD opponents on a regular basis, but when I thought about it, I’d hardly seen any of his stuff from 1996 lol. The start of the year? Yeah, saw most of it. Mankind? Saw around half of what they did together. Goldust? Nothing. Best get started then huh?
The Undertaker surprises Goldust by appearing behind him in the ring instead of coming down the isle with his usual entrance. Goldust, in his short time in WWF, had become known for playing mindgames with his opponents, but The Undertaker is the master of the mind games and shows it from the get go.
As well as a power and mind games advantage in this match, The Undertaker has a sort of “added bonus” advantage too; Goldust is afraid of caskets. Within the first 2 minutes Goldust comes face to face with the casket, causing him to lose focus and allow The Undertaker to demolish him.
Wow, very weird spot about 5 minutes into the match where Goldust actually hits a Tombstone on The Undertaker, to very little reaction from both the crowd and the announcers. The actual excecution of the spot came across as awkward too. Not good tbh.
At least the Tombstone transitions Goldust into his control segment of the match, and I guess hitting your opponent’s finisher is a good transition lol.
Sound stratergy from Goldust, using a sleeper hold to knock out The Undertaker long enough to stick him in the casket, but not enough to shut the lid. Great spot when Undertaker prevents the lid from closing and throws it open, sending Goldust over the top of it to the floor! This actually ends up as nothing more than a hope spot though, with Goldust regaining control following a big clothesline on the outside.
Again Goldust tries to take a page out of The Undertaker’s book, attempting Old School, but The Undertaker counters and drives Goldust down to the mat with a Tombstone! He opens the casket lid, only to be put in the Mandible Claw by Mankind! Mankind then locks Undertaker in the casket and gives Goldust the win! The casket then starts filling with smoke, and when Paul Bearer finally opens it, The Undertaker is gone!
Fun match, but not that great. I’d take the house show casket match against Mankind over this tbh. Not much to it, a couple of awkward spots and nothing memorable outside of the finish with Mankind.