Originally Posted by Trouble Trouble
I remember back then, WWE would air a match on their pre-PPV "Free For All" shows.
Keep in mind that In Your House was only a 2 hour PPV and majority of the dark matches they held weren't storyline driven or to set up future title matches.
Also, most of those PPV's were themed, with the highlighted match fitting in with the theme (Buried Alive=Taker/Mankind, International Incident taking place in Canada, Beware of Dog with British Bulldog main eventing). So add in that the PPV's were 2 hours, theme fitting in with the main event and that most of the actual PPV matches were storyline driven, it somewhat makes sense why certain matches didn't make the card. Especially when majority of those dark matches would eventually or had already taken place on RAW.
Matches that were very much storyline driven,
Bam Bam Bigelow/Tatanka
Bret Hart/Isaac Yankem
Stone Cold Steve Austin/Savio Vega
Triple H/Marc Mero
The Godwins/The Bodydonnas
The Road Warriors/Owen Hart and The British Bulldog for the Tag Team titles
Matches that would have made the PPV so much better and boosted buyrates,
The British Bulldog/Owen Hart
Bret Hart/Jean Pierre Lafitte
The Undertaker/Goldust for the Intercontinental title
The Ultimate Warrior/Owen Hart
Jake Roberts/Triple H
Shawn Michaels/Goldust for the WWE title
Stone Cold Steve Austin/Goldust
The theme of the PPV could have main evented the PPV if that was so important but this is something that WCW also did in between mid 1996 and their demise as they seemed to care way too much about ratings for Nitro than their own PPV's. Back then in WWE storylines were not the greatest outside of the WWE title scene and some feuds were simply thrown together but the fact is they had some storyline and the matches worked because of it, i have never run a wrestling company nor do i ever expect to but i do know that your tv show should be used as a weekly advert to build your PPV up.