The WWF wanted to form a lightheavyweight division, and Japanese legend The Great Sasuke was the target to head that division. TAKA Michinoku was brought along by Sasuke to help showcase the style to a North American audience. They had this match at In Your House: Canadian Stampede and a second match the following night on RAW. NOTE: I could not find a Daily motion version. I have included the Youtube version of the RAW match as a comparison.
A tournament was held to fill the vacated World Tag Team Championship, with the final round coming down to The Midnight Express and The Fabulous Freebirds. During the tournament, The Road Warriors and The Samoan SWAT Team were interfering in each other’s matches. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams was brought into the mix by Jim Cornette to give The Midnight Express an ally against the three-man Freebirds team. So with all this fussin’ and a-feudin’ goin’ on, what is a logical blowoff? WARGAMES!
The finals of the 1997 King of the Ring tournament featured Mankind vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, with Helmsley winning the crown. After the match, Helmsley and Chyna proceeded to beat down Mankind. This prompted Mankind to request a rematch, which took place at this show, the infamous Canadian Stamepede.