WWE Hell in a Cell 2012: Ranking the Craziest Stunts in Hell in a Cell History
The Hell in a Cell match concept was introduced in 1997 and it has been the scene of many unforgettable WWE moments. But what makes these moments so memorable is the death-defying and insane circumstances surrounding them.
Superstars like The Undertaker and Mick Foley have become synonymous with the cell, but others have managed to leave their mark inside "Satan's Structure."
Will any of the superstars competing at this year's event land on a future list similar to this? If they do, it will be hard to bump any of these from it.
Take a look at the six craziest stunts in the history of the Hell in a Cell.
6. Cactus Jack Gets Put Through the Roof by Triple H
At WWE No Way Out in February 2000, Cactus Jack was fighting for more than just the WWE title. His opponent, Triple H, would end his career with a victory.
The two brawled for 24 minutes in an excellent match. As the fight was taken to the roof of the cell, Cactus Jack was able to light fire to a barbed wire 2x4. Looking to put Triple H through it with a piledriver, Cactus soon found himself falling through the roof of the cell and into the mat after "The Game: countered with a back body drop.
Triple H was able to return to the ring and deliver the Pedigree to Jack to put the match away and send the "Hardcore Legend" into retirement. Well, at least semi-retirement.
5. Undertaker Hangs the Boss Man
At WrestleMania XV, the feud between The Corporation and the Ministry of Darkness was one of the main stories in WWE.
Vince McMahon decided to put his own hired gun, The Big Boss Man, against The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania on March 28, 1999.
After defeating Boss Man with the Tombstone, The Undertaker and his Ministry sent a serious message.
Gangrel, Edge and Christian, collectively known as The Brood, descended from the rafters onto the top of the cell. With them they had a long noose which was eventually put around the neck of the Boss Man. As the structure raised, it took Boss Man with it, leaving a grisly and somewhat demented scene.
4. Shawn Michaels Crashes Through the Announce Table
In the very first Hell in a Cell match which took place at the event known as Badd Blood in October of 1997, Shawn Michaels had an incredible battle with The Undertaker.
The match went on for 30 minutes, but the big spot came when Michaels actually got on the outside of the cell.
As he scaled the cell wall, Undertaker stomped on both of his hands before color commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler yelled, "Incoming!"
Michaels fell somewhere around 15 feet and smashed through the broadcast position. Although Michaels would go on to win the match, this stunt took it's toll, contributing to Michaels' serious back issues and forcing him to take over four years off from in ring action.
3. Undertaker Pushes Rikishi from the Cell
December 10, 2000 featured a six man Hell in a Cell match which was known as the Armageddon Hell in a Cell, aptly named for the event at which the match took place.
The match featured some of the biggest names in WWE history including "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, Kurt Angle and Triple H, but it was The Undertaker and Rikishi that brought fans to the edge of their seats.
With "The Deadman" battling the massive Rikishi atop the cell, it was clear that fireworks were about to follow.
Earlier in the match, Vince McMahon, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco appeared on the end of a pickup truck and they intended to tear the cell down. That plan was thwarted by Mick Foley, who served as WWE Commissioner at the time. However, the truck had been left for good reason.
The Undertaker pushed Rikishi off the top of the cell and he landed in the bed of the parked truck. Sure, there was some padding in that truck, but it was still amazing to see a 400 pound man fall that far.
2. Mankind Goes Through the Roof
After Mankind had already taken an insane bump at the 1998 King of the Ring, he managed to climb back to the top of cell to square off with The Undertaker again.
This time, Taker grabbed Mankind and chokeslammed him right through the roof. Unlike his match with Triple H as Cactus Jack, the ring didn't give at all here and Mankind felt the full brunt of the fall.
1. Mankind Gets Thrown off the Cell
This isn't just the craziest stunt in the history of Hell in a Cell, it's the craziest stunt in the history of WWE.
In his battle at the 1998 King of the Ring with The Undertaker, Mankind took one of the most severe beatings in WWE history, but being thrown off the top of the cell through one of the announce tables is the part of the match that sticks out the most, easily.
Shockingly, Mankind was able to get off the stretcher that was trying to take him away and come back for more.
The Undertaker won the match, but Mankind, known better as Mick Foley, had won the respect and admiration of wrestling fans forever.