The most famous and most brutal Hell in a Cell match came at the 1998 “King of the Ring” when The Undertaker took on Mankind.
If you have not witnessed this match, then you have no idea what Mick Foley will put his body through to entertain the fans. The feud between the two was reignited when Mankind joined forces with Kane. Mankind set out to destroy The Undertaker while Kane was taking care of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Mick Foley started the match by tossing a steel chair on top of the cell. He then proceeded to make a huge mistake and start the match on the cell.
When The Undertaker made his way to the ring, he joined Mankind at the top of the cell. Mankind scored with a couple of chair shots, but it wasn’t long before The Undertaker took control. Before you knew it, the entire landscape of the World Wrestling Federation would be changed forever. The Undertaker famously tossed Mankind off the top of the cell. Foley flew through the air and crashed through the Spanish announce table. This spot could have killed any man that attempted it and when it happened, I wasn’t quite sure that Foley was alive.
I knew the secret about pro wrestling, but this couldn’t have been something that was meant to happen. Anyway, Foley being a crazy you know what denied medical attention and once again climbed the cell. When Foley got to the top, he got the advantage on The Undertaker by locking him in the Mandible Claw.
Just seconds later, however, the match took a major turn for the worse. The Undertaker grasped the throat of Mankind and chokeslammed him through the cell to the mat. Chaos ensued in the building and medics rushed ringside. The Undertaker couldn’t have been sure if Foley was okay or not. He stood famously on top of the cell looking down at his opponent. In just a few short moments, The Undertaker made his way through the giant hole in the cell and into the ring.
He beat the hell out of Terry Funk, Pat Patterson, and others before turning his attention to a severely battered Mankind. Somehow, Mankind made a huge comeback and came within arm’s reach of defeated The Undertaker. He piledrove him on a chair and hooked him in The Mandible Claw. The turning point came when Foley decided that thumbtacks would be a good idea. This was another first in a WWE ring. Foley covered the mat in thumbtacks and attempted to piledrive The Undertaker on them, but Taker reversed it and backdropped Mankind on the thumbtacks. The Undertaker then finished Foley off by chokeslamming him one more time onto the thumbtacks and scoring with a Tombstone Piledriver.
After this brutal, bloody war, both men made their presence felt in the main event of the night featuring Kane and Stone Cold in a “First Blood” Match. There is no way to tell how Mick Foley made it to the ring later in the night. What a tremendous match this was that truly changed the face of the World Wrestling Federation. This created the kind of buzz that the WWE loves and provided huge ratings for Monday Night RAW.
This concludes the 10 Most Brutal and Bloody Battles in WWE History. With the PG era in full swing, there is no telling how long it will be until we see any of these types of matches featured again. Only time will tell and never say never in the WWE. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to let me know.
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