WWE Classic Match: Stone Cold vs. Triple H (3 Stages of Hell at No Way Out 2001)

Drake Oz@drakeozbrSenior Writer IIMay 30, 2012

The WWE’s No Way Out pay-per-view will return next month after a three-year absence, and it has traditionally been one of the company’s best non-“Big Four” PPVs. 

During its previous run from 1998 to 2009 (except for a hiatus in 1999), No Way Out was highlighted by a number of unforgettable matches. 

There was Brock Lesnar vs. Eddie Guerrero for the WWE Championship in 2004, The Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle for the World Heavyweight Championship in 2006, Triple H vs. Cactus Jack in a Hell in a Cell Match for the WWF Championship in 2000 and a boatload of others that have made No Way Out such a memorable PPV. 

While the best match in the show’s history may be up for debate because there have been so many great ones, I know what my pick is: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Triple H in a Three Stages of Hell Match in 2001. 

Although other matches may have featured better technical wrestling and been in a better position on the card, it truly doesn’t get any better than Austin vs. Triple H. 

In the early 2000s, these two were embroiled in one of the fiercest rivalries in the WWE, as both men were trying to stay atop the company as its biggest star. 

Triple H and Stone Cold would have a boatload of matches against each other throughout their career, but no match was ever more personal, more brutal or more vicious than when they went through Three Stages of Hell. 

For 40 grueling minutes, The Game and the Texas Rattlesnake went back and forth in what I would consider to be the second-best match of both men’s careers, behind only Undertaker/Triple H at WrestleMania 28 and Austin/Hart at WrestleMania XIII. 

If you haven’t seen this classic match, I highly recommend watching what is the best Two-out-of-Three Falls Match and one of the best matches in general ever.

Drake Oz is the WWE Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter and ask him any wrestling-related questions (to be answered in the B/R Mailbag) on Formspring

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