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    Posted: 29/June/2018 at 21:32

Can't believe this match was twenty years old yesterday.........

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As noted, the 20th anniversary of Mick Foley's legendary Hell In A Cell match with The Undertaker at the WWE King Of The Ring 1998 pay-per-view milestone recently passed.

With that in mind, the WWE Hall Of Famer recently appeared as a guest on Chris Jericho's Talk Is Jericho podcast for an in-depth interview. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On the bumps he took that night: "I told a couple of the biggest lies of my life that day. You know people have speculated that I knew the cage was gonna break the second time and the truth is that's way too dangerous going through the cage on a chokeslam like that. It was supposed to tear. The big bump, the only thing is I had this image of being stuffed down a rabbit hole, it would give a little bit and then Taker was gonna push me down that hole and the big visual to me was I was gonna be hanging upside down. You know my arms are flailing and this and then the bump itself, it's just I gotta be able to rotate, land on my hands and knees. Maybe a little riskier you know your wrist, your knee but nothing real major and I got approval for that and then I said, 'hey what if I came off the top?' and Vince said: 'Absolutely not.'

"I went into sell-mode and I went, 'if I'm gonna drop an elbow off there and someone's gonna move you would probably -- I didn't say probably, 'you would let me do that, right?' You know it's leading the question and he goes, 'I guess.' I said, 'it's the same thing I'm in total control' and then Taker looked at me and said, 'you've been up there right?'" I said, 'absolutely' and both he and Vince said, 'you feel comfortable?' I said, 'yeah absolutely.' The truth was if I had gone on top of that cell... no way."

On looking back at his mindset going into that legendary evening: "I don't curse much out loud, I curse in my thoughts and what I was thinking when I got up there was, 'you've gotta be f'ing kidding me.' If I could have thought of a way to climb back down without destroying my career I would've done it. I also didn't realize being a bottom-heavy guy who maxed out at like four pull-ups in sixth grade then I got considerably heavy. I had a tremendous time trying to get up that cell. Two of my fingers lost feeling for like two weeks just clinging on that thing and if you look at it my feet are just... I couldn't get a foothold. Which is why every subsequent cell match has had footholds cut out. It was bad enough trying to get up there the first time, trying to get up there that second time after I had gone through the table. I don't know how I did it."

Check out the complete episode of Talk Is Jericho featuring the Mick Foley interview at Omny.fm.


 
People tend to forget the rest of the card because of the significance of this.
 
When people call wrestling fake, this is the match I get them to You Tube.
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I always knew Foley getting thrown off the cell was planned the chokeslam through the cell was a scary moment when he went through I thought he died until he started moving.
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Greatest Hell in a Cell match ever, don’t think it will ever be matched.

Foley’s crazy bumps stole it of course and I think this match was what made him into a top babyface as how can you boo a guy who’s willing to put his body on the line like that.

WWE have tried to replicate the insane bumps from this match in future Cell matches but always with some sort of ‘safety net’ measure in place, which of course is the sensible way to book these kind of spots but people will always compare it to this match.
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Probably one of the most iconic moments in WWE history

If you speak to any non wrestling fan about Undertaker or Mankind then they will all probably mention that they have seen this match or the specific moment where Foley goes through the cell.

Cant believe its been 20 years - hopefully we see some iconic moments like this over the next 20 years
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It's fantastic but ruined future Hell in the Cell matches for me - this and the Triple H/Cactus Jack one raised expectations to where you thought there would be a massive bump and felt deflated if there wasn't.

The Armegeddon HIAC is still greatest for me but Foley's bumps in this one will never be equalled. Only Shane McMahons bump vs Steve Blackman comes close.
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Originally posted by John The Baptist John The Baptist wrote:



The Armegeddon HIAC is still greatest for me but Foley's bumps in this one will never be equalled. Only Shane McMahons bump vs Steve Blackman comes close.

The Summerslam fall from the Titantron?
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Yeah that was nuts at the time.

I know he probably fell on to cardboard boxes but to have the bottle to fall backwards from that height is crazy.


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Originally posted by John The Baptist John The Baptist wrote:

Yeah that was nuts at the time.

I know he probably fell on to cardboard boxes but to have the bottle to fall backwards from that height is crazy.



I remember that so well

Infact i think Summerslam 2000 was one of, if not, the first WWF PPV that i ever bought on video.

This is without a doubt the standout moment from that PPV for me (and the TLC match)

It was a moment where i could not believe what i was seeing.

I was 12 at the time and i remember thinking, how can people say wrestling is not real when stuff like this happens
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Originally posted by John The Baptist John The Baptist wrote:

It's fantastic but ruined future Hell in the Cell matches for me - this and the Triple H/Cactus Jack one raised expectations to where you thought there would be a massive bump and felt deflated if there wasn't.

The Armegeddon HIAC is still greatest for me but Foley's bumps in this one will never be equalled. Only Shane McMahons bump vs Steve Blackman comes close.

I actually think the bump Cactus took in the Helmsley Hell In A Cell match at the 2000 No Way Out that you mention was a better bump. But aye you do bring up a good point; and it's a point you can apply to the attitude era as a whole in general. The expectations were indeed raised; and if there's a Hell In the Cell match without something insane, it seems like a disappointment. 

That being said, the Mankind/Taker Hell In A Cell match to me is the peak of all time as far as crazy things happening in a match that just goes off the hinge. There have been bumps before (including in previous matches between these same two); plus of course there was the Taker/Shawn match the years earlier; but this match just pushed the boundaries beyond anything. 

But the thing people have to keep in mind when reviewing this match is this; the match wasn't just classic because of a bump. The way I see it, the match became classic because of the story it told when Foley got back up off the stretcher, climbed back up, and went another ten minutes or so. If the match would have ended with Foley being carried away (as some people at the time thought,) it would not be remembered so much. He still had to force his way off the stretcher to make the match what it became.  

Foley (outside of his feud with Helmsley in 2000) toned down things for a while afterwards; and he was able to as this match made him a legend.  
 
To echo some things that other people have said I can't believe it's been 20 years neither. The whole period of time seems like it's yesterday to me. 

The Hell In The Cell match is obviously the highlight of the 1998 King of the Ring card; but the rest of the card wasn't bad and had its other moments. Kane won the WWF World Title from Stone Cold (which both Foley and Taker interfered in... after their Hell in a Cell), Jerry Lawler was an entertaining special guest referee in his son's match, and Helmsley joined the broadcast booth for Rock's match. In fact I think Chyna joined the Spanish broadcast booth.   

Also, this is the perfect example (even above the first Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon ladder match) of a how a superb performance can cement a legacy even in a loosing effort. Undertaker won. 

On a final note, I am one who would love the King of the Ring concept to return as a yearly pay per view. 




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