Throwback Video – The Undertaker Vs. Mankind: Hell In A Cell

Watching this match some 13 years later is a bit disturbing. Well, it was disturbing in 1998 watching Mick Foley take two sickening bumps. It was disturbing watching him smile a bloody smile with his tooth in his nose. But it’s even more disturbing today because there’s no blood in WWE anymore. There’s no real crazy violence like there was in 1998. And not like that’s necessarily a bad thing.

Foley was terribly beat up after this match and it probably took a few years off his actual wrestling career. But it’s also his most memorable one. With concussion studies and the wellness program, I don’t think you’ll ever see a match like this ever again. All you need to do is look at the real concern that Terry Funk had for Foley to know that what happened wasn’t supposed to happen.

I forgot that WWE cameras missed the huge bump live. It looks like WWE has allowed the first part of the video to stay up, but they’ve taken down the second half of the match. I imagine this will suffice. When you watch Hell In A Cell this weekend, you won’t see anything like this.

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3 Comments

  1. I remember this match so well and I was 10 at the time. Legendary.

  2. I was actually thinking about this a couple of days ago.

    It’s almost mystifying to think this happened in WWE. Never in a million years will you see something like that again.

  3. The reason I even thought to post about it is because I was reading a few things about this weekend’s PPV and thinking how watered down the match is now. This is the opposite of that, but there have been some tremendous matches in this format like Brock and Taker where it just felt like it was a big deal. HiaC absolutely doesn’t feel that way anymore.

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