Shawn Michael is regarded by many as the greatest in-ring performer there has ever been, but he was quite the innovator, too.
The Heart Break Kid pioneered the ladders match - at least in the WWE - when he fought Razor Ramone at WrestleMania X, but he also took part in the first ever Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker as well.
That match has taken on a life of its own since it's conception back in 1997. There is now a pay-per-view named after the gruelling match and it's also given the WWE fans some of the most brutal moments in wrestling history.
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Mankind and Shane McMahon flying off the top of the cell, or falling directly through it, are images emblazoned into the fans' minds forever more.
But who came up with the original idea for the landmark match? Shawn Michaels offered some insight to WWE.com following a recent interview with the WWE Hall of Famer.
“Undertaker and I had done a Lumberjack Match the month before [the first Hell in a Cell Match]. The next logical step is a cage. I can remember saying, “We’ve done cage matches.” We had that big blue steel cage that was brutal. It hurt so bad. It was tight up against the ring. I remembered years ago, Buzz Sawyer and Tommy Rich in The Omni, they had a top on the cage. I remember suggesting that. I had no idea the cage itself would turn into what it turned into.”
Originally, fans speculated that the WWE was borrowing from the extreme concept of the WCW's War Games, where two cages sat on top of each other with a roof.
So, we can all thank Shawn Michaels for being the brainchild one of the most entertaining match types in the WWE, according to HBK, anyway.