On this day 22 years ago, we watched on in disbelief as The Undertaker took on Mankind in what is largely considered one of the greatest matches of all time.
After making his debut at Survivor Series in 1990, 'The Phenom' became a household name and quickly one of the most intimidating ‘S.O.B’s’ to step foot inside the squared circle.
The year was 1998 and ‘Taker’s legacy was already cemented, however, Hell In A Cell would go on to make him immortal.
The Attitude Era was running rampant within the wrestling industry, with the ‘WWF’ at the time going to war every Monday night with Ted Turner’s WCW; this legendary match between ‘Taker and Mankind put everybody on notice.
It is common knowledge that the infamous Hell In A Cell stipulation shaved years off of Mick Foley’s career, as he sustained serious injuries and was severely concussed. This did not do Foley any favours for his physical well-being.
A spot in the match saw ‘Taker wrestle with Foley on top of the steel structure, only for Foley to come crashing through the cage as a result of a Chokeslam from the ‘Deadman’.
Another eye-watering moment, and arguably more horrifying to watch was another spot where both opponents were again at the top of the structure and ‘Taker launched Mankind off of the cage and through the announce table – to which we heard Jim Ross scream the words: “As God is my witness, he is broken in half."
Over two decades later, whilst Foley is leading a very different life outside of the ring, The Undertaker is still coming to terms with whether or not he still has ‘one more match’ left in the tank.
The WWE Network recently released a five-part documentary depicting The Undertaker’s struggles with ‘letting go’ of the business he loves so dearly.
In the final episode, we listen to The Undertaker admit that as of right now, he has no intention of wrestling again, but whether this is concrete, only time will tell.
One thing’s for certain, his legacy will last forever.
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