Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
The Undertaker vs Mankind (Hell in a Cell): King of the Ring 1998
To everybody who claims that this match sucks and that it's comprised of only two spots: FUCK YOU.
I say that for a few key reasons. Yes, this match is known for it's absolute brutality, perhaps the
most brutal match of all time. The bumps in this one are absolutely insane, from Foley's fall from
the top of the cell, to being chokeslammed through the top of the cell and crashing to the canvas below, we see two of the biggest bumps in WWE history. However, what ISN'T mentioned when people talk about this match, are the other examples of brutality in this match, such as Undertaker going headfirst into the cage on a suicide dive, the SICK piledriver to Taker on the chair, and Foley's bumps into the thumbtacks. Absolutely breahtaking brutality here, which is why this match gets alot of detractors.
But here's the thing about all of this brutality that takes place in this match: It actually makes
sense in terms of the psychology and storytelling that is taking place inside the ring. There is a
wonderful story taking place inside this match, as Foley knows Undertaker better than any other
opponent, and he knows that he must cross his limits in order to matchup with the deadman. Foley goes through hell and back (no pun intended), and still manages to mount some offense and even capitalize on some of the Undertaker's mistakes such as attempting old school and attempting a suicide dive. The Undertaker is on a mission as of late, and decides to just keep destroying Foley more and more, until eventually he can't take anymore. The last kickout gasp that Foley has on the eventual pinfall tells me everything about the match; Foley is one tough bastard, and even though Undertaker put him through hell, he's still walking out.
Here's another thing to consider; this match is a HELL IN A CELL. Do you possibly think you're
going to get a Flair-Steamboat mat wrestling classic ? No. What we did get was a match that
lived up to it's name. This match was truly hell in a cell, and when you mix in the gripping
storytelling, insane bumps, and jaw dropping brutality, this is one of the most entertaining
matches of all time, and an all time classic that will stand the test of time.
"He's not the biggest. He was never the strongest. He was never the fastest. He was overlooked. He went in the sixth round. So with that being said, all of the intangibles that a quarterback is supposed to have, they overlooked it with him because it was burning from inside of him" - Ray Lewis on Tom Brady