Brad Maddox gets a $1 million WWE contract … if he beats Ryback on Raw next Monday: November 5, 2012
Vince McMahon made the offer to Maddow, the ref who turned heel on Ryback at Hell in a Cell and cost the machine the WWE Championship. This is either Maddox’s Daniel Puder moment or his Gut Check — or both.
Ryback shell shocks CM Punk on top of the Hell in a Cell cage: October 28, 2012
I was legit worried that Punk and Ryback would be going through the cage on this spot. The top of the cage seemed to be sagging quite a bit. But both made it out alive. And Punk retained when referee Brad Maddox low-blowed Ryback, preventing him from giving Punk a shell shock in the ring.
The finish was bad, especially for those who shelled out $45 to watch. Ryback had momentum. With ratings sagging, trying something new wouldn’t have hurt. But WWE is building to Punk vs. The Rock at the Royal Rumble and the finish accomplished what it needed to in this situation.
World Heavyweight Champion Kane defeats The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell: October 3, 2010
The 2010 version of Hell in a Cell featured yet another battle of the Brothers of Destruction. Paul Bearer turned on The Undertaker one more time, and Kane used the mystical urn and a chokeslam to defeat the Phenom.
The Undertaker defeats CM Punk inside Hell in a Cell: October 4, 2009
Three years ago, CM Punk found himself defending a championship in Hell in a Cell against an unbeatable monster — The Undertaker. Sounds familiar. The Straight Edge Superstar came into the match the World Heavyweight Champion. He wouldn’t leave with the title. The Undertaker tombstoned Punk straight to hell.
Kane and Daniel Bryan will defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes at Hell in a Cell: October 22, 2012
Team Rhodes Scholars defeated Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in the opening match of Monday Night Raw to win the No. 1 contenders’ tournament. A good 15-minute match. Really happy WWE has breathed new life into the tag team division.
Kane debuted at WWF Badd Blood 15 years ago this week: October 5, 1997
The Big Red Monster’s first WWF appearance came 15 years ago this week at WWF Badd Blood (WWE.com has a career retrospective). Kane, as promised by Paul Bearer, made an immediate impact in the main event match — Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker in Hell in a Cell. The Devil’s Favorite Demon ripped off the cage door, stared down his brother, summoned fire to come out of the posts, and then delivered a Tombstone piledriver on ‘Taker, handing Michaels the victory.
I’ll remember Badd Blood for Kane’s genesis — but also the death of Brian Pillman, who was found dead in a Bloomington, Minnesota, hotel room on the afternoon of the pay-per-view, which was held in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mankind versus the Undertaker in Hell in a Cell at the King of the Ring: June 28, 1998
Pro wrestling’s biggest “holy shit” moment took place 14 years ago today at the King of the Ring. The Undertaker and Mick Foley were supposed to fight inside Hell in a Cell, but the two ended up 16 feet on the cold steel. The Undertaker would have rather been alone, so he chucked Foley off the top of the cage and through the Spanish announce table.
“My God almighty, they’ve killed him,” Jim Ross screamed, selling the fall like crazy. “As God as my witness, he’s broken in half.”
Foley wasn’t done though. Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy came back and climbed the cage, only to be choke slammed through the steel, crashing to the ring’s canvas below. The second fall looked even sicker than the first because the ring didn’t give. And Foley flashed a maniacal, bloody smile (with a tooth stuffed in one nostril).
Foley fought on, but the Undertaker eventually choke slammed him on the thumbtacks that Foley had dumped on the canvas. A tombstone piledriver ended the brutal, bloody affair. (Watch it after the jump.)