A little different perspective. There are very few moments in wrestling history more famous than Undertaker throwing Mankind off the top of the Hell in a Cell back at King Of The Ring 1998. You just don’t get moments like that every often and it might be the most played clip in WWE history. Mankind has talked about the incident time and time again but you don’t hear Undertaker talk about it very often. With the twentieth anniversary taking place earlier this year, that has changed.
It’s still weird hearing that voice out of character.
WWE has posted a new video to its YouTube page featuring Undertaker and Mankind talking about the Cell match out of character. This is a rather rare occurrence as Undertaker is known for almost never giving out of character interviews. During the interview, Undertaker talks about wrestling the match with an injury of his own, his thoughts on starting the match on top of the Cell and the infamous crash through the Cell’s roof nearly being far worse. Here are some highlights with transcription courtesy of Wrestlinginc.com:
On Throwing Mankind From The Roof
“Honestly, I did not expect him to get up from that. He hit and finally started moving around, and I was like, ‘Man, that’s one tough son of a gun right there.’”
On Undertaker’s Ankle Injury
“Yeah, I did happen to have a fracture in my ankle. It was such an important time in the business, you knew you had to do it, so you just grit your teeth, go in there, and do what you do.”
On The Match Beginning On The Roof
“To be completely honest, it’s like “Crap, am I going to be able to get up there?’ The answer was ‘yes,’ because I mean, I would have gotten up there, I don’t care how, but I would have gotten up there.”
And On Mankind Landing On His Shoulders To Protect Himself On Top Of The Cell
“I totally agree with that. I mean, we’re talking a couple of inches with even the way he landed. That could have been catastrophic. I mean it really could have, but I stepped off the panel and onto the support bars, if I hadn’t of done that we would have both gone through that together. So if you can imagine, if I had stayed on that panel, my weight would have probably been on him too. Then what happens? It’s a scary thought.”
Opinion: I always have issues hearing Undertaker talk about anything out of character and there is one heck of a history there. This is pretty easily his most famous match and feud and it’s well worth hearing his take on it. You can only hear Mankind’s take on it so many times and hearing the other side of the story is an interesting way of going about things. You don’t get it very often and that’s a cool change of pace.
What is your favorite spot of the match? What else would you like to hear Undertaker talk about? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Smackdown Reviews.
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