Hell In A Cell Match
Shawn Michaels as special guest referee
The Undertaker vs. Triple H
Jim Ross is introduced, and Good ‘Ol JR makes his way out to the announce table to help with announcing duties on the show. Cole begrudgingly shakes Ross’ hand, but doesn’t look too happy about it. Lawler shoves Cole aside and happily shakes Ross’ hand.
Shawn Michaels is out first, and he gets a nice reception from the crowd as he makes his way out to the ring. It’s worth noting that he’s not wearing those god-awful bicycle short, and instead opted for a more traditional referee’s uniform (sleeves and all!).
Triple H is the first of the two competitors to make his way out to the ring. Hunter has a pretty elaborate stage set-up, seeing him walk out of the mouth of what looks to be a big viking. Hunter walks down to the ring quickly, stopping right in front of the ring for a good while before heading in.
After a short pause, the gong sounds and the lights go out in the stadium. The Undertaker makes his way out to the ring, still with the hood covering his head, and wearing a crazy robe that makes him look kind of like Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Taker stands across from Hunter in the ring and takes off his hood, showing off his new crew cut. Taker stares long and hard at Hunter. Hunter walks a couple of steps closer, and says something to Taker. Taker simply stares back at Hunter, then looks up to the cell. After a really cool camera shot, that seems like something out of a movie, the cage begins to lower.
HBK calls for the bell, and both men back into opposing corners before coming out with big right hands. Taker fights Hunter back into the corner and drops some bombs, big rights and lefts, putting Hunter down to the mat. Taker whips Hunter across the ring and runs into a big boot. Hunter fires back with rights of his own, hitting him with repeated body shots. Taker throws Hunter into the corner and hits him with another flurry of offense before tossing Hunter from the ring. Taker follows to the outside and hits Hunter with a big right to the side of the head.
Taker slams Hunter’s head into the ring steps before delivering a simple head butt. Hunter catches Taker with a boot to the gut and sends him into the cage wall. Taker whips Hunter into the cage wall hard, then delivers a back body drop on the floor. Taker pulls Hunter back to his feet and hits him with a series of vicious head butts.
Taker hits Hunter with some more right hands before simply choking Hunter. Hunter pushes Taker away, but Taker comes right back with a knee to the gut. HBK checks on Hunter, but Taker pushes him away and hits the Game with another head butt. Taker launches Hunter into the cage wall again. Taker slams Hunter’s head into the ring steps, then he whips him into the same steps hard.
Taker throws Hunter into the ring, but he catches a big clothesline, then a knee to the face. Taker stands tall and clotheslines Hunter back down to the mat. Taker picks Hunter up and shoulder blocks him, then he does it again.
Taker goes old school, walking the ropes and coming down across Hunter’s arm. Taker sends Hunter over the ropes to the outside again. He follows and immediately pulls apart the ring steps. Taker grabs the top steps and rams them right into Hunter’s face. Taker picks up the bottom steps and slides them into the ring.
Taker hits Hunter with a head butt on his way back up into the ring, then he heads to the apron and delivers a nasty leg drop on the apron.
Taker heads back into the ring and he’s caught with a big DDT. Hunter then slams Taker’s face into the ring steps that had been slid into the ring just a minute ago. Hunter goes for the pedigree on the ring steps, but Taker counters with a back drop off of the stairs. Taker hits a big fist drop, then rains down with right hands on Hunter’s face. Taker slams Hunter’s face into the steps, then he hits him with a big right. Taker hits the ropes, and runs right into a big spinebuster from Hunter on top of the ring steps. Hunter crawls over toward Taker and he’s caught in Hell’s gate.
Hunter picks Taker up and slams him to the mat to break the hold. Hunter heads to the outside where he grabs a chair. He comes in and uses the chair to whack Taker across the back. Taker props the steps up in the corner, then runs Taker into them head first.
Hunter hits Taker with a series of chair shots to the back. Even HBK is surprised at the intensity. Taker uses the edge of the chair to drive into Taker’s spine. Michaels tells Hunter that Taker wont quit, and he needs to cover him.
HBK checks on Taker, and then he’s thrown aside by Hunter, who hits him with a couple more chair shots. Hunter tells Michaels he needs to end it, or he will. Taker tells Michaels not to stop it. Taker struggles to get back to his feet.
Hunter hits Taker with a couple more nasty chair shots, but Taker wont stay down for a three count. Hunter heads back outside of the ring. Hunter yells at HBK to end it. He then goes under the ring and grabs the sledgehammer. Hunter heads into the ring and HBK tries to talk Hunter out of it. HBK tells Taker he’s going to call it, but Taker wont let him.
Hunter hits Taker with a sledge hammer shot to the side of the head, but Taker still won’t stay down. Hunter teases smashing Taker’s head with the hammer, but HBK pulls the hammer away. Hunter tosses the hammer aside and tells Michaels to end it. HBK checks on Taker, but he doesn’t call for the bell.
HBK checks on Taker, and Taker locks in the Hell’s gate. Hunter breaks it up with a nasty sledge shot to Taker’s face. Hunter goes for another sledge shot, but Taker blocks it with a kick and locks in Hell’s gate. Hunter fades, reaching for his hammer. He’s not able to use it before he passes out in the hold.
Officials run down to the ring just in time for Hunter to get up and eat a chokeslam from Taker. A new ref goes to count the pin, but Hunter kicks out at two.
Taker, not happy, chokeslams the ref. HBK hits Taker with a superkick, and Hunter hits the pedigree. Hunter goes for the pin. Taker kicks out!
Hunter crawls to his knees and grabs the sledge hammer. HBK holds Hunter off, but Hunter tosses him out of the ring. Taker sits straight up and hits Hunter with a big boot, then a big right hand, then another right. He hits a series of rights in the corner, then a running clothesline. Taker picks Hunter up for snake eyes, then hits him with another big boot. Taker hits a giant leg drop in the center of the ring.
Taker shoulders Hunter and hits the tombstone piledriver. Taker pins Hunter, but Hunter kicks out at two and Taker looks shocked. Michaels is a wreck, crying in a seated position in the corner. Taker head butts Hunter, so Hunter punches back. Both men get to their knees and trade punches. Both get to their feet and trade more rights.
Taker shoulders Hunter, but Hunter fights out. Hunter hits the pedigree, but Taker still wont stay down! Taker sits up.
Taker has a chair, and he stops Hunter from using the hammer. Taker wails away, hitting Hunter with chair shot after chair shot. HBK is cringing with each shot. Taker buries the chair in Hunter’s midsection, then hits him with a couple more shots to the back. HBK breaks it up, so Taker pins Hunter, but Hunter kicks out at two.
Hunter’s got the hammer, struggling to be able to lift it. Hunter uses the corner to pull himself up. Taker tells him to stay down. Hunter goes for a sledge shot, but Taker stops him. Taker rips the hammer out of Hunter’s hands, so Hunter slaps Taker. Hunter gives Taker a crotch chop, so Taker hits him with the hammer, then tosses it from the ring.
Taker stands over Hunter while Michaels looks away. Hunter tries to pull himself up, using the Undertaker’s legs. Taker pulls his thumb across his throat and shoulders Hunter. Taker hits the tombstone, and pins the Game. HBK counts three, and the era is over.
Winner & now 20-0 at Wrestlemania, The Undertaker
Taker struggles to stand while Michaels looks on, taking in the scene. Michaels offers his hand to Taker, and Taker grabs it to stand. Taker hugs HBK, almost using him for support to stand. HBK holds Taker’s hand high in victory.
Taker drops to a knee, and does his familiar salute, as fireworks go off, and the 20-0 graphic flashing on the screen.
Following a bit of fanfare, Taker and Michaels help Hunter to his feet, from the ring, and to the back. All three men embrace at the top of the ramp.