With the unveiling of the Asylum Match in Extreme Rules, which is similar to Raven’s House of Horrors match, WWE has shown its intention of bringing that bit of hardcore into the fray once again. With the ratings tumbling because of various flaws in the system, WWE can rely on their old friends with stipulations to gather all sorts of fans and get their stock back up in the high. The ‘extreme’ matches have always been a favorite for wrestling fans, as we tend to enjoy all kinds of stipulations and watching a wrestler get pummeled by a chair or onto some thumbtacks only makes the match more enthralling.
The introduction of the PG era put a halt at the inflow of some hardcore stipulations and put to rest many kinds of ‘extreme’ matches, with the others being watered down a lot. Gone are the days where we see the use of barb-wired bats or legitimate street fights and the PG era has even abolished the use of chairs onto one’s head because of the concussion policy in the WWE. The company now produces very bland extreme matches which can be a success if the men participating can pull it off very well, and because of the impressive talent they mostly manage to pull off some thrilling hardcore matches without having to go overboard or bloody.
But the old fans did get the taste of some very exciting and brutal hardcore matches in the Attitude era and mostly in the Ruthless Aggression era. Some of the most innovative hardcore matches came in the Attitude era with the Hardcore Championship’s anytime, anywhere to be defended stipulation made for some regular, great hardcore action and the Ruthless Aggression era gave some of the most brutal, terrifying matches in history of the WWE.
13 Vince McMahon vs Shane McMahon - WrestleMania X-Seven
12 D-Generation X vs Legacy - Hell In A Cell 2009
11 Sabu vs Rey Mysterio - ECW One Night Stand 2006
10 Kane vs The Undertaker - Unforgiven 1998
9 Elimination Chamber - Survivor Series 2002
8 JBL vs John Cena - Judgement Day 2005
7 CM Punk vs The Miz vs Alberto Del Rio - TLC 2011
6 Kurt Angle vs Shane McMahon: King of the Ring 2001
5 Edge vs Mick Foley - WrestleMania 22
4 6-Man Armageddon Hell In A Cell - Armageddon 2000
3 Cactus Jack vs Triple H - Royal Rumble 2000
2 Hardy Boyz vs Edge and Christian vs The Dudleys - WrestleMania X-Seven
1 The Undertaker vs Mankind - King of the Ring 1998
Well it’s pretty obvious that Mick Foley will be on top of any ‘hardcore’ list related to Wrestling, as he showcased his eccentric daredevil against a hell in a cell match against The Undertaker in King of the Ring as Mankind. Mankind climbed up the cell right as the bell rang and taunted Undertaker to follow, as the two wrestled on top of the cell. But the shocking moment came when Undertaker tossed Mankind down through the announcers table and JR followed suit with some epic commentary as everyone in the arena and watching thought that he’s probably dead. He was being escorted back by medics and friend Terry Funk, but climbed back on to the cell to brawl again with the Undertaker. What happened afterwards was stunning for the audience as well as the wrestlers, as The Undertaker delivered a chokeslam onto the top of the cell and the cell broke with Mankind falling into and through the ring. Camera’s detected one of his teeth being up his nose as the maniac went on the match, getting a small upperhand on the Deadman and using the cell to his advantage. Mankind rallied back to hit his signatures and finishers on chairs to the Deadman, but got chokeslammed onto thumbtacks and tombstoned to end this amazing battle which made these two the icons they are today, and elevated Foley to god-like status among fans.
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