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Mick Foley Reveals Original Plan For Hell In A Cell Match With The Undertaker

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• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (June 29, 1987) – WWF Prime Time Wrestling

On this day in 1987, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Prime Time Wrestling’.

It included pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1987’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– Brad Rheingans vs. Terry Gibbs

– Hillbilly Jim vs. Mike Sharpe

– The Snake Pit w/ Jake Roberts: Hillbilly Jim & Little Beaver Are His Guests

– The Junkyard Dog vs. Terry Gibbs

– Lanny Poffo vs. Frenchy Martin

– Jose Estrada vs. Sivi Afi

– The Young Stallions vs. The Shadows

– The Killer Bees vs. The Hart Foundation

• Mick Foley Reveals Original Plan For Hell In A Cell Match With The Undertaker

During a recent appearance on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory Podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley talked about the original plan for his Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker at the WWF King of the Ring 1998 PPV.

Below is what Foley said:

“I was worried because, at that time, they were proposing it almost like a Thunderdome type thing. They were going to have some bungees to grab a type of weapon, which is still a cool idea, to be dangling on the top of the Cell. And that got nixed, so, it’s just me and Undertaker. Undertaker was my first feud which no good things had transpired from, but we hadn’t had anything in 6-8 months, and all of a sudden we got this angle, and it’s cold. We don’t really have a feud that warrants being in a Cell.

Plus, we are trying to follow Shawn Michaels and Undertaker 9 months earlier, which, for my money, it’s still the best Cell match that has ever been. And I’m a fracture of the athlete that Shawn Michaels is. Terry Funk and I went to a house show in Hartford, CT, so we stopped by the office and we watched that match, and my eyes were wide open, and my jaw was hanging down, and I was like, ‘I can’t do any of these athletic things, especially on top of the Cell.’

So I said, ‘Terry, what are we going to do?’ He looked at me saying that he has no idea, and then proceeded to start laughing. He said that we should start the match on the top of the Cell, and then he stopped laughing. He came up with the idea of being thrown from the top of the Cell. I said, ‘I think that I can do that.’ The struggle was to get The Undertaker on board with that idea.

It was a two week process, and then he turned to me and said, ‘Jack, why are you so intent on killing yourself?’ I said that we have history together, and have a legacy, and I can’t do what you and Shawn Michaels did. But if we can find a way to start a match in a way that no one started before, and create something that no one has seen before, we can make people believe they are seeing a great match even if they are not seeing a great match! This is going back to the idea where there is more than one way to have a great match.

I felt that we can catch people off guard and do things where people haven’t seen before. Then, something went terribly wrong – the cage collapsing. Someone came up with the idea of holding the Cell panels with twist ties, and I just saw Taker two months ago in England, and we were reminiscing on the sound of the twist ties.

We went through the chokeslam, which wasn’t something we thought would end up instant-giving in the Cell, but it did, and we picked up the pieces and did the best that we could with it. It was not talked about at all.”

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