During a recent edition of Vince Russo’s “The Brand” podcast, Russo talked about coming up with the “Hell in a Cell” name, Mick Foley taking crazy bumps during his Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker in 1998 & more.
Below is what Russo said:
“I was there for the first Hell in a Cell. As a matter of fact I actually came up with the name ‘Hell in a Cell’. Vince wanted to go beyond the traditional steel cage because he wanted to give the guys the opportunity to fight withing the cell but outside of the ring. So he wanted to come up with this cage that would allow us to do this.
I think it was 1997, I was right in his smack of writing this stuff. I wrote the first… no….. yeah I didn’t write it I mean they performed their first match, it was Undertaker and Shawn, but I booked it. Let me put it to you that way.
And you know, bro, I was also there for the Mick Foley match which I believe was the next year, Vito. I’m just gonna be honest here. As a human being, as a father, as a husband, I’m just gonna be honest, what Mick did that night made me sick to my stomach.
Because I cared about Mick. Forget wrestling, bro. Forget the television show. Forget the pay-per-view. Forget the ratings. As a human being, I cared about Mick and the stuff he did that night. Bro, work or no frickin’ work, it’s freakin’ dangerous bro.
When you’re working with the spectacle like that 20 feet of steel and and cage and sharp edges and fall, when you’re working with those parameters bro there is a great risk of injury. And Mick took like I think 3 hellacious bumps that night and it made me sick.
And I told him afterwards. I said, “Mick, you are freakin’ crazy”. I said, “Bro, you got a family, you got little kids. Like seriously?” Okay bro I get that you love wrestling. I get that you do it for the crowd. And I get it for the love of the game. I get all that bro. Trust me, I get all that.
But at the end of the day, bro, it’s got to come down to…… you know…. responsible, common sense. It’s got to come down to that at the end of the day.”