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[1998-08-24-WWF-Raw] Mankind vs Kane (Hell in a Cell)


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Mankind again tries climbing to the top of the cell. Refs try to stop him and get beaten up for their efforts. Mankind tries throwing a chair on top of the cell and can't get it up there. When Mankind climbs the cell, Undertaker pulls him down and he goes through a ringside table again. It's obviously a much smaller and safer bump, but it's still a big one. Kane does a dive over the top rope and Kane goes to throw the steps on Mick, but he crawled under the ring. He comes back out with a chair and pelts Kane with a chair shot. He gets out a pile of thumbtacks and falls on them face first. Kane ends up taking a bump on them as well. Austin came from under the ring to attack Kane just as he was going for the tombstone and Undertaker can't get in to save him. Undertaker crawls on top of the cell to try to get in but Vince raises the cage while he's on it! The bumping, weapon shots, hot crowd and announcing made for a surprisingly fun TV match. I don't know about HIAC being used in that regard, but the match was that. This feels like it should be the final segment on the show but strangely it's not.

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I was shocked at how violent and good this match was. Mick took some sick bumps being drug through the table, the steps right on the back and Kane's dive with his head wedged into the cell. The ending with Austin sneaking under the ring and Taker being trapped on the outside was really clever and I love the added insight that McMahon was raising the cage to protect his investment. (***)

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This was crazy--some truly cringeworthy shots, but at the time it seemed awesome and it's all done with a sense of fury and hatred and deeper storyline that makes this rise above your usual brainless stunt show. Undertaker and Kane are out to end Mankind once and for all and almost do it--Mankind is now a fully sympathetic character. A DQ in a Hell in a Cell match should probably not be let any more off the hook than the Capital Combat main event, but I guess there's a difference between a PPV title main event and a match on Raw given about 30 minutes' notice. A super-hot post-match once again makes us forget about feeling ripped off, as the WWF has done time and again over the past 12 months.

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Kane vs Mankind - WWF RAW 8/24/98 Hell In A Cell Match

 

It has been a long, twisting, convoluted road to get here, but I will say destination was a good one so even if the journey could have been better handled it was worth it. Basically, Kane and Undertaker are aligned; Austin is fucked because now the Brothers of Destruction are together; Vince is happy to have these two monsters to finally vanquish Texas Rattlesnake. Mankind feels like he is twisting in the wind and completely betrayed. This is the catalyst for the super likeable Mankind character that trusts Vince and only Vince only to finally be betrayed by him at Survivor Series and finally launches Mankind into the feel good story of the Attitude Era.

 

The match is actually really friggin good. Maybe this is the best singles Kane match ever??? It is a short list. Mankind is a man possessed and is pissed at being spiked Tombstone at the top of the show and being betrayed. He wants to start on top and has to deck some officials. He slams the cage door on Kane's face in a violent spot. He tries to get a chair up top but it keeps being rejected almost hits King. They do a smaller bump from the middle of the Cell with Taker chucking him off through a table. Damn! Kane has an excellent heat segment. Just really kicks Mankind's ass. I love the crazy SUICIDE DIVE OVER THE TOP BY KANE!!! Never seen that before. Totally wiped out Mankind. Some really strong hope spots from Mankind with chair, tacks and Claw and piledriver. Kane that really beats the shit out of Mankind with chairs, chokeslams and Tombstones. Now Austin comes from under the ring. The hook of the show is Austin promised to take out one of the Brothers of Destruction before the end of the show. He opens up a Can of Whoop Ass on Kane while Undertaker is forced to watch due to being locked out. So he does the reasonable thing and climbs the structure. He does manage to break through the ceiling OW! But Vince raises the Cell which is explained by him not wanting to hurt his Summerslam Main Event. Austin destroys Kane with Stunners and chair shots.

 

After the commercial, Kane is bleeding at the hairline and Undertaker swears revenge before the night is over.

 

Excellent segment. Best since about June. July and August has been overly convoluted and not much advancement and blurred motivations. This cemented the realignment and was great. I am excited going into Summerslam 1998. Kane and Mankind kicked ass just a violent hateful match between these and they are the TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! ***1/2

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