Torch Flashbacks WWE FLASHBACK: Kane character debuts 18 yrs. ago today in first-ever Hell in a Cell match - Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
Oct 5, 2015 - 5:33:27 AM
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Eighteen years ago today, Glenn Jacobs officially debuted the "Kane" character during the main event Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels at the Bad Blood PPV. It was also the first-ever HIAC match.
Eighteen years later, Kane is in the WWE Title mix heading into the 2015 Hell in a Cell PPV at the end of October...
WWF In Your House: Bad Blood Results
October 5, 1997
St. Louis, Mo. at the Kiel Center
Attendance: 17,404 paid ($212,550)
Report by Wade Keller, PWTorch editor
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Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler introduced the program.
(1) The NOD (D-Lo Brown & Rocky Maivia & Kama Mustafa) defeated The Legion of Doom at 12:17. Ken Shamrock was scheduled to team with the LOD, but he was not medically cleared to wrestle. As the match began, McMahon reiterated the news they received during the pre-game show that Brian Pillman had died the day before. At 9:50 Animal hot-tagged Hawk, but the ref didn't see it. The NOD triple-teamed Hawk and scored a nearfall. Animal did get a legal hot-tag on Animal at 11:00. A five-way brawl broke out. The LOD set up their finisher, but when Faarooq got on the ring apron, the LOD stopped in their tracks. Rocky then surprised Hawk with his finisher and scored a three count. (*1/2)
McMahon then addressed the Brian Pillman situation, saying he was found dead in his hotel room earlier in the day.
(2) Mosaic & Tarantula beat Max Mini & Nova at 6:41. (**)
(3) The Godwinns (w/Uncle Cletus) beat The Headbangers to capture the WWF Tag Team Titles at 12:16. Sunny was guest ring announcer. At 12:00 Thrasher powerbombed Mosh onto Phinneous, but Henry made the save during the pin attempt. Phinneous caught Thrasher coming off the top rope and powerbombed him for a three count. (*1/2)
Jim Ross hosted a ceremony in mid-ring honoring legendary wrestlers from the long time capital of the wrestling world -- St. Louis. Gene Kiniski, Jack Brisco, Dory Funk Jr., Harley Race, Terry Funk, Lou Thesz, and Sam Mushnick were all honored in center ring.
McMahon addressed the Pillman situation again. "Authorities expect no foul play was involved in terms of the initial inspection," he said. "They are concerned about the possibility of drug overdose, be it prescription or recreational. Of course, that is a problem in all sports and all forms of entertainment. That will not be definite for another seven days when the toxicology report comes and is made public."
(4) Owen Hart pinned Faarooq at 5:50 to win the Intercontinental Title in the tournament finals. Steve Austin came to ringside so he could present the title belt to the winner. Austin wrested McMahon's headset from him and began doing the announcing and got in McMahon's face. Owen and Austin jawed at each other before the match. He then gave the headset back to McMahon. Austin then took Lawler's headset briefly. Owen seemed to be affected by the Pillman news as he wrestled an unusually short match without much energy. In the end Austin nailed Faarooq with the IC belt leading to Owen scoring the pin. The announcers acted bewildered at Austin's move. (*)
(5) The DOA beat Los Boricuas when Crush pinned Jesus at 8:43. Another nondescript brawl. (3/4*)
(6) WWF champion Bret Hart & British Bulldog defeated Patriot & Vader at 21:08. Bret used a roll-up with a grip on his tights for the win. The flag match rules were changed since there was concern about the flag poles holding up with wrestlers climbing them. A good match, but a bit streaky at times. A fan entered the ring and the ref and Bulldog stomped on him until security came. Vader looked better than he has lately. The match was a bit longer than the content justified. (**1/2)
(7) Shawn Michaels defeated Undertaker at 29:50 in a Hell in a Cell match to become #1 contender to Bret Hart's WWF Title at... Montreal Survivor Series. Michaels's pre-match interview was a bit subdued compared to earlier in the show. The roofed cage surrounded the ringside area, not just the ring. Undertaker opened with offense, including watching the ropes and coming off with a forearm. Michaels bumped over the top rope onto the floor. Michaels tried to climb the wall of the cage to get away from Undertaker, but Undertaker yanked him off. He then whipped Michaels into the cage. Michaels bounced off the cage and Undertaker gave him a clothesline. Michaels took yet another great bump. Undertaker set up a powerbomb, but Michaels tried to punch out of it. Undertaker turned around and rammed Michaels into the fence. The Undertaker offense continued until Michaels dove through the ropes onto Undertaker on the floor at 10:30. Michaels climbed the cage and dropped down with an elbow. He then threw the ringside stairs onto Undertaker and followed with a chairshot at 14:30. Undertaker caught his legs in the ropes, but when Michaels charged him, he backdropped Michaels over the top rope onto a cameraman below. Michaels blew his top at the cameraman, designed to look like a shoot given his chewing out of a cameraman at Wrestlemania in 1996.
At 18:15 Sgt. Slaughter came to ringside and unlocked the cage door to get the injured cameraman out of the cage. Michaels then hit Undertaker with Chin Music, but Undertaker no-sold it. Michaels panicked and ran through the open cage door. Undertaker went after Michaels and catapulted Michaels head-first into the cage. Michaels bladed just before the catapult and came up bleeding heavily from the forehead. Michaels tried to run from Undertaker by climbing the top of the cage. Undertaker followed. Undertaker backdropped Michaels onto the roof of the cage. Blood dripped from Michaels onto the camera lens filming them below. As Michaels tried to climb down the cage, Undertaker knocked him off and Michaels bumped through the new announcing desk below, crushing it in the process. Undertaker press-slammed Michaels back into the cage at 25:00. He then gave Michaels a hot looking power chokeslam off the top rope. Undertaker nailed Michaels super-hard with a chair.
At 27:30 the lights went out. Then Kane and Paul Bearer approached the cage. Kane ripped the cage door off its hinges. Kane is the former Isaac Yankem and "new" Diesel with a face mask. Kane entered the ring, had a staredown with Undertaker, and then tombstoned the stunned Undertaker. Michaels was still groggy from the beating Undertaker gave him a moment earlier, but he crawled over to drape his arm over Undertaker's chest for the three count. Kane left and Hunter and Chyna entered the ring and celebrated Michaels's victory. An excellent cage match, one of the best of all-time on a number of levels, with the finish being perhaps the major detriment, although that's a matter of taste. (****3/4)
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