Mick Foley’s Hell In A Cell battle with The Undertaker defined an era and turned the match itself into a WWE staple.
Over 20 years on from their legendary war at King of the Ring in 1998, the Hall of Famer admitted both he – and his wallet – are still feeling the effects of the bout.
He exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘Oh wow. Yeah, I would say Hell In A Cell – I think it may have shortened my career.
‘It was definitely the point from which I believed in my own mortality, so everything was different following that cell match.
‘I don’t have any regrets – I have some small regrets about things I did later in my career. But no, I don’t regret starting that match on top of the cell.’
The match itself was full of memorable moments, including Foley – wrestling as Mankind – being thrown off the towering cell, and slammed through the roof to the mat far below.
‘Things did not work out like I’d have hoped,’ he admitted. ‘The cell collapsing when I was chokeslammed still has fallout for me!
‘I just paid $425 to remove my bottom flipper – which are false teeth which were knocked out in that cell – and I’ll have to pay $15,000 or so to get those teeth fixed.’
The match was the third of its kind, building on what had come before with the original Hell In A Call clash at Badd Blood: In Your House the previous year between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels.
Despite the lasting impact physically, Mick wouldn’t take anything back, particularly as he sees the lasting legacy of that night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
‘I’m still aware of that match every single day, but it really touched people,’ he said just days before WWE’s Hell In A Cell pay-per-view.
‘It continues to touch people who weren’t even born when the match took place, so in that case, no regrets about the battles I had in the cell.’
*WWE Hell In A Cell airs at midnight on Sunday, October 25. Tune in live on the WWE Network or BT Sport Box Office.
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