6-man Hell in a Cell 2000 is the most chaotic main event in history

In WWE history, there has never been a more chaotic main event than the 6-man Hell in a Cell match at Armageddon 2000.

Upcoming wargames in the Survivor series may challenge that status, but for now let’s bask in the glory of the Attitude Era.

2000 was an incredible year for WWE and the final PPV lived up to it

The year 2000 was possibly the hottest year in the history of the industry, with crazy levels of star power operating weekly on Raw and SmackDown and consistently outstanding pay-per-views.

So, it makes sense that the final pay-per-view of the year would be headlined by the craziness of the Attitude Era. This is added to the reasoning behind the 6 man Hell in a Cell announcement.

WWE Commissioner at the time, Mick Foley, explained the steps that lead us to Hell. Hosted by Rikishi and Triple H the previous year, Stone Cold Steve Austin saw a multi-layered hit and run-on.

In 1999, Stone Cold ran away

In return, Triple H was dropped 40 feet from a forklift into his car by a vengeful Stone Cold. WWE Champion Kurt Angle is thrown from a low height but thrown off the Raw stage by the Undertaker’s hand.

Foley announced that the mess would culminate in the aptly named Armageddon pay per view.

Foley (as Mankind and Cactus Jack) had his WWE career defined by a cell match, and had either himself or Undertaker appear in each of the six matches over the three previous years.

Vince wanted the match canceled by offset

A returning Vince McMahon immediately denounced the match, saying that only a violent, demented mind like Mick Foley could think of such a monster match, and tried to talk his WWE Superstars out of competing in the match.

It featured three of the “good guys” in the match and talking to three of the biggest superstars in WWE history, Stone Cold, Taker and The Rock. In Vince’s mind, the match was a dirty investment and he wanted to protect his investment.

To the surprise of literally no one, the three men refused his offer to take out and then proceeded to hit consecutive finishers on him to rubberstamp their participation in the scariest match in WWE history.

The Rock, Stone Cold and Undertaker did not listen to McMahon

The match featured these three men, along with Triple H, champion Kurt Angle (just over a year into his main roster run) and hired gun Rikishi for a hit and run.

The 400-pound Samoan was clearly outmatched in the match, which was the star power of the match, alongside five of the biggest names in the Attitude Era and WWE history. Their inclusion led to one of the most iconic Hell in a Cell moments.

The scene is set for the event with an amazing promo video for the event, the haunting “The End Is Near” song and Foley’s career being made or may be over and hell going on in that cell.

At the start of the broadcast, Vince McMahon arrived in his limo, greeted by two of his longtime stooges, Pat Patterson and Gerald Briscoe. Jody tells Vince that Foley set up the cell, to which the president replies, “Not for long.”

The match was immediately messy and Vince looked to stop it

The match started and was straight up chaotic, making camera work difficult as the action took place all over the cell. Austin immediately went for his mortal enemy Triple H, while Rock fought his cousin Rikishi and Angle and Taker came to blows.

It’s a grueling and gruesome act as couples alternate, alliances are immediately broken, and the cage is used as a weapon. All excited and shocked to JR and Jerry “The King” Lawler’s commentary.

As the battle rages on, Vince McMahon and his entourage arrive on the ramp with a hatchback demolition truck and a team for support. Their plan was to take down the cell, and the door was immediately pulled open.

Triple H and The Rock brawl over the car

Just as Vince plans to pull down the ring with hook levers attached to a truck, Mick Foley’s music hits. The commissioner assaults both Patterson and Briscoe before telling Vince to get out. When he refused, the president was taken away by local police brought in by Foley.

As the door was torn from the cell, the action spilled outside and across the arena. The set of the show appropriately featured cars given the attitudes of yesteryear and used as battlegrounds and weapons by all the men.

Climbing the cell was the beginning of the end for Rikishi

Threatened to be destroyed with a barrel by the Rattlesnake, Triple H looked to escape by climbing the cell. A new bug for any viewer of WWE TV.

Eventually all men bar the Rock, and everyone in attendance expects another wrestler to fly or throw a cell like Foley did in 1998 and 2000. The only question was who would it be?

Rikishi was kicked out of the cell

That unfortunate soul was Rikishi, who was at the mercy of The Undertaker, who eliminated Foley in 1998. The rest of the men ran down and watched as Rikishi was pushed onto the back of the grass.

The look on Stone Cold and The Rock’s faces said it all, as they were legitimately stunned by the storyline and in real life.

Angle somehow got away with most of the gruesome matches with his title

Then the two iconic rivals had a look for the ages, and their final WrestleMania 17 main event preview included all the wonders of the Attitude Era.

Their battle was interrupted by the ultimate bad guy, Triple H, as he has done several times over the years. He attacked The Rock just as he was ready to hit the People’s Elbow, the battle moving to a conclusion.

Angle, who was mostly beaten throughout the match, then joined him in the ring. All four men were bloodied, with Rikishi lying rough in the truck and Deadman not getting off the cage from blood loss and pure exhaustion.

Angle escaped with his title

Eventually, Stone Cold stunned The Rock but his pin was interrupted by Triple H (as their rivalry continued) allowing Angle to tag in. The unconscious champion lays his arm on The Great One for the 1-2-3 and his title retention.

Little did Angle know that he somehow retained his title in a very chaotic and gory match and then was sent into oblivion by a stunner to close the show on a semi-positive note.

The match encapsulated the Attitude Era and was the template for Elimination Chamber

This match can be seen as a mix between Hell in a Cell, The Royal Rumble and Wargames. This can be seen as a precursor to the creation of the Elimination Chamber, which featured six men but with chamber pods, allowing for easier booking and viewing.

Armageddon 2000 is a perfect example of the Attitude Era in terms of megastars, use of weapons, blood and the completely chaotic nature of the entire match.


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