The shocking death of wrestler Brian Pillman casting a pall over the proceedings, the WWF’s Badd Blood broadcast delivered what its title promised. Blood and plenty of it.
In need of a blood transfusion, WWF European Champion – Shawn “Boy Toy” Michaels – barely escaped from his “Hell In A Cell” steel cage grudge match against former WWF Champ, The Undertaker. Chyna, Rick Rude and Hunter-Hearst Helmsley locked out and unable to lend their hired muscle; Michaels relied on the unexpected attack of The Undertaker’s “missing brother”, Cain, to steal a tainted victory.
The WWF thankfully reverting back to the metal fence style cage of old, Hell In A Cell’s gory contest was held within the confines of a padlocked, 15-foot tall, roofed, steel cage surrounding the entire ring. To win, a competitor had to pin or submit his opponent.
Recent savage attacks by Shawn Michaels and the loss of the WWF World Title at Summer Slam fueling his anger, The Man From The Dark Side showed the self-professed “Boy Toy” no mercy from the opening bell. A look of grave concern on his face, Michaels was clotheslined, pummeled and Irish whipped from pillar to post, mounting zero offense in the early moments. The Undertaker’s trademarked Cat Walk Punch sledgehammered the “Arrogant One” down to the canvass. A devastating leg drop got ‘Taker a two count.
< BR> The match moved outside the squared circle. A methodical and smirking Undertaker used the cage to his advantage catapulting Michaels back and forth between the steel cage and a steel post then ramming his head into the metal ring stairs. Finally defending himself, The Boy Toy violently knocked his foe off the ring apron and into the fencing as he came through the ropes.
A spectacular suicide dive through the top and middle ropes sent The Man >From The Dark Side crashing against the metal cage. Michael flew again seconds later, landing a running, flying clothesline off the ring apron catching him in the throat. HBK bashed ‘Taker three times with the metal ring steps before piledriving him on top of them. Returning inside the squared circle, two chair shots to the spine weren’t enough to keep The Man >From The Dark Side down and out. Michaels took his rage out on a “cameraman ” beating him to the point that WWF Commissioner, Sergeant Slaughter, called for the cage door to be opened so the “cameraman’s” hammered carcass could be removed. This of course conveniently allowed the brawl to flow out of the cage altogether where the match’s wild action really started.
Bleeding profusely from the forehead as a result of The Undertaker spiking him into the razor-sharp fencing, HBK, in a desperate effort to flee with his life; climbed up on top of the steel cage structure. The Undertaker followed in hot pursuit. The Boy Toy got the worst of a battle on the cage roof. Back dropping and slamming HBK; The Man From The Dark Side ground his face into the fencing. When Michaels was climbing down, he stomped on his hands causing him to let go and fall right on through an announci ng table. The match looked to be The Undertaker’s as he clocked Michaels in the noggin with a steel chair back inside the cage and gave the signal for The Tombstone Piledriver.
At 27 minutes into the bout, the house lights went out in the Kiel Center. A massive masked figure decked out in red and Paul Bearer walking briskly beside him marched to the ring. Coming after months of hype, Paul Bearer had kept his promise. Cain, The Undertaker’s “brother” had arrived in the WWF. Ripping the cage door off its hinges, Cain confronted The Undertaker face to face in the middle of the ring. Tombstoning a exhausted and confused ‘Taker, Cain left Shawn Michaels to grab the pinfall.
WWF In Your House: Badd Blood Results
: Suffering from a lung infection, Ken Shamrock couldn’t team with LOD.
: At 12 minutes into the match, Faarooq comes down to the ring and distracts Animal. D-Lo Brown clothesline Animal from behind and out of the ring. Kama reverse kicks Hawk in the kisser. Rocky Maivia chokeslams Hawk.
Winners: The Nation Of Domination at 12 minutes and 16 seconds.
Mosaic / Tarantula Vs Max Mini / Nova
: This midget match is one of two replacing the scheduled Pillman versus Dude Love encounter.
Winners: Max Mini and Nova at 6 minutes and 44 seconds.
The Godwinns (Challengers) Vs The Head Bangers (Champs) (WWF Tag Team Title Match)
: Uncle Cletus interferes often.
: P.I.G. catches Mosh as he leaps from the top rope and slams him for the pin.
: All three hayseeds beat on The Head Bangers until they are warned by the ref that if they don’t stop, he’ll reverse his decision..
Winners: …and new WWF Tag Team Champs…The Godwinns at 12 minutes and 18 seconds.
: Mat legends Gene Kiniski, Jack Brisco, Dory Funk Jr., Harley Race, Terry Funk, Lou Thesz and promoter, Sam Muchnick are honored.
Owen Hart Vs Faarooq (WWF Intercontinental Title Match)
: Steve Austin rings the bell with a wrench and joins the broadcast team by “borrowing” everyone’s headphones including the French and Spanish commentators’.
: At 5:20, Jim “The Anvil” Niedhart hits the ring distracting the ref.
: Stone Cold brains Faarooq with the Intercontinental belt.
: Owen covers a dazed Nation leader for an easy 1-2-3.
Winner: …and new WWF Intercontinental Champion..Owen Hart at 5 minutes and 51 seconds.
Savio’s Gang Vs The Disciples Of Apocalypse
: Another bout added to make up for the lost Dude Love and Pillman fight.
: D.O.A. doesn’t ride their bikes in tonight.
: Chains clotheslines Jose in the back of the head from outside the ring. Crush Tilt-A-Whirl backbreakers Jose and he’s done like dinner.
Winners: D.O.A. at 8 minutes and 4 seconds.
Bret “The Hit Man” Hart / The British Bulldog Vs The Patriot / Vader (Flag Match)
: Newest stipulation is the match can be won on a pinfall, submission as well as climbing the pole and capturing the other team’s flag.
: The bell hasn’t rung but the two teams pound each other outside the ring for three or four minutes.
: At 17 minutes and 43 seconds, The Hit Man creams Vader with the ring bell and then puts it back on the table.
: At 20 minutes and 18 seconds, a fan rushes the ring. The ref and The Bulldog push him out into the awaiting arms of security officers.
: The Hit Man reverses a roll-up by The Patriot and receives the win.
: The Patriot attacks Hart even though the match is in the books.
Winners: Bret “The Hit Man” Hart and The British Bulldog at 25 minutes and 7 seconds.
The Undertaker Vs Shawn Michaels (Hell In A Cell – Steel Cage Match)
Winner: Shawn Michaels at 29 minutes and 57 seconds.
Total Event Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes