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9. Hellish Recollections With Rikishi

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WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi was a featured panelist at the recent Steel City Comic Con and spoke about a number of topics related to his long and illustrious career. 

One of the more interesting notes coming out of that appearance was his reflections on the Armageddon 2000 Hell in a Cell match, a six-man WWE Title affair which also featured champion Kurt Angle, Triple H, Steve Austin, The Rock and The Undertaker. 

Talk about esteemed company, eh? 

Though he was in there with some of the biggest stars in the history of the industry, it was actually Rikishi who stole the show by taking a huge bump backwards off the cell, onto a flatbed truck. 

When discussing the nerve-wracking stunt, The Bad Man had this to say: 

"Let me tell you how that match there, for me, you know when we — that bump is so iconic, it's so seen all over the world every time this Hell In A Cell pay-per-view is advertised, every time I watch that bump, that fall off the top of the cage onto that steel flatbed, you know when the time came for what we call a walk-through, the walk-through is like, 'We're gonna see where you're coming from here to here' and during that time during the walk-through, that same flatbed when it came out the first time, there was no steel railings. 

There was no steel railings here, but during the live show when they came out, there were steel railings here. Now, you're trained as a professional wrestler, during a live show - is to adapt. The show goes on. I already knew I had to take that bump. That was the money bump, but when it came out and I seen those railings, in my mind, I'm good, but if I don't hit my mark on that flatbed, I might as well say — I wouldn't be here today to talk to you. 

So when that time came, you know, 'Taker had grabbed me in the chokehold and I just paused for a minute because I didn't know if this was gonna be the end of me or am I gonna make it and the last thing I said to him, I said, 'Tell my family I love em'.

Thankfully, Rikishi nailed the landing and walked away unscathed. 

Another interesting aspect of that bump is that, according to the man himself, he still receives royalties whenever WWE decides to air the footage:

"So Hell In A Cell for me, I love it because 'till today, every time they show a Hell In A Cell pay-per-view, I get residuals because they show me falling backwards off that cage from Undertaker". 

Mick Foley must be raking in at least five figures a year then, considering how much play his infamous King of the Ring '98 cell bumps get replayed. 

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