Rikishi opens up about the one change during his infamous Hell In A Cell bump that could’ve been fatal

The WWE has hosted different matches with different stipulations in its history. Among these, Hell in a Cell matches stand out as one of the most perilous, where the superstars are locked inside a steel cage with nowhere to escape.

Since 1990, WWE has hosted many Hell in a Cell matches that have ended the careers of many WWE Superstars. However, Rikishi, who was a part of the Hell in a Cell match in 2000, opened up about a particular spot in the match that could have become life-threatening.

Rikishi reveals one last-minute change during HIAC set-up made him fear for his life

In the Armageddon pay-per-view in 2000, Rikishi battled for the WWF Championship in a Six Man Elimination match inside a Hell in a Cell. The match featured The Rock, Kurt Angle, Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H and Rikishi, but it was Rikishi who stole the show with a heart-stopping moment.

During an interview with Chris Van Vliet, Rikishi opened up about the spot when Undertaker threw him from the top of the cell. He said, “No doubt, it was very nerve-wracking. I’ve watched Mick Foley come off the top of the Hell in a Cell. God bless him man, he’s put his body (through) so much for this industry. I always say, in thirty seconds, an accident can happen, and he could have died in any one of those big bumps that he’d taken”.

During the match, The Undertaker and Rikishi were battling on the top of the cage, exchanging brutal blows. All of a sudden, as no one expected, The Undertaker choke-slammed Rikishi and he went tumbling from the cell’s roof, crashing onto the flatbed of a truck parked ringside.

The crowd gasped as Rikishi’s massive frame hit with a thud that echoed throughout the arena. Even though it was a planned spot, seeing it live created a shocking experience for WWE fans.

Rikishi almost got divorced due to infamous Undertaker throw

In an interview with the Metro newspaper, Rikishi revealed that his Hell in a Cell incident almost got him divorced from his family. He said, “I almost got divorced from my family. It was like, you know, they were p***ed off that I did that move, the sacrifice. But, at the time, they didn’t understand that’s just what we do, as performers, as wrestlers.”

Rikishi also said, “This truck had no railings on the side during the walkthrough. But during the show, when this flatbed came out, there was railings. So now, my whole nervous system just went berserk”.

He said that he was shocked to seeing the railings on the truck, when the former chairman of WWE, Vince McMahon, brought him to the ring. He also said that it was a surprise to him, as during the rehearsal there were no railings on the truck.

Rikishi’s Hell In A Cell Bump remains one of the most memorable and talked-about moments in wrestling history. What’s your personal take on it? Make sure to tell us in the comments section.


Leave a Comment