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2. Cactus Jack vs Triple H – No Way Out 2000
While Mick Foley’s Hell In A Cell career will always be defined by his encounter with The Undertaker at King of the Ring in 1998, his best match HIAC match came against Triple H at No Way Out in 2000. Just a month earlier, Triple H and Foley had a great match at the Royal Rumble and the feud continued into this event. The two put on a great show with some added drama thrown into the mix. Not only was the WWE Championship up for grabs but Mick Foley’s career was on the line as well.
This match had it all. From the outset, everything seemed to be perfectly timed out and calculated. Nothing seemed rushed at all and things just happened when they needed to happen. Everyone knew that the match would be barbaric and it certainly was that. There was no rushing to the outside as the two battled inside for a while and beat the hell out of each other. When it was time to go the outside, they went. But even the way they got outside was great as Foley attempted to throw the steps at HHH and instead went through the cage.
There was piledriver on the announce table before the action moved to the top of the cage where Foley not only used a two-by-four wrapped in barbed wire but actually lit it on fire to boot, hitting Trips’ bloodied face with it before the tide turned in the match. While not as dramatic as the original (and not as unexpected this time), Foley was backdropped through the cage onto the mat. This time around, there was a crash pad to break his fall, but even hitting the exact spot he needed to just shows how perfectly crafted this match was. Foley tried to continue the match and his career but was stopped by a Pedigree for the 1-2-3 and the main stretch of his career was over.
Foley would have more matches throughout his career but none, even the match with Edge years later, would reach the greatness that this one did.