After capturing the WWE Undisputed Championship at SummerSlam 2002 by defeating The Rock, Brock Lesnar signed exclusively with SmackDown which put him on a collision course with The Undertaker.
By the time WWE reached No Mercy tension between the pair was at an all-time high. They had already wrestled in a controversial singles match, Paul Heyman was claiming that The Undertaker was having an affair, and Lesnar broke The Deadman’s hand.
It was determined that the only way that the rivalry would be settled is if the two men competed inside Hell in a Hell. For 27 brutal and blood-soaked minutes Lesnar and Undertaker went to war in a match that many fans believe is one of the most underrated Hell in a Cell matches in history.
In the end it was Lesnar who scored with the win to retain what had become the WWE Championship.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar Was A “Great Presentation”
Calling the action for the Monday Night Raw matches on the show was Jim Ross. Speaking on a recent episode of his Grilling JR podcast, JR said that the bout “over exceeded” crediting Undertaker with guiding through the match.
“When you think of Hell in a Cell you obviously go straight to Foley and Undertaker in Pittsburgh in 98. And there were other great Hell in a Cell matches, Undertaker and Shawn had a great Hell in a Cell in my opinion. But it was those guys over exceeded.
I think Undertaker’s leadership and his guidance in that match helped Brock along because all you had to do with Brock was kind of given the tight wrist grip like okay here we’re going to do this or whatever. I just thought it was a great presentation. And it was great for Brock, that was a signature win. The only thing I didn’t like about it was it was going to be on SmackDown. I got no part of that deal. So I missed out on that to be honest with you.”
The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar famously met in another Hell in a Cell match at the pay-per-view of the same name in 2015, where again The Deadman was defeated.
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