The evolution of the steel cage

Black bars

The steel cage that debuted at WrestleMania 2 became the norm for more than a decade. In the late 1990s, the blue bars were painted black and the cage took on a darker, more ominous look. The effect was purely psychological, stripping away the bright colors of the structure and making it — at least in appearance — a more menacing construct. Sparingly used, the most famous match inside the black cage was at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre 1999 when “Stone Cold” Steve Austin battled Mr. McMahon. The contest was also the memorable debut of Big Show, who entered the cage through the ring canvas and powerfully tossed Austin through one of the black-barred walls.