Put a lid on it! The dangerous history of Casket Matches

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November 20, 2012

A sign from above

The second Casket Match has become one of the most memorable in history. If any one Superstar has shown dominance quite like The Undertaker, it was Yokozuna in the early 1990s. The Japanese super heavyweight made his intense fear of caskets known, and The Phenom looked to exploit that weakness when challenging for Yoko’s WWE Championship at Royal Rumble 1994. (WATCH)

In what some might have considered a stunning upset, the champion retained the title, but not without some help from an enormous crew of Yokozuna’s allies, including Diesel, The Headshrinkers, Bam Bam Bigelow, Adam Bomb, Crush and others. As green smoke billowed from the urn, The Undertaker was trapped inside the casket.

The baddies then rolled The Deadman up the entranceway and the same smoke began pouring from the edges of casket. Suddenly, as the lights in Providence Civic Center went to darkness, an image of The Undertaker laying inside the casket appeared on the TitanTron. He stared forward and stated, “Soon all mankind will witness the rebirth of The Undertaker. I will not rest in peace.” The Deadman’s body then rose from within the display and straight up to the rafters of the arena. It was an astonishing sight to behold for any young sports-entertainment fan.

The Phenom returned later that year and gained retribution by defeating Yokozuna in a return Casket Match at Survivor Series. This time, Chuck Norris enforced the bout at ringside to make sure no one interfered. King Kong Bundy and Bam Bam Bigelow attempted to insert themselves into the matchup, but were blocked by the “Walker, Texas Ranger” star. Irwin R. Schyster and Jeff Jarrett also appeared on Yokozuna’s behalf, but Norris knocked out Jarrett with a devastating superkick, allowing The Undertaker to pick up the victory. (WATCH)

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