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October 20, 2002

Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship

All hell broke loose when WWE Champion Brock Lesnar defended his gold against Undertaker at No Mercy 2002 in a Hell in a Cell version of their previous battle at Unforgiven. The mind games Lesnar played after Undertaker set his sights on the championship should have ended when the rivalry came to a head at the September pay-per-view, but an intense fight that involuntarily involved the referee led to a double disqualification. The giants continued trading punches all the way down the aisle, telling fans the war was far from over.

Come No Mercy, the Deadman started at a disadvantage. His right hand was shattered, courtesy of Lesnar and a helium tank, and was protected by a cast. Undertaker made the injury his own advantage, however, when he used the cast as a weapon in the early minutes of the match.

Before Lesnar could ever take control, the Phenom busted his head open, aggravating a bandaged wound the champion suffered at the hands of Undertaker just three days earlier. He also managed to shut up Lesnar's agent, Paul Heyman, by pulling against the cage, busting him open.

The tide shifted when Heyman managed to get his belt around Undertaker's injured hand. He tied it back to the cage and let his client start working on it. By the waning moments of the match, Undertaker's hand was exposed and became the subject of several blows from a steel chair.

By the end of the match, the two battered warriors were working purely off adrenaline. Undertaker even used his bad hand without flinching. But after Lesnar turned a Tombstone into an F5, the contest was over. Following the pin fall, Lesnar climbed the cell. He stood on top, looking over the battlefield, and raised the gold above his head as reigning WWE Champion.

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