March 28 1999 lands us smack-dab in the middle of the hottest time in pro wrestling, the WWF Attitude Era as WrestleMania 15 brought a full and complete “Attitude Era-like” Mania from start to finish.
The era gave us more categories of violence in the ring between hardcore and no-holds-barred matches. In addition, the sex appeal of the athletes was heightening, in particular with the women. However, it was the controversy that set itself apart not only from the era that came before it, but any wrestling promotion in active competition of The WWF.
WrestleMania 15 was no exception to these elements of change. This was a non-filtered event that truly showed you that the WWF was serious about hosting a more mature product.
However, controversy did not escape from the biggest event of the year. The second to last match of the card was a Hell in a Cell match between the Undertaker and the Big Boss Man. This was the first time that WrestleMania held a Hell in a Cell match, and it went very well in front of the sold-out crowd. The Undertaker would win the match, extending his WrestleMania streak to 8-0.
But it wasn’t so much the match itself that left everyone in question. After the match, the Undertaker tied up Boss Man, showing that he was being hung from a noose from the top of the cell. As the cell rose back up, Boss Man was hanging from the noose in front of the live audience.
Fans did not know how to react to this type of punishment since it’s never been seen before, due to the violent and historical content. That’s nothing at all against The Undertaker, but the booking committee took a risk with this idea and needless to say, it’s never been seen again.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports