Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero
Earlier this month, we looked at the Top 50 Ladder Matches, a gimmick that was only popularized in the 1990s. But the steel cage? That's been around MUCH longer.
According to many sources, the first steel cage match took place in June 1937 between Jack Broomfield and Count Petro Rossi. The structure was apparently held together by chicken wire, and it set the standard for the ultimate "grudge ender" to particularly nasty rivalries.
Since then, the structure has evolved considerably, and steel cage matches have been used to settle scores, determine championships and even headline WrestleMania. The idea of two (or more) competitors being kept away from the outside world and interference has always been a great attraction.
To be clear... we are ranking only traditional steel cages for this list. In other words - no Hell In A Cell, no Elimination Chamber, no War Games, etc.
In counting down the Top 50 Steel Cage Matches, we looked at the following criteria:
How important was the contest?
How well was the cage used throughout the match?
What historical significance did the match ultimately have?
How innovative or memorable were the various cage spots?
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While everyone remembers the classic confrontations between Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant at WrestleMania III and IV, this steel cage match took place on July 31, 1988 at the WrestleFest event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A bloody Hogan tied Andre up in the ring ropes before escaping over the top of the cage to win.
The Rock vs. Ken Shamrock vs. Mankind
At Survivor Series 2001, The Hardy Boyz and Dudley Boyz battled to unify the WWF and WCW Tag Team Championships in a steel cage match. After action that saw the introduction of tables into the cage, Jeff Hardy attempted to swanton bomb D-Von Dudley from the top of the structure, missing and losing the match.