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The history of Undertaker throwing Mankind off Hell in a Cell

Yes, one of the most well-known moments in wrestling history is as bizarre as it appeared on TV

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Russ Frushtick is the director of special projects, and he has been covering the world of video games and technology for over 15 years. He co-founded Polygon in 2012.

This week on The History of Fun, special guest Patrick Gill joins us to talk about a famous moment in wrestling history: in 1998, The Undertaker threw Mankind off Hell In A Cell, and plummeted 16 feet through an announcer’s table. Outside of being a meme, it’s also an outrageous story, and we’re thrilled to have Pat with us to tell it.

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