The Best Cage Matches In Wrestling History

One of the all-time most exciting events in professional wrestling is the cage match. The cage match involves wrestlers doing battle in an enclosed cage, and the wrestler who escapes over the top of the cage is the winner. These matches never fail to draw in the crowd in the WWE, WCW, TNA, ROH, or other promotions.

Over the years, some of our favorite wrestlers have gone head-to-head in the cage. Without further ado, here are the most memorable cage matches in the history of wrestling – along with who came out on top. 


Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart

Event: Summerslam 1994
Date: August 29, 1994
Winner: Brett Hart 
Bret Hart’s Net Worth: $14 million*
Owen Hart’s Net Worth: $14 million*

Bret Hart Vs. Owen Hart "Event: Summerslam 1994 @wrestlingicons / Facebook.comBret Hart Vs. Owen Hart "Event: Summerslam 1994 @wrestlingicons / Facebook.com

This unforgettably showdown was the highlight of SummerSlam 1994, and it pitted brother against brother in the first main event. Hitman Hart and Owen Hart faced off in a steel cage mage. Bret emerged as the winner of the match, getting a leg-up on his brother after doing a DDT move on him. 

Both brothers continuously tried to escape the cage, but neither were successful. The match came to a thrilling conclusion after Bret threw Owen back down into the cage and Owen’s leg got caught between the bars, giving Bret just enough time to scramble over the top and win the title.

 

Bret Hart vs. Diesel

Event: Event: In Your House 2
Date: February 18, 1996
Winner: Bret Hart 
Bret Hart Net Worth: $14 million*
Diesel Net Worth: $8 million*

Bret Hart Vs. Diesel "Event: In Your House 2 @WWENetwork / Facebook.comBret Hart Vs. Diesel "Event: In Your House 2 @WWENetwork / Facebook.com

In Your House 6 was the sixth PPV event in the “In Your House Series,” hosted by the WWF. The main event, a Steel Cage Match, took place between Bret Hart and Diesel. Hart, at the time, was the WWF Heavyweight Champion. His opponent, Diesel, was challenging him for the title.

The challenge would turn out to be unsuccessful. Hart had already beaten Diesel once in 1995, and Hart was a fan favorite, as Diesel was turning out to become somewhat of a heel character. Hart got a boost from The Undertaker, who attacked Diesel during the match and gave Hart the time he needed to surmount the cage.

 

Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit

Event: Monday Night Raw 
Date: June 11, 2001 
Winner: Chris Benoit  
Kurt Angle Net Worth: $25 million*
Chris Benoit Net Worth: $500,000*

Kurt Angle Vs. Chris Benoit "Event: Monday Night Raw @DoubleZWWE (TheDoubleZTV) / Twitter.comKurt Angle Vs. Chris Benoit "Event: Monday Night Raw @DoubleZWWE (TheDoubleZTV) / Twitter.com

Chris Benoit is known for his gruesome matches, and his fight against Kurt Angle is no different. Angle and Benoit fought at a RAW Steel Cage Match in 2001. The two were nonstop action from the beginning, with Angle catapulting Benoit into the wall as soon as they entered the ring. 

Angle tried his signature move, the Angle Slam, before attempting to ascend the cage for the first time. Instead of going over the top, Angle turned around and tried to moonsault Benoit, which didn’t work. Benoit ended up flattening Angle with a headbutt and scrambling over the top, winning the match.

 

Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude

Event: Summerslam 1990 
Date: August 27, 1990 
Winner: The Ultimate Warrior 
The Ultimate Warrior Net Worth: $1.5 million*
Rick Rude Net Worth: $1 million*

Ultimate Warrior Vs. Rick Rude "Event: Summerslam 1990 @AxelMulligan / Twitter.comUltimate Warrior Vs. Rick Rude "Event: Summerslam 1990 @AxelMulligan / Twitter.com

SummerSlam 1990 was one of the most exciting events in pro wrestling that year. The PPV event went down in Philly at The Spectrum, and Rick Rude and The Ultimate Warrior headlined the two main events. The Ultimate Warrior had an advantage over Rick Rude from the beginning, though Rude almost escaped when Warrior dropped a splash attempt.

However, Warrior yanked him back down and the two both tried to perform their finishing moves on one another, to no avail. Bobby Heenan, Rick Rude’s manager, tried to pull him out of the cage, but Warrior yanked him back. Warrior hit Rude with a press drop and escaped the cage. 

 

ADVERTISEMENT
 

Triple H vs. Steve Austin

Event: No Way Out 2001 
Date: February 25, 2001 
Winner: Triple H 
Triple H Net Worth: $40 million*
Steve Austin Net Worth: $45 million*

Triple H Vs. Steve Austin "Event: No Way Out 2001 @jpsinghx / Twitter.comTriple H Vs. Steve Austin "Event: No Way Out 2001 @jpsinghx / Twitter.com

The battle between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H actually took place before the main event, which was between The Rock and Kurt Angle. Triple H and Austin battled in a two-out-of-three falls match. The steel cage match was the final fall for the pair. Austin started strong when he attempted to perform his signature move: a Stone Cold Stunner.

But then Triple H countered the Stunner with a Pedigree, and Austin couldn’t take him down. The two went back and forth until Triple H whacked Austin with a 2×4 covered in barbed wire. Triple H pinned him and won the overall match, 2:1

ADVERTISEMENT
 

The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz

Event: Survivor Series 2001 
Date: November 18, 2001 
Winner: The Dudley Boyz 
The Dudley Boyz Net Worth: $3 million*
The Hardy Boyz Net Worth: $8 million*

The Dudley Boyz Vs. The Hardy Boyz "Event: Survivor Series 2001 @Eagle Gear / Youtube.com

The main event of the Survivor Series in 2001 (before the Series had to change its name as a result of a World Wildlife Fund lawsuit against the company) was between Team WWF and The Alliance. However, before that, there was an exciting match between The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz.

The Dudley Boyz (consisting of D-Von Dudley and Bubba Ray Dudley) faced off against Matt and Jeff Hardy. The steel cage match kicked off when wrestler Stacy Keibler tried to sneak the Dudley Boyz a cage key. The Hardy Boyz were enraged, and the match went on for some time before D-Von pinned Jeff Ha

 
 

CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy

Event: SmackDown 2009 
Date: August 25, 2009 
Winner: CM Punk 
CM Punk Net Worth: $8 million*
Jeff Hardy Net Worth: $4 million*

CM Punk Vs. Jeff Hardy "Event: Smackdown @TheAaronEra / Twitter.com

CM Punk had been absent from the WWE for two months before reappearing to compete in the cage match that Bleacher Report called “electrifying.” Punk faced Jeff Hardy, who was the polar opposite of him when it came to in-ring personality. Punk and Hardy had a long storyline rivalry, and Punk actually attacked Hardy before he made it into the ring.

Punk smacked Hardy’s head into a steel beam and tried to ride this advantage early, failing several times to escape the steel cage. Hardy was the crowd favorite, but he, sadly, didn’t win. CM Punk mockingly waved goodbye to him while holding the Heavyweight belt.

 

Edge vs. Kurt Angle

Event: Smackdown 2002 
Date: May 30, 2002 
Winner: Edge
Edge Net Worth: $14 million*
Kurt Angle Net Worth: $14 million*

Edge Vs. Kurt Angle "Event: Smackdown @The Wrestling Files / Youtube.com

Wrestling fans are well aware of the longtime feud between between Kurt Angle and The Edge. The feud was on-again, off-again, but in 2002 during Smackdown, it was definitely “on.” Angle defeated Edge previously at the Backlash event. On Judgment Day, before Smackdown, Angle lost a “hair vs. hair” match against Edge, as Angle’s head was shaved bald.

The May 2002 episode of Smackdown featured the two in a steel cage match. Angle lost, and Hulk Hogan, Edge’s tag team partner, attacked Angle after the match and tried to snatch his wig, but Angle ran away before Hogan could do so. Angle paid Hogan back, defeating him later on at the King of the Ring match.

 

 
 

Matt Hardy vs. Edge

Event: Unforgiven 2005 
Date: September 18, 2005 
Winner: Matt Hardy 
Matt Hardy Net Worth: $6 million*
The Edge Net Worth: $14 million*

Matt Hardy Vs. Edge "Event: Unforgiven 2005 @Cm42TV / Twitter.com

8,000 people were in attendance at this epic Unforgiven 2005 event. This was the eighth Unforgiven event, and it featured John Cena and Kurt Angle as the main event. Before those two competed, there were seven other professional matches, including one between The Edge and Matt Hardy.

The Edge and Matt Hardy actually were enemies in real life, in addition to their storyline feud. The feud dated back to SummerSlam, when Edge dropped Hardy onto a ring post and caused him to bleed profusely. The two violently clashed before Unforgiven. The match resulted in Hardy pinning Edge for the win.

 

ADVERTISEMENT
 

Triple H vs. Mankind

Event: Summerslam 1997 
Date: August 3, 1997 
Winner: Mankind 
Triple H Net Worth: $40 million*
Mankind Net Worth: $18 million*

Triple H Vs. Mankind "Event: Summerslam 1997 @WWFstars / Facebook.com

There were seven matches at Summerslam in 1997, and Triple H and Mankind’s match was the first of the group. The pair faced off in a steel cage match. Mankind ended up enlisting the help of Chyna, a female pro wrestler, to defeat Triple H. That maneuver was successful (if a little shady), and Mankind won the match in sixteen minutes and thirteen seconds.

Other highlights from Summerslam included a vicious feud between The Undertaker and Bret Hart. Hart was contending for the WWF Heavyweight Title, and he stated beforehand that, if he didn’t win, he would “never wrestle on American soil” ever again. Hart won the match.

 

 

John Cena vs. The Miz vs. John Morrison

Event: Extreme Rules 2011 
Date: May 1, 2011 
Winner: John Cena 
John Cena Net Worth: $55 million*
The Miz Net Worth: $9 million*
John Morrison Net Worth: $1.5 million*

John Cena Vs. The Miz Vs. John Morrison "Event: Extreme Rules 2011 @WWE / Youtube.comJohn Cena Vs. The Miz Vs. John Morrison "Event: Extreme Rules 2011 @WWE / Youtube.com

This PPV event was promoted for the WWE Raw and Smackdown brands, and it featured John Cena, competing against both The Miz and John Morrison. A staggering 292,000 people watched the matches, of which there were eight in total. Cena was out for revenge against The Miz, as Cena would have won the April 11 Raw Gauntlet Match had Miz not disqualified him on purpose.

The steel cage “triple threat” competition featured changing loyalties. To start, Morrison and Cena paired up against The Miz before Cena stopped Morrison from leaving the cage. The end result of the match was Cena winning after executing an Attitude Adjustment.

 

 

Ric Flair vs. Triple H

Event: Taboo Tuesday 2005 
Date: November 1, 2005 
Winner: Ric Flair 
Ric Flair Net Worth: $3 million*
Triple H Net Worth: $40 million*

Ric Flair Vs. Triple H "Event: Taboo Tuesday 2005 @TheAaronEra / Twitter.comRic Flair Vs. Triple H "Event: Taboo Tuesday 2005 @TheAaronEra / Twitter.com

Stipulations for Taboo Tuesday in 2005 were determined by fans, instead of the WWE’s creative staff. Fans voted for Ric Flair and Triple H to go head to head in the main event. Flair was defending his Intercontinental Championship WWE title against Triple H. The steel cage match saw Flair’s head cracked open early on in the match.

Flair rallied, but he was the underdog, as Triple H was in control for most of the match. H would have won, had he not attempted a figure four leglock that actually backfired, as Flair bit him on the head and gained the upper hand.

 

 

Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon

Event: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre 
Date: February 14, 1999
Winner: Steve Austin 
Steve Austin Net Worth: $45 million*
Vince McMahon Net Worth: $2 billion*

Steve Austin Vs. Vince McMahon "Event: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre @hodge0054 / Twitter.comSteve Austin Vs. Vince McMahon "Event: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre @hodge0054 / Twitter.com

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Event in 1999 was the final WWF event for the In Your House series. The title of the event came from a real massacre in 1929, where seven people were killed as the result of a gang war between Al Capone and Bugs Moran. The ’99 WWF event featured eight matches.

The main event was between Vince McMahon and Steve Austin. McMahon was the owner of the WWF at the time (and now), and the match was set to determine whether Austin would headline at WrestleMania XV the next month. Austin won the wild, performative match.

 

 

Chris Jericho vs. X-Pac

Event: No Mercy 2000 
Date: October 22, 2000
Winner: Chris Jericho 
Chris Jericho Net Worth: $18 million*
X-Pac Net Worth: $500,000*

Chris Jericho Vs. X-Pac "Event: No Mercy 2000 @WWE / Youtube.comChris Jericho Vs. X-Pac "Event: No Mercy 2000 @WWE / Youtube.com

Over 14,000 people crowded into Albany, New York’s Pepsi Arena to see the No Mercy 2000 series. The main event saw The Rock lose his WWF Championship Title to Kurt Angle. The event’s undercard included a match between Chris Jericho and X-Pac. The steel cage match started when Jericho superbombed X-Pac, leaping off the top rope.

X-Pac tried to recover, but Jericho had the upper hand. After Jericho drop-kicked X-Pac, X-Pac crashed down into the ring. Jericho took that opportunity to scramble over the fallen wrestler and climb out of the cage, winning the match in ten minutes and forty seconds.

 

 

Triple X vs. America’s Most Wanted

Event: TNA Turning Point 2004 
Date: December 5, 2004 
Winner: America’s Most Wanted 
Triple X Net Worth: $3 million*
America’s Most Wanted Net Worth: $20 million*

Triple X Vs. America's Most Wanted "Event: TNA Turning Point 2004 @ChrisMNovak / Twitter.comTriple X Vs. America's Most Wanted "Event: TNA Turning Point 2004 @ChrisMNovak / Twitter.com

TNA’s PPV event, Turning Point, was the smash-hit of 2004. The main event featured a cage match called “Six Sides of Steel,” and the stipulation of the match was that the losing team had to break up if they lost. Triple X, a team featuring Elix Skipper and Chris Daniels, faced off against America’s Most Wanted, a team comprised of James Storm and Chris Harris.

At one point, all four wrestlers were in position at the “Tower of Doom,” and it looked like Triple X would win the match. However, Storm pinned down Skipper and America’s Most Wanted gained the upper hand. 

 

Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle

Event: TNA Lockdown 2008 
Date: April 13, 2008 
Winner: Samoa Joe 
Samoa Joe Net Worth: $5 million*
Kurt Angle Net Worth: $25 million*

Samoa Joe Vs. Kurt Angle "Event: TNA Lockdown 2008 @5Deuce4Tre7 / Twitter.comSamoa Joe Vs. Kurt Angle "Event: TNA Lockdown 2008 @5Deuce4Tre7 / Twitter.com

Another TNA event was the 2008 Lockdown match. The main event was a steel cage match between Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle. The stipulation for the match was that, if Joe lost, he would have to retire from pro-wrestling. Samoa Joe agreed to these stipulations, and the match kicked off with Angle applying a Figure-Four Leglock.

Joe grabbed the bottom rope and Angle released him. The highly-technical match continued, and it wasn’t until Joe lifted Angle up and body slammed him into the mat that he was able to surmount the steel cage and win the World Heavyweight title (and avoid retirement). 

 

Victoria vs. Lita

Event: Monday Night Raw 
Date: November 24, 2003 
Winner: Victoria 
Victoria Net Worth: $1.5 million*
Lita Net Worth: $4 million*

Victoria Vs. Lita "Event: Monday Night Raw @ArenaWWE_Col / Twitter.com

This Monday Night Raw steel cage match between Lita and Victoria was the first-ever women’s steel cage match in the history of the WWE. Lita, at the time, was going through some heavy drama with her onscreen beau, Matt Hardy, who had reunited when Hardy transferred from Smackdown to Raw.

Hardy and Lita’s on-air feud was more at the center of Raw’s November 2004 match than anything else. Hardy was upset because Lita didn’t respond to his proposal, instead ditching him to compete in a Women’s Championship that Holly offered her. Hardy interfered in the Lita vs. Victoria cage match, causing Lita to lose. 

 

The Usos vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt

Event: Monday Night Raw 
Date: January 13, 2004 
Winner: The Usos 
The Usos Net Worth: $200,000*
Daniel Bryan Net Worth: $10 million* 
Bray Wyatt Net Worth: $850,000*

The Usos Vs. Daniel Bryan And Bray Wyatt "Event: Monday Night Raw @Cat / Pinterest.com

Before this match – which featured an epic triple cage match showdown between The Usos, Daniel Bryan, and Bray Wyatt – Bryan had split from the Wyatt family, causing a feud that shook the very core of pro wrestling. But Bryan and Wyatt reunited just before the match in order to take on Jimmy and Jey Uso.

The Bryan-Wyatt alliance was shaky from the start because of Bryan’s past departure. That played out as the showdown went done, which ultimately saw Wyatt and Bryan collide. The Usos took advantage of the confusion and escaped the top of the cage, winning.

 

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry

Event: Royal Rumble 2012 
Date: January 29, 2012 
Winner: Daniel Bryan 
Daniel Bryan Net Worth: $10 million*
Big Show Net Worth: $20 million*
Mark Henry Net Worth: $4.5 million*

Daniel Bryan Vs. Big Show Vs. Mark Henry "Event: Royal Rumble 2012 @10meloto / Twitter.com

With 443,000 PPV buys, the Royal Rumble 2012 was set to be a smash hit. The event featured six matches, and the opener was a triple-threat steel cage match between Daniel Bryan, Mark Henry and Big Show. Bryan was defending his World Heavyweight Championship title against the other two wrestlers.

It was touch and go, and the match was commentated breathtakingly by Jerry Lawler, Booker T, and Michael Cole. Eventually, Bryan was able to slip out of Big Show’s grasp and escape over the top of the cage, falling to the floor of the arena and retaining his Heavyweight belt.

 

Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H

Event: Extreme Rules 2013  
Date: May 19, 2013 
Winner: Brock Lesnar 
Brock Lesnar Net Worth: $22 million*
Triple H Net Worth: $40 million*

Brock Lesnar Vs. Triple H "Event: Extreme Rules 2013 @PWTees / Twitter.com

The Extreme Rules 2013 event was the fifth Extreme Rules battle of its kind. The event saw eight matches take place, and the match between Brock Lesnar and Triple H was the last match. Lesnar started out weakly, as he accidentally slammed himself into the steel cage, hurting his leg.

Triple H saw that as an advantage and directed all his moves towards Lesnar’s weak leg. Triple H also had hidden a hammer atop the cage, but Lesnar dodged that move. He was bailed out by Paul Heyman, who hit Triple H from behind and gave Lesnar the time he needed to pin his opponent.

 

Rikishi vs. Val Venis

Event: Fully Loaded 2000
Date: July 23, 2000
Winner: Val Venis 
Rikishi Net Worth: $2 million*
Val Venis Net Worth: $1.5 million*

Rikishi Vs. Val Venis "Event: Fully Loaded 2000 @WWE / Youtube.com

The Fully Loaded 2000 event was the last of three Fully Loaded matches hosted by the WWF. This event featured an undercard steel cage match between Rikishi and Val Venis. Venis was defending his Intercontinental Championship title against Rikishi. Trish Stratus, Venis’ valet, helped out Venis by slamming a cage door on Rikishi’s head.

Lita then came out and attacked Stratus with a leather belt to avenge Rikishi. Rikishi would have won, but for the intervention of another newcomer: Tazz. Tazz attacked him with a TV camera. Venis pinned Rikishi, taking advantage of the chaos and retaining his title. 

 

Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio

Event: SmackDown 
Date: September 9, 2005 
Winner: Eddie Guerrero 
Eddie Guerrero Net Worth: $6 million*
Rey Mysterio Net Worth: $8.5 million*

Eddie Guerrero Vs. Rey Mysterio SmackDown @WWE / Youtube.com

Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero are actually friends in real life, but you wouldn’t know from the vicious matches the two have been party to. One such match took place at WWE’s SmackDown event in 2005. The Latino greats kicked off the match with a stare-down that quickly turned into a fistfight, which Eddie won.

Eddie and Rey continually tried to make a break for it, only to get yanked back down by their opponent. Rey even had help from the ref at one point, but it was no use. Eddie hit Rey with a Frog Splash to win the match.

 

Batista vs. Chris Jericho

Event: Raw
Date: November 3, 2008 
Winner: Chris Jericho  
Batista Net Worth: $13 million*
Chris Jericho Net Worth: $18 million*

Batista Vs. Chris Jericho Raw @MamaLuigi005 / Youtube.com

This episode of Raw featured high stakes for wrestlers Chris Jericho and Batista. The two faced off in a steel cage match that saw Jericho defending a World Championship title against Batista’s challenge. The match took fifteen minutes and thirty-two seconds, and Jericho won when he finally, after minutes of tense back-and-forth, escaped the ring.

Batista and Chris Jericho are friends in real life, but Batista later left the WWE because he didn’t like how “family friendly” the promotion had gotten. In a later match, he was fined $100K for bleeding on television, something he said left him “heartbroken.” 

 

Randy Orton vs. Ric Flair

Event: Taboo Tuesday 2004 
Date: October 19, 2004 
Winner: Randy Orton  
Randy Orton Net Worth: $11 million*
Ric Flair Net Worth: $3 million*

Randy Orton Vs. Ric Flair Taboo @Main Event PPV / Facebook.com

In October of 2004, Taboo Tuesday saw Ric Flair take on Randy Orton. Fans picked the stipulations for the match, and the matchup between those two took up 68% of the total vote for the main event. Orton and Flair both got the upper-hand throughout the match, leaving it anyone’s guess as to who would win the World Heavyweight Championship.

The steel cage match concluded when Flair hit a low blow against Orton. Orton started bleeding and became enraged, sending Flair flying back into the cage. Orton RKO’d Flair for the win.