Celebrity Deathmatch was one of the most popular shows on MTV during the early 2000s. The television series was just one of several wacky MTV shows, and it quickly became a classic. The claymation show pits various famous figures against each other so they can settle scores and end feuds once and for all. The best Celebrity Deathmatch fights often include over-the-top violence and graphic finales.
All types of people are featured in stop-motion form on the show, ranging from pop stars like Michael Jackson to action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Even politicians and historical figures show up occasionally. No matter who's involved, most fights see someone offed by the end of proceedings. Let’s take a look at the very best contests featured in the beloved, very weird series.
Why Were They Fighting: These two were the ultimate action movie heroes throughout the '80s and '90s, making a celebrity head-to-head the only obvious way to settle who's the greatest fighter once and for all.
Match Highlights: This fight has everything, ranging from rocket launchers to action movie one-liners. Eventually, the two opponents knock each other out when their punches land at exactly the same time. It looks like Schwarzenegger will be able to get up and make the count, but he's tripped up by Stallone at the last second. In his anger over losing, the Austrian bodybuilder flicks a cigar at Don King in the crowd, setting him aflame.
Why Were They Fighting: The two musicians were at their peak when this episode aired. With both battling it out in the charts, it only made sense for them to battle in the ring. Carson Daly even shows up as a guest referee.
Match Highlights: After getting into an argument with the referee, Kid Rock hype man Joe C beats Carson Daly and eventually rips open his intestines. Meanwhile, Eminem fights back against Joe C and manages to kick him high above the arena. From this position, Joe C falls back on the rapper’s head and takes control of his body. He's able to smack Kid Rock to the floor and repeatedly crush him by jumping on him with Eminem’s body.
Why Were They Fighting: Sean Penn beats up a photographer who is part of the paparazzi, seemingly fed up with the constant invasion of his privacy. This enrages Tom Hanks, who feels like his fellow actor is stopping an ordinary person from earning an honest living.
Match Highlights: Appearing in the disheveled look he sported for Castaway, Tom Hanks is able to get the upper hand in the fight. The battle culminates with Hanks beating Penn down before ripping his back and pulling out his spine.
Why Were They Fighting: America’s boy band goes up against the UK’s girl group, setting the stage for a battle not only of the sexes but of nations across the ocean. Marilyn Manson is also present, expressing a vast dislike for both acts in a pre-fight interview.
Match Highlights: At one point, a Spice Girl is sliced in half as the two pop groups go after each other. The fight ultimately ends when Marilyn Manson intervenes. He cuts down the lighting rig from the roof of the arena, so it falls onto the ring, crushing both the Spice Girls and Hanson in one fell swoop.