Hell in A Cell matches in the WWE have proven to be some of the most memorable and entertaining matches in the company’s history, with so many matches elevating the popularity of the superstars involved. The 20 ft monstrous structure of steel weighs almost five tons and the rough structure can scar those involved in it for life. Introduced by The Undertaker as his “playground”, not only did it elevate the dark, mystical nature of his character but the WWE created a structure which would end brutal rivalries in the company, having one superstar put another through hell in order to prevail.
The terrorizing cell is also the host to many weapons which lie beneath the ring and at the disposal of the superstars to punish each other with, and offers more pain to the participants if they’re creative enough to make it to the top of the cell. Although not many matches have seen the participants get to the top (mostly because it’s too dangerous), the crazy Mick Foley is infamous for taking drops off the cell and the impact in which he landed on each occasion is terrifying. Though The Undertaker is infamous for this match, being involved in some of the best Hell In A Cell matches in the history of the structure, other superstars have used it to put an end to their rivalry and have given us some amazing matches.
But as WWE gets more protective and “safer”, the Hell in a Cell match seems to get a bit drab by the standards of the first matches, and even though some of the earlier matches were disappointing, the Hell in a Cell Matches seems to be getting more pointless with each passing year because of the creative’s fear of taking some risks. Gone are the days where insane spots would be found in a variety inside the monstrous structure, as The Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression Era gave us some of the best Hell In a Cell matches. Let’s have a look at 8 Hell In A Cell matches that were amazing and 7 that stank.
17 Amazing Hell In A Cell Matches
16 8. Alberto Del Rio vs John Cena vs CM Punk - Hell In A Cell 2011
15 7. Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker - No Mercy 2002
14 6. John Cena vs Randy Orton - Hell In A Cell 2009
13 5. The Undertaker vs Edge - SummerSlam 2008
12 4. Triple H vs Cactus Jack - No Way Out 2000
11 3. Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker - Badd Blood 1997
10 2. Triple H vs Shawn Michaels - Bad Blood 2004
9 1. The Undertaker vs Mankind - King Of The Ring 1998
8 Hell In A Cell Matches That Stank
7 7. Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins - Hell In A Cell 2014
6 6. D-Generation X vs The McMahons And Big Show - Unforgiven 2006
5 5. Mankind vs Kane - RAW 1998
4 4. Mark Henry vs Randy Orton - Hell In A Cell 2011
3 3. Shane McMahon vs The Undertaker - WrestleMania 32
2 2. Armageddon Hell In A Cell - Armageddon 2000
1 1. The Undertaker vs The Big Boss Man - WrestleMania XV
The Undertaker has been in so many Hell in a Cell Matches over the years, that he’s been in the best and worst of them in his long career in his playground. During his time as the leader of the “Ministry of Darkness”, The Undertaker would feud with the Corporation who then had The Big Boss Man as their security. The Undertaker would try to take it to the McMahons, but would be stopped by the Boss Man as a hell in a cell match would be set up between the two at WrestleMania. The match started out on a quite even contest, even though there was a mis-match in the quality of the competitors. The Boss Man soon showed his violent side by cuffing The Undertaker to the steel and pounding him using his nightstick, causing him to bust open. Taker fought back to hit him with many chair shots and soon took control of the match. This led to a fist-fight in the middle of the match, after which The Undertaker soon hit The Tombstone Piledriver to end the match in under 10 minutes. The match itself was pretty drab, noticeable for its antics and didn’t have much versatility towards it, also ending very quickly for a Hell in a Cell Match. What happened afterwards made it even more disgusting. The Undertaker summoned The Brood as he put a noose on The Boss Man’s neck and tied it to the cell. Paul Bearer called for the cell to be pulled back up, as The Boss Man was publicly hanged (kayfabe) to make for some disturbing sights which showed the ugly side of the Attitude Era. The match itself was pretty average, but the antics after it made it one of the worst uses of the monstrous structure in order to “darken” the character of Undertaker even more.
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