With the seventh Hell in a Cell pay-per-view just over four weeks away, this week’s Throwback Thursday takes a look at my top five Hell in a Cell matches of all time.
Before we get down to the list, making up a list of my top five Hell in a Cell matches was not easy but my pick for the number one spot was easy. I would like to mention a couple of matches that did not make my top five but feel they are still worth a mention.
It is always insane when Mick Foley enters Satan’s Structure and his No Way Out 2000 clash with Triple H just misses out on my list but it is definitely worth the watch even if just the last ten minutes.
Triple H vs Shawn Michaels from Bad Blood 2004 is also worth the watch as the two former DX buddies went it for 47 minutes inside Hell, while last year’s Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose Hell in Cell match was one of the better Hell in a Cell clashes in recent memory.
There have been 30 Hell in a Cell matches since it’s inception 18 years ago but which five make my list of the best Hell in a Cell matches ever? Scroll down and find out.
5. Kurt Angle vs The Undertaker vs Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Triple H vs The Rock vs Rikishi – Armageddon 2000
In December 2000, commissioner Mick Foley made Kurt Angle defend his WWE Championship against four of the biggest names in history and Rikishi. This match was absolute carnage, blood everywhere but kept you gripped all the way through.
Mr McMahon was against the idea and in an attempt to tear down the Cell, the boss actually only tore the door off which allowed all six men brawl outside and on top of the cell.
Although Rikishi was probably not worthy of featuring in the match the image of Undertaker tossing him off the cell onto the truck of sawdust below is one you immediately think of when the Armageddon Hell in a Cell is mentioned.
Kurt Angle managed to retain his title against the odds as the exhausted American hero only managed to drag a hand on top of The Rock after he suffered a Stone Cold Stunner.
4. Chris Jericho vs Triple H – Judgment Day 2002
This was a hard-hitting, entertaining match but it will always be remembered as the match that ended referee Tim White’s career after a collision with Jericho saw the official knocked off the apron and straight into the cell wall. I do think a referee bump was meant to happen but for Tim White it all went wrong.
In something we had not seen before in five years of Cell matches, the conclusion actually came on top of the cell after Triple H hit the pedigree on Jericho face first into the steel. It is still the only time ever a Hell in a Cell match finished on top of the structure.
3. Triple H vs The Undertaker – WrestleMania XXVIII
Tow of the greatest Hell in a Cell performers met in a dream match at WrestleMania XXVIII as Triple H and The Undertaker battled inside the Devil’s Playground with Shawn Michaels as guest referee.
It may not have been the most brutal Hell in a Cell ever, but both men threw everything at each other to put on not only one of the greatest Cell matches ever but one of the best WrestleMania matches of all time.
The addition of Shawn Michaels added to the drama and at one point when he superkicks the Deadman which Triple H follows up with a Pedigree, I actually though the streak was over when I watched it live over three years ago.
The Game would not be the man to end the streak as The Undertaker defeated the Game with the Tombstone to go 20-0 at the showcase of immortals. It was a great match but the fact that is was at WrestleMania makes it even more special.
2. Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker – In You House: Bad Blood 1997
18 years ago we saw the creation of Hell in a Cell as the master of the Devil’s playground The Undertaker battled Shawn Michaels in the first ever Hell in a Cell in 1997 as no one knew what to expect inside Hell in a Cell.
There is always a sense of intrigue when a new match type is created and this one lived up to expectations as The Undertaker took Michaels to Hell using the cage to his assistance in wearing out the then European champion.
When Michaels crashed off the edge of the Cell through the announcer’s table below it looked like curtains for HBK but Kane would make a debut to remember by ripping the door off the Cell and tombstoning his brother to hand Michaels the victory.
1. The Undertaker vs Mankind – King of the Ring 1998
What else would be number one. When you hear the words Hell in a Cell, the first thing that comes to mind is King of the Ring 1998 and Mankind falling from the Cell. Mick Foley put his life on the line for pure entertainment for the fans.
After a strong debut Hell in a Cell in October 1997, Mankind wanted to top that and they only way to do it was to start on top of the Cell and coming crashing down off the roof of the cage through the Spanish announcers table below.
He was hurt but came back for more and suffered a chokeslam through the Cell and being thrown on thumb-tacks before The Undertaker won the match with the Tombstone.
This Hell in a Cell match will never be eclipsed and although the Deadman may have got the win, this was the match that made Mick Foley a legend as he became one of the most loved superstars of the Attitude era.