In a tremendously underrated contest when it comes to this type of match, Kane and Mankind, who were the tag team champions at the time, went to war on Raw in an eventful and incredibly entertaining match, with The Undertaker being involved as well. It was Stone Cold Steve Austin who spoiled this match, attacked Kane after patiently waiting under the ring. In Brock Lesnar’s most risk-taking match to date in his career, he was able to beat The Undertaker in his own game. There were not many hardcore spots in this match, but instead, good utilization of the surroundings by Lesnar and Taker in a matched mixed with good in-ring wrestling as well. Lesnar was billed as the behemoth that could not be stopped when he hung the title over his head to end the pay-per-view broadcast. With a feud boiling over between the brass and DX, Shawn Michaels and Triple H took down Big Show early and pummeled Vince & Shane McMahon. This match featured tons of action, with Shane-O-Mac even hitting Triple H with his own version of the Van Terminator. We did however, see too many behinds for our liking. DX were able to overcome their bosses. The action did not stop from the get-go in this one from the Rated R Superstar and The Phenom. For roughly 40 minutes, The Undertaker and Edge had a match that they do not receive enough credit for, with weapons galore and broken cage doors. It was one of Taker’s most extreme matches, for the amount of hardcore wrestling he was able to do in a match he eventually won. These best friends may be the two men who know each other the best in the ring, when it comes to their chemistry and the ability to read each other naturally. In an era where fans were sick of Triple H’s same old shtick when it came to him being a heel and how he was booked to win over almost everyone. With a great contingent of fans rooting for The Heartbreak Kid, it was Triple H who beat his best friend is a back and forth contest, exhaustive for both men. Although the cage that surrounded the outside area was not used in this match as much as other Hell In A Cell matches, this match will go down as the one that ended an era, with Taker and Triple H having one of the best matches of their careers after competing for so long. The Undertaker beat Triple H, with Shawn Michaels playing a pivotal role as the referee. You can always bank on Mick Foley putting himself through an intense amount of pain to make a match great. This was no different, with Triple H even taking one of the worst beatings of his career with his face gushing blood. With Triple H putting Cactus Jack through the ring, and the latter hitting his opponent with a flaming two-by-four wrapped in barbed wire, this match was absolutely incredible. This seemed like a fantasy match designed only for videos games. The six biggest stars in the company were inside one Hell In A Cell structure, each having feuded with one another for the duration of the year. As the action unfolded to the outside, the fondest memory of this battle was when all men found themselves at the top of the cage, with The Undertaker chokeslamming Rikishi off the top onto a truck filled with hay. Kurt Angle pinned The Rock to retain the title. This match will is the most infamous of them all, and besides the fact that many other Hell In A Cell matches had better in ring performances in the technical department, the sheer brutality and unpredictability that Mick Foley brought to the table was astonishing and could never be duplicated. You cannot train for matches like this one, with Foley’s spots off the cage, through the top of the cage into the ring and being slammed on thumbtacks. How could you even dream of continuing after being thrown off the top, through a table onto the outside? A true legendary performance. This match was the very first Hell In A Cell contest and it had everything a wrestling fan wanted. Both Michaels and Taker put on an absolute classic, in a match considered as one of the best in the history of the company. A bloodied Michaels was awarded the victory after Kane made his very first appearance in the company and delivered a Tombstone to his brother. Michaels also took severe bumps during the course of this contest, which reminds you why he could be the best well-rounded talent of all time.
As we gear up for Sunday’s WWE Hell In A Cell pay-per-view, we list the greatest 10 contests that took place in the demonic structure, with appearances by Mankind, Shawn Michaels, Edge, The Rock, and of course, the man who started it all, The Undertaker. Before Hell In A Cell was an official pay-per-view, we were treated to the match ever so often, and the majority of these bouts were as violent and entertaining as they come.