Best Hell In A Cell Matches Ranked

Best Hell In A Cell Matches
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This is our latest wrestling list as we consider the best Hell In A Cell matches of all time. Now, WWE Hell In A Cell 2021 is just around the corner. And so we’re looking back on the most memorable Cell matches from over the years. So, let’s take a look at our choices for the best Hell In A Cell matches ever!

Best Hell In A Cell Matches

10. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H, WWE Bad Blood 2004

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I start off the list of the top ten Hell In A Cell matches with this encounter from 2004. Now, longtime best friends/rivals Shawn Michaels and Triple H would require HIAC to end their hostilities. And their struggle would be almost two years in the making, on and off, by this stage. What would follow is a match coming close to 45 minutes. And these two would do just about everything to one another. Everything from the cage itself to steel stairs to a sledgehammer to a steel chair would find usage. At one point, Michaels would elbow drop HHH through a table off a ladder. And both men would survive finishers, with Michaels’ superkick to HHH coming from out of nowhere. In the end, HHH would essentially Pedigree Shawn until he was practically dead. Cue the one-two-three and a HHH victory.

A lot of people frown upon this due to its length. But I feel that makes the match more epic to round off a long-running rivalry. And given everything they had gone through in previous matches, it makes sense that they would require more endurance here. Also, aside from the odd one-off match and here, this clash really would bring an end to their saga. So, it was also a success in that regard. All of which places it amongst the greatest Hell In A Cell matches to date.

9. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks, WWE Hell In A Cell 2019

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Sadly, the PG era of WWE/professional wrestling would see the appeal of Hell In A Cell matches greatly diminish. Not least because the lack of blood and the barely violent matches would make the stipulation almost pointless. However, over the years, we would still get to see some gems. For instance, The New Day vs. The Usos in 2017 would be an awesome tag team war. And Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy in 2018 would feature spots closer to TV-14 than TV-PG. But I would opt for this bout because the two women would work within the PG restrictions to not only create a great match but one that proves how women could truly thrive inside the Cell.

Furthermore, the outcome was debatable, with Becky’s Raw Women’s Title in progress ever since WrestleMania 35. And Sasha’s recent return as a heel would certainly benefit from a major title win here. Nevertheless, The Man would continue her run of a lifetime by submitting Banks to the Dis-Arm-Her. Of the three women’s HIAC bouts, to me, this match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship is the best. And it’s miles better than the other cage attraction at Hell In A Cell 2019.

8. Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, WWE No Mercy 2002

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On two occasions, WWE would pair the same men against one another inside the Cell. In fairness to John Cena and Randy Orton, neither of their bouts are particularly memorable. But the same cannot be said about Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker. For instance, their Hell In A Cell 2015 clash was shockingly violent for the PG era. But even that pales into comparison to the sheer brutality and bloodshed of their previous HIAC war at No Mercy 2002. Following an inconclusive bout at Unforgiven for the WWE Championship, this would conclude their hostilities for now. And coming at a time when Brock was still fairly fresh, The Pain would have something to prove.

And that he did by not only absorbing tremendous punishment but dishing out plenty of his own. Most notably, a strike with steel stairs would bust open Taker to a harrowing degree. Indeed, Taker’s blood loss here has to rank amongst the top five in company history. Still, the American Bad Ass would battle on, and he would even have Lesnar ready for a Tombstone. But the ridiculously strong Brock would reverse into Tombstone position with him on offence. Then, the WWE Champion would quickly throw Taker up into F5 position and drop him with his own finisher for the victory. Furthermore, Brock would pose on top of the cage afterwards, as if he was the king of the mountain. Fantastic stuff, and a match that would set a new bar for violence inside the demonic cage.

7. The Undertaker vs. Edge, WWE SummerSlam 2008

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To me, the best Hell In A Cell matches are those which round off a lengthy rivalry or storyline. And this is a great example of that. So, Edge would cash in Money In The Bank on Taker way back in May 2007. However, their feud would begin proper at Survivor Series 2007 and would take in four consecutive PPV battles. The last of these, One Night Stand 2008, would see Taker lose a TLC match and receive banishment from WWE. However, with Edge cheating on his new wife Vickie Guerrero, the SmackDown General Manager would punish the Rated R Superstar accordingly. Furthermore, she would bring back Taker and lock him inside HIAC against her unfaithful husband at SummerSlam 2008.

The crowd would express great delight in seeing Taker again, and their main event would match the lofty hype. To be fair, this feels more like a TLC rematch at times than a Cell encounter. But there are some great moments, with both men in their prime and performing accordingly. In the end, Taker would revisit chapters of their feud by drilling Edge with blows matching their prior run-ins. So, Edge would take a Spear, a camera shot, a Conchairto and finally a Tombstone Piledriver. Post-match, Taker would chokeslam Edge off a ladder through the ring and down to HELL! This one may be #7 on the list, but it’s still a must-see attraction.

6. Batista vs. Triple H, WWE Vengeance 2005

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Culminating a long-running storyline, Batista and HHH would meet for the third and final time. On this occasion, their World Heavyweight Championship struggle would occur inside Satan’s Structure. And with HHH unbeaten in singles action inside the Cell up to this point, it would seem that Batista was the underdog. However, The Animal would find a way to seal his third straight victory over The Game. But not before suffering for his art, with one moment, in particular, standing out. Indeed, HHH would break out a barbed wire-wrapped steel chair and smash Batista in the back with it! The puncture wounds on his back would emphasise the truly barbaric nature of his adversary’s tactics. And in a flash, this would go from a strong brawl to a jaw-droppingly brutal fight.

Hero that he is, Batista would fight back, and would even turn the chair back onto The Game. Eventually, a Batista Bomb would finish off HHH for good, garnering Batista the victory in one of his very best matches. Amazingly, they wouldn’t meet again until WrestleMania 35 in 2019, with HHH retiring Batista in a No Holds Barred fight. But this remains the most valuable example of Batista and HHH locking horns. And though Batista’a World Title reign would begin at WrestleMania 21, it’s this win that would truly make him a star.

5. WWF Championship Six-Pack Challenge, WWF Armageddon 2000

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This is arguably the most chaotic Hell In A Cell match of them all. Just look at the combatants: WWF Champion Kurt Angle, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, The Undertaker and Rikishi. At Armageddon 2000, we would have six combatants waging war in an environment that would guarantee carnage. Along the way, Vince McMahon would voice his concerns about potential injuries, but nobody would listen to him. So, on the night, Vince and his stooges would drive a truck to the ring to rip down the structure. Cue Commissioner Mick Foley to chase the boss away, which would allow the already intense battle to leave the cage itself. Soon, almost everybody would make it onto the roof (Rock was smart to stay at ringside). And this would culminate in Taker Chokeslamming Rikishi off the roof onto the truck!

Back in the ring, Austin would Stunner Rock, but a HHH neckbreaker would drop him. And that would allow Angle to sneakily pin Rock to retain his belt against all the odds. This is just sheer brutality from start to finish. Now, I consider this to be similar to War Games. The psychology isn’t massively strong, and even the action is arguably familiar. But it’s just a tremendous fight, one which sums up the purpose of HIAC during the Attitude Era. And Rikishi’s huge bump would satisfy those anticipating another infamous HIAC moment. So, this just makes it into the top five Hell In A Cell matches of all time.

4. The Undertaker vs. Triple H, WWE WrestleMania XXVIII

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“The End Of An Era” theme would not necessarily receive adherence with this contest. But it would certainly provide one hell of an encounter between two legends of the business. Concluding a rivalry from 2011 which would loosely interlink with a story stretching back to 2009, this was truly epic. So, at WrestleMania XXVIII, Taker’s 19-0 WrestleMania Streak was up against HHH, arguably the strongest contender on the roster to best Taker. And Shawn Michaels as special guest referee would surely sway the odds further in The Game’s favour. However, this is still Undertaker at WrestleMania that we’re talking about. So, even a deluge of brutal chairshots and sledgehammer blows would not be enough to stop him. Indeed, it would take something special to truly finish him.

And it would almost happen. For Taker took a Sweet Chin Music/Pedigree combo to an electric response, and yet he still kicked out! This heart-stopping near-fall was the highlight of the match, though a further Pedigree came mighty close too. However, in the end, Taker’s reputation would win out. And a sledgehammer shot of his own would lead to a match-winning Tombstone Piledriver, bringing The Streak to 20-0. A post-match embrace would allow all three icons to share a personal moment as 78,000 would stand in applause. Now, subsequent events in 2018 would slightly dampen this match, and its significance as the end of the Taker-HHH-HBK story. Furthermore, some would prefer if The Streak had ended here, rather than against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX. However, nobody can deny that this remains incredible, and the best Hell In A Cell match of modern times.

3. Triple H vs. Cactus Jack, WWF No Way Out 2000

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Now, Triple H’s best Hell In A Cell match would come during his first such outing. So, he and Cactus Jack had already waged war in a memorable Street Fight at Royal Rumble 2000. But in this WWF Championship rematch at No Way Out 2000, the stakes would increase. And not just because of Hell In A Cell. No, HHH would also force Cactus/Mick Foley to retire if he were to lose this match. And when you consider this show’s close proximity to WrestleMania 2000, the outcome would genuinely be in doubt. Could Cactus Jack claim the WWF gold and finally headline a WrestleMania? Or would The Game retire the Hardcore Legend while establishing himself as an all-time great heel? Ultimately, HHH would triumph.

Along the way, though, the two would produce magic once again. A powerful brawl in and around the ring would lead to them escaping the structure and clashing at ringside. With Foley finding his barbed wire baseball bat, HHH would soon spill blood as Foley would ascend the cage. HHH pulled him down and through an announcer’s table, but they would still end up facing off on the roof. There, Cactus would light up “Barbie” and strike HHH with the burning weapon! But Foley’s piledriver attempt would only lead to him taking a backdrop through the Cell roof and straight through the ring! Cue a Pedigree and it was all over, both in terms of the match and Foley’s career.

Or was it? Because Foley would be given one final match at WrestleMania anyway to reward him for an incredible tenure. (Okay, so he would later make multiple returns, but let’s forget that for now.) As a standalone score-settler, though, this was fantastic and is inferior only to two truly iconic showdowns.

2. The Undertaker vs. Mankind, WWF King Of The Ring 1998

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No list about the best Hell In A Cell matches would be complete without this one. So, Taker and Mankind’s rivalry, which was a huge part of 1996-1997, would be suddenly revived in 1998. And the sudden announcement of a HIAC match would leave Mick Foley wondering how he and Taker could possibly deliver at King Of The Ring 1998. Well, the answer would be to take the stipulation to heights unlike anything fans could possibly imagine. Within five minutes of the opening bell, Taker would hurl Mankind off the Cell roof straight through an announcer’s table at ringside! “Good God almighty, they killed him!” So Jim Ross would say in an immortal line.

Now, that alone would elevate this to the all-time infamous territory. But Mankind would somehow return to his feet and climb back to the roof of the cage. And within seconds, Taker would chokeslam his opponent onto a chair and through the Cell roof into the ring below! Cue another classic JR line: “Will somebody stop the damn match!”

Amazingly, though, the match would continue. And there would be one more jaw-dropping visual, with Mankind debuting thumbtacks in a WWF/WWE ring. Sadly for him, though, the tactic would backfire, as Mankind would take a back-first fall and a Chokeslam onto the pins. A Tombstone later, and it was finally all over. Now, I have read some reviews complaining about the lack of wrestling action in this one. Screw that; if ever a match was not about the catch-as-catch-can stuff, it was this one. As a spectacle with danger at an unbelievably high level on several fronts, nothing will ever top this unforgettable encounter.

1. The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, WWF In Your House XVIII: Badd Blood, 1997

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The number one pick for the best Hell In A Cell match remains the original. So, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels would use this all-new battleground to conclude their epic rivalry. And fans would marvel and gasp at the 30 minutes or so of action. With Shawn continuously trying to avoid contact, Taker would gain the upper hand on offence. But some sneaky attacks would provide Shawn with openings to strike, particularly with a vicious piledriver on the ring steps. But the turning point would come after Shawn took out a cameraman, who was assisted out of the previously padlocked Cell. That’s because, after Taker’s signature sit-up from Sweet Chin Music, Michaels would attempt to bail from the match. However, Taker would follow him outside the structure!

From there, Taker would send Shawn flying into the mesh several times, busting him wide open in the process. Furthermore, the brawl would ascend to the roof of the Cell, with Taker pounding Michaels further. Ultimately, Michaels would fall off the side of the cage straight through an announcer’s table. Then, back in the ring, Undertaker would almost smash Shawn’s skull completely with an incredibly brutal steel chairshot. All of which would suggest a victory for Taker. But then we would have the final twist, with the shocking debut of Taker’s brother Kane!

With Paul Bearer at his side, Kane would march to the ring, with Vince McMahon gasping “That’s gotta be Kane!” In the ring, a brief stare-down would result in Kane hitting Taker with his own Tombstone Piledriver. And this would allow a bloody Michaels to crawl over and steal the three-count. For its incredible action and historic significance, this is definitely the best Hell In A Cell match ever. In fact, it’s one of the top ten greatest matches ever in a WWE ring.

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