In 1997, WWE introduced a completely new type of match at Bad Blood Pay-Per-View. The event featured Shawn Michael vs. The Undertaker to claim the Bret Hart crown as the number one contender for the WWF Championship. WWE added that the match would take place in a new structure called Hell in a Cell. Unlike traditional cage matches, the cage in Hell in a Cell match leaves space outside the ring for wrestlers to fight.



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The idea for the type of match came from Jim Cornet, who came up with the idea based on NWA’s War Games cage and other cage structures used in NWA-affiliated campaigns. To date, there have been over 50 halls in WWE Cell Matches Moreover The Undertaker, the most beautiful wrestler in the history of Ati. The Undertaker then started playing wrestling in 14 different formats.

10 First pay-per-view

When WWE first introduced Hell in the Sale Match in 1997, it will not have a pay-per-view to its name until 2009. No-Mercy was replaced by Pay-Per-View in October. WWE’s annual October pay-per-view since 1999.

In 2016, WWE reintroduced No Mercy Pay-Per-View after the brand split, and in early October No Mercy was SmackDown Pay-Per-View, while Hell in a Cell was Raw branded Pay-Per-View.


9 Fan selection

The name of the event was not only a decision of the WWE management but was also left on the WWE website for a fan survey. There was a choice between Rage in a Cage, No Escape, Lock Up or Hell in a Cell. In the end, it was probably the best choice available. Lockup looks similar to TNA’s Cage-themed pay-per-view in Lockdown, first advertised in 2005. Rage in the Cage was previously used by WWE for video games in 1993, and No Escape looks very similar to No Mercy’s previous per-view pay name.

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8 Third match type to get per-view-pay

The Hell in the Cell is the third WWE match to have its own pay-per-view, following in the footsteps of the Royal Rumble, which debuted in 1989, and the Royal Rumble, which debuted earlier in 2009. Technically, Survivor Series is a match condition and event that WWE has run annually since 1987.

The King of the Ring, as well as the No Holds Barred, held in 1989 to promote the film In Your House: Buried Alive. Hell in a Cell received a counter-view treatment, as did other game types such as TLC, Elimination Chamber, Deadly 4-Way, Money in the Bank, and War Games.

7 The Undertaker vs. CM Punk opened the first Hell in a Cell PPV

Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View took place for the first time on October 4, 2009 and was held in Newark, New Jersey. The card featured three Hell in a Cell matches that night, including a match between D-Generation X and The Legacy in the main event, a match between Randy Orton and John Cena for the WWE Championship and The Undertaker for CM Punk vs. World. Heavyweight Championship. It was the third match on the list that was not only the first hell match in a cell on Hell in a Cell pay-per-view but the first match of the entire event. Although some have criticized the match-up for not qualifying for the Hell in a Cell condition.

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Imagine for a second you were transposed into the karmic driven world of Earl. For the next three events, either The Undertaker or CM Punk will participate in the main event. At WrestleMania 29, CM Punk and The Undertaker will face off in the final, where The Undertaker defeated Punk 22 minutes later.

6 First female pay-per-view for the main event

For a long time, WWE failed to respect the female members of the roster, until promotions began to employ female talents for their wrestling abilities, which, contrary to their appearance, began to change. Since the Women’s Revolution in WWE, this ad has produced some of the best women’s wrestling in the world and has produced incredible stars like Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Bailey, Bianca Belar and Rhea Ripley.

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Two of these talents not only became the first women to wrestle in Hell in a Cell, but also the first woman to be named WWE Pay-Per-View. The match is overshadowed by the first-ever Women’s WrestleMania competition between Charlotte Flair, Rhonda Rossi and Becky Lynch. However, the Hell in a Cell match between Charlotte and Sasha is still considered one of the best women’s matches in the structure.

5 First tag team title protection in 2017

At times, it appears that New Day and The Usus have put together a WWE tag team division. The two tag teams seemed to be at loggerheads for years and produced the best tag team wrestling in WWE history. In the 2017 Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, the two teams competed in Hell in a Cell with the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. This match is one of the best encounters in the cell and it was another great match between the two teams.

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At one point in the match, Xavier Woods and Big E caught J. Usola in the corner of the structure with a series of kendo sticks. Usos will win the match after separating Xavier Woods, who was handcuffed to win the SmackDown tag team title. Yusos and New Day ended the match by declaring a ceasefire after pay-per-view on SmackDown.

4 Nearly 9-year-old streak

The biggest problem with the gimmick pay-per-view is that the terms of the match become approximate. If two wrestlers are fighting in front of Extreme Rules, then Extreme Rules is likely to be a match between them. The same is true for Hell in a Cell fights, since most matches only have Hell in a Cell terms. This sounds very convenient, but there is another problem with this booking model.

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This does not mean that one condition is focused on one night of the year, but there is also a tendency in other parts of the year to stop other quarrels from using match type. From October 2012 to October 2020, WWE booked 20 Hell in a Cell matches, 19 of which took place in Hell in the Cell pay-per-view. The Hell in a Cell match between Shane McMahon and Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 was the only exception.

3 Not anymore in October

Over the years, WWE has experimented with different calendars for their live events so that the order will be fresh. The big four events, such as WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam and Survivor Series, have retained their place, while other pay-per-view modifications have been made to suit WWE requirements. For more than 10 years, WWE has held a pay-per-view between the SummerSlam and Survivor series on the calendar, typically Hell in a Cell pay-per-view in October.

In 2018, Hell in a Cell moved to September due to the Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia and the All-Women Evolution Special Events held in October of that year. The annual October pay-per-view will be back in October next year. However, in 2021, WWE moved to Hell in a Cell in June and was replaced by Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. The show became WWE’s first major overseas tour in Saudi Arabia since the Covid-19 epidemic, which hampered WWE’s ability to travel abroad and create shows in front of crowds. In 2022, Hell in a Cell was held again in June, as the Extreme Rules were moved to October.

2 Controversial encounter

Hell in a Cell 2019 is remembered by many fans as the worst main event to date, with a meaningless ending. In the main event, Seth Rollins faced “The Find” Bray Wyatt for the WWE Universal Championship. Many fans believed that Wyatt would win the title because of his impeccable pace in the match. The match was covered in red light, making it difficult for spectators at home and in the stadium to watch the match.

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Before using the sledgehammer, Rollins used a variety of weapons, including kendo sticks, steel chairs, tables and ladders, which turned the match into an extreme affair. The match ended in a draw as referees ruled the match non-competitive after Rollins used a sledgehammer. The problem was that Hell in a Cell matches did not qualify, meaning the no-contest finish made no sense. The match is considered one of the worst in the history of Hell in a Cell and the worst major event in the history of the event.

1 Red muscle

Today, all WWE Hell in a Cell matches use Red Hell in the cell structure, but not always. When Hell in a Cell was first introduced, the design was silver and was similar to the cages used by WWE for their cage matches. The change was made for WWE’s 2018 Hell in a Cell pay-per-view held in San Antonio, Texas.

The new design was not just a different color, but was made from new material that made the design more stable but lighter, making it easier to assemble, disassemble and move according to WWE requirements.