The Chairshot Top 5 examines the Top 5 in various categories of wrestling. This week, Jason takes a look at the Top 5 Hell In A Cell matches of all time!
The first Hell In A Cell match occurred on October 5th, 1997 at the Badd Blood pay per view. The idea of who came up with the match is highly debated. Reportedly, the concept of the match originally came from the mind of Jim Cornette, with that match being named by Vince Russo. However, WWE credits the Last Battle At Tampa event that featured a cage match between Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer as the basis of Hell In A Cell. Heading into the upcoming Hell In A Cell pay per view this Sunday, there has officially been a total of 40 Hell In A Cell Matches. With all that mayhem and destruction, what are the Top 5 Hell In A Cell matches of all time ?
5. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair (Hell In A Cell 2016) Nothing like starting a list with a controversial choice. Obviously one of the most significant women’s matches in WWE history. For that alone, it deserves to be on this list. Banks and Flair would be one the hottest women’s feuds the WWE fans had saw since Trish and Lita. A back and forth match that saw Banks get put through the announce table, stretchered away from the ring, and return to battle Flair.
4. The Undertaker vs. Edge (Summerslam 2008) It’s probably obvious that The Undertaker will be making an appearance or two on this list. The feud between Undertaker and Edge dominated SmackDown throughout 2008, as they square off at 4 different pay per views that year. The match eventually would involve tables, ladders, and chairs, a specialty of Edge.
3. Triple H vs. Cactus Jack (No Way Out 2000) – After Foley/Jack lost the WWF Championship match against Triple H at Royal Rumble 2000, Triple H gave Foley one more chance at the title in a match of Foleys choosing, only if he agreed to put his career on the line. This storyline around this time period revolved around the beginning of the McMahon/Helmsley era. The match would see chairshots, a 2×4 wrapped in barded wire set on fire, and both men bleeding buckets. A match not for the faint of heart.
2. Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker (Badd Blood 1997) – The first. The original, or the OG as all the kids say nowadays. One of the rare WWF matches that Dave Meltzer has given a 5 Star rating. (If you actually care about that). Even Mick Foley himself has called this match the greatest Hell In A Cell match of all time. An end to the storyline feud (at that time at least) that had taken up much of WWF programing in the summer of 1997. Shawn Michaels would walk away the winner, with an assist from the debuting Kane.
1. The Undertaker vs. Mankind (King of the Ring 1998) – Is this the most competitive match of all time ? No. Are there other matches that you could consider at number one ? Certainly. However, when you hear the words Hell In A Cell, there are one of two moments you think of that both stem from this match. Even casual wrestling fans can recall Mankind being choke slammed through the roof of the cell, or his descent from the top of the cell to the announce table below. This match made both Hell In A Cell and Mick Foley household names.