HELL IN A CELL! Not just an apt description for a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, but also one of the longest-running extreme matches ever whipped up for the WWE. Essentially a steel cage match where escape was impossible (usually), Hell In A Cell first kicked off 19 years ago when Shawn Michaels barely defeated the Undertaker at the 1997 Bad Blood pay perview.
This Sunday, Hell returns to the WWE as the superstars of RAW look to settle their differences inside the demonic steel structure. Here’s the full match card:
- Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair (Hell in a Cell Match)
- WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins (Hell in a Cell Match)
- U.S. Champion Roman Reigns vs. Rusev (Hell in a Cell Match)
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick
- Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
- Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
- Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
- Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Sin Cara vs. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari (Kickoff Match)
Looking good! That’s three entire Hell In A Cell matches right there, that sound fun. If you had to rewind and take a look back at various other HIAC matches, you’d find some proper gems. Batista taking on Triple H at the 2005 Vengeance PPV when the former Evolution members collided with the steel and pain of that enclosure.
Edge spearing the Undertaker through the ring wall and onto the announcers table at Summerslam 2008, or even Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins putting on a show for the ages at the 2014 HIAC event. The most infamous version of a HIAC will still always be that fateful encounter from the 1998 King of the Ring tournament when Mankind fought the Undertaker.
That’s the match that broke Mick Foley in half twice as the Undertaker threw him off the roof of the cage and onto the announce table below. A glutton for punishment, Mankind climbed straight back up the cage, and into a chokeslam that sent him through the cage itself and into the mat below. How Foley survived that, is a bigger mystery than the existence of Bigfoot.
Hell In A Cell kicks off this Sunday, and we’ll have the usual results ready for you first thing on Monday morning.
Last Updated: October 29, 2016