68. The Undertaker vs Triple H (with Special Guest Referee Shawn Michaels, Hell in a Cell Match, WWE WrestleMania XXVIII)

I’m still here thinking about Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins performances at Hell in a Cell 2022. I’ve covered a few other Hell in a Cell matches here. But I want to talk about one of the most overrated Hell in a Cell matches (and ‘Mania matches) ever: the third WrestleMania match between The Undertaker and Triple H! Lauded by many as a masterpiece, an epic of storytellinf, I just found it boring. They gave us a slow, intermittently dramatic match that was apparently ‘The End of an Era…’

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67. Cody Rhodes vs Seth Rollins (Hell in a Cell Match, WWE Hell in a Cell 2022)

There were only two contenders for match of the night at WWE Hell in a Cell 2022. The opening bout, a triple threat match for the Raw Women’s Championship between Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch and Asuka, or the main event, a Hell in a Cell match between Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins. To be honest, these were the only two bouts I watched. But I doubt Madcap Moss vs Happy Corbin would be anything above a 3* match. Between the opening and closing bouts, there’s only one that will linger in my mind for a long time. And that’s the main event.

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66. Pretty Deadly (c) vs The Creed Brothers (NXT Tag Team Championship Match, NXT : In Your House)

It may be crass to say it, but NXT : Stand and Deliver did not deliver for me. There was nothing terrible on the show, but it was not a spot on any NXT 1.0 Takeover (well, there may have been a few terrible matches, but I didn’t watch them all!). I only remember enjoying the multi-man ladder match, and the main even between Dolph Ziggler and Bron Brekker. However, it’s safe to say that NXT: In Your House was a far, far better event, almost approaching those halcyon days of NXT 1.0 Takeovers. The match of the night, however, had to belong to the Tag Team Championship match (closely followed by the North American Championship match!).

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65. Al Snow (c) vs The Big Bossman (Kennel from Hell Match for the Hardcore Championship, WWE Unforgiven 1999)

The Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and The Big Bossman was excruciating to watch. However, The Big Bossman was in a far worse match inside Hell in a Cell that very year. It’s actually a Cage match inside Hell in a Cell, so technically it’s not a straight Hell in a Cell match. This ‘Kennel from Hell’ match between The Big Bossman and Al Snow has to be one of the worst WWF matches ever…

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64. The Undertaker vs The Big Bossman (Hell in a Cell match, WrestleMania XV)

There was no excuse for Kane vs The Undertaker to be on the WWE Network’s ‘Best of Hell in a Cell.’ They could only have dull, plodding matches together, and their Hell in a Cell match was just another example of that. Rest assured, that’s not the worst Cell match ‘Taker has fought. In 1999, the Hell in a Cell had it’s WrestleMania premiere, the third Cell match on PPV. ‘Taker fought the Big Bossman inside the structure. Yes, it’s even more boring than it sounds, and the ending is offensive in its absurdity!

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63. Kane (c) vs The Undertaker (Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship, Hell in a Cell 2010)

Of course, the WWE Network has ‘Best of Hell in a Cell’ special on its ‘Trending’ section. The Hell in a Cell PLE is this Sunday! I presume its exclusively matches from the Hell in a Cell PPV. There are some great choices on there, like The New Day vs The Usos in the first ever Hell in a Cell for the Tag Team Championship. And, unbelievably, there is this match, between Kane and The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship. Is this some kind of joke?

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62. Seth Rollins (c) vs The Fiend (Hell in a Cell match for the Universal Championship, WWE Hell in a Cell 2019)

It’s WWE Hell In A Cell this Sunday! With the oversaturation of the Cell gimmick match, it’s hard to get excited about it anymore (unless they have a Cell match in a non-Hell In A Cell PLE, like they did in Saudi Arabia last year). Sure, they mostly produce decent matches, but they have now been reduced to basic No DQ matches inside a steel structure. However, one awful, awful example of the gimmick match remains stuck in my mind: Seth Rollins vs The Fiend.

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61. Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs AJ Styles (IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10)

I think many WWE fans were disappointed when AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura finally went one on one with each other at WrestleMania 34. That match, and their following feud, fell flat. While nothing terrible, their dream match came out distinctly average. However, this dream match happened two years before in NJPW…and this first instance of the dream match almost lived to to its name.

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60. The Rock (c) vs CM Punk (WWE Championship Match, Elimination Chamber 2013)

To my knowledge, this is the last time CM Punk fought for a World title before his match against Adam Page for the AEW World Championship last Sunday. It’s a rematch from Royal Rumble 2013, where The Rock defeated Punk for the former’s first title win in nearly a decade. That was a fabulous bout…this one isn’t nearly as fabulous.

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59. CM Punk (c) vs The Rock (WWE Championship Match, Royal Rumble 2013)

Yesterday, CM Punk fought Adam ‘Hangman’ Page for the AEW World Championship. If he won (I haven’t watched it yet!), It would be his first title win for nearly a decade. His last match as World Champion was in the WWE, at Royal Rumble 2013. His opponent? The Rock! And he managed to drag a pretty good match out of the ring rusty ‘People’s Champion.’

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