Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #37 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (Inaugrual Hell in a Cell Match, WWE In Your House: Badd Blood)

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The inaugural Hell in a Cell match is one I could (and have) watched all over again. I’ve said this before during these reviews, but the general rule is that an original gimmick match is rarely better by its successors. Look at how far the Hell in a Cell match has fallen since the PG Era of the WWE began. Lack of ultra-violence and blood sanitised a match that promised buckets of claret. Nowadays, Hell in a Cell matches are ordinary matches that take in place an overly massive cage. Back in 1997, we had no idea what to expect. With Shawn Michaels and HBK involved, a good match was a surety. But what would happen? A match that, 20 years later, has not been bettered. We’ve seen plenty of HIAC matches since that time. There’s even a PPV named after the gimmick match. But none can match the original. Continue reading