Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #13 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (No Disqualification, Streak vs. Career, WWE Wrestlemania XXVI)

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(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31294203?contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wrestlemania&contentId=66743884&watchlistAltButtonContext=series )

Sequels, who’d have them? Of course, there’s Terminator 2, Aliens, Godfather II…but those are the chosen few. There’s a great chance of disappointment when you watch a sequel, especially if the predecessor was something special. Some may call the first WrestleMania match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels as the greatest match ever (I’m one of those people. And the 100 Best Matches…List agrees with me. It’s #1!). How could they possibly follow it up? At WrestleMania XXVI, the rematch was set: The Streak vs Career, Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels… Continue reading

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

Review: WWE Network’s Best 100 Matches: #50 The Undertaker vs. Mankind (Hell in a Cell, WWE King of the Ring 1998)

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(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31289543/?contentId=31289543&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=king_of_the_ring)

Oh…I’m halfway there! Only 50 matches left to watch…!!!!

Surely this is the most infamous match in WWE history? Mankind and The Undertaker have given us one of the most replayed moments in WWE history. Mankind’s fall from the Hell in a Cell structure through the Spanish announce table will live on in WWE broadcasts until the end of the business. The fall came to define the Hell in a Cell, for better or for worse. From that moment on, people expected HIAC to include a death defying fall from the top of the cell (see Shane McMahon’s latest entry in the pantheon of Cell’s falls at WrestleMania 32, for example). But is the match more than that fall (and Mankind’s other death-defying fall through the cell itself and onto the mat)? Or should it be remembered only for that hellacious fall? Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s Best 100 Matches: # 56 The Undertaker vs. Triple H (Hell in a Cell, WWE Wrestlemania XXVIII)

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(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31294205/)

The third (and presumably final!) WresleMania match between The Undertaker and Triple H took place inside the infamous Hell in a Cell. There was a questionable premise behind the third match: even though ‘Taker defeated HHH at ‘Mania XVII, he wanted a rematch because HHH had handed him a horrific beating. Right away, it only made sense in the loosest of terms. Surely ‘Taker had already proven he was better than HHH? It wasn’t a fluke victory. However, opponents for ‘Taker at that point were thin on the ground (as they are now), so they needed an excuse for the two to face off again at ‘Mania. They gave us a slow, intermittently dramatic match that was apparently all about the story between HHH, Taker and special guest referee Shawn Michaels. It was ‘The End of an Era…’ Continue reading

Review and Results: Hell In A Cell (25.10.2015)

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Hell In A Cell came off one of the worst Special/PPV builds in WWE history. Does the WWE want us to care about their storylines? From 2015 alone, it appears not. Barely an ounce of effort went into promoting Hell In A Cell. Maybe it’s the WWE’s plan, though? It worked with WrestleMania 31: that was also terribly built up, yet the event itself was a pleasant surprise. It wasn’t the best WrestleMania of all time, far from it, but it was a great leap in quality from the build that preceded it. Maybe WWE want to lower our expectations so dramatically that even an average Special/PPV will look brilliant in our jaded eyes? It’s just a theory…and it worked with Hell In A Cell! It was, overall, a very good PPV. The good far, far outweighed the bad. And it started off with John Cena’s US Title Open Challenge… Continue reading

Predictions: WWE Hell In A Cell (25.10.15)

hell in a cellMy main prediction for this PPV/Special is…banality!!! The build for WrestleMania was mediocre, but the build-up for Hell In A Cell has been awful, without exception. I’d blame the WWE Network partly for the poor build. Think about it: if you’re a subscriber, WWE already has your money. They don’t need to sell you the Special! However, most of the blame must be placed on the creative team. Even simple storylines seem to be muddled beyond comprehension. However, I’ll still give you my predictions for WWE’s Hell In A Cell…(and by the way, I don’t count the Pre-Show match at all. If it was important enough it would be on the Special! What a waste of Ziggler, Cesaro and Neville…) Continue reading