74. Seth Rollins (c) vs John Cena (US Championship Match, WWE Night of Champions 2015)

Ahhh, twenty years of John Cena! On Monday the Doctor of Thuganomics celebrated two decades since his WWE debut. Perhaps the quintessential WWE Superstar, he was equally loved and hated by the fans. But another future WWE Hall of Famer celebrated an anniversary on the same day. Srth Rollins made his NXT debut a decade earlier! Whenever these two clashed in the ring, they gave us something special. And there’s one match that ranks highly in the list of great Cena matches…

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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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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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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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48. HHH vs Chris Jericho (Last Man Standing Match, Fully Loaded 2000)

Ahhhh, I remember this match well. Triple H was at his peak, and Y2J was coming into his own, after finding his feet in the WWF. This match was a high point for Jericho after his brilliant feud with Chris Benoit (who?!?!?). Although HHH didn’t hold the WWE Championship, this match felt like the most important match on the card. The involvement of Steph, and Jericho’s continued insults directed at her (Trashbag ho, etc…) gave the match more intensity, than say, the bouts between The Rock and Chris Benoit (who?!?!?), or the Undertaker vs Kurt Angle. However, at the time, I was a massive fan of HHH (who doesn’t love a great heel?), so I was fully rooting for HHH in this bout. Who wouldn’t want to destroy a man who was continually calling their wife awful names?

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41. Mick Foley vs Ric Flair (‘I Quit’ Match, Summerslam 2006)

Charlotte and Rousey had a great ‘I Quit’ match at WrestleMania Backlash 2022. And I was thinking about the great ‘I Quit’ matches in WWE history. There’s Rock vs Mankind, Cena vs Batista, Reigns vs Jey Uso (inside a Hell in a Cell, no less!). But a lesser-talked about one is perhaps the most ultraviolent. And that’s the ‘I Quit’ match between Ric Flair and Mick Foley. It’s not for the faint of heart…

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