The Hell in a Cell match has become one of the most brutal matches in WWE history. Started in 1997, the HIAC match features blood, drama, action, and intensity. Today I celebrate this classic by looking back at the ten best in WWE history.
Like anything else, Hell in a Cell has had its ups and down. Fortunately for most WWE fans, there have been more ups than downs. The concept has been watered down a bit since over the years with the reduction of blood and excess matches. Lucky for us, there are plenty of classics that remind us why this one is just that good.
I always like to remind redears that like any top ten list it is all a matter of opinion. If you agree, disagree, or feel that I left one off the list, let me know and leave a comment. Until then, here are my top ten WWE Hell in a Cell matches in match history.
Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker, Badd Blood 1997 - Some of you may argue between this and number two and I can certainly respect that. For me, this match was not only the greatest Hell in a Cell match ever, it ..click here to read more
Injuries and professional wrestling go hand-in-hand. Professional wrestlers sacrifice their bodies for the fans and the passion of the sport. Their high flying moves from the top of the turnbuckles to flying over the top rope onto an opponent outside the ring. With risk comes reward for some. For others, their bodies are too brittle and they injure themselves a lot to the point where they’re never the same again. Which leads to my question: Can Daniel Bryan & Wade Barrett’s bodies last in the WWE?
In the NFL, teams draft quarterbacks to lead their respective franchise. They represent the franchise. They’re paid millions of dollars to lead their team to success. If you have a quarterback like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, or Philip Rivers they have had success and were healthy during the primes of their careers. Yes, Brady & Manning had a serious injury but they were already established quarterbacks.
n the other end of the string, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford hasn’t been so lucky. He suffered another year-ending injury during the preseason. Two season ending injuries since he was drafted in 2010. His body is not built for the NFL. It’s a shame because he had potential ..click here to read more
Go to a WWE event and the chants are heard throughout the arena.
“CM Punk. CM Punk.”
It has been the same battle cry of the WWE Universe (if there still is a universe) since Punk walked out on the job after the Royal Rumble. Punk has not been part of a match, program or even a tease about returning to the ring.
Punk’s hiatus from the WWE is not a new thing, having left on two other occasions – the first after his infamous shoot interview that led to a “WWE Title vs. WWE Title” with John Cena. The other time he took “time off” was after his loss at WrestleMania to The Rock.
Since then, Punk has not been part of a world championship program.
The WWE is in a fairly peculiar situation because while it appears Punk is serious about his retirement from professional wrestling altogether, his wife, AJ Lee, is still a major part of WWE programming and the biggest draw on the women’s side of the ledger.
- Right now, even in the fall of retirement, Punk is in the driver’s seat.
- He is easily one of the top three biggest draws in the company still to this day.
- The mere fact he generates ..click here to read more
My moment of internal questioning came long before Monday’s main event, but another match involving some combination of Dean Ambrose, John Cena, Randy Orton, Kane and Seth Rollins left me feeling like the WWE was openly challenging me.
“We dare you to turn this off,” it felt like they were saying. “Fine, not this week? Maybe next week when we do this all again. Or the week after when it’s the same thing.” That can be the only real explanation as to why the WWE is putting out the exact same matches week in and week out, expecting myself and others to tune in to watch their show.
I’ve been a wrestling fan for most of my 28 years on this Earth but for the first time in a long, long time, I’m wondering why it is I’m even bothering. What’s the point anymore? There’s no point in watching the pay-per-views anymore because they’re basically repeats of what we’ve seen on Raw. That or the 227,000th meeting between Cena and Orton (your Hell in a Cell main event for just $9.99!).
Think I’m being a bit dramatic? Check out the pay-per-view lineup. Dean Ambrose fought Seth Rollins inside Hell in a Cell. Brie ..click here to read more
Chris Jericho is currently making the rounds promoting his latest autobiography and continues to be one of the most quotable wrestlers in regards to media. Jericho hit on a few interesting topics in a recent interview including some fascinating insight into a legendary era.
The WWE Attitude Era has taken on a life of its own in recent years. It is portrayed by the WWE as their golden years and fans of that era often ask for it to come back. Jericho is a guy that was a big part of the Attitude Era, jumping to the WWE while the era was at its hottest. Which is why it will probably surprise you to hear that Jericho prefers this current era over the Attitude Era.
“When you think of another time like ECW or the Attitude Era, it’s like, “Ah, those were the good old days.” But having actually lived through it, there was a lot of great stuff, but there was a lot of stuff that sucked, too. Mae Young gave birth to a hand in the Attitude Era. Is that really what you want to remember about wrestling? I thought that was one of the dumbest things.
There were a lot ..click here to read more
Between the Percy Harvin trade and injuries to some key people, this week’s waiver wire could be a an interesting one. Here are few of the guys am considering this week.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins- Tannehill is quietly averaging just over 16pts per came which places him 13th among QB’s ahead of names like Cam Newton and Tom Brady. While I fully expect Newton and Brady to eventually finish the season near the top 10 it’s a testament to how good Tannehill can be. He has almost 800 yards and 6 TD’s over the last 3 weeks. His 21% ownership is up 8% so he is starting to show on the radar, you may want to grab him quick before it’s too late.
Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills- Always a threat to throw for 300 yards Orton has a huge upside. Turnovers have been a bit of an issue which is why he is second on this list. He is averaging just over 15 points per game since taking the starting roll averaging almost 300 yards per game while scoring 5TD’s and 3INT’s. Injuries to both key running backs could be an issue or it could open the passing game wide open.
Alex Smith, ..click here to read more
Andre the Giant has turned into a mythical character in pro wrestling folklore and urban legend since his passing. Many stories have floated around the Internet and bars on the Giant and I thought it would be fun to take a look back at 10 of Andre stories you may or may not have heard before.
Andre has always been a fun topic in interviews with peers who worked with him or traveled with the big man. We have all heard the stories about Andre’s drinking. They are legendary. I even heard a recount of Andre eating multiple hamburgers in one sitting from my dad who was a bartender in NYC in the 70s. But there are others that are just as interesting whether it be fights, backstage gossip, tales from the ring, or even some crazy anecdotes.
I could have came up with a list of over 20 but I narrowed it down to ten for a few reasons. Some stories are so outlandish that while they may be true they are hard to source. I stuck with stories that had sources whether from books or shoot ..click here to read more
Rusev is WWE’s newest monster project; pun intended. The Bulgarian export has been virtually unstoppable since his debut back in January and in the last 10 months; no one has really been able to touch him. He is currently the brute to beat in that company.
So while the line to put him down has been shortened little by little with each pay-per-view event, the fact is that it’s not over yet. The Big Show is the latest guy to defend the nation against the Russian threat and some are questioning if he will be the one to finally pin Rusev. But maybe the better question is where is WWE going with this?
We haven’t seen this kind of buildup for a big guy since, well, the last time WWE decided to do it. From Umaga to Brodus Clay to Tensai to Ryback, one Superstar after another has been portrayed as an unstoppable juggernaut that just steamrolls through the roster, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake. And all three of those guys barely got out of the mid-card. In other words, it was all much ado about nothing.
Therein lays one of the biggest problems with a character of this sort. ..click here to read more
We all knew it was coming. The Viper and Seth Rollins have been teasing tension for weeks. Yet nobody thought less than a week before Hell in a Cell and with a hot Dean Ambrose on fire that this would be the week the WWE would turn Orton.
In case you missed it, Rollins turned on Orton this past Monday on RAW. Orton and Rollins teased the issue throughout the show. Finally after the main-event Rollins hit Orton with a curbstomp to solidify the turn and kick Orton out of the Authority, well seemingly anyway. It wasn’t the turn that surprised me, it was the timing.
I just don’t see the logic in turning Orton right now. Is he suddenly over with the fans? Did the fans demand a change? If so I must be living under a rock because I haven’t seen it. Are they weak on babyfaces? Is business way down? Did Orton demand it? I just don’t get it…at least right now anyway.
For starters they have a big show on Sunday. Now you go into Sunday with fans more interested in seeing a match that isn’t even advertised. The match is Orton vs. Rollins and the fastest we will ..click here to read more
On the weekend of October 3-1 November 1, 2014, the eyes of the Thoroughbred Racing will be on Santa Anita Park, as it once again hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Horses of all ages and running styles compete in races over this two day event, which helps decide year end honors in various categories. Horses and their connections from all over the world descend on the host track to compete, making the event a very important one. For those who gamble, there are great chances for money making opportunities. However, the most important part of the Breeders’ Cup is the competition between the equine stars of the great sport of Thoroughbred Racing.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest stars of the sport will not be able to compete. She is the defending Breeders’ Cup Distaff Champion Beholder. On October 18, she worked a bullet (a workout where a horse finished with the fastest time for the distance that day) for 7 furlongs in 1:23 4/5, starting behind two other horses. According to her trainer, Richard Mandella, the following day, Beholder spiked a 102° fever which increased to 104 °. She was given medication, and the fever started to come ..click here to read more
Chris Jericho may gone from WWE rings but he has not left the WWE Universe. The former undisputed champion is making the media rounds promoting his new book and has some interesting thoughts on his feud with Bray Wyatt, Vince McMahon, and more.
Jericho was a recent guest on Turnbuckle Weekly with Chuck Carroll. He made a great appearance as usual in promotion of his new book “The Best In The World At What I Have No Idea”. Jericho was asked about his recent run in the WWE as well as past relationships with key WWE personnel and offered up some interesting insight as expected.
Jericho was asked about earning Vince McMahon’s respect and had this to say about the boss man.
“Once you gain that respect from Vince he expects it and wants that feedback. He’s surrounded by a lot of ‘yes men’ that don’t want to get into debates. When I’m questioning him, it’s never disrespectfully. I never say this is a stupid idea or you’re an idiot or a moron, because that’s not the way you get things done. I will say, “Vince, I think we can ..click here to read more
Over the course of the last decade, Randy Orton has had his share of issues with the WWE and its management and its roster. To say he is a slight bit privileged would be an understatement. The 12-Time World Champion has had a hand in other formidable wrestlers rise (Mark Henry) to the top of the company food chain. He has also had a bug say in some wrestlers (Kofi Kingston) not achieving the success they deserve. Now with the need for more star talent and a bigger need for success, owner Vince McMahon is asking one of his key veterans – Orton – to step up and work more on SmackDown.
So far, according to reports, Orton is refusing the assignment.
It is being reported that SmackDown officials asked Randy Orton to work full time, but he refused. It seems that Randy Orton is unhappy with McMahon and his current role with the WWE. He is allegedly asking for more time off from the ring, while McMahon wants him to give more time.
One of the reasons for Orton’s unhappiness is most likely tied to the fact that instead of fighting a championship ..click here to read more