The history of the WWE Hell In A Cell

WWE Hell in a Cell is a pay-per-view event that is scheduled annually in October. As named, the event is based around the famous Hell in a Cell match, which is featured on the card. There are a number of matches that are held in the event, as it usually goes on for a duration of three hours, however the flagship match is only featured on very few occasions to keep fans waiting with anticipation for the main event.

The WWE Hell in a Cell PPV is one of the newest to have been formed on the WWE card, with it having been started in 2009, however the style of match that it has been named after has been around for a lot longer, with the first match having appeared in 1997.

What is the Hell in a Cell match?

Hell in a Cell is known as a ‘demonic structure’ by many in the WWE Universe, as it is an exaggerated take on the Steel Cage that has been used in so many of the matches that generally take place throughout the year. The structure, which is made of metal, stands at around 20ft high and keeps competitors caged inside the ring. These particular matches can take their toll on the professional superstars’ bodies, as there are no disqualifications and no count-outs, leading to victory only being obtained by pinfall or submission.

Both Jim Cornette and Vince Russo have claimed to be the brain behind Hell in a Cell, however, WWE credits the ‘Last Battle of Atlanta’ match between Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer to be the source.

When is the 2020 event scheduled to take place?

WWE Hell in a Cell 2020 is expected to be held in the first week of October, although there has been no official word as to how the PPV will operate, in regards to the actual date, the venue that will be used or the timings. When it does happen, though, fans will be able to go to USA sportsbooks and place bets on who they think will win each contest.

Memorable matches to have involved Hell in a Cell?

Another memorable match to have taken place with the Hell in a Cell format being used include the Undertaker’s iconic battle with Mankind at King of the Ring in 1998. The Undertaker threw Mankind off the top of the cage into the announce tables at ringside, before Mankind climbed back up to the top and subsequently through the roof of the structure. It is one of the matches that many will immediately associate with the format.

The style of match is one where the Deadman competes regularly and produces some epic encounters, with the likes of Brock Lesnar, Edge and even Triple H having gone up against the Phenom, with their match at WrestleMania XXVIII (2012) one of the best contests witnessed at the spectacle. 

What happened in last year’s Hell in a Cell PPV?

Last year’s PPV saw a number of matches take place, with a number of the WWE’s top prizes all up for grabs; from the Universal Championship to every single Women’s division belt being on the line.

Seth Rollins (champion) vs ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt was perhaps the bout of the night as the two produced a classic match-up in the squared circle, resulting in a no-contest, whilst Charlotte Flair recaptured the SmackDown Women’s Championship from Bayley.

Becky Lynch retained her RAW Women’s Championship title against Sasha Banks in the Hell in a Cell structure in what would become an epic encounter.

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