WWE Hell in a Cell: Why Satan's Structure Is Home to WWE's Greatest Cage Matches

Michael GuadalupeFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

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Photo courtesy of WWE

Hell in a Cell has become home to the WWE's greatest cage matches.  Its gained such popularity that it's become a Pay-Per-View event.

While it can always be argued whether the match itself has changed for the better or worse over a 15-year history, Satan's Structure has become home to the best cage matches in the WWE.

From 1997 when Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker first stepped foot into the cell, to the latest Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View in two weeks which could put CM Punk against John Cena or Ryback, Hell in a Cell matches set up wrestlers to potentially put on a fantastic performance inside the cage.

From ending feuds, to proving points, and eventually just becoming a Pay-Per-View, Hell in a Cell matches are always something to look forward to.


Ending Feuds

One of the biggest reasons why Satan's Structure is home to the WWE's greatest cage matches is because it was originally used to end a feud.

The first Hell in a Cell match for example, would end a feud between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker, while starting a new feud between Kane and the Undertaker. 

Hell in a Cell was like the ending to a great performance.  It was the last show in which these two wrestlers, who had worked for months to build up a feud, were finally going to lay everything on the line.

And it showed.

Of course, Michaels and the Undertaker weren't the only ones to end a feud in the cage, Mick Foley and Triple H would also settle their differences in Satan's Structure.  Foley would end up losing their feud, though, and he was forced to retire.

Hell in a Cell matches are a great way to end a feud.  Unlike a steel cage match, there is no escape when both wrestlers enter the cell.  For this same reason, Hell in Cell would end up a bloody, brutal match.

While there seems to be a lack of blood in today's wrestling era, Hell in a Cell matches are still a great way to end a feud, like we saw at WrestleMania 28 when Triple H and the Undertaker ended an era.


Big Bumps

Recently, Hell in a Cell matches have lacked the same big bumps the earlier matches were famous for.

Those big bumps, though, helped make Satan's Structure home to the WWE's greatest cage matches.

Easily, the most memorable bump would be when Foley took his famous dive off of the top of the cell. Still, even more recently, big bumps have been a part of what makes Hell in the Cell great.

In 2008 for example, when Edge would go up against the Undertaker, their match would be filled with crazy bumps.  From going through the cell wall (this was the newer cell structure that was meant to keep wrestlers in the cell), to Edge getting thrown through a table and eventually through the ring, big bumps have become a staple of Hell in a Cell matches.

The bumps might be lacking from the latest Hell in a Cell matches, but because of the great matches put on by wrestlers like the Undertaker and Mick Foley, Hell in a Cell has become home to the WWE's greatest cage matches.

Even in the PG era, there is still a small glimmer of hope that maybe, during one of these Hell in a Cell matches, wrestlers will go above and beyond and remind us of how Hell in a Cell used to be.


One Clear Winner

Hell in a Cell matches are a great way of having one clear winner.  In all of the matches that have been in Satan's Structure, rarely has there been outside interference. 

Kane interfering with the first Hell in a Cell match, and Edge getting involved in the Undertaker's match with Batista are the only two matches where a wrestler outside of the match has cost someone the win.

There is no running away in a Hell in a Cell match.  Two (or more) walk in, and only one can walk out the winner.  Over its history, wrestlers have left everything in the cell. 

Sure, Hell in a Cell might be considered only a shadow of its former self, but there is always the possibility that at least for one match, wrestlers would be able to put on a fantastic show regardless of the restraints of the PG era.

Hell in a Cell became a Pay-Per-View because of how popular the match was.  How the match ended feuds, had some of the biggest bumps seen in the WWE, and also had one clear winner, makes it clear that Satan's Structure is home of the WWE's greatest cage matches.