WWE Hell in a Cell 2011: 5 Things You May Not Know About Hell in a Cell Matches

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2011: 5 Things You May Not Know About Hell in a Cell Matches
"A perverse...diabolical...structure..." (Photo by jmac33208 on Flickr)

For 14 years now, Hell in a Cell has been one of the big stipulation matches in WWE.  Take a giant cage that encompasses the entire ringside area, put a roof on it and put two (or more) wrestlers in it for a fight to the finish.

The first Hell in a Cell match, Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker at In Your House: Badd Blood in 1997, was an instant classic.  One of the best cage matches in WWE history, it features amazing performances from both men, with both playing their roles perfectly: Michaels is terrified by The Undertaker, who stalks him around the cage and picks him apart.

Hell in a Cell matches have changed over time depending on the nature of WWE when they take place.  At one point they got very big bump/"stunt show"-heavy, then they became bloodbath old-school cage matches when WWE cut down on big bumps.

When WWE banned blood as part of going TV-PG, stunts were worked back in.  Nowadays, they're somewhere in between style-wise, just without blood.

Unfortunately, with an annual Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event now on the calendar, the matches just...happen as opposed to being the culminations of major feuds.  Still, they can be great, thrilling matches.

Like any wrestling staple, there's a bunch of interesting trivia about Hell in a Cell, and I racked my brain to think of five of those factoids that you may not know about.

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